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Thomas Park- A Prayer To Summon Rain [treetrunk 774]

This is a mid-form piece of desert ambiance– all sounds were recorded by Thomas Park in a temporary studio on Wyoming Avenue, 11/2022. Instruments include: singing bowls (3), chimes, tuned drums (3), bass flute, recorder, melodica, harmonica, frame drums (2), concertina, voice (male), various industrial sounds (pre-recorded), gong (pre-recorded) and thunderstorm sounds (pre-recorded). In general, “A Prayer To Summon Rain” represents an effort to combine generative and actual, improvised music, where the improvisation is in the foreground.

“A Prayer To Summon Rain”

by Thomas Park, 2022

Things were thought not changeable

No difference, year nor day

But something odd had touched our home

And months would pass– no rain

The rivers, lakes, and ponds we knew

From times before in life

Dried out completely, leaving naught

But bowls of dust and sand

While walking to a place not far

My throat was filled with thirst

I lifted both my hands upwards

And sent the sky a prayer

The prayer was simple, born of need

For clouds to form, raindrops to fall on me

What once I hid in shelters from 

Was needed– so I prayed for rain

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