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Is Khaela Maricich The Woman You Want Her To Be?

Khaela Maricich's creative work as "The Blow" somehow exists in the fringe balsam glade of performance art that pivots and pirouettes between the intersection of "spoken word", "indie rock" and "dance music". As she notes in "The Woman You Want Her To Be" Around back is the VIP entrance it’s invite only and many resent this they swear their name must be on the list They wanna get in get in get in get in…

In the clip below shot in San Francisco at The Rickshaw Stop, Khaela Maricich and her partner Melissa Dyne deliver a track from “Brand New Abyss“, their 2017 album release from their performing entity known as “The Blow“.

Khaela first released music under the moniker The Blow in Olympia Washington 20 years ago. Since then her music, art and performances done under the name The Blow have produced albums and performance works, traversing the fields of popular music, social critique and contemporary art.

THE WOMAN YOU WANT HER TO BE

She will be
the woman you want her to be
woo woo woooowooooo
the woman you want her to be
the woman you want her to be

She’ll be smart enough to know
if you want her to not be smart
or just not to show it
her face is a surface
it seems like there’s something below it

And she’ll be the woman you want her to be
woo woo woooowooooo
the woman you want her to be
the woman you want her to be

She’ll be your privatest property
yours to posses
to dress up and undress
she’s an infinite yes yes yes yes
there will always be more of her
unless of course you’d prefer less
she can do that too, just let her know what you want her to fix
she can take care of it

And she knows what you want
she knows what you want
she knows what you want
she knows what you want
(it’s like she can just feel you)

Think of her as a mass
not one ass
but a mass of asses
plastic, magic, passive, perfectible
limitless: a living receptacle

And the bigger the better
the tighter the sweater
the bigger the better
the tighter the sweater
Or wait- is it not big is better?
we need to compress her
shrink up her sweater
and make her be lesser
When you fire in your cannonballs
you want them to really hit something
not just go floating off
into endless mysterious space

She is accessible
you can walk right inside
through the welcoming holes
in her mouth and her eyes
“Hi!” There’s a comfortable area there
you can chill in.
Around back is the VIP entrance
it’s invite only and many resent this
they swear
their name must be on the list
They wanna get in get in get in get in…

Ask yourself what you need her for
never mind, tell yourself that she needs you more.

If she is a game and you’re wanting to win her
maybe make a club and just don’t let her enter
keep her on the side of wherever’s the center
like you’re in a sunny locale
with a beer and a smile
and havana cigars
and the subs pumped up
and your cells all charged
and everything’s yes
there’s a gleam on your car
and she’s off in some permanent winter.
Then after ten thousand years
of getting your coffee
freezing conditions
killing her softly
her hula girl uniform rigid and icicle frosty,
yeah she might kinda wanna
get in get in get in get in
get in get in get in get in
get in get in get in get in
get in get in get in get in (etc)
What wouldn’t she do to get in?

She’d be the woman you want her to be.
woo woo woooowooooo
the woman you want her to be
the woman you want her to be

You want to conquer the unknown:
she can hold your hand while you do it
and if you can’t find the unknown
she can be your unknown
she’ll lay down and let you voyage through it.

She just seems so haveable,
at the very least halve-able.
Split up the middle and grab what is palpable,
an unlimited free material,
give-able, take-able, breakable,
think what all you could make with this resource
a pile of woman
a landmass of layered up woman
a suburban mega mall of woman
a stairway to heaven of woman

And she’ll be the woman you want her to be
woo woo woooowooooo
the woman you want her to be
the woman you want her to be

  • Khaela Maricich

Khaela Maricich, if she didn’t exist, is sorta like a character you might see created for the “alt rock” influenced show “Portlandia”, who not only has emerged like an enigmatic lithe elfen critter from the evergreen Pacific NorthWest, but carries with her its living balsam fringed rebellious artistic spirit.

She once wrote about the process of creating ” The thing about making things is that you don’t always know what you are making while you are making it. In the best-case scenario, the thing that you are making is bigger than you or your ability to perceive it or conceptualize around it, so you sort of have to open yourself up and watch as the new life forms come out, and trust that the process won’t kill you. ”

Always exhibiting a challenging confident persona, yet with just the right mix of unraveling unease on stage or record, Khaela has been the chief creative officer and sole consistent member of her “group” The Blow since its early 2000’s inception. Her creative work somehow exists stretched out & pivots and pirouettes at the intersection of “spoken word”, “performance art”, “indie rock” and “dance music”. Khaela, performing either solo, or as “The Blow” has challenged audiences and been well received critically while being heard via radio, or seen live in performance in venues all over the world, including The Kitchen, The Warhol Museum, Henry Fonda Theater, Sarah Lawrence College, The Manchester Deaf Institute, and Yerba Buena Center For The Arts.

The artists maintain http://theblow.org website as well Khaela’s more personal site at http://www.khaelamaricich.com


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