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Your Fire Sings to You

by Gabrielle WIdman and Sequoia

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The big band version of "Your Fire Sings To You" written in 2020 about embracing the freedom of the parts of myself that were deemed unacceptable. I was having difficulty finding a pianist to play it. Sequoia made it sound as if he didn’t break a sweat and ate this sort of stuff for breakfast. Note: beware of your wild side - my house burned down a few months after this recording....

The Video attached is Gabrielle and Sequoia only, part of a concert on November 4th, 2022 in Portland, OR.


I was dancing outside your house
drummin’ like a ruffed grouse
while you study-ud-ied hard inside to be nice to be nice and it’s nice to be nice.
You fit in and grew more mild.
I rebelled and got more wild.
You grew weak and I got strong and I hated you because you belonged.

I’m your fire, your lost desire.
You might fear me. Please just hear me.
If you dance with me you’ll feel impossibly free.

But you’re remaking the rules of the game so you can’t lose
and corrupting the courts in your head so you won’t fail.
Assuring yourself you live right by watching your news,
but when you make mistakes, voices rant and rail.
“You’re not good enough! You’re not good enough!”
Well like hell! Break the spell!
Maybe you’ve learned to fit in far too well.

You fade and tire then ask where’s my inner fire?
Well, here I am, so let me in! I’ll you where I’ve been.

To stay in your civilized tower
you threw away your animal power,
and pushed away your anger and ire so you’re liked, so you’re liked, and you like to be liked.
Out your window it would fall.
I’ve been there to catch it all.
Break down the dividing wall and then take me to the ballroom hall!

You’re mediocre. I’m your joker.
You’re my fuel! I’m your jewel.
Take a chance and dance with me, and I will be

remakin’ the rules of the game so you can lose.
Changin’ what it means to succeed so you may fail.
Whether dancin’ or singin’ for joy or wailin’ the blues,
when you make a mistake, it becomes a new trail
freshly made for you which only you can do.
You fell! Broke the spell!
Together we’ll dance through heaven and through hell.


released October 24, 2022
Sequoia - piano
Gabrielle Juliette Widman - Soprano
Kevin Bryant Lay - composer/lyricist/arranger
the Band is synthestic/sampled for now! (O shame! O gratitude!)


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Giddymuse Scappoose, Oregon

Gabrielle Juliette Widman
A native Oregonian, Gabrielle is an eclectic artist who has had several years of teaching, acting, writing and performance experience here in the states, as well as overseas.
Kevin Bryant Lay specializes in writing choral music and art-song, which is a presumptuous name (in his opinion) for setting poetry to music.
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