Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean

by Andrew Joslyn

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released February 10, 2017

Album Credits:
All Music and Lyrics by Andrew Joslyn (except: Desiderata - Andrew Joslyn & Ryan Lewis, and Mantra for a Struggling Artist - Andrew Joslyn & Mark Rodriguez)

Orchestral arrangements by Andrew Joslyn

producer Martin Feveyear
co-producer Andrew Joslyn

Mixed by Martin Feveyear

Additional Engineering - Carson Lehman
Mastered by Glenn Schick

Recorded at Andrew Joslyn Music Studios, London Bridge Studios, and Jupiter Studios

violin, viola, cello, baritone violin, piano, percussion, synth, drum production, engineering - Andrew Joslyn

Autumn Radio Orchestra conducted by Andrew Joslyn

Violins: Sada Doup, Christopher Foerstel, Alina To, Andrew Joslyn
Violas: Seth May-Patterson, Brianna Atwell
Cellos: Rebecca Chung-Filice, Eli Weinberger
Bass: Abbey Blackwell
Flute - Dane Anderson & Maggie Stapleton
Clarinet - John Benefiel
Electric Guitar - Mark Isakson
Percussion on Spinning Wheels - Brad Dutz
Drums on Enchanted Life - Andrew Rudd
Bassoon - Majenka Dobes
Flute solo on Gone to California - Maggie Stapleton
Oboe solo on Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean - Nancy Rumbel
Trumpet - Josh Karp
French Horn - Josiah Boothby
Piano (tracks 7, 9, 11) - Mark Rodriguez

Gospel Choir on track 2, 5 and 8 - Maelu Strange, Tanisha Brooks, and Josephine Howell
Backup Vocals on track 1, 2 - Andrew Joslyn
Drum production on track 2, 3, 7- Martin Feveyear and Andrew Joslyn
Drum Production on tracks 1, 9 - Budo, Martin Feveyear & Andrew Joslyn
Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann
Drum production on Desiderata by Ryan Lewis, Andrew Joslyn & Martin Feveyear
Drum Production on I Should Have Said Goodbye- Rob Wasilauski

Featured Vocalists:
Coal Miners - Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty
Icarus - Shelby Earl
Plastic Heaven - William Jordan
Desiderata - Mark Lanegan
I Should Have Said Goodbye Before I Met You - Susy Sun
Spinning Wheels - Eric Anderson of Cataldo
Mantra for a Struggling Artist - Billy McCarthy of The Augustines

Album artwork - Derek Vander Griend
Management - 2 Jeffs on Music (jross@2jeffsonmusic.com)
Contact - andrewjoslynmusic@gmail.com
www.andrewjoslynmusic.com
Copyright 2017 - Andrew Joslyn Music LLC

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Andrew Joslyn Seattle, Washington

Andrew Joslyn is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist,composer, orchestrator, performer and producer. He is best known as Macklemore's orchestra leader for the last eight years,with co-writing credits on 4x Grammy-winning The Heist and 2016's This Unruly Mess I've Made. Joslyn is also an in-demand live and studio composer, film scorer, and player for a range of Northwest and global projects. ... more

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Track Name: Plastic Heaven (feat. Will Jordan)
Plastic Heaven (feat. Will Jordan)
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Joslyn (BMI)

Why are we untying a thousand knots?
While sleeping, connecting all these dots?
Still wishing for that perfect moment
We are, we aren’t ever happy

Those people on my television
Air brushed & flawless renditions
so happy in a model moment
I don’t, I won't ever know them

but We’re all living for that royal grace
that special place
that Plastic heaven
We’re all dreaming of that social status
human madness,
obsessed with others love

Fame is called the ficklest of the foods
but we’d all feast if we could
fall to our baser emotions
we are, we aren’t ever perfect

I’ll just let my followers wash my feet
while broadcasting my own conceit
Thank god we’re all so honest
How did, how did this ever happen?

but We’re all living for that royal grace
that special place
that Plastic heaven
We’re all dreaming of that social status
human madness
So sad and all alone

Now We’re all living for that royal grace
that special place
that Plastic heaven
We’re all dreaming of that social status
human madness,
obsessed with others

but We’re all living for that special place
that royal grace
that Plastic heaven
We’re all dreaming of that social status
constant sadness
Lost and cast a-drift
Track Name: Icarus (feat. Shelby Earl)
Icarus (feat. Shelby Earl)
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Joslyn (BMI)
You never worried me
you never seemed to be
someone to lose their head
even in the worst of times
with all those best of times
you were a model for me.

But then one day I found
you were so slowly drowned
in insecurity
and dependency
the mold was thinly cracked
but you didn’t see it happening.

Icarus falls of course we know
As the story goes
wax wings that burnt away
in the sun
he was done
All we can do is watch you fall
Into the California Sea
you got too high
and burnt out so fast
this cannot last.

I’m ever worried now
you’re always off somehow
others will see it too
and think it’s all an act
in a way I guess it is
but I don’t find it funny

You dreamt of all the fame
wealth, women and acclaim
ambition breaking you
drug fueled hysteria too
maybe I’m too critical
but I’m scared of what is happening.

Icarus falls of course we know
As the story goes
wax wings burnt away
in the sun
he was done
All we can do is watch you fall
plummet to the sea
you got too high
and burnt out too fast
this cannot last.

So many people never fly like you
but there is more to this confounding life
than the lime light
I hope I’m right

Icarus falls of course we know
As the story goes
wax wings burnt away
in the sun
he was done
All we can do is watch you fall
Into the California Sea
you got too high
and burnt out so fast
this cannot last.
Track Name: Spinning Wheels (feat. Eric Anderson)
Spinning Wheels (feat. Eric Anderson)
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Joslyn (BMI)
stop to think about us
if we had just started out
cause innocent and callow
is not how I feel now

no storybook ending
requisite and plain
just a twisted variation
where love begins to wane

but let’s keep rolling this barrel uphill
this shouldn’t be so hard

but You Don’t wanna give up on me
and I Don’t wanna give up on you
We’re better together
Greater than the sum of our parts
But we’re just spinning wheels in the dark
we always end at the start

We cut each other deeply
in the darkness of this room
these little imperfections,
hang like the darkest moon

our spoke is manicly turning
throwing off the mud
The earth will crack and harden
until there’s another flood.


but let’s keep rolling this barrel uphill
this shouldn’t be so hard

but you don’t wanna give up on me
and I don’t wanna give up on you
We’re in this together
even though no one likes the odds
But we’re just spinning wheels in the dark
we always end at the start

We always end at the start
and now we’re back to the start

We’re better together
Greater than the sum of our parts
Still just spinning wheels in the dark
Track Name: I Should Have Said Goodbye Before I Met You (feat. Susy Sun)
Music by Andrew Joslyn, and lyrics by Andrew Joslyn (BMI) & Madison Warnock
I Should have said goodbye
Have said goodbye before I met you

Empty words and empty rooms
Ask for something more
To fill their hollow spaces
Like a frame, a glass, a door.

Building a life together
Brought us more a part
How can we ever fill this room
When we don't know where to start?

I promised you too much
You didn't trust enough

I Should have said goodbye
Have said goodbye before I met you
I should have said goodbye
Have said goodbye before I met you

Dusty little clocks and an empty packing box
As useless as the words:
Love & trust & please have turned towards never

But you're the ghost in my machine
With your ever twisted eyes of green

I Should Have said goodbye
have said goodbye before I met you
You Should Have said goodbye
have said goodbye before you met me
Track Name: Coal Miners (feat. Adra Boo)
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Joslyn (BMI)
There’s a black hole, where a home used to be
smoke covered all that was left to see
everything in the neighborhood was sucked right in
into this mine with cigarette skin
Burn Burn, it all will burn
It doesn’t matter how much you earn.
nothings going to cover your love or your grief
another agent or an undercover thief?

we're coal miners, digging through the past of our lives
coal miners, picking through the charred remains
so tell me, how much my life is worth
from this little piece of blackened dirt?

Day in, day out, we dig
Picking up the bits, and labeling
Workers come in and robbers ride out
Scam after scam without a doubt

The canary’s in the coalmine and then goes the cat
few hours time now neither come back
The only real angel that was there that day
removed the carcass, and drove away

Now we're coal miners, digging through the past of our lives
coal miners, picking through the charred remains
so tell me, how much my life is worth
from this little piece of blackened dirt?

Digging through the past of our lives
Picking through the charred remains
so tell me, how much a life is worth
from a little piece of blackened dirt? X2
Track Name: Mantra for a Struggling Artist (feat. Billy McCarthy)
Mantra for a Struggling Artist (feat. Billy McCarthy)
Music by Andrew Joslyn (BMI) and Mark Rodriguez (ASCAP), lyrics by Andrew Joslyn (BMI)
I'm Losing the conflict with myself
How can you outlast the dark
But really this business is bringing me down
Oh the talk of the town

Every notes a fight
That's against myself
You'll only hear it when
The battles done

I keep coming back
To the distant love
Hoping that it won't break my heart again

No one else can you pick you up
No one else can make you whole
But really these cynics are breaking me down
We just drown

Every notes a fight
That's against myself
You'll only hear it once
The battles done

I keep coming back
To the distant love
Hoping that it won't break my heart again
again
break my heart again
Ohhh
Ohhh
Ohhh

Every notes a fight
That's against myself
You'll only hear it once
The battles done

I keep coming back
To the distant love
Hoping that it won't break my heart again
Track Name: Desiderata (feat. Mark Lanegan)
Music by Andrew Joslyn (BMI) & Ryan Lewis (BMI), Words by Max Ehrmann (1927)
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.