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Composed by Amy Denio, Spoot Music, ASCAP.
Words by AD & Jessica Lurie, Zipa! Music, BMI.
I greeted an old man walking in the street, and at that exact moment, the sun came out, behind me. He was wrapped up for cold and rain. The sun blinded him, and he tilted his torso, protecting his eyes with his folded arms. I exclaimed 'The Sun!'. He responded 'The Sun! And there I thought all I had to worry about was the rain!.' Vern and I became friends. He was 80, from Nebraska 'before electricity.'
He passed on in March.

This piece supported in part by 4Culture for the Tiptons Sax Quartet's performance of 'MYTHUNDERSTANDINGS' based on oral histories.
New lyrics reflect Rachel's story of being pregnant with a sailor, going ashore and then he drowned. Her son became a sailor.


Her love, he was a sailor - took boats up north and towards the equator
She would come with him sometimes ~ traveller adventurer
Her love at sea now, her | belly grows ~ til he comes  | home

He put his hand on her belly and said ~ keep this safe for me, keep your self safe
she went ashore and then the phone | rang ~
And then he was gone (keep yourself safe) and he was gone ~~~~

And there I thought all I had to worry about was the rain

In the eyes of a child ~ sun sea wind and shadows play
click and clack ~ the train comes back  ~ the boy grows into a | sailor


from Tiptons Sax Quartet: Tiny Lower Case, released March 8, 2014
From 'Tiny Lower Case' c&p Zipa! / Spoot Music / Sowiesound Records.

Amy Denio: voice
Jessica Lurie: voice
Sue Orfield: tenor sax, voice
Tina Richerson: voice
Robert Kainar: drums covered by cloth

Recorded in Mantova, Italy in March, 2013 by Carlo Cantini at Studio Soli.
Mastered by Dieter Pimiskern at Dorian Gray Studios, Eichenau, Germany


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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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