The Light Upstairs

The Light Upstairs

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

Our music just comes and we play and sing it with everything we got. In the last four months we've had a sold-out CD Release at Lamberts in Austin, been selected as Cactus Cafe Artist in Residence for October, and been featured on KUT radio for "The Austin Music Minute" and "KUT Song of the Day".

Biography

Emily Burns and Christian Glakas are thoroughly enjoying the recent success of their new band, The Light Upstairs. After playing together in several Austin bands over the years, they began performing as a duo in 2010 with practically no ambition other than the desire to write and play the music that came naturally and felt right. They played shows around town, recorded an album at Em’s house, sold some CDs, made some new friends, and generally had a pretty good time.

And they were happy with all that, and not bummed out that they weren’t widely known. But in 2011 they decided to record their next batch of songs at a quality studio because they wanted to make something that would sound fantastic. So they called their friend and longtime collaborator Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Explosions in the Sky) and booked studio time at his studio, Cacophony Recorders, for February 2012.

They recorded in the main room at Cacophony with no headphones, standing side-by-side and playing and singing harmonies just as if they were at band practice in Em’s kitchen. It felt great. It was easy and fun. The renowned Austin club Lamberts agreed to host the release of the album, "The Hour of the Pearl", and on the day of the release show, Jody Denberg played the lead track from the album, "Illuminated", on the program Eklektikos on KUT, 90.5 FM.

Matt Munoz got word of the band and offered the band the opportunity to be the Cactus Café Artist in Residence (Presented by Lone Star Beer) for the month of October. On the first day of the residency, Laurie Gallardo featured TLU on The Austin Music Minute. On October 22nd, the band’s song “Taxi” was the KUT Song of the Day. By the very next day, the song had been downloaded from KUT’s website over 800 times.

On Monday, October 29th, they will go into Studio 1A at KUT to perform three of their songs live on the air on the program "Eklektikos".

Emily and Christian are happy just playing their music. But it’s nice to have other people enjoy it, too.

Lyrics

Taxi

Written By: Christian Glakas

Reach in my pocket and take out that dollar and let's take a taxi down to the city
There's something waiting for me and you baby, I can't tell you what now, why would you want to know?

Why would you want to know?

Reach in my knapsack and take out the matches and strike one against the box
Now with the sun down the light from your flameout illuminates everything, everything I need to see.

Everything I need to see

If you could see yourself as you appear to the world just beyond the door
You wouldn't spend so much time in your head all alone with the darkness, fighting the passage of time.

Fighting the passage of time

Give up the Ghost and bury me with this guitar

July

Written By: Emily Burns

Broken sidewalk, all littered with leaves
the air is warm, and my mind is free
I shut my book now cause I just can’t read
those cherry blossoms are summoning me
Take my hand x 3
Come with me

Let the ship run its course like the blood in my veins
I was never my skin, I was never my name
Strike a match on a box what you get is a flame
but before we knew fire it was there just the same
Linger on x 3
Just the same

Maybe that’s all there ever was, blankets of sunshine all covered in dust
Wipe the sleep from your eyes, take the corn from the husk
you were born in July just a song in my chest
AndI danced x 3
My way home

Not a thought will remain it just all turns to sand
When my body’s laid down sun will shine on the land
But even the earth trembles now and again
to remind us, take not one thing for granted
We give thanks x 3
For this chance

Maybe that’s all there ever was, blankets of sunshine all covered in dust
Wipe the sleep from your eyes, take the corn from the husk
you were born in July just a song in my chest
you were born in July just a song in my chest
and I danced

Cinnamon

Written By: Emily Burns

Say, what would, you say
What you say
If I were to wait
Another day
Another day
Then ask you to stay
With me, near me
Turn off the phone
Hold me dearly
We’re all alone

There, up overhead, up overhead
The stars all glow red
It’s time for bed
It’s time for bed
So close your eyes
Hear me, feel me
Let your mind roam
Hoping dearly
Our time has only begun

Cinnamon is on your lips
Its in your kiss
Its everywhere
We, begin again
This time from the top
No I won’t let you stop
No not this time x4

Sing another song, another song
Now I’m almost gone
I’m almost gone
I’m almost gone
So close your eyes
With me, feel me
Holding on
Knowing clearly
Our time has only begun

Cinnamon is on your lips
Its on your kiss
Its everywhere
We, begin again
This time from the top
No I won’t let you stop
No not this time x4

Engine Hummin'

Written By: Christian Glakas

The time is coming down that I
Lie down sleeping for the last time
The wind come carry my lord away
I love this world but I can't stay

Cause the engine's hummin' and it makes me sick
I been runnin' too long to kick
The engine's hummin' and it makes me sick
I been runnin' too long to kick, yeah

No more haunting in the core
No more wanting so much more
No more singin' songs at night
No more holdin' on so tight

Cause the engine's hummin' and it makes me sick
I been runnin' too long to kick
The engine's hummin' and it makes me sick
I been runnin' too long to kick, yeah

The Sun My Heart

Written By: Emily Burns

Where are yesterday’s thoughts?
The sun my heart it speaks,
as time abandons the clocks
and winter stains my feet
When the stars are intertwined
and the final credits roll
mind collapses in on mind
So it goes, so it goes

Something strong, something warm
the moon my heart it speaks,
It tugs the line to the shore
where all and nothing meet
Wind and water, sand and light
melt and mix with soot and bone
I breathe you in with all my might
You are my own, you are my own

Mirror, mirror on the wall
the fabric of this life we know
Mirror, mirror on the wall
who’s the witness of it all
....and the great I AM sings to me

So long my dear
The darkness drowned in the flame
and in the morning so clear
i saw it was just a dream
Oh, its all but a dream

Words just got in the way
my quiet heart it speaks,
as stifled sounds slip away
lost in snow drenched streets
Cup of tea and stolen smiles
every now gets better yet
Walk with me a thousand miles,
a thousand deaths, a thousand deaths

Discography

The Hour of the Pearl - June 2012
Disconnecting the Dots - May 2010

"Porchlight" - played on KUT 90.5 in Austin, Tx 10/2012
"Taxi" - playing on KUT 90.5 in Austin, TX 10/2012
"The Dead Sea" - played on KUT 90.5 in Austin, TX 10/2012
"Illuminated" - played on KUT 90.5 in Austin, TX 7/2012