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Beautiful Mess

by Kendra Emery

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Hyper productivity and always on efficiency we have a thirst for memory. We archive more than we delete. More information sources, sketches of thoughts and questions, nonsensically sacred, profoundly profane, we spend so much time trying to remember memory. A new everything, a space in which I’ll capture and write nearly illegible first drafts. I save every single one.
The Candle 05:36
The candle wants to reflect itself in the window and make that little red yellow farmhouse appear to be on fire It goes on this way until morning takes over some mornings I am ready for a life in a house with somebody for a life with meals and love making But there will be no love making only meals How high the moon when below it every little house means you will never live here The colors are gone and the footprints of my goings are lost to the snow which makes itself blank so many times making believe I have never set out up this highway before, nor ever come up to this door
The Fat King 04:07
The fat king sitting on his gold throne. The fat king watching reruns, the same stuff. The fat king chewing at his gold cud. The fat king is dreaming all day long. Tis skin gets cold and numb the same stuff. He buries his head in pillows and counts his guns and bows. The fat king knows where all kings go. The fat king bouncing on his bed springs all alone, the same thing ev’ry day he calls his friends to play but no one answers. He buries his head in pillows and counts his oily toes. The fat king knows where all kings go
Drip 07:29
Black Pine 04:03
Whales and Bears Black Pine, Redwood, Madrone. All burn, all grow, as one
Alphabetics 08:57
Salvage 04:51
Bee Got stung by a bee in the heart My face blew up like an old man hurting Lost on an island in the big lake thinking Of you Wave A wave of sadness washes over me briefly A wave of sadness turns into a pea
Beautiful mess Beautiful mess It’s a beautiful mess This life is crazy and I don’t know where I’m going Such chaos Beautiful mess


9 original compositions for a combination of tenor saxophone, voice, and electronics.


released October 16, 2014

1. A New Everything By Adam Cuthbért

2. The Candle Music By Stephen Feigenbaum Lyrics By Rebecca Dinerstein

3. The Fat King By Ben Hjertmann

4. Drip By Emma O'Halloran

5. Black Pine By Max Stoffregen

6. Alphabetics By Alex Dowling

7. Salvage By Brendon Randall-Myers

8. Bees and Waves By Erik Deluca (feat. Eric DeLuca)

9. Beautiful Mess By Finola Merivale

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Zach Herchen.
"Bees and Waves" recorded by Erik DeLuca.


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Kendra Emery East Hartford, Connecticut

Kendra is a musician, educator, and curator living in East Hartford, CT. Her main passion is for the new and unique but she has a great respect for the history that came before. Her current projects involve many loops and layers as she plays music written by friends and attempts to create her own sounds. Her sonorities are a combination and fusion of many styles. Happy listening! ... more

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