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Prodigal Light

by Amy Denio / Spoot Music

Amame 03:45
En mis suenos En mis momentos encantados Veo tus ojos luminosos Amame como yo te amo Besame como yo te beso
Getting darker, harder to feel the light shine It's getting darker, soon it will be night time Birds nesting down, the last call of the flicker While its stripes and chevrons and polka dots fade into nothing And I don't know if I'll see you in the morning 'Cause maybe that sun won't rise again And I'll be heading off in search of, in search of that prodigal light
At the Ballintubber Abbey I stood before a grave ‘Twas a man who died at 50 years young And the music his soul did save His name was Mick Cuffe, adored by friends ‘Twas writ upon the stone May you rest in peace; we love you dear – There are so many songs to sing CHORUS And all the bells did ring With the beauty you did bring May you rest in peace, we love you dear There are so many songs to sing I can see you now with friends all round And you’re singing that lovely song ‘Tis the music that illuminates the soul When the body’s long gone Now that you are gone, we’ll raise a toast To the friendship that you rang Fare thee well, your voice has touched us dear With the many songs you sang CHORUS
Yeah this life is just a little bit of exposure to the infinite (Nancy Denio)
Pass Offer 03:00
Gall stones fall down from a life of ire Reform the lyre on the funeral pyre Gall stones tablets of seethed moments writ in stone Minerals of anger, etched and sketched and honed
Beirut 04:05
Beirut's under seige again and I'm lost in the Target with a sale on Aisle 4 I'll pick up some more of those things that I need I'm doing my deed But some day I'll get breakfast in bed Some day I'll stop counting the dead And then I'll lie back down Baghdad's under seige again and I'm lost in the target But I'm on my way home they just don't know all the things that I've seen of death and its glow
Come to us now in this dark hour when the candles have burned and all answers have dissolved touch us with your song When the candles have burned and all answers have dissolved touch us with your song Touch our hearts that we may feel the way Light our souls that we may burn brightly Tear us not one from another Mark us with your song
Root Dance 03:46
Dubya and his, his pa ~ his pa!
LaFaLa 03:24
Lunar Nerve 05:13
Dead 04:09


Prodigal Light contains 15 gorgeous songs regarding love, the gloaming, visions in an Irish graveyard, commentary on the infinite by her mother, parallel universes, the apocalypse, piano tuning, an imagined nightmare for Dubya, an Italian partisan song, the Cafe Racer murders, and life in a nursing home.

Denio presents her fine multi-instrumental talents, playing 12-string and electric guitars, bass, alto saxophone, clarinet, wooden flute, accordion, piano, a variety of percussion instruments, and a jar of her mother's gallstones. Her voice soars with unearthly harmonies, her lyrics are serious, playful and thought-provoking, and the songs are unforgettable.


released November 12, 2013

Recorded in Seattle in two various Spoot Studios domiciles and at Soli Sound, Gravelvoice Studios, Jane Mabry's house, Scott Adams's house, Che oke ten's house in Redmond, at Bobland on Bainbridge Island, in Brooklyn and Dublin, at lunch in Florida, and on I Am Glad Today Is Monday 23 folks sent me stuff from all over the world, by telephone message or file.

Mastered with Mell Dettmer at Soli Sound, West Seattle, November, 2013.

Collaborators include:
Scott Adams: voice, accordion / Danny Barnes: voice, banjo / Nancy Denio: voice / Anne Denio: voice / Marchette DuBois: voice, accordion
Martha Enson: lyrics to 'Come To Us Now' / Stephen Fandrich: piano tuning / Bianca 'La Jorona' Giovannini: voice / David Greenberger: oral history transcription & voice / Eli Kaufmann: voice, accordion / Detonator Beth Lawrence: mouth sounds / Mary Grace Lawrence the dog: bark / Francisco Lopez: noise of tomatoes / Jane Mabry: glockenspiel / Jim McAdams: theremin, sound sculpture / Eli McBett: voice / Frank Pahl: horn, guitar, kick drum, whistling, bamboo flute, bell
Bob Phillips: tape squish sounds, 'gajangle' / Nick Ripley: science set / J.R. Rhodes: voice / Abel Rocha: voice, guitar, cuatro / Madeleine Sosin: voice, violin, bombo / Chris Stromquist: drums / Michael Vlatkovich: trombone


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Amy Denio / Spoot Music Seattle, Washington

Amy Denio is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer, singer and music producer based in Seattle, WA. She's been commissioned to compose for dance, theater and film, and has received numerous grants and fellowships and collaborated with artists worldwide.

She has performed at festivals, clubs, schools, prisons, social centers and ruins throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
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