The willows have found Flowers of evil 😀
What better way to merge a post with my love of poetry & music with an experimental fondue such as this. If you love this track (taken from Ciani’s Lixivation album), then like me you will want to hear her EP drop this July 2019.
I’ve never heard of Suzanne Ciani until today, & I’ve not read much about Charles Baudelaire ( the controversial French poet) who produced the famous work ‘Elevation’. A work divided into 6 parts. It is deemed a contributing work to the symbolism & modernist movement in the early 1900s. Charles was a huge part of-of the symbolist movement which believed in depicting art metaphorically, using wordplay and allowing more fluidity in writing poetry.
POETRY doesn’t have to rhyme.
This opened up a new platform for free verse poets.
They wished to portray an object not as it appears but how it affects the senses. The basic technique of show, not tell also translated many of Edgar Allan Poes works into French.
Across the pond to the America’s we have
Suzanne Ciani ( musician, composer, sound engineer, record label executive who predominantly creates Avante Garde electronic music . f you are into Boards of Canada or Aphex you might be into her music.
Suzanne Ciani uses a (previously unheard) sample from one of Baudelaire’s 4 part of his Elevation works, ‘Fleurs de Mal’, in her new track ( release date June 2019) This is the exact kind of stuff I love. had more time I’d do more messing about
She has recently been compared to the legendary Serge Gainsbourg ( another musician inspired by Charles Baudeliueres works)
Click on the link to hear a sample of unreleased Suzanne Ciani’s Fleur de Mal HERE
It starts with the intro of Baudelaire’s ‘ELEVATION’ Check out the English translation at the end of this post)
Élévation by Charles Baudelaire from Don Yorty on Vimeo.
So what do flowers represent in symbolism?
Since ancient Greek times, they have represented peace and happiness in the afterlife & of course, they are also often seen as a symbol of life & hope .
So what do the flowers of evils mean to Charles Baudelaire’s? He wasn’t speaking of women from my google search. Apparently he would refer to females as a dead animal carcass (as an example). Make of that what you will…
The closest meaning could be that even in beauty there is evil or ugliness or even sorrow and pain.
Either way, I love music, experimental works of art, flowers, symbolism, spoken word, the French language & taboo subjects like Erotism and decadence. Haha!
Above the ponds, above the valleys,
Mountains, woods, clouds, and seas,
Beyond the sun, beyond the heavens,
Beyond the confines of starry spheres,
My spirit, you roam with agility,
And, like a good swimmer bracing the waves,
You soar happily into profound immensity
With exquisite male delight.
Fly, far away from these noxious surroundings;
And cleanse yourself in the pure air above,
And drink, the clear fire that fills lucid spaces,
As you would a pure and divine liqueur.
Behind the nuisances, and the vast chagrins
Amassing with their weight our bewildering existence,
Happy is he who can with a vigorous wing
Propel towards the luminous and serene realms;
He whose thoughts, like larks,
Free, in the morning take flight,
— Hover over life, and understand with ease
The language of flowers and silent things!