“Now I will do nothing but listen,
To accrue what I hear into this song, to let sounds contribute toward it.

I hear bravuras of birds, bustle of growing wheat, gossip of flames,
clack of sticks cooking my meals,
I hear the sound I love, the sound of the human voice,
I hear all sounds running together, combined, fused or following,
Sounds of the city and sounds out of the city, sounds of the day and night,
Talkative young ones to those that like them, the loud laugh of
work-people at their meals,
The angry base of disjointed friendship, the faint tones of the sick,
The judge with hands tight to the desk, his pallid lips pronouncing
a death-sentence,
The heave’e’yo of stevedores unlading ships by the wharves, the
refrain of the anchor-lifters,
The ring of alarm-bells, the cry of fire, the whirr of swift-streaking
engines and hose-carts with premonitory tinkles and color’d lights,
The steam-whistle, the solid roll of the train of approaching cars,
The slow march play’d at the head of the association marching two and two,
(They go to guard some corpse, the flag-tops are draped with black muslin.)

I hear the violoncello, (’tis the young man’s heart’s complaint,)
I hear the key’d cornet, it glides quickly in through my ears,
It shakes mad-sweet pangs through my belly and breast.

I hear the chorus, it is a grand opera,
Ah this indeed is music – this suits me.”

(Walt Whitman: Song Of Myself, 1855)

2 Responses to “About”

  • My favourite Walt Whitman Quote is “I have learnt that to be with those i like is enough”

    We are LNLY, a dance music collective based out of South London. Robert E Matthews of night pop duo Alpines remixed our next single (Feed Your Soul, L67 Records, 24th of July Release) in a Juno60 loving, laid back ambient style.

    We thought you might like it.


    Keep up the good work.

  • Recently been more into Whitman than even the usual….possibly reading more of what Harold Bloom ( and others ) SAY of Whitman, which I find satisfying…coming from the same environs, perhaps, or being immersed in a kind of weird Americana-loop at present…

    link to a latest project below.
    be well

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