January 16, 2013 — 24 Comments

For those of you who are interested in hearing the full version of my song, “Polly”, that Zack used in his short film “Signal & Noise”, you can download it by clicking here ——> Polly

The song is actually still a work in progress; what was recorded were merely ideas and rough sketches for a hopeful finished product. I started writing the song shortly after the death of my Grandmother, who passed away the day after Christmas this past year (2012). Her name was Vera, but was always called Polly, and I was mourning the fact that I did not get a chance to say goodbye before she died. There are no lyrics because I did not have words to sing. Just melodies, and the desire to use my voice as an instrument. When Zack asked if I had anything that could work for the film he was making, I played him a bit of the song and he liked it, so my dear friend, Deke Spears (who helped me produce The Cracks & The Crevices and The Loss & The Love), and I put together what you hear in the track.

It might be finished. It might not. I might leave it as is. I might change it or morph it into something else. If anything I feel that it captures a bit of the emotion.

What do you think? Should I leave it as is? Or give it actual words and fill it out a bit more?

Thanks for stopping by.

“To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.”

Thomas Campbell, “Hallowed Ground”

24 responses to Polly

  1. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Your music and your words and your heart and your art. Keep making art and sharing it with the world. We need your voice.

  2. I’m so sorry about your Grandmother…..the song is just lovely! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  3. Love it. Leave Polly as it is. If you want to tweak it, make changes, or add lyrics, title it as a different song, or as a different version of “Polly.” Maybe a Polly EP?

  4. I’m sorry about your grandmother. This song is beautiful as it is, and I’d like to echo Paul’s thoughts as well – if you do decide to change it, name it something else.

    Zack’s short was inspiring but not possible without your music, and I replayed his short over and over again partly for his message but mostly for your music.

  5. Meghan that is beautiful, leave it as it is, it’s done full stop. I never knew any of my grandparents, i’m damn sure i missed out on a shit load of life with them.

  6. This is so beautiful! I lost my dear grandmother almost 2 years ago and when listening to this, I feel your grief and pain and sorrow. Thank you for sharing…
    It is so hard to lose someone we love.

  7. Thank you for sharing your voice and sorrows. This song tells your story the way it is, your loss is felt in your voice, made it feel real. This is what you felt in the moment, your heart spoke, then let it be, keep it this way.

  8. Great piece. As I was listening, I was seeing photos of all of my relatives that have passed on. You guys make a great team. Many blessings!

  9. Very emotional — you shared your heart with us and it is lovely and timeless. Your grandmother is with you. If you add to it, only make it more meaningful to you, that will shine through.

  10. This song is full of words, they speak directly to the soul. Thank you so much for your beautiful gift! Thank you for sharing it with the world. Blessings!

  11. Hauntingly beautiful . . . it’s so emotive. I listened and heard the pain before I read the story. Personally I think it’s perfect the way it is. Grief really has no words.

  12. Thank you so much for this song, Meghan. It caught my ear while watching Zack’s video, and the closing credits led me here. I listened again before knowing the back story; your creation sent me on the most wonderful imagination cascades – photo projects I wish to work on, flashes of inspirational images I’ve enjoyed in the past… all from this moving piece. Thank you for this moment. I’ll listen again and again while I’m editing my own work.

  13. It’s beautiful. I wouldn’t change a thing! I’m very sorry for your loss.

  14. Meghan dont change a thing!!! I absolutely love it. And im sorry about your grandmother.

  15. Meghan I immediately was drawn tot his song while watchinh Zach’s video….hauntingly beautiful!! I just love it!

  16. Beautiful voice. I think no matter which you decide, change or leave as is, it will always be music that reaches our soul.

  17. [Bow to your Grandmother]. To me the listener, it is wonder and perfect. How could it not be? A dear friend once suggested that when, “Art” is finished all you have is a “work of art”. Some Art, I believe, is never meant to be finished

  18. Very much signal. Very little noise. Lovely.

  19. It’s perfect, please don’t change a thing about this song. It’s very moving and so, so beautiful!

  20. “What do you think? Should I leave it as is? Or give it actual words and fill it out a bit more?”

    I think – leave it, as it ist. And this quote came to my mind, after hearing Polly:
    “A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” (Paul Gardner, arts writer)

  21. Carlos Sandoval March 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Incredible. A really beautiful piece of music! It inspired images on the short film I´m working on… Thank you for your music; never stop making it.

  22. Absolutely beautiful. Please leave it as it is. Brillant video from Zack as well!

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