Love Is War for Miles

Using musical allusion and metaphor, juxtaposing history, myth and autobiography, poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday, navigates the poetics of identity. The daughter of soul singer/songwriter Jimmy Holiday, her work is infused with song, using verse as melody, metaphors as riffs and syllables as notes to improvise a new language. In this Valentine’s Day soundtrack she takes a lead from Miles Davis and Theo Parrish to explore the power plays at the heart of this crazy little thing called love.


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Aquarius Heaven…
Blu and Exile (Moody’s Mood for Love)
(Quit it) Nat Adderley (Give me my month) Blake
(Mike and the Sensations) Nico Jaar
(Anything Goes/You used to think) Erica Pomerance
(The Idea of Ancestry) Etheridge Knight
Blue and Exile (Don’t be…)
(Tia) Arthur Nunes
Gonjasufi (Love of Reign)
( Black Christ of the Andes) Mary Lou Williams
( I only know (what I know now))Blake
(Black Swan) Nina Simone
(Hello to the Wind) Bobby Hutcherson
(Seasons)Blu/(Tom Waits (The World Keeps Turning)
Nicolas Jaar (Why didn’t you…)


Harmony Holiday debut collection of poems, Negro League Baseball (2011), won the Fence Books Motherwell Prize. Described by poet Terrance Hayes as abewitching and unabashedly original book”, it includes an accompanying audio CD. Get it direct from Fence Books here. And visit her blog here.

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2 Responses to “Love Is War for Miles”
  1. Michael 19 August 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Dear pms reader team / audio enthusiasts,
    Why are you not willing to publish those mixes openly, i.e. without the flash streaming restriction? Especially in (South) Africa data volumes are still quite expensive … it would really allow to share with more people. But thanks for the mixes anyway. Cheers.

  2. Jami BEL 31 May 2014 at 5:29 am #

    Superbe, Merci Beaucoup.