The View from Above You

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"I think... it is somehow very useful, and maybe even essential, for a fine artist to have to somehow make his peace on the canvas with all the things he cannot do. That is what attracts us to serious paintings, I think: that shortfall, which we might call 'personality,' or maybe even 'pain.'" ― Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


I know you
Eyes downcast and lowly
Troubled mind too full to see

Me, I see everything
With halls uncertainly long
You’ve only to give up the ghost

You are a one who lies in the periphery
Will you join your voice with a thousand hymns?
You’re beautiful
You are

You are, you are
Adorably unadorned
You are adorable unadorned
You are


from Distinction (a Ballet in Six Parts), released May 11, 2019


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a Light Sleeper is an ever-evolving ensemble exploring collaborative composition from the bottom up, featuring D. Pennepalli’s idiosyncratic guitar lines, drummer Matthew Jung’s graceful clockwork core, and breezy intertwining melodies from saxophonist Maria Elena Hernandez and violist Traci Newhouse. ... more

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