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026 :: MOTEWOLONUWOK

026 :: MOTEWOLONUWOK
Dec 1, 2023 ยท 6m 52s

FEATURING Motewolonuwok by Jeremy Dutcher, released by Secret City Records in 2023. https://songwhip.com/jeremy-dutcher/motewolonuwok / Buy direct (https://jeremydutcher1.bandcamp.com/album/motewolonuwok | https://store.jeremydutcher.com/) - https://songwhip.com/jeremy-dutcher/skicinuwihkuk TRANSCRIPT The first sounds we hear are the music...

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Motewolonuwok by Jeremy Dutcher, released by Secret City Records in 2023. Listen / Buy direct (digital | physical)



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The first sounds we hear are the music of nature: the harmonies of birdsong, the rhythm of the land underfoot. The next sounds we hear are the music of language: poetic speech in a seldom-heard tongue. It's like an invocation of the music that is always everywhere all around us, if only we learn to listen, even if we don't understand.

And so begins the music proper, which feels like an invocation of a different kind, an invocation of the magical power inherent in sound, that's always there just waiting for a maestro to pick up the right threads and weave them together and make something beautiful that shakes us to the core.

It's often said that music transcends language, and that's certainly the case here. I, at least, do not understand this music's lyrics, but that does not at all stop me from recognizing the pathos in these words. Yet something deeper is also going on. It must be said that this music is sung in a language whose living speakers number only in the hundreds โ€“ an "endangered" language, which is to say, a language that has historically been persecuted and suppressed and is now being intentionally revived and carried forward. In singing in this language, the artist isn't just translating it into a medium that all can understand and feel; they are breathing life into the language itself.

And just as the language is animated by this music, the music is animated by this language, giving birth to a musical idiom all its own, melding the contemporary with the classical, the anthemic with the intimate, and the rousing with the hypnotic. It's a performance that's positively brimming with life, leaving us to wonder at what other music there must be in sounds yet unheard, in songs yet unsung, in words yet unspoken, and in acts yet undone.
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Author Willie Costello
Website theyearofmagicallistening.com
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