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Re: 2019-08-02 - Leuven (B) - M-idzomer festival (M - Museum)
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Thanks for all the info and the recording! Very nice!

Songs from Oyster, Siren, South, 300 Days, TWIF, and, of course, Pearl.

Nothing from Glow Stars, Redbird, or TJF. Hmm.

Posted on: 8/5 4:57
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Re: Still have not received my Pearl order from Merchcowboy
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I got mine the same day as Feral!

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Still have not received my Pearl order from Merchcowboy
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It's been a month now (June 25) since I got a shipping notice for my order but neither DHL nor USPS show any status at all for my order tracking.

I have heard from other U.S. fans who haven't gotten theirs yet but wondering how widespread it is? Has anyone outside the U.S. not gotten theirs yet either?

I was willing to be patient but this is getting to be a long time and I'm worried something is wrong. I just emailed Merchcowboy to ask and will update if I hear back.

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Re: 2016-04-19 Berkeley, CA (USA) - Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
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I saw Berkley, CA at the top of the forum and thought a new U.S. tour had been announced! Alas.

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Re: 2019-01-11 Cologne (D) - Gloria
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The Storm tour! I remember that recording. So good.

My favorite version of Aquamarine is from those early live shows touring on Storm before she started doing the Chris Coco version.

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Re: 2019-10-22 The Hague (NL) - Paard
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2006? Oh, the memories!

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Re: Partial Lunar Eclipse tonight
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I saw the total solar eclipse in 2017. My Dad lived in the path of totality and I went down to visit him and we drove to the middle of the path and saw totality for two and a half minutes or so. Was really cool. It was both of our first total solar eclipses.

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Re: New Heather Nova Album "Pearl" to be released in spring 2019
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Finally listening to the demos straight through now that I know the album better. Most of them make me really appreciate how well the album was produced, but See Yourself works really well as a demo. Probably would be quite good acoustic.

I think After All This Time works well acoustically as well.

Posted on: 7/16 2:59
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Re: Heather Nova live band
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Okay, that makes so much more sense, Estelle!

I'd like to hear Berit's take on Pearl. Part of me wants to travel to Europe again just to hear Berit again since she's not ever going to be on an American tour. Arnulf is amazing too but he does come here.
There's nothing like Berit shredding a good guitar solo on a Heather song and now we have a new song with a long solo! Vincent is really good but I still want to hear Berit's take. I feel she could have a lot of fun with Rewild Me.

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Re: New Heather Nova Album "Pearl" to be released in spring 2019
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I feel like the rise of vinyl is making albums shorter again so they fit in one record. I would guess Rose Gold didn't get included because that would get one song over a single vinyl which would be inefficient. I don't know that for a fact but it's got to be a consideration.

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Re: The People of Heather's Songs
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Yeah, I thought of that one, but it's written by her father rather than being about him so i left it out.

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Re: New Heather Nova Album "Pearl" to be released in spring 2019
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Good to know it got to someone in the U.S. I still haven't gotten any update that it's gotten to USPS from DHL so I guess it's on a boat somewhere?

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Re: Order The Redbird Songs!
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I am the world's second biggest fan of Overturned.

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Re: The People of Heather's Songs
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Oh, good catch. I meant to put that in Songs About Other People but forgot.

I have a personal theory that the song is far more autobiographical than it it appears, though.

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Re: Pearl Lyrics
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Quote:

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Cassander wrote:
My shipment hasn't arrived yet


Cassander - have you received yours yet? I have not. Last update showed DHL handed it off for international transfer on 27-June.


Nope. I'm in the same boat. Still hasn't even gotten to the U.S. yet.

Thankfully I have friends who help me out with stuff like the lyrics booklet.

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Re: New Heather Nova Album "Pearl" to be released in spring 2019
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Anyone knows whom about she sings in 'Rewild me' and 'Over the fields'?




Rewild me is about herself. Getting back to nature. Also recovering from the divorce. She talks about reading about the rewilding movement of getting back to nature to heal and how that seems so obvious to her.

Over The Fields is about the guy Island is about. She heard he was dying and wrote him a letter to forgive him. Then he wrote back apologizing for everything he had done to her. Scroll up for more details and to read it in her own words.

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Re: Order the Storm Songs!
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Just in case there was a language barrier issue, I meant haunting in a good way. A very good way. The last verse of Everytime is amazing. I remember doing research on sea grass and where it grows when the album came out. That would be one of the things I'd want to note if I ever went to Bermuda.

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Re: Order the Storm Songs!
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Storm is funny. I expected to put Everytime ahead by just a little and for both to be four and a half like Out In New Mexico.

But I can't find anything wrong with Storm. It's an extremely tight, vivid extended metaphor with perfect singing and guitar. Beautiful folk or folk/rock song. You could say, I guess, the metaphor isn't original enough but the preparation for the tropical storm (I assume) is just so vivid and real. I guess you could say maybe she hits the metaphor over the head too much but the point of the song is how you're living through something that feels like a metaphor and you think about it and feel it - how she thinks about "things that got lost" when making her storm preparations with the shutters and the anchors.

I don't know that it doesn't get a little tired with repetition the way Island and Sugar never do. But I can't really separate it from them either.

It also is the one and only second encore I've ever gotten at a show - in Portland after the first encore, Heather came back to play one final song without Arnulf this time and it was Storm. Portland was her favorite city of the tour and it was a beautiful theater and the crowd was good and it was just magical. Only time she played Storm on the entire tour.

Everytime is a little more interesting musically with that guitar and maybe her singing though I find her singing amazing on both. It's very short and simple. Maybe I could say "yours the thorny crown" doesn't fit in with the rest of it or do a whole lot as a Jesus reference but, eh, the song is still perfect for me.

Also the whistling. That beautiful melody which so perfectly fits the song. The way she captures these vivid images - riding in a car at night has never been done better? I don't quite know what haunts me about the last verse but it just sticks with me. "Where the sea grass grows dark among the stones, you have thrown the line, saved me everytime." Gorgeous.

I cannot find anything not to like about Drink It In either. Maybe a touch less vivid but really, really moving and so quiet and contemplative which fits it perfectly. Love the way it builds. Oddly reminds me a whole lot of Everything Changes.

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Re: Order The Redbird Songs!
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Typo for A Way To Live, lol.

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Re: Pearl Lyrics
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She capitalizes it so I assumed so?

But I probably should have looked it up.

I wrote a poem called Autumn Leaves when I was 16 or 17. She's probably not referring to that.

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Re: Order the Storm Songs!
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Storm *****
Everytime *****

Drink It In ****½

Aquamarine ****
I Wanna Be Your Light ****

One Day In June ***½
Fool For You ***½

All I Need ***
River Of Life ***
You Left Me A Song ***

Let's Not Talk About Love **½


I did this without looking at my old order and weirdly, my current order matches my old order better than what I thought my old order was matches my older order. Down to the very same "Let's Not Talk Above Love" being right on the line. I did not remember that at all! I actually thought it had been River of Life which i liked more than I expected. I also didn't remember Fool For You was my favorite of all the songs that weren't right at the top.

That's really uncanny. I have switched Everytime and Storm but those two have switched places before for me. Great songs.

Funny enough, the four shortest song songs on the album are the top four.

I do love quiet and sad songs. So Storm, The Jasmine Flower, and The Way It Feels are three of my favorite albums. Half the songs are good, half the songs are great, what's not to love?

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Re: Pearl Lyrics
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For Bernd.

Lyrics in the booklet are basically 100% accurate. Just leaves out the outro and the Break (which has no actual words anyway).

And okay, it's a pretty song. I like the chorus.

Vincent
by Heather Nova

(Verse 1)
Vincent, yours is the first name I've ever sung;
Sometimes life is a movie and it's only just begun.

Waves are crashing through my veins, I'm overcome;
Sometimes, life is a movie and it's just begun.

(Chrous)
And the stars will make us wild,
And the dark will make us hesitate, but that's our fate,
The stars will make us wild;
It's not too late for us.

(Verse 2)
I want to laugh, sing Autumn Leaves, and whistle grass with you;
I want to lie under any kind of sky.

(Chorus)

(Break)
Ooo ooo, ooo-oo-ooo
Ooo ooo, ooo-oo-oo

(Verse 3)
Les vagues viennent s'écraser dans mes veines et je m'enivre,
Vincent, je veux only to be with you.

(Chorus)

(Outro)
The stars will make us wild;
It's not too late for us.

Ooo ooo-oo-ooo

It's not too late for us.

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Re: New Heather Nova Album "Pearl" to be released in spring 2019
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This posting was more ment from a productional point of view maybe from a first listen. And the word disappointing might be close to you, but yes maybe I need to listen more often.

In general there is no bad song by Heather at all from wathever album. But for sure some connects more or less.


A Way To Live

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Re: Order The Redbird Songs!
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That was supposed to be five stars (10/10). That's the top of the scale. My first five star song when going back through, though the distinction is pretty arbitrary. Four and a half and five are all my favorite songs and I can't get tired of them. Four are really great too. Three and a half i really like. Three i enjoy. Two and a half i enjoy when fresh or in the right mood. Two I can find some things to enjoy even if maybe not the whole song. One and a half maybe I don't enjoy much but maybe there's something. One is not really good I don't think. One half is The Way It Feels. I thought I was going to give it one star like He's Spiritual but no. I'm glad some people enjoy it but it's not for me.

I could put a poll up about which is the worst rhyme, iron lungs and separate tongues or higher/desire. Novel but distracting mixed metaphor or tired forced pop rhyme. Both in prominent positions.

At least both tongue and lung are both body parts being used metaphorically but they're both bad metaphors. Sorry. I don't really want to tear this song apart. Imagine if someone did the to one of my poems - I'm sure I've written far worse.

But how did this make in on the album and not When The Music Stops???

For what it's worth on the recent podcast, Heather says she regrets not doing Wicked Game in a more distinct and original way.

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Re: Order The Redbird Songs!
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Time for some more thread necromancy!

I Miss My Sky ******

Motherland ****

Overturned ***½

The Sun Will Always Rise ***
This Body ***
Redbird ***

Singing You Through **½
Mesmerized **½

Welcome **
Wicked Game **

Done Drifting *½

A Way To Live ½

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Did you know Redbird was written closer in time to Oyster than Pearl? It's been almost 15 years since Redbird. Feels like yesterday.

Listening to the album again, my feelings haven't changed a whole lot. My top four are all the same, though I think I enjoy Redbird and This Body a little more now and Wicked game less.


Seriously, though, was this album rushed? Lack of time in the studio? Why bring Welcome back from U.S. South? It works much better acoustic and live, I guess, but really? And why on earth is Wicked Game on this album??? Why did they not do _anything_ differently from the original? It's fine, I guess, but why? She has sooooo many better and more interesting covers.

I'll hand I Miss My Sky five stars and put it in the same category as Island and Sugar. It's really, really, really good and I have always enjoyed it even when she played it every concert. Kinda like Island.

The lyrics and melodies on this album in general, though, just don't meet Heather's normal standards as I see it. I feel like something happened. At least Redbird (the song) has some interesting imagery on it which I appreciate. Also a nice heady musical background even if it's a bit too restful for the subject matter. I always remember hearing the intro to Ruby Red played before it at shows and pretty much all of us are always disappointed it's not actually Ruby Red itself. But I find it an enjoyable song now.

The order of the tracks kinda lines up with Pearl except with two extra ones at the bottom - take out Done Drifting and A Way To Live and they seem comparable for me.

I do kinda wish my feelings about this had changed more than they have but it is what it is.

Will Overturned ever by played live? I understand I'm the world's biggest fan of the song and it's not near the top for anyone else but just once it would be nice to hear it live. Berit plays guitar on the album for crying out loud.

I want to like "Singing You Through". It's pretty. "I'll be there, like a bird, singing you through" is a good line and also really pretty. The rest of the lyrics, though, just don't really seem to work for me. I wish they were more evocative.

Also: how on earth did When The Music Stops get cut from this record???

[Edited to remove stuff about A Way To Live. I don't really need to into that again after all these years. It is what it is.]

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Re: The People of Heather's Songs
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I forgot Mesmerized for Sebastian!

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Re: New Heather Nova Album "Pearl" to be released in spring 2019
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Apparently I missed that interview! Thank you, Bernd. Just wanted to know the whole story if she had told it.

What an amazingly brave thing to do to forgive him like that - I can't even imagine, to be honest. I'm glad Heather was able to get a real apology before the end too. Powerful stuff. I quite like Over The Fields - it's been growing on me.

Interesting how the same characters from Oyster and previous work are here in this new album. Throwing Fire At the Sun and See Yourself too.

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Re: The People of Heather's Songs
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I totally forgot about that, Bernd! OMG.

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Re: The People of Heather's Songs
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And that's what we've always done. I just wanted to see how listening to songs like this might be enlightening.

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Re: New Heather Nova Album "Pearl" to be released in spring 2019
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This is what google translate spits out:

"On Oyster was Iceland, a song about how a much older man abused me, and last year I heard from a mutual friend that he was dying, so I decided to give him some nice words and got the most incredible excuse from him. "

But the beginning and end are in Heather's own words:

"There was a song on Oyster called Island, it was a song about.... ... and I got the most incredible letter back from him which was a full apology."

The English->German->English translation is basically the opposite meaning!

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Re: New Heather Nova Album "Pearl" to be released in spring 2019
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Link to the interview audio:

https://ondemand-mp3.dradio.de/file/dr ... 0190627_1608_6a46a3b0.mp3

Really hard to hear her answers over the interpreter.

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Re: Pearl Lyrics
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I'm guessing the Break (huya huya) is a Buddhist chant of some sort?

Anyway, yeah, still shamelessly going through these in order of how much I enjoy listening to them. I'm sure I'll get the rest. I do really like your guitar, Vincent, I'll get to the songs about you one of these days.

Love the descending minor chords over "Over the fields you go" - there is so much sorrow there. This feels so much like an old Heather song in the sound, especially the guitar, even though Vincent is new to her music. Hmm.



Over The Fields
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(Verse 1)
Heard you slipped into the light we cannot see,
Behind the veil and the songs,
Reaching out to those who came to you in dreams -

(Chorus A)
Over the fields you go,
Over the wreckage in slow motion,
Everything that you used to know,
All the weight, all the weight you can let go.

(Verse 2)
And you remember making angels in the snow,
A flash of who you could have been.
Begin the journey you that started long ago -

(Chorus A)

(Break)
Huya huya
Huya huya
Huya huya
Huya huya

Huya huya
Huya huya
Huya huya
Huya huya

(Verse 2)
And all apologies and all the damage done,
Somehow you never found the key;
It's coming to you now as you head into the sun -

(Chorus B/Outro)
Over the fields you go,
Over the wreckage in slow motion,
Over the fields you go,
Over the wreckage in slow motion,
Everything that you used to know,
All the weight, all the weight that you can let go,
All the weight, all the weight you can let go,
All the weight, all the weight,
All the weight.

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Re: Pearl Lyrics
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I already bought the album along with other stuff in the pledge campaign or whatever it was called. I'm not really worried. But yes, almost all music is on YT.

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Re: Pearl Lyrics
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I'm using the album. It's available on streaming sites like Youtube.

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Oh, I see the "you" in One Day In June is also likely Felix. "Try to be the one you can count on but oh it's a thin disguise".

Similar to The Poison.

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Re: Pearl Lyrics
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Lyrics book doesn't always have all the varitions as sung on the album, which is what I'm transcribing. Refer to Some Things Just Come Undone as well. I think the more rock Heather gets, the more this is true.

In Chorus C, it's very clearly "You are a light" and this is very clearly intentional.

Nothing wrong with the lyrics book as containing the basic lyrics for the song, but it won't cover all the performance variations as seen on the album. I used to get frustrated by this back in the old days but now I just see it as serving a different purpose.

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In chorus B, I'm not quite sure if it's "you are light" or "you are a light" as it seems to be in between the other pronunciations where it's clearly one or the other, but I'm not sure it matters a ton. Heather is clearly playing with both in the song.

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It's been a long time since she played Ride live so it was kind of fresh hearing it again and it's a really good song.

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Good to know. Makes sense it would be a lot of photos.

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Oh, I had no idea about that.

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