microphones in the trees: norma lyon

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

norma lyon



"a collection of 16 pieces privately released by Norma Lyon in the late 1960s. all are original compositions for piano and organ. dark, moody and dramatic, each of these “sketches” was inspired by a place Ms. Lyon has lived. the tone of the record is set by its fantastic titles, including “Flight of the Spirit Geese,” “Phantom Cathedral of the Sea” and “Dirge of the Sea Gods.” the first side, “Dune Sketches,” is based on a period when she lived amidst the dunes in southwest Oregon. the second side, “Sea Sketches,” is drawn from the time she spent living with her twin sister overlooking the ocean in Coos Bay." little axe


"Norma Lyon was an Oregon, pianist, composer and children's book illustrator. she spent many years living in a small cabin in Hauser around the coastal dunes of Oregon which provided the inspiration for the first side of the record: Dune Sketches. the liner notes detail a series of setbacks for Ms. Lyon including contracting polio and a 1943 car accident which “resulted in the loss of a middle finger and the the thumb above the first joint. Plastic surgery enabled her to regain use of her thumb.” the second side Sea Sketches was inspired by living the last seventeen years in her studio overlooking the sea in Coos Bay. the album had a press run of 1000 copies was probably released in 1968 and Ms. Lyon was hoping that the proceeds from the album would help pay off her mortgage. Ms. Lyons was 58 at the time of the albums release and living with her twin sister. she has a cat named Franz and a dog named Bobby. she was at the time of the article (August 1968) working on a childrens record and book whose narrative was some sort of underwater puppet adventure where “happiness triumphs over tragedy.” backroom

si te gusta 'church organ' de Sun Ra, las sonatas para piano de Chopin, la banda sonora de las películas mudas en blanco y negro, Korla Pandit, Pierre Palla, las cascadas de piano de 'pianoketo' de Antti Tolvi (mmm), la música de órgano de los años treinta, la preciosísima 'meditation' de gurdjieff /hartmann y este mini compilado de Salvador, te enamorarás de Norma Lyon (compositora y pianista) y Marie Celia Dunn (órgano). todos los detalles de la vida de Norma, en este artículo de 1968.

2 comments:

james_lopez said...

Norma Lyon, a self-described dairy farmer’s wife and mother of eight who realized fame very well beyond the particular Midwest as the “butter-cow lady” in the Iowa Point out Fair, sculpturing tons of U. Utes. Grade AA salted butter each and every year into life-size results of cows, highly successful people and, after, a diorama in the Last An evening meal, died with Sunday with Marshalltown, Iowa.

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hou said...

Norma Lyon, a self-described dairy farmer’s wife and mother of eight who realized fame very well beyond the particular Midwest as the “butter-cow lady” in the Iowa Point out Fair, sculpturing tons of U. Utes. Grade AA salted butter each and every year into life-size results of cows, highly successful people and, after, a diorama in the Last An evening meal, died with Sunday with Marshalltown, Iowa.
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