And Her Whisper Becomes a Storm

by Shannon Curtis

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Marraskuutamo
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Marraskuutamo Lovely, powerful but soft album.

This Sympatic Resonance resonated with me as I have stumbled to song that is what this song tells about song can be, making this weirdly interwined with other music I like. Favorite track: Sympathetic Resonance.
Zaph Mann
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Zaph Mann Better than Braids. I process 1000s of releases a month, dozens in detail and after the imitative and affected latter-day Braids this is refreshing.
Sven B. Schreiber
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Sven B. Schreiber Hey, a new album by Shannon Curtis! A perfect start for a sunny sunday. Should I say masterpiece? Yes, I should - knowing well that I should use this word scarcely. This is not my first purchase from Shannon Curtis, and I've never been disappointed. Her albums are 100% guaranteed listening pleasure. She's one of the most reliable a singer-songwriters currently around - and probably one of the most underrated, too, judging from the surprisingly few copies she sells on Bandcamp. Favorite track: Nowness.
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I woke up from a dream And I woke up Everything was as it’s been Yet nothing was I saw a world bloom in living color Everybody held belonging arms to one another Is it real? Is it possible? A buried seed in the ground A death like sleep Body prone and all guards down The prophet speaks I saw a world, clean air and crystal water Everybody held enough to have and share and prosper I saw a world, my waking eyes no doubt would doubt it But in this liminal realm the truest truth whispers the loudest It feels real It feels possible It feels real Must be possible We are paralyzed in sleep so we can’t run away From truth spoken in dreams Paralyzed in sleep so we can’t run away From our own dreams
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Nowness 03:54
In all this noise The smallest voice lies in wait For the listener breaks through the roar A world on fire The factions vie for attention Your self-imposed pressure absorbs your mind Close your eyes Let it find you, the stillness inside Too many tales untold Life placed on hold While the author is lost looking for a safe bet But none can know Where this goes The illusion of past and of future besets your mind Close your eyes Let it find you, the nowness inside Baby you don’t have to know the outcome To know that you’re headed in the right direction You are a compass pointing north And this way is only yours You already have the answer in you It’s the bell that’s ringing on the plain truth Listen and keep listening Listen and keep listening Baby you don’t have to know the outcome To know that you’re headed in the right direction You are a compass pointing north And this way is only yours Listen and keep listening
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I know what I must do I felt the sound ring true And it terrifies me Buzzing like it is in my body Compelled to give myself There’s no unringing of the bell It thrills and terrifies me Pulling on me like it’s gravity I’ve been afraid to be wrong I’ve been afraid to be right And isn’t it all the same fear Of owning my own life? But if this truth that I have heard In my heart is to be believed Then it comes down to me This is the reckoning And if I look away Then there will always be a place In my soul that reminds me A decaying resonance in my body Of life I might have known There’s no unknowing what I know This will always be with me, The choice at this moment of reckoning I’ve been afraid to fall down I’ve been afraid to succeed Turns out it’s all the same fear Of me trusting me But if this truth that I have heard In my heart is to be believed Then this is everything It all comes down to me This is the reckoning I’ve been afraid to be wrong I’ve been afraid to be right Turns out it’s all the same damn fear Owning my own life But this truth that I have heard Is the only thing that I believe My life is up to me This is my reckoning My life is up to me I know what I must do I felt the sound ring true
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Small Breath 01:38
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Small breath in Lips barely move A secret vow made in a dark room It’s next to nothing It’s just a whisper Sent into the air Meant only for my own courage to hear An infinitesimal bending of the atmosphere Said soft like a prayer Set off a reaction, stirring the air This consequential bending of the atmosphere Now it is said A quiet birth It gathers clouds and circles the earth The start of something It's just a whisper Sent into the air Meant only for my own courage to hear An infinitesimal bending of the atmosphere Said soft like a prayer Set off a reaction, stirring the air This consequential bending of the atmosphere It won’t be long now Before this becomes something more It won’t be long now Before this whisper becomes a storm Here comes a storm
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In this millisecond This fraction of a moment Some brave new future is written And just one step sets it in motion One move and now I am all in Dominoes are already falling Fate is made in a blink And the future’s embedded in this millisecond A tiny muscle twitch My body’s balance tips forward Off the ground they lift My feet and heart commit There’s no uncrossing this border In this millisecond This fraction of a moment Some brave new future is written And just one step sets it in motion One move and now I am all in Dominoes are already falling Fate is made in a blink And the future’s embedded in this millisecond It’s time to do what I have said A faith without a deed is dead So let this be my rubicon The match is lit, the game is on In a millisecond This fraction of a moment Some brave new future is written And just one step sets it in motion One move and now I am all in Dominoes are already falling Fate is made in a blink And the future’s embedded in this millisecond
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Like Water 04:09
Look at the weight of this stone It won’t be moved Daughters of daughters of time Pushed on it, too I’ll swerve like they taught me I’ll carve out a new stream Like water Running the curves, seeking cracks in the earth Like water Nothing will keep her from the way that is hers Could beat with bare hands this injustice And break my fists Or discover my power in knowing Where I am powerless Like my mothers have shown me We get downhill by flowing Like water Dance thought the boulders that lie in the path Like water Surrender to gravity, rush through the cracks Like water We’re carving canyons through rock, shaping history Like water Drawing new maps with the soft power of flowing We’ll get to the ocean We’ll get to the waves We’ll go where we’re going Damn these barricades My sisters, we’re moving Carried on the strength Of being fluid We’ll get to the waves We’ll get to the waves
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Harbor Bells 01:54
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I gotta be honest I’ve been struggling today Right behind this brave face I am tired and I am scared I’ve been second-guessing If I made the right move If I have the will to see it through And then from out of nowhere I hear you singing Your sound waves resonate In my body, the cells awaken And I hear your song It’s a different melody than my own But I know where sounds like that come from And now I know I’m not alone You sang ‘cause you had to I know that feeling oh so well Truth rising up like ocean swell A pure and unstoppable force You didn’t do it for me But sending your song out on the wind Is filling my lungs with oxygen And I’m alive again I hear you singing Your sound waves resonate In my body, my heart awakens And I hear your song It’s a natural harmony with my own ‘Cause sounds like that only come from The deepest places we have known And I thank god we’re not alone Your song calls to the one inside me My body rings on the truth you are sounding I found my voice in the chord of your offering Thank you for singing, for listening and singing
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Clouds 05:22
We send our dreams up in the air Our sweat and tears float up like water vapor We breathe out all we’ve taken in In unison, our dreams ascend Look to your left, look to your right Grab hands, hold on, allies in flight A chain of billions coalesce This gathering to meet our purpose This is why we’re alive To gather and rise Like clouds in an endless sky This is how we get free It’s bigger than you or me, The power in this gathering We are divine Clouds in an endless sky We bare our pure, uncovered hearts Our joys and pains build up electrical charge The force we make, many as one Is light and heat greater than the sun This is why we’re alive To gather and rise Like clouds in an endless sky This is how we get free It’s bigger than you or me, The power in this gathering We are divine Clouds in an endless sky The force we make, many as one Is light and heat greater than the sun The force we make, many as one Is light and heat greater than the sun This is why we’re alive We are divine
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Petrichor 03:09
And from the sky The water spills Reliever of a thirsty earth The patter beat A muffled thrill It sounds like peace Smells like rebirth And one breath in I’m filled inside With the perfume of all that’s lived and died An ancient memory reminds me I’m alive I am the soil With upturned hands Receiver of this primal grace On wafts of plenty My chest expands Newborn again with the smell of rain And one breath in Lungs ache for more This heaven scent This petrichor My ancient bones knows that I’ve been here before Of gods and stone Of dreams and pain And whispers from An echoed age This blood that courses Through my veins This verdant truth, eternal rain Just one breath in It makes me cry The perfume of all that’s lived and died An ancient memory that I am here, alive

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released June 20, 2020

Written by Shannon Curtis
Published by Shannon K (ASCAP)

Produced, mixed, & mastered by Jamie Hill

Co-produced, recorded & programmed by Shannon

Additional recording & programming by Jamie

Photography by Liv Borcherding (www.instagram.com/_.liv.krb._/)

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Shannon Curtis Tacoma, Washington

"And Her Whisper Becomes a Storm," Shannon's eighth full-length studio album in eight years, was released on June 20, 2020.

Shannon lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband, producer / mixer Jamie Hill.

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