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Vessels

by John Greer

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1.
Olenka 00:55
Love Love Darling, love I wasted so much time on you My parting love But time Spent Wasting away Is not a waste it’s just the way we make Our way above You’re Not My darling love We’re all little darlings Caught up in the stream We’re Just Vessels love And the love that courses through us Courses endlessly
2.
I must have missed it when you said you were over it You’d be surprised to see how well I would’ve taken it When you spare someone your true feelings you’re just really sparing yourself So go spare yourself You must have meant it when you joked about it with him I forced a laugh to smooth the path to our white picket When you spared me of your true feelings You were really sparing yourself So go spare yourself I’ve never been so sure Of anything or anyone before And that’s when you left me Thought I had you pinned down Well I guess I know better now The southern wind was calling I never noticed how my heart did stop beating then A safety tactic to prevent all this from happening When I learned to spare my true feelings I was really sparing myself I guess you taught me pretty well
3.
I fell in love with a bird In the autumn time In the winter, I Learned migration, didn’t I? I built a nest in the snow With a spider’s mind How I sought to find You can imagine my surprise Try to build a home Try it all alone Nomadic or you’re not I was just another stop My hand was clasped at the coast And the ocean wide Was a forest and I Could not make out the tree line I was in love with the urge And like a vessel she Held it perfectly And so inevitably Try to build a home Try it all alone Nomadic or you’re not I was just another stop So I discarded all my maps And I disarmed the traps Let go of what you thought I unraveled that old knot I fell in love with a bird And the memory Instructing me All things pass eventually
4.
Sometimes I get sad for no good reason Misty mood and overcast above Come and check back in with me next season Trust that I’ll come back around to love Winter comes and it feels automatic My mood, the leaves, with the degrees descend Find the space heater up in the attic Know that spring is gonna come again Better than a bad night out on the town Better than the darkness all around Listen to a sad song by the firelight Stick around I know I’m gonna be alright I used to think I didn’t like the summer And still I cannot stand the humidity But now I’ve come to feel a bit more grateful For the warmth and light a Georgia July brings Better than a bad night on the town Better than the darkness when I’m down Listen to a sad song by firelight Trust the process of the passing time Count the stars and count on the sunrise Stick around I know I’m gonna be alright
5.
Vessels 00:38
Why Do We fall in love? We’ve outgrown the tribal homes That guided us We’re Just Vessels of Water flowing where it wants To flow in us

about

Some songs about heartbreak, perspective, and healing.

The album art features an Enso circle, which I learned to apply to artistry from Philip Weinrobe’s School of Song class on home recording. An Enso circle is drawn in one fluid motion and, with all its imperfections, is meant to be a true reflection of the artist in that moment of creation.

These songs were all recorded on a single Sunday afternoon in my home as full unbroken takes. For a long time I was paralyzed by all the advice around home recording that focused more on the production (and usually buying something). Philip’s lessons helped me simplify my process and prioritize capturing a real and true performance of the song.

It is my hope that this captured afternoon of performances is made more real by allowing the natural elements of that day into these recordings.

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released August 4, 2023

Writing, performing, engineering, and producing by John Greer
Recorded at home in Atlanta, GA

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