The Summer Storm Journals

by Noe Venable

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1.
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…”
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Ice Dragons 04:01
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)
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Swim With Me 03:22
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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…
11.
Ambassador 03:37
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”
12.
Army of Nows 05:22
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?
13.
Lion Dreams 03:30
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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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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