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The Illuminated Self (White) [feat. Jacke Karashae]

from Kaleidoscope by Monk Turner

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Who owns the time?
I see you, product of a thousand hands
and I hear your glories, sold in foreign lands
I hear you stand above the common man
who illuminates you just right.
For precious few, memory's a birthright.
 
Who owns our minds?
(Foci join in spotlight,
Prism-like, to bright white)
I see you, glorious in humble hue
I hear you, spirit spilling to renew,
that I can't demonstrate, this biased view
reflects such a poor sight.
And a thousand lights aren't enough to make it right.
 
But dynasties are built by tearing down our betters
And seeing men as sets of cash and letters
But who here doesn't care to be remembered?
 
--but I can't feel fine!
I stand, a piece of a kaleidoscope
One of a million means of reading hope
I want to see them all, I want the brilliance of the scope.
 
How can we all survive
when the Illuminating Self must fight the drive to be described?
 
 
Dynasties are built by tearing down our betters
Seeing men as naught but sets of cash and letters
Dynasties are built by tearing down our betters
Seeing men as naught but sets of cash and letters
(I've got this, I can see this;
More than most, I--I can be this
and who here doesn't care to be remembered? )
 
Do I really need to prove a dominance of form?
Here I come, let's join together, redefine the norm.
Must I truly be a monument? Or run forth unadorned?
Will someone listen if I don't leave you torn?
 
Light falls all around but I am not going mad.
For what is my legacy if not the life we have?
What good's ambition that tramples the innocent?
And breaks their backs to secure the inconsequent?

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from Kaleidoscope, released September 25, 2012
The Illuminated Self (White) [feat. Jacke Karashae]
Music and words by B.A. Monk Turner and KJ. Jacke Karashae
Dean Mucetti: Drums
Ethan Halpern: Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Peter Walden: Cello
Chad Bloom: Sax
Brian Owen: Trumpet
Denis Jiron: Trombone
Jacke Karashae: Piano, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Programming, Vocals
Monk Turner: Acoustic Guitar
Recorded at Sogo Studios (Little Tokyo, CA USA), The Karashae Room (Vista, CA USA), Lalai Dama Music Studio (Woodland Hills, CA USA), 100 Second Productions (Burbank, CA USA), The Pink Room (Alhambra, CA USA) and V-Neck Studios (Santa Monica, CA USA)

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Monk Turner Los Angeles, California

Over the last two decades, multi-instrumentalist Monk Turner has written and produced over 30 genre-defying concept albums. He’s been called “both daring and melodically gifted” by Music Connection Magazine for his unique approach to songwriting that takes influence from artists such as Elvis Costello, The Beatles, and They Might Be Giants. ... more

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