Hopeful Monsters

by Charlie Nieland

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Hopeful Monsters is populated with songs written for The Bushwick Book Club, a songwriter's book club based in Brooklyn NY. Each song is inspired by a different book or short story by authors like Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allen Poe, Jonathan Ames, David Lynch and more. Some put you right in with the characters, with the music as storyteller; others explore tangents implied by the book and magnify details into song sized digressions; still others find a mythic implication in the original material and blow the idea open into a widescreen musical form. Charlie Nieland has created a set of songs that are musical scores to their own literary movies. Who says no one reads anymore?

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released September 28, 2016

Hopeful Monsters

1. Nothing (4:19)
2. Emperor (4:27)
3. Lost In Space (4:13)
4. Sacred King (4:42)
5. Splitting (3:54)
6. Passion Of The Lovers (4:24)
7. Hopeful Monsters (5:13)
8. Lady Ligeia (4:22)
9. Pickett's Charge (3:58)

All songs inspired by books read for the Bushwick Book Club

Written, Produced, Engineered and Mastered by Charlie Nieland in Brooklyn NY at Charlie Nieland Productions 2015-2016

Cover Art and Design by T-L Reid

Charlie Nieland: 6 & 12 String Acoustic Guitars, Bowed and Plucked Electric Guitars, Bowed and Plucked 4 and 8 String Basses, Autoharp, Lap Steel, Piano, MTron Virtual Mellotron, Korg MS20 Synth, Electric Piano, Drum Kit, Percussion, Handclaps, Programming, Vocals

Susan Hwang: Accordion (4, 7, 9), Janggu Drum (1, 4, 8), Handclaps (4), Vocals (1, 4, 5, 7)

Mia Pixley: Cello (2, 3, 6)

Storm Garner: Violin (1, 6)

Jessie Kilguss: Vocals (7), Harmonium (8)

Thanks to Susan Hwang for inspiring the whole thing with the Bushwick Book Club and so much more, Ronan Conroy, Barbie Lackey, Bob Appel, Antonio Huerta, LG, Daniel Cousins, Marlon Cherry, Matt Johnson, Storm Garner, Jessie Kilguss, Palmyra Delran, Rachelle Garniez, Ellia Bisker, Mia Pixley, Paul Shellack, T-L Reid, Oh Halo, Her Vanished Grace and Jan Nieland. Dedicated to Richard Nieland.

© 2016 Athame Music

Charlie Nieland:
charlienieland.com

Charlie and Susan are Lusterlit:
facebook.com/lusterlit

Bushwick Book Club:
bushwickbookclub.com

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Charlie Nieland Brooklyn, New York

Musician/producer Charlie Nieland creates a variety of cinematic music. Engaging the boundless creativity within his musical community, including the duo Lusterlit and the band Her Vanished Grace, he reaches for an ever widening range of songcraft and textured sound. ... more

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Track Name: Nothing
Nothing

I
I am nothing
I am nothing in the end

There
There's no trying
There's no trying to pretend

And it's all just the ocean or the fire or the wind
And the unbounded motion doesn't end or begin
And it's breaking you open when you're diving within
But your heart isn't frozen

There
There is nothing
There is nothing to defend

They say don't worry about the darkness
Cause the light will return
And the fire takes the likeness
Of all that it burns

But this drunken boat is lost now
And I'm lashed by the tides
Washed away in the ocean

I am nothing
I am nothing

And the fire you will learn takes the shape of what burns
Track Name: I Am Your Emperor
I Am Your Emperor

It's all so fantastic
You're so plugged in that it's hard to believe

But isn't it tragic
You cannot feel what you cannot perceive

And all your attention
Scattered and holding you down like the weights round your neck

So strike up the music
I'm here to set you on fire

I am your emperor
I am your conqueror

Now everything's even
Even the words that fall out of your mouth

Blasted by reason
The things that you can't figure out

But I am here now
Banishing thoughts like the sirens that wail in your mind

And up to the ceiling
I am defying your gravity

I am your emperor
I am your conqueror

Who will be my bride?
Track Name: Lost In Space
Lost In Space

The world it stopped spinning
I should have told you everything

I'm growing stronger and lonely every day
I can only watch you drift away

The light inside is hidden from your view
I'm here to reflect it back to you

Lost in space
Is there a way, from this place
To find you again

Lost in space
Sending signals home
Like Laika all alone

And all I can remember
I should have told you everything

Lost in space
Is there a way, from this place
To find you again

Lost in space
Sending signals home
Like Laika all alone

Orbiting the sky
Without knowing why
Sending signals home
Take me down
Track Name: Sacred King
Sacred King

When all that's left is mendacity
When you are broken, you can lean on me
You're waiting for the click, well I am here
To sing the siren song, whispered in your ear

Holding on to what you cannot touch
You must let go
It's just a crutch

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

This cat will hold on, you will not take less
The gown I wore was grandma's wedding dress
But now you don't want what the family needs
And take your place on the throne beside me

And now Daddy dies
Like a Sacred King
So there will be
One more Spring

Oh dance with me
Take your place in the tree. It will be

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

You lose yourself
In the Echo Spring
And greed and avarice
Seem to be everything
And now Daddy dies
Like a Sacred King
And so it's your turn
To do this very thing

Avarice, avarice, greed, greed, greed, greed
Track Name: Splittlng
Splitting

Wake up. Wake.
Wake up. Wake.

Forgot how to become yourself
And you find that you're sure there's no one else to let you
Know you used to know
Try to remember
The way to find your other mind
Bind them together

Wake up. Wake.
Wake up. Wake.

And when kindness makes you fall apart
Because love makes it hard to hurt yourself but in the
Dark it's just a spark
Try to remember
The way you find the other mind
Bind them together

So broken
Can this broken mirror break your fall?

Forgot how to become yourself
And you find that you're sure you've got me to let you know
You used to know
Try to remember
The way to find your other mind
Bind them together
But in the dark it's just a spark
Try to remember
The way to find your other mind
Track Name: Passion Of The Lovers
Passion Of the Lovers

Noah
Found the girl in Florida

Came to dance with
A pirate and a warrior

"So we meet again."

She ran to the mantle
Grasping the blade by the handle

All your dreams, all your nightmares
All the is darkness is becoming clear

Pilar had to flee Santiago
Now her heart has been exchanged for the ship she stole

And all she knows

She crossed swords and she parried
With this man that she married

All your fears, all your battles
All these kisses have you rattled

The passion of the lovers
As they capture one another

All your fears, all your battles
All my kisses have you rattled

The passion of the lovers
As they capture one another

The passion of the lovers
Track Name: Hopeful Monsters
Hopeful Monsters

What you know is true
The future's coming back for you
There's a captain with no chart
To find a place for you to start

One mistake or one mutation
Will make the perfect situation
And save the day for those who saw
Their life contain the perfect flaw

The future, they say she waits for no one
But a million years from now
You won't believe the place she made
For you and me
And all that you have to do is go on
And make your big mistake and then create
The world you couldn't help but make

In this time of hopeful monsters
With cravings that are constant
But distant relatives will win
With smaller brains and bigger fins

The future, they say she waits for no one
But a million years from now
You won't believe the place she made
For you and me
And all that you have to do is go on
And make your big mistake and then create

One million years is long
Complications will be gone
No one will sing this song

La la la la la la la la la.....
Track Name: Lady Ligeia
Lady Ligeia

La la lady Ligeia

Lady Ligeia
White as ivory
Blackest hair and strangely divine

Her voice was music
I lost myself in
Those luminous eyes

La la lady Ligeia

Lady Ligeia
She knew secrets
The vastness of form

Her voice was the deepest
But she was fading
In the rush of the storm

The night that she died
She told me
As she grew so ill

"We yield ourselves to the Angels
We only die because our feeble will"

We only die because our feeble will

After months of aimless wandering
I found myself in darkest grandeur
An abbey in the deepest England
Driven by my heart abandoned

Marrying fair haired Rowena
I led her from the wedding alter
To the cursed bridal chamber
Never to replace Ligeia

Lofty walls and ghastly figures
Haunted her into the bedroom
She fell ill into the fever
My opium dreams they came and took me

She grew pale and then she grew still
Grief took me then she awakened
Raven black tresses fell down the bed
There she was no longer dead

La la lady Ligeia
La la lady Ligeia
Track Name: Pickett's Charge
Pickett's Charge

Waves of fire like flowers bloom
In the drifting clouds on Seminary Ridge
Sliding down the long afternoon
To the end

He said the Lord will come for you in his own time
As if these triggers pulled themselves
And the music of cannon fire
Scores the scene
Where we die for nothing

Falling down
We'll hold the line
Til the end

But the Lord won't come for me, not this time
We chose this way to hell
While the music of cannon fire
Scores the scene
Where we die for nothing