Quiet Hours

by Electra Day

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Steady rolling guitar layered with deep and densely imagetic lyrics, drawing from the mystique of the places they were inspired by, work together to create an experience of engaged relaxation.

Lyrics describe a spiritual journeying that is both personal and impersonal. The Quiet Hours project, a collection of songs, of which the first offering, Quiet Hours, has just been released, and the second will be recorded hopefully next year, represents the impressions, searchings and synthesis of a life through songs written during travels over an 11-year span from Berlin Germany to The Mojave Desert to British Columbia to Northern New Mexico to Iowa in the Midwest of the US.

Influences in both music and literature:
Musicians: Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Kate Wolf, Nick Drake, Laura Nyro, Tracey Nelson, Phoebe Snow, Patti Smith, Ricki Lee Jones, John Coltrane

Writers/Poets:Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, Galway Kinnell, Rainer Marie Rilke, Federico García Lorca, Antonio Machado, Pablo Neruda, William Faulkner, AR Ammons, Richard Brautigan, James Agee, Juan Goytisolo, Gabriel García Márquez, William B Yeats, Gerard Manley Hopkins

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released August 4, 2016

All songs written, played and sung by Electra Day

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Electra Day Fairfield, Iowa

After college I traveled around the USA and lived in various places. In 1994, I started traveling around Europe and stayed in Germany where I lived in Berlin for 12 years. During my last four years there, poems and stories started to emerge, later I bought a guitar and started to play a bit. By the last two years in Berlin I had started writing songs. ... more

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Track Name: Big Sky
Big Sky

Blue is the color that draws me nigh
It’s been that way since I was just a little child
Laying on my back in the soft green grass
Looking up at the open sky

White clouds drift above my head
The changing play of form
As clouds take shape and take shape again
Out of the blue, they are reborn

Big sky big sky big sky
It’s been that way since I was just a little child
Laying on my back in the soft green grass
Looking up at the open sky

With eyes big and wide, I’d watch transfixed
As birds on the wing flew by
I’d watch them until they became so small
They would dissolve in the open sky

Big sky big sky big sky
It’s been that way since I was just a little child
Laying on my back in the soft green grass
Looking up at the open sky

Home, that’s never been a place for me
A person, a house or any form
It’s the infinite blue into which I am absorbed
And out of which I am reborn

Big sky big sky big sky
It’s been that way since I was just a little child
Laying on my back in the soft green grass
Looking up at the open sky
Track Name: Falcon's Gaze
Falcon's Gaze

Breaking dawn, Waking time has come
And the falcon’s gaze is one
As she sees herself in the sun sun
And it feels like life is just begun

Falling through the self
And the flowers of that wealth
In the mirror on the shelf
Reflecting the real time
And it feels like life is just begun

Roads we had to chose
Were far too far from smooth
But your smile still shines through
From the real time
And it feels like life is just begun

Wind blowing hair
Where we drove to you could not care
For you were already there
In the real time
And it feels like life is just begun

Voices soft and loud
Where to now?
Wind on the prow
Is gonna show us anyhow
And it feels like life is just begun
Track Name: Not Against It or For
Not Against It Or For

Just at the time in the evening sky when the light begins to fade
I go outside my door to watch the passing of the day
Not against it or for, merge just a little bit more

I reach out my hand to touch the leaf of a plant
The soft wind caresses my skin, and that’s when it all begins
Not against it or for, merge just a little bit more

The music of the evening starts it soft and low parade
Fresh wind blowing stronger brings the sense of coming rain
Not against it or for, merge just a little bit more

It’s to the passing of the day, my respect I pay
The passing of all things, the enchantment that this passing brings
Not against it or for, merge just a little bit more

The soft pink blue of the color absorbs me like no other
The wind against my skin, no boundary without or within
Not against it or for, merge just a little bit more

Well the rolling buckling land stretches out beyond the hand
That sweeps up in full circle the mundane and the miracle
Not against it or for, merge just a little bit more

High on a hill, high in the sky
Bird of love spreads her wings and starts a sweeping dive
Not against it or for, merge just a little bit more
Track Name: From Boulder to Oblivia
From Boulder to Oblivia​

I have been down the length of that old railroad track
From Boulder to Oblivia
And I know in my heart I must never never go back
Nothing from nothing can return

There’s been times in my life when I looked up to the great big sky
For answers to all my questions, but when I look into a sky
Where there’s no one such thing as I
Nothing from nothing can return

Surely someone, somewhere, somehow, so long ago
Said something, did something, put me out here on this road
But who they are and what they’ve done, it don’t much matter anymore
Nothing from nothing can return

There’s been times in my life ….

I’ve seen how that lands spreads out almost in any direction
From Boulder to Oblivia
And I followed that black bird flying till she was swallowed right up by the sky
Nothing from nothing can return

There’s been times in my life…

For such a long long time there were so many things that could not be said
And they swirled around like a locked up army in my head
But like phantoms of the night these things dissolve in the clear clear light
Nothing from nothing can return

There’s been times in my life when I looked up to the great big sky
For answers to all my questions, but when I look into a sky
Where there’s no one such thing as I
Nothing from nothing can return
Track Name: Ferry Song
Ferry Song

In my troubled youth headed on that great journey
Said goodbye to my kinfolk walked on
Followed my footsteps down to the harbor
When the ferry came in I got on

I was headed, headed out into the wind
I was headed, headed out into the wind
From one side to the other, oh the boat went on
From one side to the other taking me where I belong

There was no one there to meet me, only mist and fog
And the only sound to great me, came from waves, gulls and dogs
When the sun came out and the fog did lift, she was standing there
On the other side of a footbridge, her smile was sweet, she was fair
Pulled like a magnet, drawn to her side
Like the pull of a moth to a candle flame, I lost myself to her light

I was headed, headed out into the wind
I was headed, headed out into the wind
From one side to the other, drawn to her face
From one side to the other, she was gone without a trace

So I rambled round that bustling town till war overseas broke out
I signed up as a foot soldier, spent the whole tour on the front
The bullets they were flying and I caught one in the side
The casualties were many and it seemed that I too would die
Like a cloud she appeared out of nowhere and put my hand in hers
And listened to the whole story till the heart swelled and burst

I was headed, headed out into the wind
I was headed, right back out there again
From one side to the other, oh the boat went on
From one side to the other taking me where I belong

I recovered slowly and sifted through my life
There were many convolutions and I tried to put them right
One day a letter came to me and it said my father was ill
I cried to think of his frailty, the heart was open still
I went down to the ferry, when she docked I jumped aboard
The gulls they were screechin as we left for the other shore

I was headed, headed out into the wind
I was headed, headed right out there again
From one side to the other, oh the boat went on
From one side to the other taking me where I belong
Track Name: Endlessly Rocking
Endlessly Rocking

Born in the fourth week when the twins ruled the skies
Born with the sense of an infinite eye
I was born to some people afraid of most things
I found my truth in the birds flappin wings

I went out of the cradle endlessly rocking, endlessly rocking and rolling along
A child went out on her own

Back home with the parents watching news on TV
Martin Luther King had a dream
And it seemed like each word was the first truth I’d ever heard
And I looked with fresh eyes round that living room scene

I went out of the cradle endlessly rocking, endlessly rocking and rolling along
A child went out on her own

1971 in the state of Maryland I first heard Bobby Dylan
In a prefabricated house in a prefabricated town
The thrust of his words, brought those walls down

I went out of the cradle endlessly rocking, endlessly rocking and rolling along
A child went out on her own

So I headed out west to those California sands
To find out just who I am
It was halfway across at the Great Divide
Lost track of myself on the other side

I went out of the cradle endlessly rocking, endlessly rocking and rolling along
A child went out on her own

In the string of towns where I tried to lay me down
Nothing seemed to work out just right
It required a vision I didn’t have then
When my journey turned inward my journey began

I went out of the cradle endlessly rocking, endlessly rocking and rolling along
A child went out on her own

“I am a woman of heart and mind,” she said
And I said yeah, but it’s taken a long long time
To learn to trust the woman that I am
And realize the power of the feminine

I went out of the cradle endlessly rocking, endlessly rocking and rolling along
A child went out on her own
Track Name: Romance of the Stars
Romance Of The Stars

Archer, I was sleeping, when you came to my western window
Pulling stars up from the other side
That black line of mountains, that’s the hat from which they are drawn
As you float eastward, towards the darkened door of dawn

Touch me as I touch you, inhale me as I’m inhaling you
The things you mean to me archer, I have always been true

And archer, can you tell me, where does your arrow point to tonight?
I see nothing there, and besides I feel left behind and bare
It’s across night’s black oceaned magic with you I would ride

Touch me as I touch you, inhale me as I’m inhaling you
The things you mean to me archer, I have always been true

I knew you when I was younger, you sent your messengers down to me
I knew them by the stars in their eyes and around their heads and shoulders
Where have they all gone? …well not them exactly…
But the light that in there eyes that had shown

Touch me as I touch you, inhale me as I’m inhaling you
Falling backwards into dark dreams oceaned residue

Only to awaken before the day breaks
Before the lifting of the night from the skies
To see you out my eastern window as you start to fade so slow
Till you have vanished into Dawn’s yellow open morning robes

And a star falls down to the desert floor
And out of the desert someone is approaching my door
And archer yeah yeah yeah
He pleases me
Track Name: October Nights
October Nights​

There could have been a new baby, there could have been a new mother
A thing there was no temperament for
She gave it to the wind she did, she gave it to the raven’s nest
She gave it up to the moon and stars

We rock n rolled in that cabin there underneath the tall tall pines
When the winds broke, they seemed to stir the sky
We watched them from the window there as the tall trees swept the air
We rock n rolled without a care into October nights

Praise, praise, praise be to life
First you’re here and then you’re gone
Never seems to last so long
Praise be to the infinite aspect of ourselves

Seagulls squawked and seagulls soared as our small ship left the shore
Destined for unknown lands
We watched them from the railing there as their wingtips brushed the air
The painted arabesque hung there till it vanished from our sight

Praise, praise, praise be to life
First you’re here and then you’re gone
Never seems to last so long
Praise be to the infinite aspect of ourselves

360 degrees around surrounded by only sea sound
Water in a small glass jar
And the hand which in that jar was held supported us very well
As we dove and rose with every swell into uncharted night

Praise, praise, praise be to life
First you’re here and then you’re gone
Never seems to last so long
Praise be to the infinite aspect of ourselves

Winds came up, waves got rough as she decided to really show her stuff
Forced us down into the hold
Swapping stories of the beast with holes like traps that just increased
Till we were left to view the feat in wild naked wonder

Praise, praise, praise be to life
First you’re here and then you’re gone
Never seems to last so long
Praise be to the infinite aspect of ourselves

Winds they blew with such a force, drove our tiny ship up north
As winter’s garments settled all around
Ensconced in ice from bow to stern, we got that there was more to learn
And in the cold we’d really burn till summer came again

Praise, praise, praise be to life
First you’re here and then you’re gone
Never seems to last so long
Praise be to the infinite aspect of ourselves

T ‘was in the morning of the day we watched the ice floes break away
From the confines of the heart
We saw ourselves as we were then, we’d seen the cycle to its end
We parted but went on as friends to a place called home
Track Name: Old Blind Couple
Old Blind Couple

There’s a couple walking free, canes tap out what they can’t see
City street cacophony, it’s the twilight of their lives

Forever love forever love…..repeat

Vintage clothing that they where—the vest, the shawl, the yellowed hair
Only in their love aware, no need for speaking

Forever love, forever love, that’s the way I’m feeling right here today
Forever love, forever love, in the most natural way

She leaned to him and he to her, currents of the same pleasure
And in my tracks I am delivered into their world

Forever love, forever love, that’s the way I’m feeling right here today
Forever love, forever love, in the most natural way

Went to hear the saxophone man, listening just as I am
The music had me to understand a greater love, greater love

Forever love, forever love, that’s the way I’m feeling right here today
Forever love, forever love, in the most natural way

Watching leaves fall through the day so gracefully in their silent ways
Till by their grace I am swept away into infinity

Forever love, forever love, that’s the way I’m feeling right here today
Forever love, forever love, in the most natural way

Watched them walking down the Strasse, cross the crossing to the plaza
Till in the colored specks of light they disappeared out of sight

Forever love, forever love, that’s the way I’m feeling right here today
Forever love, forever love, in the most natural way