I came across this poem by the American poet John Ciardi and since I write a lot about memories, the two combined into the music found on Memorophilia.
“And the time sundials tell
May be minutes and hours. But it may just as well
Be seconds and sparkles, or seasons and flowers.
No, I don’t think of time as just minutes and hours.
Time can be heartbeats, or bird songs, or miles,
Or waves on a beach, or ants in their files
(They do move like seconds—just watch their feet go:
Tick-tick-tick, like a clock). You’ll learn as you grow
That whatever there is in a garden, the sun
Counts up on its dial. By the time it is done
Our sundial—or someone’s— will certainly add
All the good things there are. Yes, and all of the bad.
And if anyone’s here for the finish, the sun
Will have told him—by sundial—how well we have done.
How well we have done, or how badly. Alas,
That is a long thought. Let me hope we all pass.”
(1916 – 1986)
Then Kit wrote a short poem about Memories out of the blue and we decided to use it inside the cd cover.
It’s the breeze that holds your hand
In the half – light when they should be there,
A sight, a sound, once lost, now found,
They’re still there,
I hope lots of Em-fans will finally dig and appreciate their noble excursions of well composed and produced electronica with a slight vein of new age. Again, well done.
Now I’ve heard Memorophilia I intend to seek out more of the work by this talented duo. They have a distinctive sound and style which I thought occasionally verged on the baroque. The unabashed pretty and innocent, but not superficial, melodies make it a delightful album.
Dene Bebbington – Melliflua – December 02, 2006
They consistently deliver some of the most engaging, likable, yet unique electronic instrumental music, spanning several genres, that I have heard over the years. So much of what’s on Memorophilia will probably put a smile on your face or set your feet a tapping that I believe only the most stubborn curmudgeons would not enjoy at least some, if not all, of this album. I highly recommend it, especially to fans of European chill-out and electronic new age music.
Bill Binkleman – Wind and Wire / New Age Reporter – Memorophilia (2006)