HUMMINGBIRD: A LYRIC BOOK
Elli Espi is the creative identity of Eileen Esposito. She is a Brooklyn based recording artist, lyricist and music therapist. Half her time is spent doing music therapy at a local hospital, and the other half is spent independently recording and publishing her music and lyrics. The content Elli Espi creates can come across dreamy and suggestive, with iconic and archetypal explorations. Her work is memory and fantasy driven, with underlying themes of the nature of love and emotions, togetherness and loss, and the experience of time.
Hummingbird: A Lyric Book
We play music to memorialize, to create meaning, to process the events in our lives. We write to decipher what matters and what we need to let go. We sing because we are happy or sad, feel joy or anger, feeling free and innocent or trapped and hopeless. We sing, we write songs, and we play music because sometimes it feels better than crying, drugs, or whiskey. Music is love and art. It touches what we see as untouchable. It refreshes the human heart and stirs within us a sound our souls can hear. It’s spiritual. It’s sensual. Songs pass through us in waves, like water, like air, like fire, like earth. Songs soak into us and change us from the inside. They make us feel.
All the songs in Hummingbird: A Lyric Book come from an experience, a place and time we can return to together any time, again and again. I invite you to freely participate in this lyric book both actively and passively: You can envision what my stories sound like, what those scenes looked like, and then you can change everything around to make them your stories. Give these lyrics new melodies, new memories, new associations. Change the key, modulate it to fit your life, add a new dynamic, unique to your own imagination, your thoughts, your feelings, your heart and soul. We can sing together or hum, or speak the words like poetry. Thank you for picking up a copy of this lyric book. If you’ve ever written a song, or want to write one, please share it with me. Let’s play together someday.