Faith To Fall

by Kate Burkart

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“I’m sick of taking the high road... it sure gets lonely up there.”

So begins Kate Burkart’s "Faith To Fall". The challenge: how to keep the faith and not take a fall? It’s that kind of figurative thinking-out-loud that inspired the eleven original songs on singer / songwriter / bassist Kate’s debut album.

The tracks span wide stylistic territory: from bittersweet and countrified (“The Most,” “State of Grace”) to British-inflected folk baroque (“Parallel Universe”) to pan-cultural polyrhythms (“Cross the Street”) and less-is-more fortitude (“Faith to Fall.”)

Some of the San Francisco bay area’s best players were brought into the studio by producer Jerry Becker (Train) for "Faith to Fall". The instrumentation includes Wurlitzer and Hammond keyboards, Mellotron, cello, pedal steel, Taurus bass pedals, and an impressive array of vintage acoustic and electric guitars.

Burkart’s songs find some of their roots in Americana, country, folk and singer-songwriter genres, with influences from such personal favorites as Lucinda Williams, Lisa Germano and Emmylou Harris. Still, for all its lyrical and musical range, the album presents a cohesive, organic sound that’s unadulterated Kate — direct, introspective songwriting, exploring themes of love, faith, and loss. Her voice combines strength and sweetness, with an honesty that brings the songs and the listener closer. Retaining the intimacy of the lyrics was crucial when recording her vocals, Kate says. “I wanted the words at the forefront, and to create the feeling that I’m singing right next to your ear.”

Our favorite songs work in intangible ways; they’re distinguished by a determination to acknowledge the darker edges of experience. "Faith to Fall" honors both the joy and heartache of life, and will stay with you…no matter what road you’re on.

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released May 25, 2010

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The players include:

Kate Burkart – electric bass, vocals

Jerry Becker (Train) – Acoustic & electric guitars, Hammond B3, Taurus bass pedal, piano, Wurlizter

Jim Bogios (Counting Crows) – drums on “Destined”, “Shades of Gray”

Kyle Caprista (Elliot Randall Band, Megan Slankard) – drums, percussion, backup vocals

Matt Henry Cunitz (All Ones, John Vanderslice, Ralph Carney) – Upright bass on “State of Grace”, analog synth, bul bul tarang

James DePrato (Chuck Prophet) – Electric & slide guitars

Steven Epstein – pedal steel

Yair Evine (Maude Maggart, Victoria Williams, Spencer Day) – cello

Daniel Schacht (Jolie Holland, Eddie Gale, Ryan Auffenberg) – Fretless bass on “Parallel Universe”

Megan Slankard – Additional vocals on “Witness”

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Track Name: The High Road
I’m sick of taking the high road
it sure gets lonely up there
Rising up above, showing everybody love
Well guess what? Everybody really doesn’t care
I’m sick of being the nice one
worrying what people will think
Well don’t look far, I’ll be at the bar
Nice is gonna drive me to drink
Don’t make waves, just be cool
wonder who made up these rules
Don’t make waves, just be nice
count me out, it’s worth the price
I’m sick of doing the right thing
why do I have to belong?
Break these chains before I blow my brains out
two rights can make a damn good wrong
Don’t make waves, just be cool
tell me who made up these rules
Don’t make waves, just play along
I would rather play my song.
Track Name: Better Then
Closer than ever as we fall apart
we’ve got this breakup thing down to an art
I tell you my secrets you give me advice
the time that we’re buying seems well worth the price.
But eventually…eventually
You won’t be asking me
“how did you sleep…how did you sleep?”
I’ll wish that just once you would ask me again
remembering how I slept better then.
Talking is easy the silence is tough
how will we know when we’ve had enough
I dream I can’t reach you, then I awake
and face a reality harder to take
That eventually….I’ll have to see
You’re not asking me
“how did you sleep…how did you sleep?”
it’s better if we don’t discuss it again
‘cause to tell you the truth I slept better then.
And eventually…I guess you won’t be
ever asking me
“how did you sleep…how did you sleep?”
and though I’ll feel grateful that we’re still friends
I’ll have to admit I slept better then.
Track Name: The Most
Why do you always love me the most
when you’re about to lose me?
You’re either afraid or wanna get laid
but I don’t think you mean to abuse me.
But why is that when you want me the most?
Am I prettier after I’ve cried?
My hand’s on the door, I just wish I were sure
what waits on the other side.
Rockin’ in the night
with your arms around me tight
I can’t tell love from defeat
If I’m getting burned, then I guess I should learn
to admit that I like the heat…
But why do you always need me the most
when I’m finally ready to fly?
You think you’re safe on the ground
avoiding the sound of my voice saying goodbye
Well, this is my voice saying goodbye
This is my voice saying…goodbye.
Track Name: Witness
If a tree falls in the forest
and no one is around
they say that when it crashes down
it doesn’t make a sound
Do you believe it?
Can you conceive it?
Well, if you don’t want to listen
then you’ll never really hear
You can’t be a witness if you wait too long
for the truth to appear.

If she’s alone while tears rain down
so hard it seems she’s dying
and no one’s there to comfort her
does that mean she’s not crying?
Do you absorb it?
choose to ignore it?
Well, if you can’t sense the pain
in the one person that you love
then you won’t be a witness when the storm clouds form
in the dark sky above

Open your eyes, but don’t do it for her
what your heart denies is love that can endure
If you’ll believe it, if you’ll conceive it
open your heart, and feel what you might miss
Let your light shine and find
that you can be love’s witness
If you feel it, you’ll reveal it…

If a tree falls in the forest
and no one is around
don’t believe what people say,
I know you’ll hear the sound
If you believe it
then you’ll conceive it.
Track Name: Cross the Street
See you comin' and I cross the street
Feel you runnin' and I move my feet
Hear your voice and I disengage
Won’t be the target of your rage

See you comin' and I cross the street
It’s tough to run in all this heat
Well, maybe I could face you down
if only I could turn around

So it’s time to let go, time to move
Once there’s nothin' left to prove
Can’t wrap this one nice and neat
So I see you comin' and I cross the street

See you comin' and I cross the street
Feel you runnin' and I move my feet
Hear your voice and I disengage
Won’t be the target of your rage

See you comin' and I cross the street
Recognize what I can’t complete
Wish that I could take you on
But the fact is that I’m not that strong

So it’s time to let go, time to move
Time to find a road that’s smooth
Smart enough to know when I’m beat
So I see you comin' and i cross the street
Track Name: Parallel Universe
Moving toward you, moving away
Times like this, don't know what to say
In a parallel universe I hold you tight
the sky is black and the stars are bright

Step through the door and into the room
Voices fade, shadows loom
Suddenly everything's moving too slow
Your eyes meet mine, and there's nowhere to go

If this is the dance I don't know the steps
and all of these rules are far too complex
I've never liked games where you need a disguise
especially when I'm afraid of the prize

The party's over, we move to the door
Confirm our denial with eyes on the floor
The only escape I can think of is sleep
and the parallel universe where you're mine to keep
Track Name: Shades Of Gray
The pictures that I take
are always black and white
I think I see things better that way
Cuts out all the in between
eliminates what might have been
except, of course
the shades of gray.

To lean into the spaces
that aren't black and white
the moments that you can't define
or separate the wrong from right

The way that I think
is often black and white
Convinced that's the way to see what's true
But waiting for the fog to lift
reality can start to shift
and suddenly I don't know what to do

To lean into the spaces
that aren't black and white
The moments that you can't define
or separate the wrong from right
It takes true courage at the end of day
to settle in between
the shades of gray.


They said as I got older
I would see the light
so I assumed that wisdom was the rule
one free pass to clarity
would happen automatically
looks and brains and finally I'm cool

To lean into the spaces
that aren't black and white
The moments that you can't define
or separate the wrong from right
It takes true courage at the end of day
to find the grace
to feel the space
to settle in between
the shades of gray.
Track Name: State of Grace
All alone when I can't sleep
I pray my soul I'll get to keep
Darkness tightens 'round my heart
every night that we're apart
I need the light, to see your face
to pull me back
back to that place
back to that state of grace.

Long ago at the edge of the cliff
I never stopped to ask "what if"
I knew that if I fell too fast
you'd catch me and wipe out the past
your hand would pull me back from space
would pull me back
back to that place
back to that state of grace.

But the spell gets broken all the time
I feel worn threads unraveling
It's hard to keep that state of grace
alone when you are traveling
so far...so far.

I stare into the mirror when the distance seems too wide
If I could just get through it, over to the other side
I'd be gone without a trace
safe forever in that place
back in that state of grace.
Track Name: Far Away Here
We're far away here, far away here
We're far away here, far away here

Drift beyond the mountains
whisper past the woods
sink into the water
forget where we once stood
lost all inhibitions
dropped along the way
lock the door, hide the key
and promise we can stay

Far away here, far away here
far away here, far away here.

The darkness drips with secrets
reaching for a sky
filled with constellations
connecting you and I
years from now remember
the time that I was yours
Temporary permanence
is all I'm asking for

While we're far away here
far away here
while we're far...far away here.
Track Name: Destined
I can't believe it took so long
to get it through my head
to see the bigger picture and
accept where I've been led
but when heartache turns to gratitude
you know the tide has turned
I'm laying down my burden
I finally have learned

(chorus)
That you and I were destined to
take the ride we took
and I would do it all again
I'd re-read that same book

You split my life wide open
shone a light so I could see
all the roads ahead and all
the faith you had in me
so now I have to ask myself
where I'd be today
Without you there beside me
every year and every day

Because you and I were destined to
take the ride we took
And I would do it all again
I'd re-read that same book

Now it's time to let you go
I know I've had my turn
I'm sorry that I fought so hard
and took so long to learn
how you and I were destined
It was just a matter of time
but you can keep me in your heart
and I'll keep you in mine.

Because you and I were destined to
take the ride we took
and I would do it all again
I'd re-read that same book

But just as it was destined for
our journey to begin
it was just as destined that
someday it had to end.
Track Name: Faith To Fall
You know that feeling
stretch your arms out wide
senses reeling
across the great divide
air resistance
won't hold you in place
falling backward
there's nothing there but space

But whatever you do, don't look back
you can have it all
close you eyes, just let go
have the faith to fall

Listen closely
you won't hear a sound
trust the silence
and you won't touch the ground
falling backward
there's no need to be strong
arms to catch you
have been there all along

So, whatever you do, don't look back
you can have it all
close your eyes, just let go
have the faith to fall