From The Shallows To The Deep

by Brian Koenigsknecht

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1.
Nova 03:57
From far beyond my wildest dreams You've shaken me from the dark And you need every answer I can tell that it's killing you to be in the dark So are we free or kept in the dark? I can't tell you how Are you familiar with the birds and bees Or the humming of a mystery? I can't tell you why But I will sing with you all the while if it makes you smile Nova And so we've danced in leaps and bounds Spinning around with this rock And you still need meaning I can that tell it's killing you to keep your faith in a rock It's both a heaven and a hell of a rock All is fair in love, war and other one way trips Of all the worlds I've seen It was your face that launched my ship It's you I'd go down with Nova
2.
Are we Gifts or Creatures in the night? There's a Red Tail Ring around the harvest moonlight I hear the Earthwork Songbirds sing their precious parts I hear the Earthwork Songbirds in the fields of our hearts We are the volunteers in the spirit of the honeybees Our sweetness and vigor Whether Airborne or Aquatic We are part of something bigger I feel the Earthwork Songbirds sing their precious parts I feel the Earthwork Songbirds In the wide open fields of our hearts It's Heaven on a farm in Northern Michigan On a Sunday evening In the warm embrace of a moonlight lit stage And the gift of listening...the gift of listening to a Songbird, Songbird always loving you Songbirds, Songbirds always loving you I hear the earth work in the sweetest harmony We see the earth work and it isn't just a dream It isn't just a dream...
3.
April 04:27
So there you were Just waiting in the station So you're back in town We've all been waiting around Did you remember your sweater It's still pretty cold April welcome home To a fool's parade and the winter's marching on So Baby don't be shy and smile... And bring these wildflowers back to life You look lovely just as always You're a breath of fresh air Here's a bluebell for you hair Nothing's changed much since you left us Been kinda dead 'round here But I can hear the distant cheers Of a fool's parade and the winter's marching on So Baby don't be shy and smile... And bring these wildflowers back to life Everybody loves you It's just your way Everybody needs you So April wave It's your parade and we're all marching on So Baby don't be shy and smile... And Bring us wildflowers back to life
4.
I've got my morning jacket on The path is wide and golden I'm gonna take it just as long and far As it's your hand I'm holding If it's true of what they say about the April rain Then the world's about to bloom...Come what May Oh forgive me if I'm paranoid My Darling it's been so long But now the blood is rushing warm and hard to my heart As a thrush bursts into song If it's true of what they say about the April rain Then the world's about to bloom I'm floating over bluebell fields The same fields that just held me I'll meet you 'neath the twisted cross Of the crooked roof's belfry...Come what May
5.
Momma Blue 03:45
For all we even know While the climate changes We're still sailing for the last plateau Where war rages, world war rages I'll keep my faith in you It's only natural, it's only natural I'll keep my faith in you It's only natural Momma Blue I would never ask you the same With everything we've put you through While you're children still misbehave In spite of you, despite you I'll keep my faith in you It's only natural, it's only natural I'll keep my faith in you It's only natural Momma Blue You'll be free of us someday soon
6.
There was freedom in the twilight of every avenue All the plans flew out the window with the mix tape tunes We were running down pleasure In the heart of this small town zoo My hand held only by midnight & you Left to our own devices My bona fide lovers and friends There we were eye to eye The night and us, instinct and trust, less fragile There we were eye to eye The wildest things of all American Spirits and a 4th Coast cup of coffee drag Out the buzz from the club with the Knee Deep Shag We were running down pleasure In the heart of Kalamazoo My hand held only by midnight and you There was freedom in the twilight of every avenue All the plans flew out the window with the mix tape tunes
7.
Last Weekend 04:31
The morning is lonely since I gave you up They're as cold as the coffee In your abandoned cup When all I want is you I will stick to my guns When all I want is you I carry on with my routines though some I can't explain Like why I drive down to the station With my window down in the rain When it comes down to you I will stick to my guns When it comes down to you...until they're up in smoke too Every last time I see you again Smoldering in our circle of friends Every last time I see you again Out on the last weekend I'm so tired of the wanting, I'm so sick of the need Seems I can't live without you but it's getting easier to breath I'll get over you If I stick to my guns Then I'll get over you...unless they're up in smoke too Every last time I see you again Smoldering in our circle of friends One more last time just to hold you again Out on the last weekend I've got so much more to live for This morning is lonely since I gave you up It's as cold as the coffee in your abandoned cup
8.
Wild Flowers and love letter vows were wilting in the sun Should have died from my wounded pride As she held the smoking gun I swore I'd never fall in love with her But the stars were aligned On this easy heart of mine I've been out here running for cover There's a ghost and a girl And they found me again On a lost highway Through this unforgiving land Love is a ghost and sadness a girl I'm bound to fall off the end of the world I broke down in a motel room 3 days out of Jamestown Under whiskey and a memory She danced in wearing a white wedding gown I swore I'd never feel her skin again But we were sweating and shaking From the love we were making Sunrise she was gone again These are haunting days At a roadside pawn shop I traded in her ring For a piece of someone else's past
9.
One last thing before I go away for the record I've been around enough to know These are the days to remember Will you remember This stranger on a dark horse riding out the weather Who covers every lonesome track Just to lose you in the desert For all we even know it's all on the record For all we even know it's all on the record It's all on the record So we wrote another song, another drop of rain into the ocean deep Somehow it found it's way upon a wave, Through the night and towards the light In the house you keep Even the smallest cast stone leaves ripples on the water A song bird high up in the sun cast shadows even darker On those who really know it's all on the record For all we even know it's all on the record It's all on the record One last thing before I go away for the record I had the most amazing time These days I remember Will you remember From the shallows to the deep You are the light in the house you keep

about

Pain, beauty, loss, redemption, renewal.

Few artists capture life’s travails and triumphs as penetratingly and as powerfully as Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Brian Koenigsknecht.

His appropriately titled latest album, “From the Shallows to the Deep,” stands as his masterwork – a dark yet uplifting musical journey through the highs and lows of Koenigsknecht’s struggle with bipolar disorder, coping with his father’s stroke and his “emotional connection” to the Earth and Michigan’s robust music community.

“My new album began as a suicide letter really,” says the veteran artist, who’s been performing for more than 30 years. “If I were gone tomorrow, how would I want people to remember me? I had almost given up on music, my family and life. Coming to terms with my depression and reaching out for help, I began to turn my life around. I turned to doctors for my bipolar disorder and my family for support and to the Kalamazoo music community for inspiration.”

The resulting project – recorded and produced by Brad Frank (Pillar to Post) at Knob and Tube Sound Studio in Kalamazoo – unfurls as an enchanting collection of deeply personal tunes that are at once melancholy and hopeful, enhanced by special musical guests from the region’s music scene: Samantha Cooper, Megan Dooley, Matthew Borr, Carrie McFerrin and many more.

Indeed, Koenigsknecht pays tribute to Michigan musicians in “Earthwork Songbirds,” a track inspired by the Earthwork Music collective’s annual Harvest Gathering: “I feel the Earthwork songbirds sing their precious parts … I hear the earth work in the sweetest harmony / We see the earth work and it isn’t just a dream / It isn’t just a dream.”

Koenigsknecht’s own dream has revolved around music since the age of 9 when his father and mentor taught him how to play Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” on guitar and harmonica. What followed were family performances at churches, festivals and schools, with Koenigsknecht starting to write music and play coffee houses while attending Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Since moving to Kalamazoo in 1998, the singer-songwriter has established himself as in-demand act with a voice that’s been compared to Ray LaMontagne and David Gray, performing regularly at venues ranging from Bell’s Brewery to Kalamazoo State Theatre. He’s also a member of the band Pillar to Post.

“I write songs inspired by my life, the lives around me and a world that I am grateful for and feel is worth saving with the hope to move the listener to feel, to think, and to action,” he explains. “I consider myself a successful artist because at the age of 43 and in a state with so much talent, I am still performing weekly.”

And with the spotlight shining on his most compelling collection yet, Koenigknecht hopes to get those songs heard by as many fans as possible.

credits

released May 2, 2017

Recorded & Produced by Brad Frank
at Knob and Tube Sound Studio in Kalamazoo, MI
Mastered by Ian Gorman
at La Luna Recording & Sound in Kalamazoo, MI

Album Cover Art "Untitled" (Child with Bull) by Lance Moon
www.lancemoon.com

All songs written by Brian Koenigsknecht except for:
Earthwork Songbirds:
Written by Tony "T-Rex" Roth & Brian Koenigsknecht
1984 (Come What May):
Music by Geoff Stockton & Brian Koenigsknecht
Momma Blue:
Music by Chris Brill & Brian Koenigsknecht

Special Guest Musicians:

Matthew Borr: Electric Guitar
Samantha Cooper: Violin
Megan Dooley: Vocals & Whistling
John Ford: Piano
Brad Frank: Drums, Percussion & Slide Guitar
Jason Huber: Bass Guitar, Vocals & Electric Guitar
Aaron Humphrey: Electric Guitar
Brian Koenigsknecht: Acoustic Guitars, Harmonica & Vocals
Carrie McFerrin: Vocals
Mechele Peters: Vocals
Sheri Simah: Violin & Viola
Geoff Stockton: String Arrangements on 1984
Liz Youker: Cello

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Brian Koenigknecht is a Michigan treasure, that rare breed of singer-songwriter who can make you feel every human emotion – every tear, every smile – so intensely that you feel he’s written his songs about you. – John Sinkevics, LocalSpins.com

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