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Thirteen Pianos

by Willowbark

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I wrote Thirteen Pianos after reading a news article about Gaza's only concert grand piano which was badly damaged during the bombings of 2014. From the story, I learned that there are only thirteen pianos in the whole of Gaza. It got me thinking that I can take a short walk around the neighbourhood in my village near Glasgow and count at least thirteen pianos in the houses and schools that I pass.

For the cover artwork, I used a haunting photograph of two children walking hand-in-hand amid piles of rubble in Gaza, and added thirteen images of the pianos in my neighbourhood. The main piano drawing depicts the concert grand piano in the story and it was drawn by a local artist and friend from sketches of my own piano.

All proceeds from the sale of the Thirteen Pianos E.P. are being donated to FundingLab, a Scottish charity that works in the Gaza Strip to support young people. FundingLab seeks to empower communities by creating opportunities to develop their own business ideas, especially in areas where funding for startup projects is difficult to access. For more information please visit the website: www.fundinglab.net.

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released May 10, 2016

All songs written and performed by Willowbark.
Violin on Thirteen Pianos played by Lesley Woodbrooks.
Recorded and mastered by Mark Freegard at Kyoti Studio, Glasgow.
Piano drawing by Joan Cameron.

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Track Name: Rockpool Blues
Rockpool Blues

Swirling in the seashells
Jewels in the sun
Rippled reflections
Of a girl so young

The creatures glint and sparkle
And dart from side to side
Hiding in the shadows
Waiting for the tide

What’s your secret, little rockpool?
You never seen to age
I guess the tide just keeps on flushing those rockpool blues away

A million waves and moments since I felt the ocean spray
With my weathered, tired relection
I felt a pull today

Well the creatures glint and sparkle
And dart from side to side
My tiny little ocean
Where emotions coincide

What’s your secret, little rockpool?
You never seen to age
I guess the tide just keeps on flushing those rockpool blues away

In another million moments I’ll be old and grey
Forgive the introspection
Might not be another day

But the creatures glint and sparkle
And dart from side to side
My heart lives in the rockpool
Where the earth and sea collide

What’s your secret, little rockpool?
You never seen to age
I guess the tide just keeps on flushing those rockpool blues away

... little rockpool?
You never seen to age
Well I guess the tide keeps flushing those rockpool blues away
Track Name: Thirteen Pianos
Thirteen Pianos

Well I read this in the news today
So I don’t know if it’s true
It struck a chord and it made me think
So I’m sharing it with you.
They counted all the pianos in Gaza
From the border to the sea
They searched houses, hotels and the music school
And they only found thirteen

In a dark, forgotten theatre
From a brighter, bygone age
There are shards of shattered ceiling
Scattered on the stage
And among the piles of rubble
In that aching no-man’s-land
With strings all rusted and out of tune
Is the only concert grand

There’s a guy who lives along from me
He came knocking at my door
He asked me, did I understand?
And it never mattered more
So we stepped outside for an evening stroll
And the streets were so serene
Counting pianos in our neighbourhood
Well d’you know, we found thirteen

When will the wind stop blowing in the east?
When will the wind stop blowing in the east?
When your bones have turned to dust
In a soil that doesn’t care
And humanity prevails over belief

Now I’m sitting here in my music room
And I don’t know if it’s true
A spark just flew from the open fire
With another point of view
But I’m thankful for my neighbour
And I’m thankful for my hands
And I’ll play this tune for the Gazan folk
And their silent concert grand
Track Name: Child
Child

Being, feeling, breathing, opening cry
Life is a gift, and a gift for the giver
Needing, holding, hearing a lullaby
Making those dreams special dreams
Precious child

Softly cup your hands around my face
I’ll feel so warm in your embrace
We’ll grow up high among the stars,
And maybe, maybe we will shine

Learning, listening, teaching, reaching out far
Keeping it real, all that we hold
Growing, knowing, watching the smile in your eyes
Setting us free, letting us be
Precious child

Softly cup my hands around your face
We’ll feel so warm in our embrace
We’ll grow up high beyond the stars
And maybe, maybe we will shine

Canta y no llores, sing and don’t cry
Look in the mirror
In the mirror, mother and child
Sharing the highs and the lows
Nobody knows