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Light & Shadow

by Laurel Thomsen

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Music Bug 02:43
Music bug, music bug Catch him, he’s a wonder drug When they ask give a shrug I’m laid up with the music bug Music bug’s in your feet Music bug put’s on the heat Fever no, sonnet and suite You’ll sweat this bug ‘til your next downbeat Catch the bug you’ll laugh and cry Catch the bug you’ll get so high Slapping rhythm on your thigh Melody in full supply Music bug plays the lute Music bug plays the flute Music bug is never mute Music bug just likes to toot It can sing, it can play It can carry you away Catch the music bug and prey Your cash will hold an-other day Some don’t like the constant hum Some prefer silent glum Catch the bug you must succumb No going back where you came from Music bug, music bug Catch him, he’s a wonder drug When they ask give a shrug I’m laid up with the music bug
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Asilomar 03:26
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Sequins slink Darkness falls Cupcake dancers fill the halls Bathroom trysts Barroom fights Don’t care where I spend my nights So long avoiding Satan’s sights Help the poor Collect a perk Soldiers sent to do the work Guns and steel Take your stand Peace and justice through the land Winning ticket’s cash in hand Looking for peace Preparing for war Can we outrun pain Expecting more? Light ‘n shadow Enter right Two foot drivers Just sit tight Sunday brunch Gossips prowl Choices judged by screeching owl Holy water Soothes the mind Lunching ladies all aligned Against the horrors of mankind Big top tent Magic show All illusion don’t you know You and I Just the same Care to win this grand card game? You play yours I’ll lay my claim Chorus
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Comrades 04:21
Old man fear’s ten feet tall, Thinks he’s small, thin as all, Old man fear’s ten feet tall, Foil wraps his head, Filled with thoughts of dread. Lady sorrow dressed in black, She looks back, down the track, Lady sorrow dressed in black, Sunlight she sees not, Only baggage brought. Young man haste has no time, In his prime, spare no dime, Young man haste has no time, No concern or care, Off to who knows where. Down, down, down, Comrades take me down, Down, down, down, Purge me of the past, Phoenix rising fast. Mother worry wrings her hands, Doorway stands, cropland scans, Mother worry wrings her hands, Mouth drawn thin and tight, Knuckles hard and white. Daughter anger makes a scene, She’s fifteen, mouth obscene, Daughter anger makes a scene, Pushes love away, Welcomes foe and fray. Chorus Thought we’d break, Those that we were, Might forget, Memories that made us, Perhaps become, Too perfect to be loved, Time marches on, Old clothes must be traded. Verse 1
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Rough 9 6 03:35

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In her first solo EP, classically trained violinist and singer/songwriter Laurel Thomsen showcases her diverse, roots based composition style, versatility, ability to conjure rich emotion, and her knack for creating infectious melodies.

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released March 8, 2013

All songs written by Laurel Thomsen

Produced by Laurel Thomsen and Joe Weed
Arrangements by Laurel Thomsen and Joe Weed

Musicians:
Marty Atkinson, ukulele, vocals
Joe Craven, percussion, mouth and body percussion
Dale Mills, clarinet
Scott Nygaard, guitar
Barry Phillips, cello, tabla, percussion
John Reischman, mandolin
Dan Robbins, bass
Laurel Thomsen, violin & vocals
Mike Witcher, dobro

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joe Weed at Highland Studios, Los Gatos, CA

Photography and graphics by Michelle Magdalena Maddox

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Laurel Thomsen California

Classically trained violinist/violist Laurel Thomsen performs, composes, and records across a variety of genres. She enjoys adding depth and emotion to the music of songwriters and has a knack for creating infectious melodies. A private lessons teacher since 1996, and since 2009, online via Skype, Laurel is also the creator and host of the Violin Geek Podcast, and an author for Strings magazine. ... more

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