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"I have a thorn in my foot or head, the palm of my hand or neck. I don't see it but by God, I feel it. It's this kind of ailment that feels like a chest stuffed with cotton, unable to breathe. Suffocation. Loss. Despair. Emotions that we all feel for one reason or maybe another. I feel them due to the passing of moments, days, years, seasons, experiences, lifetimes. In a shallow way I describe it as being sentimental but that's the tip of it. I'm cripplingly nostalgic. These remarkable and beautiful memories that I have break me because I have them only in memory and never re-liveable. And I know that I'm prone to romanticizing even dirt, I know that I see these memories with a little more grandeur than they originally sang but that doesn't make it hurt any less. I've always cried after experiences that moved my childhood. My mouth has always been the hinge and my ribs, the enclosure for the still and untouched items that altogether make up a display case in me. You know, the intricate and bulky pieces of furniture in your grandparents' house whose sole purpose is to hold the treasured and forgotten things? I compare myself to furniture because it's the only comparison I know. I can't touch these memories but I have them and I don't know if that is burden or gift. If the sensation of this thorn is one of torture or of pleasure. I see memories in vivid colors, fluid movements and glory. They are a stone excavated, a gaping void confused by its existential inability to exist. I wish to live in them forever and in their truth. In all their beauty and awe. All the love, the experience. I want to hold it close to my face, to know it again. Yet time continues continuing and change inevitably forces life into shadows..." [1]

I need lullabies to sleep
I need memories to dream
I need someone else to share with
All the things I've ever seen
I need silence in the mornings
I want the world under my feet
I want everyone to notice
From every orifice I bleed
I want everything you've stolen
I want my blood to be relieved
I want your presence here unfolded
All your hidden parts released [2]

1- "Presence" written and performed by Jenny Frederick-Harenza
2- "Untitled" written and performed by Shortwave based off of "Presence"


from The Perfect Arrow, released November 10, 2017


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Shortwave Texas

Independent folk/rock band from Ft Worth, Texas.

Luke Frederick
Luke Ridlehoover
Collin Brandt
Alex Bond

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