Turn the Sea

by Natalie Cressman

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1.
Turn the Sea 04:26
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
2.
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
3.
Blindsided 05:22
4.
New Moon 03:57
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
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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
7.
Winter Chill 03:42
8.
Stolen Away 07:51
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
9.
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

about

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 March 11, 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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