Love, fatherhood, history, death and daily meanings are all touch on in this combination of poetry and short story offerings. The spoken word performances by Gregory DelTufo (known as "Del" to his friends) are stunning.
"His voice is completely different than the voice I heard in my head while writing these poems", Mueller said. "Mine: think Burl Ives. Del's: think Bronx Mafia." Like a playwright handing his work over to actors, Mueller lets Del bring his words to life in totally unpredictable ways. "His distinct personality led me to rewrite some of the lines," Mueller explained, "in order to make better use of his compelling style. It has been a very satisfying collaboration."
The accompanying music creates a unique audio context for each piece. Underscoring styles range from orchestral works to Jazz duets, synth washes to African rhythms, rock guitars to solo violin.
Please listen to the poems recorded so far (below). Also, feel free to download the poems in PDF format for offline reading. Del and Tobin hope to complete this project by late 2017.
|1||As Simple As Soap|
|5||Wall of Heaven|
|7||Under the Basement Stairs|
|8||To Die Awake|
|9||Abraham and Isaac revisited|
|10||Swing Set Music|