The Aviary

by Katie Haverly

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earthshine Thank you for this superb music. I first heard of you last April on KXCI-FM Tuscon, online, when they played Wood one fine morning. What a kick that song is. Favorite track: Aviary.
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1.
Gold Rush 05:55
Gold Rush (written by Katie Haverly) Come to the table, sit yourself down I didn't know you were back in town So what did you learn while you were away? Or did you sequester yourself, in a hotel And pray Go on say what you feel I won't judge Give me the real scenes from all of your years in the mud For so long I dreamed about the day we'd meet Now that's it here the taste in the air’s bittersweet California do you remember us? The bungalow on the beach in Venice Sandy gardens to nourish us I hate to say it babe I think we missed the gold rush The colors of the countries in your veins Are duller now that we all know your name Don't worry though it's only just one drink Then I'll be gone and you'll be left alone to think But California do you remember us? The bungalow on the beach in Venice Sandy gardens to nourish us I hate to say it babe I think we missed the gold rush But California do you remember us? The bungalow on the beach in Venice Sandy gardens to nourish us I hate to say it babe I think we missed the gold rush
2.
Natural Disaster (written by Katie Haverly) Been workin on waiting Been working on patience Been working on my mind Trying hard but still denied If I had my way You and I, earthquake Been working on savoring Been working on spaces Been working on simmering Trying hard but I’ve reached my limit What you gonna do baby I’ve been working so hard I need to get paid I’m gonna file a complaint About your restraint Cause the look in your eyes Tells me I’m right Sign on the dotted line Give in this time Don’t be afraid of the mess that we’ll make Because what I am after is a real natural disaster Let me show you what I can do But babe you better start workin too Been workin on quiet Been workin on the riot Thunderin thunderin under my skin Trying hard but I think it’s gonna win If I had my way, you and I Tsunami I’m gonna file a complaint About your restraint Cause the look in your eyes Tells me I’m right Sign on the dotted line Give in this time Don’t be afraid of the mess that we’ll make Because what I am after is a real natural disaster Let me show you what I can do But babe you better start workin too
3.
Our Own Way 05:05
Our Own Way (written by Katie Haverly) Can you feel the desert between us I haven't seen green in days The dust shadows what I know Now that you're so far away And you never really knew me I guess that's what we always say At the end of the line No more trains coming by Gotta find our own way Gotta find our own way I guess I never wanted to admit I was the last thing on your mind But you can't say I didn't try I tried real hard this time But you never really knew me I guess that's what we always find At the end of the tracks No more trains comin back Gotta find our own line Gotta find our own line The shapes in the stars Can't tell us apart The space of the hearts Arbitrary Hardly worth mentioning Can you feel the desert between us I haven't seen green in days The dust shadows what I know Now you're so far away And you never really knew me I guess that's what we always say At the end of the line No more trains coming by Gotta find our own way Gotta find our own way
4.
Enough 03:18
Enough (written by Katie Haverly) The eyes not enough The smile not enough The high not enough The kiss not enough The lift not enough The skin not enough The sweat not enough Soon it will dry up The gaze not enough How at this point can I ever trust a look? The thighs not enough The sighs not enough The tides not enough The heat not enough The sweet not enough The leap not enough The breath not enough The music of it predictable The surge not enough Waves crash, the sea foam dissolves Then the come down Staring at the wall Put the clothes back on Nothing that I want The ring not enough The swing not enough The sting not enough The name not enough The claim not enough The frame not enough The home not enough The walls too tight around my throat The soul not enough It doesn't match the color of my own Then the come down I'm staring at the wall Pack up all my stuff Nothing that I want....
5.
A Ghost Like Me (written by Katie Haverly) It would have been nice It would have been nice To talk until our lips were numb Play songs, get really drunk Just simple really Two bruised souls getting back to feeling Sorry I didn’t realize She was the distance in your eyes It would have been nice It would have been nice To float through our sleeping town Hatching plans tryin to figure out How to make everybody feel Something that lasts and something real Sorry I didn’t realize These thoughts just never crossed your mind A ghost like me recognizes one of her own Even if you don’t I know you can see through me But still I put on a show I know you’ll buy a ticket though But I’ve just gotta let go Watching her touching you As I sing trying not to choke It would have been nice It would have been nice To hover up above the ground With our voices finding new sounds Tattered specters in the night Building churches in the moonlight Sorry I didn’t realize I live in dreams to avoid the light A ghost like me recognizes one of her own Even if you don’t I know you can see through me But still I put on a show I know you’ll buy a ticket though But I’ve just gotta let go Watching her touching you As I sing trying not to choke Just simple really Two bruised souls getting back to feeling Sorry I didn’t realize She was the distance in your eyes
6.
Wood 05:25
Wood (written by Katie Haverly) I’ve got a few stories to tell Been too long held in a time capsule And I’m not gonna name any names You’ll notice each one really sounds the same 12 years old walking home from school A guy on his bike in hot pursuit Threw the bike down and grabbed my ass Looked me in the eye and all he could do was laugh He said you look good Total wood Oh what I would do, if I could Sucked at love but thought I got one right ‘Til his drunk friend got out of hand one night After eating the dinner that I cooked for them He talked too loud, made my jaw tense And he grabbed my breast in the kitchen light Laughed hard as he squeezed with pure delight And though he saw the whole damn thing go down Not one word uttered from my man’s mouth His friend said, you look good Total wood Oh what I would do, if I could Tried to shake off the past in the public eye But the man in the booth was giving me the eye As I bent down to plug my guitar in He said, baby bend lower let me see it again He said you play pretty good for a girl Then stuck his rough hands up my shirt Hollow apologies later didn’t mean shit He thought my body was a toy and he could play with it He said, You look good Total wood Oh what I would do, if I could You look good…
7.
100 Streams 03:56
100 Streams (written by Katie Haverly) I’m gonna stay low, let the river flow down to me Gonna open my chest up as wide as the sea Giving in isn’t giving up Just gives me a fuller cup Gonna be the king of a hundred streams I’m gonna stay low, let the guys know I’ve clipped my strings I float freely now, unhindered on the fringe Giving in isn’t giving up, just gives me a fuller cup Gonna be the king of a hundred streams Oh, when we go Down to the water now Drown out the chatter now Oh, when we float With our face towards the sky Let the shrapnel pass by I’m gonna stay low, let the river flow down to me Gonna open my chest up as wide as the sea Giving in isn’t giving up Just gives me a fuller cup Gonna be the king of a hundred streams Oh, when we go Down to the water now Drown out the chatter now Oh, when we float With our face towards the sky Let the shrapnel pass by
8.
Stove 03:26
Stove (written by Katie Haverly) Momma’s got something on the stove Daddy just wants to be alone Sister upstairs, door closed And I’m smiling underneath it all Momma’s got something on the stove Daddy is wearing his earphones Sister’s name on the bathroom wall And I’m teaching boys how to break a fall This is how I remember, This is how it felt This is how I remember, This is how it felt You see myself for me It’s hard when your your skin’s the seam You see myself for me It’s hard… But Momma’s got something on the stove Daddy just wants to be alone Sister won’t open her door And I’m trading silver for the road This is how I remember, This is how it felt This is how I remember, This is how it felt This is how I remember, This is how it felt This is how I remember, This is how it felt
9.
Ring 04:06
Ring (by Katie Haverly) As you read your books of legends and men Feeling the earth move, gliding through it Some sound you recall, like a sheltered memory Like a wand, like a finger, like a ring Hey…. Oh the storybooks you’ll make The illustrations, the words, the ache The pull from the west The strain on your chest And the wonder, the wonder, the wonder Oh where, the wonder went? Hey…. What are you planning? What are you planning? As the summer slows And the colors start to fade Images suspend the man, suspend the age The muse diverts the heart from the sting What are you planning? What are you planning?
10.
Back Sometime (written by Katie Haverly) It’s never time to go But the going is all we do There is no past or future There is no me, there is no you There is no forever Only what we knew In a moment, back sometime When we were more than two Today the banker came around Tallied the columns up and down Took my picture - my fingerprints Handed me the warrant you addressed But there is no forever Only what we sensed In a moment, back sometime When we were more than less All around I hear a phrase In my ears, slapping my face From every mouth I try to explain I hear it over and over again Why – Why – Why I carry a wagon of memories Release them one by one into the trees But there are no victims of circumstance We create the pain we experience And there is no forever Only what we guessed In a moment, back sometime When we were more than friends
11.
Aviary 05:52
Aviary (written by Katie Haverly) When the stars come out I see you up high on a lonely bough Could you make your way back down Come fly to me here on the ground 'Cause down below there's a lot to see Down below the soil breaks the seed And the filaments of the diffidence can't be seen Ever wondered what's beyond Air on our wings and raindrops So what that we're weathered fowl You and I, the peacock and the owl Down below there's a lot to see Down below the soil breaks the seed And the figments of their indifference can't be seen Heard the chirping about your past The beauty you made, and how they laughed I know it’s not quite the same But I've been burned by that familiar flame I know a crack in the glass The weight of us could bring it down at last There's nothing left for us dear So let's get the hell out of here

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With Aviary, Haverly has stepped fully and without reservation into what she has to offer as a musician. The album is the cultivation of many years refining her craft and cultivating her voice, and has been described as “…like listening to a portrait. Certain songs just spill through the speakers like velvet smoke..."

The root of these powerful songs is revealed in the album title. “There’s this sensation in a large aviary that there is freedom and movement with the exotic plants and flowers and water and different types of birds. But the fact is: the birds are not free,” Haverly says. “The songs in this album explore how we cut off our own ability to have an expansive life, especially as women. I’m interested in how we allow ourselves to be limited or confined by others’ expectations and assumptions, or too often, by our own.”

The Aviary is threaded with a desire for women to be more fully honored and supported in a culture that does not always value them. Some of the songs’ tensions deal with Haverly’s experience and the experience of so many female musicians who have met with obstacles and condescension while pursuing their art. The message is clear: women artists need to be heard. Haverly counts among her inspirations intimate and powerful songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Amy Winehouse, Lianne La Havas, Laura Marling, Stevie Nicks, and Erykah Badu.

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released December 15, 2015

Track 1: Gold Rush (5:55)
Track 2: Natural Disaster (featuring Tom Walbank) (5:06)
Track 3: Our Own Way (5:05)
Track 4: Enough (3:18)
Track 5: A Ghost Like Me (4:58)
Track 6: Wood (5:26)
Track 7: 100 Streams (featuring Jillian Bessett) (3:56)
Track 8: Stove (3:26)
Track 9: Ring (4:06)
Track 10: Back Sometime (4:30)
Track 11: Aviary (5:52)

Katie Haverly: Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards/Piano, Percussion
Julius Schlosburg: Drums (tracks 4, 6, 8, & 11)
Tom Beech: Drums (tracks 1 & 3)
Patrick Morris: Electric Bass (tracks 4, 6, 8, & 11)
Ryan Alfred: Upright Bass (tracks 1 & 3), Piano (track 3)
Jason Carder: Trumpet (tracks 1, 3, 8, & 11)
Richard Katz: Keyboards (tracks 4, 6, & 8)
Tom Walbank: Harmonica and Guitar (track 2)
Jillian Bessett: Vocals (track 7)
Steven Lee Tracy: Electric Guitar (tracks 5 & 6)
Ian Jones: Cello (track 5)
Robbie Williamson: Percussion (tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, & 8)

Recorded at Saint Cecilia Studios in Downtown Tucson, Arizona
Produced by Steven Lee Tracy and Katie Haverly
Engineered by Steven Lee Tracy and Robbie Williamson
Mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio

All songs written by Katie Haverly ©2015 (BMI)
String arrangement for track 5 composed by Ben Nisbet

Artwork by Carolyn Robles
Graphic Design and Layout by Cameron Hood

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"A heartrending album that is Katie Haverly's eighth release - Matter adroitly navigates rock, pop, and folk genres, combining jazz sensibilities with poetically introspective lyrics. The gorgeous vocals and tight musicianship pull you in to listen closely, to mull the words, and deeply appreciate the profoundly personal stories she's scribed."

-Jamie Manser, Zocalo Magazine, March 2020
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