Out Of The Music's Way

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I stagger and struggle and stutter and strive; the music I fancy my friend
Dances unwilling just out of my reach and slips at my fingertips' end
Sometimes it whispers behind my ear like a soul shining out of its shell
But I never can master the mandolin till I master myself as well

Out of the music's way, my friend, letting the melody play
I wish I could figure out how to let go and get out of the music's way!

I dreamt that I studied a song last night; it fought like a demon from hell
My fingers like feet as I wrestled the tune, I stumbled and fumbled and fell
Locked in the struggle he flung me down, to lift me aloft again
Till fingers like feathers, I followed him fairly to dance with an angel then.

Practice is over and lessons are done; the mandolin's sitting alone,
My fingers are itching to try it again; I know in my breath and my bone
If I could just figure out how to let go and follow the melody in
We'd frolic together, the angel and me, on the strings of the mandolin!


from From The Hazel Tree, released January 1, 2004



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In 1995 Cat Faber and Callie Hills teamed up to form Echo's Children, a duo known for well crafted harmonies and interesting lyrics about science fiction and fantasy subjects. They worked together until 2003, when Cat Faber moved to Tennessee and the group broke up. ... more

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