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Cinemascope (2013)

by Shannon Curtis

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1.
Love is an earthquake It rolls in and heartbreaks Walls that have stood too long Tearing them down till the last stone's gone 'Cause love is an earthquake Love shakes your foundation It makes you uncertain Like all that you believed up to now was wrong The ground beneath your feet feet beats a jarring song 'Cause love shakes your foundation I believe That love is an earthquake No one knows the hour No one is safe From under-surface fault lines comes relief A devastating power from the deep And nothing is unchanged 'Cause love is an earthquake
2.
Take a last look You keep what you took Here we part ways I see an island I see my last chance No time to waste 'Cause you won't take me down with you It would take a willful fool to believe This ship's not sinking It takes everything I know To let go and watch it slip underneath I've gotta keep swimming Hands pleading Eyes scheming Heard it all before In my own voice A panicked, thin noise Keep my head to shore 'Cause you won't take me down with you It would take a willful fool to believe This ship's not sinking It takes everything I know To let go and watch it slip underneath I've gotta keep swimming You won't take me down with you Not today You won't take me down with you I am safe You won't take me down with you Beneath the waves You won't take me down with you I am safe
3.
One change in the wind In a swell you were standing beside me Two hands that have been unheld come together Hold tightly With each breath my heart is flying You blow me away All my hopes in bloom Scatter on the air as we sway In the wind like dandelion wishes Three chances I've spent And a fool's undeserving of another Four eyes haven't bent Since the moment they saw through one another So there is life after dying You blow me away All my hopes in bloom Scatter on the air as we sway In the wind like dandelion wishes on a spring day
4.
Thought I had it figured out, when out of the blue Everything got turned around in light of you Turns out I’d been walking blind So now that I’ve discovered sight Pardon if I stare What am I supposed to do? You’re the brightest light in the room Everything else just fades away And I can’t avert my helpless gaze If I could lay my eyes upon you just tonight It might be enough to light up every night Across the deserts and over oceans You will be my spark of hope And you will be my prayer What am I supposed to do? You’re the brightest light in the room Everything else just fades away And I can’t avert my helpless gaze When you’re out of view I’ll fix my eyes upon the moon ‘Cause it makes the darkness not so hard The same thing you do within my heart These crazy days can shake the strongest faith But I see the way when I’m standing next to you
5.
Don’t stand so close to me We make electricity And it would help if you’d say something Instead of staring at me with those eyes It’s getting harder for me to disguise That I’d like to feel your lips on mine Maybe in another country Maybe on a distant shore Maybe if I’d made a left instead Or wandered through a different door Maybe on a faraway planet In a futuristic time Maybe in a book of fiction, I’d have been yours Don’t be so interesting Or smart, and kind, and funny I’m having trouble remembering Why I can’t just walk over and say “Whatcha doing the rest of the day? How about you and me run away?” Maybe in an ancient temple On the sound of an an unheard prayer Maybe if I’d answered “yes” instead Or followed a whim somewhere Maybe in a mountain kingdom Where the people speak in rhyme Maybe in a book of fiction, I’d have been yours The story goes like this We meet and then we kiss And then it goes, how stories go Till happily it ends Maybe in an Argo vessel In the light of the farthest star Maybe we’ll be born again someday And I’ll remember who you are Maybe on a desert island In an era before our time Maybe in a book of fiction, I’d have been yours And you’d have been mine Maybe in a book of fiction you’d have been mine
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Anti-Gravity 03:36
I don't want to wake up In a world where you're not there Don't want to sense the difference In the light, in the air And all the leaves will turn It's out of my control And melt into the earth I know it's natural Not like letting go Lift me off the ground 'Cause I can't hold you down From where you're going You're anti-gravity And if I can't release I'll end up floating nowhere I don't want to walk around In a town that forgot your name I'll stand in streets and shout out They can stare, call me insane And that's what I might do Go out of all control A me without a you Is not natural Just like letting go Lift me off the ground 'Cause I can't hold you down From where you're going You're anti-gravity And if I can't release I'll end up floating Nowhere Nowhere Nowhere Lift me off the ground 'Cause I can't hold you down From where you're going now
7.
Not a sound for miles around Cold sets in so slow If I knew How to undo damage done I would There's so many stars And a broken-down car Everything feels uncertain in the dark Even with so many stars I'd have driven on Believing nothing's wrong But here we are stalled out Under so many stars And broken-down hearts It's easier telling secrets in the dark With so many stars So many stars And broken-down hearts But anything's possible in the dark With so many stars
8.
Put on a pot of tea Come sit as close to me as you like I say we strike a match Something is bound to catch on fire And burn for a while Let’s stay in tonight There’s not one thing outside these four walls That you and I will need Let’s stay in Tune in the radio Something for moving slow in the dark This is how time stands still Hearts racing on the thrill We rise and fall in each other’s arms Let’s stay in tonight There’s not one thing outside these four walls That you and I will need And it would be all right If well past midnight you were holding tight to me Let’s stay in tonight Music and moonlight Are everything that you and I will need And it will be all right If well past midnight you are holding tight to me
9.
When the lights go down And the curtains shut Can they tell I'm terrified Did I do enough? In a boundless dark Looking for release I am captive of my mind I just want to sleep When The lights go down I am eight years old And I just found out How it feels to know you're all alone When the lights go down Then the seconds tick Keeping pace my pulse races Panicked for the fix Turning over and over In a web of dread Reinventing new nightmares Out of nothingness When the lights go down I am twelve years old And I just found out I'll be walking through this on my own Down down down Until the bottom catches me By some miracle Alive to see this mercy Love that's bigger than my fear When the lights go down Can I be this old And only just find out I don't have to carry this alone
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Produced by Jamie Hill. Recorded and mixed by Jamie Hill at Secret Agent Audio Services, Los Angeles

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My debut full-length album! Jamie was nominated for Producer of the Year in the 2014 Independent Music Awards for his work on this. An auspicious beginning all around.

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released June 18, 2013

Produced and mixed by Jamie Hill
Mastered by Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab, Ojai, CA

Love Is An Earthquake:
Korg, Moog, Animoog, SpectrumGen, ShapeSynth, programming: Jamie

Keep Swimming:
Wurlitzer, piano: Shannon
Programming, Korg, Moog, synth bass, samples: Jamie

Dandelion Wishes:
Wurlitzer: Shannon
Korg, Moog, programming, treatments: Jamie

Brightest Light In The Room:
Rhodes, shaker, treatments: Shannon
Programming, Moog, Olson X-100, Kurzweil, synth bass, organ, treatments, backing vocal: Jamie

Book Of Fiction:
Wurlitzer, tambourine, Pull-A-Tune: Shannon
Kurzweil, Moog, programming, synth bass, treatments, field recordings: Jamie

Anti-Gravity:
Wurlitzer: Shannon Curtis
Programming, Moog, synth bass, organ, Kurzweil, field recordings: Jamie
Guitars, bass guitars: Nick Bearden
Guitar: Chris Palmer

So Many Stars:
Wurlitzer: Shannon Curtis
Programming, Moog, synth bass, samples: Jamie

Let's Stay In:
Synthesizer: Shannon
Programming, Moog, organ, treatments: Jamie
Snare: Alan Hodge
Bass guitars: Mikey Sabatella
Guitars: Nick Bearden

When The Lights Go Down:
Synthesizer, Korg: Shannon
Synthesizers, treatments, Longines Symphonette: Jamie

We Are On Fire:
Wurlitzer: Shannon
Programming, Rhodes, piano, Moog, synth bass, treatments: Jamie
Guitars: Nick Bearden

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Shannon Curtis Tacoma, Washington

Shannon Curtis is an artist who works as a songwriter, storyteller, and author. Shannon lives in Tacoma, WA and makes artpop music with her husband, producer / mixer Jamie Hill (deptofenergymgmt.com/work).

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