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After a few years of being the 'student' at open mics and jam sessions, I had moved to the west of Germany to live rent-free for the full year of 2010. '2-3 streets' was the name of this concept art project, and the 80 artists who were part of it, had two tasks: To write every day, and to change their neighbourhood. It was an early basic income experiment, a social sculpture. And it gave me time to make the transition from university to art and life. The people who were part of that project came from all fields of art and life. They were writers, painters, sculpturers, concept artists, designers, cooks, and of course musicians. I had set out to record with them, and when what we played began to sound really good, it made me realize that I wasn't just a student in the music world anymore. Not that I knew it all then, I still don't, but back then I realized I could actually take on that new role, lead them into and through a song. Well, they had other things in their lives that pulled them away from recording an album with me, and I had to once again learn the art of letting go. That's where 'The Teacher' comes from.

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She wanted to go out
And travel the world by herself
She told me when I sat beside her
“Prepare for a fight!”
So I taught her to lie
I taught her to lie
I taught her to lie

When I traveled the world
I had learned
There are little things worse
Than giving up on your wantings
So I taught her to rise
I taught her to rise

And stepping on stones
In the dust coloured roads
Was an act of joy to her
Then she broke a leg
And fell on her knees
And I carried her to St. West
And I taught her to dream
I taught her to dream
I taught her to dream

Then she fell asleep
Peacefully smiling in bliss
I held her in my arms
And when she woke up
She denied getting kissed
So I taught her to leave
I taught her to leave
I taught her to leave

I gave her the tools
For the road, for the sky
For the sea, for the hills
And the nights

I taught her to dream
And always be free
And flee from emptiness
I taught her to dream

credits

from These Are The Parts, released April 7, 2017
Music and lyrics: Oliver Hasse / The Night Gardener, 2010.
Recorded and produced in autumn and winter 2016/17.

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It's all about looking, and focusing, and going deeper, trying to pull something very rare out, and then holding it next to another object that had been retrieved, seeing how well they could speak to each other, and then continuing that process.
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