Laura Siersema


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    If My Church Be Bone/O Sinner Man
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    My Eye This Flower In Julep Runs
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    Who Will Pass This On
  5. 5.
    Where Have All the Flowers Gone
In the arc of my own creative life, my earliest poems and lyrics came from the unconscious place, without thought.
Words, vaguely familial, hacked out of walls or erupted through external images, became phrases that I pieced together instinctively.  I had grown up surrounded by music, yet my first experience of the truly deep, creative source within myself arrived in dreams and the silence of written words and images.
In the midst of recording my first album, one day as I lay still, resting, the phrase "When I Left Loss " came before my eyes, as if it were written there. Dream of a two-story house, pressing unnaturally down upon me, inspired the image for the album cover.  In another dream, a man kneeling at my feet told me "Love Flows Like the Blood of a River". Words so profound I knew they would  be the title for a song one day.  So, too, they became the title of my second album.
Lyrics to "Talon of the Blackwater and Graces", title track on my third album, were presaged in a dream I had of black water gushing from a neighboring backyard (a woman's shelter for those transitioning out of abusive situations) into ours. Dark, lyrical material surged out over just a few days.  The title itself came from a prose poem I had written years before.  
Starting in 2008, to my surprise, I began writing pieces for solo piano.  Included in these was the instrumental development of Aberfan (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue).


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