Book In Hand

by Kurt Rongey

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Sven B. Schreiber Kurt Rongey's debut album is much more song-oriented and less experimental than the subsequent ones. However, it already exposes those typical avantgardistic traits that become predominant in his later works. My favorite one out of the three issued so far - so wonderfully melancholic within its strange harmony, so full of haunting beauty and delicious brain food. Favorite track: Lines.
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about

The Book in Hand CD was recorded in a span of about two years under widely varying circumstances. Track 2, "Jungle" was the first to be composed. It was recorded around August of 1989 on a Tascam 388 8-track deck in my Fort Worth apartment. Finishing touches were put on the title track in July of 1991 on a 16-track at the Royal College of Music electronic studios in London. The original issue included a 36-page magazine-style booklet with the lyrics handwritten atop illustrations that were drafted while in London.

Book in Hand was officially released by Long, Dark Music in November of 1991.

"...progressive in the true sense...a real magic
seems to emanate from the ever-changing and
harmonically rich music..." - Entr'Rock'N'Roll News

"...an exceptionally captivating CD..." - SI Magazine

"...unrolls in a long tapestry of impressions...never reveals a superfluous note...this album is a pure delight..." - Notes

"...imagination and a sensitivity of interpretation which often confounds..." - Harmonie

"...highly recommended to those who want to know what real progressive music sounds like...one of the best albums of the last six months..." - Background

credits

released November 1, 1991

All compositions by Kurt Rongey except for 8 (Gryder, Pohl, Rongey, Taylor).

All playing and singing by Kurt Rongey except for Bill Pohl, guitar on 4.

Gear:
Roland JX-8P synth (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Korg M1 synth (1, 3, 8, 9)
Yamaha SY22 synth (4, 7, 8, 9)
Yamaha TG55 synth (1, 3, 9)
real drums (4, 5, 8)
Alesis HR-16B drum machine (3, 7)
toy xylophone, recorder (5)

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Track Name: Lines
Friend in the summer
Friend in the spring
Taking all the flowers you bring
Wine of life
Caress your mind

Death will find.

Sheets of blue on lines of gray
Too much time to throw away
Error never cross your path
And strangeness be the aftermath

Many times I think of you
In the morning nothing else that I can do.

Never can a mortal falter

Waiting for a word from you
A year,
Another
fall-
ing
through,
Maybe something I can do

Mirror world
Escaping fast
Wishing I could see the past

Or future now,
The bluest sea...
Longing
burns
inside of me.

Terror find.
Track Name: Jungle
Instrumental.
Track Name: Black Wedge
Pointed accusation
Enormous
black wedge
Directed into
the northeast

And on the western edge
Eyebrows and candy lips
(you remember those)

Underbelly rolling
Suspended curtain
Unrolling mass
Pouring

Travelling with my friend
Enormous black wedge
It flies on the skyline

And on the western edge
Eyebrows and candy lips
(you remember those)
All is moving eastward.

Head of God

Always friends
good and true
Eastward
Nightshade
I must not fall behind

Head of God

I've passed the wedge
Hard, defined identity
Dispersed into the atmosphere

As with all good friends.
Track Name: Long, Dark Corridor
Instrumental
Track Name: A Glance (Blue, Blue and Scarlet)
Waiting
Blue
and falling hair

Laughing
Walking out
away

Running again, turning still to you.

Scarlet
Bandage me
instead

Running again, turning still to you.

Waiting
Blue
and turning gray.
Track Name: Dark
Instrumental.
Track Name: Slacking Back the Slapping Flattened Black Depth
Instrumental.
Track Name: Indefensive Emblem
Indefensive emblem, I
want
nothing
more.

Keeping
every promise, Taking time

You can't
go away
now
Head in hand and book on the floor.

Silent
as the lines
touched my hand
One
dead
animal
floating in the river
was what
I
saw.
It took me a couple days
To remember
what Now
I I'm
came here for sure.

It's only a matter of time.

Terror is not the thing
that drives
me
to you

Love
is the
only thing
I ever knew

That walk on the beach
was all I needed
To see things clearly again.

It's only a matter of time.

Indefensive emblem
I want nothing more
Knowing this cannot be
Wasted time.
Track Name: Book In Hand
Find me summer day.
Find me wonderland.
Life
Find in every blade,
Walking along
the book in hand.

Song of anger
Song of joy
Ever since you were a boy
Running lion catch your prey
Live to run another day.

Noble day awaiting working hand,
It's dark upon the hill.
Aware of wind and clouds and growing land
Green and reaching still.
Order in the heart of you who give
and take when all is made,
Break the soil and let the hard earth live.
A cornerstone is laid.

The inner strength that you breathe into us
Is rewarded by the pain
That turns to joy despite how perilous
the mercy of the rain
A thousand times again one has to trust
that order will remain.

Song of anger
Song of joy
Ever since you were a boy
Running lion catch your pray
Live to run another day.
Delicate and moving fast
Often do I have to ask
How
Anyone could see in you
Any less than all that's true.

Life find.

Give me summer day.
Give me wonderland.
Give
Life in every blade,
Walking along
the book in hand.