Great Stone Stories

by Thor Bremer

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Great Stone Stories is a collection of Native American folktales set to Thor's unique brand of progressive pop/rock music. However, it's more than that. The entire album is tied together by a single story: The Great Stone, a figure from Native American folklore, tells all the stories to the listener. All lyrics and music is composed and orchestrated by Thor Bremer, a Chicago-based percussionist, composer, and vocalist.

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released September 17, 2013

Players:
Thor Bremer - Vocals, Drum set, Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion, Piano track 18
Dan Clark - Vocals (tracks 2, 6, 17, 22 and all intro narrations)
Katie Bithos - Vocals
Stephanie Young - Violin
Rachael Smith - Flute
Rachael Charles - Viola
Jake Tomasicyk - Trombone
Garrett McGinn - Bass
Andy Zinsmeister - Guitars (tracks 6, 17, 19)
Wes Cichosz - Guitars (tracks 2, 4, 22)
John Lewis - Acoustic guitar (track 8)
Andrew Capone - Guitars (tracks 15, 21)
Troy Fannin -Guitars (tracks 10, 12)

The Thorchestra (track 1+13):
Stephanie Young - Violin 1 + 2
Rachael Charles - Viola
Jon Miller - Cello
Garrett Mcginn - Upright bass
Rachael Smith - Flute
Jared Miller - Oboe
Dave Erato - Clarinet, Bassoon
Alex Vincer - Trumpet
Rich Tremarello - French horn
Jake Tomasicyk - Bass + Tenor Trombone
John Lewis - Acoustic Guitar
Kelly Dudar - Piano
Thor Bremer - Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Timpani, Cymbals

All music and lyrics composed and orchestrated by Thor Bremer

Drums, Dan's vocals, viola, cello, trombone, and orchestral percussion recorded by Dan Clark at Listless Works studios, Milwaukee, WI.
Flute and violin tracks recorded by Phillip Amerson at Bitterson studios, Chicago, IL and at Rachel's apartment and Thor's apartment
Guitars and bass recorded by the players at home
All else recorded remote by Thor, in apartments, houses, etc.

Edited by Thor Bremer
Mixed by Dan Clark at listless works studios, Milwaukee, WI
Mastered by Eric Oehler at submersible studios, Madison, WI. wonko@nulldevice.com

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Track Name: Sound of the Wind
The Sound of the Wind:

Father, father, father, I met a girl, I want to talk to her
I lack the spirit besides she's too proud, she's too proud

i'll go into the forest and i'll come back with something no one's seen before
there's the rustling of the leaves, sounds of owls, creaking of the trees, creaking of the trees

listen to the sound of the wind
passing over the hollow
listen to that sound hear it sing
listen to the sound of the wind

whispers in a dream of a red-headed bird saying follow me, follow me i'll show you something
you haven't seen before

watch him fly to the cedar tree
carving holes in hollow limbs, drumming

da-da-da-da da-da-da-da
da-da-da-da da-da-da-da

listen to the sound of the wind
passing over the hollow
listen to that sound hear it sing
listen to the sound of the wind

now i know what to do
i'll carve a flute
and play it for a beautiful girl
i will learn the tunes
the tunes of the world

listen to the sound of the wind
passing over the hollow
listen to that sound hear it sing
listen to the sound of the wind
Track Name: The Wind Eagle
The Wind Eagle:

Gluscabi:
Ki yo wah ji neh
yo hey, ho ho, hey

Ki yo wah ji neh
Ki yo wah ji neh

This is the song I sing
as I row across the bay
ki yo wah ji neh
but today's a different day

no matter how hard I try
the breeze blows me away
four times I go
four times I row
and the wind takes me back to shore
and so I sing out louder

Ki yo wah ji neh
yo hey, ho ho, hey
Ki yo wah ji neh
Ki yo wah ji neh

Grandmother, how does the wind blow? I can't cross the bay

Grandmother:
This sounds like trouble
but since you're stubborn,
I'll tell you anyway

Far away on the tallest mountain
a great bird stands proud and tall
when he flaps his great wings
he makes the wind blow

Gluscabi:
How do I find him?

Grandmother:
Stubborn boy, if you're looking for trouble, if you must know,
just walk facing the wind

Gluscabi:
I'll walk facing the wind
And so I walk across the fields, through the woods
and the wind keeps blowing hard and so I climb
the highest mountain. There are no trees, cuz the wind is far too strong

the wind takes off my shoes
rips off my clothes
tears out my hair
but I keep climbing
I lift myself to the top
and there he is
the wind eagle

wind eagle,
please hear me
I need to speak with you
W.E.:
I'm here son talk to me
tell me what you've got to say

Gluscabi:
You do a good job of making the wind blow
but could you do it somewhere else?

W.E.:
how do you expect me to get somewhere else?
Are you gonna carry me?

Gluscabi:
Yes I will!

W.E.
So he carries me right down
carries me right down
carries me right down the mountain
then he

W.E.: throws me in a dark Gluscabi: throw him in a dark
throws me in a dark throw him in a dark
throws me in a dark crevasse! throw him in a dark crevasse!

Gluscabi:
Now that the wind is gone
I can sing my song
ki yo wah ji neh
as I row across the bay
but the air is really hot
it's getting hard to breathe

now the water's getting dirty
doesn't smell too good
I don't wanna sing my song
everything seems so wrong
I think i'll go speak to grandmother

Grandmother:
Oh, my son, I see you're in trouble
Now I guess you need me
You must free
the great wind eagle
from the place you left him in

for the wind brings the clouds
which gives us the rain
the wind moves the waters and keeps them fresh and sweet

without wind life would not be good for us
not for us or our children
you must bring back the wind
you must bring back the wind

Gluscabi:
Wind eagle
please hear me
I hope that you're okay

W.E.:
I'm here, son, I'm okay
tell me why i'm in this hole

Gluscabi:
I put you there
cuz I thought I needed to
the wind wouldn't let me cross the bay

W.E.:
Well you're a fool son, allow me to explain
something you need to understand

sometimes we need the wind
and others we need it still
and others we need it still

Gluscabi:
Now that i've fixed my wrongs
I can go about singing my song
ki yo wah ji neh
now I row across the bay

ki yo wah ji neh
yo hey ho hey
Track Name: Spirit's Jealousy
Spirit's Jealousy

it was a cool autumn night
when I saw your face reflecting the firelight
your cheeks shone with rosy hue
from that moment all I could think of was you

the night your father gave you to me
was the best night of my life
it was the first night with my wife
you are all that fills me with light

then one day
a pretty spirit came to me
she had eyes for me
but I couldn't see
I couldn't see
for my love was the only one for me

the spirit flew into a jealous rage
whirling into a pillar of flame
she struck me down right to my knees
transforming me into a twisted tree
and my love, you was begging on her knees,
“if you will not make him a man, make me a tree
make me a tree
make me a tree
make me a tree”

You cried until the spirits agreed
to turn you into a flower beside me
a bright red flower for all to see

now we're together
forever
Track Name: Sky Blanket
Sky Blanket:

Sometime Long ago, we were very old
It was just she and I,
living under the blanket in the sky
everyone believed when you died
you would pass to the other side

It's my time
it's my time
it's my time to go to the other side
it's time for me to go
home

Now I'm gone
and she still looks for me
wish I could tell her
to stop looking

She persists
she climbs up to the highest trees
cutting the cloth in the sky

day after day for the rest of her life
she climbs
tree after tree
cutting holes with her knife

It's not your time, dear
It's not your time
It's not your time, love

then one day
she came to the other side
we came together one more time

I know she missed me
she worked so hard every day
no one should live that way

we must raise the blanket high
high above trees
high above the mountains
far, far far into the sky

It's our time
It's our time
It's our time
on the other side
it's our time
on the other side
now

take a look up high
when the sun doesn't shine
see the moon at night
surrounded by starshine
you'll see the place
where she cut the holes
in the blanket in the sky
in the blanket in the sky
see the blanket in the sky
Track Name: Turtle Flies
Turtle Flies:

It's the time of year
leaves fall down
turtle swims
birds fly

turtle: where are you going?
Birds: we're gonna fly south

turtle: why are you going there?
Birds: it's getting cold out
summer's there all the time
there's plenty for all
come fly with us

turtle:
I wanna fly, too
take me along

birds: if you're sure you're ready, just hold on tight.
Both: we're gonna fly now. We're gonna fly now

turtle: I want to ask where we are. Notice me, i'm speaking
and down down down I go
down down down I go
down down down I go
down down down I go and crack! I hit the ground

I crawled into a nearby pond
to stay away from the sky
i'll sleep all winter
won't wake up til spring
Track Name: Poison
Poison:

Vine:
I'm so tired of hurting everyone
every time they touch me they die
I need someone to take away my poison
oh who will help me?

I'm just a little vine
growing in the bayous
I live in shallow water
so no one sees me when they go to swim

when they touch me they get sick and die
I need to find a way to help them to survive

who will take away my poison who will take away my poison
who will take away my poison who will take away my poison

Bee:
I am just a little bee
buzzing round and making honey

I will take a little of your poison
to protect my hive
I will warn them with my buzzing
to make sure they don't touch me
for whenever I use it I will surely die
so I will use it carefully

I will take away your poison I will take away your poison
I will take away your poison I will take away your poison

Water Moccasin:
They call me water moccasin, I slither, slide and snake my way around
i'll take a little of your poison just so no one stomps me on the ground
I will show them how my mouth is white so they will have a fair warning
so put a few drops on my fangs so I can help you please

WM&B:
we will take away your poison we will take away your poison poison
we will take away your poison we will take away your poison poison
we will take away your poison we will take away your poison

Rattlesnake:
I am the rattlesnake and I will take a little of your poison your poison
and I will warn them with my noisy tail
now that we've taken away the poison
the people will be more safe

All:
we have taken all your poison we have taken all your poison poison
we have taken all your poison we have taken all your poison poison
Track Name: Who Calls
Who Calls:

Qui'Appelle?
Who Calls?
Qui'Appelle?
Who Calls?

Across the river
i row to my love
a clear night sky
a voice calls my name

Qui'Appelle?
Who Calls?
Qui'Appelle?
Who Calls?

Rowing on, then
From everywhere and nowhere
the voice calls again

Qui'Appelle?
Who Calls?
Qui'Appelle?
Who Calls?

Wind swirls round my face
the touch and smell of my love
i breathe in the perfumed air
and the wind dies

her father's face told me everything
my love was gone

Qui'Appelle?
Who called?
Qui'Appelle?
You called.
Track Name: Rainbow Crow
Rainbow Crow:

All the world was draped in snow all the world was cold
ice now blanketed the waters snow drifts covered the land

the snow is increasing the snow is increasing the
animals dying freezing starving if
we don't do something we don't do something
all of us will die
we must send a messenger to the spirits in the sky
who create all that we can see
we will ask them to get
rid of all the cold, white snow and make the world warm

oh who will we send now for we must send someone
to speak to the spirits for us
we will send rain-bow crow send rain-bow crow the most beautiful bird
with all his shimmering feathers
he will catch the ear of the spirits well
his song is the loveliest of all
he must get rid of snow from on high or we'll all die in wint'ry hell

and so he soared up through the sky
passing trees and clouds and the sun and moon
leaving the stars behind he reaches the holy place
and now
he sings his song
he sings it loud
he sings it strong
the spirits love his melody
they offer him whatever he needs

and so they
they gave him fire
so he could melt the snow
they touched a branch to the sun and he held it in his mouth and
started the long journey home

he flew right through the stars
and his torch it was so large
as he passed the sun's rays his
tail lit up ablaze

now his shim-mer-ing feathers were black from all the smoke
his voice was also gone from the soot he choked

he delivered the fire to the animals
he melted the snow and all felt warm
it was a time for rejoicing
for fire came to earth
but rainbow crow mourned his coat and song

the spirits told him to look inside
for each feather holds its own rainbow
all would remember his sacrifice
for he alone melted the snow

his rough voice would keep him from a cage
his smoky flesh keeps him safe
all the world will see
all these things
will keep you free