This piece makes part of Prison Songs a sound project by Cities & Memory. A collaborative project that examines the lives of the prisoners in the Mississippi State Penitentiary in late 1940, by reimagining the songs recorded there.
My inspiration for this piece comes from my experience as a mother and housekeeper, and from the repetition that taking care of someone implies, as far as cooking, cleaning, caring, and cooking, cleaning, caring again and again, repeatedly, a never ending task. A rewarding, nonetheless heartbreaking commitment. Although I find this song rather nerve-wracking, it also seems reassuring. For reasons I can’t quite pinpoint, I found an echo, a graceful reverberation, of my own confinement.