The Legend of The Free

by Carrie Armitage

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    The 3rd solo album from this Canadian singer songwriter. An eclectic, artistic mix of earth inspired soulful pop; ambient, eco/peace driven music with a hint of jazz, scat and spoken word.

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An Eye To The Sky Turn an eye to the sky Think, Love An eye to the sky Bewitched Turn an eye to the sky… An eye to the sky Breathe An eye to the sky Behold An eye to the sky Soar
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Peace Hope Trust Love (free) 05:30
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Progress 04:51
40,000 feet and 500 miles an hour All I can think of is this willow tree Holding grace by the lake So tall and wide she stands with pride Wanting nothing more than to be I miss the willow tree Gotta get out of this cage Get away from the rage Gonna go see where the birds drop down to make families What the hell? Where’d the marsh go? ‘Single family dwellings, Live by the lake’ All we really do is take, take, take! You call this progress? We take and take and take - take take take You call this progress? We take and take and take and take and take Wanting nothing more than to be You call this progress? We take and take and take - take take take We can do better than this Get away from the rage We can do better than this Wanting nothing more than to be
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A Warning Heeded ~ Lights in The Water Climate change is poised to dramatically alter Planet Earth Our oceans are at a heightened risk with the rise in temperature Marine species are under increased pressure every year It’s time for us to act More graces amongst us Less fences among us An end to greed A warning heeded A warning heeded Every square km of the earth’s oceans is affected by human activities More than 40% of the oceans show medium to very high impact threats More graces amongst us Less races among us Less need for speed A warning heeded A warning heeded Shh…lights in the water! Some of the worst environmental problems are caused by destructive fishing practices Having devastating impacts on marine species and habitats More and more people Compete for less and less fish Only worsening the existing oceans crisis Every year, fishing nets kill up to 300,000 whales, porpoises and dolphins globally Bottom trawling destroys entire ancient deep-sea coral forests And other delicate eco systems On Planet Earth there is an urgent need to secure massive marine sanctuaries These will need to be heavily monitored for illegal fishing practices A warning heeded Shhh…lights in the water! We’re overheated A warning heeded Shhh…lights in the water! We’re overheated
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Looking Out On The World Looking out on the world Thinking about all the ways We could have done better And then I’m thinking about yesterday We really thought we knew the way didn’t we? Looking out on the world Thinking about all the places, people living in worry Gets me wondering what that really means Thinking about community And living in each other’s dreams We’re living in each other’s dreams Looking out on the world I take a step back Lost in the beauty How come we never thought ‘we’re gonna miss this?’ How come we never thought ‘we’re gonna miss this?’ In the last 500 years, human activity is known to have forced nearly a thousand species to extinction How come we never thought ‘we’re gonna miss this?’ How come we never thought ‘we’re gonna miss this?’ Looking out on the world Thinking about all the ways we’re gonna get better No more ravaging the seven seas No more navigating travesties You know we had better You know we had better Looking out on the world I take a step back Lost in the beauty Lost in the beauty
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Just before you started your day I wanted to say With great appreciation Headed your way Go softly, untroubled Create reciprocal sensations With wonder, discover This day, with greater fascination Cherish every moment today Don’t throw ‘em away Wander in the wonder Claim your inspiration Go softly, untroubled Create reciprocal sensations With wonder, discover This day, with greater fascination Go softly, untroubled Create reciprocal sensations With wonder, discover This day, with greater fascination Just before you started your day I wanted to say I wish you, Good Day I wish you, Good Day Universal Kindness Mercy Tolerance Affection Inclination Appreciation Adulation Commonality Trust Affinity Generosity Unity Harmony Felicity Serenity An end to greed An end to indifference An end to destruction Safe Keeping Coexistence
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This Special Place I remember when I was a little girl Looking at the moon I’d stare for hours and hours on end The fodder for many a dream The backdrop to many a scene The twinkle in the furthest star Brings me to how small we are Brings me to This Special Place Where peace begets the Human Race I reached toward the midnight sky For a moment it seemed not so high Buy fly amongst the stars I could And suddenly I understood The twinkle in the furthest star Brings me to how small we are Brings me to This Special Place Where peace begets the Human Race The twinkle in the furthest star Brings me to how small we are Brings me to This Special Place Where peace begets the Human Race If I sat upon the moon afar Not knowing how we really are I’d imagine this a place of grace A hospitable watering place I remember when I was a little girl Looking at the moon I’d stare for hours and hours on end The fodder for many a dream The twinkle in the furthest star Brings me to how small we are Brings me to This Special Place Where peace begets the Human Race The backdrop to many a scene The twinkle in the furthest star Brings me to how small we are Brings me to This Special Place Where peace begets the Human Race
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Really Big Dream Light of candles, light of Moon, Penetrate this humble room. Take this wish that I hold dear, Make it become crystal clear. Let this stone my wish hold fast, Grant it true and make it last. For good of all and harm to none, As I will so it be done. Beyond the bounds of time and sense Earth, Sky, Sea as One As it is so, it be done. I had this really big dream Of you and me We woke up one morning When we looked into the past We said ‘We can’t keep making the same mistakes!’ Really Big Dream Of you and me Really Big Dream I had this Really Big Dream I had this Really Big Dream We can’t keep making the same mistakes Light of sun and light of moon Illuminate this humble room Manifest what I hold dear Make it become crystal clear Encompass all this represents Beyond the bounds of time and sense Earth, Sky, Sea as One As it is so, it be done We can’t keep making the same mistakes I had this really big dream As it is so, it be done Make it become crystal clear For good of all and harm to none Earth, Sky, Sea as One
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Athena 04:11
Complying, Decrying Descended, Defended Shooting stars light up night sky And time ticks on The same old wrong Shooting stars light up night sky Looks like more stormy weather What wisdom, Athena? What curse has been cast upon this race? Turn around and face the music Turn around and face the music Time for change Whoever it is should let go of the reins And turn around and face the music We stand up Committed And say we won’t stand for it Athena Turn around and face the music
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Commonality (free) 04:43
Commonality We all need air Clean air Clear the air We all need dreams Good dreams Big dreams We all need water Clean water Cool, crystal clear water, Magical water We all have stories Incredible stories We all need love We all need earth This earth Beautiful Planet Earth Commonality
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It was the story of all stories Once upon a time, Glory turned to greed There was a world rich with potential Drenched with promise and beauty Magical indeed It could satisfy your every need, no reason for greed Yet greed it was that destroyed her This relentless insatiable need They could never be pleased Not for a moment in time Walked by The Tree of Knowledge Locked and loaded Oblivious to peace Glory turned to greed [EARTH][FIRE] Air and Water Ever after The Beauty and the Beast The Legend of The Free And it wasn’t that they didn’t know They knew that they were free They found the scattered wisdom seeds but they were gimme gimme me me me Until one day there was nothing left for greed They surrendered the keys to the sea Set their sights on a far away galaxy Just for a moment in time It was just for a moment...

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Artist: Carrie Armitage
Album: The Legend of the Free
Review by Matt Warnock
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)
The term singer-songwriter often brings to mind a lone artist, sitting in the corner of a pub or café strumming open chords on their guitar as they sing laid-back songs to crowds of loyal listeners. Artists such as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young have come to define the genre with their copious releases over the years, but it’s artists such as Carrie Armitage that are working overtime to redefine the genre and propel it into the 21st century.
Armitage’s 2010 release The Legend of the Free is an intelligently written and creatively arranged collection of tunes in the singer songwriter genre while destroying any preconceived notions of what a singer songwriter should be. Her use of ambient beats, a la This Mortal Coil but not as depressing, combined with extended vocal techniques and spoken word help lift this album above the fold and place it into a category all its own.
Songs such as “Beautiful Blue” showcase Armitage’s wide vocal range as she uses her upper register to build climax after climax during the song’s chorus and verse section, though using section labels such as chorus, verse and bridge might not be appropriate for this record. Armitage’s music seemingly floats in the realm between formal song writing and the through composed. Her songs don’t fit into the typical cookie cutter formulas of today’s radio friendly pop tracks, but they aren’t completely through composed either. Each tune features enough repetition for listeners to grab onto, while at the same time constantly introducing new sections and material throughout, a difficult task for any songwriter to accomplish.
Besides possessing an incredible vocal range and tone, Armitage uses an interesting collection of syllables on songs such as “An Eye to the Sky” to gain the maximum emotional effect out of her performances. Mixing hard syllables, with her favorites beginning with the letter D, and open vocal sounds helps Armitage broaden her vocal effects beyond traditional words and phrases. Though her music shouldn’t draw a direct comparison to a singer like Bjork, it is moments like this that at least raise a temporary connection between the Canadian songstress and the Icelandic composer.
Each song on the album is carefully written and arranged in a manner that reflects Armitage’s identity as an artist, without allowing songs to become strenuous on the listener’s attention span. Moving between keyboards, acoustic piano, guitar, electronic drums and multiple layers of vocals, she is able to make each new track musically and lyrically distinct without losing the personal touch that enables each track to be identified as part of a larger whole.
With all of the layering, electronic work and vocal dynamics soaking the album’s twelve tracks, one of the most surprising and captivating songs is the acoustic piano-vocal duo “Looking Out on the World.” Featuring a harmonic dynamic that weaves between major and minor, with Armitage’s vocal line following as she sings over the major section and speaks over the minor, middle section, the song is a nice sidestep from the more heavily arranged songs on the album. There are even moments on the album, “Peace, Hope, Trust, Love” for example, where she reaches back and draws out a keyboard sound that conjures up memories of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, showcasing the singers’ wide range of influences.
This lack of discrimination in its use of form, influences or musical textures is one of the reasons why the album is so successful. Too often ambient records become monotonous after a few minutes, but this is not the case with The Legend of the Free. It weaves in and out of many different genres, styles and tonal characters while at the same time staying true to the composer’s musical voice and intent.

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released September 9, 2010

Produced by Carrie Armitage and Anton Evans
Mastered by Bob Katz
Vocals, Pianos, Keyboards - Carrie Armitage
Bass & Drums - Anton Evans
Engineered and Mixed by Anton Evans
This is a Village Works Canada release.

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Carrie Armitage Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Recording Artist. An eclectic, artistic mix of earth inspired environmental folktronica, soulful pop; ambient, eco/peace driven music with a hint of jazz, scat and spoken word.

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