Ellyn Maybe & Robbie Fitzsimmons

 

 

(USA)

 

 

 

Poetry & Music

 

 

Ellyn Maybe‘s powerful spoken word performances of her own touching poetry coupled with the angelic voice and poignant piano compositions by Robbie Fitzsimmons unite the two venerable art forms together to create new art on Skywriting with Glitter, the debut LP release by ellyn & robbie.

 

 

Based in Los Angeles, the two have been featured on stages and festivals around the world including Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, Lightning in a Bottle, Envision and Bumbershoot to name a few. 

 

 

 

Myth

I wanted to feel the music of your shoulders Watch the tension of C.D. turn to 8 track I read your nonfiction – if that’s not a crush, what is.

You live twenty years away from Richie Havens turning up at a café. I watch the liner notes of your wrists like a fortune teller. Jerome Robbins choreographs your neighborhood with a pale peony.

I heard there’s a tree in Washington Square Park dripping with handcuffs and a noose. Phil Ochs sings of the cobwebs of contradiction    Did you ever wear sandals?    Did you hold a megaphone? When did you start wearing cufflinks? When’s the last time you played a Fugs song? When’s the last time you kissed a girl who memorized Bob Dylan’s bootleg releases? When’s the last time you used groovy as a verb? When’s the last time you hummed a Rodgers & Hart song? When’s the last time you went to Kim’s Video and rented Hair?

How many roads fork into most traveled? The asphalt is pinstriped. 1/4 of the time I don’t know what decade I’m in.

I watched you watch the parade. I’m the one who whispered in your ear “the Army/McCarthy hearings aren’t available on DVD.” I’m in the park feeding the pigeons bread and circuses. Come midnight, I watch Michelangelo leaning out of a helicopter – he has quite an eye for astronomy.

Every night, Lord Buckley leaves Café Wha. Every night Walt Whitman & Allen Ginsberg fly like Chagall above your window. One night I tagged along with my flailing trampoline. I tried to visit you like Frank O’Hara’s sun. You drew the blinds. You took away my yellow.

Suddenly a confetti of tangerines fell from the sky, labeled hand picked by Icarus. I ate till I was sticky.

— Ellyn Maybe

 

 

Myth

 

 
       Ellyn, 18 Months

 

Ellyn Maybe is a 2012 United States Artist nominee who has been championed by the likes of Henry Rollins, Jackson Browne and Greil Marcus.

 

 

Robbie Fitzsimmons is a composer and performer who has collaborated with the likes of Lana Del Rey and Paul Simon.

 

Together they draw from eclectic influences and backgrounds to make what they describe as « cinematic phrase paintings with simultaneous symphonic sound sculptures. »

 

 

New album, Skywriting with Glitter

 

 

 

Skywriting with Glitter is a colorful feast for the imagination, a roller-coaster of emotion that swirls together two prolific souls into a unique and inspired symbiosis.

 

 

Myth is a piece that I had written previously and when I was at an event with Robbie he improvised music for that piece. I loved the music he came up with so much and felt it went so beautifully with the words that I asked if we could turn it into a song which we did.

 

Sometimes the text already exists and Robbie composes music for it.  Sometimes he gives me music to write a poem for as in this example

 

 

and sometimes we write at the same time. One time I wrote the lyrics and melody for a song with Robbie’s music.  The words came with a melody attached rather than to be spoken and Robbie sings that song, Up Is Down

 

 

I met Robbie his first day in Los Angeles in 2009.  When The Ellyn Maybe Band formed in 2010 to perform songs from Rodeo for the Sheepish (Henhouse Studios) I asked him to join the band.

 

During that time we started writing together and found there was a magic to it and we kept going and eventually became a duo.  I have always loved music and am very grateful for the various opportunities I have had to get to work with music so closely.

 

 

Ellyn & Robbie:  a matter of when

 

Ellyn & Robbie :-Wednesday with Groovemasters promo trailer

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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BIO

 

Ellyn Maybe’s powerful spoken word performances of her own touching poetry coupled with the angelic voice and poignant piano compositions by Robbie Fitzsimmons unite the two venerable art forms together to create new art on Skywriting with Glitter, the debut LP release by ellyn & robbie.

 

 

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ellynrobbie2?SourceCode=widgetbaby

https://www.amazon.com/Skywriting-Glitter-ellyn-robbie/dp/B01JSV5QZU

 

 

Website which also has all the words to the songs and other videos:

 

www.ellynandrobbie.com

 

 

 

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