ORCHID

by Gillian O'Donovan

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Orchid is an exploration of an eastern scale on a handpan (the Asachan SahaRa) by a vocalist interested in that space where East meets West.

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released September 4, 2015

All songs composed, arranged and performed by Gillian O'Donovan, except Adikkondar lyrics by Muthu Thandavar, Mahaganapathim and Gajananayutham lyrics by Muthuswami Dikshitar. Played on the Asachan SahaRa handpan created by Echo Sound Sculptures, plus Bells aolien on Gajananayutham.
Recorded and mixed by Seb at Near Deaf Experience, France
Artwork by Claude Autret
Thanks to Jimmy, Bertie and Ellie, MC, Anuradha Mahesh, Kabeçao Rodrigues, Jerome Bessout, Ezahn and the handpan family.

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Track Name: Adikkondar
ADikkoNDAr anda vEDikkai kANak kaN Ayiram vENDAmO

nADith tudippavar pangil uraibavar nambar thiruch-chem ponnambalavANar

ARa navamaNi mAlaigaLADa

Translation
Will we not need a thousand eyes to see the wonder of the Lord dancing?

The gold-skinned dancer, always reliable, is the Lord who resides in those that seek him through prayer.
Track Name: All Our Cares
ALL OUR CARES

Let’s go play.
We’ll keep the rest of the world at bay.
We’ll be so far away,
We’ll forget about all our cares.

Feel the breeze.
Taste the salt in the bright blue sea.
Come bathe with me,
We’ll wash away all our cares.

Let’s soar up high.
Look an eagle right in the eye.
The wind will blow,
Blow away all our cares,
We’ll forget about all our cares.

Oh there’s always a spot of trouble,
And sometimes it looks a lot like rain.
You smooth out a bad patch,
And it gets roughed up all over again.
There’s always a bit of bother tryin to
Catch you when you guard is down
But,when your silver lining has a cloud, I’ll be your port in the storm.

So, put the music on.
There's always time for another song.
It won't take long,
To dance away all our cares.


I’ll make some builders’ tea.
There's a really good film on tv.
Maybe if you stay with me,
We’ll forget about all our cares,
We’ll forget about all our cares.

Gillian O'Donovan
Track Name: Orchid
Orchid

Orchid sees
Sequences of numbers
Moving in the
Fractured broken light
Shadows shift
Slip and slide about her
In the heat
Busy wings take flight

Orchid hears
Jumbled conversation
Whispering
Calculus and pi
Waves of sound
Rise up to engulf her
Insects drone
A drowsy lullaby

Orchid sleeps
Clinging to her lover
Deep inside
A kaleidoscope of dreams
Dark green thoughts
Vegetable nightmares
In the night
No one hears a scream

Gillian O'Donovan
Track Name: The Power of the Moment
The Power of the Moment

Here and now is the power of the moment
Feel the force of the power of the moment
Pulsing in the air; Vibrating everywhere
Want to seize it the power of the moment
Want to be in the power of the moment
Feel it everywhere
Time, beats his own drum, Life carries on
Blink then its gone… just like that

No denying the power of the moment
Oh I’m high on the power of the moment
Running through my veins
Every time that I see a bird in flight and
Every time that I see a star at night I’m
Gonna hold the moment there.
Every second just keeps on ticking faster
And I just want to make the moment last is
That too much to ask but
Time, beats his own drum, Life carries on
Blink then its gone… just like that

Here together we’re living at this moment
Stay with me, share the magic of the moment
Me and you, just we two
Everytime that your arms are round me tight and
Everytime that I see that star at night I
wanna keep the moment there.
Every second just keeps on ticking faster
And I just want to make the moment last is
That too much to ask of
Time, speeding away, out of my reach
Each grain of sand… slipping through my fingers

Time, thief in the night, stealing away,
I’m sand in the wind… scattering

Here and now is the power of the moment
Feel the force of the power of the moment
Buzzing in the air; flashing everywhere
Straight ahead of me and behind me I can
See them shining there shining brightly - every
Moment that’s to come, every moment gone
Every colour just keeps on glowing brighter
And I just want to step into the light
That’s not too much to ask
Time, you wont beat me,
Each moment’s safe
Here in my heart… for always

Gillian O'Donovan
Track Name: Mahaganapathim
mahaa gaNapatim manasaa smaraami
mahaa gaNapatim vasishTa vaama dEvAdi vandita
mahaa gaNapatim
mahaa dEva sutam
mahaa dEva sutam guruguha nutam
mahaa dEva sutam guruguha nutam maara kOTi prakaasham shaantam
mahaa kaavya naaTakaadi priyam
mahaa kaavya naaTakaadi priyam mooshika vaahanaa mOdhaka priyam
mahaa gaNapatim
Translation
Mahaganapathy! My namaskarams to you. I meditate on You, the Great God Ganapathy. You are the one who is worshipped by great sages such as Vashishta and Vamadeva. You are the son of the Great Lord Shiva. You are always adored by 'Guruguha', Lord Skanda. You have a beauty and shine with the brilliance of a thousand 'manmadhas' - Cuipds. You are the embodiment of peace and tranquility. You love great poetry and drama. You have as the vehicle, as a mount, a small mouse. You love the modhakas, a variety of sweet made of rice and coconut. I bow to thee. My lord, Maha Ganapathy.
Track Name: Song for the Chaos
Song for the Chaos

I found it… in the Chaos,
In the river, hidden deep
It’s a secret so ancient
It’s long lain there, asleep
In the water rippling, shimmering, shifting, drifting, racing, on it’s way

The trees soar up into the sky
Vaulted windows tinted green.
And the Chaos splashes at my feet
A million rainbows sparkling.
In the water rippling, shimmering, shifting, drifting, racing, on it’s way

When my joy turns to sorrow
And that sorrow gets too hard to bear
I take my tears to the Chaos
We are always welcome there
In the water rippling, shimmering, shifting, drifting, racing, on it’s way

And when I lose my way,
I just follow where it leads
Cos it always takes me back
To that place where I need to be
Next to the water rippling, shimmering, shifting, drifting, racing on it’s way

Now I hear the white water,
it is singing clearly just for me
As it carries me with it
On it’s way down to the sea
With that water rippling, shimmering, shifting, drifting, racing on it’s way

And it calls out to me
On its way to the sea
And it calls out to me
On its way to the sea

Gillian O'Donovan
Track Name: White Night
White Night (Nuit Blanche)

I’m stuck here in the space, between one day and another.
It’s such a lonely place, between one day and another.
Where the river of dreams has run itself dry,
Where the promise of sleep was only a lie,
And I’ve fallen like Icarus out of the sky,
Between one day and another.

The clock has broken down, between one day and another.
The spring has come unwound, between one day and another.
I’ve tossed and I’ve turned and I’ve thought about you,
Rehearsed all my problems and found new ones too,
I’ve beaten my breast till its black and it’s blue,
Between one day and another.

And when I face the day, so full of one thing and another,
The nightmare fades away, what with one thing and another.
There’s this and there’s that and there’s you and there’s me.
There’s come and there’s go so that I never see
The daemon that’s waiting there so patiently,
Between one day and another.

Gillian O'Donovan
Track Name: The Sun and the Moon
The Sun and the Moon Gillian O'Donovan

And when the moon passed the sun, across a crowded sky
O she was blinded by his golden light, drawn to where his path would lie.
She was tempted from her way, away across the sky
She had to follow wherever he led. Oh he could not be denied.

And when the sun passed the moon, as she was shining in the sky
He saw himself there in her silver light, took her to himself that night.
The stars all looked away, to keep them from the sight,
as shining silver lost itself in gold, falling in a blaze of light.
O she was eager to take her chance
O she was caught up in circumstance
Spinning and turning she danced the dance
Tasting the danger of wild romance

And when the sun left the moon, alone up in the sky
He took away all of his golden light and left her by herself to cry
And so the night became dark, the moon refused to rise
Only the stars were left behind to shine, only they could hear her sigh.
O she was eager to take her chance
She was a victim of circumstance
Spinning and turning she danced the dance
Tasting the danger of wild romance
Track Name: High in the Sky
High in the Sky Gillian O'Donovan

High in the sky there’s a speck up in the air , circling
A bird is in the sky and a change is in the air , waiting
The year has swung about again to shorten all the days
And now the time has come for me to
Spread my wings and Fly, Fly away
Spread my wings and Fly, Fly away

Down on the ground with the leaves beneath my feet, rustling
Walking through the memories of summers o so sweet, tasting
The season’s turned about again to shorten all our days
And now the time has come for me to
Spread my wings and Fly, Fly away
Spread my wings and Fly, Fly away

High above the clouds surrounded by endless blue, soaring
I say to all I’ve known everyone I ever knew, I’m leaving
The night is closing in on me to shorten all my days
And now the time has come for me to
Spread my wings and Fly, Fly away
Spread my wings and Fly, Fly away
Track Name: Gajananayutham
gajaananayutam gaNEshwaram
bhajaami satatam surEshwaram
(gajaananayutam)

ajEndrapoojita vighnEshwaram
gaNaadisannutapada padmakaram
kunjarabhanjana caturatarakaram
guruguhaagrajam praNavaakaaram

translation
I constantly sing the praise of GaNEshwara the elephant-faced, who is the lord of Devas.
Who is worshipped by Brahma and Indra. Remover of obstacles, whose lotus like feet and hands are worshipped by BhootagaNas. Who exhibited his skill in vanquishing Kunjara. He is the elder brother of Guruguha, and is of the form of PraNava.