Over the past 5 years or more it has been such a pleasure to work with Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan of The Orbweavers. The single, Momento Mori, which we released today was originally on released on The Orbweavers’ 2011 EP Japanese Mountain/Spotswood.
Marita has these beautiful words to say about this song:
“Momento Mori was written about silkworms, known as Bombyx mori, in latin, named after the mulberry genus Morus / Mori, on which they exclusively feed. Silkworms spin a cocoon of continuous silken thread at pupal stage, before breaking from the cocoon to emerge as a white moth. Silkworm cocoons have been used to manufacture silk fabric and embroidery thread for thousands of years. To harvest the silk as a continuous thread, cocoons are usually plunged into boiling water before the moths have a chance to emerge. This was a sobering realisation, and changed the way we felt about the silk clothes we possess, a humbling reminder of the many moth lives that contributed to them. The song title is a reference to the latin expression ‘memento mori’, a western artistic motif and theme, translating as ‘remember you will die’, substituting ‘momento’ Italian for moment, and retaining ‘mori’ latin for both death, and the scientific name for the mulberry plant genus. Death is prescient in the western naming of a moth and plant, whose lives are intertwined.” – Marita Dyson
You can listen to the original version of Momento Mori HERE.
and our loving tribute HERE.