Blue River EP

by Trevor Bachman

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BLUE RIVER
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'Like the Blue River, I want to run'.

Beyond skin, beyond glass screens, beyond years and distance, who are we to one another?

Songs are like crystals, creating worlds, prisms, and beautifully warped reflections. Bending our perception of light, allowing us a closer, perhaps abstracted, glimpse at reality. The theatre, for me, has always been a haven. It is a civic space, and an activist space. It reflects and continually challenges my strongest notions of who we are and how we perceive each other.

'BLUE RIVER' lies at the intersection of theatre and song. From adapting classics, like ‘Antigone’ in my opera ‘PYRE CANTATA’, to questioning the internet’s role in teen life (‘In Real Life: A Slenderman Musical’), I am creating a collage of the characters I see to better understand how we arrived at this moment in our history.

Who are we to one another?
It is my delight to share 'BLUE RIVER'.

Trevor Bachman

www.trevorbachman.com

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released December 10, 2016

All Music & Lyrics by Trevor Bachman

Orchestration by Ryan Kerr

"LZ" arr. Trevor Bachman, original music and lyrics by Elizabeth Swados.

Produced by Trevor Bachman and Sam Palumbo.
Recorded and Mixed by Sam Palumbo at Dubway Studios, Manhattan
Mastered by Matt Stillo at Brooklyn Session, Brooklyn, NY

Additional Vocals: Elijah Caldwell, Stevi Incremona, Zachary Infante, Travis Kent, Teri Madonna, Luke Marinkovich, Andrew Martin, Grace McLean, and Josephine Spada

Drums + Percussion, Noel Brennan
Keys, Jane Cardona
Guitar, Stephen Flakus
Winds, Andrew Halchak
Bass, Ethan O'Reilly
Cello, Jessica Wang

Album Design by Trevor Bachman + Cem Kocyildirim
Album Photography by Cem Kocyildirim

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Trevor Bachman Brooklyn, New York

Trevor Bachman is a New York City-based composer, musical director, performer, and vocalist. Best known for his use of the human voice's extremes, his pieces fuse classic traditions of opera with storytelling practices of the modern theatre. Original musicals: PYRE CANTATA a rock opera based on the Antigone story, IRL: A Slenderman Musical, The Lobotomist, Detentionicide, Piano Bar, Chasing Fear. ... more

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Track Name: Glass of Water's Joy
Oh I know sorrow
Honorably with all my being
Pain, like joy, has made me grow
And through my veins, Endless Life will flow

Distant lands are calling,
People I don't know
To read every book, I am burning
I am learning to fill my life with yearning

I would exchange nothing for a glass of water's joy
I would exchange nothing for a glass of water's joy
I would exchange nothing for a glass of water's joy
I would exchange nothing for a glass of water's joy

I would merge with the rivers
And cosmos up above
Living is a gift given to life
Life is a gift of love

Of love, of love, of love, of love, of love
Hayat yaşama sunulmuş bir hediye
Yaşam hayata sunulmuş bir hediye
Bir bardak suyun keyifne hic bir şeygi deigstirmem
Yaşam aşktan bir hediye
I am spinning in every direction
I can change my shape and without question
Try to catch my shadow, I am nowhere
Cannot pin me down, I'm running somewhere

I am spinning in every direction
I can change my shape and without question
Try to catch my shadow, I am nowhere
Cannot pin me down, I'm running somewhere

I would exchange nothing for a glass of water's joy
I would exchange nothing for a glass of water's joy
Bir bardak suyun keyifne hic bir şeygi deigstirmem
I would exchange nothing for a glass of water's joy

I am spinning in every direction
I can change my shape and without question
Try to catch my shadow, I am nowhere
Cannot pin me down, I'm running somewhere
Track Name: Gone Missing
My brother has gone missing
Has anybody seen him?

He walked away some many days.
Has anybody seen his face?

They say he may come back real soon
They say he may incite a riot by the next full moon
They tell me that my flesh and blood will try to tear me down
But I don't care, as long as he's around

Come on back around,
Come on back

My sister has gone missing
Has anybody seen her? (Where do they go?)
Has anybody seen her? (Does anybody know, where do they go?)

She's locked up somewhere far away (she is gone, she is gone, she is gone)
Now, everybody knows her face.

Does love so unrelentless end a war?
How quickly stubborn love turn violent evens out the score
And if love is a destroying force, then what good is love for?
Well I don't know anymore.

Come on back around,
Come on back around,
Come on back

Brother brother brother
What have we come to
Sister sister sister
Please take me with you

Come back around
Come back around
Come back around (where do they go?)

My brother has gone missing
Has anybody seen him?
Has anybody seen him?
He walked away some many days. (he is gone, he is gone, he is gone)
Has anybody seen his face?
Track Name: Uprooted
I stand at the apex
I live on the cusp
A voice out of nowhere (echo, echo)
Tells me I must (far beyond me, we are, we are)

At this great height
Staring into the night
I wonder how far away from the next star
My voice my echo (echo, echo) echo so far

Echo echo, echo echo
Echo so far
Echo so far

I howl to the dark
And the mountain wolves bark
Like striking a match
And watching it spark
Like tearing through skin
And watching the stark
Change between living and not
I am living and not

With a howl to the moon
He will come for me soon
As I set his soul free
He will find me, he will find me

With a howl to the grave
To the whole world I'll say
Bow down to me
Bow down

Echo echo, echo echo
Echo echo, echo echo
Echo echo

In my face, in my hair
He is everywhere
I am hotter than sun
I can't run, I won't run

I won't run, I won't run
I won't run, I won't run
I won't run, I won't run
I won't run, I won't run
I won't run, I won't run
I won't run, I won't run
I won't run, I won't run
I won't run, I won't run

I might be losing direction
What won't I do for my own protection?
I might be losing direction
What won't I do for my own protection?
I might be losing direction
What won't I do for my own protection?

I once was a seed, just a joke, just a child
But now I'm a weed that's uprooted and wild
No rules can restrain us
No trap can contain us
Just watch as this joke
Fills the night time with smoke

With a howl to the moon
He will come for me soon
As I set his soul free
He will find me, he will find me

With a howl to the grave
To the whole world I'll say
Bow down to me
Bow down

Echo echo, echo echo
Echo echo, echo echo
Echo echo

It once was a seed, just a joke, just a child
But now I'm a weed that's uprooted and wild
Track Name: War in the Water
Oh the wind is blowin'
Cross the stormy sea
Oh I feel you pullin me
Under water, under water

I feel you pullin me

Oh the wind is blowin'
Cross the stormy sea
Oh I feel you pullin me
Under water, under water

Yo ho, wind blow
Breeze, calm, waves, low
Keep float, sailboat
Pray for my soul

Yo ho, wind blow
Breeze, calm, waves, low
Keep float, sailboat
Pray for my soul

Yo ho, wind blow
Breeze, calm, waves, low
Keep float, sailboat
Pray for my soul

Conjuring a storm from a hundred feet below
She'll sink you down into her angry undertow
The ocean's only daughter lost her heart up in the sky
She's wept the seven seas and that is why

She's waging war in the water
A crashing tidal wave
War in the water
And no one's gonna save you while she
Breaks the surface, rips the tide up above
Steals her heart out of the sky from the man who stole her love

(Oh, the wind is blowin' cross the stormy sea)

Electric like an eel, she's sharper than a shark
Vicious as a viper fish who's lurking in the dark
A monster and a myth you'll never live to say you found
Do you want to know the legend of her deadly siren sound?

She's waging war in the water
A crashing tidal wave
War in the water
And no one's gonna save you while she
Breaks the surface, rips the tide up above
Steals her heart out of the sky from the man who stole her love

(Oh I feel you pullin' me under water)

-- Siren Call --

Yo ho, wind blow
Breeze, calm, waves, low
Keep float, sailboat
Pray for my soul

Yo ho, wind blow
Breeze, calm, waves, low
Keep float, sailboat
Pray for my soul

She's waging war in the water
A crashing tidal wave
War in the water
And no one's gonna save you while she
Breaks the surface, rips the tide up above
Steals her heart out of the sky from the man who stole her love

Yo ho, wind blow
Breeze, calm, waves, low
Keep float, sailboat
Pray for my soul

Pray for my soul
Track Name: Blue River
Trapped inside in the daylight
Breathing the same air til I go for a walk at night
Gotta stay alert, sometimes people try and hurt you
Never know if I'll be alright

It's a world full of violence
While the planet spins around, I stay shut up in bitter silence
We lock up our front doors to keep out the world wars
Right outside, I wish that I was

Like the Blue River
I wanna run
When the sky turns black
I'll be coming on back
To my bed, after kickin' in the sun
I wanna bathe myself in creation
Gaze at constellations in the night
Oh, I would rejoice, raise my hands, raise my voice
I'd be like you if I knew I was gonna be alright

Am I gonna be alright?

Got a ticket to nowhere
Wish that I could say that I belong somewhere
Wish that I could know why my parents let me go
Then I could rest, like all the rest

Then I could be someone like you
Whole life ahead of me, so much left to do
And all the things I'd be
If I could let the world see
The price I'd pay
To spend a day
And walk the world
In my own way

I would run till my legs grown tired
Til my breath was all run out
I would dance in the city square
And sing, and yell, and shout
I would swim against the current,
Up the steam to the river's end
I wanna know I got just what I ought:
I wanna know I've got a friend

Like the Blue River
I wanna run
When the sky turns black
I'll be coming on back
To my bed, after kickin' in the sun
I wanna bathe myself in creation
Gaze at constellations in the night
Oh, I would rejoice, raise my hands, raise my voice
I wanna know in my soul

Like the Blue River
I wanna run
When the sky turns black
I'll be coming on back
To my bed, after kickin' in the sun
I wanna bathe myself in creation
Gaze at constellations in the night
Oh, I would rejoice, raise my hands, raise my voice
I wanna know in my soul
That I'm gonna be alright

I think we're gonna be alright

I think I'm gonna be alright