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The Presence of Absence

by Linn Brown

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I wrote The Presence of Absence after my youngest brother, Ben Brown, died in 2003. It's a reverent song, a sort of hymn.
I recorded the piano and lead vocal at Jeremy Goody’s Megasonic Sound in Oakland, CA. Ben Leinbach edited, mixed and mastered the track at his Old Bull Studios in San Anselmo, CA.
Cover art-Geoff Rantala


The Presence Of Absence

In the presence of absence
I feel you near
In the stillness of silence 
It's your voice I hear
I look in the mirror and search for you there
For a trace of your face in the blueprint we share
Your presence, your absence
My constant companion
Guardian angel
Solemn and handsome
You offer a glimpse of a secret dimension
Where all time and space are held in suspension

It's a place where you have everything you need
To invent and create all the things that you dream

The presence of absence 
Solid and hollow
The absence of presence
A heart rending sorrow
Still I can see you, your tools at your side 
The fixing of broken things your joy and your pride

©️ Linn Brown 2014


released July 4, 2019
Piano and Lead Vocal-Linn Brown




Linn Brown Oakland, California

I write songs, sing and play piano. Over the years,
I’ve released music for children, solo piano improvisations, and singer~songwriter collections. I’m presenting my twelve most recent recordings here.

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