The Space Between (Audio Play) (2017)

by Shannon Curtis

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    THE VINYL IS THE 10-SONG ALBUM VERSION OF "THE SPACE BETWEEN." You will also get the audio play on download!

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    Jackets hand-silkscreened personally by Shannon!

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about

First: what on earth is an "audio play?" Glad you asked. It's something new that we invented for this album! It's all the songs from the album version of "The Space Between," interconnected seamlessly with sound design and score and scripted storytelling and environmental textures, into an uninterrupted 66-minute-long movie for your mind. This audio play version of the album takes you on a journey of personal discovery, that hopefully will leave you with a lot to reckon with at the end. We hope you love it.

About the album:

Do you remember how your stomach fluttered when you felt your first crush?
Can you conjure how your tummy hurt when you laughed yourself silly with your childhood friends?
Do you recall the bottomless pit that opened in your gut when you lost a person you loved?
Can you summon up the fire you felt in your belly as you strived for a dream?

Love, loss, laughter, pain, fear, guilt, jealousy, embarrassment, anxiety, hunger, anger, joy, amazement, hope — every one of us who has been given the gift of breath in our lungs has had every one of these experiences, no matter what continent we were born on, how much money we make, whether we pray, or to whom those prayers are offered.

I’ve had all of these experiences,
and so has every person on the planet who has different hair, eyes, and skin than mine.

I’ve felt all of these things,
and every person alive whose worldview looks nothing like mine has felt them, too, in colors every bit as brilliant as mine.

And yet … we find ourselves in an era where divisions between us are painted in bright red, carved into deep canyons by torrential rivers of fear, anger, and pain. Some of us are just now seeing those walls for the first time. Some of us have been living in their shadow since the day we were born. If we have so much in common, how can it be that we make aliens of our neighbors, enemies of our brothers, and “others” of people who — at their core — are just like us?

And how can we not understand that the division we’ve created is the chasm into which all humanity could fall?

However stark reality has had to become to jolt us awake,
however difficult it is to internalize truths of the existences of others we may not have been aware of before now,
however painful it is to realize that our own comfort may have contributed to the perpetual suffering of people we’ve never met — I believe that this harsh light is the actually beginning of hope for the healing of that divide.

Writer James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

This album is an exploration of the experience of:
waking up in an unrecognizable world,
grieving the loss of an illusory version of reality,
internalizing the truth of the experience of others,
transforming personal complicity into personal responsibility,
and embracing our common humanity with the conviction that we will sink or swim together.

credits

released June 16, 2017

produced by jamie hill

written by shannon curtis
published by shannon k (ascap)

made by shannon & jamie
engineered and mixed by jamie
additional recording and production by shannon

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"The Space Between," Shannon's fifth full-length record, is out June 16, 2017.

Shannon lives in Los Angeles with her husband, record producer / engineer Jamie Hill.

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Track Name: Wait for the Sound
stamp my feet into the dirt
a feeble mark on the earth
cast my voice into the air
i am here; is anyone?

scratch with nails into trees
it’s my name, it is not me
i am here. i am; is anyone?

now wait for the sound to return
a witness the sound can be heard
is anyone listening? is anyone with me?

slap the water, unshackled rage
all these hands make are tiny waves
but i am here. i am! is anyone?

across a canyon – between tall buildings
down a well – in this empty room
slap off the faces – streets of cement
walls of stone tell me i am

now wait for the sound to return
wait for the sound
Track Name: Stand and Look Up
a flutter in my belly, knew right away that it had changed me
never mind i was only thirteen
the thrill and devastation, what would i do for this elation
what sacrifice, to be swept off my feet
she felt it, too; he felt it, too
you felt it, too – didn’t you?

don’t we all stand and look up when the moon crosses the sun
every one of us, taken by wonder
don’t we all lay down and cry when the night swallows the sky
you and i are made from the same light

a jolt, a snap, i stumbled
the stone foundation shook and crumbled
everything i had trusted was dust
a hole opened inside me, i fell and fell and grabbed at nothing
did not believe i would ever get up
he felt it, too; she felt it, too
you felt it, too – didn’t you?

you and i are made from the same light
the same love – the same pain – the same dream
the same light
Track Name: Fake Divide
my heart beats; breath steady
this peace is deadly
walled in by the comfort
walled out, i can’t hear who suffers

a vain lie allures me
says i’m deserving
the veiled wage for trusting it
i make way for another’s suffering

it’s not enough to say i’m grateful
our fates are bound with chains

lulled to sleep by a siren song of peace
drowning out the stolen dreams
of those who won’t make it
as long as there’s a fake divide
i’m not running from scorched earth
not raising my arms for mercy
get my hands and feet to work
if some of us can’t make it
none of us will make it out alive


our house tilts, the foundation
was built on broken bones
if it falls while we’re sleeping
we’re all going down

it’s not enough to say “what a blessing”
we’re going to share a last breath

i’m not running from my own country
no i am not running now to save my life
i am not raising my hands up in a plea for mercy
not raising my hands up to break the strike
i’m not running to escape the famine
no i am not running now in search of life
i am not raising my hands up in a plea for mercy
not raising my hands up to break the strike

lulled to sleep by a siren song of peace
drowning out the stolen dreams
get my hands and feet to work
if some of us can’t make it
none of us will make it out alive
Track Name: Clanging Cymbal
her face was in the news today, a window on a world away
from me sipping coffee at home
torn and tired, she risked her flight; in the cover of the night
i slept tucked in from the cold

don’t believe me when i say i love you
if today i say nothing at all

no one thought to ask his name; ‘cause don’t all those boys act the same
just one, two, and out goes a light
the sirens blend into the noise
but listening’s a privileged choice, for ears paired with faces like mine

don’t believe me when i say i love you
if today i have nothing to say
i’m warning you: my words cannot be trusted
if my lips are silent at this rage

i am just a clanging cymbal
i am just a noisy gong
if today i say nothing
i may sing in tongues of angels
but don’t mistake the song for love
if today i say nothing at all
Track Name: Take Away
take away your house
take away the curtains, lamps, and doors
your table, your couch
take away the rooms, the walls, the floor

take away your city
take away your street, your neighborhood
your flag and its country
take away the earth where it all stood

who are you now?
who are you?

take away your dress shirt
take away your lipstick and your beard
your ms and your mister
take away your plans, your past, your years

take away your skin
take away your color, shape, and frame
your money, your myths
take away your place, your time, your name


who are you now?
who are you?

i love who you are now
look around, we’re all emptied out
i love who you are now
only love
we’re all emptied out
Track Name: Hello Dawn
how easy it was to believe everything was fine
how easily sleep came to me, just had to close my eyes
some things, once you see them, can never be unseen
now they haunt my sleep

how simple the world spun around, squarely east to west
a man puts a seed in the ground deserves what he gets
some things, once you learn them, cannot be unlearned
even though it hurts

hello dawn, chase out the night
the darkest dark: meet first light
morning comes to the horizon
on cracks of light when we open our eyes

how certain the story i heard, rehearsed in black and white
the comfort in staying so sure comes with a price
some things, once you know them, can never be unknown
and what you do, once you know, is forever yours to own
it’s yours to own

it was never easy, and certainty’s a lie
some children learn to sleep with wide open eyes
Track Name: Mistaken Home
i’m sorry i don’t have anything helpful to say
i only slept a couple hours, too afraid to awake
in a place i don’t know
a mistaken home

something was uncovered here
something we thought we buried
now the landscape’s unfamiliar
i won’t lie, sometimes it scares me

i’m sorry that the tears come unannounced like a flood
when re-remembering feels like a sucker punch to the gut
is it weird the fleeting moments i feel sort of alright
are when i recognize the helplessness in some stranger’s eyes
in this place we don’t know
our mistaken home

maybe you could hold me
and we could sleep a while
while the storm’s unfolding
we could stay inside
in this place we don’t know
our mistaken home
Track Name: Unraveling Rope
say it isn’t so
i could feel the ledge crack with every word you spoke
to, above all, you
i held out my hope like unraveling rope
it did not take hold
still, held out my hope

a soundproof pane of glass
separates your world from the one i understand
where do i belong?
a catechistic orphan, seeking her homeland

please say it’s not so
my home is not my home
say it’s not so

i saw them falling one by one
disappearing off the edge
had myself convinced that you
would not be tricked and follow them
and when you spoke, i watched you go
my heart sank down, its anchor lost
was it you who walked away
or was it i who wandered off?
i saw them falling one by one
jumping, gleeful, to the end
could not bear the thought of you
disappearing off the edge
everyone sets out to find
and to be found, everyone’s lost
was it you who walked away
or was it i who wandered off?

say it’s not so
please say it’s not so

i held out my hope like unraveling rope
Track Name: At Morning
night has fallen here
we who are awake
in the darkness feel
for a hand to take

like an anchor in rough seas, we are holding
for the tide to turn at morning

while it’s night we dream
speaking them out loud
against the waking fear
raining missiles down

circled ‘round the fire we keep embers burning
till the light returns at morning

let us see the earth
from a higher place
gaze at how it curves
spinning slow in space

ever toward justice and light, it is bending
faithfully it turns to morning

night has fallen here
we who are awake
cry our sister’s tears
bind the stranger’s pain

like an anchor in rough seas, we are holding
for the tide to turn at morning
Track Name: How to Keep Moving
tell me how to keep moving
keep moving
i’ve seen you do it
teach me: where do i find joy
after the breaking point
i’ve seen you do it; i need to do it
keep moving

eyes to see the patch of green scratching up from concrete
defying the hostile earth
ears to hear melody answering shouts and screams
undying, eternal mirth

open mouth to taste the rain, washing all we’ve built away
a torrent, still sweet on the tongue
open heart, holding light for those with fists raised up to strike
a force yet to be undone

tell me how to keep moving
teach me: where do i find joy
after the breaking point
i’ve seen you do it
i need to do it
keep moving