Silver & Violet

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about

"I've always been interested in the use of classical strings in pop and rock music and decided to distill this selection of songs to just vocal, string quartet and some piano.

Lyrically, the themes cover romantic discovery, the inextricable passing of time, the joy of abandoned anxieties, a sensual fever dream and the preciousness of life and love on this tiny planet.

All in just around 15 minutes! I hope you enjoy listening. Thank you!"

GB - April 2017.

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released May 5, 2017

Vocal - Gary Burton

Violin - Claudia Chopek
Violin - Sarah Whitney
Viola - Carla Fabiani
Cello - Eleanor Norton

Piano - Leslie Goshko

Strings arranged by Claudia Chopek

Mixed & Produced by Joe McGinty
and Mastered by Steve Silverstein at
Carousel Studios
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
New York

Music and Lyrics (C) 2017 GaryBurtonMusic (ASCAP)

Cover photography taken at Green-Wood Historic Cemetery, Brooklyn,NY.

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GlasOnGlas is the home for music by song writer Gary Burton.

The latest EP, Silver & Violet features vocal, string quartet and piano

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Track Name: Celestial Beings
You crash-landed on my planet
After such a bumpy ride
Glass smashing shards of rampant damage
I can see the pieces fly

Out of nothing in a second
Suddenly everything was turned around
Upside down

So sleep celestial beings
Stars dancing on the ceiling
The fairy lights here in this bar
Will take us very far
The rain’s coming down again...

You must have missed me in your orbit
When you circled here before
Trashed anti-matter has transported
All the debris of your wars

Out of fuel for your injections
Suddenly everything was turned around
Falling down

So sleep celestial beings
Stars dancing on the ceiling
The fairy lights here in this bar
Will take us very far
The rain’s coming down again...

The street noise sirens and wails, like distant signals and trails
A comet flickers in your eyes

So sleep celestial beings
Stars dancing on the ceiling
The fairy lights here in this bar
Will take us very far
The rain’s coming down again...

(C) 2017 GaryBurtonMusic
Track Name: Dorian
Fading sepia has captured me
In the house of my enemy
Time and tide were never on my side

Wasted youth was a guarantee for those
Who decided they couldn’t wait to close
All the windows that let the light expose the flaws in their chemistry

I thought that you’d recognize my face if you saw me again
But I think that I’ve changed and maybe you have stayed the same
Dorian

Trailing carriages detach from me
To avoid all the certainty
Taking pride in their efforts to deride

On the loose is an orchestra of crows
Singing songs that I never could compose
To be played on the wreck of the of the Mary Rose in perpetuity

I thought that you’d recognize my face if you saw me again
But I think that I’ve changed and maybe you have stayed the same
Dorian

I sink the wine that I know will drown my nerves
Deaf and blind by the second or the third
I taste the challenge from time and sun and earth

I thought that you’d recognize my face if you saw me again
But I think that I’ve changed and maybe you have stayed the same
Dorian

(C) 2017 GaryBurtonMusic
Track Name: Nobody's Breaking The Law
And when the lights have all gone out
And when there’s no more twist and shout
After the silhouettes fade into grey

The seats are all empty
The crowd has gone home
The whiskey is heady
We’re here on our own

You stay to save us from ourselves
You say it’s us and no one else
Who needs an enemy?
With friends like the ones that we’ve lost (but it)

Never gets old
Never gets old
Though you told me the same thing before
This wasn’t our fault
The horses all bolted
Before we could close all the doors
Nobody’s breaking the law

And when the carousel has stopped
And when the frames have all been cropped
After the cigarettes burn into gray

You stay to save us from ourselves
You say it’s us and no one else
Who holds the remedy?
For gains ill begotten like these (still it)

Never gets old
Never gets old
Though you told me the same thing before
This wasn’t our fault
The horses all bolted
Before we could close all the doors
Nobody’s breaking the law

You stay until the morning bell
You say this place has gone to hell
Truth or dare is stranger than fiction
Nobody’s guilty at all
And nobody’s breaking the law

(C) 2017 GaryBurtonMusic
Track Name: Silver & Violet
Remus and Romulus were fighting over you
Long before city fell to ruins
If I were an emperor I would not go to battle
Unless it was your will

I’ll do anything you say
Do anything to
Stay in your dreams and find out what the ending of this movie means

Sabre-tooth tigers were sharpening their claws
Even though the drought had left them frail
If I were a zookeeper I would not close the cage door
Unless you ask me to

I’ll do anything you say
Do anything to
Stay in your dreams and find out what the ending of this movie means

Silver and violet, Saint Germain and angels
The Trevi fountain, we were passing strangers alone

Heretic notions might get the best of me
Why does all this marble feel so cold?
If we choose to wake up now I would not leave this room
Unless you want me to

I’ll do anything you say
Do anything to
Stay in your dreams and find out what the ending of this movie means

(C) 2017 GaryBurtonMusic
Track Name: How Small We Are
Fragile hearts, fragile bones
Too far gone to leave alone
Elliot Ness or Al Capone?
Risky bets and chances blown

Accident or design?

One day we’ll go walking through the desert
One day we might look up to the stars
Count the grains of sand, hold the dust right in our hands
Think of just how small we are

Restless minds, precious hopes
Far removed from our homes
Mother Mary, Marie Stopes
Medicine and money loans

Accident or design?

One day we’ll go sailing on the ocean
One day we might look up to the clouds
Count the drops of rain, losing track of time again
Think of just how small we are

Doing all right, standing in line just getting by, passing the time
Accident or design?

One day we’ll stand still and hear the voices
One day we might catch another breath
Count the days and years, all stars, the rain, the tears
Think of just how small we are

(C) 2017 GaryBurtonMusic