The Burden Borne

by Ross Heselton

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    Includes a Mediafire download link to the anthology
    • Juvenilia (2010-2015)
    featuring all, or almost all of what I have done since 2010, meaning:
    -7 ALBUMS, SINGLES, EP's, LIVE ALBUMS, DEMOS:
    • Listen To Hear EP (2010)
    • Like Light/A Sigh, And Nothing More (2011)
    • Feathers And Glass: Songs of Becoming (2012)
    • Spanish Red Wine EP (2012)
    • Live At Iboat with Cocktail Bananas (2013)
    • Two Songs And A Poem (2014)
    • Lonesome Songs, Forsaken Songs, Live Songs (2010-2014)
    -4 PDF BOOKS OF POETRY
    • An Admission of Light To A Room (2011 - 36 pages)
    • Inflexion of Moments (2012 - 59 pages)
    • Summer Moon (2012 - 15 pages )
    • Six Poems (2014 - 8 pages)
    ... more

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  • CD + Book + Silkscreen
    Compact Disc (CD)

    Physical issue of The Burden Borne, handmade, hand-burned and printed in Strasbourg, April 2016.
    The CD features a bonus track unavailable on digital release called "By The Window".
    The double sided book features, on one side, the lyrics to The Burden Borne—on the other, a book of poems called "Nine Poems".
    In the centerfold there is an A3 fold-out silkscreen print of Quentin Richter's artwork, available in black or gold.
    Silkscreen print by Louise Germain, artwork by Quentin Richter, words by Ross Douglas Heselton.

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  • The Burden Borne / Nine Poems handmade book + silkscreen

    Double sided fanzine/book, handmade in Strasbourg April 2016, featuring on one hand the lyrics to the album The Burden Borne, and on the other a selection of nine of my poems.
    An A3 format foldout silkscreen of Quentin Richter's Burden Borne artwork is stapled in the centerfold and can be removed and used as a poster.
    Silkscreen and layout by Louise Germain, Words by Ross Douglas Heselton, Artwork by Quentin Richter.

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE BURDEN BORNE:

In the song ‘The Burden Borne’, the burden I sing of is Time: passing, past and yet to come; in ‘To Chase the Shadow’, I sing of doubt, of the absence of truth and certitude, and of the failure of my quests for these; in ‘Song for a Brother’: solitude and longing for belonging and fellowship, of longing for love; in ‘Caged Bird’: living in cages and the yearning for freedom, in ‘By the Window’, those most insufferable diseases whose names are depression, sloth, procrastination, and living with duelling selves within.

Time has now passed, and it is now the songs themselves that have begun to weigh upon me. The oldest among them are now over four years old, and I have not the shoulders to carry them with me any longer, or rather keep chasing after them, if I am to sing a new song.

Let it be clear that I have never wished for these songs to sound the way you are about to hear them.

And it saddens me so.

This album is, in a way, the outcome of a long series of failures— in friendship, in work, in schooling, in music, in hope and in dreaming...

I ended up recording almost all of these songs alone, in my bedroom, on my laptop. The microphones and software I used not good enough for the record to really sound HIFI— not cheap enough for it to really be LOFI. And for these reasons, as the sound of the record goes, I have my proverbial arse between two chairs. Unable to sing these songs again (for now) with the energy they deserve, I have tried running them through tape machines, overdubbing them and whatnot. But having given it some thought, to embellish these recordings, by making them sound dirtier or smoother— be it through protools or a tape recorder— would be an unforgivable lack of honesty. I do not want to make music the way one takes a photograph on Instagram.

A glimpse of what was first intended for these songs— that the crush of circumstance and my many losses of faith have seen me forsake, can be heard on the three track EP ‘Two Songs and a Poem’.

My songs as you will hear them here are nude and crude. The recordings are neither mixed, nor mastered. Perhaps they should be taken rather as an archive, as a trace of what this album could have been.

But if this album is as I say, the outcome of a long, lean, succession of failures, it is also a celebration: of youth, of passion, of courage and curiosity, of hope, dreams and beauty— of the love of one man for his fellow.

Throughout these songs, I sing, as I have said, of burdens. But more importantly— more urgently— I sing of lifting them.

And by giving you these recordings so now am I taking off a load— and in doing that, closing the first book of my journey.

My only regret is to not have been able to give more to these songs, nor more to you.

Here are my songs, my tunes for the taking, for you to do with as you please.

This album is for my friends, my beloved and my family— and for everyman who has or longs for such things.
I thank you all, I really do— each one of you who has helped, heard, listened—
Lent a hand, a heart or head—
It is three in the morning and I am drinking to your health.

C’est un vrai plein d’espoir qui vous parle— et de la pure joie que je vous donne.

Ross Douglas Heselton,

Friday 31/07/2015

I HAVE MADE A GRAVE WITH MANY DOORS,
SO THAT ALL MY FRIENDS MAY ENTER—
I HAVE MADE A GRAVE WITH MANY DOORS,
AND A HEADSTONE THAT’S MEANT FOR HER FLOWERS.

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SO THE LEAF MUST LEAVE THE BRANCH,
AND THE SPIRIT BREAK FREE FROM THE SKIN—
SO THE POET MUST PART WITH THE POEM,
AND GIVE IT TO THE WIND,
WHO FERRIES IT GENTLY TO THE HEART OF WHOMEVER
IS WILLING ENOUGH TO RECEIVE.

When you purchase this album, you will find a download link to a Mediafire file containing an anthology of all, or almost all of what I have done between the years 2010 and 2014, entitled:

“ Ross Heselton: Juvenilia (2010-2014) "

This anthology contains:

-7 ALBUMS, SINGLES, EP's, LIVE ALBUMS AND DEMOS:
• Listen To Hear EP (2010)
• Like Light/A Sigh, And Nothing More (2011)
• Feathers And Glass: Songs of Becoming (2012)
• Spanish Red Wine EP (2012)
• Live At Iboat with Cocktail Bananas (2013)
• Two Songs And A Poem (2014)
• Lonesome Songs, Forsaken Songs, Live Songs (2010-2014)

-4 PDF BOOKS OF POETRY
• An Admission of Light To A Room (2011 - 36 pages)
• Inflexion of Moments (2012 - 59 pages)
• Summer Moon (2012 - 15 pages )
• Six Poems (2014 - 8 pages)

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MAY MY BLOSSOMS BURN AWAY AND BLOW INTO THE BREEZE,
AND MAY MY WINTER’S RAIN RELIEVE THE THIRST OF SOULS AT SEA.

credits

released August 3, 2015

• Written, performed and recorded* by Ross Heselton
• Painting by Quentin Richter
• Vocals on 'A Grave With Many Doors' generously provided by Augustin Soulard, Camille Dagen, Charlotte Cherici, Genséric Coléno, Laura Burocoa, Lola Fernandez, Lucas Bonnel, Lucie Castel, Léo Bizeul, Mathilde Mennetrier, Roberto Jean, Simon Marini, Théo Cloux, Trystan Reynolds, Zacharie Toumi
• *'A Grave With Many Doors' recorded by Augustin Soulard

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