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Kai Sen Manuscripts

from Neuron by Duo (Kirk Pearson and Julia Egan)

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This is one of the truly "folkier" compositions on the roster if we're talking about orchestration. I strictly kept this one at two guitars and a bowed mandolin, although there were a few added electronic details, I wanted to mainly keep it in its original live performance form. The music has so many different phases it does not need too many added textures. It starts out arpeggiating as if two people are walking. Then the accompanying voice that comes in on "bridges on fire"acts as if their stories are coming together. The next phase is faster, emulating the rather fast tempo of how summer feels. This section is more of a metaphorical stopper on a bubbling carbonated drink that must explode. With the bottle cap's break there is a 'lamenting section' which returns to beginning theme. Again the song climbs another hill until it releases at the top with the recapitulating harmonics you heard at the beginning. It's a nice change from the maudlin alto melody of the guitar. The feeling is clear at the end of the piece-after that rush of strummed chords (imitating a whirling of trees)-that there is a mutual feeling of happiness that exists between the two voices.

-Julia Egan


As I saw you walk by to the train,
a pain pierced the clouds as it started to rain.
You got scared and surprised but you smiled at my eyes,
with the sunlight igniting our bridges on fire.

Bridges on fire, bridges on fire.

And the tire swing
swings slowly
without you

So why don't you
wait for me.
'Cause I don't know how
to stay...


from Neuron, released July 22, 2012
Julia Egan- lyrics, vocals, classical guitar
Kirk Pearson- vocals, bowed mandolin, cello, trombone
Eli Greenhoe- steel-string guitar
Nell Pearson- saxophone




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