Luminous

by Eric Eckhart

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1.
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
2.
The Radio 04:09
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
3.
Connect 04:28
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
4.
Fado 03:35
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Naked 03:41
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
A Homecoming 03:55
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

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."

credits

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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