Gilded Kingdoms

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Debut album of Swank-Pop/Alt-Jazz band, Oracle Blue. Gilded Kingdoms is comprised primarily of original works but also features two reimagined jazz standards.

Oracle Blue is
Liz Kelley-Taverner: Vocals
Zachery Douglas: Horns, Synths, Keys
J.P. Taylor: Fender Rhodes, Keys
Tim Hardwick: Guitar
McKinley Devilbiss: Bass
Wade McMillan: Drums

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released May 25, 2018

Gilded Kingdoms
Written by Liz Kelley-Tavernier
Performed by Liz Kelley-Tavernier, Zachery Douglas, J.P. Taylor, Timothy Hardwick, McKinley Devilbiss, Wade McMillan, & Nicholas Vlandis

[weightlessly]
Written by Zachery Douglas & Timothy Hardwick
Performed by Timothy Hardwick, Zachery Douglas & Liz Kelley-Tavernier

Breathe In // Breathe Out
Written by Timothy Hardwick
Performed by Liz Kelley-Tavernier, Zachery Douglas, J.P. Taylor, Timothy Hardwick, McKinley Devilbiss, & Wade McMillan

Unraveling
Written by Liz Kelley-Tavernier
Performed by Liz Kelley-Tavernier, Zachery Douglas, J.P. Taylor, Timothy Hardwick, McKinley Devilbiss, & Wade McMillan

[unraveled]
Written by Wade McMillan
Performed by Wade McMillan, McKinley Devilbiss, Timothy Hardwick, Zachery Douglas & Liz Kelley-Tavernier

Fight Or Flight
Written by Zachery Douglas & Liz Kelley-Tavernier
Performed by Liz Kelley-Tavernier, Zachery Douglas, J.P. Taylor, Timothy Hardwick, McKinley Devilbiss, & Wade McMillan

Don’t Explain
Written by Billie Holiday & Arthur Herzog Jr.
Arranged by Zachery Douglas
Performed by Liz Kelley-Tavernier, Zachery Douglas, J.P. Taylor, Timothy Hardwick, McKinley Devilbiss, & Wade McMillan

Slippery Jippery
Written by J.P. Taylor
Performed by Zachery Douglas, J.P. Taylor, Timothy Hardwick, McKinley Devilbiss, & Wade McMillan

Free Your Mind
Written by Liz Kelley-Tavernier & Cynthea Kelley
Performed by Liz Kelley-Tavernier, Zachery Douglas, J.P. Taylor, Timothy Hardwick, McKinley Devilbiss, Wade McMillan & Justin Trout

[haunting]
Written by Oracle Blue
Performed by Liz Kelley-Tavernier, Zachery Douglas, J.P. Taylor, Timothy Hardwick, McKinley Devilbiss, & Wade McMillan

On Green Dolphin Street
Written by Bronislaw Kaper
Arranged by Zachery Douglas
Lyrics adapted by Liz Kelley-Tavernier
Feat. Justin Trout (EWI)

Produced by Liz Kelley-Tavernier
Production Support: Tevin Turner, Justin Trout, Cynthea Kelley
Engineering: Tevin Turner
Recorded at: MTSU Studio A, Murfreesboro, TN
Our Bedrooms, Myrtle Beach, SC

Mastering: Gleb Iarovoi
Album Art: Alexander Tavernier


©® 2018 Oracle Blue LLC, L.P., Myrtle Beach South Carolina, 29579 USA. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Gilded Kingdoms
I, I can feel behind the moon I can reach into the night
Come back with colors you never knew were there
I, I can hear beyond the sea I can listen through the waves
Return with secrets hidden on ocean air

But somehow I’m expected to apologize for how I am
Expected to make changes to my outlook and demeanor

I, I can stand beneath the sun Drinking in the desert heat
Flowing oasis glowing of golden sand
I, I can rule beneath the trees Order an empire of ivy and leaves
Compose a jungle with a single command

But somehow I’m expected to apologize for how I am
Expected to make changes to my outlook and demeanor
A pensive mind could turn the hearts of kings to reconsider
Still you twiddle clumsy thumbs and lust the grass that’s always greener

I, I can taste the morning dew, Know if the day will begin anew
Speak to the rain and tell it to feed the soil
I have a universe in my head
Kingdoms awoken from words I’ve said
Gilded in tea leaves and aluminum foil
Track Name: Breathe In // Breathe Out
Spinning, floating weightlessly Drifting into space
Lost in time, endlessly Gone without a trace
Let’s begin Just breathe in And breathe out

In the quiet, loud and clear Echoes from the past
Whisper gently in your year Nothing’s meant to last
Just be still You won’t feel any Pain
Have no fear Not a tear will remain

Wasted hours when they're through Won't come back again
Everything you say or do Places that you've been
Time will tell Don't you dwell, don't you doubt
This is when you breathe in and breathe out
Track Name: Unraveling
Push me over the edge I want to know if I can take it
Looking over the ledge I've forgotten that carefree feeling
Wanting to be in bloom When what I need is to be broken
I've been so out of tune Fixated on healing, when
All is here, none is now, All is here, none is now

Lifelines across timelines
They cross over, out of sequence
I'll find which is mine, I'm
Out of options, held in secrets
Traveling through all that’s unraveling

Staring into the dark I want to know if I can see it
Always missing the mark Never reaching the ceiling
Smoke is shading the course Mirrors hide the things that could be
But I'm kept by a force That sends me reeling

All is here, none is now
What once was good burns somehow
Cords were cut, still they hold
Hold me up through all that unfolds

See the edge, past regrets
Slow in step, quickened breaths
But I'll find which is mine
When all is here, none is now
Track Name: Fight or Flight
Consonance, dissonant
Enduring affair
Probing fate, fearfully
Wound-licking remedies
Misery turned despair
Loftiness, forlorn care
The native tongue

Sleepless resting
One known reprieve
Sunken ears fail to cork my fears
Peered deep into the depths
Unfettered tears clearly framed my enemy
Self-loathing, the mind staring back in time

Drunken recall
Empty the nights
Fumbling blind, fight or flight, I fly
And should push come to shove
I’ll sprout wings
Gale force winds, my enemy
Wild gloating became sullen
Just a game
Track Name: Don't Explain
Hush now, don’t explain
Just say you’ll remain
I’m glad you’re back, but don’t explain

Quiet, don’t explain
What is there to gain?
Skip that lipstick, don’t explain

You know that I love you and that love endures
All my thoughts are of you, for I am so completely yours
Cry to hear folks chatter, ‘cause I know you cheat
Right or wrong don’t matter when you’re with me, sweet

Quiet, don’t explain
What is there to gain?
Skip that lipstick, don’t explain

Hush now, don’t explain
You’re my joy and you’re my pain
My life is yours, love
Don’t explain
Track Name: Free Your Mind
Trickling through silence
Dissipating through the ground
It sinks into the hidden thoughts, into the cracks
And heals the black

Notice your grip slipping
Fall into the gentle rush
Don’t move against the current; bend with every swell
And lose yourself

Feel the worry running off your shoulders
Down your spine
Let the river wash you, let it liberate your mind
Free your mind

Lean into transforming
Lean into the ancient lull
Let instinct guide you through the tranquility
Put your soul at ease
Track Name: On Green Dolphin Street
Others one fateful day
Came down planning to stay
Green Dolphin Street supplied the setting
The setting that left me cold and sweating

And through these moments apart
Memories, haunting my heart
When I recall the things I found on
Couldn’t touch the ground
On Green Dolphin Street

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