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Bells and Whistles

from Sun In Mind by Sonya Hunter



the crisp and tart of apples green the roasted brown of coffee bean
brilliant orange on ocean fish cobalt blue on porcelain dish
the harvest in the autumn air the herbal in your honey's hair
the angle of the actor's brow the noticing that this is now
you're shrewd and sensual and well aware – you might even care

but are you listening
do you notice these
bells and whistles
do they ring in your ear
do they draw you near?

the smooth beat of the hummingbird the clever placement of a word
hot water filling up the tub the bustle in the city hub
we've listened and we've paid respect there's still a few things we neglect
for instance i know someone who's standing right in front of you
you're shrewd and sensual and well aware – you might even care

but are you listening...

understatement and subtlety
just might be the ticket – might be your cup of tea
but it's too late, too late for me!
the crowd has fallen silent and i've had a bit to drink
it's a twenties picture show with full orchestra in tow

lavender and lemon soap cardamom and bergamot
the sweetness from the maple tree sand along the river heat
the bravery behind a scar the distance of a shooting star
the airplane view of whipped cream clouds the one you notice in the crowd
there's many wonders in this world and senses filling up this girl
and life's too short to just ignore the poet standing at the door
you're shrewd and sensual and well aware – you might even care...

well are you listening...


from Sun In Mind, released July 1, 2002


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Sonya Hunter San Francisco, California

With six albums to her credit and a career spanning decades, Sonya Hunter is steeped in the art of songwriting. One journalist mused “Hunter makes music that is both elegant and hypnotic, weaving tales of urban frustration and mixing word play with wisdom.” Her unique sound, which collaborator Erik Pearson infuses with textural guitars and vocals, gives a nod to country, jazz, and 60’s folk rock. ... more

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