Prodigal

by Anchorage

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Colton O'Connor The album as a whole is a musical arc with heaviness, hardness, and beauty in carefully placed portions, plus a few more surprising sounds. Highly enjoyable to listen through. Favorite track: Prodigal.
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This album was inspired by the novel Prodigal, a young adult fantasy manuscript I am currently preparing. I wanted to write an album that explored the intersection of events in the novel I was editing and the transition I experienced moving from my senior year of college into a new phase of life. With it, I wanted to stretch the capabilities of the violin and the electronic sounds I could make on the computer. The results are here, I hope you enjoy.

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released December 30, 2014

Vocals, violin, beats, synths: Caitlin Pequignot, aka Anchorage
All mixing, producing, and mastering done by Caitlin Pequignot.
Cover art: Kathleen Pequignot, all rights reserved.
Cover design: Kathleen Pequignot and Caitlin Pequignot

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Anchorage Orlando, Florida

Anchorage is Caitlin Pequignot. Armed with an iMac and a MIDI controller, I began Anchorage in 2007 as an experiment. When it began, I wanted to write songs that bridged the gap between the kids blasting Usher at school and the ones debating the intricacies of Mozart at youth orchestra rehearsal; with that thought in mind, the fledgling days of Anchorage were born. ... more

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Track Name: New York, 2010
start spreading the news
i had little to lose
was it right or was it wrong to simply go along
i think you'd do it too

but in no time
i was electrified
purely paralyzed
and i was leaving you

subway stream in the dead of night
would you carry me on or bury me right
underneath the weight of metropolis
i can tell you i didn't bargain for this
but in icy bleed of the lcd
i watch as the minutes get farther from me
on a one-way train it's still as plain as before
my new york, new york

you've got the wrong guy
God i'm begging you why
because i can guarantee that i did not agree
to a plan of this design
Track Name: Airplanes
you know the thing about airplanes
they take you far and away
but i have seen beyond skylines and higher than the fray

you think i could be danger
but baby you don't know
the difference that a few years makes when you are from below

and i won't say anything
(they got us running along, they got us gunning along)
and i won't say anything
(too bad we're already gone, oh babe we're already gone)

you wanna know how this world works
just wait 'til we're alone
they kept me plugged into their words; i couldn't hear my own

so if you wanna beat them
although the game has changed
you better feel your blood move until you breathe again

and i won't say anything
(they got us running along, they got us gunning along)
and i won't say anything
(too bad we're already gone, oh babe we're already gone)

baby we could be gone, baby we could long gone
Track Name: Love You Now
on a white winter evening you woke from a dream
drifted under the rafters and great wooden beams
'midst the fireplace smoke and the hot matcha steam
asking me if i thought we were as good as we seemed

through every wood and crackling bough
don't you believe i love you now
through every flame i still know how
don't you believe i love you
don't you believe i love you now

in the threads of you woven in tapestries hung
when your heart was as light as the songs as you'd sung
i stood with you keeping my thoughts from my tongue
while you squeezed my hand saying i wish we were young

through every wood and crackling bough
don't you believe i love you now
through every flame i still know how
don't you believe i love you
don't you believe i love you now
Track Name: When You Were Mine
cobblestone paths and cathedral gothic sprawl
we had it made but summer gets us all
retina pixels constitute your face
and i should be happy with electronic grace

and don't you remember twilight
and the way you looked in my eyes
on the mountainside like
ohhh, when you were mine
and don't you remember midnight
bathed in symphony and stagelight
the halls were ringing
ohhh, when you were mine

thai food to go and chemistry by eight
under violet lantern light we slept too late
under summer sun or ankle-deep in snow
i wish i could tell you what you want to know

'cause i still remember twilight
and the way you looked in my eyes
on the mountainside like
ohhh, when you were mine
and don't you remember midnight
bathed in symphony and stagelight
the halls were ringing
ohhh, when you were mine
Track Name: For a Time
you told me remember
the sunlight streaming splash
of symphony september
and combat black on dash

when in all your splendor
between the hollow place
did you dream of me so tender
in ivy-colored space

speak softly and in slant rhyme
speak softly and maybe we'll love
for a time

don't you see the muses smiling
upon our fragile cage
as we entangled lying
upon the gilded stage

let our skin be ever
too close to let the dark
and let us build forever
out of a farewell spark

speak softly and in slant rhyme
speak softly and maybe we'll love
for a time

meet me halfway, meet me halfway
i don't know what we did that day
meet me halfway, meet me halfway
i don't know what we'll do today
Track Name: Dazed
i may be short but i'm not short on
time for you to mind your own dimes
i've got loads of better things to do

cue the coup while no one's talking
i traded electro-love for rocking
i would be myself if i only knew how to

so you can tell everyone
stun 'em until they run
stun 'em 'til they go
ohh
and you can tell everyone
that i don't care what they've done
but i better see 'em go
ohh

i may smile but i won't lie down
quietly while you bend my mind
i won't give you what you want to hear

it's not a matter of truth or dare
i've got a lot of heart to share
if you would only let me disappear

so you can tell everyone
stun 'em until they run
stun 'em 'til they go
ohh
and you can tell everyone
that i don't care what they've done
but i better see 'em go
ohh
Track Name: One of These Days
one of these days you'll grow older
and one of these days you'll grow tall
and one of these days you'll live to see it all

and one of these days you will seek me
and one of these days you will find
that one of these days you'll leave yourself behind

and follow Me in my splendor and glory
lay down all your burdens and all of your crowns
in peculiar haze you have wandered away
but I know you'll come back around
one of these days

one of these days I will see you
and one of these days you'll be known
and one of these long, long days you'll finally be home

now until that day, I am listening
and until that day, I am here
and on that day, you and I will finally be so near

and follow Me in my splendor and glory
lay down all your burdens and all of your crowns
in peculiar haze you have wandered away
but I know you'll come back around
one of these days

须听主今说到:你不要惧怕
我永护庇你在我翅膀荫下
总赐你有力量,能站立得主
我全能的膀臂常将你保护
Track Name: Only Fine
from gold-bound script you read me back in time
while you saw nothing with your emerald eyes
could you answer me if i asked you why the dark and light
run circles through your history and out of sight

would you break your rules with me
bend the best of your history
do you think i don't see you try try trying to stay in time
with the beat that keeps telling you that you are only fine?

you are only, you are only fine

from the pale of your skin i see they've cursed you to the bone
so why did you linger there instead of going home
in the light of dusky evening you tell me drive
i'll teach you how to love if you keep us alive

would you break your rules with me
bend the best of your history
do you think i don't see you try try trying to stay in time
with the beat that keeps telling you that you are only fine?
Track Name: Notre Dame
why can't i keep you out of me
under jungle-watch we speak
in the rainfall hidden there
i could feel you everywhere

and all you had were original midnight alibis
why'd you have to hold me when i cry?
we don't have the time to fall this hard
so why, why, why would i gladly die where you are?

fill me up so i'll be fine
can't give me time then give me wine
thunder crash and i'll survive
if only i could say goodbye

but all i had were original midnight alibis
why'd you have to hold me when i cry?
we don't have the time to fall this hard
so why, why, why would i gladly die where you are?
Track Name: Prodigal
in the terminal bookstore
magazines lined up to view
is this how i close my chapter
begin and ending at gate two?

they called me prodigal girl

wired wings lying in shatters
you and me before the fray
i could stand here for a lifetime
just to not forget your name

and call you prodigal girl

and no matter what the clocks say
or how much faith i have above
my heart will still be breaking
into the shapes of those i love
and no matter if you miss me
i still can't help but fear
that your heart's one shape less broken
even without me near

and call you prodigal girl
when we were prodigal girls.
Track Name: Letters from Eve (Bonus Track)
hey God, do You remember
mornings dewy green
when i would follow in the footsteps You left in the garden
chasing after me?

and hey God, do You miss it
coming 'round for tea
when in our holy naked splendor we were Your children
and had all we'd ever need?

now i'm drawing water from a well
cursing every serpent and their spells
how could someone save me from this hell
even if His name's Emmanuel?

hey God, we're calling from the village
and there is blood on cain
Father You made me for glory so why am i drowning
in serpentine pain?

and hey God, in the desert
i can hear You breathe
it's not like walking with You hand in hand but for now
it's more than i need.

now i'm drawing water from a well
cursing every serpent and their spells
how could someone save me from this hell
even if His name's Emmanuel?

hey God, do You remember
evenings evergreen
when i would follow in the footsteps You left in the garden
chasing after me?