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A few words from Chelsea :

We spend so many hours of our lives in transit - on busses, trains, planes, in cars, constantly traveling to new destinations, in search of what places can bring to us. Sometimes we travel to work, sometimes for pleasure, sometimes necessity. But we are always on the move.

The Twilight Fall is the soundtrack to your traveling daydreams, the story of your life. As you move between waking, concrete places, the Socialist Night School takes you on a long distance journey to the end of your imagination - fantastic landscapes, internal dialogue, echoes of memory - and when your body finally arrives, we bring you home.

I would like to thank the Socialist Night School - Colleen, Naomi, Anthony, Patrick, Conrad, James, Justin, Tom, Brown, Will, Aidan, Jill, Siebs, Bruder, Alex, David, Steven, Geoff - for your years of dedication, your tireless hard work, your enthusiasm and positive energy, and your commitment to the further development of an equal opportunity world for everyone. Without you, this music does not come to life, and I am so thankful that you all have jumped on board this crazy ride with me. To Mom and Dad and Ryan and Marty and all of my extended family: thank you for your constant support and encouragement as I recklessly pursue my dreams. To Len Kay and Marty Summers, David Fromager and Garth Bowen, Mike Allen and Alex Dean and Shirantha Beddage and Andy Ballantyne: thank you for teaching me how to make this instrument make sense. And to Jeremy Hepner, to Darcy James Argue, to David Occhipinti, to Daniel Jamieson: thank you for showing me how to convey a little of your wisdom and my emotions in this weird and wonderful puzzle of composition, arranging, and orchestration. To all the people behind the scenes on the production team and at Browntasauras – Kevin, Brown, Nick, Nick and Nickel, Andre, Arthur, Ernesto: you are an essential part of this process and it could not have come together without you, so thank you for your constant dedication and hard work and tolerance for late-night emails. To the funders, the Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, the Toronto Arts Foundation, and especially Manuel and Cheryl Buchwald: thank you for your infinite patience, your financial contribution, and for believing in me and what I could achieve. And last but not least, to my friends, colleagues, mentors, and more: thank you for your inspiration, your encouragement, your support, and the impressions you have left on me. I hope that this music leaves you feeling whole.

credits

released January 13, 2017

The Socialist Night School is:

Chelsea McBride: conductor, composer, tenor saxophone (1, 4, 10)

Vocals: Alex Samaras
Reeds: Colleen Allen, Naomi Higgins, Anthony Rinaldi, Patrick Smith, Conrad Gluch
Trumpet/flugelhorns: James Rhodes, Justin See, Tom Upjohn, Brownman Ali
Trombones: William Carn, Aidan Sibley, Jill Richards, Nicholas Sieber
Rhythm: Chris Bruder (piano), David Riddel (guitar), Steven Falk (upright & electric bass), Geoff Bruce (drums)

Recorded at Revolution Recording Studios, September 2016
Produced by Kevin Stolz
Executive producer : Brownman Ali

Recorded & edited by Andre St-Denis of Bonneville Records
Mixed by Nick Bonin
Mastered by Nick Blagona at Psychotropic Sound
Cover art by Arthur Ikuta
Album layout by Browntasauras Records

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Track Name: Ambleside
I woke up asleep, and the beach rose up in front of me
White sand, clear waves, blue skies
I stepped out to see, but no spirit rose to guide me
I was left alone, alone at Ambleside

Were there purple skies that sparkled in the light of day?
Would the tide come in and try to wash the light away?
If my heart is lost, may I find a moment's peace
Somewhere in the dark, alone
Track Name: Smooth (or What I Should Have Said Instead)
I move over the bar line, slide up beside you, find a new lie
Try to decide: who should I be this time?
I shift over the timeline, make myself young and beautiful, politically neutral
Hoping to make an impression and not get kicked out this time

I was someone you wanted long ago
I want to be someone you still want tomorrow
I was someone you wanted long ago
I want to be someone you still want tomorrow

If I had a moment to spare, a minute to lose: tell me, could I be smooth?
If I had all the right words, and all the right moves, would you let me in?
If I had something to say, and something to prove, would you just be confused?
Or would you follow me through the end of my tale
To find out what I could do; tell me could I be

I move over the bar line, tell you a story or two, but words get confused
And drinks keep pouring in as we speak
I shift over the timeline, fast-forward to the part where I get to say
What should we do? Should I get you home or something?

I was someone you wanted long ago
I want to be someone you still want tomorrow
I was someone you wanted long ago
I want to be someone you still want tomorrow

If I had a moment to spare, a minute to lose: tell me, could I be smooth?
If I had all the right words, and all the right moves, would you let me in?
If I had something to say, and something to prove, would you just be confused?
Or would you follow me through the end of my tale
To find out what I could do; tell me could I be

I have a moment to spare, a minute to lose: tell me, can I be smooth
Do I have all the right words and all the right moves; would you let me in?
If I have something to say and something to prove, would you just be confused?
Or would you follow me through the end of my tale to find out what I could do
Tell me could I be
Tell me could I be, tell me could I be, tell me could I be – smooth?
Track Name: Spirits
I held fast to turning tables and lifestyle changes
I flipped a coin or two but could never get over you
I wished on a falling star for your love and waited
I flipped a coin or two and I never got over you
I flipped a coin or two but could never get over you

These spirits go directly to my head; I am spinning
The spirits fly in circles 'round my head; I am falling, drifting down

Where'd you go, my love? Am I alone?
All I wanted was to be alone

I guess that if you ask for it, you get what you wish for
And maybe now, I'll get what I aim for
I don't want to waste my time waiting for the light
I've no choice, I let go, into the night
Track Name: In Dreams
I grew up in small towns lined with trees
Whispered all my secrets to the breeze
Words move like wind through towns as quiet as these

I've seen summers fade to fall
Where green leaves turn to red and gold
And with'ring trees give way to wooden beams
In dreams

I've seen winters melt to spring
Where wonder wins and church bells ring
And people fall in love with foolish things

I'm on the outside looking in
Whispers always win
Wish I could touch the faces all within

I grew up in starlight and in dreams
Lived beneath the moon in lazy seas
And I'd give it all up if I could be free
But I only can in dreams
Track Name: Ambleside (reprise)
Open up your arms, and the water comes to greet you
Warm waves, clear day, bright eyes
Fall upon your knees, 'til your heart begins to soar and see
Leave your body be, alone at Ambleside

As the orange sun begins to set upon the sky
You can feel the sand between your toes and on your eyes
Melt into the sea; pray for who you want to be
Hold her in your heart, alone at Ambleside
Track Name: Something Simple
If your heart begins to falter
I swear I'll kiss you at the altar
And hold your hand throughout your slumber
So we wake to one another

And if your lungs begin to fail you
I'll breathe in to try and save you
I'll become the things that made you
To remind you what you are and what you've been through

And I promise you I'll make it through
Just long enough to tell you
That when you doubt the world and its fools
Think of me and smile

Until the wind becomes the sea
And we are swallowed in the deep
I live to dream and dream to be
Something simple, you and me

And I promise you I'll make it through
Just long enough to tell you
That when you doubt the world and its fools
Think of me and smile

Until the wind becomes the sea
And we are swallowed in the deep
I live to dream and dream to be
Something simple, you and me

I'll still come home to you and be
Something simple, you and me
I'll still come home to you and be
Something simple, you and me