Maiden of Midnight

by Ariana Saraha

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1.
I gave the wind an eagle feather That she, she might set my spirit free And I gave the earth the sacred stone That she, she might carry me home All the way home... I stood at the edge of the trembling sea And I cast my prayers to the deep And I felt the pull of the moon on my bones Calling me, drawing me home All the way home... Ancient woman, maiden of midnight Sing us your mystery song And gypsy dancer, of the fire and moonlight Won't you bring us along On your way home... And the sheltering eaves whisper to our souls Of sacred forests of old Where we'll find our way to the circle of stones And there, we will dance our way home All the way home...
2.
The Wind 05:40
I heard the cry of Raven In the wild sky above for the one who was lost over the ocean Well don't give up my love My little dove So I sent the god of thunder To break the stormy night But still, the darkness gathers So close your eyes I'll be your sight And I would be the wind over the seas I would be the breeze, caressing you endlessly I would be the wind under your wings I would breathe, into you, in through you And I know your wings grow weary I hear your silent cries But lift your heart my angel For you were born to fly On wings of light And I would be the wind...
3.
Round and round and round and round Catch the stars and bring them down Ride the sky, a light on fire! (traditional, Hymn for the Russian Earth) If the people lived their lives As if it were a song, for singing out of light Provide the music for the stars To be dancing circles in the night
4.
Maybe one day, you and I will leave this place Let the land return to its original grace With wild hearts, we will fly Angels of the earthly sky... And the desert blooms, in the rain we left behind Angels of the earthly sky... Golden we dissolve into the setting sun Let the earth rest in her beauty Touched so long by the hands of man Now life grows where the cities did stand And the winged ones play on the winds through the day And the rhythm of hooves dancing o'er the plains Will awaken the thundering earth from her grave Oh the rivers they will flow from the heart of her pain She will wash, wash away all the scars that we made And raise up the mountain as a pillar of praise For you and I, we have gone from this place Left the shame of our anguished rage Left it all, to return again To the endless sky from which we came We left our garments by the riverside We left our homes where we used to hide We gave our yearning to the ocean's tide We gave it all, we left it all behind And we are wild as the wind As we caress the earth and sky And we are lovers of this land And love is all that's left in time... in time Maybe one day, you and I will leave this place Let the land return to its original grace With wild hearts, we will fly Angels of the earthly sky... And the desert blooms, in the rain we left behind
5.
Phoenix 06:12
I sing for the earth I sing for the angels fallen Wind is my breath And thunder is my song Have you tasted the sweetness of raindrops? Have you smelled the lilacs in bloom? Have you seen the sun in a lover's eyes, And conquered your own doom? This endless ache of humankind, The heart of suffering here inside... There is a warm cave and I have lit a fire Come sit here by my side. Together we will sing until the silence falls, As the flames dance and devour The dragon's breath on your mortal skin, Care to join me on the pyre? How close can we come to death, Dancing on the edge? What keeps you sane, what keeps you from the flames, what keeps your heart contained? If you were to fall, finally to surrender, who would you be now? Who would you be now?...
6.
(traditional Sephardic, words by Solomon Ibn Gabirol) La rosa enflorece, hoy en el mes de May Mi alma se oscurece, sufriendo del amor Mas presto ven, paloma, mas presto ven con mi Mas presto ven, querido, corre y salva me Los bilbilicos cantan, con suspiros de amor Mi neshama y mi ventura, estan en tu poder
7.
Kali's Army 07:32
Kali's army is coming around Kali's army is tearing the walls down... ...till I am naked and whole again Tear me open and scatter me to the wind Like stardust is shattered and gathered in your breast... This is no lonely death For I am coming home...with every breath Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma... Wine blood is flowing from my heart to hers My love is flowing to the heart of the earth... ...till I am empty and full again Tear me open and pour me out This love is a river that'll ravage your drought This is a holy rain And I am coming home...to heal this pain... Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma... And I'm bound in this garden is watered with tears Turn back ye demons, I've conquered your fears! Yes I surrender and lay me down... Tear me open and offer me to the land Till me under and work me with your hands I am a warrior, in love again And I am coming home...to the heart of man Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma Kali Ma... Kali's army is coming around Kali's army is tearing the walls down... ...till I am naked and whole again Tear me open and scatter me to the wind Like stardust is shattered and gathered in Your night sky devours and crushes me to your breast This is a holy death
8.
When the lady's dance is done And the last song is sung In a time when mists abide Inner space where dreams collide... Into the void I travel Into the shadows I fall Into the silent thunder Into nothing and all I'm falling, I'm falling The blackness is calling Shadows wrap around Silence is a mighty sound
9.
Raven 06:29
Raven is my name My mother is the wind Cradled in her arms Dance together on the breath I have travelled to the edges of death Laughter fills the void I am dancing I am empty I am light Shadows give way to sight beyond sight Essence of blackness Silence of night Stillness embodied Fall into flight One eye sees daylight, one into dream Know that nothing is as it seems For hidden inside Beyond the blood and the flame Enter the gate and step into space Keep folding in and in and in on the abyss And there you will find the deep well of bliss Fathomless
10.
Esperanza 06:42
We ride on ancient wings Our hearts awakening Sacred souls, wild and free, We are soaring on ancient wings Awakening, remembering, awakening... Respira la esperanza Con la fuerza del espiritu Inspira la esperanza Con la fuerza del espiritu (traditional Taize, words by St. Theresa de Avila) Nada te turbe, nada te espante Quien a dios tiene, nada le falta Nada te turbe, nada te espante Solo dios basta
11.
Angelfire 06:07
Black waves of night pour through me Stars of the ocean, tumbling sky Wash away all that was mine But I, oh I, I don't mind... For I walk in the light of the sun at midnight... And I sent a prayer that flew to the sky Touched the stars, and fell to my eyes Showering, shimmering petals of light And I, oh I, I am pure delight... For I walk in the light of the sun at midnight... And I watch as the embers fade to grey And I close my eyes and a light takes shape Only a spark, a touch of grace Then a star, my heart aflame Oh, AngelFire! For I walk in the light of the sun at midnight...

about

Recorded over three years along the gypsy trail, Ariana weaves musical tradition and modern mysticism...

With influences spanning Celtic and Eastern Europe, Spain, the Middle East, and India, Ariana Saraha's debut album, "Maiden of Midnight," is a journey along ancient and new gypsy trails. Co-produced with Dream-Pop songstress Tina Malia and Mideast-music guru Jesse Manno, this debut studio release by a long-touring singer is a well-crafted musical journey that invites the listener to a mystic place where musicians meet beyond borders in celebration and song. Through it all, Ariana’s achingly beautiful and versatile voice reveals a heart that loves this world so poignantly that even through a stormy night she would hold up a light to reveal the beauty hidden under the cover of darkness.

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released March 22, 2015

ARIANA SARAHA - Lead vocals and most harmonies. Frame drums on tracks 1, 4, 8 & 9. Cajòn on track 7
JESSE MANNO - Baglama saz on tracks 3, 5, 7 & 9. Cura saz on track 11. Oud on track 10. Drums on track 10. Cymbals on track 6. Davul on tracks 3, 5 & 9. Djembe on track 9. Riq (Arabic tambourine) on track 9. Chant vocals on track 7. Keyboards on tracks 2, 3, 5, 8 & 10. Bamboo flute on track 9
WADE EVANS - Classical guitar on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10 & 11. Oud on tracks 3, 5, 7, 8 & 9
AHARON WHEELS BOLSTA - Drums on tracks 1 & 4. Tabla on tracks 1, 3 & 4. Darbuka on tracks 3, 5, 7, & 9. Various percussion on track 10. "War" toms on track 7. Jaw harp on tracks 4, 8 & 9
SCOTT BEARS - Electric Guitar on tracks 2 & 7
DAVID ALDERDICE - Drums on tracks 2, 7, 8 & 11
MEAGAN CHANDLER - Additional vocals on tracks 3 & 7. Palmas (Flamenco clapping) on track 3
JENNA WOODS - Zills (finger cymbals) on track 6
TINA MALIA - Keyboards on 1, 4, 11
JAMES HOSKINS - Cello on tracks 1, 3, 4, 7 & 8
ADRIENNE SHORT - Violin on 10 & 11
JARED MAY - Bass guitar

Produced by Ariana Saraha
Co-Produced by Tina Malia and Jesse Manno
Mixed by Tina Malia in Venice Beach, CA
Mastered by Tim Gennert at Eleven Eleven, CA
Engineered/Recorded by Jesse Manno, Tina Malia, Tierro Lee, Dik Darnell, Scott Bears, Charles Parker, and Ariana Saraha
Executive Produced by Ariana Saraha and Hafiz Brent B Mathieu
Photos of Ariana by Guillaume Wildcat. Nature photos and graphic design by Ariana

℗ © 2015 Ariana Saraha Music, all rights reserved. All songs written by Ariana Saraha, except (traditional) where noted.

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Ariana Saraha Denver, Colorado

Ariana Saraha is a singer, musician, and songwriter from the wilds of the West with an Old World soul. Most often compared to Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt and alt-world artists Dead Can Dance, she writes, records and performs original and traditional world music with Celtic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, North African and Indian influences. ... more

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