From A Distance

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released November 20, 2016

From a Distance: guitars, vocals
Haroun Teboul: arrangements, ney flute (3, 4), yayli (1, 4, 8), cello (4) (facebook.com/haroun.teboul)
Lou Richards: vocals (2) (soundcloud.com/lourichards)
Daria Angeli: vocals (5)
Marco Gianotti: bass (5)
Ralf Brockmann: vocals (4, 6), electronics (5)


Written by From a Distance
Produced by From a Distance & A Modest Proposal Records
From a Distance plays a Daion Mugen 6 strings and a Daion D80 12 strings.
Recorded by Ralf Brockmann Megaohm-Musik (ralfbrockmann.de) in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, between July and September 2016.
Microphones (AKG C12, Neumann KM53, Neumann U47) by Echoschall, Berlin (echoschall.de/en.html).
Mixed by Ralf Brockmann (tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 7) and Lorenzo Chiabotti (on a Studer 169, tracks 2, 3, 8, 9, soundcloud.com/lorenzo-chiabotti)
All photographs by © Daria Angeli 2016.
Cover art by Carlo Poso.

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© From a Distance & A Modest Proposal Records 2016. All rights reserved.


From a Distance would like to thanks all those that made this recording possible: my lovely family, my “distant friends” Haroun Teboul, Lou Richards, Daria Angeli, Marco Gianotti, Ralf Brockmann, Lorenzo Chiabotti, Carlo Poso, Yusuf Caner, Francesco Amoroso, Raffaello Russo, Luca Patrizi, Matteo Gorgoglione.

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Track Name: Jenny
Jenny takes care of the flowers at her husband’s grave.
His body is gone but love won't fade.
So many are gone into the sea looking for an escape.
Swallowed by waves but these smiles remain.

She planted roses in the rain.
She wanted love to remain.

She found a new home, and her name was changed.
Along with the years she felt forced to accept the same.
The children grew up and then forgot their past.
But around the grave sorrow won’t last.

She planted roses in the rain.
She wanted love to remain.
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released July 11, 2016
Music: From a Distance
Lyrics: From a Distance and Lou Richards
Track Name: From A Distance
I choose to love you in silence, for in silence I find no rejection

I choose to love you in loneliness, for in loneliness no one owns you but me

I choose to kiss you in the wind, for the wind is gentler than my lips
I choose to hold you in my dreams, for in my dreams, you have no end
I choose to adore you from a distance, for distance will shield me from pain
(Lyrics based on a poem ascribed to the Persian poet and Sufi master Jalal al-Din Rumi, d. 1273)
Track Name: Looking For Your Own Face 1
So you sigh in front of the mirror, and cloud the surface
keep your breath, like a diver, deep in the water
Your face is no eternity, only a reflection
Don’t be dead, asleep or awake, don’t be anything
What you most want, or you travel around
Wishing to find, is waiting for you
So lose yourself as lovers would do
And you’ll be that
((Lyrics based on a poem ascribed to the Persian mystical poet Farid al-Din ‘Attar, d. ca 1221, see: iranicaonline.org/articles/attar-farid-al-din-poet)
Track Name: Come
Knock, and I'll open
Vanish I'll make you shine
Fall, and I'll raise you
Be nothing, I'll turn you into everything
And come whoever you are, water or fire.
(Lyrics based on a poem ascribed to the Persian poet and Sufi master Jalal al-Din Rumi, d. 1273)
Track Name: Unwavering Love
The night might follow the day
or my home turn into dust
And everything on earth disappoint me
But I won’t change my love
But I won’t change my love
Have I your love? What more can I attain?
You are a king. To your place no road leads
I’ve had enough of loss; I’ve had enough of gain.
Have I your love? What more can I attain?
(The first four lines of this song are the English rendering of a poem by René Roty, Paris 1906 -1994, “Pèlerin de l’Éternité”: La nuit peut succéder au jour / Ma maison tomber en poussière / Et tout me décevoir sur terre, / Je ne changerai pas d’amour. See René Roty, Pèlerin de l’Éternité. Paroles et poèmes sur la quête de Dieu, éditions Gnôsis, 2013)
Track Name: Looking For Your Own Face 2
So you sigh in front of the mirror, and cloud the surface
keep your breath, like a diver, deep in the water
Your face is no eternity, only a reflection
Don’t be dead, asleep or awake, don’t be anything
What you most want, or you travel around
Wishing to find, is waiting for you

So lose yourself as lovers would do
And you’ll be that
(Lyrics based on a poem ascribed to the Persian mystical poet Farid al-Din ‘Attar, d. ca 1221)