My Horse and I (1991)

for 2-channel audio with poem and reading by Sharon Thesen
by Hildegard Westerkamp
Premiere: May 19, 1991, Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Performed by Sharon Thesen, voice

Length: 7:30
My Image

My Horse and I is based on a poem of the same title by Canadian poet Sharon Thesen. The poem appears in her book of poetry The Pangs of Sunday (McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1990).

The poem is read by Sharon Thesen. Her voice can also be heard together with the voice of the composer in this composition, as they conduct a spontaneous interview with a Calvin Klein representative. The latter happened to be in the perfume department at Eaton's in downtown Vancouver on the day of the recording session. With her permission we were able to include her voice in this piece. But she wanted to remain anonymous. So did the horse.

My Horse and I
By Sharon Thesen

I rode my lovely horse
into the perfume department
at Eaton’s. This looked
exactly the way you would imagine.
My horse was a little afraid
& I had to kick his sides gently
from time to time with my heels
as we passed the oceans of Eternity
and Opium, Infinitude and Beautiful.
It was lightning purple weather
& my horse was lonely for Wyoming,
We tried not to break anything
but also we were not abstract,
we were not a video. As I said,
I rode my lovely horse
into the perfume department
at Eaton’s.