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DISCOVERIES: Julie Flanders, “Bury My Lovely” (5/6)

Photo credit: WANDAROCKS (Wanda Ruggeria)

Photo credit: WANDAROCKS (Wanda Ruggeria)

Julie Flanders is a master lyrical shape-shifter. Over the years, her award-winning songwriting skills (honed since her teens) have morphed into related manifestations as a bestselling poet and her use of neuro-linguistic programming in her hypnosis/ coaching practice. We thought Flanders was an ideal person to rev up our Ideablog’s “Discoveries” theme because her varied portfolio of career successes is a case study of what great things can happen when one never gives up on discovering—especially the untapped potential within oneself. As she writes here, she didn’t set out to write a book of poetry, but as a lifelong collaborative creator, she wanted to reconnect her own independent spark which eventually coalesced into her poetry collection Joyride. And she continues to explore new musical forms with her band, “The October Project” which has released (in their namesake month!) their latest album, “The Book of Rounds: 21 Songs of Grace,” resplendent with their signature: mesmerizingly moody layered harmonies. We predict these will cast as powerful a hypnotic spell on you as they have upon our office. As October always heralds the seasonal shift towards the colder, contemplative months of the year, we wish you the thrill of unexpected discoveries.
~Victoria C. Rowan, Ideasmyth Creatrix-in-Chief

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“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”

– Mexican proverb

Today, I offer the song “Bury My Lovely,” for which I wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the video treatment with director Josh Taft. Emil Adler composed the music.

People ask me what the title means. I ask them what it means to them. I believe songs unlock their meaning in the heart of the listener. My meaning for a song is often not nearly as good as “meanings” I’ve been offered by others listening through their own lens of experience.

When we have buried parts of ourselves, music helps sing those parts alive. And the creative process empowers the seeds to grow through obstacles into the light.

“Bury My Lovely” surprised everyone by being our first single and creating a huge success. It was an odd song–anything but your average subject matter–and yet it proved that many people prefer substantive songs and challenging albums to inane corporate sugar-pop. This song launched October Project’s career and connected us to a worldwide audience of kindred spirits.

Bury My Lovely
(Julie Flanders / Emil Adler)

Cover the mirror

Hide in your dreams

Forget what they told you

Forget what it means

 

A picture worth a thousand lies

The memory and the mirror

Nothing but what came before

Nothing but a closing door

 

A picture worth a thousand lies

A thousand words

A thousand eyes

 

Bury my lovely

Hide in your room

Bury my lovely

Forget me soon

Forget me

Forget me now

Forget me not

 

Cover the madness

Cover the fear

No one will ever

Know you were here

 

A figure in the hallway light

Returning like a ghost

Something that was left behind

Something in a child’s mind

 

A picture worth a thousand lies

A thousand words

A thousand eyes

 

Bury my lovely

Hide in your room

Bury my lovely

Forget me soon

Forget me

Forget me now

Forget me not

 

Bury my lovely

Bury the lies

Bury me under

A thousand goodbyes

 

A shadow from another time

Is waiting in the night

Something happened long ago

Something that will not let go

 

Bury my lovely

Hide in your room

Bury my lovely

Forget me soon

Forget me

Forget me now

Forget me not

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~~~#1 Bestselling Amazon author, Julie Flanders is known for her passionate and haunting texts.

With deceptively simple words, she guides readers through the mysteries of the familiar to a deeper understanding of life and love, death and loss, miracles of perception, and the magic of the ordinary.

An award-winning songwriter, Flanders is the lyricist for the band, October Project, which she co-founded with composer Emil Adler, and which is still celebrated for its two groundbreaking albums recorded for Epic Records that together have sold over 1/2 million copies worldwide. October Project is set to release its newest studio album, The Ghost of Childhood, in 2016.

Flanders’ songs with many artists have been widely featured on television and in film. She is considered an innovator in both the creation and marketing of independent music. Her newest work, The Book of Rounds: 21 Songs of Grace, an original cycle of musical rounds, is being released by Sounds True Records in September of 2015.

Flanders is also an acclaimed Achievement Expert and Master Success Coach, mentoring creative leaders and innovators and forward-thinkers in business, design and the arts. Her client list includes business visionaries, Academy Award winners, New York Times best-selling authors, and social influencers who are shaping the future now.

 

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