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I met an amazing poet Rachel Amey during an artist workshop entitled 'The Discipline of Freedom' run by Paul Oertel a few years back. I have always been a huge fan of Rachel's striking word choices and powerful performances. Rachel and I discussed working together after an artist gathering in Wales. Rachel sent me the poem, Sister Over the Sea and I created this melody to go with it.

We hope that you enjoy this song, and the deeper meaning within the lyrics that reach out from across the world and we encourage you to donate to the associated Doctors Without Borders fundraiser we have set up!

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Many thanks for listening,
Daniel Mandel


Sister Over the Sea
(by Rachel Amey)

We see the same moon
Sister over the sea
We see the same moon
How can that be?

When I am here
With the wind in the trees
My feet on the earth
And the rain on the leaves

And you are there
Wherever “there” may be
A land I do not know
A life I cannot see

When I peg out my washing I think of you
When my wrists ache and my bones are yours
When I carry heavy shopping I think of you
When memory jolts my path or the night sky makes me pause

We see the same moon
Sister over the sea
We see the same moon
How can that be?

Face to face
We were tangled in threads
that we never bothered to see
But now – apart
My god they pull at me

I tell the moon that I’m asking for you
Though I don’t expect you to hear
But I imagine you’ve told her all of your news
And I feel unaccountably near

And if the threads between us should snap or tear
I would fall from this place where I live
I’ll meet you under a bridge on the moon
And she’ll help me with the stories I’ve saved up to give

We see the same moon
Sister over the sea
We see the same moon
How can that be?


from Sister Over the Sea, track released January 5, 2014
Lyrics / Poem - Rachel Amey
Melody - Daniel Mandel
Backing Vocals and Arrangements - S. Henry McCoy
Keyboards - Scott Bodarky
Vocals | Guitar | GuitViol | Upright Bass patch - Daniel Mandel
Percussion (Various hand percussion, rattles and Udu) - Steve La Porta
Mastered by Ken Lee
Artwork by Tamsin Haggis (www.tamsinhaggis.com)



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Enlightened Madness is the result of the long standing collaboration between Daniel Mandel's songwriting and S. Henry McCoy's vocal harmonies and vocal arrangements. Daniel and Henry have recently teamed up with Steve La Porta on drums and percussion as well as other Bay Area musicians. Daniel has also cowritten with some wonderful lyricists in the US and Internationally. ... more

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