Lark

by Meg Chambers

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about

The creative process has fascinated and mystified since the beginning of time, and many have tried to understand it - to no avail. The fact is, it’s different for each one of us. No one can pinpoint it. Therein lies its beauty and its relevance.

While creating the epic album A Love Supreme, John Coltrane is quoted as saying, “One thought can produce millions of vibrations”. From this, I take the idea that creative inspiration can be found anywhere, anytime, and that it has a power to grow from the most embryonic of ideas. Lark is the product of such an idea - a definitive passion and calling that I have carried with me throughout my life and never lost sight of - the idea that I would one day create a collection of my songs - an album. It has taken four full years to create, and has been worth every single moment, no matter how maddeningly long the process has been. It’s a highly personal journal of my life during that time - growth, passion, love, reflection, loss, sadness, disappointment, elation, and hope. The people I know and the places I’ve been have inspired it.

I wish to thank all of those who have been a part of my life - whether they are here now or gone. First and foremost, I wish to thank my life-long friend and music mentor, Peter Wilder, for his unconditional love, support, encouragement, patience, perseverance, humor, vision, energy, perspective, technical expertise, and generous donation of his time and home - all of which were paramount in making this album a reality. I also wish to thank his family - Lynda, Nicholas, and Eli - who are very dear to me. My music teacher from high school, who nurtured my interest in song and encouraged me to explore every domain of musicality. My parents, whom I love. Each of their personalities have been an influence in shaping who I am, and I draw inspiration from them. And my extended family and friends - each and every beautiful one of them - for what they teach me about life, love, humor, and the path that we all travel, in our own way, to move toward personal fulfillment and peace. Whatever the greater definition of that may be...


- Meg Chambers


Very rarely in one's creative life does one get the opportunity to collect the flowing art of a "natural." Meg Chambers is just that. I have been privileged to know Meg for over two decades and the currents of her talent have been ever developing and increasing in scope since the beginnings. The challenge, from a production stand point, was not to get in the way of the muse - but instead to find ways to uncover it more completely.

In many ways, Lark is a very naked album - many songs are solo instrumental, solo vocal - but the more detailed arrangements never get in the way of the gift Meg has within the purity and clarity of her voice. It has been a tremendous honor to work so closely on these recordings, and I hope a great deal of people get to hear it. It's about as magical as a recording gets.

- Peter Bruce Wilder

credits

released December 31, 2002

Meg Chambers - Vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, piano, rhythm programming

Peter Bruce Wilder - Acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, percussion & rhythm programming, backing vocals

Pete Flynn - Digeridoo on Sun is Gonna Rise

Katy Olcay - backing vocals on Lark

Arranged, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Meg Chambers / Peter Bruce Wilder

Graphic concept by Meg Chambers with design and layout by Peter Bruce Wilder

Photographs by Kip Ross

Special thanks to Katy Olcay for creative lyric input on Lark and The Unknown, Kip Ross for his unbelievable photographs, Pete Flynn for his spontaneous digeridoo solo and Jing Qiong Hu for her beautiful calligraphy. (The Chinese characters translate literally to “lark”.)

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Track Name: Lark
Lark (4:10)
words and music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

Fortune cookie said
"Patience is the key to joy"
And it was like
Crumbs of sweetness
To my ears

I sat back
And read it with a smile
Thinking
"Ain't that the truth"

Bumper sticker said
"Feed your hopes, not your fears"
And it was like
Words of wisdom
On the move

I sped by
And left them in the dust
But I never did forget them

It's not like I did this on a lark
Not like I did it on a whim
I set out to make this dream happen
And it's about time it begins

T-shirt said
"Where Am I Going…and Why am I
In This Handbasket?"
And I knew the feeling

Sometimes no matter how hard you try to rise
You just can't get off the ground
And you wish you knew how

It's not like I did this on a lark
Not like it's out of the blue
I set out to make this dream happen
And it's about time it came true

I've got a notion
why can’t it fly

Fortune cookie said
"Patience is the key to joy"
And it was like
Crumbs of sweetness
To my ears
Track Name: Story of a Conflict
Story of a Conflict (4:55)
words by Meg Chambers / music by Peter Wilder
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI ©2002 Peter Bruce Wilder, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

There's a writer, with a secret
tale
Of a bittersweet obsession
There's a serpent
and an angel
In his mind - Intertwined

In the story - Of a conflict
Based on a supposition
There's a question that he's asking
Locked inside his art

But it goes unwritten and it goes unsaid
But it goes unwritten and it goes unsaid
It goes unsaid

There's a window for betrayal
In a proposition
And a test on the reaches of his will
There's a longing that is stifled
For a forbidden lover
There's a boundary created
And a wish that won't be filled
Wish that won't be filled

But it goes unwritten and it goes unsaid
But it goes unwritten and it goes unsaid
It goes unsaid

Chapters of silence- pages of white
Never admitted - Always denied

But it goes unwritten and it goes unsaid
But it goes unwritten and it goes unsaid
It goes unsaid
It goes unsaid…
Track Name: Crazy Easy
Crazy Easy (3:07)
words and music by Meg Chambers
(from an original concept by Jack Shanahan)
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

Many say a loner - Many say a lost soul - Living with a heart of glass
Rumor says it's broken - Rumor says it's bitter - Habit has it running fast

So easy to do - So easy to stay the same - So crazy, crazy easy - To lay the blame
Don't lay the blame - hold on

No rhyme - No reason - No ease in the situation
Rumor has it ending - Rumor has it hopeless
Habit says it's gonna strike again

Too easy to do - Too easy to feel the pain - So crazy, crazy easy - To quit again

Until someone takes the time to look a little deeper - Someone takes the time to wait a little longer
Someone takes a chance…

Too easy to do - Too easy to feel the pain - So crazy, crazy easy - To quit again
Track Name: Abstractions
Abstractions (3:52)
words and music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

Thinking in abstractions - Thinking now of you
And how many mysteries exist when it comes to you

You're like a puzzle - That can't be put together
You're like a puzzle - And I won't try to solve you

I'm feeling in abstractions but I feel so much for you
And a certain thing comes to my mind
That you can be likened to

You're like the wind; you're constantly in motion
You're like the wind and I won't try to catch you

I won't catch you - Can't solve you
Don't want to anyway
I won't catch you - Can't solve you
I think it's better that way

I'm moving in abstractions, but I move with you
And the way you stir me up inside
can only be likened to this

It's like a roller coaster - It can't be slowed down
It's like a roller coaster - And I won't try to stop it
Track Name: October Came
October Came (3:51)
words and music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

October moon rising last year this time
Golden light in your chocolate eyes
Promise dawning - last year, this time
Hope so golden - yours and mine
Under the spell of autumn
Caution went the way of the wind
Fear became a stranger
And we began

Last October, one year past
Last October came

Here and now replaces then
Taking leave of one another
Falling down in shades of bittersweet
Well before the next October moon

This October came so fast
This October came

Promise fading
This year, this time

Essence of a season
Gone like leaves on the wind
This October came to me
And left again...left again
Track Name: Jordan Lake
Jordan Lake (5:06)
words and music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

Pieces of a warm afternoon
my thoughts they drift to you
On my mind as I drive through North Carolina
While the pictures from the family photo wall
Are hanging in my head
You are back home in New England
and I am here instead

Moving under golden-blue skies
Surrounded by fields of cotton
Thinking, "This is the type of place
a person remembers…"

On the way to the ocean
traveling through the heartland
I come upon a sign for a lake
that was named after you
So I pull to the side of the road
To take a picture to show you
And I add it to the mental list of places
I would like to take you

Let's go down to Jordan Lake one day
You could think of it as your special place
We could sit by the shore in the sun
and have a lazy afternoon
Oh, let's go down to Jordan Lake one day
Just you and I

Something about the Southern countryside
Makes me think about growing up
And loving memories of my childhood home
Seems as though that was less long ago than it was
And when I think back to the year that you were born
I remember it as if it were yesterday

We all know how quickly time passes,
But it's important to say
That the time we spend together
is precious in every way

Let's go back to Jordan Lake one day
You could think of it as your special place
We could sit by the shore in the sun
and have a lazy afternoon
Oh, let's go back to Jordan Lake one day
Just you and I
But let's make it sooner than later
'cause time does fly…

Pieces of a warm afternoon
My thoughts they drift to you
On my mind as I drive through North Carolina
Track Name: For You
For You (4:41)
words and music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

Occasionally I can see
With much more clarity
The kinds of things in life
That hold the most meaning

Sometimes it takes a wake-up call
To really get the point of it all
But on the rare occasion that I do
The seeker in me seeks the solace in you.

And if there's anything in life that I'm aware of:
It's the fact that I am sure of my love for you.
It's a simple truth I don't need to question
You give so much to me - this one's for you

Isn't it sad how feelings can go unspoken
When the driving fear is that we'll be misunderstood
When we don't make a point of trying for communication, misunderstanding multiplies
and the quiet leads to isolation...

But if there's anything in life that I'm aware of:
It's the fact that I am sure of my love for you.
It's a simple truth I don't need to question
You give so much to me - this one's for you

Let it be said that knowing you is a lovely discovery and that each day that I know you
I take joy in what I see:
your laughter is contagious,
your energy outrageous
and I want to tell you this above all else...

That if there's anything in life that I'm aware of:
It's the fact that I am sure of my love for you.
It's a simple truth I don't need to question
You give so much to me - this one's for you
Track Name: Surrounded
Surrounded (4:32)
words and music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

Fragile and anxious
Morning light falls on your skin
Teases my eyes for a moment
Like it knows the state I'm in
All this longing falls on you
Something I can't say
Instead, my eyes trace over you
My touch not far away

I will whisper - You will hear it
And I will take you over

Is that your temperature rising
Inches away, I feel the heat
You're on the verge of waking
Open your eyes to me

Like a private invitation
The sight of your body inspires
Let's not be afraid this time -
This is the essence of love

You will whisper - I will hear it
And you will take me over

Surrounded by your beauty
Wrapped up tight in your body
So good to be here by your side
Surrounded by your beauty
Wrapped up tight in your body
So good to be here by your side

Between the whispers,
taste the sweetness
And it will take us over
In these kisses, delicate balance
Melting into one...

Surrounded by your beauty...
Track Name: Happy
Happy (4:02)
words and music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

H-A-double P-Y
Is a foreign state of mind
Sometimes - when a heart is heavy...

Introspection can be your worst enemy
When it makes you question your sanity
When it makes you wonder what are you here for
When it makes you so confused

When your daily life's got you disillusioned
And you just want to disappear
When you feel weighed down by your own self-doubt
And you'd rather be anywhere but here

Then it dawns on you that "life is but a breeze"
You've got to keep rowing your boat
But you're not alone in that feeling of wondering
What's to become of your fate

H-A-Double P-Y
Is a closer state of mind
Sometimes - when a heart is hopeful
Hopeful
Track Name: The Only Constant
The Only Constant (4:15)
words by Peter Wilder
music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI
©2002 Peter Bruce Wilder, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

Change is the only constant
In the natural world they say
If so, it seems unnatural

So I put on an old recording
And staggered to a chair
Filled up with some foreboding
The music led me there
The tone was colored icicles
Melting in the sun
Your words familiar canticles
You sang and then you won - you won

What happened to your love
Did you place it under ground
The gifts you gave were weightless
As your vocal was to sound

I am lost as I consider
Your spoken dreams passed by
You're living so much thinner
You live beneath the sky

Change is the only constant
In the natural world they say
If so, it seams unnatural

My timing could be better
Than a visit once per year
A phone call or a letter
It's the old times that you fear
When you pronounced a purpose
When your music was for free
When you loved unyielding
To the forces that were me

I am still lost as I consider
Your spoken dreams passed by
You're living so much thinner
You live beneath the sky

Change is the only constant
In the natural world they say
If so, it seems unnatural
Track Name: The Unknown
The Unknown (3:08)
words and music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

Think of where we've come from to arrive here
There could have been no way to predict
The pieces of the present we live in
Or the promise of a future that has yet to begin
At the prospect of a day, or month, or year
Each increment is relative
to what has brought us here

And who could predict our outcome?
Certainly not me
But I believe the beauty lies in
embracing that mystery

I think of the unknown and all that it holds

There is much of life that I have yet to see
I look forward to the opportunity
And won't it be more beautiful with you
There are facets of you that have yet to
Shine on me
Much-awaited jewels of your personality

Hiding right behind the ones
that I have seen & loved

I think of the unknown and all that it holds

And I look forward to the revelation
of you to me
The ongoing nature of continuity
And I feel my heart is safe in your hands
You help me to understand the meaning of faith
In the unknown
In the unknown...
Track Name: Sun is Gonna Rise
Sun is Gonna Rise (4:05)
words and music by Meg Chambers
©2002 Meg Chambers, Maplewood Earlines, BMI

Sure as a history tells a tale
Sure as today is gonna fly
Sure as tomorrow is a gift
Sun is gonna rise

Sure as a new day brings a new beginning
Sure as a newborn child will cry
Sure as each year goes faster than the last
Sun is gonna rise

Certain as hearts become entwined
Certain as love will live and die
Certain as wisdom comes with time
Sun is gonna rise

Certain as yesterday can’t be changed
Sure as tomorrow’s open wide
Canvas is empty as we sleep
Sun is gonna rise

Sure as a history tells a tale
Sure as today is gonna fly
Sure as tomorrow is a gift
Sun is gonna rise