Wisdom in the Trees

by Willow Waters

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1.
It is hard to know how to proceed when we live in times like these It is hard when our planet is ravaged by dams and refineries As I walk into the wild, I see the wisdom in the trees If we don't hold onto our roots, then we will go a-tumbling I yearn to return to the wild Just pondering conjurs a smile The stream fills my dreams with a feeling so alive Yet back to the city I drive How do we learn to live in harmony Return the balance of yin and yang to our communities Rid the dominance residing in the heart of society Land, birds and people should never be anybody's property As I walk into the wild, I see the wisdom in the trees If we don't hold onto our roots, then we will go a-tumbling
2.
I turn to the trees Muttering the turning breeze Breathing out a collective sigh Leaves return and nurture time And I forget for weeks on end That new life comes at each decent The light is fading but nonetheless The night remaining is one to bless And I know that I've departed Gripping tightly to my reasons And I know it's time that I relinquished my intent My movement is echoing the seasons I arise with the sun Realize what's done is done In this space the sprouts will grow Grateful for the golden glow And I remember here today All the things I want to say Never fear nor hesitate But careful not to move with haste And I know that I'm returning And I'm certain there's a reason I can feel the lifting of the fog My movement is echoing the seasons
3.
Deep Power 04:10
I feel a rise in the tension Spirit winds and intensifies But there is power in this moment To release and redifine But still we're overtaken by the tension By the binding in our spines But if we feel clear our awareness Might we find a path to align? The mystery unfolds Bringing life to meaning And as I witness grieving The misery is told And as I sit un-moving Electric all around I pray for resolution But I do not make a sound And in the wake of our fallen sisters We will ask ourselves what went wrong Deep power in the depths of our sorrows We can sing the most beautiful songs Still the war rages ever louder We see violence and visions for peace But we're still creating our tomorrow Some will die and some will rise to their feet The mystery unfolds Bringing life to meaning And as I witness grieving The misery is told And as I sit un-moving Electric all around I pray for resolution But I do not make a sound
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[instrumental]
5.
Autumn Winds 04:50
I feel my yearning mind receding inward The things that I will find as I travel westward The equinox arrives and I feel the air cooling I know that it is time; the autumn winds renew me Long ago I saw the ocean and I've been eager to return To the coast in a winding motion; mind the dizzy turns The mind and heart together ever wander in the west A damn fine cup of coffee and the huckleberry pie, I tell you is the best thing I've ever taster And what we found atop the mountain is reflected down below In that water is a mirror; in the stillness our souls will grow Oh so many rivers find their convergences Pulled in together in gravity; winding to emerge in the ocean And I know my heart is just the same; traveling alongside my family and friends Flowing along steadily; knowing we'll reach the source as one in the end I feel my yearning mind receding inward The things that I will find as I travel westward The equinox arrives and I feel the air cooling I know that it is time; the autumn winds renew me
6.
Listen 05:06
Don't let the fear cripple you Just feel the ripples through the water Just ask your mother She will answer in due time In the meantime Listen as the wind blows by and by Don't hold your head above your heart Instead feel where is starts Listen to your heartbeat And take a seat by my side We'll breather together Watching as the wind blows by and by Don't forget where your source is And don't forget to come back home Just watch the cycles You'll see it all comes back around An ever present lesson Listen as the wind blows by and by
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[instrumental]
8.
Climb 06:38
Slowly climbing, foot falls Restlessness pulls pushed back by exhaustion Climb without desire Each step a joy nothing more required The mountains on the horizon are eclipsed in my dreams And I am taken to the stratosphere, so cool and serene The mountains on the horizon are eclipsed in my dreams And I am taken to the stratosphere, only to descend again Don't forget to listen Feel your toes against the stones and plantain Take advise from the spider Weaving your own story ever higher The mountains on the horizon are eclipsed in my dreams And I am taken to the stratosphere, so cool and serene The mountains on the horizon are eclipsed in my dreams
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[instrumental]
11.
It is winter in the city It's a long time, cold and gritty And the wisdom, seems so far away And the dreams come, howling in my brain And I'm restless, fighting fever Never quite dressed for the weather But I know the season is not my distress And to the reason I better not digress For it is winter in the city And so begins another year But we will get by, we will get by With time and inclination In line with our creation We will get by, we will get by Taking only what we need Finding ways to plant good seeds We will get by, we will get by Until the day we die we will get by Springtime rounds the corner And as the season warms, I follow suit Divine life is teaming Showing me the meaning in the rain Rising to the summer I begin to wonder what to do Seconds later trees are fading Back around again, around again And the season brings us back around again And it is winter in the city And so begins another year But we will get by
12.
It is hard to know how to proceed when we live in times like these It is hard when our planet is ravaged by dams and refineries As I walk into the wild, I see the wisdom in the trees If we don't hold onto our roots, then we will go a-tumbling

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From the opening strains of the title track of Willow Waters' "Wisdom in the Trees", we know we are setting off into the wild. Dancing lithely between rock and roll, country, old folk, and jazz, this album teems with intricate and surprising musical moments. Between the asymmetrical groove of "Muttering the Turning Breeze", the languid reverie of "Autumn Winds", and the tensely building harmonies of "Climb", Willow covers extensive musical and thematic ground. Yet, along the journey we take time to pause - transported to sunny riversides or foggy morning peaks with Meditations and Improvisations laden with field recordings. Centering it all is Willow's singular voice - grounding in its timbre yet soaring in its revelations. At times she sings with a warm, liquid ease, and at others she wails and shrieks resistance. She sings of a profound lesson - that there can be no earthly delight without the righteous anger and rebuke of the powers that wish to destroy it - truly the wisdom that the trees have to offer.
- Written by Carlisle Evans Peck

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released October 13, 2018

Music and Lyrics by Willow Waters

Julia Floberg --------- <> Cello (9, 12)
Rachelle LaNae ----- <> Cello (9, 12)
Kyle Johnson -------- <> Mandolin (1, 6, 8)
Peter Breen ---------- <> Keyboards (3, 5)
Carlisle Evans Peck  <> Keyboards (1, 6)
Emily Kastrul --------- <> Vocals (2, 5, 6, 8, 11), Accordion (10, 12)
Thomas Strommen - <> Tenor Saxophone
Matt McIntyre -------- <> Upright Bass
Eric Schee ------------ <> Drums
Willow Waters ------- <> Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar (3, 11),
Slide Guitar (8), Trumpet (1), Euphonium (1), Mandolin (9),
Rhodes Keyboard (4, 10), Piano (7), Aux Percussion (1, 6, 10)

Recorded by Andrew Crowley
-- at Organica Studios, St. Paul, MN

Mixed by Willow Waters
-- with Nick Horowitz and Andrew Crowley

Mastered by Rob Schlette

Album Artwork by Susannah Belbas

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As the ripples on the surface of the river mingle and transform the lines and reflections of our world, so Willow Waters' music shapeshifts and defies categorization. Dancing lithely between rock and roll, country, old folk, and jazz; bolstered by rich, intricate, and often surprising arrangements and instrumentation, her music exhibits exhaustive precision and delightful variety. ... more

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