Songs for the Cadenza Issue (a selection)


After the excitement of the past few weeks, we're pleased to get back into the regular swing of things here at Half Mystic. & by "swing", of course, we're referring to swing jazz & tapping feet & midnight on cobblestoned streets, drunken solo out a three-story window, drowsy night & clumsy dance, serenade with the stars as a microphone—in short, every feeling embodied by Half Mystic Journal's Issue V: Cadenza

This issue is still open for writing & music submissions until May 6th, & we would be so very thrilled to consider any work you'd like to send our way. Submissions are free as always, though we do offer personalised editorial review if you include proof of donation to your favourite charity. Let's make a little magic together.

& if you can't wait to get your hands on HM's latest creation, never fear: Issue V is open for preorders now, & our team is finding so much thrumming singing joy in the hard work of its final stretch of curation. In celebration of this latest issue, we thought we'd share with you a little mix of the music we've been playing on repeat through these record-scratch mornings & drunk-dancing nights, a selection of songs for Issue V: Cadenza...

"What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?" by Ella Fitzgerald

ah, but in case I stand one little chance
here comes the jackpot question in advance:
what are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?

"Endless Night" by Jack Jezzro

[instrumental piece]

"Blue in Green" by Miles Davis

[instrumental piece]

"Body and Soul" by Wes Montgomery

[instrumental piece]

"Attila Ambrus" by Astronautalis

girl, I’ll make a mink stole from the Spanish Moss
and drag a shot of whiskey up from the river bottom
we ain’t gotta swallow our pride

"Jolie Coquine" by Caravan Palace

what to think
how to dream
if I don’t sleep with you

"I’m Old Fashioned" by John Coltrane

[instrumental piece]

"Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" by Charles Mingus

[instrumental piece]

"You've Got that Thing" by Conal Fowkes

you’ve got what Adam craved when he
with love for Eve was tortured
she only had an apple tree
but you, you’ve got an orchard

"Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin

we’ll meet beyond the shore
we’ll kiss just as before
happy we’ll be beyond the sea
and never again I’ll go sailing

"Strange Transmissions" by Norah Jones & The Peter Malick Group

every time I think that I should go
I receive strange transmissions

"Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)" by Frank Sinatra

fly me to the moon
let me play among the stars
let me see what spring is like
on Jupiter and Mars

"Memories and Melodies" by Busty and the Bass

memories and melodies taking me
all the way back

"Sing Sing Sing" by Benny Goodman

[instrumental piece]