Fireflies in the Wood

by Watcher of the Trees

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"Fireflies in the Wood" is the new record work on which Dario Marconcini (Watcher of the Trees) has been working in recent times. It marks the return, after quite a long time, to his origins: writing songs. He feels the need, the urgency of doing it. He perceives this enchanted moment and welcomes it as a signal that dictates the words expressing their emotions and sensations.
Spending a lot of time in San Giovanni al Monte, in his mountain home, in close contact with nature, walking among the big trees in the silent woods, getting slowly strong energy, thoughts and visions are transformed into music and songs, the ones that do come from the heart and grow day by day thanks to a careful and meticulous research work.
The beauty of the place evokes an imaginary world where the protagonists are the ancient trees that observe the human beings who live their time like little lights, tiny but shining and full of wonderful things. It is divided into the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter in order to represent the stages of a person's life as a metaphor: childhood, youth, maturity and old age. Each season in turn contains three songs having the difficult task of describing it. To summarize the whole thing, the work describes the arrival in the material world (at the beginning of the forest) of a human being represented by his birth, the growth and the vicissitudes of feelings that occur in everyday life until the end of the "journey" (exit of the forest) with the final song, open to interpretation.
In this work Dario puts, in a real generous way, all his musical experience borrowed from more than forty years of listening to various kinds and active and composed music played. To underline this he cares the arrangements and lyrics of the pieces minutely inserting intentionally musical and literary quotations to pay homage to musicians and writers who delighted him along his path. The disc, published in English, has in its booklet all the lyrics printed with translations into Italian. Also attached to the disc is the short story: "The Tree and the Star", a tale initially written for children but…


FIREFLIES IN THE WOOD


SPRING
Trees Of Light At Dawn
Watcher Of The Trees
Trees

SUMMER
Trees Are Blooming
The Beech And The Birch
Standing Still A Stony Trees

AUTUMN
The Shadows Of The Trees
The Tree With The Spoon
Trees In November

WINTER
The Old ‘ManTree’
I Remember The Trees
Anthem To Trees

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released December 13, 2017

Produced by Dario Marconcini
Recorded by Dario Marconcini at Old ManTree Studio - Arco - Trento (I)
Vocals recorded by Marco Carner at Old ManTree Studio - Arco - Trento (I)
Sound of Nature recorded in San Giovanni al Monte - Arco - Trento (I)
Edited and mixed by Andrea ‘Potter’ Cristofori at Delorya Yoursound Studio - Florence (I)
Mastered by Mauro Andreolli at das Ende der Dinge - Trento (I)
Design Concept and Graphic Design: Dario Marconcini
Photography: Claudia Negri
English lyrics reviewed by Vinicio Cescatti
English version of the short story ‘The Tree and the Star’ edited by Vinicio Cescatti
Love and an Infinite Hug to
Claudia, who has always encouraged me and taken my hand step by step along the steep dream paths. During this latest adventure she has
always been discreet, attentive and patient. As an elegant birch, she has kept on whispering straight forward and honest opinions; her proposals
have constantly influenced the evolution of the songs. Without her support, this work would have never come to an end.
Special Thanks to
Andrea Cristofori to overcome the border going into the woods; to nourish, pamper and grow my twelve little creatures making them strong and
secure then leave them free to fly like bright fireflies.
Denis Carmellini for reading all the lyrics first, for encouraging me and backing me up with the usual sensitivity while processing the disc.
Marco Carner for believing in this project, for enriching it by offering suggestions and valuable advice; for the hard work done as my 'personal
vocal coach' by putting his experience at the service of every single track.
Mauro Andreolli who cared about the fireflies in their path through the wood making them brighter.
Riccardo Miori for the amazing nights spent together in the studio; for always giving his best in capturing every single note, harmonic or
vibration in order to create extraordinary interpretations.
Stefano Roveda for his humility and enthusiasm he donated to this album since the beginning; for giving me full confidence during the articulated
construction phases of the project.
Vinicio Cescatti for the care and dedication with which he corrected the lyrics in English and for kindly helping in English diction and
pronunciation.
Thanks to
Alessandro Manente, Corrado Sodano, Davide Sapienza, Desireé Calzavara, Elias Oberschmied, Flavia Depentori, Francesco Carloni,
Francesco Tabarelli, Gabriella Pedrotti, Germano Morghen, Giada Margheri, Gianluca Sinicco, Luca Martini, Marco Olivotto, Michele Gobbi,
Michele Sartori, Nicola Cattoi, Paolo Mairer, Riccardo Aldrighetti.

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Watcher of the Trees Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy

1986 - 1992
The Electric Shields
(Vox&Hammond Organ, Piano, Harmonica, Vocal)

1993 - 2002
Moonshiners
(Lead Vocal, Bodhran, Guitar, Harmonica)

2007 - 2011
The Laghel Day
(As Producer)

2011
Watcher Of The Trees
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Track Name: Trees of Light at Dawn
Instrumental
Track Name: Watcher of the Trees
WATCHER OF THE TREES

It’s coming to me
In the gentle morning mist
Slowly as the tide
On desolated northern shores
The silver waving grass
Opens its arms without realizing
It’s still waiting
For winds, rains and shadows

And it’s breathing
Along the streams
Among the trees
In the wind it’s living

Whispers of its name
‘Watcher of the Trees’
Heard beyond the fires
And the beating drums
From the highest hills
Fall in lots of smiles and tears
It’s still waiting
For winds, rains and shadows

And it’s breathing
Along the streams
Among the trees
In the wind it’s living

In a whole life
Searching for the light
The tiring battles
Haven’t discouraged
Watching over the world
So close to the sky
Forever sheltered
From the stormy weather

And it’s breathing
Along the streams
Among the trees
In the wind it’s living
Track Name: Trees
TREES

Trees
The breathing of the Earth
Eyewitness in the sky
Words whispered by the birches
Written on wings of butterflies

Trees
Watching all those passers-by
Waters of rivers are running dry
Heartbeats heard in the dark
Stones of lands survived at times

Trees
Pierced by the rise of the morning sun
Entwined in the laborious spiders webs
The lymph leads back to coloured saps
Fireflies forsake them at their fairy rest

Trees
Shelter for the light of banished stars
Green arrows thrown down from heaven
Farmers angels dance nursing their roots
The devil cuts them showing human face
Track Name: Trees Are Blooming
TREES ARE BLOOMING

The wind blows to me
I feel its faint breath inside
Slight crackles of campfire
Stories told by Mother Earth

Waiting for the sunrise
To warm me up through the trees
And being embraced by the sun
In the flurry of new born leaves

From the highest mountains
Glittering streams flow towards me
The milky way
Leads me where the peace lives

If I really gave everything
For a small house of wood and stone
Merry lives will be delighted
The harvest time is coming along

Show the light
Reveal yourself through the smile
Live the life all the time
Hold the line
Keep alive your inner flame
Change to have with to be
Turn the useless regrets away
Indulge yourself to what will come

The trees are blooming
Soon I will wear cherries on my ears
Running in the bright light
Of the sunny afternoon of June

The mothers' laughter
The ninth moon has been eclipsed
A shot of sickle
And a thousand butterflies reborn in the wind

Show the light
Reveal yourself through the smile
Live the life all the time
Hold the line
Keep alive your inner flame
Change to have with to be
Turn the useless regrets away
Indulge yourself to what will come
Track Name: The Beech and the Birch
THE BEECH AND THE BIRCH

Earthbound by sturdy roots
I savoured the sirens’ song
Like a wooden Ulysses
Imprisoned in his own ropes

I got hurt trying to get close
I got close trying to cure myself
Uncharted waters of a deep sea
Feeble signals from a huge space

Sing me so that I can rest
Wake me so that I can be fed
Sing me so that I can rest
Wake me so that I can be enhanced

I’ll build up a house with open doors
Where you will be free of being free
In the spring by the gentle blooms
In the autumn of graceful upsets

I’ll build up a house with no walls
Where you will be safe from me
In the winter without sounds
In the summer of boundless songs
Track Name: Standing Still as Stony Trees
STANDING STILL AS STONY TREES

She fights with despair
The cold raging waters
He asked her:
“can I play down by the riverside?”
The soundless joy
Of any afternoon in the summer
Was broken by
A sudden and blinding feeling of fright

Now she’s weeping tears of sand
Over her own beloved
One love of dreams
And bright stars hang up in the sky
Unceasing cries of help
Are lost in a sharp wind
While distracted guardian angels
Play at seek and hide

Standing still
As stony trees
In the forest

She would hold his hands warm along
The breath has gone away with the tide

Inside a fire’s burning
Inside the fire’s burning

She would hold his hands warm along
The breath has gone away with the tide

Inside a fire’s burning
Inside the fire’s burning

Standing still
As a stony tree
In the forest
Track Name: The Shadows of the Trees
THE SHADOWS OF THE TREES

The light pierces the thick branches
It pervades you deep inside
All around
Dance lively dancers
A crimson heart
Flies to the hillside

An endless sea of pink flowers
Falling stars set fire in the skies
Open green fields
Guard wild horses
Regal Eagles
Glide from nightly clouds

The shadows of the trees hide stories
In their crib
Full of amazing dreams
You let oneself go dozed off and without shoes
Unaware that soon your carefreeness
Will be kidnapped

Droves of men
Encased in their ivory towers
An uncoloured world
Made so small and weak
A bird with broken wings
Lies in the indifference
The bringer of dreams
Collects him with disregard

But you’ll always be the old and big Tree
That watches over the Creatures and the Earth
Remaining in the silence of your own shadow
Luckily you are here and there

The shadows of the trees hide stories
In their crib
Full of amazing dreams
You let oneself go dozed off and without shoes
Unaware that soon your carefreeness
Will be kidnapped
Track Name: The Tree With the Spoon
THE TREE WITH THE SPOON

I feel so well here
In the garden there are comfy wooden seats
Where we can sit down
Where falling into sleep somehow

Unmoved I witness to life going by
Drop by drop
The endless river’s flowing overtime
Spirit is lost in the rye

Look at that boy
Watch his sallow face
A scared swan
Under the fury of menacing waves

I marvelled at the sun through the trees
I picked up red flowers
And I held them in my hands
The light was bright in my chest

If I could have this memory of me
Now I’m stretching out to the stars
Touched the moon
I feed myself with a spoon

Look at that boy
Watch his sallow face
A scared swan
Under the fury of menacing waves

Look at that boy
Watch him in his darkest night
Still unaware
Only in the darkness a bright light shines

Fireflies, we are Fireflies
Into dark we shine just like Fireflies
Track Name: Trees in November
TREES IN NOVEMBER

Here we are
Like trees in November
The glowing summer
Has wrecked under blue skies
We are going to face
Our longest winter

As the trees in November
Could we still wait
The colors of spring?

Here we are
Like trees in November
Now, while our love
Seems to be asleep
We haven nested
Among a tangle of branches

As trees in November
Could we never surrender
At the power of life?
Track Name: The Old ManTree
THE OLD MANTREE

The shade of the old ManTree
Stretching out into the vesper’s light
The horizon is an invisible line
In the distance of a hidden time

The youth transcended and lived
Among winds, rains and shadows
In the cold wintertime now it looks sunny
Illusion of having given leads to safe place

The voice of the old ManTree
Tells the tales concerning human beings
They crossed the waters beyond the woods
In the ancient world before the flood

The youth hanging by a brittle twig
Swings like a red rag at the memory wind
Just like inside a fallen leaf and never forgotten
Lies the illusion to be survived at times

Small saplings once shrubs
Brighten the days still surprised by curious lives
The wise teacher says, doesn’t teach
The good student listens and so learns

It’s like this, season after season
Changes come without warning
As well as vanish the silent shades footprints
In the dim light of the Big Dipper

In the youth of the reckless wisdom
A brilliant World crowned by white Heather
Spoke to the Waters of the sea
The Fire in the sky
To the Air full of pollen
The Earth with its sprouts
Track Name: I Remember the Trees
I REMEMBER THE TREES

I remember the trees
Forsaken
By branches and leaves
At the edge of the lakes
Among swarming of bees
Even before
The cathedrals of steel

I remember the trees
Lullabies whispered
Along glades and pools
On the slender cliffs
Torn by howling winds
Even before
The battles of the fools

I remember the trees
Faces carved
By the touch of a look
My Mother my Father
The existence of men
Even before
The writings in the books

I remember the trees
Thoughtful shadows
In my stolen childhood
Huge and magnificent
They are leading me at dusk
Now that I am a glow
A firefly in the wood

A glow
A firefly in the wood
Track Name: Anthem to Trees
ANTHEM TO TREES

I wake up here now
As a small jellyfish
Drifting away
In a vast blue ocean

The horizons are lost
At nadir of a new world
In the endless succession of times
Shall I find abode in the Skies?

Moment has come
To go out to see the stars

Moment has come
To see the stars again

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