The Convalescence EP

by Martin Rivas

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This album was recorded and mixed January—April 2010, at home while I recovered from surgery and resultant complications which threatened my life. The songs “Behind Their Thumb,” “This Winter Isn’t Ending,” and “Raise Me Again” were written during this time.

The writing of the song “I Am Of Nothing” was completed during this time. I had begun writing it during the recording sessions for my last album, Sea of Clouds (also available here at Bandcamp hint hint), and Kailin Garrity created some key parts for it during Autumn of 2009.

The song “The Cage (Aurora Borealis)” was written during my time in a band called Serious Pilgrim a long, long time ago; it's a song that we never played, but it screamed out to be heard lo these many years later.

Thank you to everyone who kept me in your thoughts, or in your prayers, or sent along a card, or a book (or an entire box of books), or magazines, or candy, or cookies, or crayons, or movies, or spaghetti-o’s. Thank you also to everyone who came down to pay a visit, be it at home or in the hospital, and sang some songs for or with me, or just kept me company for awhile.

I totally feel that it was the positive forces generated by an overwhelming amount of love and good vibes sent my way that got me through this. So again, from the bottom of my wee little heart, thank you.

Now, let’s rock again.

xoxo
-mart :: June, 2010

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released June 8, 2010

All noises by Martin Rivas.

All songs written by Martin Rivas except "I Am of Nothing" written by Rivas/Garrity and "The Cage" written by Rivas/Bavaro/McGivney/Wieland.

All songs ©2010 Martin Rivas (BMI) except track 3 ©Mayflower Kingdom/Ensign Music (BMI).

Back cover photo: Paul Christopher Williams.

©2010 Martin Rivas. All rights reserved.

Lyrics and plenty more at www.martinrivas.net

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Brooklyn native Martin Rivas has been a stalwart participant and supporter of NYC-based underground music since his days in early-90s critical darlings & CBGB regulars Serious Pilgrim. Martin’s music has always taken the listener on a sonic journey that feels new and familiar; now that fatherhood has introduced him to his greatest passion, his 7th album is certain to take some compelling twists. ... more

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Track Name: Behind Their Thumb
Someone created something
That created something
That created something
That created us

Someone stands above something
That stands above something
That stands above the religions we created to govern ourselves

And if the weather changes
And if the house comes down
And if gravity rages
And envelops every sound
There is someone watching patiently
From so far away
From so far away that our vastness disappears behind their thumb
All our grandness disappears behind their thumb

All the clouds
All the oceans
All the children
All the mountains
All the history
All the love
Disappears behind their thumb
Track Name: I Am of Nothing
I am in everything
I am of nothing

The sky is beautiful and blue
It speaks to me: I have to do something
The colors of the street in bloom
What people see is so far from nothing

It’s all beyond what God conceived
It’s in the humid air I breathe
But still I find the painful need to keep repeating

I am in everything
I am of nothing

I stand here and I gaze at you
A dream to me: I know I feel something
But how do I convey to you
That all I feel may someday be nothing?

I’m stranded at the boundary of what I wish and what will be
Despite what I might hope to see, I keep repeating

Not what I believe I should see
But what I see

It’s all beyond what God conceived
It’s in the humid air I breathe
But still I find the painful need to keep repeating

I am in everything
I am of nothing
I am of nothing
Track Name: The Cage (Aurora Borealis)
Yesterday’s clouds mourn the passing
Defiant clouds pass the morning
They tore down the building so long ago
Long before they put up the cage

Collecting stories only miles apart
Miles apart, yet half a world away
Reaching far beyond the dancing trees
Reaching into the heart of the sun

Around the universe
Behind Orion’s spinning arms
And you breathe a sigh for two
And your hope rests in the bottle that you threw beyond the stars
Aurora Borealis takes you there

Majestic shadows over Steeplechase
Dreamland’s gone, but not so far away
Unexistent to the passers on the beach
The flame’s in the hand of her native sons

Around the universe
Behind Orion’s spinning arms
And you breathe a sigh for two
And your hope rests in the bottle that you threw beyond the stars
Aurora Australis takes you there

Isn’t it wonderful?
The mystery of life, the ageless competition
The world is mine to win if I find you in my arms and hold you
Forever
Today
Track Name: This Winter Isn't Ending
It’s starting to very much bother me
Your answers, they very much bother me
This winter isn’t ending
It isn’t ending
Your answers are no longer satisfactory
Your answers no longer mean anything to me

It’s starting to very much bother me
Your questions, they very much bother me
This summer isn’t ending
It isn’t ending
Your questions, such a tired mystery
Your questions no longer mean anything to me

I’m dreaming now of dogs, without a bark
Digging under fences in the dark
Before the sun is up, they squeeze their bodies through and run
Without an explanation
This is simply how it’s done
Run and run and run

It’s starting to very much bother me
Your presence, it very much bothers me
This autumn isn’t ending
This autumn isn’t ending
Track Name: Raise Me Again
Raise me again
Raise me in a house filled with love
Between yourselves, between each other
Father
Mother

Raise me again
Raise me in a house filled with love
With no more secrets
They’ve all been shared
I’m glad you cared
Raise me again

I can’t imagine how surreal it would be to see you in love
For my sister and my brother and me to see you in love
Like it was when we weren’t real
Like to know how good it would feel

Raise me again
Raise me in a house filled with love
Between yourselves, between each other
Father
Mother

Raise me again
Raise me in a house filled with love
With no more secrets
They’ve all been shared
I’m glad you cared
Raise me again

Pretending/wishing/hoping we were asleep
As you’d tear into each other
Imagine living up to something so deep
Like if you were into each
Like it was when we weren’t real
Like to know how good it could feel

Mr. Ali, Mr. Knievel

Those were my guys before I ever knew I needed them
Those were my guys after I found out, no doubt
Muhammad would punch right through
Evel would fly right over
Evel would crash right through
Muhammad would float and sting over

Can’t we float right through
Can’t we start all over
Can’t we break right through
Can’t we start all over

Raise me again