The Beacon

by Alice Bierhorst

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If Elvis Costello and Carole King had an angel baby. Dream-chamber pop produced by The Universal Thump. Indebted to Burt Bacharach and The Brill Building, Stephen Sondheim, the American Songbook, art song and Laura Nyro.

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released February 12, 2016

Alice Bierhorst: vocals, piano
Greta Gertler Gold: backing vocals (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9), string arrangements (Tracks 1 and 4), horn/woodwind arrangement (Track 7), choir arrangement (Track 6), piano effects (Track 9)
Adam D. Gold: drums, percussion, vibraphone (Tracks 3 and 9), string arrangements (Tracks 2, 5, 6, 8 and 9), French Horn arrangements (Tracks 2 and 6), additional engineering
Barney McAll: piano, Wurlitzer, tack piano (Track 10), horn arrangements (Tracks 1 and 3)
Jonathan Maron: bass

String Quartet on Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9:
Olivier Manchon: violin
Alex Fortes: violin
Anne Lanzilotti: viola
Andrea Lee: cello

Horns/Woodwinds:
John Ellis: tenor sax (Tracks 1 and 3), flute (Tracks 1, 3 and 7), bass clarinet (Track 7)
Ken Thomson: baritone sax (Tracks 1 and 3), clarinet (Track 7)
J. Walter Hawkes: trombone (Tracks 1 and 3)
Eric C. Davis: French Horn (Tracks 2 and 6)

Guitars:
Oren Bloedow: acoustic and electric guitars (Tracks 2, 4, 5 and 7)
Phil Sterk: pedal steel (Tracks 2 and 7)

Additional Vocals:
Choir on "Not Like The Movies": Greta Gertler Gold, Emily Hurst, Serena Jost, Deb Adler Poppel, Rebecca Pronsky, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Deidre Rodman Struck
Rod Alonzo: guest vocal on Track 5
Mirabelle Struck: guest vocal on Track 10

Produced by: The Universal Thump (Greta Gertler Gold and Adam D. Gold)

Recorded by Kabir Harmon at The Magic Shop; Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad; Rich Bennett at Acme Studios; Adam D. Gold at Oh Real Yum.
Mixed by: Bryce Goggin at Trout Recording
Mastered by: Paul Gold at Salt Mastering

Photography: Front and back covers, bird dress and closed-eyes portrait by Todd Chalfant
Design: Marisa Rolish

produced by The Universal Thump

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Alice Bierhorst New York, New York

Alice Bierhorst is a visionary singer and songmaker. Ethereal and earthy, tender and tough, her music draws upon classical music, 60's and 70's pop, roots rock, Tin Pan Alley, and dreamy indie folk. Debussy, Kate Bush, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Nick Drake, Brian Wilson, Judee Sill in the mix. A voice clear and plaintive, airy and grounded, full of wonder, tenderness and love. ... more

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Track Name: Our Work Is Never Done
Our Work Is Never Done
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

Our work is never done
Our work is never
It’s never, ever done
It’s like we’ve just begun
To carry on

Living, dying
Giving, crying
Calling, singing
Falling, swinging
Rushing, rocking
Hushing, talking
Coming, going
And on and on and on

CHORUS

Needing, knowing
Feeding, growing
Bruising, healing
News revealing
Wanting, waiting
Loving, hating
Coming, going
And on and on and on

CHORUS

There is nothing you can do
To stop the world
There is always something new
To hold you

CHORUS

CHORUS
Track Name: Better Angels
Better Angels
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

Oh, lord
I slipped up on the job again
I thought that I was God again
I lost my way

Oh, lord
I sacrificed a friend tonight
How could I be so short of sight
I fell from grace

I keep trying to appeal to my better angels
I keep trying to fight my way back to the light
Oh, but no matter what I do, this darkness still seeps through
I keep trying to appeal to my better angels

Oh, lord
Just when I thought I had it made
All my plans have been mislaid
Gone with the wind

Oh, lord
Is there something broke in me
Something beyond sympathy
Will calamities never end

CHORUS

If only I could wash away the past
If only I could wash away the past
And start anew

Oh, lord
Can you teach me to forgive
All my sins so I can live
Can live with myself

Oh, lord
I know I’m not the only one
All of us have hurt someone
And cried out for help

CHORUS
Track Name: Tell Me Where
Tell Me Where
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

I have been so lost
I have paid the cost
Can you tell me where

I have tried to be
Someone else’s dream of me
Can you tell me, tell me

WHERE
TELL ME WHERE
CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE

I have been alone
Turning over every stone
Can you tell me where

Written on your face
Gravity and grace
Can you tell me

CHORUS

You see the clouds have flown away
I can’t believe you’re here to stay

CHORUS

CHORUS

Tell me where have you been all my life
Track Name: Airborne
Airborne
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

Life’s a golden ladder
Leading to the sweet hereafter
Tuning in the stations
Tryna find that song that helps us sing along

Laughing in the sunshine
What’s the hurry, we have time
When you open up that door
And pull me in my spirits soar, we’ll be

AIRBORNE
AIRBORNE
LIFT ME UP AGAIN
HOLD ME NOW I’M READY TO BEGIN

I’ve been so many places
Captive to so many faces
All alone in a crowd
It makes me want to laugh out loud

Tuning in the stations
Heartache spinning to elation
When you open up that door
And pull me in my spirits soar, we’ll be

CHORUS

Higher and higher and higher we climb
Now we’re leaving this world behind, we’ll be

AIRBORNE
AIRBORNE
LIFT ME UP AGAIN
HOLD ME NOW I’M READY TO BE

AIRBORNE
AIRBORNE
SKY IS ALL AGLOW
HOLD ME NOW AND NEVER LET ME GO
Track Name: I Will Always Love You (When I'm Alone)
I Will Always Love You (When I'm Alone)
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

There’s no honor in deception
But the heart can not be bound
For every rule there’s an exception
And a reason to be found

I can never say the words
You can read them in my eyes
For fear of being overheard
I can only whisper lies

I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHEN I’M ALONE
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME
I CAN NEVER LOVE YOU IN COMPANY
BUT I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHEN I’M ALONE

Now the leaves are slowly turning
As the summer slips away
But the heart will keep on yearning
For the will to find a way

CHORUS

The night may be long
And the storm may be strong
I won’t steer us wrong
We’ll sail clear to the end
Track Name: Not Like The Movies
Not Like The Movies
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

Falling and calling and stalling and bawling
All the symptoms of romance
Forbidden fires and criss-crossing wires
What a comic song and dance

Cool-eyed and casual
Business as usual
Laboring to see if there’s a chance

IT’S NOT LIKE THE MOVIES
THERE’S NO GUARANTEE
THAT WE’LL BE TOGETHER
NOT LIKE THE MOVIES
THAT’S JUST MAKE BELIEVE
IT’S NOT LIKE THE MOVIES
THIS TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE

There you are in the room can you hear my heart boom
Trying hard to seem aloof
Fussing and fiddling from sparkling to middling
All my savoir faire went “poof”

Cool-eyed and casual
Business as usual
All the while searching for the proof

CHORUS

Twirling around the ballroom
Twirling around the ballroom
Twirling around, twirling around
Swirling around the ballroom
Twirling around and around and around we are
Twirling around the ballroom in my mind

CHORUS
Track Name: Forever You Go
Forever You Go
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

FOREVER YOU GO
WATCHING OVER US DOWN BELOW
I KNOW YOU ARE THERE, WALKING ON AIR
FOREVER YOU GO

Forever you fly
Waving across the sky
I have no fear
Because you’re right here
Forever you go

When you flew away
The sadness was more than I could bear
But when I wake up, you’re in my teacup
And the silverware

CHORUS

Forever you go
The road will open wide
Untethered I know
You’ll take it all in stride

CHORUS

Forever you go
Forever you go
Forever you go
Track Name: The Beacon
The Beacon
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

Old rhymes from simple times and I can’t believe that it’s over
Found words from wayward songs
Sweet aches from righted wrongs
Just as you’re leaving me suddenly I can see

YOU ARE THE BEAM
YOU ARE THE RAY
YOU ARE THE PRESENCE
THAT ILLUMINATES EACH DAY
YOU ARE THE BEACON THAT LIGHTS MY WAY

Spring rites on faded nights
Songbirds on fated flights

Why can’t you see what I want you to see
When I look in your eyes, you’re away
Every beat of your heart is a miracle
Now you are rushing ahead to the pinnacle


YOU ARE THE BEAM
YOU ARE THE RAY
YOU ARE THE PRESENCE
THAT ILLUMINATES EACH DAY
YOU ARE THE ONE THAT WON’T LEAD ME ASTRAY
YOU ARE THE BEACON THAT LIGHTS MY WAY
Track Name: Stranger Still
Stranger Still
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

Lost again
I find myself around the bend
And if this is the end
It gets stranger still

Come again
I’d like to know you as a friend
Must every scale descend
And grow stranger still

STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
NOW I THRILL TO YOUR VOICE
STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
SHOW ME HOW TO REJOICE

Quiet pool
I see the image of a fool
Composed of kind and cruel
It gets stranger still

When I rise
I hear the language of the skies
A solitude of sighs
It grows stranger still

STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
NOW I THRILL TO YOUR VOICE
STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
SHOW ME HOW TO REJOICE
STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
I HEAR YOU CALL MY NAME
STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
ARE WE ONE AND THE SAME?

Breathe in, breathe out
Past fear, past doubt
Climbing the mountain
You’re not alone

STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
NOW I THRILL TO YOUR VOICE
STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
SHOW ME HOW TO REJOICE
STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
I HEAR YOU CALL MY NAME
STRANGER STILL
IF YOU WILL
WE ARE THE SAME, WE ARE THE SAME
Track Name: Goodbye, My Voyager
Goodbye, My Voyager
©2016 Alice Bierhorst

Volatile voyager
All your dark matter is starting to shatter the air
When you were just a her, you had location
Now you are every where

AND ALL OF THE CLOUDS ARE SHINING
AND THEY’RE SHOWING THEIR SILVER LINING
AND THERE IS NO CRIME IN THE PASSAGE OF TIME
GOODBYE, MY VOYAGER

There you are, like a star
Luring the ether and singing that old country song
I was your follower but where you’re going
I can not follow along

CHORUS

You were the conjurer of all I possess
Weaving your web from this beautiful mess
There are no rules but I’d hazard a guess
Life is what you make it

AND ALL OF THE CLOUDS ARE SHINING
AND THEY’RE SHOWING THEIR SILVER LINING
AND THERE IS NO CRIME IN THE PASSAGE OF TIME
GOODBYE, GOODBYE
SALUTE THE SKY
GOODBYE, GOODBYE, GOODBYE, MY VOYAGER