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recorded live at the Zipper Theatre, NYC, in December 2008.


No one ever gonna notice
No one ever gonna notice me
if I know one thing I know this
I need a little light so I can see
Surely I can pick out one match
I can spare it
If I dare it
Only one match
Striking one match
And it's
Warming up my frozen fingers
Like a candle brightly burning
but more wonderful
I can feel the ice melt away
And the fire glow is like a summer's day

"And it seemed to the girl that she was sitting by a large iron stove. How the fire burned. It seemed so beautifully warm that the child stretched out her feet as if to warm them, when lo! The flame of the match went out, the stove vanished, and she held only the remains of the half burnt match in her hand."

I don't wanna be a bad girl
What'll daddy think of what I've done
He's gonna say you made me mad, girl
Wasting matches when you're selling none
But he doesn't see what I see
Only duty
Not the beauty
Only one more
Striking one more
and it's
Roasted goose and sugar plums so
like a banquet for a princess but more
all the silver polished to a glow
and the table cloth as clean and white as snow

"Then the match went out and the feast too vanished. Before her remained nothing but the thick, damp, cold wall."

All of the things I see through windows
When I'm on the wrong side of the glass
Are even more beautiful and wondrous
Here in the light of just one match

Let the walls be transparent once again
Let me see through this vision to the end

(with Gene and Brendan backup)
Should I light one more
Maybe just one more
Should I light one more
Maybe just one more (etc)

And it's wonderful
I am here beneath a Christmas tree so
all the tapers shine like diamonds but more wonderful
How the branches sparkle in the night
With the ornaments reflecting all the light in multicolored hues of

Like a thousand thousand constellations
Like a sea of candles rising toward the skies
Can't believe my eyes
Can't believe my eyes
Can't believe my eyes
Can't believe my eyes

"The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher, till they looked to her like the stars in the sky. Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it a bright streak of fire."


from Striking 12 bonus tracks, released December 26, 2010
Copyright 2006 by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin and Valerie Vigoda


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GrooveLily Seattle, Washington

Bicoastal trio GrooveLily inhabits that contemporary space where creative musicians ignore the boundaries laid down by words like rock, folk, jazz and pop. The success of their first concert-musical, the critically-acclaimed holiday show STRIKING 12, has led them farther into the world of theatre, where they have carved out a unique niche as a rock band writing and performing shows. ... more

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