15 Drums Swing on First Song, Ukulele and Harp Later

Play episode 15 of Song.Land

Episode 15 drops a half hour of Song.Land joy. Join me in exploring creative music improvisation.

The opening number has a bit of programming on it, but Logic Pro has terrible drum sounds in 6/8 time. I need to find a better solution to this, like a real drummer!

This episode starts out strongly. I think it’s a strong episode until the last song with the harp sound. That was not on-point. The rest I like very much.

Transcript

Hold on
When you want to let go
Hold on
When you feel like it’s all spent

Hold on
To your moments and your future
And your future
Hold on
It’ll soon be worth it

01:00

For so take me from the only place I know
Take me from the only place that I could take

Take me and I’ll see the world
And so take, oh take me one more hour

01:55

Do you feel so sweet and sincere?
In the days and hours you get?
Oh, do you feel so real in the times
In the spaces that you get so real?
Is it finally happening?

Is it so, oh, real for you?

And for me it is so real
When we have all we want
It is, oh, so real
When we have, when we have

03:00

When we be [need] the leverage to understand our souls
When we need the family to guide us in ways so bold

When we we need life to understand what went wrong

When we need each other
May we all be there
When we need each other
May we all, all
May we all, all
May we all, all
May we all

Be eternal in our love for each
May we be all, staying strong
Staying closer

May we all hold on to each other for strength and guidance and
Learning how to live in a world that fights
And never let’s things pass
It will not just let it go
And it will not

‘Cause we need each other
Oh it’s true, oh it’s true
And we need each other
I hope I have you

And we need each other
I hope you are up for the challenge

And we need each other
I hope you
I hope you
I hope you
Hold on

06:00

INTRO

06:23

You’ll never believe that I’m alone when I’m with you
You’ll never believe that I’m alone when I’m with you

It is love that holds us here, in, tonight
It is love that holds us here, in, tonight

06:50

And time holds
Time holds
Time holds you

Time holds
Time holds
Time holds, time holds you

7:20

Oh, my love is stronger than fear
Oh, our love is stronger than fear
Oh, our love is stronger than fear
Oh, our love is stronger than fear

08:05

And it is love that holds us together
Day after day
Even in cold weather

When I want to stay in and cozy up by a fire
When I don’t have a thing that I have to worry about

Cause it’s a cozy, beautiful, warm and true day
When love came to town

You have all that one needs
You have all that one needs
And you’d hold it on together
And we’d hold it on together

09:16

And we’d hold on together
And if fear would not take
Any part of who we are
For we make our lives better
And we take our hearts and hold ’em

And we make our lives better
When we take our hearts
And we hold them, hold them together
Together, oh
Together, oh
(repeats)

10:22

I hold you by the hand
And we boldly understand that the days go by
That the days have to be taken hold of

Take the day and hold it by the horns

10:55

It is your day
It is your day
It is your day
Your day

(break)

12:00

You try to drive me wild
Such a vision, child
Of ignorance
It will always lead you astray

So grow up, child
Become so mild
When masculinity transcends
The need to please other people
Instead, to accept who you are

Oh, please
Oh

12:55

Then you take the truth with you
Every night and day

Life transcends the pain we’re in
It’s all for human sake

Love is bigger than it all
Love is bigger than it all
Love is bigger than it all, all

Love is bigger than it all

13:50

Somedays, things don’t feel like they should be
The night kept you awake
Something was wrong
No, it’s for so many of us:
The pain is too much to take

15:00

Hasten on the day when you take it over
Bring it faster than you ever knew

16:00

Like Nettie when she would search for a clover
She could find one anytime [four leaf clovers]
Now she’s an adult, she’s grown up
She says she has to stay outside all the time

She throws parties so her friends will come over so they can stay outside
Cause otherwise her friends will all want to stay inside
Watching television or video games, why would they stay outside?

So Nettie has so many parties.
‘Cause the sun gives you and me life.

17:30

The sun gives you and me life
The sun gives you and me life

18:00

The sun gives you and me life
The sun gives you and me life
Lift up your hands
Give thanks to the day

‘Cause the sun gives you and me life

The sun gives you and me life
The sun gives you and me life

The flowers and the trees can’t get enough of these
The sun gives you and me life

19:10

Oh, the sun gives you and me life
The sun gives you and me life

Love is made of these, oh please
Have friends who love you, too

And please, you’re a bullet you need
Who have friends who love you, too

So be like the house of Elrond
Be like the house of Elrond
Hey, it’s those who come by you
Especially Hobbits, when it’s true
That they can be the ones
To put an end this black plague

Oooh

20:22

And it’s lonely when you’re gone
But you’re not, your not gone
It’s lonely when you’re gone
But it’s so good you’re not gone


UKELELE

21:15

I’m not alone
I’m not afraid
Of the things that all mean people say

Because the truth is so much deeper
Than any one can see

On the outside
Our hearts are full of love
Are full of truth
Are full of clarity

And our souls are full of knowledge
Are full of gratitude
Are full of possibility

Oh, it’s me
You and me
It’s when we’ll see

22:15

There’s something else
Not far away
Not in the way that we expect it

It’s not ok
Let’s not fear
For the things that matter to you

It’s ok to have concerns
To not know when the day holds you close
And offers something extraordinary
In your life

I hope you do
Uncover new things
Make amazing and beautiful creations

In the way you lead and in the way you motivate those around you
And your ideas bring so much clarity to the one that you’re becoming

And your soul is dancing to
The sound of harps
Around the corners

And we’re walking now
Down this road
Because our futures are clear now

We are in our 30s
And we know the future
Is better than we were young

I’m so happy to an adult
It gives me hope
It gives me life
It gives me clarity for who I am and how I care about the purple [people] that are around me

24:30

And you and me
We can go to brand new places
With brand new faces

We will unleash a passion that’s never been explored
It’s in worlds filled with tenderness
Filled with friendship and camaraderie

And possibility
And possibility
And possibility
And possibility

And possibility
And possibility
And possibility
And possibility

Oh, you’re not alone
We are not
We have each other, we have each other

And this is for everyone, for the world
We have each other, we have each other
And you and me
We’re not so different
We all have suffering in our bones

We come from pain
Things are hard
It seems insane
How we still pass the trials of every day
It’s cold and rainy

It’s cold and rainy

HARP

26:45

Together we
Have everything
That one could need
To be alone

Alone with you
Alone with you
Alone with you
Alone with you

It was all a dream
It was all a dream
It was all a dream
And you still gave my voice

And we all roll on down the hill

And the grass would cut
Oh, so sharp it was
And would grass would hold me
Until it I could get in the bath

It was so painful
It was so cold

I could barely wait
Because it hurt
So badly

28:51

I could hold no more
My kid self wanted
Relief from all those cuts

Oh, (instrumental)

29:50

I was not alone
I was not alone
You could not
You could not
Take me to better places
To new faces
Like we dreamed when we were young

31:00

Hold to the hope that holds us all
Together
Hold on to the time has passed
When fear doesn’t really matter

It’s not the same when we all are strong
It’s not the same when we all are strong
And real

And real like the end of time
And real life appears that hold mine

My love
You’re my rainbow in the night

(laugh)

My careful, careful love
You’re my type


CLOSING

About Jesse Watkins

Jesse found it hard to express himself as a young person. Music began its dance with Jesse when he snuck into his youth pastor's office and played his guitar when he was 13. He has improvised and recorded hundreds of songs in his life, almost all of them terrible garbage. They do one thing, though: make room for Jesse to express himself in ways the conscious mind does not.

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