Cracks - Music from The Julie Cycle

by Louis Lagalante

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Music composed for and inspired by The Julie Cycle by Poltergeist Theatre Project. Re-ordered and re-constructed to reveal the heart song inside of me that gave birth to these compositions.For each song, I've written some companion free verse, which you can read in each song's description. You can read the entire companion verse at the end of these notes (click "more...")

I am releasing this album on September 8th, 2019, because I believe it is ready to stand on its own as a piece. My hope is that it will be a living album. I hope that other artists will find themselves inspired to improve or expand upon some of these songs. When a song changes due to such a collaboration - spontaneous or planned - this album will be updated to reflect it. Follow the progress of the living album here - www.louislagalante.com/cracks-living-album-history

The Julie Cycle is a theater piece that challenges us to do the hard work required to break the cycles of abuse that we all have found ourselves caught in. I believe that such work takes many forms, and one of them is collaborative artmaking. "Cracks - Music from the Julie Cycle" is an honest expression of my heart, an invitation to collaborate, and (I hope) a useful tool in the collective effort to transcend the broken world we've found.

**Companion Verse**
Memetic joy, dimly recalled:
Burning fires &&&&
Selves unbridled

Yearly once and never more

I know and I know and
I always know
What we ought
Is what I'm not

Seeking the cell
Of a fuller, truer self

Impossibly tired

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No lower
No longer

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We rise and we rise and
We always rise

It's not what we want
It's just what we must

Here below the lowest heaven
Seated right where we rose
Held, as if with tender hand,
In comfortable repose

Tranquil comfort suddenly cold
What was new, now very old

The gentle prince sleeps above
the world's unquenchable fire
Eyelids kissed by rosy crimson light
bleeding into starry-eyed dreams

The furious princess stands below,
the world's betrothed, older than fire,
Arms outstretched and ready to fight,
their bleeding her starry-eyed dream

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A dying light, purely human, floats between,
shining upon the greedy world around,
Submitting itself first to be consumed
before seeing — finally, truthfully, freely...

To shine brightly upon others
Illuminates the world from without,
Robs the light of its own shine,

But to shine brightly, completely,
For others to see and maybe touch,
Illuminates the world from within, and
Robs the darkness of its home inside

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released September 8, 2019

Album art by Josh Steele - www.joshsteeleart.com - for Poltergeist Theatre Project.

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SONG DETAILS
"Dancing, Dancing" presented as-is from The Julie Cycle. Recorded and mix-mastered with Spire Studio by iZotope.

"Scurrying Away" derived from "Scurrying (20 Minute Intermission Mix)" from The Julie Cycle. Composed in Groovebox by Ampify, constructed in Ableton Live, mastered using AudioMaster Pro by Future Moments.

"Passion Throes &&&& Almost Ecstasy" derived from "Passion Throes" and an unused version of "Kristin's Ecstasy" from The Julie Cycle. Composed in Groovebox by Ampify, constructed in Ableton Live, mastered using AudioMaster Pro by Future Moments.

"Underneath" derived from "Scurrying (20 Minute Intermission Mix)" from The Julie Cycle. Composed in Groovebox by Ampify, constructed in Ableton Live, mastered using AudioMaster Pro by Future Moments.

"Liminal Space" presented as-is from The Julie Cycle. Composed in Groovebox by Ampify, constructed in Ableton Live, mastered using AudioMaster Pro by Future Moments.

"Starry Eyed" composed as a soundscape inspired by The Julie Cycle. Material from "Starry Eyed" appears throughout the Julie Cycle cues. Recorded and mix-mastered with Spire Studio by iZotope.

"Scurrying Around" derived from "Scurrying (20 Minute Intermission Mix)" from The Julie Cycle. Composed in Groovebox by Ampify, constructed in Ableton Live, mastered using AudioMaster Pro by Future Moments.

"The Healing Place" presented as-is from The Julie Cycle. Composed in Groovebox by Ampify, constructed in Ableton Live, mastered using AudioMaster Pro by Future Moments.

"Clarity" presented as-is from The Julie Cycle, where it was titled "Kristin's Ecstasy." Composed in Groovebox by Ampify, constructed in Ableton Live, mastered using AudioMaster Pro by Future Moments.

"Midsummer (Renewal)" presented as-is from The Julie Cycle. Composed and played in Klimper by POLYDIGM Software UG, recorded, mixed, and mastered in MultiTrack DAW for iOS by Harmonicdawg.

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Louis Lagalante San Francisco, California

A life-long lover of rock music and larger-than-life drama, composer and lyricist Louis Lagalante is a passionate storyteller dedicated to finding truth through the collaborative creation of music and theater.

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Track Name: Dancing, Dancing (Round the Fire)
Dancing, dancing,
Round the fire burning here between us
Making merry, drinking wine,
Only joy between us

Night, oh night, o joyful night,
Reaping the harvest as we plant once more
Night, oh night, o joyful night,
Raising our drinks to ecstasy reborn
Track Name: Scurrying Away
(instrumental)
Track Name: Passion Throes &&&& Almost Ecstasy
(instrumental)
Track Name: Underneath
(instrumental)
Track Name: Liminal Space
(instrumental)
Track Name: Starry Eyed
(instrumental)
Track Name: Scurrying Around
(instrumental)
Track Name: The Healing Place
(instrumental)
Track Name: Clarity
(instrumental)
Track Name: Midsummer (Renewal)
(instrumental)

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