A World In Song LP (LUNGS​-​162)


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Tun 23:40
Stepping On a Stone of Shale Without Color Without a Shell A Stone Sinking Crumbles On My Two Spinning Pupils Without a Center Without a Root Do you know Where you go when the lights Go out? There is no greater place Than the other side Of life Navigate the dark I've been searching I've been searching For the Calmness That came with My dying I've been searching For Absolution That braved through My dying And Now I am Free And Now I am Free Free Free Now my living is free I've been crying For the one tear That salted every ocean And I found it And I found it Through my dying I've been digging In the deep dirt mountains In the belly Velvet darkness And Now I am Free And Now I am Free Free Free Now my living is free In the jelly Illumination of one night I found it My communion My union Complete Complete Complete Sail no more In-between floors Sand like wings Find you home inside my love Protective wings Brand new life we bring Say no I love you In love In death I returned To a new place Listen to my voice As I sing in you Hold my hand without Holding Breathe my Soul without it flowing Do you feel the song inside your vein Healing is an opening Existing deeper with no explanation Object translucent I am not containable I will turn the light on From a grounding source I will blind every lie that tires Now I will protect I walk without movement Now I return here River reverse Ocean to stream Now I am clean Understand this Understand truth Unbeaten Unscathed death I am both forms I live both sides I live through death I live I am a light I am a life I am love I am love I am a light I am a life I am love I am love I am a light I am a life I am love I am love I am a light I am a life I am love I am love
God & Devil 25:05
you hate to see the world slow down you hate to walk with your feet on the ground you hate gravity for what is down its law and wrath you can't take it back you've got moving to do your maps are old written over lines erased erased over lines you don't care of latitude you've got to move you never follow the hand that feeds the weak will retire with embarrassment he once carried a village in his arms if it is he who has given hope he can take it away what would i do without you it's all we are is in the same place all we are is in the same place always the fame of your absence always the facade of presence the same sad choking gun my time is done my time is gone my time is done and if i ever wake up again you make me feel so cheap you will make me feel so cheap


CAGES - A World In Song LP (LUNGS-162)

A statement from Nola Ranallo:

“I was in an abusive relationship in which I endured for several years. Overwhelmed and reinforced, my mind deteriorated. I was declining in an infinite cycle I allowed. My brain had ceased from processing logic. To many others around me, I did not appear recognizable. I felt trapped in a tiny space. No one could find me, hear me or help me. I disappeared. I could not help myself. On May 8 2018 I took my own life. Anoxic for nearly 20 minutes. I experienced clinical death. My heart stopped. I was placed in a medically induced coma for close to a week. On life support, intubated. My body, in a hypothermic state. A punctured lung, unstable vitals and in hospital contracted pneumonia. It was not determined whether I would wake from my coma or not. In my death experience I heard music. The music initiated life. I returned to this life. “A World In Song” is the music I heard in the velvet blue tunnel with tiny stars. Translucent figures of light reaching out to me, bright cloaks, thin fingers, smiling warmly, singing to me, holding me safe inside their song.

The intention of this release is to provide great love. “A World In Song” transformed tragedy and overcame it. The music built me. I have experienced a test of a person’s true character, one’s will to live. I want people to realize that we each affect each other. I would like to share my resilience to inspire other people. Now is not the time to hide. It is time to share so that I can reach you. You who are contemplating ending your own life. I hope to wake you from your sleep. Wake others who judge from fear or ignorance. Wake others who hurt others. Ignite a new path with the force of music. I intend on using my story to serve as a turning point for those who listen and consider. Through “A World In Song”, we were able to work together like a family to create the most important and beautiful music of a lifetime. I have hope that people all over the world will open themselves to this music, more importantly open a new path within themselves. I hope for all to wake up and transcend.”


CAGES played last year after singer Nola Ranallo’s suicide, clinical death, coma, and arduous but positively life changing recovery. They wrote a 2 hour piece titled "A World In Song" just for that performance and made a very positive and healing event out of it in an effort to raise awareness about domestic abuse and the availability of crisis services. It was immense. 30+ performers in a beautiful cathedral venue in the heart of Buffalo, a meal, music, mental health and trauma speakers, information table, an Andrew M. McKenzie quadraphonic sound installation, a massive textile installation and special wardrobe by Gabrielle Duggan, live recording and best of all, totally free to the public. All made possible by generous support from participants, friends and the good citizens of Buffalo. A beautiful coalescence in support of a worthy cause. The feeling in the room was otherworldly, alive... and rather warm.

300 copies of 150gr black vinyl housed in a beautiful heavy duty tipon jacket with printed inner sleeve, lyrics insert and download card included. Recorded by Ron Hensberry. Mixed by Justin Rose. Photography by Jamshid Vafai, Joe Valenti, Nola Ranallo and Vicente Rondon with art by Daniel Galas. Mastered by Rashad Becker and cut by Anne Taegert.

This record is part document and part public service so please give it your time.

If you are in trouble or know someone who is, please reach out for help. If you feel like you have nowhere to turn, try this: ncadv.org/get-help, and for anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).


released July 31, 2020

Nola Ranallo • Vocal, Lyrics
David Bailey • Synthesizer, TR-Valkyrie, Guitar, Samplers, Preparations, Wrangling

Jon Mueller • Percussion, Voice
Jensen Ward • Percussion
Ravi Padmanabha • Percussion
Josef Bellucci • Percussion
Andre Welks • Vibes
Steve Baczkowski • Sax
Megan Kyle • Oboe
Jesse Miller • Sax
Ethan Hayden • Trombone
Daniel Bassin • Trumpet
Jerid Nowacki • Live Sound Placement
Shannon Reilly • Violin
Ana Vafai • Violin
David Adamczyk • Violin
Evan Courtin • Violin
Kiersten Fisher • Viola
Ted Smeltz • Viola
TJ Borden • Cello, Arrangements
Katie Weissman • Cello
Megan McDevitt • Bass
Brian DeJesus • Bass
Lucia Stavros • Harp
Brad Dumville • Preparations


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