Vessel

by Lucia

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about

Vessel is an odyssey across the waters, Neptunian soundscapes to take the listener on her own Hero's // Heroine's journey. The song stories weave different aspects of being human on a path.
We each are the Vessel, and the ocean our ally.

≈ Thank you ≈
With deep gratitude to the water in all its forms for guiding this music.
For shaping me, teaching me flow, and nurturing my body and imagination.A bow of humility for the life it allows to flourish.
Thank you to the amazing musicians that brought their talent and passion to this project.


The recording and making of Vessel was made possible by the efforts of friends and fans.
≈ Gracias ≈

credits

released May 28, 2016

All songs written and performed by Lucia Lilikoi
Lucia Lilikoi Music Copyright © 2015 – SGAE
Produced by Lucia Lilikoi & Julie Wolf
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Musicians:

Lucia: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Programming, Kalimba, Wurlitzer
Ted Savarese: Acoustic and Electric Guitar, and Engineering
Ashley Adams: Upright and bowed Bass
Julie Wolf: Additional Pianos, Backing Vocals
Sean Nelson: Drums, Percussion, Water sounds
Jason Carr: Upright and Electric Bass
Joao Mirat: Programming, Piano, Electric Guitar
Joey Maramba: Bowed and Electric bass
Maya Ayam: Additional production, Backing Vocals
Antoine Salem: Guitar
Dan Brantigan: Flugel horns
Mike Saliani: Guitar
Becca Tarnas: Harp
Matt Segall: Whistling

Choir for "Listen to the Water": (Improvised piece by some singers from Rhiannon’s 2013 ATWI group): Charlotte Roberts, Rafaelle Mackay, April Laurie, Stephanie Phillips, Rachel Friedman, Margo Hennebach, Karen Porkka, Annie Sellick, Judith-Kate Friedman, Lori Derr, David Haddock, Lesley Usiskin, Lise Roy, Jana Eidse, Wendy Rubin.

Choir for "Vessel": Lucia, Matt Segall, Becca Tarnas, Josh Halpern

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Engineered and mixed by Jesse Nichols at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California.
Engineered by Ted Savarese at Clearfield Studios, Millbrae, California,
and Sean Beresford at Blighty Sound, Woodacre, California.
Additional engineering by Lucia, Julie Wolf and Maya Ayam.
Mastered by Michael Romanowski at Coast Mastering, San Francisco, California.
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Album artwork and design by Lucia
Design and layout by Jimena Diaz Ferreira at Puro Studio
Logo design by Theo Badashi and Lucia.
Front cover photo (of the Delta Nile as seen from outer space) by NASA (creative commons) Back cover photo by Kelly Moses
Booklet photos by Tiana Hunter and Josh Halpern

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Track Name: Boats
Boats will come and boats will go
Away
Over land, over the sea
Away

Tittering to their voices
At the mercy of the elements
Of indigo and grey
Marking their trails…happy trails

Boats will come and boats will go
Away
Over land, over the sea
Away

It's cloudy and it's calm here
Half of dream and half reality
Defines the sails
Above the surf, above the waves

Oh, the summer rain
Calling from heaven
Silently, it falls
Calling for home

Boats will come and boats will go
Away
Over land, over the sea
Away
Track Name: One Hand to the Sun
One hand to the sun
One look to the sky
One heart to the wind
We'll never come back

We'll traverse the seas
And walk through the crowds
Let the water come down
On our skin
And the story be told

Spend the rest of our lives by the sea
Watching the tides
Learning the trees
All around us

Come back to the earth
Come back to the start
Where the magic comes from
And into the night we'll be safe
In a blanket of stars
One hand to the sun
One look to the sky
One heart to the wind
We'll never come back

We'll traverse the seas
And walk through the crowds
Let the water come down
On our skin
And the story be told
Track Name: Season Love
When I walk past the green vines
And the grapes and plums are sweet
I will follow summer breeze
Collect it for you

When the birds tell me things that
I should listen to
I will follow my heart
Come back to you

When the sun turns brighter
And the flowers start to bloom
I will stop, and smell them
Only for you

And when the longing for spring
Takes over me
I will love you more tonight
Than you could dream

And when the night
Waltzes through
And the dark
Tells you things that aren't true
Listen to the water
To be renewed
Listen to water
It will take you back to you

Stay with me in the winter
Stay with me past June
You will see that love was meant for two
You will see that love was meant for me and you
Track Name: Ships in the Night
We are ships in the night
We have now and no other time
To recognize our own reflection
In the sea

When something is born
There’s sound and there’s form
An alchemy of images
Is who we are

Transitions are calling
From dark tunnels glowing
To recognize each other’s reflections
In the sea

We claim who we are
We share and we part
These endless waters feed us
And bring us home

I claim my life
With joy and with pride
To recognize my own reflection
In the sea
Track Name: After the Wind
After the wind came
And the raking of the leaves
Stepping outside
For as long as I can see
Staying awake now
For as long as I can bear
Watching the waiting that will take me off to bed

This is the last time I fall in love
This is the last time
I open up in full

After the wind comes
And the raking of the leaves
There’s a new sun
That will welcome me to be
Your queen, crowned in
Ether and in light
Our hands, silver in the sun

This is the last time I fall in love
This is the last time
I open up in full

After the wind comes
And the raking of the leaves
Stepping outside
For as long as I can see
Staying awake now
For as long as I can bear
Waiting the waiting that will take me off to bed
Track Name: I Dream Dark
I dream of falling down
I dream of digging deep into the ground
Of losing my balance
With every step I take
Abandoning every trace
Of reason

I dream that darkness never ceases
It takes me over for all the wrong reasons
Persuades me and claims me as its daughter
Stifles the light over and over

I dream dark

On this day I free myself from this equation
Rising from Hades
A burning creation
A new sun is shining
Humbly refining the cosmos that we are

I dream light
Track Name: Survivor
A butterfly that soars above the weather
A broken wing could not stop
To fly beyond
It makes it better to sing on
Sing on, sing, sing, sing on

Nobody can rob my soul
It belongs to no one
It’s no one’s but my own
Ashes to ashes
It’s a new world

We can talk about the weather
We do so well faking it all
To fly beyond
It makes it better to sing on
Sing on, sing, sing, sing on
We can take a tragedy that belongs to no one
And make it our own
We can be made to feel so very small

Noche de paz, noche de fuego
Noche de oscuridad, noche de juego mortal
Oyes las palabras, no te dicen nada
Sientes los sonidos como espadas

I’m a butterfly that soars above the weather
A broken wing could not stop
To fly beyond
It makes it better to sing on
Sing on, sing, sing, sing on

Nobody can rob my soul
It belongs to no one
It’s no one’s but my own
Ashes to ashes
It’s a new world
Track Name: Desert
I'm in a desert, burning
I'm in a desert, burning, burning

I'm on a mountain, yearning, yearning
Smog over skyline
Blue's observing

Can't stop thinking 'bout the rain
How fresh it'd feel against my skin

I'm in a desert, burning, burning
Finally driving to my ending

Can't stop thinking 'bout the rain
How fresh it'd feel against my skin

And if I fall down the canyons you'll know
I'll be speeding my way through the clouds

I'm in the desert, burning, burning
Track Name: Listen to the Water Interlude
Listen to the water,
Listen to the water,
Listen to the water,
Listen, listen
Track Name: All the Way Home
When we're not together
The road is so long
And your eyes remind me
There are stars above
I wanted to know you
I wanted to know if we'd go all the way home

The moment I saw you
T'was all lights on you
And I wanted with you a moment of truth
No, I haven't stopped now cause what is the point
Oh, to lose this joy of longing for you?

If we're meant to be who we are then it's good
I wanna be close to the fire
A moment with you
In all of the sun system no one else would do
I’d love to stay, and I’m all for you

Lee doo di doo
Where there is home, there is you
Lee doo di doo
Where there is home, there is you
Track Name: Ocean
Ocean, you give it all
Ocean, you tear my soul
Colors, grey, blue and green
Fill me with everything that could be

May we revere you
May we realize all the gifts you bring
The freedom to swim in you
Makes us who we are
Makes me forget the façade

Oh, how you flow
How your spirit shows

We thank you for life
Who would device such a gentle kiss?
To make me complete

You’re the mother
The water that flows through our veins
The lover
To ease my pain

Oh, how you flow
How your spirit shows
You’re the source
You’re the water, the water …
Track Name: Vessel
This, the house where I live
This, the vessel I be
Oh, with the wind, there I’ll be
Oh, with the sea there I’ll be, there I’ll be

This, the house where we live
This, the vessel we be
Oh, with the wind, there we’ll be
Oh, with the sea there we’ll be, there we’ll be