Dreaming Free

by Bora York

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Darren McDonald I really enjoy the sophistication in the songwriting and sound without you realizing it is so. This gives a chilled-out soundscape and space that invites you into the song. I first heard this in Starbucks and the staff looked up the name of the artist for me. This album will be one of the soundtracks for when I am trying to contemplate and write up my research. It sets the exact right mood. :) Great work! :) Favorite track: Open Tales.
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Jordan . There is literally not a single song I don't like on this album. Everything about it is beautiful. It all has depth and emotion along with just an original feel to it. Bora York is amazing! Favorite track: Close Your Eyes.
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© ℗ 2013 Chris Bartels.


released March 22, 2013

All songs written by Chris and Rebekah Bartels, with additional input from:

Brian Seidel, Charlie Wirth, Bjorn Nilsen, Jamie Kauppi, Jeff Sparks, Josiah Kosier, Christopher Blood, Chopper Black, Lance Conrad, Brian Tighe, Josh Riggs

Engineered by Chris Bartels at various homes and apartments, The Hideaway Studio, and McNally Smith College of Music in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota from late 2011 to late 2012.

Mixed by Chris Bartels, with input from Christopher Blood.

Mastered by Josiah Kosier at The Hideaway Studio.

Bora York is:

Chris Bartels /// vocals guitars keys bass drums percussion

Rebekah Bartels /// vocals percussion

Charlie Wirth /// keys bass

Brian Seidel /// vocals guitars

Jamie Kauppi /// bass

Bjorn Nilsen /// drums

Additional instrumentation by:

Jeff Sparks /// drums (Waves, Waterfall)

Christy Freeman /// violin (So Heavenly)

Rachel Cobian /// cello (Settling Close, Traveling Far)

Cover photo by Jordan Nimlos.
Design by Chris Bartels.


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Special thanks to Rebekah, Charlie, Brian, Jamie, Bjorn, Josiah Kosier, Jeff Sparks, Christy Freeman, Rachel Cobian, Christopher Blood, Chopper Black, Lance Conrad, Brian Tighe, Jordan Nimlos, Brittany Kauppi, Josh Riggs, Ryan Gray, Jonathan Alstad, Will Strickland, Jon Osterman, Jon Wise, Jon Schober, The Current, Radio K, all of our wonderful parents, siblings, and extended families, our friends, and, of course, you.


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Track Name: Close Your Eyes
She said we've got to persevere
As she handed me the keys
We ran from our yesteryear
As we drove into a new dawn

Close your, your eyes
Close your, your eyes

She said, "I feel so hollow tonight"
And stitches will only last for awhile
Our sails are torn but our anchor's light
We don't have to, we don't have to, we don't have to drag this out, drag this out

Close your, your eyes
Close your, your eyes

While the night is cold and it's easy to let hope die
In the morning, we'll watch God paint the sky
And we'll know the fog will burn away
Track Name: Open Tales
Under the swampy glow
With glossy green, prairie tide
It's where our goodwill painted its own

Our clothes held us tight
Closer, closer, you were close to me
When our hearts painted their own

Over northern hills, our cryptic tales breed the script
Darling, don't forget our clasp in the stairwell

Untouched, a city froze
We felt the wind in our bones
That's when we left our dreams, we left them alone

Under gleaming Aprils, our open tales, tell our love story
Darling, don't forget the words that gave us breath
Track Name: New England Love
It was spelled out so quickly in the sticks and the leaves
I always wanted you to be a part of my dreams

We kept playing loud, we kept playing loud
To the tune of love

They said we were crazy, they said we were fools
They said we would lose our minds, but we knew they were blind

We fight with a whisper
As New England lingers
We fight with a whisper
And in this flood, we'll find each other
Track Name: Waves
We must've missed our stop, we're miles away
The sky's colorblind, we lost track of our days
Through all these years, you've still got my ears
So far away and yet so near

These colors, these patters
Have left us battered
But these waves, they carry on
These timeless heartbeats
won't fade away
'Cause these waves they carry on and on and on

Without a pallette's eyes, without a blinding stage
It's a foggy view, and it's held hostage
Laid on a dream, never step on me
But all eternity knew that's what we need
Oh, we all knew that's what we needed
Track Name: Ghost Lights
Years upon years had us questioning
Was this for real of just glistening

Step inside my heart, he said
So you can rip it apart
Don't step on our love, she said
Look how far we've come

Oh, now we can highlight our new life
Oh, when we left behind these ghost lights

We left it poisoned, we left in the night
With sleep unfolded, under ghost lights
Track Name: So Heavenly
Waving farewell to the oldest sight
A foggy feeling, dead emotion's eyes
On top of the world, as teenagers' might
It's only foreign if we're proud and desolate

Wasting away, this shell, this cage
The weight of glory beyond compromise
Though a broken soul, a dead man's days
You're worth more than angels, you're made alive

We were laid to waste so suddenly, so suddenly, so suddenly
As as quickly pardoned to live so heavenly, so heavenly

As cloudy and worn as ancient tales
Yet as clear as daylight, this amazing grace
Track Name: Waterfall
This waterfall may be unwarranted
This perfect rain unseen, so beautiful

Of dwelling shades, blushes, void of despair
Of emerald souls, peaceful, with every word

But I'll dive in
Track Name: Settling Close, Traveling Far
Dusty shelf in a closet's dusk
The only question haunting her

Tattered scarf, intently drab
The only question haunting her

What could have been
Track Name: Dreaming Free
When the water's edge is cool
Brushing lightly between your toes
When you close your eyes and rest them for a moment's time
And you know you're home

Don't wake me I'm dreaming free, I'm dreaming free to no amends
Don't break it, this perfect scene, where love is worth the fight

When winter's burden shows its teeth
And tears your autumn clothes apart
I'll take you by the hand, we'll flee the world that left you sad
I won't forget your broken heart

Don't wake me, I'm dreaming free, I'm dreaming free to no amends
Don't break it, this perfect scene, where love is worth the fight

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