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Smoky Doldrums

by Colleen Kitchen

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I wrote and recorded this track in September 2020 during the worst of the forest fires. Air Quality PPM numbers were getting up to 500 and there was no place to get away from it. I hoped in this song to capture how insanely weird those10 days were.


Forgotten linen dishtowel, limp and grimy on the line;
Solitary scrub jay seeks other ways to dine.
The red clay bricks below are soft and gray with fallen ash:

When will it end?
Send us rain.
Give us air...
Give us west wind.

The fires to the east of us continue to burn strong;
The dim red sun throws feeble light; the shadows are all wrong.
My window partly blocks the thick and smoky yellow air,


The air is chill and clammy, and we urgently need rain.
Being cooped up inside is slowly driving me insane.
The flowers and the vegetables are out there well confused...



released November 12, 2021
mixed and mastered by Dave Trenkel at Unity Recording studios in Corvalis, OR.




Colleen Kitchen Portland, Oregon

Colleen has been called "versatile". She plays every manner of keyboard, sings, and adds some wind too. Enjoy some of her parodies and some of her lullabies, and expect some originals soon.

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