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Sketches in Spain

by Ill Poetic

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"Sketches in Spain"

Inspired by a long-stretch Miles Davis obsession, "Sketches in Spain" is my attempt to articulate the life-long acid trip that is sight-sound synesthesia.

I originally wrote this record 10 years ago at a JCPenney Call Center in Columbus, Ohio and had no idea what to do with it - a song about Spain, sound, colors and synesthesia. Cut to a decade later: I've returned from a month-long stay in Madrid and am about to head into a doctoral program where I'll be learning/creating the very things I imagined in that call center.

Thank you to my guy Jesse Clayborne, the producer of the song, for a decade of patience on this track. He killed it and I'm honored to float on top of it. "Sketches in Spain" is available on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms.

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Hook

Sketches in Spain, Sketches in Spain
Sheets of sound under my tongue and I see colors in my brain,
Blue Train, Blue Train
Blue Train
Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang is for the children
ODB is on the Building, In the Rain…
Sketches in Spain
Sheets of sound under my tongue and I see colors in my brain,
Blue Train, Blue Train
Blue Train
New slang, new slang is for the children
The view from here is brilliant



Verse I

Look
And the colors, all of these colors,
They are drippin’ down the wall I am not trippin’ I am sober,
All I see are 808’s, 808’s,
They are black and they are seeping from the speaker,
They are crawling on my sneakers
Hi-hats, white hats,
They are dancing out the tweeter,
I can see their presence linger on the ceiling
I am seeing moving Jackson Pollack pictures at my fingertips,
The singer is a ribbon made of purple (Miles)

Hook

Sketches in Spain, Sketches in Spain
Sheets of sound under my tongue and I see colors in my brain,
Blue Train, Blue Train
Blue Train
Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang is for the children
ODB is on the Building, In the Rain…
Sketches in Spain
Sheets of sound under my tongue and I see colors in my brain,
Blue Train, Blue Train
Blue Train
New slang, new slang is for the children

Verse II

She is chillin’ she is floating through the smoke, weed smoke,
It is cloudy, we are drowsy
But the ribbon splits in pieces
It is chopped, chopped, chopped,
Screwed, screwed
And the purple it gets darker we
Can see it split in harmonies
On a yellow snare, yellow snares,
They are rollin’ we are rollin’
They are bouncing off the tables and the chairs
Ricochet, ricochet,
Minor keys that move in green and
Major keys that move in white,
But these ain’t drugs or metaphors
As I had said before we sober four leaf clovers
Clouds of smoke are more than likely a result
Of our recorders passin’ quotas
These are sculptures in the air that we can’t touch
They are lush and they are vivid
There’s a painter with a brush
Who has a canvas on the hush
And with that canvas and that brush
He paints my brain with psychedelics
I can feel it when he paints
Sketches in Spain,
Sketches in Blue
My favorite hue
Her favorite colors
Is my favorite view

Hook

Sketches in Spain, Sketches in Spain
Sheets of sound under my tongue and I see colors in my brain,
Blue Train, Blue Train
Blue Train
Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang is for the children
ODB is on the Building, In the Rain…
Sketches in Spain
Sheets of sound under my tongue and I see colors in my brain,
Blue Train, Blue Train
Blue Train
New slang, new slang is for the children
The view from here is brilliant.

credits

released September 15, 2022
Produced by Jesse Clayborne for Clayborne LLC
Written by Timothy "Ill Poetic" Gmeiner

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Ill Poetic San Diego, California

After over 15 years of boundary-pushing self-released albums, mash-ups, production work, graphic work, entrepreneurship and even curriculum development, Ill Poetic has developed a wide spectrum of creative tools and processes to express a range of thoughtful and honest work. ... more

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