Sounding With the Stars EP

by Astrisoni

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"Sounding With the Stars" is the introductory EP and first release by the filk duo Astrisoni, consisting of Heather Estelme and Nate Wulver.

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released October 10, 2019

Heather Estelme, Vocals, Guitar
Nate Wulver, Viola

Recorded at Extraterrestrial Highway Studio, Minneapolis; Engineered and mixed by Dave Stagner; Produced by Beth Kinderman & Dave Stagner

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Astrisoni Minneapolis, Minnesota

Astrisoni is a filk duo consisting of Nate Wulver and Heather Estelme. Their music leans towards folk-style fairy-tale and space songs, featuring Heather on vocals and guitar and Nate on the viola, which he wants everyone to know is not a violin.

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Track Name: Opportunity Lullaby
On a distant, dusty planet where no footsteps yet have trod,
Lies a true and tired rover who the rest of us should laud.
For months we tried to rouse her, but she slept through every test,
So we turned out the lights left her to her rest.

(Chorus)
So goodnight, Opportunity, and rest your darkened eye,
The songs we sung to wake you slowly turned to lullabies.
You're cradled by the dust below and all our hopes above,
And if you dream, I hope you dream of love.

It's wonder sent you out to Mars, to see what's waiting there.
And it's wonder that we felt at all the wondrous things you shared.
As we wonder what is next for us, we think the same of you,
And we wonder if you wonder 'bout it too.

(Chorus)

For it's love that let us send you on a journey we can't make,
And it's love that kept up crying out in the hope that you might wake.
And it's love that makes us mourn you as we turn our eyes to Mars.
And it's love will send your sisters to the stars.

(Chorus)

You're not the first to leave us on the trail towards the sky,
The starry throng awaits you, so tell Spirit we say "Hi,"
But it isn't just for science that we'll miss you missives here,
Like all others that we've lost, we hold you dear.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Pure of Heart
The unicorn smiled when she saw you approaching her fountain.
"Just one little test," she demanded and shot you a grin,
"Just prove that your heart is as pure as the dew on the snowdrops,
You'll foul my glade if you're wicked and tainted with sin."

"My lady," you said, "I can't claim that my spirit is blameless,
But I try to do good and to help in the ways I know how.
My heart's filled with love for myself and the people around me,
And I'll strive to do more and be better and stronger, I vow!"

(Chorus)
Don't fall for the lies of those cruel unicorns,
You've been messy and mortal since the day you were born,
If you try to be perfect, it's just gonna tear you apart.
They want you to tear yourself down 'till you shatter,
They'll say that you're selfish for knowing you matter,
So be brave, and tenacious, and loving, and joyful, and smart
But forget pure of heart!

The unicorn scoffed and she drew back her head with a shudder,
"I knew it! You arrogant mortals have never been pure!
Perhaps if you're humble enough, you may gain some forgiveness
But you'll never be perfect. You're sullied, and I have no cure!"

"Well what have you done then?" you said as you stood up and faced her,
Just sit in this glade, telling people the things they can't do.
There isn't a deed or a person who's ever been perfect
And I may not be pure but I've damn well done more good than you!"

(Chorus)

If you're careful, you'll notice that unicorns live all around us.
You can tell by the smugly superior look in their eyes.
They'll enumerate each of your flaw with disdain in their voices.
They'll all tell you you have to be perfect; they'll all tell you lies!

(Chorus)

(Final Chorus)
Don't fall for the lies of those cruel unicorns,
We've been messy and mortal since the day we were born,
If we try to be perfect, it's just gonna tear us apart.
I won't let the world tear me down 'till I shatter,
I'd rather be selfish than think I don't matter,
And brave, and tenacious, and loving, and joyful, and smart
And I'm not pure of heart!
Track Name: Like a Song
I miss you like a chord's sweet resolution.
I miss you like the chorus of a song.
We're so far apart tonight. It's okay. We'll be alright
But it's hard to sing alone and still be strong.

I miss you like my favorite round sung solo.
I miss you like a bassline that's not there.
I'm accustomed to the ways of these a capella days,
But what's the good of songs that we can't share?

Sometime I hear your words ring out beside me.
Sometimes I hear your string pluck out the tune,
And I hope that you hear me, in whatever land you be.
Hold on my friend, we'll sing together soon.

'Till then I'll sing the songs we found together.
'Till then I'll sing the lyrics that we wrote.
Though the world is hard and wide and it keeps me from your side
I can feel your presence shine through every note.

And someday when these distances are kinder
We'll find the same untrodden line to roam.
And however brief the time that our melodies combine
The world resolves. it feels like coming home.
Track Name: Chances & Choices & Fortunes & Fates
Fate plays cards and Chance throws dice
And we mortals pay the price
And sometimes it's more step than we can bear.
They bring ruin and renown,
Build us up and tear us down,
And fill the world with glory and despair.

But the strangest things they do
Are the ones like meeting you,
A chance or choice or fate that seems so small
That's it's only looking on
At the path your life as gone,
You'll see it changed the future after all

So we'll go on. So we'll go on...
So we'll go on.

Do you think that if you stayed
You could fill that mold they made?
Instead you chose to break it and go free.
And though leaving left you scarred
And the life you built is hard,
You made your own imperfect destiny.

Do you think if you'd been shown
All the loss your life has known,
You might have hung your head and turned away?
But with every path you cross,
You'll find love weighs more than loss
And so you'll keep on loving anyway.

So we'll go on. So we'll go on...

So we'll go on, shoulder the weight
Of our chances and choices and fortunes and fates.
So we'll go far, never alone
And someday these someones who started out strangers will turn into home
They'll turn into home

Fate plays cards and Chance throws dice
And we can't avoid the price
Of games that gods and universes play.
But whatever brought us here,
Now I choose to keep you near
And I'll fight whatever force gets in our way.

So we'll go on. So we'll go on...

So we'll go on, shoulder the weight
Of our chances and choices and fortunes and fates.
So we'll go far, never alone
Cause somehow these someones who started out strangers have turned into home
Turned into home

So we'll go on, shoulder the weight
Of our chances and choices and fortunes and fates.
So we'll go far, never alone
Cause somehow these someones who started out strangers have turned into home
Turned into home

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