ORCHID

by Gillian O'Donovan

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1.
Adikkondar 05:08
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.
2.
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
3.
Orchid 03:06
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
4.
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
5.
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.
6.
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
7.
White Night 03:43
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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.

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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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