Fading Purple Sky

by Nathan Fivecoate

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Fading Purple Sky is my introduction into the musical world. Like every musician, I have a story to tell (many stories, really), and my goal is to be as open and honest about it as I can, with safe boundaries in place. In this album I share via three genres: song-writing, piano composition, and piano improvisation. I believe that words do have a role to play in such story-telling, and I also believe that some of the best story-telling occurs without words.

A little bio: I learned to improvise on the piano at a very early age, and as a result learned to master the language of music-without-words at the same time as I mastered English. Growing up Classically-trained and in Anglican church choirs, I honed my composition skills via solo piano and with sacred-text choral music.

Ultimately, it was after studying music composition in college that I challenged myself to write my own lyrics and music together. Not surprisingly, I choose to write what I know, and a lot of what I knew is raw, open honesty about what I understood and understand life to be. Each year, this changes. Fading Purple Sky, released in November 2010, offers a snippet of how I understood truth in both words and music at that point in my life. Each succeeding album will offer a new perspective, a new knowledge, via music, with or without words.

I invite you to enjoy the journey with me.

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released November 5, 2010

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Track Name: Weeping separation
To hear weeping fall
like music from a father's lips:
"O Absalom my son!"

To search to understand in vertigo,
to run across a barren mind
with a fading purple sky
to your own river separating
North from South;
a divided kingdom.

Sobs sounds across borders
like the bellows of livestock
that bleat longingly across a pasture.

They lament their own
who crossed over the boundary:
those taken by kingship lust or crocodiles,

those riding, captured, hung in trees,
those devoured, put to pieces,
leaving only red rivers behind.

--lyrics by Bryan Runck
Track Name: On the other side
Last night I wrote a song. It isn't much, but I hope you like it
I only wish I'd written it sooner
Last night I played a song and recorded it
It isn't much, but I don't care

I thought of you and wondered if we could go back to the time when we had a chance
(when I had a chance, anyway)

You're on your own and I'm on my own
And I'm still confused as to how that happened
It hurts less now than it did before
But I don't blame you, I only blame me

I thought of you and wondered if we could go back to the time when we had a chance
(when I had a chance, anyway)

It's funny on the other side seeing how it used to bug me
But it doesn't really now because I'm not young and foolish anymore

I thought of you and wondered if we could go back to the time when we had a chance
(when I had a chance, anyway)

It's weird to be back here
Track Name: Gone and vanished
I woke up sometime ago
I don't remember where I was
or what I did or if I did anything

I look left I look right
I look up and I look down
I look forward and I see nothing

I'm still here but everything else is not
I'm wondering if I've reached the other side
Did I die or did everyone else?
'Cause everything else is gone and vanished

Everything around me is one color
but which one I do not know
is it white is it black is it gray?

I don't see water I don't see land
I don't see air I don't see space
What did I do to lose everything?

I'm still here but everything else is not
I'm wondering if I've reached the other side
Did I die or did everyone else?
'Cause everything else is gone and vanished

Sometime last night something must've happened
but my memory is all gone
like a hard drive that's been erased by tech support

Now I'm out here confused and lost
I can't hear or see or smell
but I guess it's what happens at the end of time

I'm still here but everything else is not
This must be the other side
I mean, did I die or did everyone else?
'Cause everything else is gone and vanished
Track Name: Gone and vanished, piano version
(see Track 6: "Gone and vanished")