The Memory of Water

Artist
Strong Sun Moon
Released
2018
Lyrics and Song Credits:

Arrayán
Written by Camelia Jade

Camelia Jade – Ronroco
Mike Antone – Guitar
Gabe Herbert – Bass
Dawn Reardon – Frame Drum
Samantha Hiatt – Bombo


Sarayaku
Written by Camelia Jade

one night grows a spark
caching light from your eyes

burning through
the greatest lies the world has known

let it grow
as we learn to live
as we soften our steps
tell me,
have you had enough
of this yet?

I bow my head
to the Earth,
she’s asking us
what life is worth

brittle leaves
covered your heart
they leave slow
like little leaves,
open your heart
can we let go?

with the thirst of thunder
rolling over our bodies
it’s getting harder to deceive us

with the names of conquered valleys
rising in the mountains to dream

we are letting go
of the lie that says
the truth
isn’t worth your time

may your heart
grow lush and wild
with the pulse of the earth
tell me,
what is it worth?

Camelia Jade – voice, guitar, shakers
Mike Antone – banjo
Samantha Hiatt – voice
Dawn Reardon – frame drum
Gabe Herbert – bass


Red Hill Town
Written by Mike Antone

Red Hill Town, sun going down
children are sleeping
mining bound, jobs to be found
work for your living.

if you could stack all of your thoughts
as strong as Mayan walls
at the top of the temple
you would sacrifice time to love
sacrifice time to love

Red Hill Town, sun going down
people are sleeping
flying bird around your town
work for your living

if you could stack all of your thoughts
as strong as Mayan walls
at the top of the temple
you would sacrifice time to love
sacrifice time to love

Mike Antone – voice, guitar
Camelia Jade – voice, cajón, chakchas, bells
Samantha Hiatt – voice, bombo
Dawn Reardon – frame drum
Gabe Herbert – bass


The Memory of Water
Written by Camelia Jade

deep within a memory
water drew the names,
knowing not, North or South

reading the touch of canyon walls
speaking from the river’s mouth

the world turns its face
as we overturn the earth
another place
collapses beneath our weight

there’s money to be made
from the heart of someone else’s land
most would never leave their homes
if they could just push back our heavy hands

the price of our dreams
topped with barbed wire

I sing to the names (lost)
in the sand …

I carry you across
I carry you with me
Coconino, Tarahumari.

Oh how they fear
the ones who are truly free

rising like water
over snakes and spines
over the open sky

the place that you were born,
do you still speak the names?
Cohonino, Tarahumara …

would you hold your tongue
beneath a thunder cloud
and pray

for all of the lines
that we carefully paint
to be washed away?

Camelia Jade – voice, charango
Mike Antone – guitar, voice
Dawn Reardon – frame drum
Gabe Herbert – Bass
Samantha Hiatt – Bombo

Inspired by the piece “Visits To The Border” by Susan V. Meyers,
featured in the Jack Straw Cultural Center’s Writer’s Program, in partnership with the Bushwick Book Club of Seattle.


Cajun Moon
Written by JJ Cale

Mike Antone – voice, guitar
Samantha Hiatt – voice, bombo
Dawn Reardon – frame drum
Camelia Jade – voice, cajón, chakchas, bells
Gabe Herbert – bass


Bloom
Written by Camelia Jade

a dream will grow heavy
unless you move

I hear a song from the edge of the sky

each day, each breath, calls for you

will you sing aloud, love
to cool the ground?
and with each breath
can we change?

pure and cool as the wind
that calls for you

how suddenly the spirit moves
grown in heat and earth

will you dream aloud
to cool the ground?
and with each breath
grown deeper than you would

you are
a dream of the ocean
to a body of water

you are
a sea of flames

 

Camelia Jade – voice, guitar
Mike Antone – voice, slide guitar
Samantha Hiatt – voice, bombo
Dawn Reardon – frame drum
Gabe Herbert – bass


El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could)
Written by Daniel Robles, Arranged by Paul Simon

Mike Antone – vocals, guitar
Samantha Hiatt – vocals
Camelia Jade – cajón, bells, chakchas
Dawn Reardon – frame drum
Gabe Herbert – bass


Lovebird
Written by Mike Antone

You travel light, below the moon
on a Stellar’s Jay, you pray to the plume
in a Flicker’s heart, the lovers dance
for the feathers guard the sacred trance

You travel light, with lots of soul
like an Eagle’s flight upon the road
So hold on tight and buckle up
for an Owl’s dream might wake you up

A Raven sings of magic things
Of the autumn wind and the love that it brings

A Raven speaks of magic things
Of the autumn wind and the love that it brings

Mike Antone – voice, guitar, harmonica
Samantha Hiatt – voice, bombo
Camelia Jade – cajón, charchas, bells
Dawn Reardon – frame drum, bombo
Gabe Herbert – bass


Thank you for listening to this album. We have crafted this music with much love and care, and we appreciate you as a listener. We would all like to thank our families and friends for their constant encouragement and support, and our fans who have witnessed our creative transformation into an ensemble. May you hear the deep calling of your dreams, and may your life be a beautiful journey, answering the call. Love, Strong Sun Moon.

Tracks 1,2,4,6 written by Camelia Jade. copyright © 2017 Camelia Jade Lazenby.
Tracks 3,8 written by Mike Antone. copyright © 2017, Michael Thomas Antone.
Track 5, “Cajun Moon’ written by JJ Cale, copyright Audigram Songs.
Track 7, “El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could)” written by Daniel Robles, Arranged by Paul Simon, copyright Paul Simon Music. All Rights Reserved.

All songs recorded with Doug Haire at Jack Straw Cultural Center, except “Bloom,” recorded with George Rezendes at Toolshed Soundlab. Mixing by Doug Haire, Camelia Jade & Mike Antone. Mastering by Rachel Field at Resonant Mastering. Artwork and Album Design by Bradley Calvert Taylor. bradleytaylorart.com

About the songwriters:

Camelia Jade
Drawing from both modern and ancestral influences, Camelia Jade creates songs that explore the bridge between cultures and our relationship with the earth. A multi-instrumentalist of Chilean-American descent, Camelia Jade is accomplished on guitar, charango and percussion. Her songs utilize distinct rhythmic patterns to energize and enliven the listener, highlighting visionary lyrics and social justice with a voice that is both soothing and strong. For more, visit: cameliajadesounds.com

Mike Antone
Born and raised in the Snoqualmie valley of Washington state, Mike’s influences stem from the Pacific Northwest timber and railroad music and are as far reaching as his grandfather’s stories and melodies resonating from the Black Sea. Living beneath the spirit of Mount Si, Mike’s music comes from the inspiration of his scenic surroundings. He is an accomplished songwriter on guitar, lapsteel, banjo, harmonica, piano, and voice. Fore more, visit: mikeantone.com