Listening Hour 

 

Vol. 13

 

Imagine nestling into a cozy chair, perhaps with a drink in hand, and technology placed out of arm’s reach. Before the record player needle meets its intended destination, there’s just you, this moment and a beat of silence. You take a deep breath in, then out, reminding yourself this space is designated for recentering, focusing attention on the varying instrumental sounds and lyrics strung together to tell a story. With the ingredients that now lay in front of you, this becomes a space for exploration and discovery.

At Marmoset, we ourselves are purveyors of The Listening Hour, advocating for this state of meditative creativity once a week. For some, it may be about finding talking points to discuss with fellow listeners — for others, a moment to unplug or reflect internally. Or perhaps, dear listener, this hour means something entirely unique to you. We invite you to craft your own fitting sensory experience, gathering and taking away as much as you need. Any which way, thank you for joining us in The Listening Hour.

Tempranillo are black grapes encased in thick skin, which produce a deep ruby red wine with aromatic flavors such as plum, berry and tobacco. Pinpointing the enigmatic notes may be challenging, much like Offerings’ theme of escaping memories.

Pour the wine into a cup of your choosing, allow the wine to breathe, pause, then inhale the emitted scents before taking a sip. If the taste and smell cause a memory to surface, we invite you to explore further.

Absinthe is traditionally concocted of anise, fennel and its notorious hallucinogenic effect stemming from wormwood oil. This very quality catapulted absinthe’s popularity amongst literary bohemian rebels, the drink becoming a renown subject scattered throughout 19th century art. Even French psychiatrist, Valentin Magnan coined “absinthism” to diagnose consumers facing episodes of confusion and delirium — while this inspired hand cream won’t produce such psychotic effects, we’re drawn to its calming, subtle smell of absinthe and marjoram.

Scent and taste can bridge us to the past unlike other sensors — certain smells bringing back moments buried in our subconscious. The ‘Saturday Morning Cartoons’ cookie is the epitome of such nostalgia, a collection of relics from childhood, molded into cookie form.

As much as it’s a blast to the past, it’s an explosion of sugary goodness. It’s our throwback to the lofty days of “weekend goals” as kids.

 

Tamara Shopsin

Five Year Diary

Despite the adage, ‘time flies when you’re having fun,’ time seemingly disappears regardless of any fun being present — leaving it challenging to even recall what happened last week, let alone last year. Much like Offerings’ main theme, we value life’s fleeting moments, using items like diaries and cameras to capture an emotion or memory. With the 5 Year Diary, the author can collect defining moments that would otherwise escape our mental capacity.

 

When blanketed by darkness, a shimmering light at the end of the tunnel can provide a glimmer of hope. Small enough to place in a pocket or stow away in a drawer, this Rorschach matchbox can be used to light your way — or maybe just a candle. Challenge your subconscious by staring into the golden Rorschach inkblot painted upon the casing, questioning any visuals that may surface.

For some, the feeling of being encased in a warm towel on a windy, sun-riddled day at the coast brings back comforting childhood memories — it’s much like being swaddled in a cotton cocoon of safety. Ironically, the seventh song of the album, “Beachtowel,” marks the beginning of losing such sentimental memories made on this earth. May this beach towel serve as a momento for any and all comforting memories, or to simply dry away any unwanted moisture.

The recurring phrase “asa nisi masa” echoes from Italian Director, Fellini’s 8½ — it’s a haunting motto that only appears after the film’s clairvoyant dives into the main character’s (Guido) subconscious.While the saying similarly remains unexplained in Offerings and 8½, it’s repeated and revisited frequently in both, subjecting the characters to an internal struggle. This homage leads us to finecomb the film for other parallels, spot any we missed?