Stars in the Black and Blue

by Thom Kunz & Whitney Pearsall

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PRESS:

“…powerful and inspiring.” – Ear To The Ground Music

“Thom and Whitney have embraced a generous musical friendship to spin our hearts and overwhelm our emotions...” –giveitaspin

“Kunz & Pearsall team up to paint a brilliant illustration.” – H-Blog

“Pearsall’s honey ‘n raspy soaked vocals are embracing.” – StarNews

“…heartfelt verses and anthem choruses summon a blend of alt-country, gospel, and soul.” – Middle Tennessee Music

“…beautiful, slowly-growing indie-pop accompanied by orchestra. Pearsall’s vocal performance shines here.” – Independent Clauses

“…lush, expansive instrumentation and top notch vocal work.” – No More Division

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A note to our listeners and any newcomers -

First, we deeply appreciate the positive feedback, and for sharing our posts along the way. We read every comment, see every share, and it means the world to us, truly.

Making this record was a musical exploration and collaborative journey over several months. We gave our hearts to this project, and our commitment to this vision steered us down a very beautiful and challenging path. The end result is a mystical collection of interlinked songs, packaged in a limited number of beautifully designed vinyl and CDs (main artwork by illustrator Char Oden, graphic design and digital photography by O.E. Cunningham).

Much love,
Thom & Whit

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released July 14, 2016

Recorded December 2015 – March 2016 @ Nun Street Studios, Wilmington, NC

Thom Kunz: instruments, programming, and arrangement
Whitney Pearsall: lead and backing vocals

Recorded, Produced, and Mixed by Thom Kunz
Mastered by Tom Scheponik at the SoundLab
Music & Lyrics: Kunz / Pearsall 2016, copyright ThomKunzMusic
ASCAP Kunz / Pearsall
ILMGROWN RECORDS

Front and back cover illustrations by Char Oden
www.charoden.com

Sleeve design, photographs, and packaging by O.E. Cunningham

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Thom Kunz is a musician and writer who lives in the coastal community of Wilmington, North Carolina.
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Track Name: Perfectly Shattered
PERFECTLY SHATTERED

After all
The damage done
There’s a vacancy
On your tongue

If I sleep
If I stray
Will you judge me when I finally break?

Understand
Understate
Love for sale
A broken heart for trade

So, here we are
Face to face
No more smiles
Will we ever leave this place?

Perfectly shattered
You always seem to leave me
Perfectly shattered

You never say
What I need to hear
My words like static
On the strings of a puppeteer

But was it all
A waste of time?
I’m not insane
But sometimes I go out of my mind

You leave me…

Perfectly shattered
And we’ll never be the same now
Perfectly shattered
I’ve been saving all my blame now
Perfectly shattered
You always seem to leave me
Perfectly shattered

When our promises go black
And burrow in the deep
At the bottom they will find
The lies we can’t set free
The lies we can’t set free
And all the truth we failed to see

We failed to see
You leave me

Perfectly shattered
And we’ll never be the same now
Perfectly shattered
I’ve been saving all my blame now
Perfectly shattered
You always seem to leave me
Perfectly shattered

Every time I hear your name
You always seem to leave me
Track Name: Cold Moon
COLD MOON

Declaring a war on emotions
When the memory sinks its teeth
All the mistakes you tried to forget
Wave goodbye then fade away

When it goes dark
And the words stop
There’s a silence colder than moon

Forgiveness for your condition
Without reconciliation
Soft as the tone of your voice
An alibi without a say

When it goes dark
And the words stop
There’s a silence colder than moon

We’re just spare parts
With a fresh start
There’s a reason all stories have end

Dark are the memories
Lost in the twilight
When you can’t remember
The moments we shared
Time is a silence that stands between us
Forgotten words you’ll never say
Track Name: On Your Side
ON YOUR SIDE

If there’s a dream you want to follow
If there’s a risk you need to take
If time wears you out
And you feel you can’t make it
When all your ghosts refuse to shake

Should you lose yourself
Or miss a step along the way
Should you lose yourself

And I will be
On your side
Here, when you need me
On your side
And know I want you
On my side too

On a Sunday afternoon
We learned the news
That could have changed everything

We would speculate –
“She’d have your eyes”
Or “He’d have my hands”
Spent the days ahead just wondering

Did we find ourselves
In this unexpected place?
Did we find ourselves?

And I will be
On your side
Here, when you need me
On your side
And know I want you
On my side too

If the tides never break
If ever logic fails to protect you
Don’t be afraid

Forever, I will be
On your side
Here, if you need me
On your side
And know I want you
On my side too

Put your mind at ease
I will be
On your side
Just stay with me
On my side
And I’ll always love you
On my side too
Track Name: Veins of Stone
VEINS OF STONE

Tumble and fall
Still drifting
Through the grey of the storm

Forever is a luxury
That we still can’t afford

As we dance
Falling on top of your bed
A heart of thorns
Tearing at the cracks where we bled

Our veins…

Cover our ignorance
Wherever we may roam
In the night sky
We stand on the edge
But our wings have never flown

As we dance
Falling on top of your bed
A heart of thorns
Tearing at the cracks where we bled

Our veins turn to stone

There was a time we could fly
Smooth and even
The scars have hardened
With this grievance

The light hums
We’re shivering
The final days are done

But we can fool them
With all our scenes
Since seasons never change
They just fall apart like dreams

As we dance, darling
On top of your bed
A heart of thorns
Tearing at the cracks where we bled

Don’t you apologize to me anymore
When the blood in our veins
Turns to stone
Track Name: Gentle Breeze
GENTLE BREEZE

Midnight
You’re resting on my bed
And half asleep
Escaping a life
Where all your dreams are incomplete

Love haunted you
You haunted me
Gentle as a breeze

Seconds
Uncounted as the bulbs begin to fade
Cash in your miracles
And hide your hopes away

Love haunted you
You haunted me
Gentle as a breeze

For you I’ll give
All the countless hours you have missed
From you I’ll take
All the faded scars around your wrists

From you I’ll begin and end

If there’s a final moment
When we turn the page
Nothing will hold us back
The future’s ours to shape

Love haunted you
You haunted me
Gentle as a breeze
Track Name: Stars in the Black and Blue
STARS IN THE BLACK AND BLUE SUITE
(i. stars in the black and blue)

Renew year
Open your eyes and breathe
Take what you can’t receive
A heart that must learn to beat
A solitary January

Hide
A February cocoon
Where skies introduce the moon
Where April Marches through
The lunacy of June

If you’re afraid to feel alive
Take my hand and together we’ll dive

And know
I’ll wait for you
Beyond the black and blue
Aligning our points of view
I hear your voice; it’s fading like a star

Fall
Tell me what you believe
Show me what you’ve received
On the cusp of September’s eve
It’s you and me

If your heart and mind collide
Take my hand and together we’ll dive

And know
I’ll wait for you
Beyond the black and blue
But still you can’t break through
I hear your voice; it’s fading like…

A star that’s burned out
The sleepless nights
Falling silent
Resigning its light
A luminary to guide us through
From where we end and life begins

Goodnight
October burns and weaves
November stirs and grieves
December always leaves you
And you always leave me

And if we fail to say goodbye
Take my hand and together we’ll dive

And know
I will wait for you
We’re stars in the black and blue
But still we can’t break through
Our voices fade away but never gone
Track Name: Skies and Limits
STARS IN THE BLACK AND BLUE SUITE
(ii. skies and limits)

A voice in the back of your mind
Telling you it’s time to go

All I’ve ever owned rests in this bag of mine
On the road by dawn
Never call to say goodbye

All our time
So warm and jaded
Takes away my bones and blood
All my words
They stand like matchsticks
Give me permission to burn

Broken cars
Highways will take you far
For miles and minutes
To skies and limits

Protecting the parts that matter
When love stops making sense
Is all you’ll ever need

So, put away your dreams
Concede and carry on
Proceed to make the best
Of what you have become

All our time
So worn and jaded
Strips away your bones and blood
All your words
They fall like matchsticks
I give you permission to burn

Broken cars
Highways will take you far
For miles and minutes
To skies and limits
Blurred-out lines
And unfollowed signs
For miles and minutes
To skies and limits

Brace yourself from the start
Bleed as each step falls apart
Counting every battle scar
Comfort’s failure to appear
Burns in vain with rust and tears
In arms that never learn to reach

Broken cars
Highways will take you far
For miles and minutes
To skies and limits
Blurred-out lines
And unfollowed signs
For miles and minutes
To skies and limits

Falling stars
They’re not so far away
Track Name: Fragile Stars (Falling)
STARS IN THE BLACK AND BLUE SUITE
(iii. fragile stars [falling])

Standing still
Where our promises
Learn to break

A telling chill
Slow as your whisper
On a ripple’s end

Warning
A light parade
Morning
The Blueshift fade

Our eyes will see
The writing on the wall
We build around ourselves

An open door
Could lead me back to blue
To all the black in you

Warning
A light parade
Evening
The Redshift stays

But still I wait for you
Beyond the black and blue

Time is a scar
It moves and persuades

We’re perfect stars
But constellations, you always say
Are imaginary pictures

Warning
A light parade
Calling
Our voices fade
Chasing
A light we cannot reach
Falling
When fragile stars won’t blink

Falling…
Track Name: (The Apastron Reprise)
STARS IN THE BLACK AND BLUE SUITE
(iv. the apastron reprise)

And as we go
Will you stay with me?
Hold this memory
Fading out of view
I hear your voice; a quiet wave goodbye