Island Sublime

by Alex de Steiguer

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    Debut album of Alex de Steiguer's songs from across a seven mile sea, composed and partially recorded on Star Island in the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New England. Includes twelve tracks with the bonus track "Whistling Wind" recorded on Star Island, deep in winter during a raging gale. CD includes a full-color, twelve-page booklet, with lyrics, photos and other bonus content. Ships after official release date.

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For over two decades, Alex de Steiguer has been a winter caretaker on a group of freezing, windswept, lonely islands lying seven miles off the New England coast. There, alone, she composed 13 songs that reflect not only her unique island life, but also rich, resonant insights. Accompanied by talented musician friends with sweet strains of acoustic and slide guitar, piano, violin, and more, we hope you'll enjoy these songs from across a seven mile sea.

BONUS TRACK: For those downloading the full album, and for all the generous Kickstarter supporters that made this all happen... a 13th song will be included.

Alex un-plugged and alone, recorded on Star Island during a westerly gale that raged for days. This raw, solo version is untouched since the frigid, wind-blown day it was first laid down. Titled "Whistling Wind", it's a simple reflection on how mystery may be found even within the welcome familiarity of the cycles of the seasons. Listen for the sound of the wind rattling the windows.

Enjoy this with all my gratitude for the generous support you've offered which has opened a whole new world to me. My eternal and sincerest thanks!

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released June 1, 2019

Credits
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Alex de Steiguer: vocals, harmonies, guitar, tambourine, penny whistle, kokorico, words, music, arrangement
Sam Goodall: 5-string violin
Kent Allyn: slide & acoustic guitar, bass, piano
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Cynthia Chatis: flute
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Lauren Wool: cello
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Craig Werth: banjo, shruti box, ukulele, backing vocals
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Robbie Kneeland: percussion
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Brad Anderson: kokorico, ebonies, backing vocals

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Alex de Steiguer

Besides being a homesteader, a deep water tall-ship sailor and a musician, Alex is also well known for her extensive body of black & white fine-art photography, and is the author of Small Island, Big Picture, a series of reflections on solitude, creativity, inspiration and connection with the world we live in. See links for more info about Alex's other works. ... more

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Track Name: The Moment
Rain on my face
I look up at the sky
It runs down my face
I close my eyes

Then the moments gone… it's gone
And I feel the night coming on.

I sing with the waves
The sound blends in the sky
With a smile on my face
I close my eyes

Then the moments gone… it's gone
And I feel the night coming on.

Here in your arms
I hear your sweet sigh
Your hands, strong and warm
I close my eyes

When the moment’s on… it’s on
But then the night turns to dawn…
Turns to dawn.


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Track Name: My Only
When I met you, you were laughing
You were brighter than the sun
You took me with you and we're sailing
Through the years, you are the one.

You whisper that you need me so
You kiss me and the darkness goes
I can't believe you're mine to hold
And you’ll never leave me lonely.

Now I've known you for a long time
I've seen all you have become
And you know where my heart lies
Through the years, you are the one.

You whisper that you need me so
You kiss me and the darkness goes
I can't believe you're mine to hold
And I’ll never leave you lonely.

And wherever time may find us
In the woods or on the sea
We'll be laughing together
Hand in hand, that’s you and me.

You whisper that you need me so
You kiss me and the darkness goes
I can't believe you're mine to hold
And you’ll always be my only…


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Track Name: Alone in the Night
Alone in the night
I hear you calling
Out over the waves.

The moan of the wind
And the temperature falling
On this far and lonely shore tonight.

How can I wait for the morning.
How can I wait ‘til the dawn.
There's a storm in the air
And the breakers forming
And the cold night is so damn long.

So I'm walking the rooms
In the groaning darkness
Alone and thinking of you.

And if I close my eyes
I can hear you calling
I can feel your arms holding me tight.

But through the windows
And across the water
The land has dropped out of sight.

How can I wait for the morning.
How can I wait ‘til the dawn.
There's a storm in the air
And the breakers forming
And the cold night is so damn long

Alone in the night
Can you hear me calling
From this far and lonely shore?

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Track Name: Know Me
I say you don't know me
You say you can show me
You are always in my head
Reassure me of the life I've led.

The signs are week and scattered
Hold me now as if I mattered
But don't tell me what will be
I hear you talking to me, but I can't see.

I need time to find my voice, but will I use it?
Only I can make the choice, or lose it.

Just when I think I know the meaning
Life will hit me hard, I'm screaming
But it’s just a state of mind
Stepping slowly…moving blind.

I need time to find my voice, but will I use it?
Only I can make the choice, or lose it.

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Track Name: The Novelist
Oh I should be a novelist,
I’ve got time all on my own
Empty islands I can roam,
It’s the perfect place to cast the spell
Of a story I might tell.

Oh I wish to be a novelist
Not great but only fair,
Not popular but rare,
And I’d like to set the story
In this place I know so well.

And if I should write a novel
What time would I choose?
Would they promenade and prance, and mince and dance?
And clutter my mind with fancy dress
And all show up for tea?

But I should know
What you reap is what you sow.
Each character would bring some trouble and strife
To my beautiful and ever-lovin’ solitary life
No writing’s not for me.

And I like to be alone,
So if I wrote a story
I’d people my plot then worry
That they’d all move right in
And invade my quiet home.

And so I won’t write a novel
But maybe one day I’ll get lonely enough
I’ll write of a man and he’ll have a wife,
But then they’d have kids and destroy my life.
No writing’s not for me.

Cause I should know
What you reap is what you sow,
Each character would bring some trouble and strife
To my beautiful and ever lovin’ solitary life
No writing’s not for me
No writing’s not for me…

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Track Name: Mourning
Goodbye my heart
Now you're gone
Goodbye my heart
All alone
How can I say
When I need you
How can I face time
without you
Come back to me,
Don't leave.

The days flow on
In my memory
We're strong
You're all I had
All I knew
How can I face time
without you
Come back to me
Don't leave.

Won't you save me from my dreams?
Wake me now
Free from this memory
Tell me how.

Time has past
The ache is all that’s left
I have my good days
When I feel strong
I have my bad dreams
But they don't last long
Time has passed.
At last.

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Track Name: Nine Silhouettes
Nine silhouettes sitting solid and low
Drenched in the rain and the ice and the snow
Always to windward of waters that flow
Down through the long march of time

Brunting the waves and the nor’easter’s blow
Bare to the sky and the fathoms below
Fronting the years as the centuries flow
These little islands in time… these little islands sublime.

Nine silhouettes sitting far out to sea
Breakers to windward and combers alee
Weathering time in good company
Better than ever you’ll find

Into the weather you come and you go
In the darkest of nights there’s a sweep and a glow
And a flash that resounds with a sailor’s “land ho!”
And the voyages left behind

The seasons will pass, and the night into day
For all who will leave us, and all who will stay
If time is an ocean, then life is a bay
But it’s better than ever you’ll find… on these little islands in time
These little islands sublime.

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Track Name: Grey Sea, Wild Sea
Her sails are red like the dawn
And her hull is as the grey sea
On which she sails.

She comes about and heads toward land
For another glimpse of what could have been
If she’d stayed awhile and fit right in

Had she never, no not ever, chosen the wild sea.

And as she draws near to land
It reaches out to take her in
And there to hold.

And many people living there
Are singing songs of deep despair
As they struggle in a self-made snare

And they’re never, no not ever, finding the wild sea.

And there’s no fresh breeze upon this land
Just choking smog and dying wind
But there’s chains of gold.

And silver dreams are near at hand
If you’ll just work hard for the man
And play it safe as best you can

And don’t ever, no never, look toward the wild sea.

Her sails are red like the dawn
And her hull is as the grey sea
On which she sails.

She comes about and leaves the land
Sheets out and fills her sail
‘Cause she knows there’s freedom in the gale

And she’s never, no not ever, leaving the wild sea.

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Track Name: The Romantic
Snow falling in a cold breeze
Crow calls and colored leaves in old churchyards
With willows weeping forever carved in the stone
And what we see is ever leaving,
Distant music and ancient evenings have passed on

And the poets of romance are gone
But I’ve got a haunted feeling, sets my emotions reeling
And I try to write it down.

Empty windows in crumbling walls
And ivy-covered great-halls, and shadows
Moving slowly along the edges and waft across the floor
The scent of rose and old lavender
And if I look fast I might see her… or nevermore.

And just like the poets before
I’ve got a haunted feeling, sets my emotions reeling
And I try to write it down.

And I think of old sailing ships,
Heaving waves as the railing dips, and courage
Through the long night and the beating of the gale
And weathered lines on their faces
And the vasty open spaces of their lives

To see it all through their eyes
I’ve got a haunted feeling that sets my emotions reeling
And I try to write it down… try to write it down.

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Track Name: You
I was looking for traces
In far away places
Searching for something that’s true
But it always comes down to you.

You took all my schemes
And vagabond dreams
And made all my wishes come true
What I’d never asked you to do…

I never needed much
Except for your touch
And maybe a lifetime or two

When I was much younger
With hopes dreams and wonder
If fairy tales come true
Was I always dreaming of you?

When my world falls to pieces
In some ol’ disaster
You show up with the glue
You make is shiny and new

I never needed much
Except for your touch
And maybe a lifetime or two

This song’s not a fable
You’re strong, sure, and able
My fairy tale come true
My favorite story – that’s you

You fill me with laughter
Happy ever after
But time is moving so fast
If this isn’t too much to ask…

I never needed much
Except for your touch
And all of this life – with you.

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Track Name: The Unknown
At the corner of my sight, there you are again
Standing on the porch, or the lawn in the wind
A fleeting form in white or grey,
Then you vanish with a sigh, you’re just a blink – in an unbelieving eye.

Do you see me, do you know
When you vanish, where you go?
Do you climb the stairs and stay
In your home of many rooms
Is it always dark, or is it ever day?

Did you leave here and fight to set the sail
Climb the growing waves and face the coming gale?
Did the halyard part and canvas start to rend,
And in your time for one last thought, did you think – “this is the end”?

Or did you slip and fall that icy ledge
That you’re climbing now so surely?
Did you notice not the waves that thundered at your back,
Was there even time for one last thought before the world went black?

And do you see me, do you know
When you vanish, where you go?
Do you climb the stairs and stay
In your home of many rooms
Is it always dark, or is it ever day?

Or do you never get to know?
Is there truth to what they say -
That you carry on as if alive, not white or grey
But like it’s any other… ordinary day?

Through the empty halls I walk,
Every room, in and out
But in the mind there lurks the smallest doubt…
And as I face another year, what makes me think – that I’m still here?

Do you see me, do you know
When you vanish, where you go?
I climb the stairs and stay
And in my home of many rooms
It’s sometimes dark… and sometimes it is day.

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Track Name: The Story
It’s falling down
It’s icy cold
And I don’t want it to end.
But you can’t hold rain
When it’s on the run
‘Cause it won’t stop ‘til the end.

Its music fades
The clouds have passed
And morning comes on again
And all that changes is
Changing once more
And it will be ‘til the end.

And it’s a simple story, it happens all the time,
And I will listen. Listen.

The tide comes in
The shallows fill
And water’s singing its song.
It’s all the same and it’s
Constant change
And it’s quick, but it’s long.

Now the day grows old
And the air is chill
And I don’t want it to end.
But you can’t hold time
When it’s on the run
So I’ll just stay ‘til the end.

And it’s a simple story, it happens all the time,
And I will listen, I will listen. Listen.

There you are
And here I stand
Just like time and the tide,
‘Cause there’s no waiting and
There’s no regret
When you’re there by my side.

And it’s a simple story that happened in my time,
And I did listen, I did listen.

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