The Spirits in my Blood Sing to me at Night

by Kristine Barrett

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An otherworldly collection of new and ancient songs from around the world.

"We are born. With our breath, the spirits of air and of place drift through our transient bodies. Ancestors and memory course through our veins, taking up residence in the very marrow of our animal being. Spirit accumulates over the course of our lives. It surrounds us: the waters, the trees, a forest, a spider, a hill. We move between worlds."


released June 4, 2013

music written & arranged by kristine barrett

kristine barrett, voice piano drums processing
meredith yayanos, violin
luis maurette, drums & signal processing {tracks 1, 3, 6}
agnes szelag, cello {track 1}

mastered by myles boisen at headless buddha mastering lab, oakland california

album artwork by kristine barrett

special thanks to my beloved husband whose support is so complete & whole-hearted; my parents for teaching me the value of kindness, gentleness, and love; all of my siblings both by blood and otherwise for their enduring friendship & unstinting support. my mentors, teachers, & inspirations: fred frith, elizabeth setzer, janet kutulas, carl linich, tzvetanka varimezova, kitka. and gratitude to all my dear friends scattered about the globe who have taught me not to be afraid of beauty, light, & goodness; in particular meredith yayanos, nate powell, jennie pakradooni, jen deyoe, marielle jakobsons, luis maurette, alejandra ortiz, cyan meeks, krystal kavney, the soophie nun squad crew, jenn harper, waterfront folk, & and my dear hawthorne who laid at my feet while I made this music, r.i.p. you gentle luminous soul.



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Kristine Barrett San Francisco, California

Kristine Barrett is a trans-media artist, composer, and vocalist specializing in traditional music and ritual song from Eastern Europe, the Republic of Georgia, Scandinavia, the Baltics, Ireland, and the Americas.

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Track Name: A Beacon of Light
excerpts from the sufi poet hafiz:

Do sad people have in
It seems
They have all built a shrine
To the past
And often go there
And do a strange wail and
What is the beginning of
It is to stop being
So religious
Like That.

i am
a hole in a flute
that the christ's breath moves through-
listen to this
i am the concert
from the mouth of every
singing with the myriad
Track Name: The Memory of Death
excerpts from the epic of gilgamesh (trans. herbert mason):

all that is left to one who grieves
is convalescence. no change of heart or spiritual
conversion, for the heart has changed
and the soul has been converted
to a thing that sees
how much it costs to lose a friend it loved.
it has grown past conversion to a world
few enter without tasting loss
in which one spends a long time waiting
for something to move one to proceed.
it is that inner atmosphere that has
an unfamiliar gravity or none at all
where words are flung out in the air but stay
motionless without an answer,
hovering about one's lips
or arguing back to haunt
the memory with what one failed to say,
until one learns acceptance of the silence
amidst the new debris
or turns again to grief
as the only source of privacy,
alone with someone loved.
it could go on for years and years,
and has, for centuries,
for being human holds a special grief
of privacy within the universe
that yearns and waits to be retouched
by someone who can take away
the memory of death.