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Satellite

 
 
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Satelitte

by Leah Calvert

“Live / a three-dimensioned life; / stay away from screens. / Stay away from anything / that obscures the place it is in.” -Wendell Berry

 

Wild Things

I hear you gotta pony, a damn fine ride, no saddle required, just gotta lay low A bullet on the straightaway, set fire to the meadow

I hear he's gotta fast streak, can he tow line, take a whip behind, to keep a movie' I gotta job to do, no time for losin'

Wild things, they need room for running, wind through their manes Some things, they mean more than money, beauty untamed

Yes, I gotta pony, son of the wind, he'll go around the world and back again Put him up in a rodeo, shake your money in tin can

I hear you gotta pony, a damn fine ride, no saddle required, just gotta lay low A bullet on the straightaway, set fire to the meadow


Build A Ship

I’ll build a ship tonight
Sail to the farthest edge
Where sea and stars do collide
We’ll hang our feet and watch the sun rise On our ship tonight

Sail our ship tonight
Under the watch of moon
He’ll chart of course to take us where The water falls into the thin of air
On our ship tonight

I’ve sailed for Kings and Queens of Spain Around the world out to stake a claim With gold and silver as my guide
I lost track of you, by my side

Hey Captain, do what you can to keep us lost.

Hey Captain, don’t worry about the cost

We set sail tonight
Slice the moon in two
For every moment, oar to tide We’ll comb the sea
Until the sun is high

At the start of night
We knew the world was one But as we sailed and never fell The waters guided us around Round the world tonight


Two lines on a page

Lots for sale
Pictures by the dozen
I’ll frame you one for free Put it on the mantel
Call in it family, family

Curiosity
What if I could build you
A mansion in the trees
Views of mountain majesties
Would you stay with me, stay with me

Two lines upon a page

They don’t collide

They're keepin on side by sideTwo hearts

Lookin for the in between
Livin in parallel
Like two lines upon a page, da da da ....

Borderline
Build yourself a wall so you can’t hear them shout, Never gonna let them in
But what if I want, I want out


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Leah's Satellite

 

"The sonic complexity [of Satellite} is belied by the fluidity of the overall composition, a masterful job of joinery that, seen (or rather heard), from up close, reveals the care and talent of its creators.” -Roots Highway

"Most of Calvert’s songs are more disconsolate and mysterious, but more importantly, they are so unbelievably human. She’s not just shaking mountains with [Satellite]. Calvert is building her own right from her past’s ashes." -Sarah Groth, Surving The Golden Age

  

Leah Calvert is many things, among them a singer-songwriter and in- demand Atlanta-area fiddler and vocalist. Over the years, she has shared the stage with award-winning artists including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and renowned songwriter Radney Foster. In addition to her work as a solo artist, she is a member of Atlanta acts The Dappled Grays and John Driskell Hopkins Band (Grammy winner and founding/current member of Zac Brown Band).

Calvert’s work with The Dappled Grays has spanned over a decade, during which time the group has found an audience in the United States and beyond. In 2012, they penned music for and appeared in Clint Eastwood’s film Trouble with the Curve, and their album Doin’ My Job received critical acclaim and heavy rotation worldwide, charting on both Sirius and XM.

With her new record Satellite, Calvert moves into uncharted territory, articulating a sound that is wholly her own. Though the compositions and vocal stylings offer a humble nod to her acoustic bluegrass roots, the record is musically a departure from this sound. With co-producers Marlon Patton and Rick Lollar (of Atlanta rock outfit Weisshund) providing a refined rock backdrop, Calvert deftly maneuvers through forms and styles ranging from traditional ballads to blues.

With Satellite, Calvert launches the listener directly into space; the record soars, it orbits, transmitting complex information in a palatable form. Several themes emerge: the fear and alienation that exists within our current political climate, emotional detachment from reality, and keeping safe the things which are most precious to a person -- which for Calvert include her young daughter. “Having a child,” she says, “augments the weight of the world on your heart.” In the liner notes, she includes several lines from environmental activist Wendell Berry's "How to Be a Poet," lines which ultimately became the inspiration for the record. In the poem, Berry urges readers to “Live / a three-dimensioned life; / stay away from screens. / Stay away from anything / that obscures the place it is in.” Many of the songs on Satellite read like poems, demonstrating both a clarity of thought and an urgency which demands that the listener be present in this three-dimensioned life.

 

 
 

Contact 

For everything and anything

Leah Calvert, verahellcat@gmail.com