Keep Warm

by Purrbot

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Have Fun! 04:10
have fun in all you do, wake up early you string christmas lights soft white our home we watch movies i am writing again have fun in all you do fight off embarrassment fight off low self-esteem fight off self-loathing i am confident, i know i am bring it to the surface trust, and open have fun in all you do have fun! we read in bed before sleep we cook dinner for friends we are learning we are doing so well i do so well not to forget have fun in all you do have fun in all you do have fun in all you do have fun in all you do
fish out of water fish out of water fish out of water i'm a fish out of water thanks for making dioramas thanks for getting water thanks for making tea for reading in bed with me fish out of water... thanks for spooning for sending that video about blurring worlds physical and digital fish out of water... thanks for having a holiday party thanks for lending books, you have great books let's go on a bike ride up mount tabor!
Lifeline 02:35
1, 2, 3... 71 1, 2, 3... 50
Vignette 02:02
(do something do anything where is my to-do list?) ice ice snow snow bluster enfolds us warm home bundle soft nest hot baths candles house shoes long johns warm white falling hibernating friendship kitty coffee toasty hot tea happy fuzzy faces walking sledding snowball throwing silent vignette window pictures fingers jackets scarves and hats and winter healing one more blanket (do something do anything what is it that you like? do something...)
My Mess 02:27
My voice My fire My light My eyes Foggy, blind Distorted, rose Am I making things worse for myself? Am I being ungrateful? I am so grateful! Give yourself a break A vacation from hating yourself My rules, so rigid My love, my trust Muffled Don't be so shy Don't fall back so soon My breath My mess My haste, impatience Give yourself a break A vacation from hating yourself
scramble across power line hide acorn hide in leaves and debris and bare bones this season is new and dry hands crack, hands taut, flaky hangnail bleeds a new shoot from hull half cracked barely buried i am bored what am i doing in the front lawn watching earthworms drown watching ants carry dead go bye bye go bye bye
Carmine, we have a problem The sleepy creatures are multiplying! Darnell, our little girl! Snuggle bunny nuzzling Do you like your new collar sweetie? Carmine, i'm tired of it There are thousands! Thousands of them! Would you like to take a sleepy creature home? Never really awake... Darnell, i miss that sleeper We couldn't keep her She sleeps between us, Keeps us warm!


These songs came from a week where Purrbot decided to embark on a song-a-day project. Every day had to be new material, no recycled words or riffs. Each song had to be written & recorded in one day. From this exercise came the rough, lo-fi, sincere, encouraging, and dorky EP "Keep Warm."

Much later, some songs went on to be re-recorded for Purrbot's album "Warm Gold." Go check out the new versions of "My Mess" and "The Sleepy Creatures"!


released January 15, 2010

Copyright 2010 and 2013 Nathan Wade Carter
Written, Produced & Performed by Nathan Wade Carter
Recorded at The Mantle, Portland, OR

Cover photograph/polaroid taken by Patrick Dundon

"The Sleepy Creatures" is based on "Carmine & Darnell & The Sleepy Creatures" by James McShane ( Thank you James!!


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Purrbot Portland

Nathan Wade Carter (he/him) is a queer, grey-a, non-binary poet, musician, & artist living in Portland, Oregon. His chapbook is ROYGBIV (Ursus Americanus Press 2017). His poetry can be found in Hobart, Fugue, Gramma Poetry, Poor Claudia, The Fem, & others. He is the editor and founder of SUSAN / The Journal. He writes & performs songs under the name Purrbot. ... more

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