Love, Spread Your Wings

by Paper Cranes 折り鶴

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Even though 2011 was a Rugby World Cup year, most New Zealanders couldn’t name the date of the final. But many will remember the significance of February 22nd. A day when our hearts were with Christchurch, when the nation was stopped with them.

Solid Ground is about finding your strength in community; about putting hope in the things that matter – whanau, friends, husbands and wives, your faith; about standing tall with others when things are hard. It’s about renewal and hope.

In the middle of writing the song, another tragedy struck with the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan. Naomi was born in Japan, so it was shock upon shock for us. Love, Spread Your Wings came through tears and heartache – that Naomi felt far away from her homeland and friends who were there. You can especially hear this in the Japanese lyrics – a poetic transliteration of the English that means “Spread your wings and fly. Let the voice of love resound.”

We wrote the songs as catharsis from what had happened, and initially didn’t intend to record them. After awhile, though, we decided that it was better to offer them up and let people take them for what they are – a cry for community and togetherness, a rendering of the events, a hope for something better.

Here are Solid Ground and Love, Spread Your Wings: raw, honest, broken … and hopeful.

Love, Spread Your Wings; come take me home.

Love, Spread Your Wings
Love, Spread Your Wings
Love, Spread Your Wings
Come, take me home



released February 22, 2014
Love, Spread Your Wings was recorded and produced by Nic Manders at Roundhead, and Vivek Gabriel at other locations.
Mixed by Nic Manders.
Mastered by Andy van Dette at Masterdisk NY.

Love, Spread Your Wings
PC with Grant Daish – percussion; Nic Manders – percussion, BVs, electric guitar
Copyright Paper Cranes 折り鶴 2014



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Paper Cranes 折り鶴 Auckland, New Zealand

With songs that ponder the meaning of life, love, and our fleeting existence in this beautiful world, Paper Cranes 折り鶴 music is warm, yet melancholy.
The band weave their stories into captivating live performances, using a range of instruments in songs that move between delicacy and outright abandon. Husband-and-wife Fraser and Naomi Browne are the founders of the group. (Photo Sean Craig, 2014)
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