Beyond the Brim (demo)

by Em McKeever

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We were setting up to record more tracks for a collaborative album, and Michael let me do this quick demo of a song I wrote last month, "Beyond the Brim."

I am not warmed up in the least, at this point in the day, it was 11 AM and I was getting over a cold. But I'm still pretty happy about how it turned out. :)


Hold my head above this bitter wind
That bites where it finds skin
Flying forward, closing inward
The prize, dear heart, was never mine to win.

And I know, now, though I frankly cannot fathom how:

We were described by two parallel lines,
running forever, but never entwined.
Still, two strings can lightly sing in sympathy.

I can't wait, I can't wait to wake.
On the other side of morning we will make
a memory of misery!
Now fade, for I set my sails beyond today

And I know, now, though I frankly cannot fathom how:

There is love beyond the brim,
and there's no holding on, only pressing in.
And it feels so strange to be finally free,
'cause I thought that I was, but how could I be?
There's just no way the person I was was me.


released October 22, 2012
Written and performed by Em McKeever

Recorded by Michael Natrin

Recorded at Supermagic Studios

Album art courtesy of Michael Natrin


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Em McKeever Newark, Delaware

Em McKeever, self-described “classical guitarist gone haywire,” melds her love of wordcraft with musical pizzazz. She is a Newark-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, often writing for banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, and any other instrument that crosses her path. Her songs vary in sentiment and topic - stinkbugs and coffee play a comedic counterpart to her more emotive compositions. ... more

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