The Spirit of The Times

by Carrie Armitage

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    The 2nd 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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Great Floating World Love’s second guessing All that she’s after Lost in the shuffle Breaks into laughter Caught in the heartbreak Soft on the ever after Silent Water Darkness Haunts her Stillness Becomes her Love found some answers Back of the drawer Lost in the shuffle Long time before Left from the days Gatsby had all but Daisy Silent Water Darkness Haunts her Stillness Becomes her Silent Water Darkness Haunts her Stillness becomes her Stillness becomes her love Silent Water Darkness Haunts her Stillness becomes her Great Floating World Wrought with disaster Finds herself missing All the she’s after Lost in the shuffle Gone is the ever after Silent Water Darkness Haunts her Stillness Becomes her Stillness becomes her Great Floating World Stillness becomes her Great Floating World Great Floating World Stillness becomes her Great Floating World Stillness becomes her Great Floating World Great Floating World
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Time To Find It Stretching out in front of me A row of heroes For as far as I can see Father, son, brother, husband, lover You didn’t have to send them Damn you But did they need to go? Gone to save the day I dunno… You’re so brave Shouldn’t we find a better way? Time to find it Can’t think of any better day Time to find it Before we throw it all away Shouldn’t we find a better way? Shouldn’t we find a better way? Shouldn’t we find a better way? Time we found it before we throw it all away Time to find it can’t think of any better day Time we found it before we throw it all away Shouldn’t we find a better way? Shouldn’t we find a better way?
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Water (free) 04:06
WATER Human blood is 83% water 1 cup of coffee requires 140 liters of water to produce Ice cubes float because they’re 9% lighter than water 1 cup of coffee Requires 140 liters of water to produce Earth’s fresh water animals are disappearing at 5x the rate of land animals Looks like it’s gonna rain ~ Water regulates the earth’s temperature Most of the earth is covered in water ~ between 70 & 75% Water can also be found in the ground and in the air 1 cup of coffee The water that exists today existed on earth millions of years ago 1 cup of coffee The amount of water on earth has remained the same for 2 billion years Roughly 2 billion people on earth lack a safe supply of water – a full quarter of the world’s population Can I get you a drink of water? The majority will walk a minimum of three hours every day to collect safe water 1 cup of coffee Water can also be found in the ground and in the air Human beings can live a month without food, but only a week without water But only a week But only a week without water Water can also be found in the ground and in the air 1 cup of coffee Could you turn the water off please?
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What do you think? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place civil? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place sustainable? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place beautiful? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place unbelievable? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place safe? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place awake? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place green? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place clean? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place safe? What do you think it’s gonna take To make this place awake? What do you think it’s gonna take?
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The Twisting & Turning The wide-eyed child surrendering To moment’s pleasure ~ unweathered Behold the wisest rendering Of earthly beauty and whimsy Yesterday I questioned the reasons for the day I picked out the best and pushed the rest away The harder I tried to get away The stronger the reasons were for me to stay The twisting and turning right back in my face is the learning I trust it’s all meant to be Fool’s paradise, not for me ~ Behold the wisest rendering Of earthly beauty and whimsy Just today I question the reasons for the day I pick out the best and push the rest away the harder I try to get away The stronger the reasons are for me to stay The twisting and turning The gracing and yearning of loving Is never far from me Fool’s paradise, not for me I’m trusting it’s all meant to be The twisting and turning The gracing and yearning of hope The twisting and turning The gracing and yearning for peace The twisting and turning The gracing and yearning of love The twisting and turning The gracing and yearning of life
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Into The Sublime Where do you wanna take it today? Into the sublime To a world filled with grace and the promise of better times Right up to your door Burning sacred flame fueled by the power And I’ll whistle for you As I journey through time Through the other world, through the night Great Goddess of Fire Sing your songs, let your poetry touch me Flame of knowledge come down, caress me Here in this space I’m pondering the mysteries of grace Lost in this wonder, humanity gets pushed away I reach for the fire It fuels my desire for you And even when it’s quiet I can’t escape the melody in my head It flows through the ether And penetrates my every breath Reach for the fire Fuels my desire And when it’s all said and done? The sublime To a world filled with grace and the promise of better times Right up to your door Burning sacred flame fueled by the power And I’ll whistle for you As I journey through time Through the other world, through the night Great Goddess of Fire Sing your songs, let your poetry touch me Flame of knowledge come down, caress me For even when it’s dark I’ll shine the way for you And even though we’re tired I’ll toe the line for you And even though it’s silent The melody still comes through And even though we’re scared We’re bright like diamonds Innocent I am To the point of disbelief Let sublimity surround me and to dream of world peace I will dream of you and I will dream for you Bright like diamonds Bright like diamonds Into the sublime To a world filled with grace and the promise of better times I will dream for you Bright like diamonds I wish you a safe journey
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The Spirit of The Times Stretching to the corners of the world – Solidarity Parade Along comes a time when we can’t see it any other way Like the days we wake up forgiving The time is always right to do what is right Like the life, just freed from its tether We’re given – The Spirit of the Times The Spirit of the Times, We’re given The Spirit of the Times The spirit of the place where we all arrive at together The time is always right to do what is right Like the love that flows through the ether We’re given – The Spirit of the Times A thing of beauty, Solidarity, Community, Civility, Spontaneity, Velocity – We fly We’re given, we’re given Like the days we wake up forgiving The time is always right to do what is right Like the love that flows through the ether We’re given The Spirit of this place where we all arrive at together The time is always right to do what is right Like the life, just freed from its tether We’re given, The Spirit of the Times The Spirit of the Times, We’re given, The Spirit of the Times Stretching to the corners of the world – Solidarity Parade Along comes a time where we can’t see it any other way We’re given, The Spirit of the Times We’re given, The Spirit of the Times The most amazing crystal clear moon tonight The night’s gift we’re given
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Watershed 04:04
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The Playing Field (free) 03:38
The Playing Field For the future Life on this side it can only move ahead And time moves so quickly I fear it not enough I’ve used all my trials it’s time I took some steps For the future Let the elephant protect you Bring you good fortune And what do we bring to the patient elephant? Save the forest, the seas and what’s between you and me For the future Level the playing field And march toward the future Let’s think of the future Let’s think of the future Let’s think of the future The future For the future Level the playing field As we march toward the future Let’s level the playing field And march toward the future Let’s take care of Planet Earth Let’s think of the future Let’s think of the future Let’s think of the future The future
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Planeta Terra Planeta Terra – Planeta Terra Planet Earth – Planet Earth I see waterways clean & the rain forests safe I see the whole human race Drugged by earth’s embrace And I think to myself Such a Wonderful World I see an end to war And a wash of love I see its glorious rays spread through bright nights above And I think to myself Such a Wonderful World The colours on the palette Grow richer by the day Barriers between us Like fog, just lift away Can you see it? I see hope on the faces of those long overdue Sense a feeling of promise for me and for you Can we get there? I know we can You know we can We’ll fly much higher if everyone goes And I think to myself Such a Wonderful World And I think to myself Such a wonderful Such a wonderful world I see hope on the faces of those long overdue Sense a feeling of promise for me and for you Can we get there? I know we can You know we can We’ll fly much higher if everyone goes Such a Wonderful World Such a Wonderful World Planeta Terra – Planeta Terra Planet Earth – Planet Earth From The Spirit of The Times Copyright Carrie Armitage 2010 www.carriearmitage.com

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Artist: Carrie Armitage
Album: The Spirit Of The Times
Review by Ellie Blair
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)

Through her talent, commitment, and passion for a healthier planet, Carrie Armitage has created a complete story in this CD. It is cultural. It is eclectic. It is thought provoking, passionate, and intentional. While all 12 songs address the same subject matter, they are diverse and memorable in their own right. The Spirit Of The Times is a must-have for anyone who desires peace and harmony on Earth, and will encourage music lovers to take on new ways of seeing the world.


Artist: Carrie Armitage
Album Title: The Spirit of The Times
Reviewed by: Matthew Forss
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

Carrie Armitage is a Canadian singer-songwriter with a proclivity for ecological-consciousness and peace activism. Carrie’s recent release, The Spirit of The Times, is a fairly candid take on the global awareness and preservation for the Earth’s vanishing resources. Carrie’s awareness of Earth’s impending plight is a musical message of electronica with varying shades of jazz, trip-hop, house, and lounge. The ambient beat of electronica and her vocals carry the song’s highs and lows from the darkest depths of Earth’s inner core through the vast darkness of intergalactic space.

The Spirit of The Times opens with “Great Floating World”, which is a percussive song with a beat resembling flowing water. The song is led by Carrie’s vocals about the precarious nature of Earth’s ecological balance. A spry piano medley is interspersed with haunting, symphonic vocals and a few spoken words. In short, Earth’s buoyancy in the greater universe is in turmoil. The most non-electronic song on the album is “Time To Find It”. The snare drum beat, somber piano playing, and Carrie’s pressing vocals about finding something before it is too late is a song without a clearly-defined theme, but the snare drum-marching rhythm suggests a song about finding an alternative solution to war.

“Water” is an anthem about water preservation on a global scale. The vocals are backed by gospel singers, a trip-hop piano beat, and spoken word phrases about the properties of water. “No Words Only Love” is a jazz-influenced romp through the electronic ether of the universe. The non-sensical, almost frenetic, vocals match the scat-vocal techniques indicative of jazz-pop standards from the mid-twentieth century. The electronic sounds have the musical ingredients for a potentially good song by the French-electronic group, Air. “What Do You Think” takes an angle on responsibility, civility, and social action. The gospel-esque backup singers and rhythmic overtones lighten the listening mood and evokes a contemplative response about the environment.

“The Twisting and Turning” is a whirling sound of jazzy-piano vocals with some percussion and electronic tones. The vocals seem a bit restrained, but it is nothing out of the ordinary for this type of music. “Into The Sublime” is not necessarily melodic, because the rhythm follows a more avante-garde, jazz standard pattern. However, the layered vocals at the end of the song are confusing and repetitious. Meanwhile, “The Spirit of The Times” continues the languid jazzy presence. Carrie’s spoken word parts excel on this track. The spoken word and mostly non-sensical lyrics on “It’s Up to Us” proclaims that love is a universal trait that should be shared. The song title is repeated throughout the song amid a trip-hop, electronic beat resembling the music of downtempo pioneers Alpha or Waldeck. “Watershed” sounds like something out of Ireland’s Ronan Hardiman’s symphonic and piano repertoire. The drippy electronic sounds, haunting vocals, and ethereal chants evoke the sounds of Enigma or Tangerine Dream’s instrumental works.

Carrie’s love for the environment is definitely an inspirational and critical topic to consider on a musical level. Still, her vocal delivery may be best suited for the spoken word genre. Carrie’s singing is passionate and beautiful, but it seems to work the best in the more jazz-centered songs. She foregoes melody for the message in some instances, but also creates moments where the dynamic electronic sounds and sheer amount of aural colors are stunning. The Spirit of The Times is a very good work of avante-garde or eco-trip-hop.

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released January 1, 2010

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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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