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Shelter of a Song

by Lisa/Liza

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1.
Dark Alleys 04:52
We get lost and think of the other, And it gets better there, Filling time’s like filling cupboards- The sky was gray and bare. You know I’d walk down dark alleys You know I’d walk down dark alleys To be that morning fair You know I don’t care for the dark blue cover that hangs over the garden, And I’ll be Winter's older brother “please take out the garbage”, I’ll be Summer’s only sister, Sing to my youth how I missed it, And braid her golden hair. You know I’d walk down dark alleys You know I’d walk down dark alleys To see the morning fair The field was dressed in robins, How could I have forgotten? All that time’s been wasted On praying for more patience You know I’d walk down dark alleys You know I’d walk down dark alleys You know I’d walk down dark alleys To see the morning fair.
2.
Rain like a whistle Rain like a signal Magnolia singing through a crescent moon Then singing on through the shelter of a song. It’s just love I couldn’t possibly erase, from this shelter, from this place, From this shelter, from this place. It’s just love I couldn’t possibly erase, From this shelter, from this plane From this shelter, from this plane. Then, my heart- It felt just like a heavy balloon, And they tell you all your life “search for that infinite sound”. When no one else is around, You hear it too, in the shelter of a song. It’s just love I couldn’t possibly erase, From this shelter from this place. From this shelter from this place. It’s just love I couldn’t possibly erase, From this shelter from this plane. From this shelter from this plane.
3.
Burn the day away July, Throw it in the backwoods pile. Leaves of green and grass of hay, Remember how it made you smile. And I hope it stays a while. Today I am a runner wild, Lungs a lavender textile, The sun a wolf upon my back, That’s singing to a tiny moon you’re throwing as it’s barking past, then rolling in the fresh cut grass. A tiny moon upon my wrist, A quarter past, And I forgive. The Forever that I know is a good feeling, But you never know, sometimes I can’t even explain what I’m perceiving. Burn the day away July, Throw it in the backwoods pile, Leaves of green and grass of hay, Remember how it made you smile. And I hope it stays a while.
4.
Red Leaves 06:27
Some love can only be found. Some love can only be found, In that hushed-up town, where we drove around love. Like the breeze hummin’, That the flowers can’t be found, We knew winter was coming, we knew it’d be back around. I was waking for the Willows, Breaking with the breeze, Watching the fog roll over the hill and lift up the red leaves. I was waiting for the geese to fly me South, But the fire never ceased- Nothing put it out. I was waking for the Willows, I was breaking with the breeze, I was watching the fog roll over the hill and lift up the red leaves. I was waiting for the geese to fly me South, But the fire never ceased- Nothing put it out.
5.
Saddle Life 04:45
Wake up it’s morning in the saddle life Blue mountains reflected in your eyes Changing who I was, was like a drug, Cowboy who is drunk on a forgotten love. Cowboy who is drunk on forgotten love And images make for a clearer picture-satellite But I can’t shake the site of death and taxes, And blue paint on the side of a gray building. Cowboy who is drunk on forgotten love, Wake up, it’s morning in the saddle life. Images make for a clearer picture satellite. Can’t shake the site of death and taxes, Unless I'm high up on that mountain. Blue paint on the side of a gray building, Cowboy who is drunk on forgotten love. Wake up it’s morning in the
6.
Seeking light, A fragile thing, I’m like a plant or a tree, you didn’t know me, you didn’t show me anything. The way I wore that ring, Like it was a part of me, A glistening of everything, Or a piece of gold? Invisible I’m told Invisible I’m told The things that I now hold, That I will never speak. We were so young, I didn’t know that it was possible, To break the light inside yourself And carry on in that dark house. Don’t take the light upon yourself And carry on in that dark house. The way light shined us then, I think about it now and then, The way the night fell on us next- I am handed roses overgrown. I am handed roses overgrown I am handed roses overgrown I am handed roses overgrown. I am handed roses overgrown. I am handed roses overgrown.
7.
The Aquarium 06:56
Strange to see the aquarium, lit by night, Inside the aquarium. Is loneliness this- auditorium? Does one seek bliss and one seek more of it? Do you hear the waves breaking the glass? Or do you hear the waves breaking the shore at-last, Do you hear the waves breaking the shore at-last? Is loneliness this auditorium, Does one seek bliss- and one seek more of it? Do you hear the waves breaking the glass? Or do you hear the waves breaking the shore at-last, Do you hear the waves breaking the shore at-last?
8.
Not Ours 05:27
We watched the wild geese walk across the apple farm, Science now deems, That everything is like a curtain falling down. The animals they read our dreams, See how we hold our wars above. This world is not ours. The train at night The only light The moon, the stars, by cable cars. This world is not ours. We watched the wild geese walk across the apple farm.

about

"And they tell you all your life
‘Search for that infinite sound’
When no one else is around
You hear it too
In the shelter of a song"

–Lisa/Liza, “From This Shelter”

Lisa/Liza is the songwriting project of Portland, ME singer and guitarist Liza Victoria. Throughout her new album, Shelter of a Song, Liza affirms the value of music and songwriting in her life, providing her comfort through illness and isolation, and helping her to hold onto cherished memories through the poetry she sings.

Shelter of a Song was recorded in the kitchen of a Central Maine studio apartment with engineering assistance from Peter Herman. All takes were recorded live, capturing the immediacy and quiet power of Liza’s hushed vocals and fingerstyle acoustic guitar. The album’s eight original songs are gentle meditations on joy, pain, human relationships and the natural world that stretch out slowly like long shadows.

Liza explains:

“These songs were written while dealing with chronic illness. When I was actively writing in these last two years, it was often in my strongest moments of healing, which has made this album a different process for me than others before it. The times when I felt well enough to sit with music allowed me a new kind of joy, because of these struggles with health. My vision and hope for this collection of songs is they would allow room for the listener to find their own interpretations, similar to how someone might make a quilt where each piece holds personal connection but in its use it takes on additional shape.”

Liza’s lyrics conjure vivid images of everyday beauty: a dog rolling in the grass on a nice day; walking down a darkened street to meet the sunrise; robins filling up a field. The natural world holds a strong place in these songs, providing much of the album’s optimism as bright and dreamlike descriptions of flora, fauna and celestial bodies are plainsung over muted strums and arpeggiated guitar patterns.

“I had been spending a lot of my down times on hikes and walks,” Liza continues. “Nature became something vital to my heart both in healing and health. I always enjoy writing about what surrounds me as a way to preserve memory or draw out memory from my past. Perhaps in preserving these memories in song, I’m allowed some small agency to let them go, as I know I can come back to them again. Writing these songs helped me to affirm moments of peace and resolution. Writing music is a place of great comfort for me, and it has only become more apparent to me how great a companion it is.”

"A gorgeous offering of delicate, bare-bones, somber folk music."
— Brooklyn Vegan

"Warm and calming and a little haunted."
— Stereogum

Lisa/Liza & Orindal Records will donate all revenue from Shelter of a Song's digital pre-order sales to two charity organizations: 50% will support Our Family Farms' Farmworker Housing Fund (a non-profit helping to provide immediate and long-term housing for farmworkers & their families devastated by the recent fires in Southern Oregon) & the other 50% will support Therapy for Black Girls (an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls).

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released November 20, 2020

Recorded by Peter Herman
Mixed and mastered by Peter Broderick
Guitar and vocals by Liza Victoria
All songs written, composed, and produced by Liza Victoria (BMI)
Cover illustration and layout by Dan Black at Landland

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