Emotional, Vol. 1: Live at the University of South Florida

by The Zachary Bornheimer Quintet

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The album was recorded live at the University of South Florida (April 29, 2015) and was the premier performance of The Emotional Suite, a 7-part suite for Jazz Quintet composed by Zachary Bornheimer.

From the program notes:

This suite is a labor of love and addiction–nearly a year in the making. Each movement is based on the emotional sensations of poetry in Japanese poetic forms. Lush chamber music at times and an exploration into tension at others, the goal of this music is to hypnotize the mind and take the listener through an emotional journey.

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The poetry unites to tell a story of a child trying to cope with the trauma of psychological abuse–exploring the emotions at various points in the child’s life. The poetry was written by Zach Bornheimer using the Japanese poetic forms Tanka, Chōka, and Haiku.

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released September 18, 2015

Zach Bornheimer - Tenor Sax
Dominic Walker - Guitar
Chris Rottmayer - Piano
Richard Jimenez - Bass
Paul Gavin - Drums

Jon Tucker - Recording/Mixing
Tom Morris - Mastering

Emotional, Vol. 1: Copyright (c) 2015 Zachary Bornheimer. All Rights Reserved.

The Emotional Suite - Composed by Zachary Bornheimer (ASCAP): Copyright (c) 2015 Zachary Bornheimer. All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: Our Connection
BREATHE; OUR CONNECTION,
HOWEVER SHORT, IS A GLIMPSE
IN THE LIGHT OF HOPE
Track Name: It's Real
I’M AFRAID OF LIFE
SCREAMING AND PSYCHIC TORTURE
I DON’T WANT TO GO;
HOME IS WHERE I FEEL LEAST SAFE

I KNOW I AM SAFE
BUT WHY CAN’T I STOP SHAKING?
I’M LOOSING MY MIND
AND MY MEMORIES ARE GONE

IT’S BETTER THAT WAY
EACH NIGHT RELIVING MY FEARS
MY NIGHTMARE WAS REAL
THINGS I IMAGINED WERE TOO

FLASHBACKS ARE COMMON
THE FUTURE IS FULL OF THEM
WALKING ON EGGSHELLS
NEW MEMORIES ARE HATCHING

I’VE REACHED MY LIMIT
I’M TIRED OF THIS ABUSE.
I’M NOT GONNA BE
A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCE
THIS ENDS NOW. NO MORE. I’M DONE.
Track Name: Don't Be Afraid of the Light
HEY. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT.
I KNOW. IT HURTS. YOU’RE ALIVE.
THINGS MAY SEEM DARK NOW
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE LIGHT.
YOU ARE NUMB. ESCAPE FROM HERE.
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A LUSH GREEN, SPRING FIELD
WITH GRASS AS HIGH AS YOUR KNEE
…I MIGHT BE SAFE HERE…
NATURE ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE
THE LIGHT WARMS ALL IT TOUCHES
Track Name: Tears Disappear in Water
LOOKING IN THE LAKE
SEEING THOSE FISH PART NEARBY
DO THEY CRY? [PAUSE] ...HUH
I’LL NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN
TEARS DISAPPEAR IN WATER

THIS CRYSTAL WATER
IS RIPPLING. DO NOT CRY.
…THIS IS NOT MY FAULT
THEN WHY’D THIS HAPPEN TO ME?
Track Name: Underneath the Tidal Waves
LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
UNDERNEATH THE TIDAL WAVES,
DROWNING…I CAN’T SWIM.
Track Name: No Longer
THIS IS NOT MY FAULT
VICTIM OF CHANCE NO LONGER
I’M A SURVIVOR
THIS IS A PART OF ME NOW
THIS TIME I’M FREE FROM MY CHAINS
Track Name: You Make It Lighter
IN THIS FIELD OF GREEN
SURROUNDED BY BEAUTY HERE.
I’M SAFE FROM PAIN HERE;
I’M SAFE FROM PAIN EVERYWHERE.

MY LIGHT OF HOPE SAVES
ME FROM MY INNER TERROR,
KNOWING THAT I’M LOVED
THAT SOMEONE CARES ABOUT ME…

I DON’T NEED THIS PLACE
TO SAVE ME FROM MY SORROW
TO SPARE ME FROM PAIN
I CARRY THE PAIN WITH ME

YOU MAKE IT LIGHTER.
YOU FREE MY INHIBITIONS
YOU MAKE ME BETTER
MY MEMORIES STILL HAUNT ME

SOMETIMES IT STILL HURTS
YET YOU’RE STILL AROUND, AND
KNOWING THAT I’M LOVED,
THAT SOMEONE CARES ABOUT ME
IS ENOUGH TO MAKE ME CRY.