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Violin and piano recorded as a live improvisation.


Carefully-spaced dogberries mark the path
to get back home, they would still be there tonight
not even the jays would eat them
not even in this time of hungry.

On my neck I carry a whistle
gold, heavy, inscribed
with my mother’s maiden

name a gift from her lover when she was still
a girl with soft arms with hair that still blew easily
in the wind before they were stiff and witch-like

I try to go home. The dogberries are gone.
I blow four times to tell her, I am lost
just as we had agreed...

blow in irregular meter don’t you make it
too obvious that you are there,
she said

toot too toooot
toooo too toot

here’s a pocket knife to whittle arrows
hide behind a tree and let it rip,

to ttttto whooooooo
also don’t ever let anyone see you
be always vigilant yes
even in these woods

haven’t you heard of Agafia Lykov
you can be a four day canoe trip
away from the nearest threat
in the middle of the Taiga
and still be woken up at night,


from Hexensee, released February 28, 2017
violin, poetry by Maggie Burton, piano, effects by Chris McGee



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Door Lock St. John'S, Newfoundland and Labrador

We are a two member band from St. John's, Newfoundland. False Memory was recorded for the 2014 RPM Challenge.

Chris McGee: piano, guitar, percussion, electronics, vocals
Maggie Burton: violin, erhu, vocals

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