Transistor Sister

by Kathleen Martin

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[NOTE: Skip beyond the minute+ intro if unmoved by celestial cometsong and kantele. Also, I posted a 3:30, radio-friendly .mp3 of TS over at my soundcloud site.]

I preferred that this lighthearted piece wasn't already in the pipeline given the sickening injustice of Monday's "Night of No Indictment." But having a minor scale taste of local corruption and injustice this year myself, I found turning to humor helped me carry on. Perhaps we must rocket off this terrestrial plane to finally find a universal justice, which is my segue to: --> The first moment I heard the soundclip of the comet "song," I hoped to work it into a composition somehow. I've also wanted for a while to feature in a piece a wordplay bit I wrote decades ago, to wit: So he says to the shapeshifter waitress, "Keep the change." And the third element tying this production together is something I recently wrote in my profile at the Free Music Archives [FMA Kathleen_Martin ], citing my trusty transistor radio as a major player (ahem) among early influences. I'm giving her here a rather unRealistic perSonyfication.



COME To meet my transistor sister
A radio active, ship-shape shifter
She is taking orders at the Comet Café
Her tube top nametag reads Rosetta Ray
Make her sing, and she will make your day

Anode you can semiconduct her
Current and her wave creation
You can boost her storage cell
For signal strength modulation

COME To meet my transistor sister
So far out that you cannot resist her
When she moonlights over at the Satellite Diner
You won't find a broad beam that is any finer
Shines in keys both major and minor

Fiddle a little with her knobs
You will change her amplitude
And receive her full transmission
Frequency that hertz so good

COME To meet my transistor sister
A radio active, ship-shape shifter
She will take your order at the Comet Café
Her tube top nametag reads Rosetta Ray
And when she sings, she will make your day

Coda: [She has a] Fully integrated circuit
And she knows just how to work it

Tagline: So he says to the shapeshifter waitress, "Keep the change, sister."


released November 27, 2014
I provided all earthbound vocals, guitar, Finnish harp and keyboard/synth sounds. Comet and radio tuning clips from online files found. Written, composed, performed, recorded and produced by Kathleen Martin. Design of catlike Comet 67p holding the Rosetta lander and my tranSister by JT Lindroos.




Kathleen Martin New Albany, Indiana

For music fans who think outside the boxy confines of genre labels, find here my original work arranged for and performed on a variety of instruments for sounds ranging from sweet to sassy and reedy to brassy; from lofty to lowdown and soulful to hoedown; from serious to silly and urban to hillbilly. I urge you to click on my production notes/lyrics before or as you push play. ☼♥ ... more

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