I Believe In Rainbows

by Soulitaire

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1.
Everytime 04:18
suddenly it’s all right here before me a whole place already stuffed with animals they're fighting for a rabbit right before me it’s really not a pretty scene to watch But I can’t look away but against all odds I’m the middle that’s exactly where I want to be join this heavy fight right in the middle I hesitated first but now I’m in And I can’t walk away Cos I'm gonna be in for love there’s room enough for everyone to stay I’m only in for love bring room for love for me and everyone I’ve tried to stay away for quite some time now I told myself it didn’t matter much to me but living in denial for some time now didn’t make me happy all the way Cos I'm gonna be in for love there’s room enough for everyone to stay I’m only in for love bring room for love for me and everyone
2.
New Breed 03:57
I see beautiful people and yellow roses, too here a girl there a boy falling in each other’s arms think this could be me and you they make me laugh I sit down on a bench nearby overhear some of their talks all their warmth and wit make me feel a little guilty leaving me untaught I’m about to get up feeling positively struck Out of all darkness projected on us come shining so brightly deliberate with trust a new breed of people bringing some hope to all of us fearful struggling to cope They look over to me say will you stay with us I apologise for all my preconceived notions say they’re leaving me impressed they burst out laughing pat me on the back tell me not to worry I know what we lack
3.
how about doing something crazy today maybe the opposite of what you have already planned walk right but left and take this one other way you've always wanted to be travelling to foreign lands how about making love not war everyday it sounds cliche but as the world seems to get out of hand I really think it is essential to say that there’s this indiscernible, indestructible, infinite dimensional band I believe in rainbows in every single color let’s all believe in rainbows the only path to follow for we’re all just one of many parts why don't you think of something heartfelt to say maybe "I love you" or "I’m sorry" satisfies your demand forgiveness surely works in every way ’cause there’s this indiscernible, indestructible, infinite dimensional band
4.
when elements collide all the chaos is creation emotions swing and slide up and down in this equation what childrens hands chop down is rebuilt a minute later will never earn a frown credit all to the creator when all wounds are mended the grief is gone the end seems not the worst to come it’s the hanging in an infinite loop waiting for someone to cut you loose a peek from high above onto promising new grounds is mostly not enough to abandon all your fear and take the leap into the crack that opened up when you fell back upon your trust the very second as you realized you must to move along but to back up now that your heart knows what’s there when all wounds are mended the fear is gone the end is yet the best to come it’s to soar in the air no bitterness just sure enough you’ve got a lot to lose
5.
on a daily basis I am hiding out rather stay in places safe than going out but I’m well aware that this is not enough not enough to safe the world from fear of love when I hear of people standing up I’m proud proud to share with all my friends and shout it out but I’m well aware that this is not enough not enough to change the world from fear to love love for another love oneself love for the people who merely act just for themselves love for the bad times love for the lows love for the river no matter how wild it will flow Quite surprising how it works to shut all out all that’s inconveniently getting loud but I’m starting to believe that it’s enough now just enough to start a movement towards love
6.
No 04:29
still the water's clear and running but the sun will dry it out just as long as we are squandering this most precious gift we got not far from here it started smelling just a bit but it gets worse if there's noone brave enough to make a difference, not just curse You'll find me standing by the water each day the same, I cannot move I’m too involved now with my daughter Just on my own, got my own groove but only standing on the sidelines is not enough to change the world although we tend to ask for guidelines I am afraid we know the word to me a hero of our time is someone who is brave enough to defy the fact that she or he may well be asked to chose yes over no
7.
you speak to me without a word I know you learn from me I learn as much from you you make me be the man I didn’t know you let me see the world as if it’s new you make me laugh you make me sigh you force my heart to open branches to process all of your smiles you play with me build castles made of sand you stay with me beyond those days we band you make me laugh you make me sigh you force my heart to open branches to process all of your smiles
8.
Not mad I know but still I feel a lot like losing my mind You said it all but once seems not enough not even from you in between this noise all this real confusing noise is a voice that says it all oh so calm and soft to hear but in between this noise all this deafening noise it is hard to keep the focus real hard not to disappear Not bad, I know but also not enough not even close it hurts to see but easy will not come without some pain
9.
I follow you to everywhere with every single sense no questions asked to everywhere these days so mad and tense I didn't see it all at first the caravanserai it seemed to me like home at first but now i see the sky open and promising with thunderstorm and rain so infinite and promising some days are only pain but as i look into the sun my eyes get used to be so deadly blinded by the sun theres nothing left to see but light in every corner of the world and of your soul the light is in each corner of the world and our soul
10.
Embrace 04:25
And then you share with me your wishes and desires And I get furious and mad out of the blue And even though you are the one I so admire I can't control the fear and harm that it may do I can't find out where all this fear and angst may come from I cannot see beyond my shady inner ways But what I know is that this isn't where I come from I'm set to seek the light not only in my days I know that I have to embrace the 19 year old boy in me But I can’t help but slap his face So things will never change indeed It's not that I won't share your wishes and desires Sometimes I secretly allow myself to dream But all these dreams are buried deeply in a mire of insecurities that sometimes turn out mean I know that I have to embrace the 19 year old boy in me But I can’t help but slap his face So things will never change indeed I know that I have to embrace the stately man i grew to be Someday we’ll live all of our wishes and desires It may take time with me I ask you to forbear
11.
All Of My 03:33
All of my known obsessions waiting in line for me not to resist Since I am not into posessions Fill in the blank for what is left to exist It’s never been intoxicating simply because I like to stay in control I am a master debating whether or not this is the right way to go But then I tend to forget that all of my thinking is keeping me numb my thoughts got my attention under their thumb my ship might be sinking if I don't look ahead in the end the now may seem not all that bad Of all of my known professions it seemed the most obvious path I could take But the fear of a great recession made me sail round the best mistake I could make I was a master inflating constant avoidance so it looked like the truth But playing was more liberating than anything else since the days of my youth
12.
Let Loose 04:54
Think of a river wide Sail the ship as far as you decide You will laugh and cry feed the river with the tears you cry Think of a mountain high Meet the world with open arms You will want to fly close your eyes and feel the wind lift you up real high Let loose And if a valley low blocks your view to see the light the many tears you cry cleanse your eyes to see the river wide All you have to do is let loose

about

Say yes once and for all: progress is hope.
See the connection on the vertex between miserable and great.
Love the bad times so the good can follow.
Responsibility is a hard nut to crack, but cracked it has to be.
Communication without language: learn to filter your voices.
Fall and you will be good.
First of all hug yourself.
The vulnerability of silence the moment every weight falls off your shoulders.

On march 7th 2015 I sat in a room backstage with too much time on my hands and an old crappy guitar with the words "this machine kills" engraved in it leaning against a large pile of memorabilia. Its neck held four rusty strings and a broken fret that made it impossible to get any decent guitar sounds out of it. "Challenge accepted" might have crossed my mind as I started fooling around in search of something musical. I found an old battery on the desk next to me, put it in my left hand and tried it out as a slide. And I had no clue how much impact the following 30 minutes would have on me.

Everything in life comes in waves. One thing has to die and make place for a new world to open its doors. Some things come and go really quickly, others take long to see the light of day, live to their highest potential and finally fade away again. Being on the crest of such a wave, the end may already be in sight. Maybe you even get a glimpse of what is waiting for you beyond its decline, while always knowing that you have to go all the way, patiently, because taking a shortcut would only prolong the journey even further.

My wave crest was mid 2011 and for one or two short moments I could feel what would lie ahead of me. But I also instinctively felt that I had to walk full distance before I'd be ready for the next chapter to unfold. When the end was finally near, everything became a little too blurry to distinguish the old from the new. For months I had this giant knot in my head, nearly driving me crazy. Questions my gut already knew the answers to while my thoughts were blocking all communication to my heart. Until I was sitting there with this old guitar and a battery as a slide. But why now? Because this old guitar forced me to think differently to my usual behaviour and thus helped me change perspective to finally see clearly.

At the end of this night I walked home listening to the first iPhone-recording of "In Between This Noise" through a partly broken headphone I found somewhere backstage. In the hours before I could finally fall asleep I saw most of what later became "Soulitaire" rushing through my head while turning from side to side in my bed. I was in love all over again, ready to catch my next wave.

Since I knew this guitar wouldn't carry me any further than this one song, I started experimenting with new sounds and tunings on my regular acoustic guitars. The songs "Embrace" and "Let Loose" introduced two elements that were to become the main ingreditents to the sound of Soulitaire: An open tuning (CGCEGE), a little distortion and reverb mixed with the natural sound of my acoustic guitar plus a right-hand technique that enabled me to play guitar, drums and bass at the same time.

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"Just when you think you've heard the whole singer-songwriter thing - it's become a little bit of a cliché, and there are no more surprises in store - along comes one man and one guitar and sounds like this"
TOM ROBINSON, BBC RADIO 6 ON "NEW BREED"

"...with clear, suppliantly beautiful vocals, accompanied by a guitar, that's being strummed, plucked, drummed...magical" (Radio FM4)

credits

released November 4, 2016

All you hear is acoustic guitar, a DOD distortion pedal, a Fender guitar amp with reverb, vocals and mouth trumpet. All instrumental parts were played live without overdubs. No electronics. No loops.

All songs written, performed, recorded and mixed by Martin Rotheneder
Mastering by Martin Scheer
Cover foto and artwork by Martin Rotheneder
Seedy typography for "Soulitaire" by Elisabeth Marek (rapunze.at)

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