3 minutes 9 seconds| Snowy enchantment and a drifting cosmic monopole, possibly released from the Large Hadron Collider, join for the holidays.
Christmas Clowns may have been composed as late as November or December given the subject matter, but that is more likely when the SWF was made. Considerable remixing in ths piece, largely due to the pitfall of having no drum track to fall back on. The tag ending (echo piano) was added much later. (This closing tag owes something in spirit, I am sure, to David Bowie’s Life on Mars.)
Novel-in-Progress, excerpt 66| Lowell reads from a book provided in his room:
A book of handwriting sat on the desk, and from his reading, which was first cursory before becoming methodical, he ascertained a partial account of the house, its builder, and legends thereby connected:
Ellis Cummings Taylor pursued a successful career as a mind reader. His wife worked as an assistant in his act, and though he excelled at reading the thoughts of others, he failed with hers. They slept in separate rooms in the newly built house, at his request, and invariably, though with little detection from the husband, her feelings grew estranged. Taylor came to suspect her of an infidelity, but could never say in which room she conducted her tryst, or with whom. He bought her a dog and slyly added a bell to its collar, so he could track the creature whereabouts and, by extension, her. Unfortunately the dog was of a nervous nature and fled each time the wife entered the room. This situation was given time in hopes a bond might still be established, and it came as one day the husband entered the morning room to find the dog obediently at his spouse’s feet. It was in comprehending this new friendship that Taylor realized he had not of late heard the dog moving around the house, and saw where the bell previously attached to the pet’s collar now embellished charms on his wife’s necklace. The clacker inside the bell was removed, so in despair the schemer sought to rescue his plan. Before he could think of a means by which to go about this, persons finishing brickwork to his house came to him with dire news: They found the dog dead on the property, apparently killed by falling masonry. Taylor went at once to the location and discovered a corpse that had been dead some weeks.
The rest of the story was not easily pieced together, but apparently the dog had feared the woman initially because she was a ghost, and coming to share her ontological state, the two were reconciled. In reaching this fantastical conclusion, Lowell was reminded of his friend’s early ruminations on subatomic particles, and the snare of becoming a ghost by observing one. Regardless, both wife and dog were dead a while before Taylor noticed, and perhaps there was more a moral to be drawn here than any scare.
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