Luminous

by Eric Eckhart

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about

"The songs that make up 'Luminous' were written in the time between the home birth of my second child and the death of my parents not long after and reflect the extremes of life and death, darkness and light, love, hate and forgiveness, peace and war - all of which are part of our ever more polarised world we live in today."

"For the first time, I took full artistic control by playing most of the instruments myself as well as recording alone, often in one take in that magical moment when the song was just written and played through for the first time in all its rawness and wonder."

"I set myself a goal for 'Luminous' - to create the space to allow myself to channel the purest, truest songs that I possibly can with no filter or need to please anyone but my artistic self. I am deeply proud of these 11 songs and now they belong to you."

"My greatest thanks and appreciation to my family for their love and support."

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released May 22, 2019

All instruments and vocals by Eric Eckhart*.
All songs written by Eric Eckhart except "When I Was A Girl" written by Eric Eckhart and Finn Eckhart Okamura (age 2).
Recorded, engineered, mixed and produced by Eric Eckhart**.
Recorded at Keller4 Tonstudio in Berlin, Germany.
Very special thanks to Arne Bergner whose guidance, training and support made this album possible.
Mastered by Rocco Weise.
**Naked - recorded, engineered, mixed and produced by Nina Hynes.
Released by A Headful of Bees
Special thanks to Ken Burke.


*Musicians:
Eric Eckhart - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, piano, synthesizers, xylophone, percussion, string arrangements
Sara Thögersen - violin on "The Radio", "The Fire Song" and "A Homecoming", string arrangements on "A Homecoming"
Matthias Wegen - accordion
Georgia Cusack - vocals on "Fado" and "All I Ever Want"
Nina Hynes - synthesizers, vocals on "Naked"
Oona Day - vocals on "Over and Over"
Arne Bergner - space guitar on "5 Small Things"
Lothar Ohlmeier- saxophone on "Naked"
Rebekka Hempel - violin on "Over and Over"
People's Orchestra on "A Homecoming" - what it might sound like when your life flashes before your eyes. Recorded by Arne Bergner and Timo Myxa at GM26 Café/Bar, Steglitz featuring: Friederike Lilien Abitz, Sara Thögersen, Robert Charles Wimpory, Sam Wareing, Wigand Kuck, Saschinka, Sabine Menzel, Juergen Menzel, Celine Cullum, Fynn Cullum, James Scholfield, Natascha Roth, Emily Roth, Matthias Wegen, Timo Myxa, Arne Bergner, Katharina, Änne Troester, Julia Zoephel, Annina Pfennig, Merle Falk, Michele Milanesi, Julian Baasch

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Eric Eckhart's songs delve deep into the extremes of human emotions and soar in epic melodies that embrace a classic style of songwriting that somehow manage to be both reminiscent and utterly unique.

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Track Name: When I Was A Girl
When I was a girl
When I was a babe inside the womb
I only knew what love was
I only knew the truth

When I was a girl
When I was a baby just like you
I always knew what love was
I always knew the truth
Sing

The pain is gone
The pain
Like a shotgun barring down all around

When I was a boy
When I hid away inside my room
I never knew what love was
I never knew the truth

When I was a boy
When the shyness kept me from my youth
Along the closet wall I carved my love for you
Sing

The hate is gone
The hate
Had me crushed and kept me bound to this town
The hate is gone
The hate
Like a shotgun barring down all around
We were born to find true love
Heaven knows I would have died for you

When I was a man
When the loving arms of death took me
That's when I knew who I was
That's when my heart broke free

The pain is gone
The pain
Had me crushed and kept me bound to this town
The hate is gone
The hate
Like a shotgun barring down all around
We were born to find true love
Heaven knows I would have died for you
We were born to find true love
Heaven knows I would have died for you
Track Name: The Radio
There’s a song they play on the radio when I’m alone
When I’m driving home in the darkest hour before the dawn
In the verse I hear your name and I’m carried back again
to when you held me while the world came falling down
And on the radio I can drown in your sweet sound

On the radio I am taken back to that place
when your love was strong and you won my heart in the middle 8
There is nothing more to say when you’re 7 worlds away
and the past is all but buried in the ground
But on the radio I can drown in your sweet sound

I get high when I hear your name
I can fly through the hurt and pain
I won’t ever let go
No I’ll never let go my radio

In the final verse there’s a line that gets me every time
If I could take back one moment it would be goodbye
For all the wisdom that we learn
there is nothing that will burn
like the silence as love goes sailing by
And on the radio I can drown in your sweet sound
On the radio I can drown in your sweet sound

Please carry me home
Take me back, take me back by the river
Down in that sweet valley
Please carry me home
Take me back, take me back, take me back
Take me home down by the river
Please
Track Name: Connect
You ate Mishkaki down in Dar es Salaam
while I learned to say "fuck it" from the 14th Lama
I was so young and so unprotected
You were so hip and so unexpected
You spent your days with right-wing baristas
I was radicalized by the Sandinistas
You thought "I love you" meant that I would change
I thought "forever" meant you'd stay the same

Chorus:
We can't connect, our frequency's tuned out
What's it all about?
It's harder than we know, It's harder than we know
We're older now, the wisdom's running out
Such a turnabout!
We're stronger than we know, we're stronger than we know

I fell in love with a girl north of Houston
I never could tell her I was too tongue tied then
An once with a bookworm I was primed and ready
I think that she loved me but I was unsteady
Then there was the girl from the restaurant
we shared secrets and cigs in a dark corner lot
Alone in her room playing Mad Libs and hoping
but we were too scared so many lines unspoken

Chorus

Life is a series of small random moments
you either embrace or prepare to be broken
Will you know love when it looks in your face?
Will you take the leap or run for the gate?
Flashbacks of past lives all bound up together
slip in and out like the snow fallen weather
Ours is a fate of competing emotions
the feast of the flesh or undying devotion

Chorus

We're strong, we're strong
We're stronger than we know
We're stronger than we know
We're strong, we're strong
We're stronger than we know
We're stronger than we know
Track Name: Fado
Days go, fire low, forgetting the way home
Waiting on the moon glow
Stars show, love leaves, all alone
Everybody knows

When all you want and all I want
It’s all dividing me
The tangled voices tearing free

Deep space beyond me, inside me, beside me
Learning how to let go
Fado, love screams, scared ghost
Waiting on the moon

When all you want and all I want
It’s all dividing me

I’m shaking out, I’m finding how, I’m breaking now. I’m near the void.

Fado, Fado, Fado

Death knows, lost hope
Rescue, take hold
Sing it in the last note, safe home
The wild beast, laid low
The light
Track Name: All I Ever Want
You read me like a diary
I’m losing all my boundaries
You’re swallowing
The knife bleeds
I’m lying next you

I need another way home
You need another day alone
I’m writing down the last things
I’m ever gonna do

Even the sea will know the truth
All I ever want is you

I’m dreaming I’m behind you
I really want to fight you
I’m battling the darkness
I’m falling into you

Even the sea will know the truth
All I ever want is you

Even the sea will know the truth
we’re in an undertow of blue
I feel forever breaking loose
when all I ever wanted was you

And all I want is you
And all I want is you
And all I want is

Even the sea will know the truth
Even the sea will know the truth
when all I ever wanted was you
Track Name: 5 Small Things
I went back to where the impact blew a crater in our hearts
5 small things that made alarm bells ring and threw our love off track
Life capsized and all the sparks that fly we ain’t never getting back

I’ve been thinkin’ ‘bout the stones, all the bodies and the bones they call tonight
La da da, La da da da

Christ, I tried to fill the space inside
I was failure’s greatest friend
If I repair the cracks in me I swear I will never die again
Would you put back in you what made you love me so back when we first began

I’ve been thinkin’ ‘bout the stones, all the bodies and the bones they call tonight
La da da, La da da da

I’ve been thinkin’ ‘bout the stones, all the bodies and the bones
I can’t help thinkin’ ‘bout the stones, all the bodies and the bones
I can’t stop thinkin’ ‘bout the stones, all the bodies and the bones

They call tonight
La da da, La da da da

I went back to where the impact blew
I went back to where the impact blew
5 small things that made alarm bells ring
5 small things that made alarm bells ring
Track Name: Naked
Everyone can see
see all of me

Nothing in between
naked, me

Everyone looking
in disbelief

Everyone looking
in disbelief

Skin, hair, breath, heat
every piece of me

Skin, hair, breath, heat
every piece of me

Every flaw, every wound
every year, every curve
I hear them whispering

My sweat is fear - my shaking, shame
Why do I feel this way?

My sweat is fear - my shaking, shame
Why do I feel this way?

For here I am, me
naked, me
For here I am, me
naked, me
No one has a hold on me
No one has a hold on me
No one has a hold on me
No one has a hold on me

Here I am
Track Name: The Fire Song
In blinding light the spell breaks
You said farewell
I heard you well
But all the love stayed

Make a promise for a better life
Feed obsession
Chase the light
We were almost true
Almost

Let it die
Forgiveness won
The fire burns forever young
The broken heart erased

Only love can light the song
Only love can right the wrong
Only love the Fire Song
Track Name: Over And Over
Sleep now
Hide the hurt away
Leave it for today
No more talking

Slow down
Breath with me again
Find your secret friend
Feel our heart beat over and over

Time wants to only race ahead
No matter what's been said
Hearts no better
Love needs to find a sacred home
Shelter from the storm
Swirling 'round us

Chorus:
Over and over
Words will fail where tough is healing
Over and over
Silence soothes the hardest feelings

Slow down
Breath with me again
Find your secret friend
Feel our heartbeat
Love needs to find a sacred home
Shelter from the storm
Swirling 'round us

Chorus

Sleep now
Hide the hurt away
Leave it for today
No more talking
Over and over
Over and over
Track Name: I Stand With Love
Hard times come
See the lonely girls they die to catch the sun
Hard times stay
All the poor boys hide their tears and masquerade
Well tonight, I am far from my hometown
Where am I?
Someone tell me I’m alright

I’m tired of smiling
Even babies are allowed to cry at night
Leave me be
Go away with all your hateful ways you’re treating me
'Cause I know nobody can tell me, “everything will be alright”

Well I stood up
Loosed my tongue
I can’t sit back
The war’s begun
I don’t have much
But I have my voice
I’ve had enough
I’ve made my choice
I stand with you and not with them
Which side you on?
Which side my friend?

I stand with love
I stand with love

Will you lift your hand to those in need?
Will you give shelter to those who flee?
With open arms?
No walls around?
Love is resistance
Love won’t be bound

I stand with love
I stand with love
Love
Track Name: A Homecoming
Worn out boots with handmade suit
Our homecoming parade
Paper wings, my hands shaking
First kiss I still can taste

Devil's Cave on rainy days
The sun on Greenbo lake
In wooden box your hair, my lock
A treasure I always saved

Friday nights under Fairfield lights
Hail Mary's final play
New Wave songs, so young so strong
That boy feels a lifetime away

Ritter Park at midnight dark
The shyness starts to fade
Small town dreams
Your hand, my ring
I still remember those days

Front porch swing
The Locust sing
We all must break away
Time to stand from boy to man
Those years so quickly slip away

In the end only love will go on
In the end only love will go on
In the end only love will go on
In the end only love will go on
In the end only love will go on
In the end only love will go on
In the end only love will go on

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