Final Master's Recital

by Greg Byers

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My final recital for the Master of Music from McNally Smith College of Music. Recorded at Studio Z, St. Paul MN on March 8th, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

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released March 29, 2013

Thanks to:
-All the performers on the recital: Andy Fleser, Lucia Newell, Chris Olson, Kristin Sponcia, Chris Bates, Dave Stanoch
-Michelle Albers for her stunning artwork
-Bob Dummer for filming the concert
-Kevin Dummer for photography
-The whole Dummer family for refreshments & decorations
-Peter Frey for running sound & recording the concert
-Ross McEwen for lighting & general schlepping
-My parents for constant support
-Tom Rosenberg, Randy Sabien, Charlie Christensen, J Allen, Terry Burns, Pete Whitman, David Lewis, and the rest of the faculty at MSCM
-Finally, everyone that showed up for the performance

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Track Name: Ilusão à Toa
Eu acho engraçado
Quando um certo alguém
Se aproxima de mim
Trazendo exuberância
Que me extasia
Meus olhos sentem
Minhas mãos transpiram
É um amor que eu guardo há muito
Dentro em mim
E é a voz do coração que canta assim
Assim

Olha, somente um dia
Longe dos teus olhos
Trouxe a saudade do amor tão perto
E o mundo inteiro fez-se tão tristonho
Mas embora agora eu tenha perto
Eu acho graça do meu pensamento
A conduzir o nosso amor discreto
Sim, amor discreto pra uma só pessoa
Pois nem de leve sabes que eu te quero
E me apraz essa ilusão à toa

I find it amusing when a certain someone is close to me,
Bringing exhilaration that enchants me.
My eyes are affected, My hands sweat.
It is a love that I guard very deep inside of me,
And it is the voice of my heart that sings thus, like this …
 
Look, only a day far from your eyes
Can bring the longing for a love so close,
And my whole world becomes so very sad.
But now, even so, I hold you close to me.
I find grace in my imagination
To bring create our discreet love.
Yes, a discreet love for only one person,
Since apparently you don’t even know I love you,
And it pleases me, this illusion in vain.
Track Name: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
Oh, I of course replied
Something here inside cannot be denied

They said someday you'll find
All who love are blind
Oh, when your heart's on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes

So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed
To think they could doubt my love
Yet today my love has flown away
I am without my love

Now laughing friends deride
Tears I can not hide
Oh, so I smile and say
When a lovely flame dies
Smoke gets in your eyes
Track Name: Flor de Lis
Valei me deus, e o fim do nosso amor
Perdoa por favor, eu sei que o erro acconteceu
Mas nao sei o que fez tudo mudar de vez
Onde foi que eu errei
Eu so sei que amei, que amei, que amei, que amei

Sera talvez, que minha ilusao
Foi dar meu coracao com toda forca
Pra essa moca me fazer feliz
E o destino nao quis
Me ver como raiz de uma flor de lis
E foi assim que eu vi nosso amor na poeira poeira
Morto na beleza fria de maria

E o de jardim da vida ressecou, morreu
Do que brotou maria ne magarida nasseu


God, help me, our love is over.
Forgive me, I know I did something wrong,
But I don't know what exactly made everything change so suddenly.
Where did I go wrong?
I only know that I loved, and I loved, and I loved like no one else.

Can it be that my mistake was
To give my heart to her with all my soul
So she could make me happy?
But fate did not want to see me be as are roots to a lily flower,
And so I watched our love turn to dust, to dust,
Dying in the coldness of her beauty.
 
And the garden of my life wilted or died.
On that same plant where she once blossomed
Not even a single daisy has grown.
Track Name: Byerself - Flow
Flow

Breath in peace
Let your mind release
Opinions to which it tightly clings
Shed those strings, spread your wings

Compassion that you store within
Is seeking chances to begin
reaching out into your life
expelling suffering and strife
but something keeps holding it back
the repetition of your act
continue and you’ll overflow
you conquer it by letting go
allowing it to...

Flow, into water, streams and rivers, ebbing with the tide
Flow, into terra, leaves and flowers, blooming mountainside
Flow, into people, the scattered masses, wherever hearts divide
Flow, and let peace inside

Universal life force, chi
Prana, charka, or chemistry
Quantum mechanics says we’re only frequency
shape your energy into reality

Compassion that I store within
Is seeking chances to begin
Reaching out into the world
Healing every boy and girl
But something keeps it stuck in place
trepidation of disgrace
My doubts persist but even so
it starts by simply letting go
allowing it to...

Flow, into water, streams and rivers, ebbing with the tide
Flow, into terra, leaves and flowers, blooming mountainside
Flow, into people, the scattered masses, wherever hearts divide
Flow, and let peace inside

If we’re only bits of carbon
Infinitesimally small
If now is all we’ll ever have
Why don’t we love it all, love it all?

Love is water, love is terra, love is people, love is love
Love is being, love is breathing, love is accepting love
Track Name: Byerself - See Your Body (Shakin')
You’re an outcast, dead last, all sass and no class but your hearts full of gold and dreams
When she walk by you’re too shy to say why you’re so high everytime she comes on the scene
Now don’t get mad or feel sad it sure ain’t her bad that she’s oblivious to your schemes
What you need now is know how I’ll show how you can wow every pretty little thing you need

You are looking as sharp as can be
But will that help your credibility
Could you be the apple of her eye?
You won’t know unless you try

I wanna see your body shakin’
Yeah you know what is makin’ you move, this groove
I wanna see your body get down
Yeah you know she will be let down unless you stomp your feet and move to the beat
I wanna see your body shakin’
Yeah the sweat that you are breakin’, its a sweet disease makes you weak in the knees
I wanna see your body get down
And when she finally comes around,
Will she get to see?

You’re a hot one but not one that got one, you caught one but he got away with no disguise
He would just say you may be cra-i-zay, like a funny farm kind of type
Now don’t get down just rebound hit town get your party to the streets
There is one guy to defy, abide by and supply all the happiness that you can receive

You are dressed at least into the 10’s
Does that matter if your confidence ends?
Could you be the apple of his eye?
You won’t know unless you try

I wanna see your body shakin’
Yeah you know what is makin’ you move, this groove
I wanna see your body get down
Yeah you know she will be let down unless you stomp your feet and move to the beat
I wanna see your body shakin’
Yeah the sweat that you are breakin’, its a sweet disease makes you weak in the knees
I wanna see your body get down
And when he finally comes around,
Will he get to see?
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Will she get to see? Will he get to be? There’s no guarantee