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Metaforma (2014)

by Shannon Curtis

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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) Bandcamp Friday! Following an established tradition, I've added #8 to my collection of Shannon Curtis albums - another purchase I'll never regret. What makes her albums so special? Well, I don't know... but after listening to any one of them, I feel good. That's all I need to know. Favorite track: Say His Name.
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1.
I'm looking for one true believer In this faithless place All I need is one Every drop of love has been poured out Everyone walks by Surely one will see what's to be found Will look and catch my eye All I need is one My body's caving in An inner space Reaching for a line A hand to hold To know that we will make it Pull me back to life All I need is one I'm looking for one true believer In this faithless place I'm looking for one true answer That'll save my faith All I need is one
2.
Hooray for love The reigning champion Prevailing over fear and doubt The hero of all those forgotten and cast out For isn't love the same in every color Or shape or language of the heart? The essence of the force that makes us who we are So why would I fight? We are all on the same side I'll go down defending you Love stands upright and knows that it will survive Always wins Never fails That's the side I choose Hooray for love Hooray for love The monument left standing When all our wars have burned out A victory won not by beating its foes down But with love Hooray for love
3.
It seems crazy Since we've come this far To think that maybe This is where we part My whole heart believed When we laid on the beach That the infinity we saw was ours And now we've come to a continental divide You and I You're running east and I am tumbling west So unless water starts flowing uphill Or some other miracle This only ends one way I'll see you in an ocean again someday We started running With unbridled speed Toward the sunset Chasing pale pink dreams But by dark I lost track of where you had gone And the summer we ran had ceased And now we've come to a continental divide You and I You're running east and I am tumbling west So unless water starts flowing uphill Or some other miracle This only ends one way I'll see you in an ocean again someday Look: the stars shine bright atop this mountain They pierce the dark as we make our way down And I'll see you in an ocean someday
4.
Ascension 03:40
you and i will live in the side of a mountain / i'll build us a home on an ancient granite ledge / only we will know the secret passage to get there / we will fly a flag stretching proud to the heavens / declaring in the wind a true and steadfast love / forged within the cracks of the rust and dirt where we come from / don't be afraid / just come away / up and away / where you and i will live / hand in hand we'll climb / as the earth recedes beneath us / whenever you get tired / i'll take you on my back / and every day will shine a golden sun to make you glad / you and i will live in the side of a mountain / overlooking all the troubles below / here among the clouds not a single sadness will touch you now
5.
Opposite sides of a room standing off in a stare Even if i found the words Could you comprehend them? It's you I know your face But there is a stranger in the place of the one who knows my heart best We never guessed that it would be this hard We always said it's you and me against the odds Our fear gaining an edge Our best promises are put to the test Am I with you? Who is this monster with bitter words spat from her lips? You're not the enemy How did I let it get to this? It's you The same one I picked Because you understood like no one else did Forgive me as I forget We never guessed that it would be this hard We always said it's you and me against the odds Too far out on a ledge Reach for my hand Let's walk it back in I am with you Love is a tender thing For worse or for better It can heal us where it hurt We never guessed that it would be this hard We always said it's you and me against the odds Our new old promises Pulled from the wreckage Spoken again I am with you
6.
Slowly Break 03:35
And then sometimes you blink And it's been years When did I last hear my own abandoned laughter? Walking unaware on glistening shards Where do you start With something so shattered? It used to be a shiny hopeful thing Tossed and heaved on unforgiving seas with no reprieve And that is how you slowly break a heart And then sometimes you just do what you know Keep casting your hope out on a lifeless ocean You tell yourself it's just the way it is Because how do you fix something so broken? There was a time It pulsed and beat with life Running hard each day only to find I'm still behind And that is how you slowly break a heart I used to be eager to believe any dream that promised falsely it could set me free And that is how you slowly break a heart And then sometimes a memory rushes back You already have all you need within you You take a long breath in and let it go This is the moment everything begins new
7.
Surprised 04:03
What if we could see into the future? What if we knew how the story ends? Would I have known the wave, the thrill When you walked in the room And felt for once at home in my own skin? Even when you can't pinpoint what's missing Emptiness is real as night is dark But here you are, the piece that's somehow been there all along Which joined in fate cannot be torn apart Our time is bittersweet It makes us blind to eternity So we're surprised by what it brings Like when it brought you back to me Love is gravity to hearts in orbit And all I want is to be next to you So I won't waste one single hour imagining a day When there is one moon where there once was two Our time is bittersweet It makes us blind to eternity So we're surprised by what it brings Like when it brought you back to me Love isn't bound by the ages I'll look for you through the changes And I'll be amazed Again and again Time is bittersweet We are blind to eternity So we're surprised by what it brings It always brings you back to me What if we could see into the future? What if stories start over again?
8.
Looking up You were there Reappeared from nowhere After all these years Catch my breath Blink my eyes Loss for words Another time brought back to life Electrocution Shock to the system The current still runs strong Electrocution Reaching out Across the gap Knowing smile Familiar hands Like holding sand Laws of love And science teach Conservation of energy This will never cease Electrocution Shock to the system The current still runs strong Electrocution Invisible Buzzing underneath the static sound Silently humming on what once we sang out loud Electrocution Shock to the system You're here and then you're gone Electrocution
9.
Struck like a lightning bolt at night A wink and then a smile Was enough to take me down A force to penetrate the deep Things I could not speak But you got underground Like you'd always been there Forever Till the last sun sets on the last day ever And always Since the darkness cracked with the first star-flicker That's how long my heart's belonged and will belong to you Young I fixed my bright hopes high I failed them though I tried to fill the empty space But you make my hope complete I marked it down in ink You're coursing through my veins And you'll always be there Forever Till the last sun sets on the last day ever And always Since the darkness cracked with the first star flicker That's how long my heart's belonged and will belong to you Well beyond the final song And long before I knew
10.
Say His Name 05:37
When you leave the world goes silent Your ears stop making sense of waves and sound is static nothing But one thing is persistent The beating on and on Millions of untethered hearts pumping And the song Will someone notice Someone care There has to be just one somewhere Hold her tight Say his name Before the sound just drifts out to space Take his hand Touch her face To all the living Breathing Listen to what i say Hold her tight Say his name Because when you're gone your soul is weightless But you can feel the burden carried by the throngs of bodies moving in and out Avoiding contact Wondering why they feel alone Forgetting why and where they're going Rushing time Missing what's right before their eyes The miracles they hurry by The answers to their deepest cries When you die you take your memories And the heaviest to carry are the times you failed to notice that you had everything Hold her tight Say his name

about

Metaforma is about the transformational power of art and love.

This is an idea I’ve been thinking about for the past year while I was making this album: I think that to be considered real Art, a creation – a song, a film, a painting, a dance – should be more than something nice to look at or pleasing to listen to. It should change the person who experiences it in some way. It should ignite a transformation of some kind, whether subtle or dramatic.

The same goes for love. If it doesn’t change a person – whether invisibly or profoundly – it probably isn’t real.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been transformed by a new love that came unexpectedly into my life. In 2011, I tripped and stumbled into performing concerts in the homes of the people who support my music. As this happened, I found myself falling into the warm embrace of a community of people who have believed in me and lifted me up, and for whom I have developed a true and life-altering love.

Every note of Metaforma was written with this community in mind. It’s based on the stories you’ve told me, the secrets you’ve confided in me, the lives you’ve made me a part of.

You have changed me and the music I make. I hope this record will change you too.

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released June 17, 2014

written by Shannon Curtis
published by Shannon K (ASCAP)
produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jamie Hill

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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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