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What's New

New haiku

January 18th, 2014
I am cool slippered
barging gently through the jazz,
To Watch the unloading.

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New haiku

June 21st, 2013
In a poet’s glance
Poppies tease the artichoke
Love in extremis.

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New haiku

April 28th, 2013
Weatherbeaten rose
Snubs the usual suspects
Feverfew and friends.

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New haiku

March 14th, 2013
Washing up white cups
Remember what you can get
Frank the Maffia Pope

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New haiku

March 8th, 2013
Blackbird with your beak
The colour of crab apples
Oil on rain, the cat.

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New haiku

January 29th, 2013

New haiku has been added to Peter’s poetry section, as recently added to his Facebook page with accompanying photo added to SSOS gallery

from the beggars coat
spring yellow buttons of hope
Winter aconite.

Slow Sunday Haiku

August 10th, 2012
Plod about the place
Tidy up my shoes and pick
Up flotsam paper.

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Dear Song Soup on Sea visitors, there has been a lack of updates here lately due to the increasing number of people following and interacting with Peter on Facebook, however we will be adding some exciting new features to this website in the near future. In the meantime we have been uploading a selection of demos to the official YouTube channel including this recent collaboration with Andy Hill which unfortunately was not recorded for the album which it was intended (the lyrics can be found on this website here). You may recognize that for the cover for this upload we used the 1921 painting ‘The Farm’ by Joan Miro.

The garden is in full summer bloom lately and we’ve added a photo to Pics of Peter taken a few weeks ago, as well as a lovely image added to SSOS Photos which Peter enthusiastically ran and took after spotting a man carrying a great boat in the local sweetshop, we think captures the mood of this summer – thanks Dan and Laura for posing!

At last! We have been able to upload two clips of a Japanese TV documentary ‘Song to Soul’ onto the SSOS YouTube channel, featuring Peter and Ian McDonald speaking about the creation of In The Court of the Crimson King in April 2011. There may be one more coming soon… see more by subscribing to our channel here.

Blossom on the Tree

May 11th, 2012

Paola and Max asked me, late last summer, to write a short poem as the basis for a piece of music to appear on Paola’s next album. After a while I was pleased to be able to write back to Paola. “I have had this in mind for sometime and managed to finish writing it this morning. Its a sort of double haiku with a chorus line & it is based on a picture taken of my garden just when I started to remodel it in 2003. I have been saving it for a special occasion.” I think the music …which they then ‘painted’ around my words is exquisite and I told them so; mentioning that, with my producer’s hat on, I personally would have made the piece a little less of a ‘crescendo’ and a little more of an ‘aqueduct’ with perhaps a hint of breeze to ripple the branches . . . Caught! Before I knew it, despite a case of laryngitis, I was recording a few arches and pillars for them to drop into the track. It seems to have worked quite well (which is good because I am now in the middle of doing a handful of similar vocals.) I will admit I wasn’t sure about Angelo Contini’s trombone at first but I am now thrilled when I hear its deep texture. The bass of Franz Soprani, who shot the footage of me reciting in Genoa, is a smiling, bouncing ball: a delight. Which leaves…um…oh yes the video. Well no wonder Francesco Paolo Paladino won the prize for Short Movie at last years Cannes Festival his work is magic. It is technically and visually a perfect enchantment. I am very proud to have been part of this interesting project with its overtones of ancient and modern. Bravo to all and I hope we can do another before too long. Now here are the credits and finally the words … the seeds. – PjS

(Taken from the forthcoming album “Milioni di Lune”)

Personnel:
Paola Tagliaferro: Voice, kalimba, noises
Max Marchini: guitars, bass, noise, sound project
Peter Sinfield: voice
Angelo Contini: Trombone
Francesco Paolo Paladino: nose sounds & occasional voice
Franz Soprani: Bass guitar

BLOSSOM ON THE TREE
Dust clouds the mason
As he grinds the pedestal
Back against the stairs.
(Blossom on the tree)
Caught by unseen eyes
In the garden of a dream
Blossom on the tree,
Blossom on the tree

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