Fire Cross the Sky

by Tony Levin

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The song is just my vocal and the Chapman Stick (multiple tracks).

It has a long history, and has been through many changes. The poem, about John, was written in the 90's, when I lived in NYC and hung out at the cafe mentioned. Years later I made it into a song, kind of rock ballad, that didn't match the mood of the lyrics well, so it got shelved. Then in 2015, writing in Berlin for the upcoming Stick Men album, I fashioned an interweaving Stick part that embodied a direction I was hoping that album could go in. Tried the lyrics to it just for fun, and, with some changes in wording, speaking instead of singing, it was a great fit. And at the end I tagged on what I later realized was pretty much a quote from Agustin Barrios 'Una limosna...'. Normally I'd have changed that, but it felt so right, I've left it that way, with big tip of the hat to that great Paraguayan composer.
As we put together the Stick Men 'Prog Noir' album, this seemed too personal for it, so I put it aside for some future album.

And right now just feels like the right time to release it, album or not.

There's no charge to download the song - if you care to pay something, that's appreciated. t.l.

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released December 22, 2016
Mastered by Larry DeVivo / Silvertone Mastering.

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