Xoller’s Gertrude Stein Inspired “A Rose” is a Meditation on the Cyclical Nature of Human Life and Love

Xoller, photo courtesy the artist

Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s 1913 poem “Sacred Emily,” Xoller’s “A Rose” quotes the famous line “a rose is a rose is a rose” as a symbol for the cyclical nature of our lives and of time and how it ultimately warps and makes indistinct our memories. Experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage once pointed out how Stein’s use of those words suggested a circular shape and how that visual language influenced his approach to his own work and Xoller’s wistful and nostalgic melody seems similarly impacted in connecting the repetition of chorus and verse with the all too familiar patterns of life and human behavior that she poetically outlines in the song’s lyrics. The hope, as in all patterns and cycles, is that even though we tend to be consistent in our long term behaviors that we can be cognizant of the patterns that no longer fully serve us well. Listen to “A Rose” on Soundcloud and follow Xoller at the links provided.


Author: simianthinker

Editor, primary content provider for this blog. Former contributor to Westword and The Onion.

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