Big Wide Sky

by Michael Marian

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Michael Marian I really appreciate the lyrics, the songwriting. And of course the voice. Some great musicianship on this record such as drummer Gary Craig. Favorite track: Polaroid.
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A very personal album of songs recorded and produced by Mitch Girio.

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released September 20, 2016

All songs written by Michael Marian except No Ordinary Love which was written by Helen Folasade Adu and arranged by Michael Marian and Mitch Girio. Liner notes are included with in-depth details of musicians involved. The main lineup includes Mitch Girio on bass; Gary Craig on drums tracks 1,2,3,4,5; Sam Cino on drums tracks 6,7,8,9,10; Lynn Kastner on background vocals, Paul Swogger Ruston on guitars, Tim Ransom lead guitar on track 4; Andrew Barker on lap steel and electric rhythm guitar on track 2; Michael Marian lead vocals and acoustic guitar. Special guest Nik Beat, vocal harmonies on New York. Special guest Michael Theordore, vocal harmonies on Basement Apartment and Can You Feel The Love.

All songs were mastered by Mitch Girio with the exceptions of New York, Museum of Faith, Can You Feel The Love which were mastered by Richard G. Benoit.

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Michael Marian Toronto, Ontario

Michael Marian is based out of Toronto, Canada where he has lived and worked since 1981. He was raised in the towns of Maple, King City, Aurora and Richmond Hill. He performed extensively at Canada's Wonderland and then in the many clubs of Toronto, including The Elmocambo, The Rivoli, The Horseshoe etc. He established Coffeehouse Arts and Culture in 2001 with Norman Cristofoli. ... more

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Track Name: Wedding Day
Wedding Day (© Michael Marian 2014)

Car idles in the driveway
Destination saved
Last glance over your shoulder
Gravel road, dust, the wind blows away

Electric shimmering crimson lips
Chrome wheels hug to the freeway
Don Henley crooning ‘I’m taking you home’
to the fresh painted chapel on vanilla road

It’s your wedding day
a million miles away
Village by the city
Chorus swells over wedding bells
My little girl marries in the morning

They gather like water clusters
Friend and family ties
A string pearls, fragile, enduring
Soft summer breeze, till the breathless silence arrives

He stands before you in perfect wonder
There is no shade from this brilliant white
Infused with the enchanting grace
of solemn vows and silken lace
that issues lovely and tender from your face

It’s your wedding day
a million miles away
Village by the city
Chorus swells over wedding bells
My little girl marries in the morning

instrumental

It’s your wedding day
a million miles away
Village by the city
Chorus swells over wedding bells
My little girl marries in the morning
Track Name: Polaroid
Polaroid (© Michael Marian 2015)

You know that I
Would give you the sun and sky above
That in a moment I would die for love
Though I really try
My very best to deny
This restless heart, still longs, for you and cries

Doesn’t matter what I say
Won’t bring you back with me today
Here I am singing love songs
To everyone when it’s to you that they belong

Spin round the sun
With the millions of stars in heaven strung
Can you see the constellation made of you
With your deep violet sky
High above in the firmament of time
A fantasy of such celestial hue

Doesn’t matter what I say
Won’t bring you back with me today
Here I am singing love songs
To everyone when it’s to you that they belong

Ten thousand days
Now just seconds away
The taxi light illuminates your face
Your hand holding mine
The polaroid flash freezes time
Now in your eyes
there I can stay
for always

In your eyes there I can stay...
Oh, in your eyes there I can stay...
In your eyes there I can stay… for always

Polaroid
Track Name: Basement Apartment
Basement Apartment (© Michael Marian 1996)

I drive a shit-box and live in a basement apartment… in the beaches
I’ve got an orange tabby cat and a sweetheart that tastes like honey and peaches
When the moon is high in night
We dance and sing under the silvery light
As the stars in the heavens above shine on this earthly delight

It was sunshine, honey and peaches
The shit-box tabby and me
The harvest moons on the boardwalk
Down in the beaches, south of queen is...
...where I want to be

She had fool-around brown eyes and long dark entanglement hair, tied in denials
She had dreams of marriage with bands of gold on our fingers, and a big day
But when her hopes were dashed by the fires of love,
of true romance and true desire
She run, run, run, run, run,
Run, run, run, ran away

Come back, honey and peaches
To the shit-box tabby and me
The harvest moons on the boardwalk
Down in the beaches, south of queen is...
where I want to be

I drive a shit-box and live in a basement apartment… in the beaches
I’ve got an orange tabby cat and a sweetheart that tastes like honey and peaches
When the moon is high in night
We dance and sing underneath the silvery light
As the stars in the heavens above shine on this earthly delight
As the stars in the heavens above shine on this earthly delight
As the stars in the heavens above shine on this earthly delight

Get back… get back… get back to where you once belong
Track Name: Sing My Heart Away
Sing My Heart Away (© Michael Marian 2015)

I don't wanna talk about it
will not scream or shout out loud
Only want to sing my heart away

Love is done and left me lonely
Misery, a tall-tale glass
Faith and hope leavin' on the red-eye train

“Alone and gone” ...Love is talkin’
“Alone and gone” solace to the rain
“Alone and gone, gone away”

-solo verse-

“Alone and gone” ...with the Spirit
“Alone and gone” of the Grateful Dead
“Alone and gone, gone away”

Is there anybody out there
Only you can hold my heart
Feel the deepest blue the way that I do

Paid hell with best intention
Sold ‘the dream’ in a fire sale
“Come on Angel! Dry your eyes and sing…”
I only wanna sing my heart...my heart...my heart away
Sing my heart away, sing my heart away, sing my heart... my heart away.
Track Name: Museum of Faith
Museum of Faith (© Michael Marian 2010)

Sunlight crying from windows
falling on paintings, Michelangelo
Ceilings looking tired, dying on shoulders
of the faithful that carved the wood and stone

Well you know how his hands toiled
and his name forever gilded gold
Painted angels pray for our broken world
on a morning like this one, you know

Darkening daylight, thundering storm
Carnage and chaos, Michelangelo's thrown
Rising transfigured, twisting and turning
ravaging spirit into shape and form

Museum of faith, frozen faces of grace
turn toward God's distant resting place
Museum of faith, faded faces of grace
reach for innocence to embrace

His avenging heart releases time
Muse of creation draws the spiral line
Of delusion and vision, revelation
Falling angels, sweet salvation

Well you know how his hands toiled
and his name forever gilded gold
Painted angels pray for our broken world
on a morning like this one, you know
Track Name: No Ordinary Love
No Ordinary Love (© Sade)

When you came my way
You brightened every day
With your sweet smile

I gave you all the love I got more than I could give
Gave you love
I gave you all that I had inside and you took, my love, you took my love
I keep crying
I keep trying for you
There’s nothing like you and I baby

I gave you all the love I got I gave you more than I could give
Gave you love
I gave you all that I have inside and you took, my love, you took my love
Didn’t I tell you what I believe
Did somebody say that a love like are’s won’t last
Didn’t I give you all that I got to, give baby

This is no ordinary love, no ordinary love
This is no ordinary love, no ordinary love

When you came my way
You brightened every day
With your sweet smile

Didn’t I tell you what I believe
Did somebody say that a love like are’s won’t last
Didn’t I give you all that I got to, give baby

This is no ordinary love, no ordinary love
This is no ordinary love, no ordinary love

This is no ordinary love, no ordinary love

When you came my way
You brightened every day
With your sweet smile
With your sweet smile
With your sweet smile
Track Name: Once More To Stay
Once More To Stay (© Michael Marian 2002)

Sweet summer scent in the air
Golden highlight August hair
Green eyes wide, dancing, touching my stare

The whispering candle flame
Melts and burns in our name
And reaches out for the dark beyond the window frame

And we take our love out again
Blessed to forgive the pain
For hearts we keep in trust for the breaking day
Gone is fear and strain
Back is joy and play, once more young, once more to stay
Once more to stay

Harvest moon midnight blue
Stars in panoramic view
A backstage pass to a grand rendezvous

Two angels touch the ground
Hearts beating first sounds
And they’re breaking our hearts and turning us upside down

And we take our love out again
Blessed to forgive the pain
For hearts we keep in trust for the breaking day
Gone is fear and strain
Back is joy and play, once more young, once more to stay
Once more to stay

[instrumental break]

And we take our love out again
Blessed to forgive the pain
For hearts we keep in trust for the breaking day
Gone is fear and strain
Back is joy and play, once more young, once more to stay
Once more to stay...
Track Name: Can You Feel The Love
Can You Feel The Love (© Michael Marian 2001)

She knows all the colours of the subway stations
She knows all the places downtown
She never gets caught in complications, she’s got the grace
She just blesses you on your way and moves along
He’s the master at the art of persuasion
He’s a craftsman, a scholar and monk
Together they’re the cause of this celebration
Liberating souls that are on the run

Can you feel the love, can you feel the power

She’s got the eyes on a rainbow of nations
Soul of the sun
She’ll take you in her arms and She’ll hold you
Your troubles all come on done
And He’ll ride up beside you to provide you and align you with the cause of righteous one
With choicest of words He’ll remind you to fight for the truth never to subside

We all need someone or something to believe in who’ll never let us down
What do you believe in?
Do you believe in love?
Believe in love
Can you feel the love, can you feel the power?

What do you believe in, do you believe in love?

[instrumental-gospel-funk-party-time]

She knows all the colours of the subway stations
She knows all the places downtown
She never gets caught in complications, she’s got the grace
She just blesses you on your way and moves along
He’s the master at the art of persuasion
He’s a craftsman, a scholar and monk
Together they’re the cause of this celebration
Liberating souls that are on the run

Can you feel the love, can you feel the power
Track Name: New York
New York (© Michael Marian 1996)

Head out on the highway with our expectations
Unfamiliar faces, love in stranger places
Into the night
We take flight

The border crossing takes us in a new direction
We take another chance to make the connection
and move inside
New York in mind

Emotions come and go
It’s just the light casting shadows
I open up my heart and face to face the great unknown

Ceilings high and wide above and open doorway
where people come inside to feel the hope and glory
St. John the Divine, in the upper west side

The music and our voices rise so high and mighty
The candles all aglow our faces shine so brightly
It’s New Years Eve. New York’s in peace

Emotions come and go
It’s just the light casting shadows
I open up my heart and face to face the great unknown

No reasons why that I can find
My guess it’s all in… in letting go.
The days grow short and I begin to sort
my feeling but my feelings just work out.

I move inside you and I feel my heart exploding
A touch, a breath, a taste, a sound and all it’s glory
rushing up my spine and dancing in my mind

Two hearts are running wild, to souls are burning on fire
as the sun goes in the cradle and the evening night
drapes the New York sky and into love we die.

Emotions come and go
It’s just the light casting shadows
I open up my heart and face to face the great unknown
Track Name: Sweet Suicide
Listen to the Waves / Sweet Suicide (© Michael Marian 1977)

Listen to the waves…

I am the archetypal fool / Don’t like to play by the rules
trading soul for materiality / living through video vicariously

Lip service to an alienated God / Fear of losing a prestigious job
the endless shopping and the shifting moods / while advertising guiding with it’s every move

Well it’s a life and I give my heart my life
And if that’s suicide well then I guess it’s a sweet suicide

So I go out walking along the beach / to see what Ontario could teach
she touches her wave upon a rock / inviting me to hear her talk

She tells me a story from long ago / of a people who were brave and bold
and how they lived here once proud and free / with the spirit of animal, lake, land, sky and tree

And it’s a life that they lived with their hearts and souls
and they still live on in the waves upon these shores

Listen to the waves…

She then tells me of another shore / with a treasure as rich as the heart can hold
a woman kneeling before a silvery moon / and in her and a piece of golden fruit

I hear her calling out my name / and know I’ll never for ever remain the same
And so I say to you farewell / may you have stories all to tell

Cause it’s a life and I give my heart my life
and if that’s suicide well then I guess it’s a sweet suicide.
YEAH… it’s a life and I give my heart my life
and if that’s suicide well then I guess it’s a sweet suicide…
a sweet... suicide
sweet (long hold ) suicide.

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