Wonder

by far beyond frail

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In April 2007, we released an EP called Butterfly Sketches — a collection of songs we had poured more of ourselves into than ever before. Little did we know, those songs had only just begun; they would become a much more significant part of our lives than we ever imagined.

For the next two years, we lost ourselves on the road, trying to let those songs breathe and find a life of their own in the lives of the people we were lucky enough to play them for. We saw every corner of the country, and while each night the songs came out sounding a little different than they had the night previously, we’d be lying if we said that the sameness of our never-ending road trip didn’t start to catch up with us. All of the sudden, two years had passed, and the reasons we fell in love with music were starting to hide themselves behind lonely nighttime drives, gas stations, and hotel rooms.

So, in 2009, we stepped back and tried to ask ourselves the very difficult question: “Why?” Our favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, told a young writer to ask himself a similar question when he wrote the following letter:

“There is only one way: Go within. Search for the cause, find the impetus that bids you write. Put it to this test: Does it stretch out its roots in the deepest place of your heart? Can you avow that you would die if you were forbidden to write? Above all, in the most silent hour of your night, ask yourself this: Must I write? Dig deep into yourself for a true answer. And if it should ring its assent, if you can confidently meet this serious question with a simple, “I must,” then build your life upon it. It has become your necessity. Your life, in even the most mundane and least significant hour, must become a sign, a testimony to this urge.”

After spending some much needed time home, asking ourselves serious questions about the path we were traveling, we began to realize that what we love most about this life — songs — are still as much a passion of ours as the day we first tried to capture how we felt through notes, chords, and melodies. So we started writing again. We started writing a lot. We slowly changed our focus towards what we love and away from what we thought was required to do what we love. To help mark the transition, we spent a week with our friend Ric Hordinski, the same producer we worked with on Butterfly Sketches, and recorded a few of our early favorites.

The three songs here are the result of that week, but even more of that, they are the result of a year of remembering why we’re in band called far beyond frail. They, and what we hope will be a lot of songs to follow, are here for no other reason than we had to write them. We don’t write because we think it will make us famous, or rich — we don’t even write because we want to be heard. We write because we’re are fascinated by life and love and that is how we best understand them. In other words, we write because we wonder.

Yours,
David

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released February 16, 2010

far beyond frail is:
Sharlynn Verner - Vocals, Piano
David Cecil - Electric and Acoustic Guitars

Additional Musicians:
Ric Hordinski - Electric and Bass Guitars, Keyboards
Josh Seurkamp - Drums

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Ric Hordinski at The Monastery (Cincinnati, OH)

Mastered by Anadia Mastering (Kansas City, MO)

Art by Heather Green

All songs written by David Cecil and Sharlynn Verner

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far beyond frail is an indie-songwriting duo composed of Sharlynn Verner and David Cecil. Formed in 2002 while studying music on Martha’s Vineyard, a small island off the coast of Cape Cod, they combine edgy love songs with stunning female vocals to create music that ranges from breathy and playful to moody and daring. ... more

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Track Name: Weightless
It's funny how the years feel like days, now that you're here
Sitting across from me, and waiting
While I search for the perfect thing to say
I know that it's not fair to leave then ask you to meet me here
But I've lost so much of you, and with it
I'm losing something I need to hang on to
I need to remember how I felt when I loved you

Let me feel one more time what I left behind
Let me feel you tonight and remember when I was weightless
Floating through painted skies
Let me forget who I am and be who I was
I need one night away from what life's become, I'm hopeless
If I can't remember love
So I need to remember us

To learn what I now know, I had to let the girl I was go
But I want her back now, and need you
To make me feel like I was her somehow
Can you still see in me, the girl that I used to be?

I need to remember more than just memories
I need to remember how those nights felt to me
I can recite every page of our story
But without feeling it, it's losing its meaning
Track Name: Wonder
This air feels like the air we stopped to breath
After running, holding your hand, holding my hand
That star lit night, when we almost happened
Nights like these make me need to know if you still think of me

Are you awake tonight, imag'ning our almost life?
All I need is to know you wonder
What if we'd held on to, our dream of me with you?
All I need is to know you wonder too

Do you believe you when you say that you're really happy?
I'm OK if you're OK with what we've got
Doesn't mean I ever stopped
Wond'ring what we'd be now if we were still something

If I won't ever be over you
I'd like to know you're not sleeping too
Track Name: Be Scared With Me
Sometimes the night air finds a moment
And holds it in her hands until it
Feels like life will end as soon as that moment finally ends
The music stopped, but I'm still resting
My head on your shoulder thinking
Of all the times that this has been where
I've cried and laid my head
But tonight I don't need who you have been

Come on, come on
Show me you're scared, show you me you know that
Our world's about to stop spinning
Baby hold on, hold on
To me tonight, don't act so strong 'cause
This is a lot less scary, if you're scared with me

Me, I've always been a dreamer
But you're the reason I believe them
Everything I know to be true, I found that in you
When spring comes you expect the summer,
Not to return to the dark of winter
So if we have to be here I'll need help to make it through
If you want to help, show me the real you

I’ll fall apart, if I can’t reach out and touch your broken heart
Even though it isn’t much to hang on to