Fork in the Road

by Marya Stark

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“The Fork in the Road” is a ground breaking new model of interactive performance. This song cycle is a multi-disciplinary presentation of emotional healing and spiritual development. It incorporates elements of music, story telling, guided meditation, sound and energetic medicine, visionary artwork, group prayer and ritual into a unique and unforgettable experience. ”The Fork in the Road” is a story of the souls journey through many stages of transformation, using the chakras as passageways into a deeper level of integration of body, mind and spirit.

“The Fork in the Road” is a Rite of Passage, a threshold for individuals who, through this journey, sever ties from the past, heal the present, and transform their future. This journey guides the listener to step more fully into their expression of love, vibrancy, balance, and service.


released September 12, 2011

Written and Performed by: Marya Stark
Drums: Fa Jun Shakya
Recorded by Byron Binns
Album Art by Tessa Shields



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Marya Stark Santa Cruz, California

Marya is a carrier of myth, magic, and medicine songs. She takes her audience on an imaginative, triumphants and frefreshing journey through the caverns of the soul. Her songs combines folklore, looping, orchestral arrangements and a classically trained voice, crafting stories for the current times. ... more

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Track Name: Fork in the Road
She went driving in the dark
driving till she met the dawn
soon she came upon a fork
and could not decide which way to turn
she thought of staying to the left
the road more commonly abused
she saw the others reach their
destinations of a life confused
she knew that she had been there before
she knew she wanted something more
so she chose the road to the right
in hopes it would lead her to the right

she went down this road for miles
before she saw a single soul
as she approached a man in white
she felt her heart start to enfold
this man was kneeling down in prayer
his arms raised high up to the skies
she stopped and asked herself to dare
stare into this strangers eyes
she knew that she had been there before
she knew by the instant repore
she went driving down the way
driving till she met the day

at last she came upon a fork
and could not decide which way to turn
the road less travelled brought her luck
dared her to see the lessons learned
she stared into this cross for hours
fearing this time she might get lost
but looked around her at the flowers
and thought 'hey, that might now be too bad'
she stared the fork straight in the face
she felt her heart begin to race
she saw her eyes light up from the sun
and she heard her heart say
'take the fork and run with it!'
Track Name: Johnny's March
I met a man today
that I could swear i met once in a dream
the things this man did say
flowed through my veins and made it somehow seem
that there is so much more
to love and light than this life could show
and knowing this, i know embrace
the grace in letting go

I called out to the earth and sky
to ground me and to keep my head up high
I called out to the winds
to stir the starting of the gentle fire
I called out to the sea
to sing a soothing song for me
as crashing waves broke the chains
of pain in my memory

I sat me there beside the fire
and stared into the oceans eyes
she whispered me her secret desire
of knowing what it was to fly
in a flash she was in a crash
her mist dissolved in a frenzied splash
as the clouds came rolling in

the fire crackled loud
the pictures slowly melted all away
the chemicals burned brighter than the
brightest nights like fools we spent as days
and like the wave, those days will live
in the moment i chose to spread my wings
and glide on the breath of the song
of the oceans breeze
Track Name: The Wall
I am climbing on the wall
Hoping, praying I won’t fall
Facing west into my past
Wondering where it went so fast
Its been a long road to here
I saw the picture crystal clear
But as I ran fast towards it all
I was halted by the wall

I am sitting on the fence
Of chain linked lesions in suspense
Future untold to the east
Of pictures yet to be release
I see the long road to ahead
And though I meant every word I said
While I hold onto my laments
Ill chase my dreams from behind the fence

Darkness caresses the skies
And oh the sound
Of stars resound in my eye
As I’m raised above the ground
My only question here is why?
Have I the will to break walls down
Or will this life just pass me by?

I am writing on the wall
Knowing well why I still stall
And as I wait for suns to rise
I silently say my goodbyes
I see the long road behind
I see the long road to come
And if I am to rise with the tides
I must come down
I must go on
I must look up
Embrace the dawn
Enjoy this life
And always remember to hum
Track Name: Savor The Moon
Savor the moon
As it slow dances upon your cheek
Sweet flavor illuminated
By still lips that don’t
Dare speak to soon
Words could never paint your face
The way these lunebeams do
A sight that my mind can’t erase

A light pours down like rain
Sounding on your skin like a
Spellbound symphony
Music too pure to write down by hand
But oh, how it rings
Like a bell heard from across the land
And oh how it seems
Though this night may not come to an end

If I were the wind
I would blow all my kisses your way
And you would contend
With a silence that you will not break
but I will pretend
that your listlessness will not forsake
and I’ll savor the moon
and prepare myself for the dawns uptake
Track Name: Word Bath
Word bath
My skin is layered with regrets and confusion
Dry and caked with self-loathing illusion
Profusely deluded,
I step into the awakening waters of a word bath Submerging myself in the soothing warmth
of cleverly crafted concoctions
of redeeming proportions
Self-contained in notions
Capturing with lettered lassos
my undiscovered emotions.
Through hoops of spiraling and spirited motives Resourcefully intended to emotively motivate me
To contemplate and concentrate
I elevate to new levels of creativity
Out of needled pens,
threads of ink link scattered thoughts
Just on the brink of being realized
Sowing together the loose ends
of my forgotten serenity
Did I mean sanity?
Maybe it was the clarity of the sound waves
Drawing out vibratory constellations
Aligning within my mind the stars that I have been Consciously, and unconsciously
Projecting outwards into the skies
Painting hopelessly into wandering lover’s eyes
Only now beginning to hear the reverberations
Of their misleading lies
In the development of the minds eye’s internal structure A foundation for the forming of the
highest rises still to come
These electromagnetic bowties
decorate the lights formally channeled pathways
Into the fanciest elaborations of her spirit
Nameless to those who seek to contain her with words She spins the web of silken song
Through which unseen magic travels along
Clearly defined lines,
limericks and rhymes
Predesigned microchips of ancient wisdoms signs
These symbolic seeds of sacred sound
Planted into the womb of my imagination
Patiently wait as I become the ground
From which they will soon
sprout their profound flowers of
And as the jewel of the lotus unfurls infinitely inward
I am nourished by the cleansing waters
of courageous poets obsessions
Who continue to track the evolution
of earths symphonic progression
The legacy of moonlit nights’
illuminating breathtaking beauty
Is refining itself slowly
Clearing way of laden songs
Sung to mend the wounds of my empty heart
Still echoing the cries
of her unrequited love

Ahh…… such calming waters
Track Name: Sound of the Song
I’ve been walking this line
So divided by time I have sworn up and down
That the middle is just fine
But once I break even
I wreck something new
I’m never that centered
But neither are you

You are fickle and false
And ferociously free
You come like a current
Who’s riding on me
But when I try to surf you
The swell always wins
And I’m always paddling
out with the wind

So ill walk along seconds
One step at a time
Staring straight forward
To read all the signs
Ready to set
And get going along
As I center myself
In the sound of the song
Track Name: Fires of Love
We each have a song to sing
we each have a rhyme to ring
in the everlasting sounds of creation
we each have a note to play
we each have our line to lay
down in the symphony of conscious expansion
we are the music of the spheres
we are the life of all these years
we can relinquish fears and forge on through the dark
let your music be your light
let loves rhythm be your sight
as it ignites in you the fires from which you spark
the fires of love are burning strong!

There was a story of a flame
who didn't know LOVE was her name
she wondered why she was damned to live alone
the sound of darkness filled the room
unlike the comfort of the womb
and whispered sounds of doom that she had never known
she danced along as death unfurled
and flared her light unto the void
destroying everything created in her name
once LOVE observed what death had done
she tried to turn around and run
but knew that running now would only be in vain
so instead LOVE sang "the fires of love
the fires of love are burning strong!"

Come into the light
ignited from within
and bring into waking sight
the beauty that you dream
come into the light
become the flame you see
the music that you write
the consciousness you breathe
come into the light
and burn through all of your fears
create your infinite design
complete your circles with love
come into the light
and dance amongst the fire
be warm amist this night
for love will soon transpire
let this music so inspire
the fires of love are burning strong!
Track Name: Peace of Mind
Peace of mind
Give me peace of mind
It shouldn’t be too hard to find
The missing piece of my mind
I have searched high and low
And I’ve never found the middle
I’ve questioned everything
For answers to the riddle
And then the moment I stopped
Staring at the question
I found you
And then I knew
That it was Music!
Music ringing in my ear
Music I was longing to hear
Music everywhere!
I hear the song of the sky
I feel the rhyme of the rain
And as the symphony of life sings by
I can’t see why not do the same
Ill write the wails on the wind
And read the notes amongst the stars
I feel vibrations from within
And know salvation isn’t far
So far I’ve always known
That somehow I am so alone
A fear that words have not defined
But Music!
Music is my peace of mind!