Burning Silence

by Rooh

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Recorded from November 2015 until March 2016 in Birmingham, Brundidge, and Pell City, Alabama.

Purchase of the album includes pictures from our make shift studio at Birmingham-Southern College as well as additional album art.


released July 25, 2016

All instrumentation and production by Thomas Woodham and Dunya Habash.

Karley Chamblee: vocals on "Pendulum"
Malachi Everett: acoustic drums on "Pendulum" and "Surrender to Beauty"
Priyanka Patel: Hindustani vocals on "Bloom"
Rebecca Woodham: album cover photography
Mark Lee: artistic direction
Dr. Daniel Coyle: lyrical inspiration on "Pendulum"



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This is all of the music associated with Thomas Woodham. My sound is a little bit of everything, but not quite like anything else.

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Track Name: Portal
Lovers find secret places
inside this violent world
where they make transactions
with beauty.

Reason says, Nonsense
I have walked and measured the walls here.
There are no places like that.

Love says, There are.

Reason sets up market
and begins doing business.
Love has more hidden work.

Hallaj steps away from the pulpit
and climbs the stairs of the gallows.

Lovers feel a truth inside themselves
that rational people keep denying.

It is reasonable to say, Surrender
is just an idea that keeps people
from leading their lives.

Love responds, No. This thinking
is what is dangerous.

Using language obscures
what Shams came to give.

Every day the sun rises
out of low word-clouds
into burning silence.
Track Name: Pendulum
Pendulum in full swing,
I walk through miles
of roughness and darkness
Desert wind biting my face,
as I try to force a smile
upon this world's facade
to show it who it used to be
and to remind it of who
it wants to be

Pendulum in full swing,
I see only hope against the cold of the night
I take in the dying breath
of life that once this wall-less abode
of eternal reflection
I embrace its farthest dream
and remind it that although the road has ended,
the journey is far from the end

Pendulum in full swing,
I emerge from the depths,
with my face to the sky,
my feet upon the green earth
I stride throughout the aether
as another lost soul
until I finally reach
the fire I yearned for

Pendulum in full swing