by Soren Laulainen

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When your heart breaks... do you let go of a part of yourself?
A fragment of joy set adrift, within yet without
Like some cherished memento, hidden away in the attic
Waiting to be found again

Or do you hold tightly onto that broken piece?
Twisting and molding it, until you can make it fit again
Never lost, just transformed

These pieces remain a part of you
To find them and to hold them means to reach out and touch them
To prick your skin on their points and feel their sharp edges
To spend time with them, to know their shape
And to regard them without judgment

To allow yourself both grief and compassion

To allow yourself humanity


“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Jalal al-Din Rumi

“In time, in time they tell me, I'll not feel so bad. I don't want time to heal me. There's a reason I'm like this. I want time to set me ugly and knotted with loss of you, marking me. I won't smooth you away.
I can't say goodbye.”
― China Miéville, The Scar

“Time heals all wounds. And if it doesn't, you name them something other than wounds and agree to let them stay.”
― Emma Forrest, Your Voice in My Head



released December 6, 2016
Composed, orchestrated and mixed by Soren Laulainen.

Special thanks to the Seattle Composers Alliance for organizing the reading and recording session, to Stan LePard for proofreading my score, and to Michaud Savage for additional orchestration during the reading session.

Andrew Foster - violin
Terri Sandys - violin
Seth May-Patterson - viola
Nick Pozoulakis - cello
Samantha Bosch - flute
Evan Evanovich - oboe
Dexter Stevens - clarinet, bass clarinet
Christian Pincock - trombone

Cover artwork by Cassie Murphy.

Recorded October 30th, 2016, at The Royal Room, Seattle, WA.

Mastered by Rachel Field at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA.


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Soren Laulainen Seattle, Washington

Soren Laulainen started composing film scores when he was in high school. His music varies in style and genre, borrowing influences from ambient electronica, symphonic orchestra, post-rock and trip-hop. The results are strikingly emotive and cinematic in tone; music that creates its own imagery. ... more

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