Humming Towards the Sublime

by A Mark Ettinger Moment

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this album is dedicated to my mother, Margaret Foerster Ettinger, who always sings and dances, and first showed me how

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released September 10, 2013

A Mark Ettinger Moment:

Mark Ettinger - vocals, guitars, basses, piano, harmonium, RH of tuba
Kate Copeland – vocals (2,4,8,9,10)
Rachelle Garniez – vocals (4,5,9)
Kate Marvin – vocals (1,4,5,9)
Steve Goulding – drums (1,4,5,9)
Jason Burger – drums (2,3,10)
BBQ Bob Pomeroy – mouth harps & quips
Corey Dansereaux - trumpets, vocals (2)
Nick Finzer – trombones, mouth of tuba



Brass arranged by Alexei Karamazov

Harmony vox written by Kate C (1,2,8,10), Rachelle and Kate M (4&5), all three (9)



Recorded at Meenhaga, silver lake NH; The Lethe Lounge, NYC, engineer: The Great Condescendo.

add'l vox recorded at (the cabin in) Port Townsend, WA.



Produced by Mark Ettinger

Mixed and mastered in Woodstock by Mark Dann



Special thanks to this Great Band, Kate Copeland, Rachelle, Kate Marvin, my family for everything, the Royal Famille DuCaniveaux, Chen, Kiyota, Mark Dann, and Kat.

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Track Name: O My God
Lift your nose up to the breeze
See those wildflowers making melodies
You say you never hear the sun
I say stay still long enough, hear it singing in everyone
Oh my God – so many signs
You’re beautiful, inscrutable, infused with the divine
Oh my God – do you believe it’s time
Are we afraid to turn water into wine
Oh my God – Oh, my God …

Wrap yourself in a poem, yeah let it be
I’ll pluck out a tune to keep it company
We trace that line between art and lies
But darling we’re here to make love, not humble pies –
Oh my God – so many signs
You’re beautiful, inscrutable, infused with the divine
Oh my God – I do believe it’s time
The softest touch will turn this water into wine
Oh my God – Oh, my God …

When peace comes dropping slow at last
Fill me up, I’m a drinking glass
And when that cup is passed around
Will you take it up – and drink it down?
Will you – will you – will you –
Take it up?

Hold my hand, show me what you hope
I’ll twist us up a bed from all this broken rope
All those precious dreams, this iron crown
Toss them overboard, laugh ‘em all the way down
Oh my God – so many signs
You’re beautiful, inscrutable, infused with the divine
Oh my God – yeah loosen up these lines
I wanna feel these gentle ripples, these endless open rhymes
Oh my God - it must be time
The evening sun will light this water ruby wine
Oh my God – Oh, my God …
Track Name: Sleep Slowly Take Us
Sleep slowly take us in this little bed
All the stuff that rolls around and round and round
and fills your head
Let it go now, ah let it go now
Let it go

Peace slowly take us in this little bed
We toss and turn, half waking,
half remembering what was said
Let it go now, ah let it go now
Let it go

All the loneliness that rises
All the storms that surge inside
All the crazy that we swim through
on this chromosomal tide
every broken-open vow,
And all the desperate lies we tried
oh tonight, here with me
yeah tonight, here with me
oh tonight, here with me
Let it go

stirring and awaking to the softness of your face
a mockingbird, a sparrow, dawn comes through the lace
Let it go now, ah let it go now
Let it go
Let it go now, ah let it go now
Oh tonight, here with me
tonight, here with me
yeah tonight, here with me
Let it go
Let it go
Track Name: I Don't Need Alcohol
I don’t need alcohol
To be drunk in the morning
Drunk with you - drunk on you

I’d sip whiskey ‘til the party ends
Stir mint juleps with your weirdo friends
I’d roll with Bacchus to catch Aphrodite’s eye
I’d down a rum martini, stirred not shaken, extra dry, but …
I don’t need alcohol
To be drunk in the morning
Drunk with you - drunk on you

Sip Potion Number Nine and tonic
From your lips my love
Lick lilac wine melancholic
From your fingertips my dove
(Nectar flowing in the Halls Above)
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I’d ask Baudelaire to share a rare Margaux
Request Rasputin to distill me a potato
Heard ‘Ol Blue Eyes get no kick from champagne
but I’d nurse a Leffe Blonde
in which to dip my Madeleine, oh…
I don’t need alcohol
To be drunk in the morning
Drunk with you - drunk on you

Those Sufi mystics look to wine for the Truth
But ‘Lectric Kool-aid’s got more zing! than Vermouth;
I’d boil up Mezcal with the Lone De-Ranger,
I’ve heard that Absinthe make the art grow stranger, but
I don’t need alcohol
don’t need nothing at all –
Even the Holy Grail would be a waste
If but a drop should wash your taste …
So salty sweet – like ocean dew
To be drunk in the morning
Drunk with you – drunk on you!
Track Name: Bedclothes (of the Lord)
I will sleep in the bedclothes of the Lord
He doesn’t need them anymore
I’ll gather all in from the cold
tuck ‘em in, young and old,
I will sleep in the bedclothes of the Lord

I will sleep, I will sleep
I will sleep in the bedclothes of the Lord

I will build with the nails of the Lord
Pull them straight from the ruddy boards
I will build a shrine to love
No walls around, no roof above
I will build with the nails of the Lord

I will walk in the shoes of the Lord
There’s 10,000 piled by the shower door
I’ll put ‘em on to better stand
To better seek the promised land
I will walk in the shoes of the Lord

I’ll be filled with the light of the Lord
Votice candles, 3 for $5, at the corner store
Through that face the flame will shine
on the wafer and the wine
I’ll be filled with the light of the Lord

Sister sing with the voice of the lord
It’s your voice, brother, let it roar
A blaze of light in every word
In cry of beast, song of bird
Sister sing with the voice of the lord
Track Name: Breakfast Time
Breakfast time, delight sublime
Everybody loves breakfast time
It’s fine in the kitchen, rocking on your feet
Or served up in bed, hot and sweet;
Everybody loves breakfast time

This jelly roll is bumpy
This honey moves so slow
This porridge is so lumpy
Feed me baby ‘fore it’s time to go

This cocoa is so creamy
These peaches are so soft
This muffin is so steamy
Feed me baby ‘fore it’s time to go

Feed me baby, feed me
Feed me baby, feed me
Feed me baby, feed me
Feed me baby ‘fore it’s time to go

Corn pone and a fine ripe cherry
When I’m bad, make mine hot cross buns
Somedays, I’ll try a bloody mary
Feed me baby ‘fore it’s time to go

Feed me baby, feed me
Feed me baby, feed me
Feed me baby, feed me
Feed me baby ‘fore it’s time to go

Breakfast time, rise and shine,
Everybody loves breakfast time
By the picture window, in an overstuffed chair
Or out on the lawn, let the bunnies stare, oh
Everybody loves breakfast time
Everybody loves breakfast time
Track Name: Redeemer
I know that my redeemer lives
Born again on some rocky road
I know that my redeemer lives
And those loving arms I’ll hold

Jesus may have died in pain
Two Marys wept on Gallilea
For all the beauty of The Word
I don’t want no one to die for me

Some see Truth in the sunlit hills
In a fugue of Bach, in daffodils
Some know God a roaring fire
raging in a book of blood and ire

Some look big and some look small:
See the rolling stars in a toddler’s ball
You may pray beyond the sky
But Grace flows to me through the other’s eye

I know that my redeemer lives
Wandering sweet and wandering slow
And when she comes around again
Those loving arms I’ll hold
Track Name: Will You Come Down?
Will you come down?
Down to greet me
Arm in arm, under the elm trees

Show me your eyes
Open them wholly
I’ll show you mine
Under the elm trees
Ah – meet me under the elm trees

Long dark limbs end in shadows green
Of all the lovers you have sheltered
Is this the rarest kiss you’ve seen?
Oh fragile dream
Rising within all living things

Will you come down?
Down to greet me
Arm in arm, under the elm trees
For the sweetest kiss that ever could be
Meet me under the elm trees
Track Name: Mother
Mother, you wander, by dreamland

“Where do you go, where do you lead?
I will follow, follow follow
life’s a flower, bloom to seed
I will follow, follow”

“take me to the park my son,
where you played as a boy;
the elms so high and we so small
we’ll feed the squirrels on the wall
the clouds will run and hide
we’ll watch it all flow by”

Mother, you’re floating, in mem’ries

What light you see, What tune you hear?
I will follow, follow follow
life’s a songbird in your ear
I will follow, follow

“help me find the way my child
my past a hazy cloud;
less real this moment than my dreams
I swim in circles in between
a little girl that cries
watches through my eyes”

Rage, rage, against the dying light
Do not go gentle, do not go gentle
Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage!
I will follow, follow

Mother you’re drifting, in twilight
you wander … Mother … mother … mother …
Track Name: Sway
Sway sway sway
Let that groove help you thru your day
Sway sway sway
Let that groove help you thru your day

Well you might be as old as Moses
And you might be as old as the clay,
But when that beat drop into your bone
You’re like a child on the first of May
ah ah ah ah aaah

Sway …

Well your feet may feel like stones
And your back like a burning tree
But when that beat drop into your bone
You’re like a jailbird soaring free
ah ah ah ah aaah

Sway …

Well you might be cold and frozen
And your voice maybe cracked and dry
But when that beat drop into your bone
You’re like a band on the fourth of July
ah ah ah ah aaah

Sway …
Track Name: All Your Tomorrows
May all your tomorrows
Be as bright as today
Lay down your favorite sorrows
Hold hands and float away

May your evenings
flow so simply
from laughs and songs to love
may your nights roll so tenderly
by the glow of the moon, smiling down from above

And when morning gently wakes you
to each other may you say:
“May all your tomorrows
Be as bright as today”