Winter

by The Sun Harmonic

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1.
RIVERS WILL RISE Look to the sky and you’ll see where this storm can be found Wondering why all the more this year will come down Rivers will rise, mountains will be our home Look to the sky, all the rain had to come from the storm I think they’re telling us that we’re not taking care enough I think they’re telling us that we’re not taking care enough I think they’re telling us that we’re not taking care... Rivers will rise and the mountains will be our home What a demise all the rain that we’ve always known Flooding the street, turning sidewalk to ocean floor Look to the sky, we will be washed away by the storm I think they’re telling us that we’re not taking care enough I think they’re telling us that we’re not taking care enough I think they’re telling us that we’re not taking care... Rivers will rise, now sit back and watch it unfold... (repeat)
2.
AN EMPTY ROOM All these open ends Storm the evidence I’m losing faith my friends But what do I know? These ideas of fear With happiness in steer All the way through the years Like winter brings snow I guess I have seen an empty room in front of me I guess I have seen an empty room I will tell you why I’m hoping for the tide To wash away these times And what I have seen I guess I have seen an empty room in front of me I guess I have seen an empty room If you believe you can Act like you were then Remembering when and were you have been I guess I have been to that empty room inside of me I guess I have seen an empty room
3.
As I Go Away 04:41
AS I GO AWAY With my back turned I’d like to stay As I go away The ink will stain on this blank page As I go away You say that there’s more to this night So maybe when the circus comes to town I’ll take a ride Maybe I should go away Maybe I should go away Maybe I should go away while you stay here Out on the road Where I start to steer To turn around someday You’ll find me gone Absent from here Well I just couldn’t wait You say that there’s more to this night So maybe when the circus comes to town I’ll take a ride Maybe I should go away Maybe I should go away Maybe I should go away while you stay here With my back turned I’d like to stay As I go away You promised me there was more to this life So on that day the circus is in town I’ll take a ride Maybe I will go away Maybe I will go away Maybe I will go away while you stay here Maybe I will go away while you stay here
4.
WHERE YOUR BEAUTY LIES Don’t look so sad to other people Because it’s right in your heart Where your beauty lies Don’t look so sad to other people It’s right in your heart It’s right in your heart The best of intentions won’t harm you Because it’s you with the brightest bulb in your eyes Don’t look so sad to other people It’s all in you It’s all in you You’re living in a world Where you’re worried all the time You’re trying to change a world Where you cannot change your mind Don’t look so sad to other people Because its right in your heart Where your beauty lies Don’t look so sad to other people It’s right in your heart It’s right in your heart
5.
HOME (NOW I KNOW) So I will take all my troubles today And put them in a box to throw them away For me to know what it feels like to really be at home And what it feels like to be safe Now I know what it feels like to really be at home So I will try to call when I’m away to say goodnight Or smile when I leave just to say goodbye Would you tell me what is easier than living and breathing When you are standing by Now I know what it feels like to really be at home
6.
THINKING OF YOU What does it mean, what does it mean To wake from a dream, to wake from a dream And be thinking of you, be thinking of you So how can I wake, oh how can I wake this way? What did I say, what did I say To throw love away, to throw love away And to lose sight of you, to lose sight of you So how can I face, oh how can I face this truth? That I might lose it all, I might lose it all While chasing you, while chasing you What does it mean, what does it mean To wake from a dream, to wake from a dream I was thinking of you, I was thinking of you So how can I see, oh how can I see the truth That I might lose it all, I might lose it all, So I’m chasing you, I’m chasing you
7.
LOVE (LIKE YOU USED TO) Like a wave would you wash over me And like a newborn baby Would you cry over my shoulder please Like a building in the city Would you cover me with shade And let me walk around amongst the trees Do you still wish that you could love just like you did when you were young? Well you’re sharing this hope between everyone Like a dawning in the spring Would you let us all fly free And would you allow all the birds to sing Like a shadow in the night Would you follow me While I am waiting for the stars to slowly rise Do you still wish that you could love just like you did when you were young? Well you’re sharing this hope between everyone
8.
WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY One day when the well runs dry And I read it in the headlines One day when the well runs dry I will stand on the roadside Someday when the well runs dry One day when the well runs dry Will it bring a tear to my eye? One day when the well runs dry And I write it on a billboard sign To let everybody know that the well runs dry Someday when the well runs dry One day when the well runs dry I will read it in the headlines One day when the well runs dry I will stand on the roadside Someday when the well runs dry One day when the well runs dry Will I be of a happier mind? One day when the well runs dry Will I be of a happier mind?
9.
[instrumental composition]
10.
Lay To Rest 04:09
LAY TO REST So now I will lay to rest All that I knew before If you’ve come to pay respects Than leave them at the foot of the door Where we go after we fly Into the sky above Is in our hearts And in our minds As all the lingering moments we love So far away from any place that I have called my home Here I will stay, watch over what is mine while I am gone
11.
So Long 02:24
SO LONG One last night with Winter And I know she cannot stay One last breath inside her Just to say these words again That our time will pass We will see the past As only fun and games One last night with Winter comes again _______________________________ IT COULDN’T STAY One last night with Winter No I won’t beg her to stay One last breath inside her Just to say these words again We will see the past As a moment passed So long, it couldn’t stay One last night with Winter comes again
12.
BORN (I HAVE AWAKEN) On the day I was born I spoke not a word I cried out for help And my cry was heard Then they brought me home Brought me home to bed The sheets they were laid out for me And the tears they had shed I was given a name A first and a middle one My last name was theirs And I’ll die with it there And the floorboards they sang As I learned how to walk As I stumbled down the hall As I began to talk And speak more than one word Scribbled on paper The sidewalk was covered In coloured chalk and pictures And then I would see These people around me Faces I’d recognize All of them I loved And I wish they were here I wish they were all here again But that seems like a dream And I have awaken...
13.
POISON MYSELF I must have poisoned myself As far as I can tell I must have drank the wrong cup Poured from the wrong well I do not feel so well I must have poisoned myself I must have poisoned myself What did I do wrong? Holding my head high Is not so easily done I do not feel so well I must have poisoned myself I must have poisoned myself What a chemical curse Just when I thought I couldn’t feel much worse I do not feel so well I must have poisoned myself
14.
EVERYTHING YOU’RE LOOKING FOR Out of the gate Oh, you couldn’t wait for this To open this cage It isn’t safe how you’ll pay for this I couldn’t say to you, you couldn’t say to me But I think that we both agree where this is heading to And it’s morning again It doesn’t feel like one thats come before If this doesn’t end I’m sure my body will sink into this floor Sink into this floor that’s beneath my feet You’ve walked across a hundred times And now I should start to reach For something on the other side Everything you’re looking for is right here In front of your eyes, calling to your ears Everything you’re looking for is right here In front of your eyes, calling to your ears Out of the gate Oh, you could not resist To settle on fate And change the past in front of this I couldn’t say to you, you couldn’t say to me But I think that we both agree where this is heading to Everything you’re looking for is right here In front of your eyes, calling to your ears Everything you’re looking for is right here In front of your eyes, calling to your ears
15.
Hiding 02:44
HIDING What is it that you can’t tell me What is it that you must hide Why exactly are you fighting What it is that lies inside So what is it that you can’t tell me? What is it that you must hide? While this globe is slowly turning I throw my anchor out to climb To the bottom of the ocean Out of the light is where I’ll hide So what is it that you can’t tell me? What is it that you must hide?
16.
I DEDICATE TO YOU This is not what I had in mind I thought I would be of a happier kind So I’ll go, go on to assume That all I do I dedicate to you So I’ll go on to bettering myself now So I’ll go on to better myself somehow Make believe what you think to be true Keep telling yourself that it’s better for you Life is not what you see on the screen Not a TV show, wouldn’t you agree? So I’ll go on to bettering myself now So I’ll go on to better myself somehow So I’ll go, I’ll go on to assume That all I do I dedicate to you
17.
LUCK (WHERE’D YOU GO?) Bad luck, where’d you go? Bad luck, where’d you go? Bad luck, where’d you go? Because good luck don’t want me no more My friend, where’ve you gone? My friend, where’ve you gone? My friend, where’ve you gone? Or am I the lonely one What did I do? What did I do? What did I do to not deserve you? True love where’ve you been? True love where’ve you been? True love where’ve you been? Or were you just there to show me What I have done What I have done What have I done to not deserve even one?
18.
THE REGRET THAT I AM I am going to try to take it in All that I take for granted I am going to try and sink right in To the beauty that I’m handed I am going to try to hold onto your hand But I cannot hold it in the absence of sin So I am going to try to fix all of the regret that I am Why oh why did I try to sink into the scenery? And abandon all my thoughts Of what you meant to me I should have tried to hold onto your hand But I was too tied in making amends Oh I am going to try to fix all of the regret that I am
19.
I WILL SLEEP AGAIN It’s not for you to decide Where you heart will lie When that morning comes With your head in the ground Where you can’t be found Well into the shade of the sun There will come a time when you will find That no one can hear your sound So when the rooftops closing in then I will sleep again Mysteries seem to conquer my dreams In the night time or the middle of the day When I arrive more dead than alive With more for me to want to say And I promise to try to come by time to time To let you know I am okay So when the rooftops closing in then I will sleep again So I will not decide When the time is right Or when and if that morning comes I will have lost the night Then others will see that its not up to me And this war will never be won So when the roof is closing in Then I will be the one So when the roof is closing in Then I will be the one
20.
YOU BEGIN TO SIGH With one foot on the road I see the cars go by The hair on my neck stands high I watch myself explode Fast forward to your time I’m sure it’s all arrived I’m sure that we’ve survived As you begin to sigh These materials in your eyes They’ll disappear before you die Material suicide, I’ll commit before I die With one foot on the road I see the cars go by The hair on my neck stands high As I begin to sigh These materials in your eyes They’ll disappear before you die Material suicide, I’ll commit before I die.
21.
DAYS (WOULD YOU GO?) I wish I could go back to the good old days I wish I could go back to the good old days Maybe in some kind of retrospective point of view Hindsight and nostalgia make you feel the same way too Now you live a life you never thought that you would know So if you could go back then would you go? I wish I could go back to the good old days I’m always hearing people say you’re better off that way Now people all around me they are getting older too You never thought that one day you’d be walking in their shoes You start saying things you really never thought you would But I don’t think I’d go back if I could I wish I could go back to the good old days I wish I could go back to the good old days
22.
SO LONG One last night with Winter And I know she cannot stay One last breath inside her Just to say these words again That our time will pass We will see the past As only fun and games One last night with Winter comes again _______________________________ IT COULDN’T STAY One last night with Winter No I won’t beg her to stay One last breath inside her Just to say these words again We will see the past As a moment passed So long, it couldn’t stay One last night with Winter comes again

about

The Sun Harmonic's "Winter", a "piano" album that grew into a folk, rock, jazz and classical magnum opus (per-say). Written, recorded, crafted and released in the Canadian winter season, between New Years Eve 2009 and Winter 2017.

Chapter One: Tracks 1-11
Chapter Two: Tracks 12-22

Duration: 88 minutes (as a true piano album should be)
Tracks 1-22 may be enjoyed from front to back. Or on Shuffle.
Chapter One & Chapter Two may also be enjoyed separately.

"He introduces jazz moves, classical ideas, and lush pop, with cello, trumpet, and a grand chorus of voices among the guests. With a fine, soothing voice as well, Hikele has done wonders for the piano player.”
– Bob Mersereau, CBC/arts journalist
Top 100 Canadian Albums author
New Brunswick, Canada

credits

released March 3, 2019

STUDIO CREDENTIALS:

Created by The Sun Harmonic, in the Canadian wintertime, from 2010 - 2017

Record Producer: The Sun Harmonic
Sound Recording / Mixing Engineer: Kaleb Nathaniel Hikele

All songs written for the piano during the winter months of 2010 - 2014
(Lyrics & Music composed by K. Hikele © SOCAN/BMI)

“C Major Fermata” (Ch. One, no. 9) first composed as a motif on New Years Eve, December 31st, 2009, at Mom’s home in London, Ontario - continued to be arranged and constructed until the final C-natural trumpet note sounded on January 5th, 2017 (a cold winter day)

Chapter One & Two Duration = 88 minutes (a.k.a. the number of keys on a piano)

Thank you to those who helped and inspired the creation of Winter along the way. Special thanks to my family for patiently “sitting back and watching this unfold”, so to speak. Honourable mentions to Warren Hutton, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Dave Skrtich, Nika Smith and Jen Routhier for their creative input, consultation and honesty that shaped this project.

RECORDING STUDIO SESSIONS:

Off-the-floor performances - piano & vocal - captured in the winter of 2014 over two evening recording sessions:
1) The Rose Room Recording Studio (Toronto, Canada) Monday, March 3rd, 8PM-12:30AM: engineered by Warren Hutton
2) The Chalet Recording Studio (Claremont, Ontario) Sunday, March 9th, 8PM-1AM: engineered by Josh Bowman

3) The remaining chemistry was conducted over the next 192 hours straight, March 10-17th, and so on until January 14th, 2017, in the basement music lab titled “The Townhouse Recording Facility & Sound Studio” (Riverdale, Toronto): engineered by K. Hikele

4) Drum kits (two) for When The Well Runs Dry, Ch. One, no. 8, recorded underground on Ellingwood Ave (Stoney Creek, Ontario) March 2014: performed and engineered by Zack Buck & K. Hikele

5) Mastering conducted downtown Toronto, room #11, January 15-22nd, 2017: engineered by Tom Murray

The “Rivers Will Rise” Choir, recorded 2014-2017
(in order of left to right/Stereo):
Tanya Semple (of Elder Sister Plum), Dirk Boon, Al Grantham (of Low Hanging Lights), Brandon Pasternak, Richard Garvey, Jennifer Routhier, Paula Thomas, Ed Pugliese (of Wardead), Mariana Pugliese, Joanna Drummond, Stephanie Prezioso, Laura VanDyk, Rose Del Rio Price, Fatima Butt, Mat Gruber, Kelly Makhoul, The Sober Quartet (Jordan, Lee, Pete and Kaleb), Dave Skrtich (of Sixteen Scandals), Joel Chico, Andrew Hachey, Matt Powell (of The Broadview Band), Ian Boos (of Black Lab), Jessica Liadsky (BFFL), Jenay "Nay" Hikele (my Sister), Joanne Livingston (my Mom), Richard Routhier, Lawrence Shirkie, Paul Baughman, Paul Ferguson, Brock Anderson, Ian McLennan, Natasha Fransblow, Matt Rimon (aka John Bradley), Charlie Berger (of Soft Wounds), Katie Avery, Peter Forde, Celidh Barker, Lee Archibald, Dan Farrar, Jordan Ahrens, Josef Thomas (of Hungry Lake), Jimmy Fitzgerald, Zack Buck (of Far From Freedom/The Capitol), Matthew Ariaratnam (of Waylaid), Alex Beraldo (of The Breaks), Jeff Hughes (of The Other Birds), and last but certainly best, Nika Smith.


CHAPTER ONE:

The Sun Harmonic performs:
vocals (melodies & oohs/harmonies), grand piano, organ & electric keyboards, bass & acoustic/electric guitars, mandolin, drums & bodhrán/hand percussions, cello (no. 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11), the beer bottle triad (no. 5), harmonica duet (no. 6), trumpet (no. 8, 9), melodica, glockenspiel, sound design, etc...

Accompanists (in order of appearance):
Dave Skrtich (drums/handclaps & harmony, no. 1)
Zack Buck (handclaps/harmony, no. 1 & drum kit #1, no. 8)
The Broadview Band trio (encore):
- Nika Smith (harmonies, no. 1, 3, 4, 8)
- Jen Routhier (harmonies, no. 3, 4, 8)
- Tanya Semple (harmonies, no. 4, 8)
Jenay Hikele (sibling duet, no. 5)
Conrad Gluch (woodwind section, no. 9)
Danielle Marconi (string section, no. 9)
Katie Avery (violins, no. 10 finale)

Attributes/Music History/FYI:

No. 2
“Sputnik 1” beep signal recorded/released by NASA - CC License
No. 3
Finale borrows the tune of Auld Lang Syne, traditional folk song (Roud# 6294)
No. 6
Ode to “A Late Night Hue”, an improv composition by K. Hikele: a dedication to Donna Greenway, my Grandmother, at rest December 21st, 2014
No. 7
Ends with three minor bell tolls (a nod to Beethoven)
No. 9/10
Compositions dedicated to composers of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras who fueled each Winter season
No. 11
Use of “Apollo 11: That's One Small Step for (a) Man” recording, released by NASA - CC License


CHAPTER TWO:

The Sun Harmonic performs:
vocals (melodies & oohs/harmonies), grand piano, organ & electric keyboards, bass & acoustic/electric guitars, mandolin, drums & bodhrán/hand percussions, trumpet (no. 1, 8, finale), cello (no. 1, 11), ukulele (no. 5), melodica, glockenspiel, sound design/noise compilations, etc.

Accompanists (in order of appearance):
The Broadview Band trio (encore):
- Nika Smith (harmonies, no. 2, 4, 5)
- Jen Routhier (harmonies, no. 3, 8)
- Tanya Semple (harmony, no. 4)
Scott MacPhee (cymbal with blanket, no. 5)
Jenay Hikele (sibling duet, no. 10)
Conrad Gluch & Danielle Marconi (orchestral finale)

Attributes/Music History/FYI:

No. 2
- Countdown sound effect titled “SLS Test Fire” released by NASA - CC License
- Drum beat excerpt from “64 Main” by Al Grantham - Cat # MOON 016
A-minor scale excerpt from “Für Elise” by L. V. Beethoven ( Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor, WoO 59 )
Orchestra tune-up recorded in attendance of the TSO, Roy Thomson, Toronto, layered with samples found on the World Wide Web
No. 6
- Crumar Roadrunner intro melody line borrowed from a Far From Freedom song circa 2005
No. 7
Excerpt from “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert ("Ellens Gesang III", Op. 52, No. 6): a dedication to Hilda Hikele, my Oma, at rest August 2nd, 2010
No. 8
- Cell phone recording captured early in the morning walking on Steeles Avenue, Toronto, written on the TTC commute, January 18th 2011
No. 10
- Cassette tape recording collage compiled of Winter rehearsal tapes, recorded January-March, winter 2014, in The Townhouse livingroom space on an RCA Cassette Recorder Model No. RP3504-C
- Ending comments titled “Mercury 9: Astronaut Cooper Comments” released by NASA - CC License
No. 11
Christmas message from space titled “ Apollo 8: Merry Christmas” released by NASA - CC License

The long winded story of Winter: www.thesunharmonic.com/winter

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The Sun Harmonic Toronto, Ontario

Canadian folk/rock act, led by songwriter Kaleb Hikele. The new 'Coast to Coast' LP is available now!

Notable releases of The Sun Harmonic (est. 2009) are the concept album/double LP "Winter" and a personal favourite, Chemistry (2010). Proudly independent since 2004 (formerly of The Broadview Band, King Snake Crawl, The Other Birds, The Capitol and Far From Freedom)

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