lullaby rock

by ings

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1.
If Not You 03:14
Shoot an arrow straight today, draw a target 'round it later. Don't be frightened by your sorrow, let tomorrow be tomorrow, caus you'll never ever know. Write the address on the box, don't be sorry, don't get lost. Why you starin' out the window? What did I say? Why did he go? Caus you'll never ever know. If not you, than who, baby? If not you, than who, baby? If not you, than who, baby? If not you, than who? Laugh into the void smile in the abyss. whistle in the dark, and let some light into crypt. Let some, let some, let some, let some, let some If not you, than who, baby? If not you, than who, baby? If not you, than who, baby? If not you, than who? Show some kindness to yourself. You're the only one who can. Through your pain and deep depression, put your chords into progressions. Don't pretend for anyone. Don't pretend for anyone. If not you, than who, baby? If not you, than who, baby? If not you, than who, baby? If not you, than who?
2.
Afterthought 03:24
I will not be your afterthought, I will not You gotta go, you gotta go now A tiny little part of it You're not the thing, the thing you're not I will not be your afterthought, I will not You gotta go, you gotta go now Acoustic focus on this moment You were cool but I was lonesome You will not be mine after all, you will not You gotta go, you gotta go now I've gotta go, I've gotta go now (I don't see you round my doorway) Medieval romance like you're supposed to It's the tightest way to lie, but I will not be your afterthought, I will not You gotta go, you gotta go now You gotta go, you gotta go now
3.
This next song is a love song for your friends. I believe that friends deserve more love songs and I like to start this one with a brief meditation on friendship. I invite you to close your eyes, and picture sitting right in front of you, your best friend. And imagine they are smiling a big beautiful smile right at you. And you can tell that it’s a real smile because you can see it in their eyes, the way their eyes are twinkling at you. Now I invite you to imagine that you are both laughing about something really silly-- your favorite inside joke, or a tv show, or whatever-- it could even be something that no one else in the whole world would think was funny, but just imagine losing it with your dear friend. Like you just can’t stop laughing. Imagine the sound of their laugh as you picture this moment with your friend. Now I invite you to notice whatever feelings might be coming up at this moment, as you picture your dear friend. Maybe fondness or joy, goofiness, gratitude, or even just a sense of deep cosmic luck, that this person should be in your life just at this right time in your life. I invite you to just notice those feelings, and hold them in your heart for a moment. Now, while still holding onto those feelings that you have for your dear friend, I invite you to add one more thought, one more beautiful idea to that bouquet of blessings: here it is: this wonderful goofy beautiful person sitting in front of you, with whom you share life, who makes life that much easier and more joyful, this wonderful person feels all of those wonderful feelings for you too. I invite you to open your eyes. This song is called Amelia.
4.
Amelia 04:21
Who is coolest, best, and sweetest? Make your driving zen and mean it Do not borrow, merely keep it for now. Oh the sky that is above us, And the boys who’ll never love us No they simply do not matter now But what is wrong, Amelia? Don’t you know that summer’s soon? Plant your tiny fairy garden Sacrifice to something foreign Leave the door upon the doorhinge now What a battle we have fought in We have ventured gone and gotten Been elated, felt so rotten now But what is wrong, Amelia? She’ll be long gone, She’ll be long gone, She’ll be long gone, She’ll be long gone, gone Oh that night in san francisco When i left you for the disco Held your shoulder for a minute But my heart was nowhere in it Oh that night in san francisco Oh my god, i’m gonna miss you Oh my god, i’m gonna miss you Oh my god, i’m gonna miss you Oh my, but what is wrong, Amelia? She’ll be long gone, She’ll be long gone, She’ll be long gone, She’ll be long gone, gone Gone, gone, gone
5.
Anyway I Go 03:15
you’re so pretty i could take a picture maybe i won’t so i can be with you right here wind’ll keep blowing and ill blow with it maybe i’ll catch and maybe i’ll miss it this year anyway that i go, i can move on from it I’ve seen sorrow, i’ve lived in other places gone home and worried bout the same things later, my dear well nothing ever changed from wishing it were different you got to run fast so the rain can’t hit ya out here Anyway that i go, i can move on from it did it just to do it or did it all for nothin well now we'll never know but you gotta keep runnin i'll spin you a yarn and you can make a mitten we got pretty good stars for livin' in the city right here
6.
I have wasted many hours staring off into the dim I will not be spending anymore time thinking about him ‘Caus a broken heart’s a bargain, kiss a dime a dozen Turn around and leave it all and carry this heart Pick yourself up, somebody’s got to Pick yourself up, somebody’s got to Pick yourself up, kick him to the curb, caus Somebody’s got to Carry this heart His respect is just as unpredictable as his attention I always try my hardest try so hard to understand him, but It’s too late, you gave it all you had so Turn around and leave it all and carry this heart Pick yourself up, somebody’s got to Pick yourself up, somebody’s got to Pick yourself up, never see you later, Rock ’n roll reasons Carry this heart Heart, heart, heart That boy Sees you As less than you are Pick yourself up, somebody’s got to Pick yourself up, somebody’s got to carry this heart.
7.
I remember being 17 Will there be a place for me? I remember being so afraid Things fall apart almost every day, but then No one belongs here more than you. Feel like a stranger in a strange land You’re just a person, I know you can Fight like a girl, and then cry like a man Say “Goodnight, Moon” and then do it again, because No one belongs here more than you. Unbearable lightness of being a human Men explain things, I already know them, I’ve captured the castle, I breakfast with champions, I ran with the wolves to the sidewalk’s ending, but No one belongs here more than you.
8.
Something strange happens when you try to kiss your heroes, They get a little smaller as you get a little nearer, You wanna stay lost and you wanna keep that feeling You wanna stay gone but your clarity is clearing Oh, but what you want, Oh, but what you want is going Oh, but what you want, Oh, but what you want is going, Away So what if I’ve got more love than I know what to do with? So what if I’ve got more love than I know what to do with? So what if I’ve got more love than I know what to do with? So what if I’ve got more love than I know what to do with? Well, you can’t forget yourself, and you can’t forget your purpose: It’s that tiny little voice that starts to talk and make you nervous And you try to keep it quiet, and you try to keep believing, And sometimes you can feel your little self is disappearing Oh, but what you want, Oh, but what you want is going Oh, but what you want, Oh, but what you want is going, Away So what if I’ve got more love than I know what to do with? So what if I’ve got more love than I know what to do with? So what if I’ve got more love than I know what to do with? So what if I’ve got more love than I know what to do with? Than I know what? what? What?
9.
Maker 02:20
It’s alright to listen to the rain. Throw it all out, and start again. Creature and Creator, pleasure and pain. It’s alright to listen to the rain. It’s alright to listen to the rain. Waking up to the same world every day, I am something different than what I make. And there are ways that I have grown while I was not noticing. It’s alright. It’s alright.
10.
Chex Mix 02:32
Chex Mix for breakfast, Listen to “Queen Bitch” twice Max and Grace jumping naked in the lake: Most beautiful thing I have seen in my life There goes my longing, There goes another day Another hope wound away out the window, Wound away Maybe I’ll get lost again Hoping that i don’t Life is an experiment Best to keep on going Here is my fondness for every living thing, I see love lit by this or that stray glint, and I have this feeling: Be not so fearful, And calibrate your hope Celebrate your old defeat, And then let it go Maybe I can understand Something that I don’t But life is an experiment Best to keep on going, Best to keep on going, Best to keep on going...

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KEXP on "Lullaby Rock"
"Six years and two EPs later, ings is finally unveiling her debut record. Titled Lullaby Rock, after the self-made genre she gave herself because of her hushed singing style, the record is a testament to an artist honing her craft and unafraid to experiment. Everything from lush orchestral strings to fingerpicked guitar riffs and even a guided meditation can be found on the dynamic record, anchored by ings' lovely and fantastically Feist-y vocals.

The uplifting lyrics on Lullaby Rock focus on healing and growth, with ings offering up a bit of hard-learned advice from herself to herself. A toolbox of affirmations, each song began as a repeated phrase she would sing aloud to herself in order to carry on through a difficult situation. Lessons like valuing yourself, appreciating your friends, and dealing with failure are thoughtfully and cleverly explored over the ten tracks."

- Jasmine Albertson, KEXP


Woof, much like Bilbo Baggins in the first hour of “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Extended Edition,” I find myself asking, “Where to begin?”

Perhaps I should begin the beguine where I began: My parents, who have shown me real love all of my life, and whose goodness is in everything I make·my remarkable siblings who show me what is possible: Liz, Meem, Jean, Willbus, Stephanopolous, and Annie·Ames
Chiles·my music teachers: Marilyn Lowe and Luke Bergman·Josh and Lanie and everyone at
Barsuk/Brilliant Corners for seeing me as I wish to be seen, and showing me real human kindness as I grow·my amazing live bandmembers: Chris Icasiano, the greatest drummer I have ever seen·Kelsey Mines, who shreds with joy·Abakis, who is on top of her shit·Kirsten Ourada, with whom I am in deep friend-love·the community of artists who played on this record and surround me with excellence and real heart·Liesel
Benecke·HOOP·KPH and the Canary
Collective·Manybest·Gal Palace
Fortress Callosum·Werewolf Vacation·
Andrew and Catherine Vasco·Haley Freedlund·
Jenny Asarnow·Shy Boys·SSLYBY·Dearest Scooter·all the scoobs at the shows·Clara, Eliza, JJ, and Evan·

and finally, you, who are reading this, and listening with an open heart.

Thanks, scoob.

truly,

i

credits

released November 15, 2019

All songs written, arranged, and produced by ings
All songs mixed by Mell Dettmer unless otherwise noted
All songs mastered by Mell Dettmer unless otherwise noted

1. If Not You
Drums: Chris Icasiano
Cello: David Balatero
Upright Bass: Kelsey Mines
Engineered by Mell Dettmer and ings

2. Afterthought
Violin: Jacob Hiser
Upright Bass: Preston Richey
Drums: Ian Erickson
Engineered and mixed
by Jonathan James

3. Best Friend Meditation
Engineered by Mell Dettmer

4. Amelia
Drums: Ian Erickson
Additional drums: ings
Upright Bass: Kelsey Mines
Cello: David Balatero
Engineered by Jonathan James,
Mell Dettmer, David Balatero,
Taylor Delph, and ings

5. Anyway I Go
Drums: Chris Icasiano
Additional drums: ings
Upright Bass: Kelsey Mines
Cello: David Balatero
Violin: Alina To
Engineered by Mell Dettmer and ings

6. No One Belongs Here More
Than You (Book Song)
Book sounds, percussion: ings
Engineered by ings & Mell Dettmer






7. Pick Yourself Up
Upright Bass: Carmen Rothwell
Drums: Chris Icasiano
Engineered by Luke Bergman
and Will Smith
Mixed by Will Smith
Mastered by Pete Lyman

8. Kiss Your Heroes
Bass: Kelsey Mines
Drums: Ian Erickson
Flute: Arthur Brown
Saxophone composition: Levi Gillis
Engineered by Jonathan James,
Mell Dettmer, and ings

9. Maker
Upright Bass: Kelsey Mines
Cello: David Balatero
Violin: Alina To
Engineered by Mell Dettmer and ings

10. Chex Mix
Organ: ings
Engineered and mixed
by Will Smith

Recorded at: Studio Soli,
Werewolf Vacation, ings’ bedroom,
Sibley Studio,The Woodshed,
Blues Dad Studios, Pop Life,
and Avast Studios

All guitars and vocals: ings

Album Photos: Haley Freedlund
Photography Assistant: Warren Woo
Album layout: ings

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