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When We Used To

by Elysian Fields

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This song emerged from a kind of artistic deprivation—the heartache of not being able to make and experience music with other people. This time has been a great one for reflection and meditation, and I’ve been wanting to reach you so much sooner with some kind of vibration (thank you for waiting until September for Transience Of Life btw), so here is something for today. The song “When We Used To” will be on no album. It stands alone in its immediacy. I will try not to go down a quantum theory rabbit hole about all of us being these lone fallen trees in our own unheard forests…

What I’m trying to say is, please consider this song a love letter: To all of my fellow musicians, music makers, creators, to all of you beautiful listeners, dancers, participants, witnesses—I miss making music with you. I miss listening to live music. Whether I’ve done it with you personally, or not, no matter. I feel how we are all connected, and I know you are likely feeling some of these same things. Until we meet again. From my heart to yours, Jennifer Charles

Created with my brilliant musical brothers Thomas Bartlett and Oren Bloedow


When we used to
Reach through
The ectoplasm
One mind
One ear
Beyond orgasm
Music sweet
Music ready to receive you
Music how do we now
Retrieve you
I believe in you
And in you only
Will you let us in
Ever again
We're so lonely
I need you
I need you
Make music with me
I need you
I need you
Make music in me
Like each living thing
Demands to be free
I need you
I need to 
Make music in me
I need to believe in you
Make music with me
Make music


released August 7, 2020
Jennifer Charles - voice
Thomas Bartlett - piano
Oren Bloedow - guitar and bass

Mixed by Thomas Bartlett
Mastered by Marco Saenz

Cover: Marie Antoinette’s puppet theater, from Wikimedia Commons
Design: Ojet Studios, New York


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Elysian Fields New York

Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow are the writers who make up the critically acclaimed New York band. Cult status, cosmic appeal, since 1995


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