by willow|speak

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a good friend of mine, tim avery, was misfortunate enough to inherit cancer. out of this tragedy, the music scene of rochester, ny came together and put on several benefit shows, one of which was rather large and incredibly beautiful.
at this gathering of many friends and musicians, local businesses donated their goods or services in a raffle.
Temperamental Studios (owned by mike brown) was gracious enough to donate a full two-day recording session to whomever.
i was fortunate enough to win that recording time, and thus was the birth of this album.

it was really quite perfect timing, because i was very much in need of getting some new music out (and a debut solo release).
i had just gone through a rather intense emotional and physical journey, which is at the core of this album's theme.
it is a collection of emotions, thoughts, feelings, memories, and self-advice.
"hudson" is in many ways a version of myself. it is the best version of ourselves that we strive to be, sort of a self-created mentor.
i hope you enjoy it, and perhaps gain something from it.


released May 26, 2017

mixing/mastering/engineer: stephen|roessner, mike|brown, dave|berger
tracks 2, 4, and 6 recorded at Temperamental Studios in Geneseo, NY.
tracks 1, 3, 5 (and the end of 6), recorded in a bedroom in Orleans, NY by dave berger.
artwork: haley|dayis
design: dave|berger
© 2017 all songs written & recorded by dave berger

and a huge thank you and much love to tim|avery in Rochester, Ny for being the backbone in the scene, and helping many of us struggling artists in whatever way you can. your passion and dedication are inspiring.



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willow|speak Rochester, New York

Progressive-folk act, willow|speak, is an expanding musical project that stirs familiar emotive response, while stimulating a more adventurous creativity. Through the foundation of acoustic folk music, new perspective achieved by weaving in ambient music, and a less conventional style of songwriting. ... more

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Track Name: winds of change
go and build your own fire
warm your spirit and flesh
leave behind those old desires
search for something more

listen to the winds of change
let them breathe new life
you decide your fate when
you put one foot in front of the other

journey into the unknown
and find where your path will lead to
will life guide you home?
or to that which was unknown?

drink from flowing streams
and let your body and mind be cleansed
aim your heart towards the light of a new day
close your eyes, let the colours fill the void

we are one, and we are al
we are all and one

Track Name: for nameless paths
escape your self-made reality
confined to the greatest lie of them all
break free from inhibitions and fear
the truth you look for is waiting inside of you

hold yourself, lift yourself up

life happens only once, don't let it go to waste

there's an energy around and inside of us all
if you find that you're lost,
but you don't want to know the way back home

if you could find yourself
if you could life yourself
if you could find yourself
if you could lift yourself

hold yourself, lift yourself up
Track Name: fields of green & gold
i found peace in the pennsylvania forest
i was crying out loud, saying "can't take anymore of this"
in the deafening calm, the earth let out its chorus
but if we're listening close, the answer's laid before us

then i heard a voice say, "let it out"
so i screamed this tune to fight my doubt

i took the pain my heart, and i wore it on my feet
thinkin' i might drag it through the mud, leave behind defeat
if you tasted love once, there's nothing else so sweet
but learn to know when it's real, not just when you feel complete

(chorus 1)
mountains you will climb
rivers you will cross
valleys overcome
open wide your mind
leave behind your fear
leave it on the fire

then i heard a voice say, "let it out"
so i screamed this tune to fight my doubt

twilight and the breath of morning are the ghosts of life
to catch but a glimpse is to feel that which you never knew

(chorus 2)
open wide your mind
leave behind your fear
leave it on the fire
onward you must go
through fields of green & gold
eternal is your soul