The Summer Storm Journals

by Noe Venable

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The Summer Storm Journals explores personal upheaval, and the bold new freedom that lies beyond releasing the old. Many listeners have shared that this was the Noe Venable album that helped them get through a rough patch in their own life. A soundtrack to dream to.

What they said:

The world… that Noe Venable creates and inhabits in her songs are wondrous… The artist uses some elements of jazz in this record, but in a mystical, even medieval kind of way. Always painting, never grooving or riffing in more normal ways. Scapes of many shapes… This is an outstanding work.

-Puremusic.com

Mystic-pop album of the year: Noe Venable, “The Summer Storm Journals.”

-SF Gate

Spellbinding.

-Cutting Edge Voices

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released July 19, 2018

Produced by Noe Venable
Engineered by Noe Venable (Spiral Staircase) and Ken Rich (Grand Street Recording)
Additional engineering - Todd Sickafoose at Eary Canal
Mixed by Todd Sickafoose

Noe Venable – voices, acoustic guitars, piano, keyboards
Todd Sickafoose – basses, keyboards, programming, also piano on Prayer for Beauty, Ice Dragons, Sparrow I Will Fly, and Onion, One Day
Dean Sharp – drums, percussion
Alan Lin – violin on Lion Dreams, Sparrow I Will Fly, Flower in Time, Fangs of Discipline
Jacob Lawson – violin on Into the Wild, Ambassador
Adam Levy – electric guitar, also acoustic guitar on Lion Dreams
Payton MacDonald – marimba
Russ Johnson – trumpet
Justin Kantor – cello
Duncan Neilson – additional keyboards on Prayer For Beauty
Ken Rich – additional programming on Into the Wild, bass on Prayer For Beauty
The Crickets of Saint Dorothy’s – as themselves

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Ethereal Folk Music for Seekers. In the words of Noe's fans: Elven, dreamlike, and entirely original.

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Track Name: Woods Part of When
you can take my body all apart
and my apple heart
it will grow again
you can take these words
in your lips two hands
you can take these words
from the woods part of when

I have worn steep heels
and a dress too tight
I have pressed my life
against sharpened things
and bled sentences
and shed innocence
like unwanted skin
in the woods part of when

I’ve wed the sun
and his golden man
just to hold some gold
in my hungry hand
but a silent bride
is a death too tight
so I left by night
for the woods part of when

like a groaning chain
I have worn beliefs
but now link by link
I have shattered them
for a soldier’s soul
is a bootless thing
since I found my feet
in the woods part of when

and now love will
take us both apart
like a wave I play
on the shores of him
into sea shell ears
I am blowing words
just a song I heard
in the woods part of when

“you can take my body all apart
and my apple heart
it will grow again
you can take these words
in your lips two handsv you can taste these words…”
Track Name: Prayer for Beauty
say a prayer for beauty
they keep coming to take her apart
so many ways I’ve tried to say it
oh my life oh my gods oh my heart

say a prayer for beauty
like a ghost at the edge of the world
she runs out in her stockings
as invisible cities they burn

say a prayer for beauty
that she’s holding your hand
even when you can’t see her
I think mercy waits to take your hand
at least til you can
admit that you need her
well I need her

and in my hour of darkness
when I need you and find you so far away
and it all seems without purpose
anything you could dream or could say

just say a prayer for beauty
that she’s holding your hand
even when you can’t see her
cause I think mercy waits to take your hand
at least til you can admit that you need her
well I need her

ooo, the edge
she’s out on the edge
she’s out on the edge of the water
say a prayer for beauty
she’s out on the edge
she’s out on the edge, forgive her
say a prayer for beauty
Track Name: Sea of Possibility
I woke up inside a dream
where rivers all were running red
thought everything I loved was dead
I thought last night that I had reached the end

thought that I had reached the end
the window open, you came in
to light the temple in my head
to light the temple in my head

with you I want to taste this freedom
with you remember life’s divinity
but without you this love I take with me
into the sea of possibility

I woke up inside a dream
where dirty things were coming clean
and I chose life and you chose me
I thought last night that I could finally see
I stayed up into the dawn
the window open, moon shines on
the door was open you were gone
the door was open you were gone from me

with you I want to taste this freedom
with you remember life’s divinity
but without you this love I take with me
into the sea of possibility

waves as far as I can see
a thousand horses rise in me
I’m tapping out the rhythm of your poetry
a thousand horses rising up
the ocean comes to fill my cup
today is the beginning of the death of me
oh with you I want to taste this freedom
with you remember life’s divinity
but without you this love I take with me
into the sea of possibility
Track Name: Ice Dragons
time keeps rushing
whirling dervishing by
can you feel the white furry hooves of time?
catch me, catch me
rocketing ever closer
closer to the bright white eye
when I dream I see the world turning
oh, do you remember

how we used to breathe and watch it
oh and feel such power
and feel such joy
to be ice dragons and to be so free
(awake you lie awake you lie)
to be a dragon and to be so free
(awake you lie awake you lie awake)

who were we back then?
someone got left
in the wet black dream pool–
shining tragic in the rhythm of the blackness
as again and again I reach for euphoria
potent enough to distract
somethings howling
like it’s trying to drown me
once we were moving too fast to hear it
do you remember

how we used to breathe and watch it
oh and feel such power
and feel such joy
to be ice dragons and to be so free
(awake you lie awake you lie)
to be a dragon and to be so free
(awake you lie awake you lie awake)

ice dragons, ice dragons
who fly like arrows
into the unknown
just show me where to go
steamy mouthed, steamy mouthed
ice dragons, wind tossed
hoping for a good gust
hoping, but love I’m wingsoiled, heart sore
wingsoiled heartsore
’til I remember

how we used to breathe and watch it
oh and feel such power
and feel such joy
to be ice dragons and to be so free
(awake you lie awake you lie)
to be a dragon and to be so free
(awake you lie awake you lie awake)
Track Name: Into the Wild
I have your love
and I’m taking it with me
into the wild, into the wild
I have an anchor that
drops from inside me
into the wild, into the wild that
always was hidden for you
for you to find
always was hidden for you
for you to find

I have an instinct
that’s going to lead me
into the wild, into the wild
call out his name
and my father goes with me
into the wild, into the wild that
always was hidden for you
for you to find
always was hidden for you
for you to find

I have a charm
that my best friend made for me
into the wild, into the wild
the genius-est magic is
that which is spun by the
small movements of lady fingers
into the wild, into the wild

always was hidden for you to find
always was hidden for you to find

I have your love
and I’m taking it with me
into the wild, into the wild
into the wild
Track Name: Onion, One Day
emily, do you think
your luck has deserted
and so has your chance?

emily, can it be
you spent it on nothing
and paid in advance?

emily, do you think
that dreams are just layers
that get peeled away?

onion, one day
you’ll be completely naked
with the roses in your head
and your beaches racked with glass
and your shadows as they pass…

emily, there’s a stream
where wishes grow wild
and boats twinkle by

emily, sleep now
and I will sing you
a lullaby
Track Name: Swim With Me
babe, I can only follow you so far
babe, I can only imagine where you are
but nothing’s quite the same
bottom of the sea
nothing’s quite the same
since I asked him to swim with me

and your secrets can seem so sacred and so sane
until one day you find you’d give them all away
to never be the same
at the bottom of a dream
never be the same
since I asked him to swim with me

who I was, covered up in leaves
I’m so frightened I might never be the same
never be the same
since I asked him to swim with me
Track Name: Flower in Time
i am the prisoner
of sweetness, of sweetness
i am the prisoner
of sweetness, of sweetness
i am a flower in time
like the sun, he opens me
i am a flower in time

isn’t it funny?
isn’t it strange
how a door can open to eternity
through hours galloping by
I will keep you safe inside of me

you are a flower in time
floating down love’s river
you are a flower in time
and I am your prisoner

to enfold and to awake
he lies sleeping, i am
the prisoner of sweetness
over him I climb like vines
makes me want him
makes me wait
he lies sleeping
–complete this!
–complete this!
bite my lip and bide my time

in order to transform the beast
you first must make it beautiful
in order to conquer the beast
you first must make it beautiful
Track Name: Sparrow I Will Fly
sparrow, where did you go?
I’m in the window
look at the rain–
bad news, bad words
to be kept like a clipped bird
whistling away

I’m still waiting
in the cyclone’s eye
for the day when like the
sparrow I will fly

higher, higher
my mind’s on fire
who’ll bring the rain in this
wide and reeling
bright and revealing
sky in my mind

I’m still waiting
in the cyclone’s eye
for the day when like the
sparrow I will fly

ah, sparrow, I will fly
Track Name: Fangs of Discipline
Heart is so much bigger than you might dream, than you might dream. Heart is so much bigger than you might dream, than you might dream. Enveloping, encompassing, sweet and wide and wild, the largest pink blossom could just enfold one in the midst of howling darkness, in the midst of howling darkness… Heart is a little older than when it was young when it was young. Heart is one tin soldier beating its drum beating its drum. Life abounding, ocean pounding, green and garden wild, the strongest rhythm beats on to lead and draw one through the midst of howling darkness, through the midst of howling darkness “some have tried to use their will but our way will be gentler, gentler still than the fANgs of diSCiPLine!” take this thought and keep it with you like some windy morning when you see the sky through the trees, like the dust of diamonds carried on a wing, on some breeze…
Track Name: Ambassador
I know a country
wild canyons and seas
red roots wave in the fissures
so wild the space between
my love and me
running in my midnight feet
river through every gateway
where you runs into me

I’m going hunting
my heart like a battle rings
to you out in the country
where true birds find their wings

where we might
tear the veil from beauty
and see her dancing down the street
where I might cry that I was drowning
and you might laugh and drink the sea

out in the jungles,
what if you should be the beast?
sometimes love is a toothache
to heal in a howl
out along the warring sea
breathing breaths of bravery
as love roars into me

’til we might
tear the veil from beauty
and see her dancing down the street
til I might cry that I was drowning
and you might laugh and drink the sea
and I might cry that I was dying
and you might whisper, “wait for me”
Track Name: Army of Nows
Army of Nows
tonight I am so free
that my feet are in flower
I could sow a garden for you
but tonight you are so far away
and I don’t know what to do
facing down this army of nows
tonight I am so restless
and the moon is coming down
in a gown of eyelets of blue
she says “worry not about the future
you have plenty here to do, lucky you!
with an army of nows”

come to carry you with them
safely, safely through the night
carry you with them
safely, safely through the night
warm, over towns, fields and roads
you’ll be warm
under mongolian coats

and don’t you weep
and don’t you fear the approach
of an army of nows
don’t you weep
they’re almost here
the approach of an army of nows

come to carry you with them
safely, safely through the night
carry you with them
safely, safely through the night
warm over towns, fields and roads
you’ll be warm
under mongolian coats

can you hear the drums?
can you hear the bells?
Track Name: Lion Dreams
sleep, my child
lion dreams
someone changed the world
while I was sleeping
turned the sky
into the ground
I took off my armor
and I laid it down

in lion dreams
lion dreams
shelter me in lion dreaming

sleep my child
it’s nothing much
close your eyes and rest a while
and I’ll keep watch
no need to fear
or to fight
only to be patient
and to be kind

in lion dreams
lion dreams
shelter me in lions dreaming

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