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Child Kingdom

from Carousel (Part II) by Okapi

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Having submitted to the current of society, a man has been stripped of any tendency to approach life “as a child”. A higher power intervenes to constantly interrogate him and criticize his path of taking comfort in security and perpetual nostalgia, which minimizes his ability to feel, “The Now”. It explains to him, that by remaining in a safe state of ignorance and unawareness of himself and his surroundings, he is voiding his chances of absorbing the true emotions that make one feel alive – like experiencing beauty, evil, pain, pleasure, and all of the ambiguous grey areas in between. If one is to truly be free, they'll venture out alone on a risky journey to embrace wonder and the unknown. They must continue to live as a child, and they'll soon realize that there's still so much more to gain, and that the pain along the way is well worth the sweetness of authenticity.


Are you “The Child”, or just an oaf of this mercy mild?
Set out to sea! Art thou now free? We'll see!

Was there betrayal of a soul once lone and feral?
Will "Nothing" congeal? Is evil real? Feel!

Can you see beyond the trees?
Did you climb the highest peak?

Have you found comfort in the mirror that you chose to hold?
Do you see you, or those who froze? Who knows?

Warming your bones with thoughts of eagerness that once rose
But, now you wait. Where is the bait? Too late?

Shivering in this year's first rain,
Molting your cares away

Reach for the clouds in desperation – you gave your vows!
Turn on “delight”! No room for “fright”! Alright!

Harness the laws the child kingdom once had you gnaw on
They once seemed trite, but now are quite finite

Eternal youth comes in a mead of blood and honey


from Carousel (Part II), track released November 5, 2021
Recorded by Greg Norman at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL
Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service in Chicago, IL
Produced by Okapi

Scott Mitchell Gorski - Upright Bass, Voice
Lindsey Paige Miller - Cello

Songs, Lyrics, and Concept by Scott Mitchell Gorski
Cello Parts written by Lindsey Paige Miller

Album Art - "The Conjurer" by Hieronymus Bosch


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Okapi Asheville, North Carolina

OKAPI is a duo which utilizes upright bass, cello, and voice through raw, intimate orchestrations driven by honesty and philosophical content. We advocate the conscious confrontation with reality, rather than the subconscious avoidance or distraction from it, and encourage individual awareness, freedom, and healthy growth. We hope to inspire consciousness in all those who are willing to listen. ... more

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