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Reflections: Gnome Life Artists & Friends Cover Each Other

by Gnome Life Records

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Reflections: Gnome Life Artists & Friends Cover Each Other, Be Earth Now: Joanna Macy & Anita Barrows Recite Selections from Rainer Maria Rilke's 'The Book of Hours', Unlit Trail, Rejoin the World, Myddyng, Everybody's Talkin' (Shadows of their Eyes), Cold Spring, Sweep the Temple, and 16 more. , and , .

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All of the water flows Back to the same repose Everything is the river I'm gonna jump right in her I want to taste the peace she knows And become it To watch all the life That she makes grow Just to love it I love it We are spiraling Always spiraling Look up at the stars Deep in your own eyes It's the same as the tree branch The river touching inland Your brain's neurons firing It's the universe strand High in the canopy Everything you can see Down to the forest floor now Everything green that comes out The serpent that coils up the treeIs just a symbol For everything that is you and me Since beginning the journey We are spiralingAlways spiraling Look up at the stars Deep in your own eyes It's the same as the tree branch The mushroom underground and Your brain's neurons firing It's the universe strand
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Kneeling by an unnamed grave face pressed to the veil prayers to our forgotten gods that they may reveal A bridge of shadows hung between two ancient, unmarked ways the spirit trail and path of dreams abandoned to decay The world I long for stays hidden clouds shroud the peaks so I climb the stony ridge where fog consumes my eyes and on the freezing wind I’ll burry my mind
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In the foothills that walk this way. In the flatlands where the black-tailed graze. In the mountains where I train my gaze. By the seashore where we ride the waves. If we live lightly, and leave no trace, then the breaths we breathe will become our grace. We say grace for California. We say grace.
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You could make the best of acknowledging your true love When it hits you and you realize all that’s growing still Well sometimes I’m the ogre That dwells within the forest wielding swords and seeking blood to spill out on the mossy floor. Grief runs deep. Who can know where time goes Just hoping that the love grows Into something but you realize nothing’s growing there In our clearer times we both see Our love it needs to run free We must part and begin again Let’s have a go alone, my friend We start healing
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A magic wand has atmosphere at one end The magic wand wakes early every mornin' Roman candle, magic wand When the fireball is gone Snorkle in the maui water moving A magic wand stays undernearth my robe As i pass through treetop grove I gain momentum as i go The sparks were colored when they show Let the landslide go The rain is gone afterglow Far horizon wildly magic wood will grub and grow Sent a mode from the islands wont you know On grif perched high with sunset Let the seams wide reset the wind and wave again Magic wand speak clearly, now i know that you are near me Staring still through reflection And your spots have inflection ohhh Magic feeling, magic wand Laying on the summer lawn Wild landscape cascade and hood spray New neighborhood filled up with new day Here goes in, here goes out Thats what its all about Here goes in, there goes out Into a hole When a tree falls crash The multicolored ribbon of the rainbow sash Invisible, you tried to touch it It fell so fast, we ran so much And later in the gold pile laughing The camera in your brain is photographing Let moment scatter, let it rise, before your eyes The magic wand is ohhhhhh The magic wand is ohhhhhh The magic wand is ohhhhhh The magic wand is ohhhhhh
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Have you ever met a man with seven honorary degrees? They're all MFAs but for the sentimental phD. Every institution on the list is from the Ivy League, and the only reason Princeton ain't down is 'cause they're payin' me. Just stop lookin' for whatever you're lookin' for. Nobody you meet is gonna ever deserve you more. I don't know the details of your little quiz, but I know that every answer's the same and I know what it is. Don't try to tell me 'bout the difference 'tween Mrs. and Ms., 'cause you may not be mine yet, but I guarantee that you ain't his. Better you just stop lookin' and erase the scores. Nobody you meet is gonna ever deserve you more. I have never been surer in all my life, but does it matter to you if the feeling doesn't do you right? I'm not sure how to prove these things to you, 'cause I could talk all night, but who exactly am I talking to? Neither of us know what it is we're looking for, but nobody you meet is gonna ever deserve you more.
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All of the water flows Back to the same repose Everything is the river I'm gonna jump right in her I want to taste the peace she knows And become it To watch all the life That she makes grow Just to love it I love it We are spiraling Always spiraling Look up at the stars Deep in your own eyes It's the same as the tree branch The river touching inland Your brain's neurons firing It's the universe strand High in the canopy Everything you can see Down to the forest floor now Everything green that comes out The serpent that coils up the treeIs just a symbol For everything that is you and me Since beginning the journey We are spiralingAlways spiraling Look up at the stars Deep in your own eyes It's the same as the tree branch The mushroom underground and Your brain's neurons firing It's the universe strand
13.
Kneeling by an unnamed grave face pressed to the veil prayers to our forgotten gods that they may reveal A bridge of shadows hung between two ancient, unmarked ways the spirit trail and path of dreams abandoned to decay The world I long for stays hidden clouds shroud the peaks so I climb the stony ridge where fog consumes my eyes and on the freezing wind I’ll burry my mind
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In the foothills that walk this way. In the flatlands where the black-tailed graze. In the mountains where I train my gaze. By the seashore where we ride the waves. If we live lightly, and leave no trace, then the breaths we breathe will become our grace. We say grace for California. We say grace.
16.
You could make the best of acknowledging your true love When it hits you and you realize all that’s growing still Well sometimes I’m the ogre That dwells within the forest wielding swords and seeking blood to spill out on the mossy floor. Grief runs deep. Who can know where time goes Just hoping that the love grows Into something but you realize nothing’s growing there In our clearer times we both see Our love it needs to run free We must part and begin again Let’s have a go alone, my friend We start healing
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A magic wand has atmosphere at one end The magic wand wakes early every mornin' Roman candle, magic wand When the fireball is gone Snorkle in the maui water moving A magic wand stays undernearth my robe As i pass through treetop grove I gain momentum as i go The sparks were colored when they show Let the landslide go The rain is gone afterglow Far horizon wildly magic wood will grub and grow Sent a mode from the islands wont you know On grif perched high with sunset Let the seams wide reset the wind and wave again Magic wand speak clearly, now i know that you are near me Staring still through reflection And your spots have inflection ohhh Magic feeling, magic wand Laying on the summer lawn Wild landscape cascade and hood spray New neighborhood filled up with new day Here goes in, here goes out Thats what its all about Here goes in, there goes out Into a hole When a tree falls crash The multicolored ribbon of the rainbow sash Invisible, you tried to touch it It fell so fast, we ran so much And later in the gold pile laughing The camera in your brain is photographing Let moment scatter, let it rise, before your eyes The magic wand is ohhhhhh The magic wand is ohhhhhh The magic wand is ohhhhhh The magic wand is ohhhhhh
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Have you ever met a man with seven honorary degrees? They're all MFAs but for the sentimental phD. Every institution on the list is from the Ivy League, and the only reason Princeton ain't down is 'cause they're payin' me. Just stop lookin' for whatever you're lookin' for. Nobody you meet is gonna ever deserve you more. I don't know the details of your little quiz, but I know that every answer's the same and I know what it is. Don't try to tell me 'bout the difference 'tween Mrs. and Ms., 'cause you may not be mine yet, but I guarantee that you ain't his. Better you just stop lookin' and erase the scores. Nobody you meet is gonna ever deserve you more. I have never been surer in all my life, but does it matter to you if the feeling doesn't do you right? I'm not sure how to prove these things to you, 'cause I could talk all night, but who exactly am I talking to? Neither of us know what it is we're looking for, but nobody you meet is gonna ever deserve you more.
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Blue crystal fire Blue crystal fire Burn brightly in me Burn brightly in me In me my love Smooth singing sunshine Smooth singing sunshine Wrap your blanket around me Wrap your blanket around me Around me my love Fast flowing waterfall Fast flowing waterfall Wash my tears away Wash my tears away Away my love Deep within the forest Deep within the forest There I wait for you There I wait for you For you my love Deer with silver antlers Deer with silver antlers Come and dance with me Come and dance with me With me my love Sweet smiling moonbeams Sweet smiling moonbeams Be my rhapsody Be my rhap-so-deep So deep my love Blue crystal fire Blue crystal fire Burn brightly in me Burn brightly in me In me my love Blue crystal fire Blue crystal fire

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THIS IS A 100% NON-PROFIT RELEASE. In response to the recent extremism in so-called Texas, we are donating 100% of the proceeds (after production expenses) from this release to Fund Texas Choice which continues to fight for women's reproductive rights and assist women in exercising their incontrovertible bodily freedoms. And now a little about the compilation...

Since 2005 Gnome Life Records has been steadily releasing outsider folk, dreamy psychedelia, spoken word, and deep listening records & tapes… all from a foggy mountaintop in Big Sur, California (unceded Esselen land). Reflections is a celebration of the West Coast, mystic-weirdo ecosystem that Gnome Life serves to nourish and champion.

Enshrined here, digitally and on magnetic tape, are eleven Gnome Life artists’ and friends’ fractal interpretations of one another’s works. Artists were assigned to each other “secret Santa style” and so toiled covertly in their respective bedrooms, studios, or caves – seeking out and refining the precious ore within their prescribed tune.

It is perhaps of little surprise that such a remarkable cohort of artists would dig deeply and create covers so wildly their own. Yet, we can still remark at the way entirely new arrangements are built from single ear-worms, menacing dissonance is culled from groovy riffs, and the subconscious is given voice throughout this collection.

Originally conceived to commemorate fifteen years of operation, this collection’s release was delayed by the Covid-19 Pandemic, and thus emerges in 2021 for Gnome Life’s sweet sixteen. Side A contains the eleven aforementioned covers. While the B-side presents the original recordings of each song, for your enjoyment and deeper reflection.

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released October 1, 2021

Cover art by Kyle Field
Design by Fletcher Tucker
Mastered by Chuck Johnson
Produced by Fletcher Tucker

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Gnome Life Records is a vinyl and cassette label based on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Esselen in present day Big Sur, California. Established in 2005, Gnome Life produces a wide variety of musical and poetic releases expressing wild and mystical perspectives. ... more

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