Sunshine

by Diatessaron

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The debut full-length album from Calgary prog rockers Diatessaron is a fiercely emotional journey through the stages of loss and recovery. Lead single "All The Way" is a Motown-inflected pop song about passage into the afterlife, while "Sky Blue" is a frenetic number about coping with the loss of a loved one. At the heart of the album is the "Sunshine" trilogy, a set of songs that gradually weave together a fractured melody for a final, joyous refrain. It is a slow transformation that assures time heals all, just as the dusk is erased by dawn.

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released September 11, 2015

Written and performed by Diatessaron
Recorded, produced and mixed by Eric Svilpis at Evius Studios in Calgary
Vocals recorded by Simon TJ in Calgary
Mastered by Andy Krehm at Silverbirch Mastering in Toronto
Vocal arrangements by Simon TJ except "Sunshine Chorale" by Darren Young

Vocals - Simon TJ
Guitars - Carl Janzen and Darren Young
Bass Guitar - Erik Smistad
Drum Kit - Stephan Bots
Organ on "All the Way" - Erik Smistad
Clapping on "All the Way" - Felicity Hall, Eric Svilpis and Diatessaron
Gang Vocals on "Sky Blue" and "The Horizon" - Noah Michael, Eric Svilpis, Karen Zurek, and Diatessaron

Photography by Kenneth Locke
Lead model - Douglas Young
Thanks to everyone involved in the cover art photoshoot - Maggie Bowen, Sherri Dahl, Andrew Douglas, Chris Edwards, Connor Griffiths, Karlene Harty, Carisa Hendrix, Laura Jones, Michael Douglas Moore, Debra Ross, Wayne Steer, Stephanie Symington, Griffin Tookey, Chelsea Wilhelm, Michaela Young, All the Gnomes

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Track Name: All the Way
I go, we go all the way
Take my hand and fly away
Take heed, listen and obey
They’re not easy words to say

I could be the captain’s master
I could be the one you’re always after
When spirits lure you to the sky
I could be the one who’s with you when you die

I’ll show, I’ll show you the way
Upside, back and then decay
I’ll lead, I’ll lead you astray
I don’t need you anyway

I could be the captain’s master
I could be the one you’re always after
When everything is out of sight
You should ask “what ever happened to the light?”

You should be worried about anyone but me
I will be nowhere in no time with nobody
Nihilist non-entity dying to be free
All the way empty like nothing that you’ll never see

Please you should worry about anyone but me
I will be nowhere in no time with nobody
I’ll guide you through
And by and by
I’ll sing for you
A lullaby

I go, we go all the way
Track Name: Deexister
Little sister, I once promised you that if I ever found a way to end the world I'd be sure you wouldn't suffer
Deexister is the title I have chosen for myself as I lie down curled up next to a candle snuffer

And it frees me to know
You're in good hands now

Oh my brother, I once told you that my mission was of mercy although it proved a bitter pill to swallow
Father, mother, when you taught me that each sparrow was an egg before it ever flew, the message wasn't hollow
And you, my lover, know that when a record plays the needle finds its way along a certain groove that it must always follow

And it frees me to know
You're in good hands now

I fell asleep to feed the flowers one day
So they would grow so high and far away
And the world is all I have

Each transistor in a radio plays the song a little louder so you can hear the wavelengths that are narrow
Deexister is the title I have chosen for myself as the end draws near and I become a sparrow

(You're in good hands now)
Track Name: Sky Blue
Wait for yourself
I'm still believing
Stuck in time with you in tears
And it's more than I could ever ask for
Melancholy shine
I can't define

Out of sun and out of daylight
I'm out of moonlight
Without a night-light
Out of style and out of free love
Without a true love
In a dream undreamed of

I could look through a window
I could look through a piece of glass
I could tell you what's going on outside
But as soon as I let you know
Just as soon as I speak, alas!
You will know that you've died

Faith will remind you everything is true
If time were a color it would be sky blue

Transparent lines
Have got no direction
It doesn't mean they didn't try
They're out of sun and day and moonlight
They're out of starlight
They're out of starlight

I could look through a window
I could look through a piece of glass
I could tell you what's going on outside
But as soon as I let you know
Just as soon as it comes to pass
Then you’ll know that you've died

Faith will remind you everything is true
If time were a color it would be sky blue
Blazing in the bottom of a diamond flame
Never the same

Viewed from above
We are like starlight

Strange dreams reflected in your eyes
Held captive by an angry star
I hear your soul give off a sigh
'Cause after all that's what dreams are

Give me a lighter and a box of matches, flint and steel
I'll decide just how this fire will be started
Flames make it brighter in the home my mind has been for you
We can watch it burning down and see it glow sky blue
Track Name: In the End
Quiet night time
Fears no darkness
As the moon sings sweet silver beams to the ground

In the end, the world will change it's colors
Watercolors fading up to the sky
Look back from wherever you are
And wish upon a star

In the end
Forever is no word for the future
For the future

If fire could burn the air when nothing else was there
Then would flames consume our world and would we even care
Looking back from wherever we are
In portraits of fleeing stars

In the end
Forever is no word for the future
For the future

The sky will stretch until it breaks
And all moves far away
And grains of sand are wrent in twain
And nothing will remain

Hey, when the lights escape the sky
They show us the ways that they are not like you and I
It was never intended this way but it will be in the end
I could not have thought up a better death for my dear friend

Colors shifting make me feel at home

Quiet night time
All around you
Softens the blow of the end
Track Name: The Place Where the Sun Never Sets
Scorching heat over sandy plains
The wolves are howling my name
Still I don't answer their bloodthirsty cries
Fever's getting harder to bear
The wind won't whisper in my ear
No one to tell me what it is to be wise

I'll keep listening for a signal in the breeze
To direct me to the place where the sun never sets
I'll keep questioning my purpose constantly
Until the point is reached and the static clears from my head

Isolation brings me closer to the truth
But I got no one to tell it to
My thoughts are my only company
Longing for shelter and a brighter setting
Different from the dark where I have been dwelling
Moving from the desert into the community

I'll keep listening for a signal in the breeze
To direct me to the place where the sun never sets
I'll keep questioning my purpose constantly
Until the point is reached and the static clears from my head

No life no love or pain
No colors in the picture frame
No sunlight, no sunshine, so sunshine
No tears no loss or joy
No happiness to fill the void
Too numb to feel alive

I'll keep listening for a signal in the breeze
To direct me to the place where the sun never sets
I'll keep questioning my purpose constantly
Until the point is reached and the static clears from my head
Track Name: The Hummingbird
Spin, little guardian of peace
And shatter inertia's bones
Your gift must be some kind of curse, I think
Careening through spaces unknown

And I must be some kind of madman
Like a fish that fries in a bad pan
I could never tell what you thought of my plan
Were they tears of sadness or pride then

When there was no wind I would think of you
Stillness blew my mind into little green smithereens
When the wind would blow I’d still think of you
Mysteries unfolded I never knew, never knew

Grin, little lover of voids
To terrify future's collapse
Help me to reinforce home from afar
And help my words fill in the gaps
Soldiers in places away
Have so many battles to fight
Wiping the tears from the sadness of eyes
With sabres that shine in the light

And I must be some kind of madman
Like a fish that fries in a bad pan
I could never tell what you thought of my plan
Were they tears of sadness or pride then

When there was no wind I would think of you
Stillness blew my mind into little green smithereens
When the wind would blow I’d still think of you
Mysteries unfolded I never knew, never knew

And The Hummingbird flaps its wings
To cross the coldest space and time
And each beat has hopes to bring
A message from warrior to wife

Morse was right about one thing
Dots and lines can hold anything

But here’s the thing about far off radio
Dancing fingers that tell you hello
Sending words through an engine’s rumble
Loud to echo a captain’s mumble
Like the spell of a stranger danger
Cast by weeping, the mind’s derranger
Distant discourse of vast emotion
One direction through locomotion misses you

As time slows down
A second passes every year
I fear I’ll drown
Within the thickness of the clear

And I must be some kind of madman
Like a fish that fries in a bad pan
I could never tell what you thought of my plan
Were they tears of sadness or pride then

When there was no wind I would think of you
Stillness blew my mind into little green smithereens
When the wind would blow I’d still think of you
Mysteries unfolded I never knew, never knew
Track Name: Sunshine Chorale
I feel you, I feel you
Wrap your arms around me
In you, my light
I can believe
On high you shine
Diamond in the sky
Upon me shed your light divine
Sunshine
Track Name: Sunshine: I. Sunshine
Good morning, good morning to you
I see clouds in your sleepy eyes
And I plumb their weary depths
Looking for cracks in blue skies

Wake up, wake up and look around
You see everything so clearly
Every revolution makes
Darkened earth appear less bleary

‘Cause lately I feel that I am going nowhere

Guide me, guide me with everlasting light
Show me all of the answers I can't find
Only you can lift the veil off me
Show me your love, teach me how to be kind

‘Cause lately I feel that we are going nowhere

And you won't say goodnight
Track Name: Sunshine: II. The Horizon
The world is wide when I am by your side
But you remain so far away from me
If I could run through the stars to the sun
To your arms I would fly ever fiercely

Standing on your soapbox feeling so justified
Though an empty bed you crawl into every night

Like fire and water we should never be
Draw your lines in earth and in the air
Your bowstring is drawn and arching over everyone
Like a hunter stalking prey, silent as prayer

Standing on your soapbox feeling so justified
Though an empty bed you crawl into every night
For every wrong you make yourself believe that you're right
And the emptiness will expand and fill your life

Now let your arrows fly and send my body to the horizon

A wound that tore us asunder
Sits now a scar amongst the stars
Obscures the “here” from the “out there”
Deep love becomes trenches of war

This world is just so wide
Please let your arrows fly
An emptiness so wide
You let your arrows fly

I feel you
Wrap your arms around me
In you, my light, I can believe
On high you shine
Diamond in the sky
Upon me shed your light divine
Sunshine
Track Name: Sunshine: III. Never Ends
I thought I could see a light
I dreamed so hard that I died
Smeared across the purple sky
Were the fingers of past lives
Wiping those tearful goodbyes
From mouths too tired to sigh
I will hold them in my mind
Until I walk into the night
And it never ends

You kept my body so warm
As you held me in your arms
Wrapped up tight since I was born
Pressed against your gentle form
Though you kept me safe from harm
I cried 'til my throat was sore
Tell me what this world is for
To be here and then no more
Though it never ends

I thought that I could feel you
And dreams really do come true
Used love thinking it was new
Even though it was past due
Without a warning you flew
To perch high in the sky blue
As you disappeared from view
I could feel the cold renew
Cold that never ends

Tiny explosions in your eyes
I cannot reach a thing so high
Lest fires drop straight from the sky
It used to rain when you would cry

You incinerated these wings
Taught this bird to be scared to sing
Now Icarus sits a poor thing
The pride and downfall of a king

Rising from the ashes and flame
Feeling so old yet born again
Beyond the suffering and pain
I hear a familiar refrain

Sunshine
The Horizon
Never Ends
All light that will descend rises again

Sunshine
The Horizon
Never Ends
Life repeats after death, plays infinite
Track Name: Moonshine
Shine bright in the distance, fade until morning, I wanna take you down for myself

When you turn around, you got the stars in your eyes
Tiny embers blinking softly
My gaze is fixed upon you in the dead of night
I could watch you like a movie

Shine bright in the distance, fade until morning I wanna take you down for myself

(I wanna take you) far away from the reach of human touch
An elusive unattainable body
Held captive by the heavens, a diamond in the rough
I wanna set you free

Shine bright in the distance, fade until morning, I wanna take you down for myself