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This song was written one evening several years ago while experimenting with a loop pedal at home. The hypnotic riff came to me one night, and when I got home from work the following day I recorded it and began playing it back while layering melody parts over it.
The visual concept came to me as an aural representation of the experience of witnessing fireflies in the summer time. My friend and fellow songwriter and singer Cayce Young was with me at the time and we both sat down and wrote separate lyrics for the song.
For some reason she deferred to my lyrical efforts and upon taking them in hand, began to sing them into the mike above the looped parts. Her melody drew from the layers and was so beautiful that I recorded her singing it. Later I would often listen to it on my tape recorder while driving.
A little over a year passed before I revisited the song and discovered that more lyrics were ready to be written.
As I often perform live and never yet with a loop pedal, I sat down and tried different variations, keys, and positions in which to play the main riff and one of the main harmony parts that I had looped over it in succession instead of concurrently as with the loop.
I also stumbled onto a bridge section that was needed to flesh out the music in live performance which compensated for the layered melodies that I could not perform all at once.
I still see fireflies when I sing the song. And along with writing credit goes my appreciation to Cayce Young for bringing the melody on the verses to life.
I still hope to involve some more of the layered melodies as I think you will like what they do when played over the riff.


This is so new
I know what to do
I've got to thread through the tangle
I need to climb to the blue

These windows of sense
I cannot explain
drawn on this primal heat
awoke in the day

Sun going down
Tall grass a road
the music inside me burns
I'll give it away

My breath is deep
too small to compare
glowing like jewels
fit to grace
the night air

My moment has come
soon will be done
rejoice in the rising breeze
until it's gone

I cannot speak!
I cannot refrain!
nor turn from the coming night
will I rise again

This is my peace
my given name
lit like a fire
will I rise again

This is so new
I know what to do
rejoice in the here and now
until it's through


from Dragonfly Season, released November 25, 2013
All lyrics and music written and performed by Spencer Scholes but for the vocal melody on the verses which was written by Cayce Young. all rights reserved 2013



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Spencer Scholes Durham, North Carolina

Spencer Scholes writes songs hefted from the weight of experience, painted with hues of imagination, and tempered by the sting of sharp self examination. Softer sounds in his recordings conceal the foothills of volcanic stage energy. Currently, Spencer is touring nationally in support of his debut solo album Dragonfly Season. ... more

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