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Discovery and Dragonflight

from Reap the Wind by Steve Macdonald

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about

This is actually two pieces combined onto one track.

Discovery
This instrumental piece got its start as a drum/guitar jam with Tom Billings at OVFF in Columbus, Ohio, in October, 1996. Later, as I boiled it down and turned it into a performance piece; I realized that it brought out the emotions of pleasant anticipation and delighted discovery as it unfolded. This version is made even better by the collaboration with Callie Hills on flute.

Dragonflight
This is a Lessa of Pern song- relaying her feelings regarding the ability of queen dragons to really fly; and her will and spirit to overcome artificial limitations placed upon her.

lyrics

Discovery
©1997 Steven Macdonald and Arlene "Callie" Hills

Dragonflight
©1997 Steven Macdonald

I am not alone.

I see
sunlight gleaming
On your shoulders
Moonlight glows
Within your eyes.

Wings so slender
Thoughts so near
Yet we're earthbound
Queens don't fly

I want to fly higher and higher
Soar to the stars
Higher and higher
Yes we'll go far
And I know that they say
We'll never fly this way
I want to float higher and higher
Fly to catch that ray.

The blue above us
Calls us to wing
Float over Hold and Craft
Hear breezes sing

But hidebound studies
Keep us secure
Ignore the tapestries
Queens don't fly

I want to fly higher and higher
Soar to the stars
Higher and higher
Yes we'll go far
And I know that they say
We'll never fly this way
I want to fly higher and higher
Fly to catch that ray.

Soar upon the wings of fate
Challenge time
Burst all the bonds they make
The sky is mine

Now we'll fly higher and higher
Soar to the stars
Higher and higher

Yes we'll go far
And we've only begun
To make our run
And we'll fly higher and higher
Fly until we've won
Fly until we've won
Soar until we've won.

credits

from Reap the Wind, released July 1, 2020
Steve Macdonald: Vocals, guitar
Callie Hills: Flute on Discovery

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Steve Macdonald Hamburg, Germany

A Michigan native transplanted to Germany, Steve Macdonald has been performing his brand of folk and folk-rock all across the USA and in Europe.

His concerts have been described as energetic, funny, and heartwarming. He sings songs from his life; as well as standards that everyone can sing to.

“A powerhouse, intense and focused.” – (A Fan)

“He’s clumsy and runs at the mouth.” – (His Big Sister)
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