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Through the Teeth

from Carousel (Part II) by Okapi

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There was once a time when fantasy reigned and romanticism left a child optimistic about their future, but as he grows into an adult, these promises are shattered when faced with reality. As the luster begins to diminish, disappointment arises, fueling anger towards all that once pacified him. The tendency to be a dreamer is hard to relinquish, and he's scolded by those who claim he should “wake up.” Despite this, he remains a hopeful, naive sponge – for life's truths are no more deceitful than his fantasy world. This leaves his perception of reality inconclusive and ever-evolving. The realists' one-dimensional path seems to leave them oblivious to both their surroundings and the unknown celestial world, and they accept anything that they're told – so, are they any more delusional than the dreamers? Is this mundanity something that we must accept, or fight? Do we avoid intruding on others' paths, even if we predict them causing harm? Do we give them the benefit of the doubt in terms of realizing their own faults beforehand? Mobility prevents the evil moss of stagnancy, acceptance, and realization from grabbing hold of him, and he wonders if trying to solve certain problems in our world parallels Sisyphus being doomed to his boulder duties. Do the countless efforts represent life's puzzle, even if we fail eternally? Does what we make of this inevitability represent our own life's meaning? With all these questions, he embarks on a journey to seek out others who may identify with his intent to create good, in hopes of finding or creating a sense of relief, purpose, beauty, and camaraderie, in order to better understand life.


Dilated eyes may help one praise the satyr's side
Compelled by themes so subtly disguised
But when terms of contrast slowly stretch thin
They turn wary of their aching skin

Can the realist point out delusion?
Or are they just blind to our most dire times?
Is letting them be, setting evil free?
Is waiting to pull up the roots of fate much too late?

The door of compliance shan't gather moss
Mobility puts the mind of intimate loss at ease
Hanging from a hope that won't elope
The hills are steep - plagued with yearnings, endlessly deep

A fool's been tamed, and so resumes our silly game
Tired, he peers through the teeth of honesty's choir
Waiting for Saint Nick to bludgeon him on the head
With gifts to help alleviate this Earthly dread

Armed with an indiscernible language
This voice projects a muted frequency bridge
Never to be heard by those who don't care
But to resonate with the lustrous soul, aware


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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