All the Roads that Lead Us Home

by Gaelynn Lea

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Paul Haslem
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Paul Haslem some of the most tasteful and seamless looping I've heard in years. Favorite track: South Wind.
Gender Nihilist
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Gender Nihilist I don't know how much is the acoustics where it was recorded and how much was production, but the effect of listening to this album (especially on headphones) is like being transported to the mouth of a cave in a pristine forest and hearing a string orchestra playing inside. Everything about this feels charged with humility, simplicity and an ancient sense of the sacred, and out of that emerges something as complex and down-to-earth as any fresh joy that aligns you with the now. I want more! Favorite track: Swinging on a Gate.
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Vulpine Boy This is such a stunning album. Delicate & heartfelt. Gaelynn is a one of a kind. Favorite track: Red Rocking Chair.
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“Gaelynn Lea has done it exactly right on her debut solo album, ‘All the Roads that Lead Us Home’. The album is constructed simply — most of it is Lea playing her violin into an Electro-Harmonix Memory Man pedal, building layers one by one of her striking, tremulous playing.

Lea takes a meditative approach, building loops that are based on sustained notes and vibrato, loops that seem like she’s scoring a sunrise on a winter morning. Yearning, reaching melodies emerge from the wash of sound and then recede into the background. Chords are flittingly outlined as root notes collide with thirds or fifths or sevenths. It’s all very ephemeral and gauzy, and the tracks are easy to get lost in.

Lea’s two vocal tracks are nicely placed on the record. Her folky singing is of a piece with her playing, and it’s not jarring at all when it comes in, even though it’s the only other instrument on the album next to the violin.

‘All the Roads that Lead Us Home’ is a focused, vibrant piece of music by a person who is able to take a solitary instrument and make it sound like a full string arrangement, who can fill a full-length LP with mostly just those sounds and communicate fluently her heart and soul with only a few tools.”

– Tony Bennett, Duluth News Tribune

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released November 1, 2015

Gaelynn Lea: Violin and Vocals

Lyrics & Music for "Let It Go" by Gaelynn Lea

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Jake Larson at Sacred Heart Recording Studio
Album Art by Shawn Stigsell at Stigsell Creative

Produced by Gaelynn Lea
Contact: gaelynn@gaelynnlea.com or 218-461-1785

Gaelynn Lea's Official Website:
www.violinscratches.com

2018 Full Length Album GoFundMe:
www.gofundme.com/gaelynnlea

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Gaelynn Lea Duluth, Minnesota

Gaelynn Lea is a haunting violinist and songwriter from Northern Minnesota.

She won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest Winner in 2016 and has been touring nationally & internationally ever since with her husband Paul in their 2002 Ford Econoline.

She is releasing her third full-length album, "Learning How to Stay" on September 7, 2018.

Gaelynn is also a disability rights advocate and public speaker.
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Track Name: Let It Go
When the smoke clears, when the dust settles
Where do you go? Who do you know?
When the damage is done, and it blots out the sun
To whom do you run, to whom do run?

Let yourself let it go
The urge to have, the need to know
Stay awake through the flow
And let yourself let it go

You carry these wounds deep in your chest
Too hard to release and lay them to rest
When the bitterness creeps in, how do you keep it
Under control, from robbing your soul?

Let yourself let it go
The urge to have, the need to know
Stay awake through the flow
And let yourself let it go
Track Name: Red Rocking Chair
I ain't got no use
I ain't got no use
For your red rocking chair
I ain't got no sugar baby now
I ain't got no honey baby now

And it's who'll rock the cradle
Who'll sing this song
And who will be your honey when I'm gone
And who will be your honey when I'm gone

Oh I'll rock this cradle
I'll sing this song
And I will rock the cradle when you're gone
Yes I will rock the cradle when you're gone

I laid her in the shade
I gave her every dime I made
What more could a poor boy do?
What more could a poor boy do?

I've done all I can do
I've said all I can say
I'll sing it you to your momma next payday
I'll sing it you to your momma next payday

Some old rounder came along
He took my sugar baby and he's gone
No I don't got no honey baby now
I ain't got no sugar baby now

I ain't got no use
I ain't got no use
For your red rocking chair
I ain't got no sugar baby now
I ain't got no honey baby now

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