The Songs We Sing Along the Way

by Gaelynn Lea

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“Lea’s latest release ‘The Songs We Sing Along the Way’ is a collection of simple, spare songs that depend mostly on Lea’s often-mournful fiddle and sweet -yet-weathered voice. Lea focuses on alternating between instrumentals and vocal numbers, taking her time with each, patiently letting them unfurl.

She’s got a real knack for a lyric that has some bite to it — and she also makes suggestions for course-correction in her music. Lea is gentle in spirit, yet she’s unafraid to take a stance. That’s a balance that many get wrong.

Lea’s song ‘Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun’ is the centerpiece of this collection. It’s a truly gorgeous, heartbreaking song, and it attracted attention from NPR for good reason. And, while it’s definitely the standout, this isn’t to say that the other traditional fiddle tunes and originals that surround it on the EP aren’t worth the time. Indeed, the whole thing is quite impressive.

Once again, Lea proves she’s a powerful craftswoman, a spellbinding singer and a violinist with a solid understanding of how to conjure a mood."

– Tony Bennett, Duluth News Tribune

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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

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: 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.

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