Upwards, beyond the Onstreaming

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"The title from this song is taken from the short story, Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges. Although the song has little to do with the esoteric ideas of Borges, I feel that the title describes beautifully the surreal and distant place that the guitar takes me when I play the song. A place where it is safe to be ourselves.

In my interpretation of the song, that distant place is not real. The darker moments of the song even question if it's possible to continue dreaming of such a place. Michael's interpretation of the song and his added composition infuse a degree of hope that such a place is real, even if it always seems just beyond our grasp."

-Danny

"To sing this song I imagine I am someone else. The words grow my empathy for others. They are not my words. The words awaken me to other’s stories. They grow my appreciation for the individual challenges we each face and further my respect for the human experience. The words remind me to love."

-Michael

lyrics

Upwards, beyond the stream
beyond the flow of words that
sweep me away

Like buckets full of water
each drop given away
is more room to breathe
more room to breathe...

Give freely
breathe deeply
and live!

Give freely
breath deeply
and live!

Did god make me this way
or was it the world
or did the world make god
to make me hate myself?

Somewhere...
beyond the stream
beyond the cry of
"Love the sinner
hate sin!"

Love as you would be loved
Love as you would be loved

Or you don't believe in love

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from Hypnopompy, released April 21, 2012

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Songs Become Water Salt Lake City, Utah

Songs Become Water is the work of Michael Escalante and Danny Jasperson.

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