I’ve heard Petch play the saw – she’s really good at it. It is a beautifully eerie sound.
Today on the blog, a guest post by Cathy Petch — playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster and musical saw player for The Silver Hearts. Cathy has several handsome chapbooks and most recently published her poetry book Late Night Knife Fights with LyricalMyrical Press. Her work has also appeared in Descant, The Toronto Quarterly and Joypuke. Cathy is part of The Dildettes, a queer spoken word/comedy troupe along with Regie Cabico and David Bateman, and was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams. She is happiest onstage.
So I play a musical saw during some of my poetry pieces.
A musical saw: literally a handsaw played with a bow. The sound has been called “ghost-like,” “eerie” and “like that other weird instrument,” a.k.a. the theremin.
Both the theremin and the musical saw are often mistaken for novelty instruments, and though I’m currently wracking my brain to say what…
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