Black Thunder

by Melissa Dunphy

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Composed for the Network for New Music Poetry Project 2008. Premiered January 16, 2008 at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, by Network for New Music

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released January 16, 2008

Melissa Dunphy, music
Luke Stromberg, text
Randall Scarlata, baritone
Paul Arnold, violin
James Cooper III, cello
Linda Reichert, piano

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Melissa Dunphy Philadelphia

Nationally acclaimed award-winning composer Melissa Dunphy specializes in political and theatrical vocal music, such as the smash hit 2009 choral work the Gonzales Cantata (featured on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow). Her compositions have been performed around the country by Chanticleer, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, St. Louis Chamber Chorus, and the American Opera Theater. ... more

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Track Name: Black Thunder
It was late. Her light was the only light
That could be seen from the street below.
I held a bouquet of roses, standing
in her doorway, a useless grin on my face.
She smiled sympathetically
And looked away.

Last night I drank until my head
Roared with black thunder.
I staggered home, feeling lost.
Two dogs whispered gossip to each other.
Somewhere sirens wailed like ghosts.
I laid down on my floor
And watched the ceiling fan spin
When it wasn't on.

When the days pile up, like neglected dishes
In the sink. I start to panic,
Lost in the dark rooms of my imagination.
She sounds very bored when we talk.
Every smile a secret sneer.
My brain whirls like a table-saw.