The Songs We Sing Along the Way

by Gaelynn Lea

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THE SONGS WE SING ALONG THE WAY
Gaelynn Lea

Just 6 months after winning NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest and traveling the country with Tiny Desk On The Road, Duluth violinist and vocalist Gaelynn Lea is releasing a new 6-track EP, "The Songs We Sing Along the Way". This recording is a blend of Lea's original songs (including a compelling new version the Tiny Desk Contest winning number, "Someday We'll Linger in the Sun"), traditional fiddle tunes, and even her own poetry.

Lea identifies equally as a songwriter and a fiddler, so much like her debut solo album "All the Roads that Lead Us Home" (2015) she constructed this EP to be a winding exploration of both art forms. She once again utilizes a looping pedal to layer the sounds from her violin, developing a meditative sonic landscape that creates a kind of mental journey for the listener.

Unlike Gaelynn's solo album, which was extremely minimalist in its approach (Gaelynn's violin and vocals were the only sounds on the album), this time Gaelynn Lea chose to collaborate with Minneapolis songwriter, guitarist and percussionist Alan Church (BBGUN, Al Church and State). He skillfully added texture and color to each track as they improvised together in The Pearl Recording Studio in the Twin Cities.

This self-produced project was recorded and mixed by Zachary Hollander and mastered by Robert Hadley. Gaelynn Lea hopes this EP will provide her new, wider audience with a sense hope - these are personal tracks that speak to the often-messy human experience - and an appreciation of what the violin can do and has done for hundreds of years.

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released August 15, 2016

Gaelynn Lea: Lyrics, Music, Violin and Vocals
Alan Church: Guitar, Piano, Bells
Paul Tressler: Vocals on Track #5
Zachary Hollander at The Pearl Recording Studio: Recording and Mixing
Robert Hadley at the Mastering Lab: Mastering
Shawn Stigsell at Stigsell Creative: Album Art

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Gaelynn Lea Duluth, Minnesota

Gaelynn Lea is a violinist and songwriter from Duluth, MN. She plays a mix of traditional and original tunes on her violin, which is layered using a live-looping pedal.

She also performs alongside Alan Sparhawk in the atmospheric alternative duo The Murder of Crows.
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Track Name: Watch the World Unfold
Pushing up, pushing up
Through the dirt just like a seed
But you’re never quite a flower
You feel more just like a weed

Driving through, driving through
You want to know where you are going
But the windshield’s always dirty
And you never get to see

What makes you think that you’ll ever get there?
What makes you think you deserve to know?
Who are you really, are you so important?
Take a look around and watch the world unfold
Watch the world unfold, watch the world unfold

Need advice, need advice
You have no clue what you’re doing
Moral compass it is spinning
And identity unhinged

Where to turn, where to turn?
There are so many opinions
And they’re all a little different
And the outlook’s getting dim

What makes you think that you’ll ever get there?
What makes you think you deserve to know?
Who are you really, are you so important?
Take a look around and watch the world unfold
Watch the world unfold, watch the world unfold

Pushing up, pushing up
Through the dirt just like a seed
But you’re never quite a flower
You feel more just like a weed
Track Name: Breathe, You are Alive!
Breathe, you are alive!
Stillness is not the enemy.
It's the only balm.
It is the spark
That wakes you up.
Remember
who you are.

Who are you?
Are you what you do?
How you perform!
Different acts every hour -
are you brilliant, burning, beautiful?
Or are your fires uncontrolled?
Pulled in every direction,
can you admit you may be tired?
Exhausted, even.

Are you your fears?
Your wants?
Your needs?
Are you the good and bad words
you use to describe yourself?
Some of the time, at least.
Are you your inconsistencies?
Are you afraid to look at yourself,
Afraid to remember?

We make ourselves up,
Put ourselves out there
as works of Art
as entertaining shows
for the world to see
to judge
to notice.

You are a work of art,
but not how you think.
It's in your eyes when you laugh,
when you smile,
when you're angry,
when you cry.

You can't hide it -
it leaks out
it flashes across your face.

Your soul bursts through
in moments of true tenderness
When the empathy just kind of swells
Up from nowhere. From very deep.
You are in there.

Divine.
Why are we so afraid of it?
Why do we try to bury it alive
In schedules and important deadlines
and hurrying?
We have let too much in
Crowded ourselves out
Forgotten our purpose,
Forgotten to show up.

Pause.

Sit with yourself
Sit with a neighbor
Sit with me.
Notice, when you are quiet,
how the Divine
whispers.

Notice all things.

Just
be
in
the
present
for
a
moment.

Remember to
breathe, Love.
You are alive.