"The tune the old cow died of"
By Pacôme Béru & Yann Leguay
A field-performance realized on june the 20, 2009 at 4:43 am , near by : 50° 14' 24.05" N 4° 53' 31.22" E (East-Belgium).
A listening session for cows , played on a simple turntable and removable loudspeaker taking place in a pastoral landscape reminding the old Flemish paintings.
The title comes from the Vernon & Burn's record, played during the performance, which is also an english expression taken from an old rhyme :
"There was an old man, and he had an old cow,
But he had no fodder to give her,
So he took up his fiddle and played her the tune -
`Consider, good cow, consider,
This isn't the time for the grass to grow.
Consider, good cow, consider."
An advice instead of relief; remonstrance instead of help. As St. James says (ii. 15, 16) : “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say to them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
Your words are : the tune the old cow died of.
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