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Overnight to Amsterdam (Prayer for Forgetting) (Nas Hedron, Canada/Brazil) 3:17

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This final track relates to the end of the book, and I won’t get into specific spoilers, but I think it’s safe to say that a kind of crisis has arrived for Rani.  She’s headed to Amsterdam, not permanently as far as we know, but the trip does represent a new stage in her life.

Prayer for Forgetting might have been written especially for this track, although it wasn’t. Like a lot of people who’ve led complicated lives, Rani is considering making a new start.  Whether she’ll decide to go for it–and whether she’ll be capable of it–is outside the scope of the book.

But part of making the attempt to start over is, inevitably, forgetting.  Maybe not forgetting in a permanent way, banishing the past forever from your memory, but at least forgetting things sufficiently that they don’t come up in your day to day life.  It’s not always easy, and it can take practice, like the poem says.

Prayer for Forgetting
Every day practice forgetting.
Forget yesterday,
your sister,
your name.
Every day forget a new word,
an entire vocabulary of forgetting.
Remember only
what you’ll do tomorrow.

 

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This track is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Credits:

Overnight to Amsterdam (Prayer for Forgetting) is an original track by Nas Hedron that incorporates an original recording as well as sound and music elements under license as set out below (in order of appearance).

1.  The sound of a jet takeoff is constructed from two different sound files:

  • A jet taking off, recorded in the interior of a jet’s cabin, FlightTakeOff, by FreeSound.org contributor acclivity under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported License, and
  • A jet taking off, recorded from outside, Three passenger jets depart, by FreeSound.org contributor digifishmusic under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

2.  The chime sound before the announcement is constructed from two different sound files:

3.  The announcement itself is the sound file Dim the cabin lights 111228 by FreeSound.org contributor LG under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

4.  The principal music (the section with full instrumentation) is a track called Don’t You Get Me by urmymuse, which can be found here and which was released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported License.  This track is a remix created by urmymuse using the track by djolliej in the next point.

5.  The musical bridge (the section with the bass and some percussion) is based on a track called Raid Children by djolliej, which can be found here and which was released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported License.

6.  The musical bridge also includes:

  • a bell sound that was taken from the sound file SundayMorningBellsAmsterdam by FreeSound.org contributor klankschap under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported License.
  • a vocal sample taken from the sound file ‘a yeah yeah yeah’ by FreeSound.org contributor Timbre released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported License.

7.  Finally, the second instance of the musical bridge includes the poem A Prayer for Forgetting, which is an original work recorded by Nas Hedron.

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