Trespass Music is pleased to release “REBUILD” a brand new single by AARON NATHANS & MICHAEL G. RONSTADT
"Rebuild," is a ballad, a metaphor song that compares the biblical story of Chanukah to our current world in which we need to rebuild after a period of fighting. It is not outwardly political. It does, however, reflect the current exhaustion we all feel.
ABOUT THE SONG - (Chanukah, December 10)
This song is recorded by the duo Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt.
Aaron Nathans: Vocals and acoustic guitar
Michael G. Ronstadt: Cello and mandolin
Engineered, recorded, mixed, mastered by Gregory Hugh Brady at Studio 1311,
Chester Heights PA.
REBUILD (3:46) written by © 2020 Aaron Nathans-Hardy Lily Music
ISRC Code - usl4r2092419
REBUILD - Lyrics
The candelabra’s covered/in melted wax of many colors
The debris of hopes we had for a good year
My blessings burned into the vapor, went up like fire in paper
But I’m still here, we’re still here
I try to go about my business/ Each night I do the dishes
In the ruins of a mission unfulfilled
Tonight we watch these candles glisten/but if we're quiet enough to listen
First be still/And then we will/Rebuild
Once our fathers built a temple/where the righteous would assemble
And they had a line that went direct to G-d
But the idolators invaded/And our walls they desecrated
And hope was gone, hope was gone
But it took that occupation/To restore their dedication
Our fathers chased the army to the hills
We light these candles to remember/In this deepest dark December
What they instilled/And so we will/rebuild
My finest china's broken/and the air is full of smoke
And my flame is burning low
But no matter how far down I’ve fallen, I can bounce of the bottom
It's the only way i know
Be gone, this angry grammar/It’s time to lift a hammer
My holster’s got a measure and a drill
We light these candles to remind us/That our work is not behind us
First be still/And then we will/rebuild
ABOUT AARON NATHANS & MICHAEL G. RONSTADT
Michael G. Ronstadt, nephew of Queen of Rock Linda Ronstadt and a member of a family with a rich musical heritage, holds a master’s degree in cello performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Aaron Nathans is an award-winning songwriter and a leader in Philadelphia’s community of songwriters.
Their new single "Rebuild," is a ballad, a metaphor song that compares the biblical story of Chanukah to our current world in which we need to rebuild after a period of fighting. It is not outwardly political. It does, however, reflect the current exhaustion we all feel.
“Rebuild” does not appear on Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt’s new critically acclaimed album "Shadow of the Cyclone," which was released October 1, 2020.
Cello-based songwriters are rare, and the alt-folk duo of Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt take advantage of Ronstadt’s adventurous and wildly creative technique to face our shared disaster, head-on.
Philadelphia based guitarist /songwriter Aaron Nathans and Cincinnati cellist / songwriter Michael G. Ronstadt released their third critically acclaimed album, the rich, dark and foreboding Shadow of the Cyclone, October 1, 2020 to rave reviews world wide and earned #7 Top Album FAI Folk DJ for October. The album continues to shine on the RMR, and Radio Guitar One Charts earning Top 10 placement and above, over several weeks following release.
With sobering clarity, the duo weave intricate metaphors in the form of fallen saviors (“Strongman”), a Leonard Cohen-esque embrace of the anti-hero (“I Go Low”), and straightforward accounts of our loss of empathy (“Sinner’s Bible”). These songs hint at a sense of just retribution for the troubles we’ve brought upon ourselves, while “Haunted House” and “Come on Sun” coax a sense of levity and hope while accepting our brutal present.
As an acoustic duo, the two create a compelling musical palate. Ronstadt’s cello lines are reminiscent of the live-layered magic of Zoe Keating, and his songwriting reflects the creative diversity of Paul Simon. He weaves intricate patterns around Nathans’ baritone voice, studied folk meters and dash of irony in the tradition of David Wilcox and Dar Williams. As multi-instrumentalists, the two play a total of 33 distinct instruments between them while Serenity Fisher guests on piano and vocals, Stan Ginn on drums, Phil Henry on backing vocals and percussion, and Ciara Grace on backing vocals.
“Shadow of the Cyclone” brings in fans of folk, Americana and singer-songwriters who are seeking refuge from the storm that 2020 has unleashed on us.