TRANSPARENTSEA VOYAGE USA - 23 songs in 23 Days

by TransparentSea USA (feat. Band of Frequencies & Friends)

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ALL PROCEEDS GO TO S4C - Surfers For Cetaceans
* S4C is a non profit organisation (www.s4cglobal.org)

- SONG a DAY -
Band of Frequencies and the inspirations to write & record a song every day for 23 days of the TransparentSea USA Voyage…

Australian touring group, Band of Frequencies (Shannon Sol Carroll, OJ Newcomb, Al Hicks) have just completed recording 23 songs over 23 days as part of their musical contribution to the TransparentSea environmental campaign; a month-long initiative spearheaded by world-renowned free-surfer David Rastovich (31, Byron Bay, NSW AUS), designed to draw awareness to marine and coastal issues along the Californian coast.

The list of “Song a Day” contributing artists includes the likes of established musicians Angus Stone, Tristan Prettyman, Will Conner, Catherine Clark and Angela Iimura along with a host of surfing legends and special guests like John Peck, Rusty Miller, Denny Aarberg and actress Isabel Lucas, who participated in the journey on various legs, navigating their way south with Rastovich and co. in twin-seat Hobie kayaks some 260-miles (418-kilometers) from the Gaviota Coast north of Santa Barbara to Mission Bay, San Diego.

Each of the 23 tracks is a reflection or interpretation of the events of that day, the local people (organisations they met), the lyrics and tempo inspired by countless interactions with dolphins, sea lions, whales, unpredictable weather, pollutants, highways, trailer parks, harbors and other people - especially the military and navy who maintain a serious presence in one of the world’s most densely populated zones.

All tracks were written on the day & then recorded using a single microphone, usually around the campfire or in the travelling motorhome that served as a base for the campaigners in between legs at sea. The collaborations included anywhere from three to 20 people and the greatest number of takes for any one song recordings was three.

“The real test was having to write a song a day, having to pull the crew together – whether they were tired, exhilarated, hungry, sunburned or all of the above,” explains Newcomb.

“The nature of the journey was very much dictated by the weather and the group was afforded minimal recording time because of the excessive travelling. If we weren’t on the sea, we were packing or driving. It was demanding, but with that pressure there is also a degree of satisfaction,” adds Newcomb.

Track 1, “These 20 Miles”, featuring guests Stone and Lucas is a particularly poignant and moving ode to the unique stretch of the Gaviota Coast where the TransparentSea journey began. It is the only remaining stretch of coastal land in Southern California that remains undeveloped.

“There were more lyrics, but when it came to the recording, Angus isolated those key phrases from what was written. Ultimately the finished song does reflect the Gaviota area – sparse, relatively untouched and dreamy.“ says Carroll.

"I was stoked to be a part of the amazing voyage," said Stone.

"Painting on walls, making music around the fire ... feeling the love from the big friendly giants of the ocean and from the hearts of the crazy Transparentsea pirates on the land ... then coming together as one, placing the pieces of the puzzle together, creating unity for all here on earth, it was special," said Stone.

“Willing the Fog to Burn” is another special offering, an emotive outpouring recorded after a casual night-crossing turned into a 17-hour ordeal that saw the group separated in fog, unable to see, miles from land with little water and sketchy communication.

Main vocalist, Catherine Clark, was on that leg and actually broke down at one point, exhausted and thirsty she began crying. Newcomb was there too, in another kayak, peddling for hours when there was no wind to assist them to where they were going.

“The tempo we picked when I was writing “Willing the Fog to Burn” mimics the peddle-rate. We had no wind. We were peddling the whole way. And for Catherine it was a heavy experience. She almost got to the point of giving up. That definitely channelled into her performance. The emotion really came through, the pain is right there for the listener,” explains Newcomb.

Of the faster paced track “I Heard the Word (The future of our Days)", Track 19, Carroll explains: “We are living in a time that sees humanity torn between economic agendas and environmental realities. This song was written after hearing about the people’s movement to publicly protest the economic superpowers agendas. The movement to let corporations and governments know that we do not want to be railroaded into over-consumption of our planet's resources for short-term profits. It is a personal movement to simplify, consume less and maintain a sustainable way of living.

“Every single person alive today is challenged to reconsider the concept of ‘enough’. What is essential to our happy, healthy existence? What is simply ‘enough’? Our personal and collective decisions have massive repercussions that will echo far into the daily reality of future generations’ quality of life. Less is more. Enough is enough. Spread the word,” explains Carroll.

Just north of ritzy Malibu, the group were granted a rare meeting with the Chumash Indians, some of the first people to inhabit North America. The local leader, Chief Mati, blessed the group and permitted a group recording of “The Heart Song”. At the time of writing, the recorded song is available, but the lyrics are still to be translated to English by one of the tribe’s elders.

“To get a blessing from the native people of that area was amazing. It was a huge lesson for our crew to learn – to understand who are the real custodians of the land, especially in an area sprawling with Western influence like L.A.. Our entire journey has been very grounding and the music reflects that,” says Newcomb.

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released 24 October 2011
TransparentSea Voyage USA 2011
- 23 songs in 23 Days - (song a day)
Written by Various artists in Various locations down the Californian Coast from the 1st of October (Santa Barbara) to the 23rd of October (San Diego)
Recorded & Produced by Oj Newcomb (LPP)
with help from Troy Page (Saltwater Collective)
www.lowpressureproductions.com
www.bandoffrequencies.com

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Track Name: DAY 1- THESE 20 MILES (feat. Angus Stone) - DAY 1- THESE 20 MILES
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VS
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles, we set Sail

These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles, we set Sail

CHORUS
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles open up your heart
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles go on open up your heart
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles We set sail

Share you love with the land
Share you love with the Sea
Share your love with all of us like you & me
Share you love with the Sea oh with me

CHORUS
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles open up your hearts
These 20 Miles we opened up your hearts
These 20 Miles oh we opened up our hearts
These 20 Miles

These 20 Miles, last 20 miles left now, what has been
These 20 miles, last 20 miles left now, these 20 Miles
These 20 Miles, last 20 miles left now behind, mind kind
These 20 Miles, last 20 miles left behind save these 20 miles i say

These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles
These 20 Miles

Open up your mind
Open up your heart
Track Name: DAY 2 - ANCIENT SONGS (feat. Shannon Sol Carroll) - DAY 2 - ANCIENT SONGS
LYRICS

V
I'm just looking for a Sanctuary
Where ever I may roam
We're cruising the channel of Santa Barbara
Just like we've always done

Gliding past the oil rigs
That drink beneath the sea
humming hulls of tanker ships
That pay no heed to me

CHORUS
Times they change
Life goes on
Modern voyage
Ancient songs

Sounds that echo through generations
Now hearts are here for me
Sounds of my ancestors
True giants of the sea

I lost my mother in these waters
A ship did run her down
She sank into the darkness
Her child I was to her drowned

CHORUS
Times they change
Life goes on
Modern voyage
Ancient songs

Times they change
Life goes on
Modern voyage
Ancient songs oh

Ancient songs
my mumma
Ancient songs
Track Name: DAY 3 - FRIENDS THAT SMILE (feat. Will Conner & Denny Aaberg) - DAY 3 - FRIENDS THAT SMILE
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V
From where I sit the view is changing
Your on solid ground but I'm just floating
What if you could get away & sail all night with me
What do you think we would see

Do you think the sea would be kind to us
If we ask her real nice
Do you think there's still hope for us
& our friends out there
Or do we even care

With every action there is a reaction are you catching my drift or am I just lost in the Abyss of all the words & feelings running through the minds of all the people of the world

You know we're not going to help this unless we share oo oo oo
So why don't you come with me I've got some friends for you to meet

CH
Yes they smile constantly
they smile constantly

V
From where I sit the view is changing
Your on solid ground but I'm just floating
What if you could get away & sail all night with me
What do you think we would see

(Denny Aaberg - Guitar Solo)

With every action there is a reaction are you catching my drift or am I just lost in the Abyss of all the words & feelings running through the minds of all the people of the world

You know we're not going to help this unless we share oo oo oo
So why don't you come with me I've got some friends for you to meet

oh yes they smile constantly
yes they smile constantly
yes they smile constantly
yes they smile constantly
yes they smile constantly
they smile constantly
they smile constantly
Track Name: DAY 5 - WAILING WINDS
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theres music in the deep,
it is not in the surfs rough roar
nor in the shelly shore
they are but earhly sounds that tell
how little of the sea nymphs shell,
that sends it's loud, clear note abroad
or winds its softness through the floors
echoes through groves with coral gay,
and dies on spongy banks away
Theres music in the deep.

Theres quiet in the deep,
above let tides and tempests rave
and Earth born winds wakwe the wave,
above let care and fear contend
with sin and sorrow to the end,here, far beneath the tainted foam
that frets above our peaceful home

we dream in joy and wake in love
nor know the rage that yells above.
Theres quiet in the deep..

Yet the wailing winds are the melody..

Wailing winds are the melody.( repeat)

Theres beauty in the deep,
the wave is bluer than the sky
though lights shine bright on high
more softly do the sea-gems glow
that sparkle in the depths below
the rainbows tints are only made
when on the waters they are laid
and Sun and Moon most sweetly shine
upon the oceans level brine.
Theres beauty in the deep.

we dream in joy and wake in love
nor know the rage that yells above.
Theres beauty n the deep.

Yet the wailing winds are the melody.
The storm blast is the deity
the lover is the fitful sea
The wailing winds are the melody.

Written pieces by- L Frank Tooker and John G.C. Brainard, blended by Rose Apple Yeti.
Track Name: DAY 6 - MOVIN' ON (feat. Shannon Sol Carroll) - DAY 6 - MOVIN' ON
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V
Sitting under oak trees
Cisco Gypsies
Let the fire burn
Set souls free

Black knight miles
Left coast styles
Mansions in the hills
Hilts on stills

CH
Sailing south
Gliding on the breeze
Movin' on
These transparent Seas
Sailing south
Gliding on the Breeze
Movin' on

V2
Swell on the horizon
Rising with the sun
Comin’ in to greet us
It's only just begun

Change of seasons
Storms on the run
Luna moons got me
Bringing on the fun

CH
Sailing south
Gliding on the breeze
Movin' on
These transparent Seas
Sailing south
Gliding on the Breeze
Movin' on

Movin' on
Movin' on
Movin' on

Movin' on
Movin' on
Movin' on
Track Name: DAY 7 - HERE & NOW (feat. Band of Frequencies) - DAY 7 - HERE & NOW
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Track Name: DAY 8 - LAP OF THE SUN
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You are loved
Today and every day
Shine your your light La La
Blessed in every way

Happy lap of the Sun
Happy lap of the Sun

You are loved
Today and every day
Today is your birthday
Blessed in every way

Happy lap of the Sun
Happy lap of the Sun
Love to your Mother
Love to Your Father
Happy lap of the Sun

Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
Track Name: DAY 10 - WILLING THE FOG TO BURN (feat. Catherine Clark) - DAY 10 - WILLING THE FOG TO BURN
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V 1
Moonlight shadows, the hour before midnight
Setting sail on silver seas
No shark or sparrow could darken the night
Because the moon it follows me

Pre-Chorus
And oh the wind blows
And on and on my sail goes
On and on the moon follows me

V 2
Winds blown southward linked to the sea
The land calls softly out to me
And out of the darkness,
An angel came to me
Dressed as a seal he said stay with the sea

Pre-Chorus
And ohh the wind blows
And on and on my sail goes
On and on the moon follows me

Chorus
Beyond point dume
The point of no return
Willing the fog to burn

V 3
Orion called from the sky above
He says, he says follow me
And on we ventured, red moon fell below the horizon, into the sea

Pre-Chorus
And oh the darkness
Oh chilled my bones
Till the sun set us free

Chorus
Beyond point dume
The point of no return
Willing the fog to burn

Guitar Interlude

V 4
dark has been lifted from the night
Has been gifted into light
And the sun followed me

Full surrender to the sun
Hope was there but now undone
When five sails turned to three

Pre-Chorus
And oh the sun burns
And oh the weather turns
As the avalanche of mist consumes me

Chorus
Beyond point dume
The point of no return
Willing the fog to burn

V 5 1/2 time (or slower)
Apparitions in the mist
Phantom cities, ghastly tricks
Hearing voices in the wisps of wind that seldom came around

Blue whale dives beneath the bow
Jet planes rumble distant howls of long lost worlds not yet forgot

Pre-Chorus
And oh delerium
And oh we succumb
To lucid visions of a transparent sea

Guitar

Pre Chorus x 2
And oh the wind blows
And on and on my sail goes
Home to set me free

And oh the sky clears
And oh sacred land appears
Love & light shines down on us

Chorus 3x
Beyond point dume
The point of no return
Willing the fog to burn
Track Name: DAY 11 - SLIP SLIDE AWAY (feat. Will Conner & Dave Rastovich) - DAY 11 - SLIP SLIDE AWAY
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I'm way back, way back in there where the dreams are all I know
Clouds & shapes drift together it's the place I like to go

CH
Red turns to green turns to blue turns to yellow, That' s the color of the sun
Red turns to green turns to blue turns to yellow, That' s the color of the sun

I lift one arm, one toe is next & I don't want to move
Underneath me the world is sliding it's all that's been this way

CH
Red turns to green turns to blue turns to yellow,
That' s the color of the sun
Red turns to green turns to blue turns to yellow,
That' s the color of the sun

Slip slide away with the sun (x10)
Track Name: DAY 12 - I DO, WHAT CAN I DO ? (feat. Angela Iimura) - DAY 12 - I DO, WHAT CAN I DO ?
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mmmmmm....

V1

Lifeblood through my body
Heart feeds my mind
Cycle flows on and on
Refined … Design

We the gathering
All comin' together
Powerful presence
Birds of a feather

CH
I do, ah ah I do
I do, what can I do ?
I do, it’s what I do (That really matters)
I do, do what I do

V2
Supply and demand
Air, sea and land
Wants and desires
So the fire is fanned

Less is more
Time to get vocal
Downtown market stall
Everything local

CH
I do, ah ah I do
I do, What can I do ?
I do, it’s what I do (That really matters)
I do, do what I do

BRIDGE
It is in our heart
Live it, breathe it
We all play a part
Live it, breath it


The way I do anything,
is the way I do everything.
Anything I do
Everything I do

Positive reinforcement
Praise the wisdom of ages
Enough is enough
Be honest and courageous in what…. (I do…)

CH x2
I do, ah ah I do
I do, What can I do ?
I do, it’s what I do (That really matters)
I do, do what I do
Track Name: DAY 13 - THESE 10 LITTLE HEARTS (feat. Will Conner) - DAY 13 - THESE 10 LITTLE HEARTS
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I was going to write a blues song
But I changed my mind when you came along
Your heart the size of the moon in the sky
I’ll wait for you while you dive

Who would have ever
Who would have ever known
You could change the rhythm
Of our ten little hearts

The gift you gave us
We can never repay
And the song you sang us
Will always stay In these
Ten little hearts
That you stole away
We gladly give them
And there’s nothing more to say
Track Name: DAY 15 - GIVE THANKS (feat. Howie Cooke) - DAY 15 - GIVE THANKS
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i love to fly above the trees
i love to swim in the deep blue sea

the waves the sky
the land your eye
this life they choose
these whales
the Blues

o whales of love
our friends and family
with hearts so big
bring you to your knees

the waves the sky
the land your eye
this life they choose
these whales
the Blues

(Guitar Solo)

when in life breathe
when in love swim and sing
when in search walk
towards the love they bring

give thanks give love
give thanks give love
stay true one love
these whales
the Blues
Track Name: DAY 17 - LIVE LOVE & BREATH LIFE IN (feat. Angela Iimura) - DAY 17 - LIVE LOVE & BREATH LIFE IN
V1
The ocean is a playground
Feels like home
It takes me to another world
one to call my own

All around us
Is the beauty of life
If we hold too tightly
We'll be cut like a knife

CH
Live love & breath life in
Love life & let love in
Feel love, do not give in
Give love & the world will spin

V2
Joy is priceless
And it's there to share
The giants of the ocean
Know we care

We Have the gift
To be as one
Moon & mother
Spinning with the sun

CH
Live love & breath life in
Love life & let love in
Feel love, do not give in
Give love & the world will spin

V3
Our truth is simple
& it lives inside
Love one another
We will dance with the tide

The future is listening
with the present in sight
Give what your holding
grow wings for flight

CH x2
Live love & breath life in
Love life & let love in
Feel love, do not give in
Give love & the world will spin
Track Name: DAY 18 - RUSTY ON MY BOAT (feat. Rusty Miller) - DAY 18 - RUSTY ON MY BOAT
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Track Name: DAY 19 - I HEARD THE WORD (feat. Shannon Sol Carroll) - DAY 19 - I HEARD THE WORD (THE FUTURE OF OUR DAYS)
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I heard the word,
Through word of mouth,
News travels fast
North, East, West and South.
There’s change in the air,
Words rumble underground,
Movement in the sea,
A mother wails aloud,

“I will not stand by,
and let greedy men decide,
the future of our days
the future of my child. No.

I see people on the move,
Families on their feet,
Sharing on the airwaves
Speaking in the street, saying
Progress towards what?
Profit at what cost?
The economy is saved
Yet Eden is lost.
Eden is lost

What’s the reaction
Direct action
What’s the solution
People’s revolution (x 2)

I will not stand by
And let greedy men decide
The future of our days
The future of my child

I will not stand by
And let greedy men decide
The future of our days
The future of mankind, No.
Track Name: DAY 21 - TRUST & LET IT FLOW (feat. Shannon Sol Carroll & Chris Del Moro) - DAY 21 - TRUST & LET IT FLOW
V1
Third time lucky
So the saying goes
I’m more inclined to call it a learning curve
Finding my feet
On ever changing ground
Find my sea legs on the oceans churning

CH
Let her fly
Let the moment decide it
On a need to know basis
Trust & let it flow

V2
Sails set us free
Love & harmony
Open to the breeze
& the ancients of the sea
Kelp sways like trees
Helping us to breath
Deep canyon seas & the sun is shining

CH
Let her fly
Let the moment decide it
On a need to know basis
Trust & let it flow

(Guitar solo)

CH x2
Let her fly
Let the moment decide it
On a need to know basis
Trust & let it flow
Track Name: DAY 23 - MISSION BAY (FINALE)
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