Muse Ecology

by Conspiracy of Venus

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Muse Ecology is the debut album of Conspiracy of Venus, vocal ensemble, directed by Joyce Todd McBride.


released February 27, 2016

All arrangements by Joyce Todd McBride
All original compositions by Joyce Todd McBride
Published by Buckwheat Music
Copyright 2016 CoV Records

Conspiracy of Venus, directed by Joyce Todd McBride
Singers: Christina Alva, Maggie Andrews* (12), Aviva Berlowitz, Frankie Burton, Kala Chapman, Laura Einhorn, Robin Fontaine, Jamie Freedman, Natalie Hopner, PJ Husack, Liz Innes, Sarah Kaplan, Amelia Kay Large, Erin E. Lyman, Sylvia Kratins, Leah Laderas, AJ Margolis, Sarah Markstrom, Cathy Matgen, Bridget May, Saskia Ockeloen, Dawn Olson, Diana Pray (guest vocalist), Kate Sheehan, Amy Shelf, Emily Shumway* (4), Alexandra Smith, Deborah Steinberg, Lette Stockwell, Athena Waid, Madalyn Watkins* (4, 7), Jessie Woletz

Stacy Starkweather, bass (10, 12)
Daniel Fabricant, bass (1)
Dan Feiszli, bass (2, 5, 9)
Tommy Kesecker, marimba (2, 9)
Scott Sorkin, guitar (1, 7)
David Rokeach, drums (5, 10, 12)

Produced by Lolly Lewis 
Recorded and Mixed by Alberto Hernandez at Fantasy Studios, Nov. 2014-Aug. 2015
Mastered by Piper Payne at Coast Mastering, Berkeley, California

original artwork by Bridget May
album design by Sarah Kaplan
photos by Pobby
session photos by Christina Alva and CoV

Conspiracy of Venus wishes to thank all of the donors who helped make this album a reality, all of our fans for coming to our shows year after year, all of our families and friends for your love and support, and Conspiracy of Beards for your comradeship and inspiration. We would also like to thank Clay Eugene Smith for all your support. Joyce wishes to thank the singers of CoV for your endless willingness and enthusiasm and faith, Daryl Henline for starting me on this journey, and my mentors and teachers: Karen Clark, Molly Holm, Debbie Poryes, and Ron Davis.


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Track Name: Wildwood (Joyce Todd McBride)
Wildwood by Joyce Todd McBride

I went down to wildwood
to walk along the wilderness and
someone there was looking for me
someone there was looking for me, said
"Come see how tall 
the pines are growing,
come even if you think you're knowing
and I will be your wilderness,
your river of forgetfulness, 
oh, if you come down

Green grows like a flame
and dances like a flower without a name
and what could be more beautiful,
what could be more beautiful 
than the name I sent you in a dream,
and rain falling to the sea,
and all the bitterness
that love makes happiness,
if you come down

We floated on a pool of fire
and all around the green grew higher
until we tilted into abyss
and melted into a kiss
oh, di di di, oh
Track Name: In the Bud (Joyce Todd McBride)
In the Bud by Joyce Todd McBride

In the bud
waiting for the flood
new green 
after rain

We'll be gone
when the pines grow tall
this we know
but never learn

Apple, water, angel, bird, and every leaf
these are all
things that fall
What will you 
throw into the sea
from the tallest tree flying on two feet?
There you go
higher than the bird
commes toutes fleurs
all to fall to earth.

In the bud
waiting for the bloom
none too late
none too soon

well the wind can take
the longest way around
you think you're lost
but you are found

Apple, water, angel, bird...

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