Sleep Won't Come 

These last few months..

I had the great pleasure of curating the Lyric section of "Wild Mercury," the 5th edition of the Santa Barbara Literary Journal. The journal, lovingly known as Litjo, is one of the few that recognize lyrics as literature. What a concept! Great thanks to founder and Editrix in Chief, Silver Webb for the opportunity.

I gathered several songwriters whose work I admire in order to create a truly eclectic reading and listening experience. (More on the listening experience soon)  I'm in the good company of  Vicki Genfan (North Carolina, US) Mary Edwards (New York, US), Bill White (Lima, Peru), Tammy Jann (New Hampshire, US) "Njihe" Elle Kokkonen (Inari, Finland) and Michael Debenham (Melbourne, Australia).

My personal contribution is called "Sleep Won't Come," a dark and mysterious piece written for piano and cello.There's a disturbance in the air echoed by lyrics that depict a profound state of unrest. It predates Covid19. Perhaps an eerie foreboding of the times?


Take a listen. Ponder. Repeat as needed. Your comments/feedback are very welcome! This is a work in progress.

Then click here and treat yourself to the Journal, jammed packed with insanely well penned fiction, poetry, essays AND lyrics.

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Santa Barbara Literary Journal!
 

Sending you all love, strength and hope,

Sonya

 

 

10 comments

  • Melanie DeMore
    Melanie DeMore Oakland , CA
    Beautiful. pastoral...love the piano.

    Beautiful. pastoral...love the piano.

  • Midyne
    Midyne Grovetown, GA
    Shades of Laura Nyro. Hauntingly beautiful.

    Shades of Laura Nyro. Hauntingly beautiful.

  • Denise
    Denise NYC
    This is lovely Sonya!

    This is lovely Sonya!

  • Mette Halling
    Mette Halling Denmark
    So beautiful Sonya....

    So beautiful Sonya....

  • Ludo Kordo
    Ludo Kordo France
    Listened to your Beautiful Song 4 times in a row, so hauntingly Beautiful thank you for conforting us and blessing us with your golden Voice and Magical Harmonies

    Listened to your Beautiful Song 4 times in a row, so hauntingly Beautiful thank you for conforting us and blessing us with your golden Voice and Magical Harmonies

  • Kristen Jones
    Kristen Jones Baltimore, MD
    'twas an honor to add cello to this piece...thanks for including me!

    'twas an honor to add cello to this piece...thanks for including me!

  • Corrin Huddleston
    Corrin Huddleston Ct
    Oh that is exquisite!

    Oh that is exquisite!

  • Sonya Heller
    Sonya Heller
    Thank you Kristen for playing so beautifully on this piece!

    Thank you Kristen for playing so beautifully on this piece!

  • Sonya Heller
    Sonya Heller
    Thank you Melanie, Midyne, Mette, Denise and my sweet Kordo for tuning in. I'm so glad you liked Sleep Won't Come!

    Thank you Melanie, Midyne, Mette, Denise and my sweet Kordo for tuning in. I'm so glad you liked Sleep Won't Come!

  • Sanya
    Sanya Hainan
    To those who got the chance to have a copy and read the whole content of Santa Barbara Literary Journal, you guys are so lucky! I have been wanting to read it because my colleagues have been talking about it. They were not giving me copies and I don't know why! Perhaps, they want me to have my own copy too and have my reviews posted on https://best-essay-writing.services/ soon! That's why I am have been searching for online libraries as well!

    To those who got the chance to have a copy and read the whole content of Santa Barbara Literary Journal, you guys are so lucky! I have been wanting to read it because my colleagues have been talking about it. They were not giving me copies and I don't know why! Perhaps, they want me to have my own copy too and have my reviews posted on https://best-essay-writing.services/ soon! That's why I am have been searching for online libraries as well!

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