Music Box (Marya Stark and eO)

by Marya Stark and eO

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In 2015 I met the incredible visionary photo alchemist Nicole Erfan of Parvana Photography. We collaborated on this image, and I asked her if i could try my hand at writing a song to go with it. After she sent me the finished image, a song came in its entirety as I drove in 4 minutes from one friends house to another's, dictating this song directly into my phone recorder.

I went home and worked out an arrangement, and asked my friend Jesse Autumn lay her harp twinkles on it (on my birthday no less). I then brought the track to the masterful and imaginative Eric Oberthaler (eO), who spent some moons gestating with it, adding brush strokes here and there, and teasing apart the cinematic glory that ultimately brought this song to its magical life.

This project is one of my favorite new ways to collaborate, beginning with a vision, an image, and crafting a song, that comes from the archetypal realm summoned. Thankyou Nicole for your patience and for being the muse for this creation, and to eO for making it what it is. This song is a dream come true for me.


music box upon my step
did i find one midnight hour
wondering what song it might bear
silence there and nothing more
so i sat and waited still
on my porch and gazed afar
searching for a wish fulfilled
a sign of you upon my door

then a voice did call me hence
to the woods beyond my gate
dare i tread this opulence
carry me to our sweet place
i’ve not been there since our youth
since the time our love commenced
since the night of our last kiss
the last time i saw your face

in my room id cry and fight
wondering where your soul had gone
did i dream you here this night
for brighter stars my heart did long
as i followed on that path
every step a blossom grew
led by tenderness of song
until I stood there and i knew

music box, i held so tight
closed my eyes and open slow
from the dark came butterflies
carrying this song you blew
dreams of all our golden days
all the places we’d explored
all the times id kissed your face
all the tears i’ve cried and more

wings did wash these tears away
washed the sadness from my soul
magic knew me well that day
and there i stay forever more
where the trees give audience
and the stars rain down their prayer
and when i open now this box
pours from it this song i heard
and i believe in love again


released February 27, 2017
Marya Stark- Harp, Vocals, Lyrics, Composition
Eric Oberthaler (eO)- Orchestration, Production, Mixing, Mastering
Nicole Erfan (Parvana Photography)- Photo, Concept, Muse
Jesse Autumn- Harp


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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 journey through the caverns of the soul. Her songs combine magical realism with orchestral arrangements and a classically trained voice, crafting healing stories for the modern times. ... more

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