The Ancient Wild

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Brendan McCormick
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Brendan McCormick ancient and wild and free. just pure bliss from start to finish and beyond Favorite track: The Coming, The Dawn.
Mary Isis
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Mary Isis Being a friend of Kate Wilde, I'm also a big fan! I have all her music, she and Christophe create hauntingly gorgeous magical music. They are part of the soundtrack to my life. Favorite track: Ahh Mama.
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IN THE RAW.
No loops.
No pre-recorded anything.
Two musicians.
Leading you on a journey of the soul.
May you be stirred, soothed, surprised... <3

Photography by Timothy Allen and Christophe Sunhorse.
Audio mixing & mastering by Christophe Sunhorse & Kate Wild.
Art design by Kate Wild.

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released February 27, 2014

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The Ancient Wild Oregon

Harp, piano, male & female vocals, guitar, and drums create a unique acoustic-industrial sound reminiscent of Dead Can Dance, Tori Amos, Imogen Heap. The collaborative project between US-based composers Kate Wilde and Christophe Shepp.

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Track Name: Ocean of Silence
Silence gives birth to sound
Holy when it exits your mouth
Bitter and sweet, creating melody
Altar of fire, ceremony
Speak from where you are, here now
Speak from where you are, here now
Every bone is home in sacred tone
No cell left alone, the way, the way is shown
Every bone is home in sacred tone
No cell left alone, the way, the way is shown

Deep inside
Ocean of silence
Deep inside
Ocean of silence

Blue and red blood colors of the elements
Earthy and deep, embody her to receive
Heaven above, sweet lovemaking inside the belly of this land
Create with me, Great Spirit is beckoning
Create with me, Great Spirit is beckoning

Deep inside
Ocean of silence
Deep inside
Ocean of silence
Profundamente a dientro
El silencio del mar
Profundamente a dientro
El silencio del mar
Track Name: Mornings and Openings
Mornings and Openings
Molding this new day,
Like sculpting with clay
initiate, the contours
and the shapes,
Activate, like a sky
colored with coral rays,
then medicate
full body thrush
and wash away because.
thèse challenges, are always awaiting
these challenges, are always engaging
these challenges, are always awaiting us.

Mindfully watch and let exist and then allow
awareness to comfortably sit
this expression will live and I let live
and then I give compassion and
understanding that emit
like a soluble wave that can create
and permeate,
even through the thickest of membranes
piercing
into the heart of the matter
the quiet in the chatter
the roots beyond the clamor
and the glamorous lies
and humanity's cries
of a truth that lives beyond the lies…
Here there is no need to disguise
no need to compromise
because this awareness contains
all of the life, all of the love, all of the pains
this is an open book
these are eyes that look
simply for the joy to see,
experiencing, experiencing
without any seeds projecting
nothing here needs protecting
this is an open sea
abundant sea
that from which flows everything
everything, every star, every queen,
every king, encompassing
due north
set course,
higher and finer shores are awaiting…

these indeed are not uncharted seas
but rather
they are realities
the mystics cries
the prophet's pleas
in the heart of the mystery….
Track Name: Before the Light Comes
Before the light comes, before the light comes...

Waiting silent darkened rooms
Until my time has come to bloom
Pure potential is my name
No rush, sit back, let it settle, watch it grow
Stone by stone
Pure potential is my name
And my ocean of patience, tracing my hesitance
Back to its source
I let go, nothing is forced
I let go, nothing is forced

Why to run? Why to roam?
Why to trade the depths for waves and foam
Why to run? Why to roam?
Why to trade the depths for waves and foam

Give me wholeness lest I walk on as a fractured soul
In shadow I am home
Yet reaching for that limitless door of transformation
I burn it up and become light
I could write a book, but I'd rather feel and touch and taste and look
I could write a book, but I'd rather feel and touch and taste and look
For sense lives not in the thinking mind
But in hearts full, rich, robust, and kind

Why to run? Why to roam?
Why to trade the depths for waves and foam
Why to run? Why to roam?
Why to trade the depths for waves and foam

Yet I honor those moments of pitch black, retract, return to the womb
Yet I honor those forget, being death, heavy lead denseness of the tomb
In that space where life and death dance face to face
Coexisting in impossible ways
Bending my logic and growing my grace
Bending my logic and growing my grace
Defracted rays splinter, shatter, shadow filter cover up what appears to be, you trick me!
Yet less and less am I fooled as to not hear music as silence's jewel
Love is a ceremony, drink up, we are one, becoming more of what we are
Love is a ceremony, drink up, we are one, becoming more of what we are
Fully alive
Fully alive...

Why to run? Why to roam?
Why to trade the depths for waves and foam
Why to run? Why to roam?
Why to trade the depths for waves and foam

Before the light comes, before the light comes...
Before the light comes, before the light comes...
Track Name: The Coming, The Dawn
The coming of the dawn
I can see everything now
along with everyone
once the nighttime dies
so with it then all of the lies
that we've based our life upon
underneath the sun
I hope that we can see
that we here are all one
what a definitive kiss to bury in your heart

The cleansing of our home
sparkling mirrors reflecting
integrity and soul
how we are unique
how we are composed
how are very substance is
more valuable than gold

perhaps the natural weakness
of suspicious and anxious beings
suddenly seeks
permanence in time
and limits on earth
Perhaps the tediums
and the ages
implacably, accumulated
extending like a lunar wave of an ocean
newly created

NEWLY CREATED
Ah, let what I am
then be
Ah, let what I am
go on existing
Track Name: Pieces (It's a wild world)
To all who came before me and all who are yet to come
This is not done, until love is our home
To all who came before me and all who are yet to come
This is not done, until love is our home

Sweet and sour, it is the hour to go back in time
Sweet and bitter, the bite of winter
I'll watch it unfold, and hold my tongue
Picking up the pieces of what I've left behind
Rewinding to burst forward
The past, it only teaches us to let go
Extending what we know, to the depths of our feeling

It's a wild world, it's a wild world...

Grant me tolerance, total acceptance as I dance between the worlds
My home is always shifting and my soul is uplifting
As I burn through the blockage
Picking up the pieces of careless explosives
Now I walk with grace on this road
To all who came before me and all who are yet to come
This is not done until love is our home
To all who came before me and all who are yet to come
This is not done until love is our home

It's a wild world, it's a wild world...

Picking up the pieces of what I've left behind
Rewinding to burst forward
The past, it only teaches us to let go
Extending what we know, to the depths of our feeling
Picking up the pieces of careless explosives
Now I walk with grace on this road
To all who came before me and all who are yet to come
This is not done until love is our home
To all who came before me and all who are yet to come
This is not done until love is our home

It's a wild world, it's a wild world...
Track Name: Child
You come to me as the person no one else can be
a completely unique happening in the entire universe
so wondrous are your gifts
courageous yet delicate
oh, lovely, lovely, lovely
how can I hold you 
in every moment 
in every way
how can I live life more fully 
how can I completely portray
your beauty as my life
your brilliance as mine
one in the same
gathering the rain

So let this goddess coalesce into our hands
to lift her to our lips and kiss and drink the spirit 
as it gives, as it gives
oh how can I open my heart up to you 
keep on living 
for this

Building bridges between our hearts again
layers upon layers
connect us in
trusting 
such an open air to breathe
refreshing every single part of me

I will walk face forward
and dead on into
shout your blessing 
through the room
oh how that I am love
all here right now
oh great spirit
you have spoken so loud that finally I hear it
Track Name: The Big Dark
This force has come to claim me
And take me for its own
This fire burns within me
And the flames they rise and grow
So open up my fingers, the taking of a hand
No flesh will last forever, now I understand
I understand

My body is a vessel
I am a hollow bone
What strength will stop the river
Of love when it is shown
That you were made for loving, and dying at the feet
Of some big dark that swallows, of some great mystery
That you were made for loving, and dying at the feet
Of some big dark that swallows, of some great mystery

Release me from what holds me back
Grant me courage, I want to feel this
Embrace me as I fall into my feeling
Letting love leading
Oh... letting love leading

I watch a boat departing
It leaves me on the shore
With some greater longing
My soul hungering for more
But oh the waves that tossed me, and oh the space that's growing
I suppose they call this loving, I suppose it means I'm living
I suppose it means I'm living, I'm living

My body is a vessel
I am a hollow bone
What strength will stop the river
Of love when it is shown
That you were made for loving, and dying at the feet
Of some big dark that swallows, of some great mystery
That you were made for loving, and dying at the feet
Of some big dark that swallows, of some great mystery

Release me from what holds me back
Grant me courage, I want to feel this
Embrace me as I fall into my feeling
Letting love leading
Oh... letting love leading
Track Name: Galaxy Revealing
Close the distance, I am coming to you
Make my heart ready to tremor and shake
We will create, painting words with color
And I will not wait one moment longer

And all I have is what I allow to move through me
And all I am is a galaxy revealing

Close to me means that I will be seen
Intimacy with life and all that it brings
I will allow the fires of existence to transform me
I won't hold back what's stirring me and calling me
And moving me on

And all I have is what I allow to move through me
And all I am is a galaxy revealing

My inner world touches the All, touching the word
Hearing the call across the land
And I can't stand to keep it inside
So I release my deepest dream out into space
Trusting the grace that follow through
The road of truth
That follows through, the road of truth

And all I have is what I allow to move through me
And all I am is a galaxy revealing
And all I have is what I allow to move through me
And all I am is a galaxy revealing...
Track Name: Human Star
Adventure unbound
losing myself in the heart 
and its sounds
and I let it carry me
deeper and deeper like a personal
safari through
wild entry points along 
as I am captured in the song
like a devotee
showing up every second
always honoring
the question of why this chose me
why I am choosing every second of my life to be free

Unlimiting, honoring our periphery
impulse
chance
opportunity to dance
explore the unknown
mystery
becomes our new home
by accepting 
what we do not know 
and inform the flow and let go 
and even more set off and explore
follow the contours 
as they pass through this

human star
that we are
in every single cell
in every single scar
and let the grace
that carries this song 
carry me

all the way home

my elders my brothers, my sisters, my lovers
i share with you the song
i want to grow 
so clear to walk into your fears and your doubts
expanding the range of what can be felt in your house

initiating movement to 
deepening our groove into know the flow
that will carry us 
all the way home
Track Name: A Myriad of Ways
Open wide these open skies, these open eyes to see you
Open sea, abundancy, more than enough to please you
A myriad of ways to give thanks and praise
A myriad of ways to be
A myriad of ways to give thanks and praise
A myriad of ways to be
So I'll listen close to hear...
Inviting the muse

Come near to me, inspire me, set fire to the water
Come near to me, inspire me, set fire to the water

Electric elegance, all the elements moving to the rhythm
Symphony, cacaophony, birds are awake, I hear them
A myriad of ways to give thanks and praise
A myriad of ways to be
A myriad of ways to give thanks and praise
A myriad of ways to be
So I'll listen close to hear...
Inviting the muse

Come near to me, inspire me, set fire to the water
Come near to me, inspire me, set fire to the water

Dimensional shift, abysmal rift, catching a glimpse of Source
So channel it through me, letting it use me, letting it change my course
A myriad of ways to give thanks and praise
A myriad of ways to be
A myriad of ways to give thanks and praise
A myriad of ways to be
So I'll listen close to hear...
Inviting the muse

Come near to me, inspire me, set fire to the water
Come near to me, inspire me, set fire to the water
Track Name: Gather and Drop
honest eyes look back 
reflecting the past
passing tradition
gather and drop
your branches your leaves
down to your roots your seeds
passing tradition
gather and drop

flourish me flush me
nourish me touch me 
speaking to God right now
uncorrupt me
purge me move me
guide me loose me
soften the boundaries
the bondage the stories
allowing 
creation informing

and how the winds are change
constant and re-arrange 
your visions
decisions
listen
ancestral
revival
standing on the shoulders of our collective
Track Name: The Traveler's Wealth
Oceans of traveling soul
So many pathways home
I live in the unknown
I am moving
Caress fate and chance
Create happenstance
This wave is a flow
I grow, wandering seeds
Abundantly, growing like trees

Ship sailing, here to trade
Intangible exchange pays our way
And paves wide, we dive into the road of the sea
Currency flowing, I am open sea channeling
Currency flowing, I am open sea channeling

From mother's mouth to our sails
She speaks that more is available to you
If you just move, listen, move, listen
Move, listen, move...
The ocean screams, release
The ocean screams, destiny
And falls to a whisper
And falls to a whisper
And falls to a whisper of tide

Light bouncing on the sea
Your eyes are shining, we are alive!
What's next?
Welcoming the rest of this life
We dive into the depths of the sea
We dive, into the depths of the sea
We dive...
Release the anchor, we are free to wander
Release the anchor, we are free to wander

From mother's mouth to our sails
She speaks that more is available to you
If you just move, listen, move, listen
Move, listen, move...
The ocean screams, release
The ocean screams, destiny
And falls to a whisper
And falls to a whisper
And falls to a whisper of tide

Here is nothing
Here is empty
Here, come reside...

The ocean screams, release
The ocean screams, destiny
And falls to a whisper
And falls to a whisper
And falls to a whisper of tide
Track Name: Ahh Mama
Taste the wild essence, presence
Taste the nectar of flowers, the power of
The Great Mother and she turns in me
And turns in you
Take me to the open fields
Yielding, deeply feeling
Take me to the open fields
Yielding, deeply feeling

Ahh, mamama yeah...

No other medicine will know you so deeply within
Trusting her to go inside, guide darkness into light
Fear not those darkened spaces
Fear not the demons' faces
All comes to dust as the wheels are turning
Hearts are burning, souls are yearning

Ahh, mamama yeah...

Taste the wild essence, presence
Taste the nectar of flowers, the power of
The Great Mother and she turns in me
And turns in you
Take me to the open fields
Yielding, deeply feeling
Take me to the open fields
Yielding, deeply feeling

Ahh, mamama yeah...