A Common Case of Disappearing

by Amber Rubarth

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    The highly anticipated Grand Prize album, 'A Common Case of Disappearing,' from 2010 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest winner Amber Rubarth.
    Produced by Grammy winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Tom Waits) and featuring an all-star cast of musicians.

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NewSong Recordings is proud to announce the release of the Grand Prize album 'A Common Case of Disappearing.' Produced by Grammy-winner Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones) and featuring an all-star cast of musicians, 'A Common Case of Disappearing' is the result of Amber's being selected the grand prize winner of the 2010 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.


Track Listing:
1. Letter from my Lonelier Self
2. City Starts To Bloom (feat. Jason Reeves)
3. Nothing To See Here
4. How Did This Happen
5. Light
6. Mirror (feat. Jason Mraz)
7. Novocaine
8. One Last Look
9. Rough Cut

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released 30 September 2011

Musicians:
Amber Rubarth - vocals, guitar, piano
Adam Levy - guitar
Marco Giovino - drums, percussion
Frank Swart - bass (electric and upright)
Jason Mraz - vocals, guitar (Mirror)
Jason Reeves - vocals (City Starts to Bloom)
Zac Rae - keyboards, guitars
Oliver Kraus - cello


Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Jacquire King
Additional Engineering - Brad Bivens
Assistant Engineer for Saint Claire - Tim Price
Mastered by Richard Dodd
Executive Producer - Gar Ragland

All songs recorded at Saint Claire Recording Company, Lexington KY except "Mirror" recorded at Jason Mraz's studio.

All songs mixed at The LBT - Nashville, TN by Jacquire King except "Novocaine" and "One Last Look" mixed by Brad Bivens at The Eldredge - Nashville, TN

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Track Name: Letter from my Lonelier Self
LETTER FROM MY LONELIER SELF
Words & Music by Amber Rubarth (c) 2010 Inspiraled Music (ASCAP)

Here is a letter from my lonelier self to the one that’s in love once again. I couldn’t find you so I thought that I would tell you a few things with my favorite blue pen. This year’s been a hard one, yeah I made so many big mistakes, I lost the heart that I’d been given. So when it’s love, don’t wait to say what it is. When it’s love don’t wait to say what it is.

After the fire is when the neighbors all come out their sadness dripping with relief it wasn’t them. And all your thoughts turn solid ‘cause you’ve lost everything else and you need a place to lay your head. And in the vacant silence of a lost Manhattan Boulevard you’ll hear the answers if you listen. When it’s love don’t wait to say what it is. When it’s love don’t wait to say what it is.

I see couples kissing with their arms and fingers locked so tight, I hope they say the words we didn’t. When it’s love don’t wait to say what it is. And don’t trade love for an aimless embrace of the wind. Please don’t lose your love the way that I did.

Here is a letter from my lonelier self to the one that’s in love once again.
Track Name: City Starts to Bloom (feat Jason Reeves)
CITY STARTS TO BLOOM
Words & Music by Jason Reeves & Amber Rubarth (c) 2010 Dancing Squirrel / INAFI Music (ASCAP) / Inspiraled Music (ASCAP)

Streetlights are screaming at me. Signals and signs. Buildings that got so hungry they swallowed the sky. People locked in metal boxes waiting to ride on streams of concrete rushing by.

But whenever I’m alone with you busy streets go silent, the city starts to bloom.
Whenever I’m alone with you it feels just like it’s raining from a sky that’s perfect blue.
When I’m alone with you.

Strangers in black and white with eyes on the ground. Crashing into each other, lost in the crowd. Braving the waves all hoping they will be found on streams of concrete rushing out.

But whenever I’m alone with you busy streets go silent, the city starts to bloom.
Whenever I’m alone with you it feels just like it’s raining from a sky that’s perfect blue.
When I’m alone with you.

All the freckles on the sidewalks are just gum spots left like scars. We take our time to soak it all in as so many drive past in cars and they don’t see the world like we still do.

‘Cause whenever I’m alone with you busy streets go silent, the city starts to bloom.
Whenever I’m alone with you it feels just like it’s raining from a sky that’s perfect blue.
Whenever I’m alone with you busy streets go silent and the city starts to bloom.
Whenever I’m alone with you it feels just like it’s raining from a sky that’s perfect blue.
When I’m alone with you.
Track Name: Nothing to See Here
NOTHING TO SEE HERE
Words & Music by Amber Rubarth
(c) 2009 Inspiraled Music (ASCAP)

There ain’t nothing to see here. See I just wiped my finger clean right under the rug. And there’s nothing to know, my dear, sometimes a heart stops beating just because. You know us humans are the only ones obsessing over searching for meanings and silly signs and such, but there’s nothing to see here. It’s just a common case of disappearing love.

I’m sorry I didn’t call you. See this last week my head’s been real clouded up. Yeah I was dealing with some strong, strong bleach, I scrubbed the floors and man the stains were tough. And I think that the chemicals got to my brain ‘cause I’ve been feeling a little bit woozy and numb, but nothing else is going on here. I’m sorry but I’ve gotta run.

I think I’m losing reception, I’m losing connecting with the music and the spirits and the stars above. And I’ve been missing my family, let’s go back to Colorado, we’ll hike up to the mountain where you bought that mug. Maybe that’s all we need. I wish you were here. Cause all this time and all of this distance is sure getting tough.

No it’s not what you think dear. She isn’t anything for you to worry about. No she ain’t nothing to me, listen here, just a girl I ran into when I was out. And this time you’ve gotta trust me ‘cause I’m telling the truth and I’m saying it clear and I’m saying it loud, there ain’t nothing to see here. It’s just a common case of disappearing love.

I think I’m losing reception, I’m losing connection with the music and the spirits and the stars above. And I’ve been missing my family, let’s go back to Colorado, we’ll hike up to the mountain where you bought that mug. Maybe that’s all we need. I wish you were here. ‘Cause all this time and all of this distance is sure getting tough. Maybe that’s all we need, yeah I wish you were here. ‘Cause all this time and all of this distance is sure getting tough.
Track Name: How Did This Happen
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN
Words & Music by Amber Rubarth (c) 2011 Inspiraled Music (ASCAP)

How did this happen again? When did the room start to spin out of focus and crash in the breezes. I thought we’d figured it out, thought our hearts finally found one love that trumped every reason.

But bricks came piling up and they blocked out the sun, stopped our arms from holding each other. The walls we built to protect locked us in here instead, in the darkness lonely and hungered, both back to a life all alone.

I want to get out. I want to get out. So I gotta give in. I gotta give in. I gotta give in.
I want to get out. I want to get out. So I gotta give in now. Now I gotta give in. I gotta give in.

How did this happen again? Why did I fight to the end in a battle I didn’t believe in? I thought we’d figured it out, thought our hearts finally found one love that trumped every reason.
One love that trumped every reason.
One love that trumped every reason to go.
One love that trumped every reason to go back to a life all alone.
Track Name: Light
LIGHT
Words & Music by Amber Rubarth (c) 2011 Inspiraled Music (ASCAP)

Soft steps over the cracked foundation. Through the white lights of the greyhound station. Soft steps into the homes that let me in.
Open arms constant as stars above me. Overcome the lovers who never loved me. Open arms reach to the ones that call my name, he calls my name.

There’s a burning in my heart that guides me in the dark, it opens up the space around me. And it never goes away though I close my eyes some days. The light that it pours out surrounds me.

Steady breath soften the words that shake me, land mines and glories that overtake me. Steady breath turn in again and find my own. Dancing flame wait not until tomorrow, free up, feel every joy and sorrow. Dancing flame blow with the wind that comes again, it comes again.

There’s a burning in my heart that guides me in the dark, it opens up the space around me. And it never goes away though I close my eyes some days, the light that it pours out surrounds me.
Track Name: Mirror (feat Jason Mraz)
MIRROR
Words & Music by Jason Mraz & Amber Rubarth (c) 2011 ________ (ASCAP) & Inspiraled Music (ASCAP)

You.

My heart is a mirror reflecting your face and when you come nearer I meet you halfway. I kiss you when you kiss me, we’re one and the same, ‘cause my heart is a mirror with you in its frame.

I read your words backwards and as hard as I try when the room steams up I turn in and hide. Been dropped more than once, I don’t claim to be new, I only notice the cracks when they break across you.

You.

I’m taking my chances, I’m taking my time. I know that it’s right when we’re locking our eyes. I tell you the truth, yeah it’s all I can do, ‘cause my heart is a mirror. It’s just empty glass without you.

Can you see yourself in what I do, I can see me in you.
Can you see yourself in what I do, I can see me in you.
Track Name: Novocaine
NOVOCAINE
Words & Music by Amber Rubarth (c) 2008 Inspiraled Music (ASCAP)

He recognized the fracture line and asked how bad’s the pain. I said it’s feeling worse than ever, can’t you make it go away. He studied my heart up and down and said I’ve never seen one quite this bad, I’ll wrap it up if you want me to but I must be warning you.

A splint won’t stick, a cast won’t last, a bandaid will come unglued. The only way to heal your heart is keep loving til one loves you. The doctor said it’s true. Get better soon.

Well I knew that I couldn’t wait and he’d walked out the door. So I grabbed the novocaine and some pills from his drawer. And when I got home I held my heart and bandaged all those ugly scars, numbed the pain and popped the pills until my heart went still.

And life just passed by every day like every day before. I felt no love, I felt no pain. I played my part and nothing more. The doctor said it’s true. Get better soon.

I couldn’t stand the pain. I couldn’t stand the pain. I couldn’t stand the pain so I washed it away. I couldn’t stand the pain.

I ran into the doc last weekend at the grocery super store. He asked me how’s it feeling, and I said it’s barely sore. But he saw my eyes so dark and blank and that practiced smile on my face. He said there’s one more thing to do and I think it might cure you.

Write down every single way you loved the one that you knew. Then love yourself in that same way and in no time you’ll be brand new. The doctor said it’s true. Now get better soon. Get better soon. Get better soon. The doctor said today it can all go away, now get better soon.
Track Name: One Last Look
ONE LAST LOOK
Words & Music by Amber Rubarth (c) 2010 Inspiraled Music (ASCAP)

I fall apart every time that I take one last look at you. And you walk alone through the nights and you stare out at the moon. I want to be there, I want to be with you. I want to be there, I want to be with you when you go out. When you go out.

The moon doesn’t have its own light, when the sun goes black it will too. And I feel the same way tonight like I’ll disappear without you. I want to be there, I want to be with you. I want to be there, I want to be with you when you go out. When you go out.

Will you ever wonder, will you care when I’m not here? And will you question when there’s no answer ‘cause I’m not here. I’m not here.

I’ve been falling apart all the time since I took my last look at you. And I stay awake through the nights, I get so lost in the moon. I want to be there, I want to be with you. I want to be there, I want to be with you when you go. I want to be there, I want to be with you. I want to be there, I want to be with you when you go out. When you go out. When you go out. When you go out.
Track Name: Rough Cut
ROUGH CUT
Words & Music by Amber Rubarth & Alex Wong (c) 2008 Inspiraled Music (ASCAP) / Coin Toss Music (ASCAP)

Suddenly you’re shaken with pain shooting down inside you. And now you’re crumbling away, but this isn’t like you. It doesn’t stop til it breaks down all you know. Your breathing locks and your balance goes.

It takes a minute. it doesn’t finish. You’re breaking faster. You’re nothing after. There’s nothing after.

You try to make your escape but the blows keep on coming. And as the dust clears away you start to notice something. Each time a piece crashes down into the floor you’re a little lighter than just before.

It takes a minute. It doesn’t finish. You’ll see it after when you look backwards. And you look backwards.

And now your eyes shift from negative spaces to contours that light up this rough cut design. And now you see it, you’re sculpture in motion, you’re unfinished art that keeps going, it keeps going, it keeps going and going and going and going....