How Do We Call This Home

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  • Poster/Print + Digital Album

    Beauty to hold in your hands while you listen: a 7-inch giclée watercolor print and album card with lyrics and drawings. I was so happy to ditch the internet and work alongside my people at the Compound Gallery, the wonderful Eric Sanchez of Daruma Press and designer Chloë Dalby. We created and hand cut a limited edition of 100 prints, with the first set going to my beloved funders.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Yellow Blue Alizarin via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 100 

      $25 USD or more 

     

  • Poster/Print + Digital Album

    The album card, each with a unique outtake from the glicée printing process with Daruma Press. Featuring lyrics, profound gratitude, and a drawing by myself. Designed by Chloë Dalby.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Yellow Blue Alizarin via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days

      $6 USD or more 

     

lyrics

After all of that / after cardamom and crushed tomatoes / we drew like children on your kitchen tile / You taught me how to paint your skin / yellow, blue, alizarin / Sometimes I'd make you crack a smile // After all of that / when they flew you back across the mountains / just a painter helping Yankee soldiers / With fourteen vaccines in your arm / so your home would do no harm / I still see them in your shoulders // How do you call this home / a city without seasons? / How do you call this home / as my country for no reason / clutches yours / with endless wars? / How do you call this home?// After all of that / this place unfolded into something sweeter / Deserts blossomed into words of Rumi / An inconvenient place to be / between Russia and the sea / you told to me the history // I can’t call this home / a city with no seasons / How do we call this home / as my country for no reason / clutches yours / with senseless wars? / How do we call this home?
 / ... // All those years / an empty place to me / all those columns / I never had to read / Lay me down / my belly to my feet / Your red rug felt like home / I want a place like home //

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from Yellow Blue Alizarin, released September 27, 2016

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Melanie Ida Chopko Oakland, California

"Melanie Ida Chopko has that precious and rare quality that we long for in our artists …a unique way of seeing. Happily she also has the grace of melody and words to communicate it to us." - Rachel Efron, songwriter & producer

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