Sundial Tree

by Michelle Lynn

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about

Sundial Tree was written during four winter months in Austin, TX. Throughout my Midwest hiatus, I spent a lot of time alone with exotic plants thinking about my relationship with music and why I do what I do in most areas of living. Every problem I have ever had is a problem I have with time.

When I begin the writing process for any album, I pick an area of myself that I'd like to work on and I use music to explore it. For the album Sundial Tree I was looking for a solid and pragmatic experience. Pre-Echoes for the Postmodern (my last album) took the essence of my being for a loop and dropped it in a new place. This place was familiar and old. It was a side of my mind I always knew was there but couldn't comprehend until going through some distinct stages. To explain and explore this place (which I still don't comprehend completely - nor am I meant to), I turned to the cycles of time and the numbers behind nature. Greeks like Pythagoras saw music, mathematics, time, and philosophy as part of the same system.

I have always needed to work on my relationship with numbers and time. I became really excited about math once I knew of shapes and numbers within nature in a way I hadn't known before. The numbers behind music are natural laws that are pleasing to the ear even when musicians aren't explicitly aware of how it is happening. It is hard for me to believe in ideas so I believe in math. However, I still like to explore ideas in terms of levels and dimensions and words serve this purpose for now. If my dexterity develops I hope to do it with sound.

Once returned to the Midwest in March 2010 I began recording the songs with Matt Olson at Ghost in My House Studio and later at Chez Shack Studio in Decorah, IA.

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released October 5, 2010

Michelle Lynn - Guitars, Vocals, Lyrics, Mixing
Rachel Cahoon - Artwork
Adam Ptacek - bass
Matt Olson - drums, mixing, mastering, electric guitar on tracks 2,3,7
David Lester - harmonica
Nori Hadley - violin
Kaija Kjome - photos taken at Pepperfield
Adam Wiltgen - graphic design

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Track Name: Align
Set the pace when my heart races
Guard my gate from all invasion

One time all sides aligned

Sides of you I never saw
Shaped you into who you are

One time all sides aligned
Beside those lay lines
What mind could describe

Hold it soul
Do you know the sequel
Break the mold and your weight in gold
Is on the table

One time all sides aligned
Beside those ley lines
Unite
Thrive
Track Name: Black Hole
Don’t make any sudden moves
Hypnotizing solitude
Crowd yourself alone in a room
Forces pulling through

With the past as a prologue
Wrapped up in my monologue
I should have noticed you were gone
I drew a line I drew it wrong
To forget what side I was on
And now of all the things to say out loud...

Convert the spirits
Market your weakness
Every step I tried to skip
Would haunt me as I’d trip

I’d object I’d reject
Disconnect to reconnect
Like archers in the wilderness
Bow and arrow as the tree splits
What is strange is what isn’t
And now of all the things to say out loud
Dark breaths in Light breathes out
So breathe out

All the labors of Hercules
Lift the weight off my chest please
It no longer bothers me
Lift the veil so I can see
In the blackest of holes
Time flies by as time grows old
I would like to crack the code
Wait a second I explode
Wait a minute I decompose
And now of all the things to say out loud
Dark breathes in Light breathes out
So breathe out
Track Name: Mathematician Mystic
How many out laws breathe down your neck
How many ideas get off your chest
How many options in your honest opinion
How many underworlds pine for your soul
How many circus freaks square your circle
How many hoops and rings am I jumping through

Thought I’d ask before closing our eyes counting the steps
Walking in darkness To find the way back
Ditch the curse and draw a map
Too calculated to be chaotic

How many servants tend your garden
How many governments in their eden
How many options in your honest opinion
How many ballistic capitalists
How many overdosed wiz kids
How many Mathematician Mystic

Counting picket signs on the lawn
Counting like minds banging your gong
Counting singers in the samsara song

How many combinations unlocking
How many fractals multiplying
How many links in the chain of blame are breaking

Thought I’d ask before closing our eyes Counting the steps
Walking in darkness To find the way back
Ditch the curse and draw a map
Too calculated to be chaotic
Track Name: Twisted Logic
Darwin’s children brighten up the dark ages
While heathens sell hymns to sadder but wiser sages
I’ll dance for you if you sing for me
I’ll sleep walk on a balance beam
Pad the walls and spot me
But you don’t have to
Believe me

We have no need to overcome
What is coming over us
It’s twisted logic

Worker bee referees hound me
While thieves check inventory
Kerosene moonbeams and lightening
Light a scene for you and me
If destiny has a history
It’s been updated with no guarantee
As up to date history is expanding exponentially

We have no need to overcome
What is coming over us
It’s twisted logic

Omens beckon superstition and supernatural conditions
Was suspension in the fifth dimension
Ever mentioned in the job description
It takes twenty years to grow a spine
I can’t walk talk or think in a straight line
But this is one way to find a way to say
Friend I’m alright
With twisted logic
Track Name: Inner Truce
I should have known
You knew all along
I should have known
I could be wrong

Angel who sold my ghost
Pay back what was borrowed
Hanging in limbo selling your black halos
I was alone for you I’d become
Now when alone do I belong

Messengers don’t shoot
Even at high noon

Bury the hatchet stranger things could happen
Antagonist no longer steal my bliss
Method where’s the madness
Lost in a book Lost on the atlas

Hold on what holds it in

Messengers don’t shoot
Even at high noon
Latitude and longitude track you
Attitudes of gratitude induce
Inner Truce

I should have known
I could be wrong
I should have known
You knew all along
Track Name: Variables of Control
Do I ever see what you show me
Do I ever get where I’m going
Time erased me this morning
Tonight again I am forming
All the seers of sound
Say our kind is not profound
We’re in the background
Figuring you inside out

I’d push I’d pull
I didn’t know what was in control

Dawn of time or fall of man
We take whatever’s in season
Whether walls are closing in
Or a portholes opening
The door won’t swing the way it did yesterday
I told it please go away
It came back and it laughed in my face

I’d push I’d pull
I didn’t know what was the variable

Cheshire cats stole your smile
Bandits bloodied your Nile
All this all the while
Your vitals on file
As dreamers of the day
Say it hurts to be awake
It never hurts to say
Tomorrow’s another day

I’ll push I’ll pull
I’d love to know what is in control
Track Name: Infinity Around a Zero
Dropped my anchor down
Landed out of bounds
Up down in the round about
Where there is nothing
Nothing is left out

We are extreme we are equal
Like infinity around a Zero

Defy monotony lies
One double life at a time
Sit tight hear a call in the night
Every clock unwinds

We are extreme we are equal
Like infinity around a zero

Go on Go on for eons
Lessons return until they are learned
Lessons reoccur

Karma or consequence
No outcome is out of sequence
You came you went
Foot prints on my wet cement
Every event left a dent
Track Name: Side Effects of Gravity
Don’t take a bad thing and make it worse
Peddle to the meddle in reverse hurts
Standing still hurts worse
Has it been over ran
Don’t run it over again
Never again

Where is the prescription to cure us of our brain
Traveling so far so fast everything looked the same
Why did I try I’m a cliché
All the way What a cliché
Have a nice day

Medicate side effects
Medicate side effects of gravity

We chase the horizon some call it a dead end
We fall off the grid some call it hitting bottom
When I feel everything times ten
Don’t sedate me
Empathy is only boundaries dissolving
Track Name: Rotating Our Saviors
Jokers line the court
Rotating our saviors
Knock on door
To our core
Right on course
Hoof beats pounding
As we awake from sleep
Centuries unraveling

Finally you agree my head is a committee
No one is pleased with all of these categories
Leaving me guessing

What lights you up
Sets you off
We stumbled
Now let us walk
Calling upon the four directions
Where time fell to land
Into our hands
Surely it can slip out of them
An intuition on our vibrations

Finally you agree my head is a committee
No one is pleased with all of these categories
Leaving me guessing

Rotating our saviors
Track Name: Chance
Making plans we plan to adapt
We grew best as we fell through the cracks
All we need is a small plot of land
One pure thought and maybe a garden

All our plans owe possibility a chance

Obsession and jealousy are breeding grounds
For the devil in heat
The less I have the less I need
Where we’re the same is where you see through me

All our plans owe possibility a chance

Each day shouldn’t be something to get through
Or a task on a list I wake up to do
The less I have the less I lose
I’m betting it all and I’m betting it on you
Track Name: Inverse Relationship
It isn’t a way to live
It isn’t even a way to die
If it’s only an ugly lie

Innocent on the sidelines
Watching the abuse of life
Did you wonder why

All went black
I came back

It seems death is an inverse relationship
We become what we miss
Anything I learned from this
My only wish is we could share it

All went black
I came back
I came back
You’re all I lack
So come back

Any odds to beat
Any good things happening to me
Leave me guilty
Living to see today
When that’s more than you can say
How could I ever complain
Track Name: Identity
Needed a new conclusion to what I was doing
Proving can’t disguise illusion
Maybe I am only a collection
Memories of places I haven’t been

Needed a new set of skin to crawl through life in
I tried to shed it and was buried instead
Repress or represent
Depends on which way you like to bend

Well hello I don’t know you either
I’m replaceable maybe you’re the keeper
To be reborn was all I wanted
Maybe I was too vague
I had it surrounded and then it slipped free
Abandoned it followed me home

Well hello I don’t know you either
I’m replaceable maybe you’re the keeper

Identity is easily confiscated
I became what I hated
And now it’s create or be created
I bet I better live it to be reborn
All I want

My heart’s the size of your fist
Original come back kid come back to your senses
Maybe life is only memorizing a blur
And proof is the lie told backwards
Track Name: Sundial Tree
Merchants greet the dawn
Everyone is setting up
From the coliseum to the arboretum
Architects building flowers
Men of the hour in ivory towers
Guardians grow louder

How late will it seem sundial tree

Veins on a leaf like veins on me
Somewhere downstream
Restless young birds
Fall from their perch
Face up on the earth
Square in the middle of dirt

How late does it seem sundial tree

When my day is done
I’ll fall down with the sun
Off the pendulum into momentum

How late did it seem sundial tree