video to "Z-e-p-h-y-r" off the 2012 Squalloscope album "Soft Invasions" (Seayou Records)
music and video by Anna Kohlweis
additional vocals by Ian Fisher
video material was filmed mostly on the California Zephyr
THERE’S A CERTAIN CONCENTRATION OF FREEDOM BETWEEN STATIONS OR WHAT I CONSIDER FREEDOM IN THESE FENCED-IN GLASS WALLS. WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE MOVIES WHEN WE WERE IN OUR PRE-TEENS TURNED OUT TO BE JUST THE ECHO OF AN IMPRINT OF A CALL AND I MEANT TO READ TWO NOVELS ON MY WAY OUT TO THE WEST BUT I ONLY READ THE ESSAYS WITH THE NOTE ON THE FIRST PAGE AND ALL I WANTED TO WRITE ABOUT QUICKLY LEFT THE SCENE AFTER FINDING A HOLE BIG ENOUGH IN THE AIR CONDITIONING. OH…BE MY HOME. I FORGET WHEN I’M ON THE ROAD. AND I WOKE UP EVERY MORNING NOT KNOWING WHERE I WAS AND IF THE WHITE OUTSIDE WAS SNOW OR SALT OR PAINTED ON THE GLASS. I FEED OFF SIMPLE STORIES AND YOUR MEMORIES ABOUT WARS AND I WAS STARING AT THE SCENERY NOT REMEMBERING WHAT CITIES ARE FOR. WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE TRAIN AT MIDNIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL, I FELT THE COLD IN MY FEET AND THE SMOKE IN MY LUNGS AND I RAN UP AND DOWN THE PLATFORM MEASURING THE TRAIN LIKE A WEIRDLY LINED-UP VILLAGE DOOMED TO BE ALWAYS TRAVELLING. Z-E-P-H-Y-R BE MY HOME. I FORGET MY ONE TRUE LOVE WHEN I’M ON THE ROAD. CUT THE DARKNESS WITH A PLASTIC FORK, IT WILL SWALLOW US WHOLE. THERE ARE NO CARS IN THE DISTANCE AND NO VOICES ON THE PHONE. EVERYBODY’S CONQUERED THE PRAIRIE JUST LIKE MA & PA AND I’VE HAD ONE TOO MANY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT AMERICA. I REMEMBER THE NOTHING SHRINKING DOWN IN SIZE AND SEEING NOT MORE THAN IF I HADN’T OPENED MY EYES AND HAVING DREAMS ABOUT TIDAL WAVES AND ALL OF US IN TINY BOATS. I REMEMBER SITTING IN A HOTEL ROOM THINKING MY HEAD WAS ABOUT TO EXPLODE. Z-E-P-H-Y-R BE MY HOME. I FORGET MY ONE TRUE LOVE WHEN I’M ON THE ROAD.
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