Winter

by The Sun Harmonic

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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.

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

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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: a rock n' roll band, a solo folk artist, led by small town songwriter Kaleb Hikele (formerly of The Broadview Band, King Snake Crawl, The Other Birds, The Capitol and Far From Freedom)

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Track Name: Chapter One: Rivers Will Rise
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)
Track Name: An Empty Room
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
Track Name: As I Go Away
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
Track Name: Where Your Beauty Lies
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
Track Name: Home (Now I Know)
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
Track Name: Thinking Of You
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
Track Name: Love (Like You Used To)
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
Track Name: When The Well Runs Dry
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?
Track Name: C Major Fermata
[instrumental composition]
Track Name: Lay To Rest
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
Track Name: So Long
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
Track Name: Chapter Two: Born (I Have Awaken)
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...
Track Name: Poison Myself
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
Track Name: Everything You're Looking For
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
Track Name: Hiding
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?
Track Name: I Dedicate To You
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
Track Name: Luck (Where'd You Go)
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?
Track Name: The Regret That I Am
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
Track Name: I Will Sleep Again
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
Track Name: You Begin To Sigh
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.
Track Name: Days (Would You Go)
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
Track Name: It Couldn't Stay
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

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