Tuesday, March 25, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 10: Lux Aeternae

On March 27-29, I will premiere COLLAPSE, my new piece for Timur and the Dime Museum, at REDCAT!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 10: Lux Aeternae

FERTILIZE MY HEART

Life can be lonely for an algal bloom. The Mississippi Dead Zone was born and raised in the gulf of Mexico, fed by fertilizer and runoff of at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The largest algal bloom in the world, it thought it was the only one of its kind. Then one day, from across the ancient trails of Atlantic sets and waves, it noticed another: The Baltic Sea Algae Bloom.

Fertilize my heart
Oxidize the dark parts
Tear the world apart
With you so far away

MISSISSIPPI DEAD ZONE:
You are a landlocked dream
Blue and green
in the Baltic Sea
Two of a kind, you and me

Hypoxia

These two felt destined to be together, but how? The expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, the confines of the Scandinavian Peninsula, so much stood square in the way. But they could feel the oceans slowly rising, and knew that all they had to do was wait. Before too long, these barriers to their boundless love would be submerged, and the two could reach across the great expanse and hold each other as they have long dreamed to do.

BALTIC SEA ALGAE BLOOM:
Nutrients saturate
Eutrophicate
aiming to suffocate
without you in my arms

Hypoxia

As the world gets warmer
Our love grows stronger
The poisoned waters
Rising to bring us together

Hypoxia
Fertilize my heart

© 2014 by Daniel Corral
Wikipedia says:
Currently, the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone, off the coast of Louisiana and Texas, is the largest hypoxic zone in the United States. The Mississippi River, which is the drainage area for 41% of the continental United States, dumps high-nutrient runoff such as nitrogen and phosphorus into the Gulf of Mexico. According to a 2009 fact sheet created by NOAA, "seventy percent of nutrient loads that cause hypoxia are a result of this vast drainage basin."
and
Baltic Sea hypoxia refers to low levels of oxygen in bottom waters, also known as hypoxia, occurring regularly in the Baltic Sea... The ultimate cause of hypoxia is excess nutrient loading from human activities causing algal blooms.

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