Fireflies in the Wood

by Watcher of the Trees

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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) This album starts out so great... Dario Marconcini does a perfect job reviving most pleasant memories of mega-melodic 70's RPI, featuring mellotron and other wonderful vintage sounds. It's a pity that the music loses grip after two thirds of the running time. On the last four tracks, it drifts into some unexpected Pink Floydish boredom thing that wrecks the good feeling built up so far. Nevertheless it's an awesome album with respect to the first 44 minutes. Favorite track: Trees Are Blooming.
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1.
Instrumental
2.
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
3.
Trees 05:09
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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?
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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

about

"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

credits

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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