The Quality of Light

by Kiva Simova

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1.
Going Down 04:13
Standing on the precipice below no safety net I stare across a vast expanse as others place their bet Ohhh I've tried to read between the bars and I'm pacing to and fro same old twists at every turn There's nowhere left to go, so I'm Going down I'm Going down take a look at what's underground will there be resistance there just more shit that I cannot bear Have they built some city where I can be at peace and all the kindred folks I know will finally be released Ohhh will we sing and dance and play with no harm from above in the warmth of mother's arms basking in her love, well I'm Going down I'm going down take a look at what's underground will there be resistance there just more shit that I cannot bear well I'm going down I'm going down to learn what's underground will I find a new home there where I can finally breathe the air Going down I'm going down should I start living underground might just find a new home there hope for weary soul repair I'm gonna have a new home there hope for weary soul repair
2.
Sea Legs 04:54
Taking those baby steps wobbly at first Unable to tell between blessing and curse Waves always crashing With hope often dashing I struggle to stand Put my feet upon land Getting my sea legs To move past the fear I traveled so far just to see my way clear Learning to crawl again Only to fall again Waiting for signs to appear Sometimes the contrary winds can be strong Blurring the edges between right and wrong And high is the cost when your balance is lost And you're stuck on the ground A voice without sound Getting my sea legs To move past the fear I traveled so far just to see my way clear Learning to crawl again Only to fall again Waiting for signs Getting my sea legs To move past the fear I traveled so far just to see my way clear Learning to crawl again Only to fall again Waiting for signs to appear, to appear, to appear Ohhhh....
3.
The tales that are told Embossed in the heavens Embolden not only a few Are there for the taking And never forsaking The oldest or those born anew Like threads of a tapestry Woven so patiently Over and under again For those gone before us We join in the chorus And heartaches are now on the mend We tread upon lightly The way the endeared ones Created so long ago No secrets they keep There is no need to weep For as above so is below Regaining the senses that seemed to be lost Cast out and thrown to the sky Like seeds of intentions Like scattered inventions Remembering how they can fly We tread upon lightly The way the endeared ones Created so long ago No secrets they keep There is no need to weep For as above so is below We tread upon lightly The way the endeared ones Created so long ago And graces they buried We secretly carried The beauty is starting to show
4.
Bitter, my bitter, my bitter, my bitter, my sweet...
5.
Just in Case 03:35
Fought over and discounted Forgotten, recognized Tossed away and valued Somehow hypnotized Cheated on and cherished Worshiped and exiled One extreme to another Adored and then reviled Should I be sitting this one out Just in case you come around In the event you recall my scent Digging through the lost and found If you climb the steps to heaven And you find my imprint there I'll be waiting half way up Just in case you care Sometimes you lurk in the shadows On your haunches ready to pounce upon A moving target or a moving memory That lingers on and on and on and on and Should I be sitting this one out Just in case you come around Regaining your super sensory sight Clawing through the lost and found When you climb to heaven the ninth time And you find my imprint there I'll be waiting half way up To stroke your silken hair Gotta stick around just in case Think I'll laze around just in case Gotta stick around just in case Just in case you care Just in case you care Just in case you care
6.
How do you keep your sanity In an insane world Can you keep it together Can you keep it together I hope I hope you have patience A millennium or two Till she gets it together Till she gets it together She always does She always does It's in her nature It's in her nature To start again ohhh You did everything you could But it was too late This time around This time around After this season of doubt She'll work it out somehow A scenario To welcome those who know A dance or two She always does She always does It's in her nature It's in her nature ohh She always does It's in her nature It's in her nature ohh She always does It's in her nature It's in her nature To rise again ohh I hope I hope you have patience A millennium or two
7.
Resurrected 05:09
Thank you for this jolt in time Cruel kindness innocent crime Broke the threshold Awoke my mind Learning to love the blows I take At least they're keeping me awake Amen For heaven's sake I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be Not for reasons previously expected Resurrected Oh finally I've been through the fire I will arrive Resurrected More alive Times I let my spirit fall Then silently made my confessions Oh the lessons Have come to call I'm precisely who I'm supposed to be Not the person previously selected Resurrected Oh finally I've been through the fire I will arrive Resurrected I've been through the fire I will arrive Resurrected Even more alive
8.
There must be way too many mirrors in this house Bouncing shadows everywhere Traits of traitors and amnesia are to blame For why those nasty habits still remain You are the common thread You're what's left in the end Oh and coincidentally I'm crazy too Can you imagine what the odds might be Is it me or you And your magnetic personality That gets you through You are the common thread You're what's left in the end You are the common thread You're what's left in your head You say you've known this game forever and a day Oh give or take When humans are involved For heaven's sake All those folks ever seem to do is Get in your way You are the common thread You're what's left in the end You are the common thread You're what's left in your head You are the common thread How does it feel To weave through each of life's ordeals Ahhh
9.
If someone in your neighborhood Caused you not to feel so good There's no need to run or hide Just pass them on the other side And if you find that special place Some long forgotten sacred space You might just find a message there Listen as it fills the air It's the opposite of torture It's a real good place to be
10.

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This is the third solo CD ('14), after The Ladder ('98), and Pulse ('05). An eclectic collection frequently including her specialty of overtone singing (2 pitches simultaneously from one voice) blended with jazzy pop, world, alt singer songwriter, experimental stuff. Vivid lyrics. With lots of piano. One totally improvised piece with didgeridoo master Ondrej Smeykal (track #10).

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released January 6, 2014

Produced by Kiva Simova
Recorded @ Faust Studio (Prague, CZ)
Additional recording at:
The Cherry Pit Studio (Fenwick, ON, Canada)
Studio de Ian de Souza (Toronto, ON, Canada)
The Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun (Visoko, Bosnia)
Engineered by Ben McCulloch
Additional engineering by Richard Mader, Bernie Cisternas
and Prof. Paolo Debertolis
Mixed by don benedictson @ Unity Gain Productions (Roseisle, MB, Canada)
Mastered by Allen Hunnie @ Allen Hunnie Audio (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
Front cover photo by Ondrej Stanek
Back cover and disc photo by Veronica Barrett
Makeup by Hila Liron
Graphic Design by Jan Sima
All songs copyright 2013 Yemyss Music (SOCAN) All rights reserved

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Kiva Simova Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canadian Kiva Simova is a pioneer of overtone singing (2 pitches from 1 voice) blending it with jazzy pop, experimental, world, accompanying herself on keys, tours globally solo, teaches overtone singing online & public workshops, improvises live and on recordings with well known artists incl. Tanya Tagaq, Jennifer Berezan. Has 3 solo CDs. Was tour member of Crash Test Dummies '94 world tour ... more

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