Leaving Sonnet

from by Annie Chen Octet

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Annie Chen vocals
Rafal Sarnecki electric guitar
Tomoko Omura 5-string violin
David Smith flugehorn
Alex LoRe alto saxophone
Glenn Zaleski piano
Mathew Muntz bass
Jerad Lippi drums


I wake up, but where, I don’t know.
I don’t just think, voice the question, to myself.
Where am I, maybe I don’t know, here’s in life.
Dusty morning light, maybe sometime raining.
I’ll stay in bed, there might be a man next to me.
More often left, I’m just alone, just me and the express way, running right next to my room.
Strain my ear,hear the song that I sing, hear the slow, nice and slow, look at the puzzle’s falling, rain drops are dripping.
Play,take the place, I just know someone’s crying softly, but maybe me, feel the pulse,
and the dream.
Wait on, weeping, so much that you swear, reach out for me.
Somewhere, leaving, I’m the part of it, where am I?
Step upon step, where should I be?


from Secret Treetop, track released November 2, 2018
Music and lyrics by Annie Chen
Arrangement by Rafal Sarnecki


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Annie Chen New York, New York

Vocalist, composer, and bandleader Annie Chen has led ensembles varying from duos up to her current octet, and has performed her original music at major venues in the city. Chen’s original compositions which reveal a cohesive musical vision that integrates her influences from across traditional Chinese, Western classical, gospel, Middle Eastern, Eastern European and alternative rock music. ... more

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