Rites of Passage: Live at Burning Man 2011

by Michael Garfield

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Recorded September 2011 at Burners Without Borders, Center Camp, & Camp Above The Limit, Black Rock City NV.

Thanks to Tom LaPorte, Chris Pezza, & Sleepless for booking these performances and giving my love a platform!

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released November 11, 2011

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Michael Garfield Austin, Texas

Lush, atmospheric, and ecstatic tunes erupting from the intersection of acoustic and electronic music – pedal-heavy. percussive acoustic guitar psych-western Cosmic Americana. Marrying the singer-solo-guitarist and electronic live producer, Michael welcomes listeners into driving and dynamic, emotional and groovy spaces spanning folk tradition and the avant-garde. ... more

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Track Name: Underground River
you simmering heat
you morning dew
i have to quiet so far down to hear you
your yearning voice
your whispering
carries away the louder sounds i'm used to
i'm a rounded stone
in a trickling stream
a glowing coal enwombed in ashy bedding
erode away my name and face
my time and space
to deeper places than i've given you
relax your gates
my love awaits
to fold into your quiet depths and patient truths
to couple with
the subtle grace that lives in you...
Track Name: Honey & Venom
you want me acting like you're just another woman
don't want to live outside this moment
with the serious things i might say to you
so you're just another woman
i'm just another man
we're not the last two people or anything
you never called me lover
i never gave you cause
it's such a sad strange shame, this drama, so
i'm gonna tell you the truth
honey or venom, i'm a conduit
i don't mean to be rude, but brave
words hurt when they go unsaid, so
cover your ears
you'd rather not hear the few
serious things i might say to you.
at least you know i mean it
you just pretend you're casual
like we are not both responsible
and i can barely touch you
you shrink from grander plans
out of fear it'll get out of hand, so
i'm gonna tell you the truth
honey or venom, i'm a conduit
i don't mean to be rude, but brave
your affections only come when boozed, babe
cover your ears
if you'd rather not hear the few
serious things i might say to you.
if we cannot bear the weight of our past relations
who's to say that we could
ever bear to love in spite
of the pain that we've caused?
to love inside of...
but you want me acting like you're just another woman
so you can thank yourself
when that's what i start doin', baby
i'm just another man and we are both afraid
of the serious things i might say to you.
Track Name: Let It All Get Out
let it all get out
set it all splayed there on the table
if we're to make this work
none of our horses can stay in the stable
chomping at the bit
churning up dust with restless hooves
empty your pockets
and unpack the boxes you left underfoot
and let it all get out
open up your heart and throat and sacrum
if we're to see this through
we must see through our explanations
squeezing till it hurts
squandering our limited resources
and praying for the worst
to justify our wasted sacred forces
it's time for full disclosure
time this cold war's over
time to own our demons
time to meet our reasons
time to bare our teeth and let the plovers clean them
and let it all get out
stand up and uncap that volcano
if we're to live at all
we must acknowledge the buried anger
pushing at our doors
a still-unexploited energy source
so dig to the core
and do not be afraid of who you are anymore.
Track Name: The Sun Setting
the sky was bronze bleeding
we sat waiting to watch the sun setting
but our question’s not in the sun
nor is its answering
you scream and you shout
you pierce and you pout
you clear and you cloud
but still you get yourself into these
circumstances that knock you down
and until goal and ground
that poor ego will not surrender, can not surrender.
i knew you weren’t asleep, just dying to more and more
one world at a time, sinking sight through levels of illusion
you scream and you shout
you flee and you flout
you shine and you shroud
but still you get yourself into these
circumstances that knock you down
and until goal and ground
that poor ego will not surrender, can not surrender!
even now, you fight it...

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