Shading Stump

by Karl Blau

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Most of this material is borrowed from a live recording at Wyman Park, at the corner of 1st and Morris in La Conner, Washington just as the Sun was setting across the Swinomish Channel.

The photo used for the album image is of that evening where upon a pink slug of a cloud was slowly ambling up over a distant hill.

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released September 9, 2013

Karl Blau - kalimba, Voyager sound controller, looper, voice through echo and reverb

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Karl Blau Anacortes, Washington

In search of the sounds of joy and expressions that feel true to life. Like happiness with sadness. More and more songs about love and life and death. Experiments with sound, abundance, other kinds of dance, enthusiasm, vocals warming up.

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Track Name: You Shampooed His Beard (live)
In the early morning
The procession of everything I've ever feared
Recedes back from whence it came - the dust
The dust from whence it came
Once again shakes loose from my beard, my beard
You shampooed my beard

Beneath the stars that wave goodbye
The stripes were showing on my tail
Your light filling up the sky
Laughter spilling down the trail

Your love strapped me in the chair
Held me down with just a stare
At first you trusted me to stay
I wriggled free and broke away
First you trusted me to stay
I wiggled free and broke away

Lathered up a wild racoon
In the hopes just like the moon,
He'd get clear and bright again
Didn't know if he'd ever been
Loved in the midst of being feared
'Til you shampooed, you shampooed his beard

In the early morning sun
See colors fall back into place
Already knew you were the one
Now this tingle on my face
Already knew you were he one
And now this tingle on my face

Traces back to care
In this dewy morning air
Did you hear the cat-fight overnight?
Bits of fur caught in the light
Did you hear the cat-fight overnight?
Bits of fur caught in the light

Lathered up a wild racoon
In the hopes just like the moon,
He'd get clear and bright again
Didn't know if he'd ever been
Loved in the midst of being feared
'Til you shampooed, you shampooed his beard
Track Name: I Prance Around In My Town(live)
I prance around in my town
Just like a toddler in a gown
This helps the men in dresses to feel safe

You'll find you're heard (find your herd) in the 3rd
After you've reached into enough dirt
You'll tap the rushing water, it'll give you strength

Dragons are a metaphor for something we can't name
You may draw it up on a piece of paper
It's an interpretation - describing mostly about you

4 winds that blow for to say
"We need all directions today"
Remind us by getting our hair out of the way

The view reflects me and you
You and i reflect what we see
You hold the mic to the speaker and it folds back on me

Place and hands that make our minds up
For what we can't lay a finger on
As actual husbandry of the natural world,
The wild, chaotic world, the gentle and docile world

But, if we listen this day
We make pick up the play
And that we dropped the ball
Will soon be a faint memory
Track Name: Feelin' The Light (live)
You need to try it all out, I'm letting go, you should know
You need to try it all I'm letting you go, you should know
if you me, just give a call
if you need a catch to make a fall

Story of my life, the rain is what fills me up
When I feel the light, it's takin' a bite of me
Story of my life, the rain is what fills me up
Story of my life, When I feel the light

Up above on high, Sun bears pearly whites
When I'm in sight, he marks me with delight
Track Name: Open Exit (live)
Open exit, exciting patterns of the past
You're a head-shot shooting up and out at last
As the hex eats its tail and clearly breaks its fast

Round the bend will you bend the rules for me
And meander aiming fecklessly
For foraging is often stumbling upon the goods in surprise

Like an "X" as I make a mark of where I stand
When outstretched, I'm a sign that here is but a man
But a man may not understand
He's got the whole world in his hands
He's got the living world at the mercy of his hands

Fan the flames and invoke a change
Change it up, up, up and away
Out of its cage, for a spell you had bound your arms
Now you're pulling out all your charms
To heal the hurt then get back out in the dirt
Heal the hurt, then get back into the dirt
Track Name: To Soar and Be Sore
(speaking in tongues)
Track Name: Erica (Shouting My Own Name) (live)
A castle in the sand, it plays out just as planned
Or did you forget that the tide would claim its land

Bells ring by the hand of man, also by the wind
When sand kicks up in your face, it's hard to keep a grin

Shouting my own name, just to wake myself up from a dream
Shouting my own name, just to wake myself up from a dream
Shouting my own name, just to wake myself up from a dream
Erica! Erica! Erica! Erica!

Hearing my own name, sensing a definite lack, of state-of-being
Hearing my own name, sensing a definite lack, of state-of-being
Hearing my own name, sensing a definite lack, of state-of-being

Erica!, Erica, Erica, Erica!