How to Slip Away

by Zach Phillips

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“In this mortal frame of mine which is made of a hundred bones and nine orifices there is something, and this something is called a wind-swept spirit for lack of a better name, for it is much like a thin drapery that is torn and swept away at the slightest stir of the wind. This something in me took to writing poetry years ago, merely to amuse itself at first, but finally making it its lifelong business. It must be admitted, however, that there were times when it sank into such dejection that it was almost ready to drop its pursuit, or again times when it was so puffed up with pride that it exulted in vain victories over the others. Indeed, ever since it began to write poetry, it has never found peace with itself, always wavering between doubts of one kind and another. At one time it wanted to gain security by entering the service of a court, and at another it wished to measure the depth of its ignorance by trying to be a scholar, but it was prevented from either because of its unquenchable love of poetry. The fact is, it knows no other art than the art of writing poetry, and therefore, it hangs on to it more or less blindly.” — Matsuo Bashō

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“How to Slip Away” : written on piano , arranged for layered monophonic guitar & recorded December 2016 to March 2017 on & for Roland RH-200 headphones via Tascam 388 reel-to-reel at Manual FX Studio , Brooklyn NY (R.I.P.) [except #1 vocal & narration , recorded June at Lawton Grange , Brooklyn] ; released for free on the internet June 2017 . ZP 'solo' #~20

— Zach Phillips : all songs , lyrics , recording , direction , guitar , & bass ; clav on #1

— Colin White (R. Hundro , Skyn Twynz , Exxo Riders) : narration throughout
osr-tapes.bandcamp.com/album/007-town-osr67

— Chris Cohen : final word / solo
chriscohen.bandcamp.com

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1. “Slip Away” // Sarah Smith (Blanche Blanche Blanche) : vocal
www.osr-tapes.com/blancheblancheblanche

2. “Cat’s Paw” // Alexis Graman , painter : vocal , drums
www.alexisgraman.net

3. “Playing Dumb” // Kalmia Traver (Kalbells , Rubblebucket) : vocal , saxophone
www.soundcloud.com/annakalmia

4. “Puppet of the Government” // Nick Baker (The Channels , Size Queen) : vocal , drums
the-channels.bandcamp.com

5. “Four Minutes to Play” // Ani Ivry-Block (Palberta , Shimmer , Climax Landers , Annie Blech) : vocal , piano solo
palbertapalberta.bandcamp.com

6. “a Week of Sundays” // Derek Baron (Causings , Reading Group , Mega Bog) : vocal , drums
www.derekianbaron.com

7. “Swarovsky” // Ryan Power : vocal , guitar solo
www.ryanpower.org

8. “the Windowsill” // Jazz Adam (Old Maybe) : vocal , clavinet solo
oldmaybe.bandcamp.com

9. “Fucking Up” // Sean Schuster-Craig (Jib Kidder) : vocal , guitar solo
www.jibkidder.com

10. “Deep Rose” // Sylvia Gorelick , poet (Foamola) : vocal
poetrywillbemadebyall.com/book/olympians-breathless/

11. “My Kaleidoscope” // Marlon Cherry (Anti-Seen , Church of Betty , the Roches) : vocal , lead guitar
osr-tapes.bandcamp.com/album/life-after-theatre-pete-osr73
www.fangrecords.com?page_id=11

12. “Rotting Wheel” // Andrea Schiavelli (the Eyes of Love) : vocal , piano solo
andreaschiavelli.bandcamp.com

13. “Edith Rose” // Hanna Novak , playwright (minor theater , etc.) : vocal , piano solo

14. “the One Singing” // Kate Mohanty : vocal , saxophone
katemohanty.bandcamp.com

15. “Pepper People” // Lucy Hollier (Salt People) : vocal , trombone
saltpeoplenyc.bandcamp.com

16. “Love You Know” // Tom Csatari (Tom Csatari Band / Uncivilized) : vocal , lead guitar
www.tomcsatari.com

17. “Roll Like an Apple” // Mike Kolb : vocal , drums , guitar solo
mikekolb.bandcamp.com

18. “Repeating It All” // Calvin Grad (Salt People) : vocal , lead guitar
saltpeoplenyc.bandcamp.com

19. “Mistress of the Junior Professed” // Sophie Dickinson : vocal , harp
sophiedickinson.bandcamp.com

20. “Peter Absent” // Quentin Moore (Big French) : vocal , guitar solo
wharfcatrecords.bandcamp.com/album/stone-fish

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special thanks to Joey Agresta , Chris Weisman & Mark Leidner for possibly unwitting key assistance ; & to Sarah Smith for everything

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“And the poem of the week:
The purple shame looked at the yellow moon
There was a huge beam hanging on a banana tree
And in the valley
An old grandpa sat sitting
Who said ‘I am happy reading.’” — Erje Ayden

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released June 13, 2017

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Zach Phillips New York, New York

from NH , once in Brattleboro VT ; now writing in Brooklyn NY

of : OSR Tapes , Blanche Blanche Blanche (w/ S. Smith) , the Hartley C. White Project , Better Psychics (w/ C. Weisman) , Heat Wilson (w/ Q. Moore)

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