The Patience of Glaciers

by John Goraj

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I remember the day when i came home everything rearranged my new skin glowing just to ride my bike through the cemetery just to ride my bike in april in april all my bedspreads were changed the walls painted green all mistakes are erased in the birth of a day oh the immensity within a being oh the immensity of spring in april you were new and ripening before i knew you walk to work in hospitals near bodies of water oh the lavender blooms the colors of your heart oh the birds of paradise in april in april we were made from things that tear we were born in the blink of an eyelash oh the profundity of life in each other oh the profundity of life in april
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gitchie 05:38
we slept through most of the winter we were much younger than before let’s go knee deep in the snow February is made for this I think my car can make it let's meet on 26th and Cliff let's go out to Gitchie let's go to Palisades let's go to Great Bear let's go anywhere and i saw the ghost of Jesse on that bridge over the gully let's go out to Gitchie let's go anywhere let's go anywhere let's go anywhere we dreamt of horses in the heather we were much more intrepid than before I saw a bloodhound scenting the boulder let us seek all of the lonely places that's where the real transformation happens let us reach deep beneath our faces let's go out to Gitchie let's go to Palisades let's go to Great Bear let's go anywhere and i saw the ghost of Jesse on that bridge over the gully let's go out to Gitchie let's go anywhere let's go anywhere let's go anywhere….
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up in White Horse Lake we swam in the dark and caught some rainbow trout you should've seen the joy in her heart and down on the Indian trails my sisters got scared and lost but my dad found them underneath the oak trees and moss and maybe there's no reason to fight and baby we're alright out past Gavin's Point at the lookout in july i saw and felt the holy spirit come alive just north of Brainerd we got drunk and lied the next morning we're full of shame with nowhere to hide and maybe there's no fight to fight and baby we're alright beneath the escarpment the Carmelite was crying on Christmas eve and i was in the hinterlands hunting for the things hunters seek and can someone get a hold of the iconographer? just to capture these mystics shrouded in the conifers and maybe there's no fight to fight and baby were alright up in White Horse Lake we swam in the dark and caught some rainbow trout you should've seen the joy in her heart
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adventheart 03:28
I’m wrapped in purple vestments I’m an adventheart waiting the wreaths around her wrists are weighty and burdensome we’re singing ancient songs and weeping in the wilderness it’s so cold out here but we’re adventhearts with the patience of glaciers I’m nascent in my being I’m the lenten one, waiting for flames the branches on her breasts are budding in a burning love the smallest one awaits us quietly in the teal and turquoise tundra it’s so heavy here but we’re adventhearts with the patience of glaciers and i see cosmos in your eyes magellanic clouds in your eyes im wrapped in purple vestments i’m an adventheart waiting…..

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released October 13, 2017

Recorded by John Goraj throughout several months in 2016 at home studio in Pasadena, California.

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Praise for "The Patience of Glaciers."

"Whereas many of his contemporaries are known for their more anthemic and bombastic evolutions of folk music, John Goraj settles into the pocket of the soft-spoken, emotive, and contemplative. The tracks spread throughout his upcoming EP, The Patience of Glaciers, are layered, roots-laden tunes reflective of the life their writer has lived.

"Birds of Paradise", for instance, is a reflection on the closure that Goraj's successful battle to become sober 14 years ago brought to him. The South Dakota-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter's delicate vocals act as the centerpiece that brings elaborate finger-picking and soft, reverb-tinged strings together."

- Jonathan Frahm, PopMatters

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“A South Dakota native based in L.A., Goraj takes cues from indie-folk icons including Bon Iver and Iron & Wine, and The Patience of Glaciers seamlessly combines his inspirations and skill as a songwriter. The four track EP is propelled by delicate acoustic guitars and airy, winding vocal melodies that channel the lush landscape of the Pacific coast. On his new single “White Horse Lake” delicate fingerpicked guitar provides a foundation for Goraj’s captivating vocal melodies as he sings the song’s hopeful refrain, “There’s no fight to fight.”

Kelly Murphy- Indie Minded

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All songs written by John Goraj.

Instrumentalists:
John Goraj: Vocals, guitars
Pete Chalmers: Electric guitar, pedal steel, banjo, mandolin
Aaron Frankl: Bass on "Birds of Paradise."
Mixed by Felipe Delgadillo and John Goraj at All Welcome Records
Mastered by Felipe Delgadillo at All Welcome Records, Inglewood, California.

Album artwork- "Vasilisa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baba Yaga" by Ivan Bilibin.1898. From the Russian children's book, Vasilisa the Beautiful" written by Alexander Afanasyev.

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John Goraj Tucson, Arizona

John Goraj is a American songwriter. Goraj draws inspiration from a deep and diverse well of philosophy, ecology and western landscapes on this new work. "The Patience of Glaciers" is an allusion-filled rumination on growing up in South Dakota, marriage, the birth of his son and the intersection of religious mysticism and natural history. ... more

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