Pleiades

by Heather Summers

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    This is a landmark album for me as it is my first solo one. I've composed, arranged and performed all the tracks, and have faithfully reproduced in the studio the same arrangements I can live loop with pedals, and play on stage. Featuring 11 tracks, nearly an hour of music.

    Stunning cover photograph capturing "a magnificent astronomical spectacle in the Pleiades as a moving cluster of stars encountered an isolated molecular cloud."
    By kind permission of Robert Gendler, Astrophotographer, Connecticut, US

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about

The album is named after the final track, 'Pleiades', an ambient soundscape, a journey to the stars.
Melody and soundscape are important to me,as is the challenge of seeing how big a sound I can make as one woman and a bunch of instruments-violin, mandolin, cajon, synthesiser, harmonic flute, melodica, voice---oh, and an alarm clock. My music is inspired by my love of sea and nature. What we humans are doing to the earth concerns me, and that comes across in some of my lyrics. I hope you enjoy my music.

Please visit me on You Tube/heather summers one woman show

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released 01 January 2012

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Heather Summers UK

Classically trained violinist with a background in improvisation,I’ve added more instruments over the years. Performed & recorded with various folk & world bands in Wales & Australia.
Currently putting energy into my One Woman Show – I loop live on stage, fuse genres, create big soundscapes. My own compositions & arrangements, voice & spoken word, I play & loop all instrumental parts. Eclectic.
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Track Name: She's Coming Home
One thousand miles of sea
She journeys all alone
How does she find her way
She’s coming home
To where her life began
To lay the future down
The tides of life
Go round and round
and round and round and round

CHORUS
Shes lived one hundred years or more
Her heart shaped shell laid bare
Moon and stars and tide
Are her only guide
O turtle of our oceans
Elegant and free
Seas of change are gathering
Can you ride the storm?
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Her work done, exhausted,
She crawls back to the sea
Heavily across the sand
By moon
She may never meet
The young she’s given life
Another moon she’ll ride in
On the tide

Fifty suns and
Fifty moons
One hundred eggs lay deep
In sand
Every moment savoured
In the womb like warmth
Plenty dangers lie
Ahead

CHORUS
Shes lived one hundred years or more
Her heart shaped shell laid bare
Moon and stars and tide
Are her only guide
O turtle of our oceans
Elegant and free
Seas of change are gathering
Can you ride the storm?
Can you ride the storm?
Can you ride the storm?
Track Name: In Our Hands
Pink sunrise, painted skies
Glistening cobwebs, dragonflies
Earth’s magic ever spins
Buds burst forth on plants and trees
Fragrance hangs on summer breeze
The magic ever spins

Coral pinks in azure sea
Dolphins roaming free
Earth is in her glory
Crashing waves and waterfalls
A myriad of songbird calls
Earth’s ever moving story

When I take time to stand and stare
What’s happening to our world out there
If you take time do you see too,
The air we breathe, the trees, the seas
Are struggling in our hands

Earth’s beauty takes my breath away
How I want our world to stay
Forever in our hands
Do we think and do we care
Enough about our world out there
To hold her in our hands

When I take time to stand and stare
What’s happening to our world out there
If you take time do you see too
The air we breathe, the trees, the seas
Are struggling in our hands
Track Name: Living The Dream
You don't have to take your life off the shelf
You've got what you need to make it yourself
It's your life, be what you want to be
Make it work for you

Are you working for the man every hour that you can
Never stopping, keep going till you're dropping
To your knees------
Get up with the rising sun
No time for fun, I’ve got to run
Places to go, people to see
Deadlines to meet, the pressures on me
It no longer seems enough to give your very best
You got to prove yourself to be a cut above the rest
Candles burning at both ends
Drives me round the f– ing bend
Your life to fit your work
If you want promotion, no time to shirk


The glamour, the power, the nirvana pay rise
The bank balance soaring, you can reach for the skies
That are grey, when you finally get time out
Like a light, cos you are quite shattered;
Working long hours makes your brain feel battered
Life's out of balance, somewhat up ended
All this hard earned cash & no time to spend it
On yourself--------

And anyway, the working life's not cheap,
You' ve really gotta sow, if you wanna reap
Got to spend money in order to make it
There’s no time to fix it yourself if you break it
Got to be smart, be state of the art
Be sleek, be chic, be cool not geek
Dates in diaries, worry, slog & strife
Whatever happened to the simple life?

You don't have to take your life off the shelf
You've got what you need to make it yourself
It's your life, be what you want to be
Make it work for you

When will it all end, when will I see
The tree in all its simplicity
Birds, flowers, sunset, sea
It's all beautiful & it's all free
There really is time to stand & stare
Look at what's around, it's amazing & it's there
For the taking, hey girl
Stop - procrastinating

Swap your trendy bistro for a feast on the beach
Sunset’s my backdrop, life really is
Peaches & cream, I'm living my dream
Sun on my face, wind in my hair,
The stars are my tele, do I care
What the neighbours think? I don't want to drink
Myself legless, till I've spent all my money
No good for my liver, and not at all funny.
This working life mentality, it's really quite a con
Work less, need less, less possessions, less stress
Food on the table, feed my family
A modest home, we can live quite happily
Nature our playground, music, conversation
Time for each other, for contemplation
Time for work, and time for play
I'm shaping my life, I'm doing it my way.

You don't have to take your life off the shelf
You've got what you need to make it yourself
It's your life, be what you want to be
Make it work for you, it's your reality
Track Name: Bees & Birds
How do the birds fly on the breeze
How do the fish swim in the seas
Other miracles like these, how?
Other miracles like these

How does milk turn into cheese
How does honey come from bees
Other miracles like these, how?
Other miracles like these
Track Name: Sleep Dreams
Sleep, I love it, can’t get enough of it
And sometimes I think I’ve forgotten how to do it
My mind’s a circus, I keep counting sheep,
And all I really wanna do is fall sleep

Breathe deep, relax
Take time, empty your mind

There are nights when my brain is slow
So luxurious & dreamy I could sleep all week
But there are nights when my brain’s unkind
It keeps running past me everything that’s on my mind

Tomorrow’s nearly here
And I’ve gotta shine
Just five hours away
And I’m still running in my mind, I ’m running in my mind


Did she say this, and did I say that
Did I post that letter, did I feed the cat
Why did I have that cup of tea
It’s get out of bed and have another pee

Oh no, oh yes,
Back into bed, empty your head

Tomorrow’s nearly here
And I’ve gotta shine
Just five hours away
And I’m still running in my mind, I ’m running in my mind
Track Name: Sitting In A Cloud
Come fly with me on a silver cloud,
Come fly with me, everything’s allowed
Come fly with me & we’ll soar.

I was sitting in a cloud & the world stood still,
Time for thinking, for wondering, how stop running
Round in circles, what was i to do?
I was pondering this question
when the sun broke through
I was sitting on a rock that was jutting out to sea,
On a rock taking stock when the sea surrounded me
Gotta jump, make a move, it’s really sink or swim
Action starts to happen when you’re out there on a limb

You gotta take it where you find it
Life is priceless don’t you know
There’s no point in such a gift, waste it will go
No time for moaning & complaining
bad attitude and strife
Gotta reach for those stars, gotta live your life

I was walking in the rain watching holes in the water
What about my hopes & dreams
Not just things i ought to?
Ought to do, ought to be, ought to have, ought to know
There’s just no motivation in ought to overload
This world is full of colour, not dowdy shades of grey
Let colour be the backdrop of my every waking Daytime, playtime, every moment of my life
I was reaching this conclusion
When a rainbow lit the sky

I was standing on a mountain
When lightening lit the sky’s
The limit, life be in it, life’s a bitch & then you die
A little, cry a little, move on from the past
Re- create my landscape, going nowhere fast.
I’d been stumbling in the dark, trying not to fall
Through the cracks, watch my back
Expecting a brick wall of my own making
Tear it down
I opened my eyes and i could see all around
I opened my eyes and i could see all around
I opened my eyes

You gotta take it where you find it
Life is priceless don’t you know
There’s no point in such a gift, waste it will go
No time for moaning & complaining
bad attitude and strife
Gotta reach for those stars, gotta live your life

Reach for those stars
Reach for those stars
Reach for those stars
Track Name: Speck
You weren’t looking & neither was I
But there’s an attraction we cant deny
Is this chapter one, a brand new start
Though we’'re 3,000 miles apart
You’re interstate & you’re out of sight
My day is your night
Will we cross the miles till your return
Will I be ready for love again

You’re just a speck,
You’re just a speck on my atlas
On my atlas
Speck on my atlas
Mile and miles of virtual smiles
Mile and miles of virtual smiles

Time has flown and so have you
Back to this island, is this chapter two?
The passage of time has stilled my mind
Will I be ready for love again
Will I be ready for love again
To love again
Will I be ready, to open my heart
To you
Track Name: Traces
Can you see my footsteps walking this land
Years of my life traced in these sands
And can you hear the whisper of wind in the bay
So many yesterdays here in today

On the cliff the tiny house looks over the sea
Every stone and timber echoes memory
Children’s voices, lovers touch
The old oak door that creaked so much
Ship lights that wink out on the dark sea

I feel the breeze and I smell the ocean
I hear the waves and I taste the spray
I see the piper on the wing
Let go of my head and let my heart sing
I see the piper on the wing
Let go of my head and let my heart sing

Let me take your hand along the paths I love
Down the worn steps that lead to the cove
Around the headland to the inn in the bay
To my sunset cliff perch at the end of a day

Can you see my footsteps walking this land
Years of my life traced in these sands
And can you hear the whisper of wind in the bay
So many yesterdays here in today

I feel the breeze and I smell the ocean
I hear the waves and I taste the spray
I see the piper on the wing
Let go of my head and let my heart sing
I see the piper on the wing
Let go of my head and let my heart sing
Let go of my head and let my heart sing
Track Name: A Song For You
How shall I write a song for you
That’s big enough to let your spirit shine through
Like it did all those years when life changed so much
You couldn’t do what was dear to you.

And how shall I write a song for you
That’s strong enough to hold the courage you grew
With each movement lost you persevered
With serenity you faced your fears


And you smiled and smiled and you never gave up
You squeezed every drop out of the life you loved
And when I think of you I smile too
Cos you’re free of your body and you dance
And when I think of you I smile too
Cos now you’re free and you dance you dance


How shall I write a song for you
That shines as bright as the love from you
You touched the hearts of everyone you met
With that beautiful smile we will never forget


And you smiled and smiled and you never gave up
You squeezed every drop out of the life you loved
And when I think of you I smile too
Cos you’re free of your body and you dance
And when I think of you I smile too
Cos now you’re free and you dance you dance
You’re dancing
Track Name: Pleiades
Pleiades seven sisters, Pleiades seven sisters
Their home's in the sky, their home's in the sky
For ever and ever