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from Hear the City by Casey Stratton



All we express
What does it mean?
Take it all in
Explore all the scenes
Paint on a canvas
A sculpture displayed
An urban photograph
Memories saved

Pastoral scenes
Of beauty and light
Captured a world
Much different than mine
Yet still we find
They speak to us
A universal world in the art

But how do we see?
And how do we know?
How do we create
And make these ghosts?
What does it mean
To the world as a whole?
Our stories told?

Shape and form
An object or sound
A guiding narrative
From something found
Making something from nothing
To feel less alone
Yet an artist’s vision
Is only their own

Maybe the point is to ask the questions
Maybe what it’s worth
Is inside the human mind
And where we find a connection
Yet still I wonder why
We must create
Where does the impulse come from?
And why do others decide
We don’t deserve that life?

All we express
But what does it mean?
And what is an artist
And what is a dream?
It’s a question of knowledge
And a question of craft
A question of passion
And the questions asked
It’s a question of talent
And a question of faith
A question of feeling
Combined with technique
And if you have to ask
Then you’re on the right path
It’s the ones who don’t
Who cannot understand


from Hear the City, released February 4, 2011


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Formerly signed to Sony Classical, Casey Stratton has experienced the corporate side of music in full force. His 2004 album "Standing at the Edge" received high critical praise from the likes of Billboard, People and USA Today. His song "House of Jupiter" reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart. Now independent, Casey has released 28 albums and much, much more. ... more

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