Climbing Uphill (EP)

by Andrew Nolte

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released September 6, 2019

Andrew Nolte- vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards & synthesizers
Michael Ingber- drums, timpani & percussion
Matt Slagle- bass
Leila Henley- flute, soprano saxophone, & backing vocals
Kevin Flatt- flugelhorn & trumpet
Leo Gauna- trombone
Brett Kroening- french horn
Jeff Elliott- violin
Christabel Lin- violin
Jason Elinoff- viola
Charles Prewitt- cello

Recorded at Studio 601 in Austin, TX
Produced by Michael Ingber
Mixed by Michael Ingber
Engineered by M. Ingber & Eric Harrison
Mastered by Steve Berson at Total Sonic Media in Cedar Park, TX
All songs written by Andrew Nolte
(except "Speak My Heart" by A. Nolte, M. Ingber, & M. Culbertson)
All songs Published by DoctorMaxMusic (BMI)
Brass & String Arrangements by Peter Stopschinski
(except "My Avatar" & "I Need You", string arrangements by A. Nolte)
Album Art by Nicola Gell

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Andrew Nolte Austin, Texas

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Andrew Nolte is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter residing in Austin, TX.
He’s worked in rock, jazz, folk, cabaret, R&B, soul, country, cumbia, afrobeat, and pop projects on the stage and in the studio since 1997. He’s also composed music for several local student film scores and podcast, in addition to his work in musical theater. ... more

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Track Name: My Avatar
My Avatar

I don’t know what I’m supposed to post here. I can’t help but feel so out of place.
I’ve got friends that I’ve never met. We stalk on the Internet.
But I’m not even here, it’s just my avatar, while I’m watching from afar.

I crawl across the web that spreads before me, to reconnect the threads I’d long forgot.
So you can reach out to me without even seeing me.
While we lose our humanity, speaking through avatars while we watch it from afar.

No one is talking face to face, live streaming life is not the same.
These photoshopped images on your Instagram page;
They don’t show the real life, it’s just what fits the frame.

I don’t know what I’m supposed to post here, I’ve got no advice to give or take.
Have faith in technology, or covet your privacy?
Or speak from your heart. Or send in your avatar and watch it all fall apart.

No one is talking face-to-face, live streaming life is not the same.
These photoshopped images on your instagram page;
They don’t show the real life, its just what fits the frame.

I don’t know what I’m supposed to post here. I can’t help but feel so out of place.
Track Name: Speak My Heart
Speak My Heart

The words we use don't speak our truths.
It's lost in translation, left out of the loop.
Lost somewhere in our thoughts, waiting for someone to decipher the lock.
I feel like I'm trapped and I want to shout.
I start to open my mouth, but the wrong words get out.
I wish I had been better to you, because the way that you love me makes me wish I was new.
The way that you love me makes me wish I was you.

If I could speak my heart, I'd break it apart for you.
If I could speak my heart you would see how it bleeds for you.

I need you to see what you mean to me.
Take back the cold things I told you, that you know I don't mean.
I will be your light in the dark, embracing tomorrow with hope in our hearts. Facing tomorrow, we open our thoughts.

If I could speak my heart, I'd break it apart for you.
If I could speak my heart you would see how it bleeds for you.

But I never say what I ought to say when we're face to face. I never say what I want to say.
I never say what I ought to say when we're face to face. I never say what I want to say, until it's too late and I've missed my shot.

If I could speak my heart, I'd break it apart for you.
If I could speak my heart you would see how it bleeds for you.

The words we use don't speak our truths.
It's lost in translation, left out of the loop.
Lost somewhere in our thoughts, waiting for someone with hope in our hearts.
Track Name: I Need You
I Need You

All the saddest souls are laughing, making jokes to hide the pain.
See them smiling on the outside, while inside their heart just aches.

Sometimes I feel so alone.
But doesn't everyone feel alone sometimes?

You need to know you're not alone, and all of us are just as scared as you.
I need you to believe its true, because love is all you've got to see you through.
You need me and I need you. You need me and I need you.

All these masks they we keep wearing, can't disguise that we're in pain.
All these labels and distinctions, they can't disguise that we're the same.

Sometimes I feel so alone.
But doesn't everyone feel alone sometimes?

You need to know you're not alone, and all of us are just as scared as you.
I need you to believe its true, because love is all you've got to see you through.
You need to know you're not alone, and all of us are just as scared as you.
I need you to believe its true, because love is all you've got to see you through.
You need me and I need you. You need me and I need you.
You need me and I need you. You need me and I need you.
Track Name: Climbing Uphill
Climbing Uphill

All the things that used to glow, are turning to illusions when I get too close. Passing pilgrims on their way back home. They tell me to be patient, when we arrive we'll know.

All my life I've been climbing uphill.
Until I die I will keep climbing it still.
I know I might never arrive, but I won't reach the top if I don't try.
I won't reach the top if I don't try.

Nothing good comes easily, better find someone to love and give the love you seek. No one here gets out alive, since you can't take it with you; who will you leave behind?

All my life I've been climbing uphill.
Until I die I will keep climbing it still.
I know I might never arrive, but I won't reach the top if I don't try.
I won't reach the top if I don't try.

I know that I don't want to climb alone. We could huddle together in our loneliness, because I can't do this on my own. And there's still so far to go...

All my life I've been climbing uphill.
Until I die I will keep climbing it still.
I know I might never arrive, but I won't reach the top if I don't try.
I won't reach the top if I don't try.
Track Name: Magic
Magic

Tell me what did you hope to achieve?
If it was up to you, where would you be?
If I could grant you any one wish, if you could change anything, what would you fix?

You could have had everything.
You could have been anything.
Life was full of magic then, so why can't it be magic again?

What would it take to make you believe? You should follow your heart anywhere it leads.

You could have had everything.
You could have been anything.
Life was full of magic then, so why can't it be magic again?

Spent a long time without stars in your eyes.
Spent a long time just being blue.
But those stars in your eyes, they could still shine so bright.
If you follow the light then it will guide you.
Magic will find you, it will remind you, there's magic inside you.

And you can have everything.
You can be anything.
Life was full of magic then, so why can't it be magic again?
Why can't it be magic again?
Why can't it be magic?

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