Turn the Sea

by Natalie Cressman

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I feel so much love and gratitude towards the many people who have supported and collaborated with me on this musical journey: my father Jeff, my mother Sandy, my sister Julianna, Grambar, Dave Suchoff, the Cressman and Sukhov families, Ivan, Jonny, and the folks at Candid Music Group, Mike, Samora, Gabe, Steven, James, Robin Dick, Trey Anastasio and my TAB family, Peter Apfelbaum, Chris and Erica Rosenberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Laurie Frink, AJ Lewis, Matt Gasch, Andrea Bühler, Ray Cetta, the Santana Band family, my many mentors at Manhattan School of Music, and countless others who have helped me with this project. Thank you for inspiring me to be fearless in my musical pursuits.

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released 11 March 2014

Natalie Cressman: Trombone, Vocals
Ivan Rosenberg: Trumpet
Steven Lugerner: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
James Casey: Tenor Saxophone
Samora Pinderhughes: Keys
Gabe Schnider: Guitar
Jonathan Stein: Acoustic and Electric Bass
Michael Mitchell: Drums and Percussion
Matt Gasch, Alexander Lewis, Natalie Cressman: Claps

Produced by Natalie Cressman
Additional production by Jeff Cressman and Jonathan Stein
Recorded by Jonathan Stein at Candid Studios
Additional recording by Jeff Cressman
Mixed by Jeff Cressman
Track #9 mixed by Jonathan Stein
Mastered by Jeremy Goody
Art direction by Robin Dick
Photography by Ivan Rosenberg
All tracks written by Natalie Cressman except "Do Not As I Do" written by Hanne Hukkelberg and "Blindsided" written by Bon Iver

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Natalie Cressman New York, New York

New York-based trombonist/singer/composer Natalie Cressman has won acclaim for her ability to play fluently in a variety of musical styles with maturity beyond her years. Hailed a “velveteen-voiced brass- blower” by the Denver Post, the 20 year-old has sought to stretch across stylistic boundaries, each time striking listeners with the depth of her musicianship. ... more

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Track Name: Turn the Sea
Turn the Sea

Chase me down a dimly lit stairway
Place your bets on a fool’s dream
See the spurn handed right back to you
See the dreams drip out of both your eyes

Your face silent, your lips just like a ghost town
Mirrors mine a moon ago
I thought I’d unstitched my heart from your sleeve
Oh how I was wrong

But you can’t turn the ocean on its back
Look a storm in the eye from afar
Disarmed by a wind with a white flag
I awoke with my heart on your arm

Open up my eyes
Prove me wrong
Let’s distrust the skies
Dare the rain to fall
Track Name: Fortune's Fool
Fortune’s Fool

I can’t help but reach for empty air
A haze that’s thick with words still hanging there
I should hastily run far and wide to brush this hurt off me
Yet I shiver here, frozen to icy delusions that won’t let me be.

Seeking a way to break outside this vault
Wishing to find someone else at fault
Was it your intent to coldly lead me into a blinding dark
Or was this blazing wreck a surprise lit by someone else’s spark.

The lies I sipped on steadily
You said goodbye so readily
But still you managed to fell me
With a single blow

The lies I sipped on steadily
You said goodbye so readily
A drink so cruel
I guess I’m fortune’s fool
Track Name: New Moon
New Moon

Mirror riding in,
Tells each part she won’t go
Over her breaking point,
Won’t stretch that double joint,
Smooth elastic, stretch frozen.

And why can’t she look
Behind crumbled stacks and
How long till it goes away?

Need no introduction,
To grey moments stretching out
Always the one who waits her turn,
Tranquilly keeping cycles tuned,
Into green tidal hues

It can’t help anymore
Reciting sonnets for a
Sad king clutching to his sighs
At home in cloudy skies
Those same skies

Reach for that new moon
To bring us the bright
At night

Reach for that new moon
To bring us the bright
At night

And why can’t she look
Behind crumbled stacks and
How long till it goes away?

It can’t help anymore
Reciting sonnets for a
Sad King clutching to his sighs
His sighs
His sighs
His sighs
Track Name: Checkout Time
Checkout Time

Along that same road
They outrace him, lingering behind
Swaying in the night
Hearing the strains of ticking time

Chained to the life of restless wandering
Not a place left to go an get lost
Night after night,
Searching the crowds for those same eyes

Heartaches as day breaks
But it’s easy to check in and out
Cause the wallpaper’s ever-changing

Wide spirals high above my head
To think he’d hold my breath as ransom

Along that same road
Hoping soon he’ll find himself rooted down
Pulled to pieces
By the magnet of his soul

He’ll be forgiven
For reaching higher but scraping lower lows
The hands he’s taken
So surrounded but never more alone
Track Name: Stolen Away
Stolen Away

Careful not to let it show
Keep the wreckage down below
Don’t be blinded by the light
Keep the shore within your sight

You came and crashed into my arms
Broke me down with rippling waves
Turned my pond into a sea
Walked on water you walked all over me

Somehow your love seems to
ebb and flow
While tides bear no change
on my reflection
So I’ll hide my heart
on the floor of the ocean
Too deep for you to find

Stolen Away, Stolen Away
Stolen Away, Stolen Away
Stolen Away, Stolen Away
Stolen Away, Stolen Away from you

Forcing me to change my course
Promised that you’d lead me home
When I cast my anchor down
You walked out leaving me alone

Somehow your love seems to
ebb and flow
While tides bear no change
on my reflection
So I’ll hide my heart
on the floor of the ocean
Too deep for you to find

Stolen Away, Stolen Away
Stolen Away, Stolen Away
Stolen Away, Stolen Away
Stolen Away, Stolen Away from you


You got me down
but I’m turning it around it’s through
This is how it goes, the second that you hear a door closed
You beg me to let you back in
Oh but this time you won’t wind

Somehow your love seems to
ebb and flow
While tides bear no change
on my reflection
So I’ll hide my heart
on the floor of the ocean
Too deep for you to find

Stolen Away, Stolen Away
Stolen Away, Stolen Away
Stolen Away, Stolen Away
Stolen Away, Stolen Away from you
Track Name: Turn the Sea (JNTHN STEIN remix)
Turn the Sea

Chase me down a dimly lit stairway
Place your bets on a fool’s dream
See the spurn handed right back to you
See the dreams drip out of both your eyes

Your face silent, your lips just like a ghost town
Mirrors mine a moon ago
I thought I’d unstitched my heart from your sleeve
Oh how I was wrong

But you can’t turn the ocean on its back
Look a storm in the eye from afar
Disarmed by a wind with a white flag
I awoke with my heart on your arm

Open up my eyes
Prove me wrong
Let’s distrust the skies
Dare the rain to fall