WTM #1045: Ice Cold Ladies

wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3 
Amsterdam ~ Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies
26 January 2009 // 17.00-19.00


“Every mile is two in winter.”
• George Herbert
“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”
• Andrew Wyeth


Wolf Talk 1 > Global Journey [1]
Banging Holes in Ice > Peter Cusak [2]
Wolf Talk 2  > Global Journey [1]
Floating Icicles Rocked by Waves > Peter Cusak [2]
Northern Light2 > Meredith Monk & Robert Een [3]
Wolf Talk 3 > Global Journey [1]
Port Baikal Birds > Peter Cusak [2]
Chinook Whispers > > Meredith Monk & Robert Een [3]
Schönster Abestärn > Kristina Fuchs [4]
Daybreak > Pauline Oliveros & Miya Masaoka [5]
Slow Snow > Erika Stucky [6]
Der Rosegarten > Kristina Fuchs [4]
Forenoon > Pauline Oliveros & Miya Masaoka  [5]
Cowgirl Prayer > Erika Stucky [6]
Forenoon > Pauline Oliveros & Miya Masaoka  [5]
De Var Inte Tva / Rörd > Marja-Leena Sillapää [7]
Forenoon > Pauline Oliveros & Miya Masaoka  [5]
Eller Hur / Sa Tyst > Marja-Leena Sillapää [7]
Michael Mountain > Joni Mitchell [8]
Hocket > Meredith Monk & Robert Een [3]
La Télé Noi et Blanc > Diane Labrosse [9]
Long Shadows2 > Meredith Monk & Robert Een [3]
Z’ Stückish > Erika Stucky [6]
Blueberry Hill > Erika Stucky [6]
In the Bleak Midwinter > Greetje Bijma [10]
Der Wilde > Christine Lauterburg [11]
Shadow in the Sand > Misora Hibari [12]
Schäferjodel > Nadja Räss & Stimmreise  [13]
Oran Na Maighdean Mhara > Catherine-Ann McPhee [14]
Crazy > Erika Stucky [6]
Rugguser > Christine Lauterburg [11]
Her Ghost > Punkt [15]
Married by the Bible > Greta Elkin [16]
Yolee > Christine Lauterburg [11]
Der Spatz > Alice Babs [17]
Bouncing Yodel > Jewel Clark [18]
Dong Dingelang > Alice Babs [17]
Jodel Cha-Cha > Alice Babs [17]

[1] Wolf Talk [Global Journey] ALASKA
[2] Baikal Ice (Spring 2003)” on ReR <www. Rermegacorp.com> SIBERIA
[3] Facing North [ECM] NEW YORK
[4] Im Röseligarte [Sonic Records] SWITZERLAND-NETHERLANDS
[5] Koto Accordion [Deep Listening] UPSTATE NY
[6] Suicidal Yodels [Traumtone] SWITZERLAND
[7] Marja-Leena Sillanpää: h&h o&a n&n [Firework Editions] FINLAND
[8] Joni Mitchell [Reprise vinyl] CANADA
[9] Diane Labrosse: Music for Objects on the verge of Extinction [Ambiances Magnetiques] CANADA
[10] Winterlud [BV Haast] NETHERLANDS
[11] Christina Lauterburg: Aërope [Juzz] SWITZERLAND
[12] JAPAN
[13] Stimmreise.ch [Tellmusic] SWITZERLAND
[14] Songs from the Cold Seas [Sony] BARRA / SCOTLAND
[15] Punkt: Crimes Scenes [Punkt Recordings] NORWAY
[16] Country Memories [Sharpe Music] IRELAND
[17] Mittsomernacht [Bear Family] SWEDEN
[18] Yodelin Live at the Outlook [Smash Easy] MAINE, USA

There is definitely something calming, something strangely meditative about winter and real winter landscapes. The hyperbolic activities of people with no purpose in life are at least shut up behind closed doors. I used to take incredibly long walks into the snow-bound landscapes in almost every place I have ever lived including NYC. Nothing better than a major snow storm in a big city to create a hush of humility, a moment of reflection forced upon the metropolis as it grinds to a halt because of the weather.

The vocals here generally reflect a deep yearning to project beyond the cold distance. I remember those cold distances. Why do I remember these cold loner treks through the snow to clear head in places like upstate NY, Mid-Michigan, Wisconsin, Paris, NY… Was it the confluence of mind to weather? The relation of mood to atmosphere? I am not sure, altho a vaguely social guy, I do have extreme bouts of needing to just walk, long walks to nowhere. Where are you going partner may ask and I will inevitably respond I don’t know. Now in Amsterdam I try to go biking at least once a week preferably on sundays when everything is calm and I will inevitably not know throughout the trip where I am going because I am going nowhere, anyhwere, and everywhere at the same time. I make turns based on whim, go a certain way based on feeling, on the look of the street. Back in upstate NY, Horseheads to be exact, I used to make long treks in the snow – the boots through snow like a wooshing mantra, all you here is that, a bit of wind, a crow in the distance, your own breathing and you just keep on tromping through snow, there are few noticeable landmarks and the trek continues… At some point I was fascinated with this one girl, Megan, in my 10th grade class. Her whole family was an intellectual family who you never saw playing in the street, they never mowed their lawn – I assumed she was always reading [and NOT kahlil gibran either] and writing in journals. Although she was shy, I was even shyer around girls and so did we ever really have a conversation in 4 years of high school? No, altho I did write her a note once that in among this pine thicket, where the trees grew so close no snow actually fell, it is here in this grove that I built a hut of sticks and a bed of needles for me and her to make out in – some day. That day never came and the hut stood for a long time and whenever I smell the scent of pine I am instantly brought back to this moment. Playing these northern sirens had a similar effect. The importance of music old and new is to create rhizomes that connect past to present, link memories to aesthetics, emotions to musical notes and writing about music should be more honest and less technical abstract but as Frank Zappa once said “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”
Northern Women: Tough Enough [Science Daily:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/02/050201104313.htm%5D


When it comes to handling isolation, limited resources and unending months of bitter cold, it really is a case of mind over matter, as women living in the frozen North already know. A study done by a University of Alberta PhD student shows that women living in isolated Northern settings teach themselves–and each other–how to be hardy and resilient, as a way to safeguard their health.

“Taking a positive attitude gave women hope and encouragement to carry on in difficult circumstances,” said Dr. Beverly Leipert, who conducted the research to earn her doctorate in Nursing at the University of Alberta. Results of the study are published in the January issue of Qualitative Health Research.

Leipert interviewed 25 women of diverse ages and backgrounds living in northern British Columbia, and discovered that, while their mental and physical health was vulnerable to risks posed by wildlife, pollution, gender attitudes, limited resources and of course, climate, they learn to cope through three major strategies: becoming hardy, making the best of the North and supplementing the North.

This involved a wide variety of actions on the part of the women, including learning to become self-reliant, following spiritual beliefs, adopting outdoor activities of skiing, fishing and camping, moving indoors to paint and quilt, volunteering on community councils and with other groups, and advocating for themselves and their communities. They also sought social support from one another, even though women-only gatherings were seen as threatening in some communities.

“Developing resilience, which is central to Northern women’s health, involves developing new strategies and enhancing existing ones that are both behavioral and psychological in nature,” Dr. Leipert said.

The nature of resilience and the degree to which Northern women develop it is influenced by factors such as women’s economic circumstances, how isolated they are, their state of health and their needs, the resources available to them, and their educational and cultural backgrounds, Dr. Leipert noted.

The study also showed that some of the needs arising from these factors are beyond the woman’s capacity to address. “It is important that society and governments provide adequate resources to support the efforts and health of women in Northern and other isolated settings,” Dr. Leipert said.

The study’s findings will help friends, families, health-care givers, policymakers and the women themselves, to understand and address risks to the well-being of rural women, Leipert said.


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