Soul Magic

by Peggy van Zalm

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"van Zalm's cast as a genuine spiritual voyager in music a la Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell. ..Soul Magic is a black stone, a memory you can't shake, one of those new beginnings won the hard way...and its great driving music as well..." Mark Mordue, Drum Media, Australian Style

Soul Magic features collaborations with some of Sydney's finest musicians and pivots around multi-instumentalist and co-producer John Puscas. The eclectic all-star ensemble includes didgeriduist Alan Dargin, legendary jazz bassist Steve Elphick, the equally luminous trumpet/flugal horn player Miroslav Bukovsky and Tim Rowlinson from the renowned acid-jazz outfit "Dig". Peggy's compositions encompass "deeply-personal nature poem, environmental protests, oblique psychedelic fantasies, symbolic self-empowerment stories and elliptical self-explorations..." Shane Danielson "Sydney Morning Herald

"..A confident return for this entrancing vocalist/songwriter. Rather than hover above the instrumentation, van Zalm's alluring vocals swim inside. Delivering many standout moments like the sharp acoustic strum of "Love Is", the breathy spoken vocals of "Mystery Movie", and the mystical "Rapscallion, which was recorded outdoors (with the audible assistance from a cricket colony). If radio programmers have the grey matter to play this it could comfortably reside in both the independent and commercial charts. " Annette Basile ~ On The Street


Soul Magic's "sophisticated pop surface shouldn't distract you from the muscle beneath, or from van Zalm's cast as a genuine spiritual voyager in music a la Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell. .." Soul Magic "is a black stone, a memory you can't shake, one of those new beginnings won the hard way...and its great driving music as well..." Mark Mordue, Drum Media, Australian Style



"In the age of the return of the Goddess, Peggy van Zalm shines through like the true earth-mother that she is. As the lead singer/songwriter of the former Martha's Vineyard, we were alerted to the fact that she was an artist to watch out for. Now embarking on a solo career after a four year break from the limelight, she has emerged as one of Australia's most enchanting musicians. Her vocals are understated yet streaming with strength. Her songs are totally captivating, reaching deep into the soul and spirit. The eleven tracks on the album cruise from folk to soul to rock, always remaining rich, satisfying and organic." The Planet

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released October 27, 2016

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Peggy van Zalm Australia

Former lead singer of the late ’80s Perth outfit Martha’s Vineyard, Peggy’s solo career has yielded five albums of thoughtful and meditative folk. With a voice that suggests the tenderness of Joni Mitchell or the sly finesse of Chrissy Hynde, Van Zalm’s work is always rich in wisdom and heart. ... more

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Track Name: Soul Magic
Soul Magic ©Peggy van Zalm

Just say day by day
Just say we'll find the way
Leave it to soul magic
The secret road is beckoning
Non-rational mind reckoning
oh soul
enter the deep green rainforest of your being

I had a phone call from a dear friend
I hadn't heard from her for ten years or more
she said "lately, I've been feeling like a machine"
so she quit her job as a corporate lawyer
she started dancing, started sweet romancing her old lover
soul
enter the deep green rainforest of your being

enter the deep green
enter the deep green
i say enter the deep green
rainforest of your being
Track Name: Spiral Dancing
SPIRAL DANCING ©Peggy van Zalm

Rising into the new sky.
Rising higher and higher
I can see it all below
Twisting and flowing
From this heaven my highway

Ant people and box buildings, caterpillar rivers
This desert dreaming under full moon , her light streaming down,
pulling me up again.
Yes I’ll take this flight, lover I’m leaving here tonight I’ll be..

Spiral Dancing thru this timeless land
Spiral dancing thru this land

Following invisible rivers.
Red ochre travail of human endeavour.
Thru ritual, the chant of a land.
Songlines my spirit thru time.

Yes I’ll take this flight, lover I’m leaving here tonight I’ll be..

Spiral Dancing thru this timeless land
Spiral dancing thru this land

And I know we’ve been together

Spiral Dancing thru this timeless land
Spiral dancing thru this land
Track Name: Mystery Movie
Mystery Movie © wds Peggy van Zalm & Philip Kakulas

Thru the lace of rain I see her white umbrella like a light
Her hair a red flame caught up in the wind
Inside the grubby sky I see two rainbows hanging high
Like some candy coloured bridges from above
I see her misty shadow like a river mad of licorice
floating by
floating by

and
The whole of the world is a mystery movie
I know I wanna watch tonight
and its cold inside this icecream building
and I'm listening to the rain keeping time
listening to rain keeping time

The leaves they weave a golden carpet
Skeleton trees outside my door
Someone's singing and I know it's her
Strangest song I ever heard
Her voice it carries through the air
Footsteps coming up the stairs
they're coming closer
up the stairs

and
The whole of the world is a mystery movie
I know I wanna watch tonight
and its cold inside this icecream building
and I'm listening to the rain keeping time
listening to rain keeping time

She said "I am your future, I am your past, I'm every question
that you've ever asked"
Then she looks me in the eyes and sees behind the mask
and it's getting dark
it's getting dark...

and the whole of the world
the whole of the world
the whole of the world
is listening to rain keeping time
and the whole of the world is a mystery movie yeah
listening to the rain keeping time
I'm listening to the rain
the rain
the rain
Track Name: Love Is
Love Is © Peggy van Zalm

She said if happiness came streaming through her door today
She wondered if she could get away
from her wounded past
She said love is, love is, love is a restless ghost tonight
and its howlin all around these ramshackle places

When you walk past her house you can hear the echoes of her emptiness
In the stillness she never can rest
then the song ooh the song of the bird of her heart
the lilting sadness of a distant distant past
misty love, misty light
I swear I saw two figures in the shadowy light

love is, love is, love is restless ghost
ooh and it's howlin..oohh
hey yeah

Well I wonder who it is she's searchin for
Wonder if she'd want him now- if he walked through that door
it's been so long, its been so long
Well I wonder who it is she's searchin for
Wonder if she'd want him now if he walked through that door
its been so long
misty love misty light I swear I saw two figures...

Well one day, she travelled back, back to the house where'd lived
and wandered through the rooms where all the memories slept
then she lit a match and watched the flames
nothing, nothing, nothing to lose so she gave it all up

misty love misty light I swear I saw two figures in that smoky light
Track Name: Dirty Water
Dirty Water ©music Peggy van Zalm©wds Philip Kakulas

I was born inside a tiny room
I couldn't breathe no I could not move
my mother cried and pinned me to her breast
The nurses they all gathered round and one of them he held me down
and washed me in that brown and murky water

My folks I guess they knew the Lord ten foot tall and twice as broad
living in a house of solid gold
My father took me by the hand and introduced me to the man
who Christened me in dark and dirty water

In the oceans in the air dirty water everywhere
Dirty water filling up my cup
'cross the sea and 'cross the land
every woman and every man has come to wash their hands in dirty water

I caught a fever from the well
Eventually I couldn't tell the difference between the right and wrong
and when I asked you for advice
you turned to me and whispered ice
and cooled me with that cold and murky water

In the oceans in the air dirty water everywhere
Dirty water filling up my cup
'cross the sea and 'cross the land
every woman and every man has come to wash their hands in dirty water

I withered as they searched for cures
for something old for something pure
virtues that I never could express
Then finally they called the priest
who laid me out to rest in peace
annointed with that dark and dirty water

In the bedrooms in the towers
in the corridors of power
dirty water filling up my cup
served in crystal served in glass
in the palaces and the bars
we all know the taste of dirty water

of dirty water, dirty water, dirty water
dirty water, dirty water
dirty water, dirty water
Track Name: All Roads Lead Home
All Roads Lead Home ©Peggy van Zalm

So many questions I'm riddled I rattle and I fall
Into the rhythm of my breathing where's the angel for whom I call?
From this lone ship on the horizon
See the lightning know the thunder hear it crashing this human storm

Sitting on the edge of strife watching, watching the passing show
Here I go, Here I go feeling my way for the heat of the sun
as I go, as I go it's the cool translucence of the moon
that's gonna see me home

Spinning from the centre of life watching the passing show
It's a matter of time and oh don't I know?
it's the changing of seasons and so the days go
and so the days go, so the days go

and here I go here I go feeling my way for the heat of the sun
as I go, as I go it's the cool translucence of the moon
that's gonna see me home
that's gonna see me home
that's gonna see me
the cool translucence of the moon
that's gonna see me home
all roads lead home
all roads lead home
all roads lead home
all roads lead home
all roads lead home
Track Name: Shine
Shine©Peggy van Zalm

A coming of age party down by the falls
the ale sparkling like the dawn
We're here talking about the end of these times
and we're walking into a brave new life
and I know I wanna be shining with your love tonight

Window frames a science-fiction moon
dancing bodies in the half-light
tribal rhythms croon
We're here here inside each others eyes
Imagination blurs into real life
and I know I wanna be shining with your love tonight
yes I know I wanna be shining with your love tonight

so shine
your love tonight
shine
your love tonight
oh shine
your love tonight
wo shine
your love

s h i n e
you're L O V E
s h i n e
you're L O V E

Shine you love tonight
Shine you love tonight
Shine you love tonight

S H I N E
you're L O V E xxx
Track Name: The Loving Well
Loving Well©Peggy van Zalm

One to one me and you between ourselves
I see myself in your eyes a wishing well
This cryptic life this mystic love
Everything I've known
You shook me up
oh I realize
That now I know I've always known
ah I've always known

This one to one
this one to one Pure so pure oh this loving well has sprung
and it's flowing now eternally I do believe
Love is flowing now eternally I do believe I do believe
I've always known
ah I've always known

Falling hard like crystal rain
Falling right into me oasis sun
Falling hard...
Track Name: The Divers
The Divers ©Peggy van Zalm

Shattered hearts wear a million masks ooh but masks can never heal the aching
Shattered hearts wear a million masks ooh but masks can never heal the aching
She lay down next to him poking at his chest with her chin
Then she put her face right up to his and said:
"Tell me, when you look at me, tell me
do you see me hey, look up close, and tell me, tell me..
When you look behind you is the past still settling is it calling?
When you look for tomorrow are you casting your shadows as you fall right in...into this longing

ooh I need you to love me, love me honestly"

They used to find pearls in the oceans of their world
diving deeper, so much to see there
they're searching for more
under turbulent water
a test to all of their reflections as they look down...

so tell me
tell me
when you look at me
tell me, tell me
do you see me? show me
show me
show me your true face
show me your true face
show me your true face
Track Name: Rapscallion
Rapscallion©Peggy van Zalm

Midnight in the empty air
awaiting my evening star
I'll put out the light and sit by the fire fire fire fire

Awaiting your company turn dark to light for me
I'll sit by the fire with my cup empty air empty air empty air empty air

I sprung from my mother's womb I lived inside my father's tomb
and now it's time way over time to remove this ol' groove this ol' groove

Black angels have come to light the devil's dropped his guard tonight
I'm moving out I'm on the run gonna move this ol' groove this ol' groove

Just waitin, waitin, waitin
for the ultimate accident
where best of enemies unite
i had a glimpse inside saw the shape inside the shadow.. empty air empty air, emtpy air emtpy air

I sprung from my mother's womb I lived inside my father's tomb
and now it's time way over time to remove this ol' groove this ol' groove

Black angels have come to light the devil's dropped his guard tonight
I'm moving out I'm on the run gonna move this ol' groove this ol' groove

I'm movin out, I'm movin out
it's time, time, time
it's time, time, time
it's time, time, time
it's time, time, time
Track Name: Parallel Journeys
PARALLEL JOURNEYS©Peggy van Zalm

You say I’ve been roamin’,
roamin’ around too much.
And whenever I touch down,
there’s nothing I really touch.
Well I’m here but I’m gone.
It’s divided attention.
And true love goes begging,
there’s no real investment.

You reap just what you sow. If deeper love you want to know.

Am I an idealist?
Seeking unconditional love.
Cos whatever you need it’s what I want.
As below so above.
On parallel journeys
we can both be satisfied.
There’s time for you and time for me,
no-one need be denied.
Love was borrowed and hearts were tempted,
but that was fleeting, flirting. Fleeting, flirting...

You reap just what you sow. If deeper love you want to know.

Then quietly, quietly to your destination.
Step lightly, step lightly,
In the arms of love you’ll feel no separation...

No separation...
I’ll hold you deep in my heart. I’ll hold you deep in my heart.
I’ll hold you deep in my heart.