More new songs . . .

And here now are some more songs. Apologies for being a slacker, there are only three this time instead of four.

The first one is for the non-metal album being done right now, called “Glide upon the Water.”

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The other two are for the traditional more metal album being worked on. The first is called “All Begins Now.”

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And the second is called “Boiling, Upsurging Expanse.”

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Please do keep in mind that the songs may change a tad over time as the albums come closer to completion. That’s kind of the way I’ve always done, but I don’t think I’ve given you good folks the courtesy of letting you know until just now. Sorry about that. I’m still – after all these years – learning how to do this crap.

EDIT (June 2016): Download link for “All Begins Now” has changed due to vocal corrections.

EDIT 2 (24 August 2016): Download links for “All Begins Now” and “Boiling, Upsurging Expanse” have changed due to vocal and other corrections.



New Songs and Announcements for the next two albums . . .

Okay, I’ve got some new music and tonight I’m not kidding around in the least. There are FOUR new tracks now representing the start I have on two albums. Before you get too excited though, only one of them is metal.

That one is “Come Together and Build the Heavens.” It’s going to be for an album called From the Mountains to the Cosmos, which will be the proper follow-up to The Epochs that Built the Mountains.

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The next three tracks are for an album called The Lake and the Mountain. This album is going to be more like my side of the Berglieder split with Draumar, though I stress that this is NOT a follow-up to that effort; this one’s its own thing. I expect these tracks to be a bit shorter than usual. If you’re here for metal, skip this album. If you don’t, don’t blame me for the yawns you may experience!

The first of these is called “Night of Quiet Rain.”

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The next is called “Fog Lifts from the Lake.”

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The last is called “For Lois.”

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My plans are to continue work on both of these albums simultaneously. Please keep in mind that the sound of these tracks may change as the albums develop and I become more certain of how both of these efforts are going to sound, so your downloads may not be the final sound of the individual tracks.



Miri It Is

“Miri It Is” is presented as a single. This is the Appalachian Winter version of an old song originally sung in Middle English. The original composer and lyricist are unknown.


Miri it is while sumer y-last
With fogeles song.
Oc nu neheth windes blast
And weder strong.
Ei! Ei! What this nicht is long,
And ich with wel michel wrong,
Soregh and morn and fast.
Merry it is while summer does last
With the feathered ones’ song.
But now nears the wind’s cold blast
And weather strong.
Hey! Hey! What, this night is long.
And I with well much now wrong,
Sorrow, mourn and fast.

Selected Orchestrations

This is a collection of orchestrations to previous tracks from the fourth to sixth albums. Some of the later tracks feature MIDI choirs by Mike O’Brien.


The Great Battle

The Epochs that Built the Mountains

This is the sixth full album and it features Randy Smith on Guitars and Mike O’Brien with MIDI Choirs, both full-time.


1.  Laurentia
Hear now, Great Mother of my land,
Your ghost haunts all that is here, now,
Here, that I call home.
Here – now, Laurentia is upon
The soul of a northern one
Who wishes to know her.

Secrets cast in stone
And locked by the hands of time
Are the only remnants
Of a land lost to the ages.

A stone image of a seafarer
Cradled skyward upon a ridge
Has spoken of my mountains
With an incredible voice
Passing ghosts from the rocks
To my dreams.

Hear now, Great Mother of my land
That you are upon my dreams,
You, great Laurentia!

Upon this world
Even lands wander
Upon journeys of thousands of miles.
And in this epoch
A great ocean dies
Before the march of the lands’ last embrace.
The death of one Earth
In genesis of another
Brings lands closer to what our ages know.
For behold, great forces below
Upend the basin and the mountains now rise!Land comes upon land
in an old, grand epoch of change.

When all lands are in search of each other,
The seas will yield before their advance,
For behold, great forces below
Upend the basin and the mountains now rise!

Rise to the heavens;
Reach out through time.
When lands collide,
Let the mountains rise.
Rise to the heavens as all lands gather,
Riding the storms within the Earth.
In this brief moment before it seems
That all life will die,
Something beautiful happened,
And my Appalachians rose proudly into the sky!

Long ago, my mountains were the tallest,
Before wind and rain had their say.
But even today, only ignorant eyes
Can look upon these Appalachians
And call them “humble.”
For they have borne skyward
The fractured remains of a time
That tell us about the forgotten age
Of a once different Earth.

Rise to the heavens
and unite distant epochs,
For all lands became one
In the moments of your origin.
And bear thee skyward the imprints of ancient times,
For you are the mighty Appalachians,
Old and beautiful;
You are a testament of the Earth!

Span of the Earth;
Many have become but one
Ancient giant,
For the lands came upon greatness and fused.
And in the middle,
Mountains like none before
Kissed the heavens and stood against
All that time could summon.
Span of the Earth;
Mother of my mountains!
Fire below;
The forge of all epochs!
The Earth above;
The face of eternal change!
The mountains high;
The dreams of the gods themselves!The greatest of lands
Destined to be torn asunder;
For giants that seem unmoveable
Flow as rivers charging from the mountains.

Span of the Earth;
An old world’s ghosts in a new age,
Though the story of my mountains
Is far from ending!

Rise to the knowledge of the Earth!
Mountain and sea are eternally tied
In their vortex – a swirl of re-creation –
In an embrace as old as time.
The epochs echo those that came before,
As the sea and mountains sing the harmony of this world.


Rise to this knowledge of the Earth,
For the ground beneath our feet
Changes as do the clouds above
When the fearsome storms gather,
And the eternal marble of the Earth
Shall always persist,
For the mountains flow into the sea
Only to rise again.

From the tallest mountains
Are borne the ocean’s depths.

The beauty we call this Earth
Flows as do the rivers,
For in every rock
Distant epochs sparkle.

How can it be
That the river is stronger than the mountain,
That the water can move the land,
That the rain can crumble the boulder?
How can it be?
How can it be
That the river can stand its ground,
And say, “The mountain shall not rise here,
And my course to the sea shall remain,
Unabated”?For when the mountain tried to give the river
To the heavens, the river cut back down,
Saying, “None shall move me from this Earth!”

But these things are to be this world,
That the river can carve the land,
That this Earth – forever changed –
Changes forever!

A miracle are these mountains; they have withstood.
And cruelties many they have defied.
A miracle are these mountains, for they still stand.
The ages spared no hardship upon this tortured land.Withstand the ages that would see your end.

These mountains withstood; these mountains survived.
These mountains still stand; these mountains still live.
Through endless time, from old Earth to new,
These mountains have stood; these mountains still live.

Ages of sun and atmosphere
Wrought destruction upon these mountains.

Buried and uncovered, with once proud peaks
Rended and cast into the sea, my mountains stand, still.
And when all lands are again one,
My Appalachians will reach the heavens once more.

When these mountains rose,
the Earth gained a new beauty.
And when these mountains rose,
A new soul was brought upon this land.
For the mountains sing the tales of the ages,
And they bring the heavens closer to the Earth.
My mountains stand, so eternal and glorious
As the genesis of endless wonder.
See now what remains of ages ancient-To this land
-To this world.

For the mountains sing the tales of the ages,
And they bring the heavens closer to my heart,
As my soul calls out to the ancient epochs,
That echo still from peak to shaded valley.