brains & bodies

by chenda cope & joshua marcus

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"brains & bodies" goes back to Winter 2015 when fellow musician friend and inspiration, Joshua Marcus and I said - hey lets make something together (Joshua chiming in here "I'm just an incredible fan of Chenda- as a friend, musician, and artist- her work is deeply heartening and makes me feel more in touch with life. I have so much love and respect for Chenda and her work"). Anyway....We tried being musical penpals and practicing together over Skype but turns out the timing delay wasn't exactly the kind of experimental we were looking for. So we got together this past spring for three days and wrote a batch of songs through a combination of prompts and exercises, sending lyrics back and forth, choosing instruments at random, using each other's chord progressions... The songs from this adventure plus a few of our own hits(!) make up the set list of "brains & bodies" that we then toured for a week in May. That tour ended with a quick recording session. And finally, here they are, to share.

It was a really fun process for us, challenging, vulnerable and also just exciting to be pushed in different ways of writing and figure out how to combine and mix our styles into something that ends up sounding familiar, but also a little different. So, here it is, "brains & bodies". You can download it from either of our bandcamp pages, or just listen to it online.

We've made it available for free download. If you wish to donate $ (and we hope you do), all proceeds will be donated to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe camp that is resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Better yet, instead of donating through our bandcamps, donate directly here ( and save processing fees.

Thanks friends, for being in the world with us, for sharing your light and love and the work that you do.

with love and warmly,
Chenda & Joshua


released November 24, 2016

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Joshua Marcus Providence, Rhode Island

Joshua Marcus loves cooking, all things musical, and to both orchestrate & be part of tangibly authentic experiences in the actual world. Joshua's current musical interests are writing and performing our perceived shared truths, as well as syllabic syncopation and off time rhyming à la rap, r&b, hip hop, math rock. JM has been writing & performing for two decades. ... more

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