Sand Painting

by Max Heinegg

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1.
Requiem 03:06
“Requiem”- Rossetti When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me; Plant no roses at my head, Nor shady cypress tree: Be the green grass above me With showers and dewdrops wet; And if you would, remember, And if you will, forget. I shall not see the shadows, I shall not feel the rain; I shall not hear the nightingale Sing on, as if in pain: And dreaming through the twilight That does not rise nor set, Maybe may remember, And maybe may forget.
2.
Carried Away 03:03
Carried Away Yeah she works with the night - Putting out the day, with easy fire & I'll shuffle to sleep - Awkward as a ghost in her light Yeah it’s hard not get carried away When her voice hits me like a wave She’s the salt, and the strength, and the grace Yeah hard not to get carried away Yeah, on the way down In the fall through light She dovetails Now, in the aether We’re our only wings - take back desire Yeah it’s hard not to get carried away When her voice hits me like a wave She’s the salt, and the strength, and the grace Yeah hard not to get carried away Yeah hard not to get carried away
3.
In the Blind 03:44
In The Blind When it gets too bright and you’re in the blind And the wind decries your name I would twin my steps to yours Keep inside closed doors until you can start to see Time is slow to tip her hand Months and years without a plan Never thought I’d wish I had Known where I was going Walk in as a guest of rain Weather wears you down again As if you can’t separate From the world As it goes, so you go Might like to leave but no, This is the only love I’d know Time is slow but slips from you Like the heaviest clothing So much that you’re scared to lose Means you were lucky when the wind gusts by on your reply and no one hears your name I will walk for miles to stand by you while you try to find your way nights and loves will turn from you never thought I’d fear the truth So much that you’re scared to lose Means that we were lucky.
4.
Torch 04:13
Torch You’re the light My old flame You’re the song’s sweet refrain Rake the coals, and I’ll sing down the dark of our days When the dark Enfolds us all & I can’t see the start & I can’t strike a spark You house light, from the rain rouse the ash, teach the flame to do its own kindling with your breath in its veins When the dark Enfolds us all & I can’t see the start & I can’t strike a spark you’re my torch... in the last light of day when the fire sleeps in rain when all souls, stain the gray I’ll lift you up again
5.
The small hours If there’s time tonight I’d like to meet you in the downtown after working late I’d bring the latest broken things that I’ve been working on to see if you could lend them grace and I’d try not to count the days the small hours dry like rain as our short dreams crack and seem to be the dust we’ve always been If there’s time, you say you want to leave too cut a path away and fear no change but all the things we bought to build a place that we would love are now just why we can’t escape and I’d try not to count the days the small hours dry like rain the short dreams crack and seem to be the dust we’ve always been I’ll make the time tonight to see you Fill in the moments that we traced Laugh when the photograph’s the only step to lead you back Walk with me all of the way and try, to enjoy the days the small hours dry like rain that dries upon the seams of the cracks in all our dreams
6.
HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven written by W.B. Yeats
7.
No Constellation Something tells me I’m on the way to mend Like a feather let fall into the wind Might get carried or straightened out again – then fall Learn to sense it, like an old weatherman All the maps and storms - a walking in the wind Lick a finger - take a new direction If it doesn’t seem In the cards I could reckon any spark Though I see it written In the stars It’s no constellation Something lures me right off the road again Flower’s nectar or a sunset of sin Nights of riot leave me days of ash and yen If it doesn’t seem In the cards I could reckon any spark Though I see it written In the stars It’s no constellation And the choice remains: to curse or to bless After all we’ve seen, I’d still see the rest Nights of riot left me days of ash and yen If it doesn’t seem In the cards I could reckon any spark Though I see it written In the stars / It’s no constellation
8.
“We’ll go no more a-roving” SO, we'll go no more a-roving So late into the night, Though the heart be still as loving, And the moon be still as bright. For the sword outwears its sheath, 5 And the soul wears out the breast, And the heart must pause to breathe, And love itself have rest. Though the night was made for loving, And the day returns too soon, 10 Yet we'll go no more a-roving By the light of the moon.
9.
Here and Now 04:01
Here and Now The here and now, not the fadeaway nor the sweet hereafter concern me My daughters’ eyes and my wife’s sweet, serious gaze are all I see The here and now will fade away but the here and now is my idea of always The here and now and not elsewhere life begins and surely ends don’t be afraid to make your mark though you know you’ll want revision The here and now will fade away But the here and now is my idea of always there will never be anything more than there is now our faces change we’re buried, perhaps reborn here and now will you hear it now? the here and now there is nothing more though I fear it’s true there is nothing more though I fear nothing more, nothing less nothing more, nothing less than everything
10.
Two Trees 03:49
Two Trees Two trees Honor the space between Leave room for the branches and leaves The roots touch underneath Two trees Make room for the silence to sing Feathers on the same wing Fingers on the same hand Two trees Stand in the shared light of day Lone pearls on the same string Two trees Aren’t the same thing – see They honor the space between love and need Two trees As it has always been As it is even now Two more springing tall In our shade
11.
Sand painting I’ll take the time to measure I’ll crush the white stone As we echo the pattern We fill the levels alone Let go of what I make Sand painting, today Sweep the sand from the table Sweep in silk, in the jar Walk the sand to the water Sing the cycle of ours Our works will weave into the waves Take them down, carry them away Let the sand rest in water Let the water bless the change let this brief peace pass in grace
12.
The Folly 04:16
The Folly Wave down to me from your parade of height No effigy just a folly built for light A shimmering mirror, a laugh to sting the dark A kiss to the shattering hours, that we are The folly isn’t worth a tear Living your life just waiting, waiting where Sing it to me in a garden of razed stone The science of progress, the art of capital The folly is built for your eyes and nothing more A kiss of volition, a world that won’t endure The folly isn’t worth a tear Living your life just waiting, waiting where Everything busy building building here A folly to lift your spirits dear…. The folly of life will sting your tears Will stifle your laughter, tether you to fear Build you a folly of notes and words and know It’s built without purpose, for beauty all its own The folly isn’t worth a tear Living your life just waiting, waiting where Everything busy building building here A folly to lift your spirits dear…. Build it up - though they’ll tear it down Build it up - though they’ll tear it down
13.
Touchstone 01:31
Touchstone Indeed the day as here I am the painting done but still the sand our dreams align on fading shores today, tonight I love you more touchstone

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January 2015 release from Max Heinegg, with the help of some of Boston's finest musicians

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released January 1, 2015

Producer: Mike Quinn at the Moontower and Q Division

Voice, guitar: Max Heinegg
Guitar: Alex Necochea
Bass: Mike Quinn
Drums: Rob Gaggin

Saxophone: Dana Colley
Strings and guitar: Ian Kennedy
Guitar: Will Dailey
Cello: Kurt von Stetten

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Max Heinegg Boston, Massachusetts

Max Heinegg. Singer-guitarist and songwriter, poet and adapter of classic poems, rock and roll vocalist... all about lyrics, vocals, and guitars.
Songs here are from Sand Painting (2015) Ruby Saloon (2010) These Familiar Days (2007) and By June (2004).
In the late 90s I fronted The High Ceilings in the Boston scene, from the Rumble to the 'Dise.
In the early 90s, I fronted the Hounds in NYC.
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