Posts Tagged ‘lyrics’

Update On “Is Anybody Listening?”

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

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The news is all good.

Our RocketHub crowd funding campaign succeeded on several different levels. Though we did not meet goal, we ended up with $15k plus that we did not have before we started. We not only paid the costs of the campaign, but also ended up with a substantial profit to move forward over the next few months.

We also learned many things about our constituency, our tribe. We learned what kinds of people cared about what we were doing and what kinds did not. We learned who our true fans were and we learned who is content to just watch. And we learned about the types of people that we will cater to and those who are simply just not that involved. This was hugely helpful.

Because of what we learned, we shifted the project and pointed it in the directions of interest. I’ve always said, “We serve you. Tell us what you want in the way of inspiration and inspirational music, and we’ll do our best to provide it.”

You spoke; we listened.

In meetings just recently Watchfire Music will now partner with the Sheen Center For Thought and Culture, NYC in producing a wide variety of inspirational music both as live events performed in and webcast from New York City, and also as a series of 20-minute video modules that can be repurposed for a myriad of events ranging from theatrical to corporate and from church to charity productions.

These modules will address a myriad of world problems, inspire in a most entertaining fashion with pertinent songs and arresting visuals, and tune the ear and eye to a better sense of listening to the heartbeat of the world around us.

“Is Anybody Listening?” will focus the imagination and attention of people around the world on the problems that we face and the solutions that are at our fingertips, and is a clarion call to the world to pay attention.

Our focus audience and clients:

Individuals Seeking Inspiration

Corporations

Fund Raising Benefits

Theatrical Presentations

Nonprofit Charitable Organizations

Church Groups

Here are just a few examples of the issues that the modules would address:

Water — Global Water Crisis

Healing Response to World Tragedy

The Intercession of Science and God in the Universe

Corporate Promotions and Public Opinion Issues

Shootings and Gun Control

Spiritual Awareness

Healing Depression

Terrorism

For those of you who donated, we are working now on fulfilling our obligations to you and clarifying your part in this endeavor over the next few weeks. Thank you and welcome to the fold.

We now have well over a hundred dedicated people working on this project. Our goal is to now add some zeros to that 100. We need each of you to reach out to others who share these interests and would like to help.

These monies and these ideas are just a start, but there is a strong professional foundation underlying this project that insures its success. Between the Sheen Center and Watchfire Music and other great professionals that we will attract, this project will move forward and through music will inspire the world to better listening and therefore better action and reaction.

Join us. It’s a most exciting road we travel.

Great News!

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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Just in. As of last Friday and a two hour creative meeting with the staff of the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, our project has taken a quantum leap forward!

In addition to the webcast, Watchfire Music in conjunction with the Sheen Center would also create a series of 20-minute Music/Video modules that address a myriad of world problems from a library of interchangeable video songs that will provide the content for each 20-minute module.

This all comes under the banner of “Is Anybody Listening?”

The modules would be used to focus the imagination and attention of people around the world on the problems that we face and the solutions that are at our fingertips.

The modules would address a number of issues and can be re-purposed at will to fit the needs of organizations around the world. They would be presented through webcasts and video streaming with live hosting by, but not limited to, the following:

Individuals Seeking Inspiration
Corporations
Fund Raising Benefits
Theatrical Presentations
Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
Church Groups

Here are some of the issues that the modules would address:

Healing Response to World Tragedy
Water — Global Water Crisis
Corporate Promotions and Public Opinion Issues
Corporate Workshops
The Intercession of Science and God in the Universe
Shootings and Gun Control
Non-Denominational Spiritual Seeking
Terrorism
Spiritual Awareness
Healing Depression
Life, Death and Beyond
Armed Conflict and the Nuclear Potential
Celebration
Poverty and Hunger
Epidemic

So even the Theatrical Concert and Webcast, “Is Anybody Listening” can be shaped to fit your organization’s needs in length and content.

Pretty cool, huh?

Your contribution will support all of this. Campaign ends this coming Wednesday, the 16th.

Thanks for listening.

Is Anybody Listening? — A Few Thoughts #7

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

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Dear Friend,

One more.

This show, Is Anybody Listening? is not a new idea.  It has been road tested and developed over 7 years now through both the Watchfire Music Listening Room Concerts in New York City that we produced for 3 years, Julia’s national concert tours for 3 years and recently 3 concerts here at home at the Mondo Arts Center.

I also produced The Jenny Burton Experience concerts that ran every Thursday night for 7 years at one of the top clubs in NYC and won just about every NYC entertainment award possible including Entertainers of the Year. Jenny is a cast member.

We’re good at this.

The show itself is both entertaining and most powerfully inspirational.  You may have seen this before, but it bears repeating.

What’s it all about?

Presented as theatrical concert, “Is Anybody Listening” is a deeply personal search into the concept of Listening – not only listening to music, but also listening to each other, to one’s own heart, to the lessons of one’s own past, and ultimately, listening to God.

Written by composer, Peter Link, it challenges the accelerated pace of our fast moving lives and asks us to slow down and rediscover the lost art of listening.

“It explores this through my own personal insights discovered over a half century of songwriting and 18 of my favorite songs written over a lifetime of composition.” ~Peter Link

With titles like “God Is Your Rock”, “Nothing, Only Love”, “A Walk In The Snow”, “I Think On These Things”, “Let Love Find The Way” and “Watercolor” sung by a cast led by Julia Wade, Jenny Burton and Link, himself, the evening soars musically and inspires us all to think more deeply.

It promises to be an evening both entertaining and evocative, and it comes to you from heart to heart.

It deserves the support of our community.

Here’s the link to our Rockethub crowdfunding page with updates: “Is Anybody Listening?”

Thanks for listening.  Now it’s time to act.

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THANK YOU to those who have already funded our project.
We kept you on this list so that you can follow and/or spread the word.
 

All Will Be Well

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

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Margaret Imrie was the epitome of grace. She’s no longer with us on the planet, yet remains in her music. Her husband was a great friend and supporter of both me and my music back in the days of The Jenny Burton Experience. Together we produced the group and had a blast doing it. Gordon and Margaret (Peggy) lived in a brownstone up on West 74th street and raised 3 totally precocious boys who were all, at one time or another, in my Sunday School class.

I knew about Peggy’s grace as a woman long before I knew of her grace as a vocalist. In fact, her great voice came as a surprise to me years into our relationship because I only knew her as a mother and the breadwinner of the family.

I don’t remember when I first heard her sing – probably at one of the funky musical soirees that the entire Imrie family would put on occasionally with their antique player piano.

But once I heard her sing, I became her champion. She had a nine to five job at the time that was really a morning to midnight job and Gordo was Mr. Mom, so here was a voice that never had a chance to get the exposure that it deserved.

At the time I was the music chair of First Church, Christ Scientist in Manhattan. Since it was located only 3-4 blocks from the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center, the church had a history of most professional and powerhouse classical soloists. One could call it the home of some of the greatest vocalists ever to grace the platforms of that religion.

As music chair I led the selection of these vocalists. Peggy did not have that kind of powerhouse operatic voice. She had great chops, but not the paint-peeling-off-the-ceiling kind of volume that the congregation was used to. But Peggy understood the text and communicated the word of God far beyond the paint peelers. So I pushed for her to be the soloist. Finally, I put in a hidden mic at her soloist position and that took care of all the problems. People would remark, “Well Peggy, how your voice has grown!”

Because of her deep spiritual understanding and ability to communicate, she became an instant favorite in that church and held the position for many years.

She passed tragically, early in life.

Last year I got a call from Gordon announcing that he had over 400 cassette recordings of Peggy’s performances. Now we all know that cassettes were never the best quality of recording. In fact one could call them the low point of fidelity in the past 70 years.

“Couldn’t we somehow make an album with some of these recordings?” Gordon asked.

I answered, “Possible, but not probable … but it might be worth a listen.”

Gordon replied, “Good. Then I’ll send you all the recordings and you can listen and find what you think might work.”

I answered, “No my friend, you will go through them and find the best 30 and then I will pick from them.”

A mammoth job. But Gordo did it. That’s what love can do. Make it all possible.

The rest of the story is the result of additionally my work in restoration and the brilliant mastering work of my dear friend and accomplice, Phil Klum of Philip Klum Mastering, NYC.

This resulted in Peggy’s first CD, Margaret Imrie – Giving Voice, a beautiful CD of church solos.

“All Will Be Well”, the closing song on her album, is one of my favorite hymns of all time. It’s a beautiful ancient Welsh melody that is innately harmonizable. I’m one of those guys in church that loves to sing the harmonies every time we stand up to sing, so I’ve been working on that one now for about 50 years – and the new harmonic ideas keep coming.

Long story short: (or perhaps even longer) I had Phil bring forth Peggy’s voice on the old recording and make it louder than the piano, then orchestrated the stereo mix, and wrote a series of vocal harmonies for Julia that she added to Peggy’s original recording. If Natalie Cole can do it, so can I.

It worked. So the song is now on both albums – Peggy’s and Julia’s.

Peggy lives on and Julia holds her hand.

All Will Be Well
AR HYD Y NOS

Music: Ancient Welsh Melody
Lyrics: Mary Peters

Through the love of God our Saviour
All will be well
Free and changeless is His favor
All must be well
Precious is the Love that healed us
Perfect is the grace that sealed us
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us
All, all is well
Though we pass through tribulation
All will be well
Ours is such a full salvation
All must be well
Happy still, in God confiding
Fruitful, when in Christ abiding
Holy, through the Spirit’s guiding
All, all is well
We expect a bright tomorrow
All will be well
Faith can sing through days of sorrow
All must be well
While His truth we are applying
And upon His love relying
God is every need supplying
All, all is well

 

Nothing’s Impossible

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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“Nothing’s impossible if you believe

Your faith will carry you along

Hold on to ev’rything you know

Oh and don’t let go”

Though I wrote the above lyrics for this duet sung by Julia Wade and Cynthia Clawson, this is pure Julia. Perhaps it’s one of the reasons why I married her. She just won’t let go.

For her, life is just one battle to triumph after another and it’s her faith and her bulldog tenacity that often get her through – and her sweetness. It’s an unusual combination, bulldog tenacity and sweetness – not often found working together in us humans. Perhaps that’s what makes Julia so special – the mix of the two and the drive to never give up and always believe in the possible.

“Love will sweep the shadows out

Light your way, cast off the blind doubt

And you’ll find out …

That nothing’s impossible if you believe”


More pure Julia. Oh, she can sometimes have blind doubt, like anybody else, but when she’s pure Julia, the blindness falls away and she’s about as loving as we humans can get. She radiates love. And I’m a lucky guy to be able to exist in the vicinity of that outpouring. It is often the spiritual food that feeds me and gets me through it all.

Cynthia Clawson

Cynthia Clawson

I’ve not spent much time with Cynthia Clawson. Her husband, Ragan Courtney and I are lifelong buddies, but most of that bonding time was spent together before he met Cynthia and settled down.

Cynthia, Ragan and Family

Cynthia, Ragan and Family

However, one long weekend with the two of them more recently recording this song and shooting some accompanying video was all it took to see that Cynthia ain’t just actin’ a song here, but lives this message every day as well. She also just radiates love.

So this isn’t just a song with some positive words and a catchy melody here. This is the essence of this CD. This IS two wise women who practice what they preach every day, and though in the song they’re talking to one another, they’re really talking to all of us.

Nothing’s impossible. Pretty heady words … Can we really triumph over anything that comes our way? Well, of course, then there’s the big IF. “If you believe …”

 “Believe in what?” you ask. Just believe, is the answer. That’s what faith is all about. Faith is for when you have nothing – no answers, no solutions, no hope, no clarity, no guts, no dreams. So …

Be beyond the sea of doubt

As you live and breathe

Have faith. Just believe. Believe you can do it, have it, make it, find it, own it, create it. Believe in the wondrous world of yourself.

Hold to this each and ev’ry day

Nothing can take this faith away

Ev’rything is possible when you believe

Down in your soul

So celebrate!

“Celebrate when you have nothing?” you ask. Sure. Why not? Have faith, for God’s sake.

Nothing’s impossible!

 

Ragan and Cynthia

Ragan and Cynthia

Nothing’s Impossible

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Julia

Once I let good fortune fashion my life

I played the spinning wheel

And sometimes I lost and sometimes I won

As luck would have it

Cynthia

Uh huh …

Life was just feast then famine

Julia

Then I stumbled on the truth

Took the life I had and signed out

Both

I’d find out … that

Julia

Nothing’s impossible if you believe

Cynthia

I know what you mean…

Julia

Your faith will carry you along

Cynthia

All through your life

Both

Hold on to ev’rything you know

Oh and don’t let go

Julia

Nothing’s impossible if you believe

Cynthia

       If you just believe

Julia

Ev’rything is possible for you

Cynthia

       Time after time

Both

Hold to this each and ev’ry day

Nothing can take this faith away

 

Ev’rything is possible when you believe

Down in your soul

Cynthia w/ Julia answering

Hallelu

Hallelu

Hallelu

Hallelu

Hallelu – jah

Hallelu

Both

Hallelujah!

 

Be beyond the sea of doubt

As you live and breathe

Cynthia

Life turns not upon the luck of the draw

That’s what the wise ones say

So follow your heart and bring it to pass

Whatever beckons

Julia

Yeah …

Both

Life works when truth is natural

Cynthia

Love will sweep the shadows out

Light your way, cast off the blind doubt

Both

And you’ll find out …

Cynthia

That nothing’s impossible if you believe

Julia

       Nothing’s impossible

Cynthia

Your faith will carry you along

Julia

       Carry you all through your life

Both

Hold on to all the good you know

Oh and don’t let go

And whatever happens …

Cynthia

Nothing’s impossible if you believe

Julia

       If you just believe

Cynthia

Ev’rything is possible for you

Julia

       Time after time

Both

Hold to this each and ev’ry day

Nothing can take this faith away

 

Ev’rything is possible when you believe

Down in your soul

So celebrate!

Choir & Ladies

Hallelu

Hallelu

Hallelu

Hallelu

Hallelu – jah

Hallelu

Hallelujah!

 

Both

Take a moment

Praise the Lord

Let your spirit soar

Cynthia

Nothing’s impossible

Julia

Ev’rything is possible

Cynthia

Nothing’s impossible

In your life

Julia

Nothing’s impossible

Cynthia

Ev’rything is possible

Julia

Nothing is impossible

It’s the truth

Cynthia

Nothing’s impossible

Julia

Ev’rything is possible

Both

Nothing is impossible

There is not the shadow of a doubt!

Cynthia

Nothing’s impossible

Julia

       Ev’rything’s possible

Cynthia

Nothing is impossible

Julia

It’s true Cynthia

 

Ya’ Don’t Hafta Be A Singer To Sing

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Georgia Engel guest stars on EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND

Georgia Engel guest stars on EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND

As it turns out, Julia has had a most sweet friendship for about a decade now with comedienne, Georgia Engel. When it came time to record this CD, Georgia was one of the first approached. We were delighted when Georgia said, “Yes!”

Working with her was always a joy. Fitting into her busy schedule was most difficult, but Georgia was always graceful in making it work.

A little background on Georgia … (Her full resume would fill this digi-book)

Georgette & Mary Tyler Moore

Georgette & Mary Tyler Moore

“Georgia Engel’s golden comic talents are only matched by her unmistakable blonde locks and remarkable zeal for her craft.” ~All Movie Guide

“Throughout her distinguished career as a comedic actress in television, film and on the Broadway stage, Georgia is best know as Georgette in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  She has also received great acclaim for her recurring role as Pat MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond for which she received 3 consecutive Emmy nominations as outstanding guest actress in a comedy series from 2003 – 2005.

“In 2006, Georgia returned to her theatre roots and appeared on Broadway as Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone.  She has most recently appeared in the new Annie Baker play John, which opened Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre in NYC.  Currently, Georgia is in production for the new musical, Gotta Dance, in which she is starring.  It will premiere in December 2015 and will run through January 2016 in Chicago. “

Georgette with MTM Gang

Georgette with MTM Gang

I knew I had to find an idea that would take advantage of Georgia’s very special sense of humor and character, so I first met with both Georgia and Julia to discuss what they might like to sing about.

Georgia kept going on and on about how she did not consider herself much of a singer, but having just finished a leading role in a Broadway musical made me take her humility with a grain of salt. I also knew that she was a strong dancer and consequently would have a solid sense of rhythm, so I knew I could write something that was musically sophisticated but not terribly rangy. Both women had specialized talents and I knew that I needed to take advantage of both ‘s talents and write something that was both funny and truthful.

There’s another side of Georgia that most people don’t know about and that’s the deeply spiritual side of a true seeker. So it couldn’t just be a fluff song. It had to have content.

The idea of the song came out of that first meeting. I decided to go with a good ol’ Broadway show song.

Georgia & Betty White

Georgia & Betty White

Ya’ Don’t Hafta Be A Singer To Sing

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

Julia (Rubato)

Lily Tomlin

Gracie Allen

Carol Burnett

Lucille Ball

Tina Fey

Whoopie Goldberg

When it comes to comedy

Giants all

 

Sad to say

I’m just a singer

How I wish I could make ‘em laugh

But when it comes to comic timing

Guess you might say I’m just better at rhyming

Perhaps this funny business

Is just not my call

Georgia

(Spoken)

Ya’ don’t have to be a comic to make ‘em laugh, Julia.

Like you always say, “Ya’ don’t have to be a singer to sing.” Being a comedienne is a lot like being a singer.

Just make the best of what cha got!

Julia
(Spoken)

But women like Gilda Radner and Bea Arthur are just naturally funny. And Betty White … and Ellen Degeneres …

Julia (Continues and sings)

Now take me, for instance, Georgia

I ain’t exactly Madeline Kahn

And I could go on and on (As you know …)

But I manage to get a few laughs in each of my shows

So I thought I’d come to you

I just had to resort to a little support from a friend

Georgia

I’m here for ya’, girl.

 Ya’ know, when I’m with you just hangin’ ‘round

Don’t cha know, we laugh all the time

And the truth of it is

You’re just as funny as you can be

Julia

I know …

I’m a natural ham

A rattlebrain is what I am

Therein lies the funniest facet of me

Now I see!

Yes a natural ham

A rattlebrain is what I am

So I make the best

With whatever it is I be

Right?

Georgia

Now ya’ got it!

Julia

It’s like you say I always say …

Ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing

Georgia

That’s right!

Anyone can do it in the shower

It just takes a dash of courage

To get over your reserve

A tablespoon of confidence

And a bucket full of nerve

Julia

You don’t hafta have a great big voice

Or God’s gift of rhythm in your soul

But at least ya’ got to know enough to carry a tune

Dare to stick it out there past the fear an’ get a grip

Both

Have the stuff to get up on that stage an’ let ‘er rip

But ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing

Ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing

Georgia

Now take me for instance, Julia

I ain’t exactly Maria Callas

And I never played the Palace

But I’ve managed to croon a few tunes on ol’ Broadway

Now my range is kinda short

So I sometimes resort to a little support from a friend

Julia

I’m here for ya’, girl.

Georgia

Ya’ see most of my notes are so remote

That, to me, I sound like a Billie goat

But I’ll tell ya’ my secret

If you promise to never tell

I got four good notes

An’ none of them’s a money note

But beyond that,

It all sounds to me like a yelp

That’s right!

I got four good notes

An’ none of them’s a money note

But beyond that, girl

I probably need some help

Julia

But remember Georgia …

Ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing

Georgia & Julia
(Trading lines)

Yeah …

Anyone can do it in the shower

It just takes a dash of courage

To get over your reserve

A tablespoon of confidence

And a bucket full of nerve

You don’t hafta have a great big voice

Or God’s gift of rhythm in your soul

But at least ya’ got to know enough to carry a tune

Dare to stick it out there past the fear an’ get a grip

Both

Have the stuff to get up

On that stage

An’ let ‘er rip

But ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing

Ya’ don’t hafta be a singer to sing

Georgia

Well here goes …

If yer tryin’ to be a singer

Baby ya’ gotta want it

If ya’ got it

Better flaunt it

Whatever it is ya’ got

Both

If ya’ think you can swing it

An’ yer out there tryin’ to wing it

Don’t think twice, just bring it!

Whatever it is ya’ got

 

So what if ya’ ain’t got the chops

Ya’ can’t be afraid of the flops

They ain’t gonna call the cops

So pull out all them stops and give it

Whatever it is ya’ got

 

No ya’ don’t hafta be a singer

Don’t hafta be a singer

Don’t hafta be a singer

To siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing

So siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!

God Is Your Rock

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Ragan Courtney Back Then

Ragan Courtney Back Then

“God Is Your Rock” is a make over of a song that began decades ago from the pen of lyricist Ragan Courtney. Ragan was my best friend at the time and we roomed together in Greenwich Village and lived our hippie lives.

Ragan was also an aspiring NYC actor at the time and we had met studying acting at NYC’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater where we studied with Sanford Meisner, one of the fathers of American Method acting.

The song, lyrics by Ragan and music by yours truly, was entitled “I’ve Tried Hard” and referenced the Biblical lines about foxes having holes and birds having a nest, but Jesus (as a baby) having no place to lay his head. It was catchy and fun, but strangely a downer because ultimately it said,

I’ve tried hard
I’ve done my best
But now there’s nowhere to go except the road

And that’s just what Ragan did. Eventually, he left NYC and went back home. However, here’s where the story takes an unexpected turn. He became a huge star both as a lyricist/playwright, actor and inspirational leader in the Christian Music world. There he married one of the top singing stars of that world, Cynthia Clawson, and the two of them had wondrous careers and even had their own very popular church for a decade or so in Houston, Texas where Cynthia sang and Ragan preached.

Ragan Preachin' / Cynthia Clawson at Piano

Ragan Preachin’ / Cynthia Clawson at Piano

I was always proud of my pal, Rags.

When Julia and I moved a little over a year ago out of NYC to the country (after 40 years living two blocks from Times Square any place with trees is the country) I reorganized all my past files and notebooks of decades of writing into new and better files. I found myself sitting in my basement for a week every day going through my life as a songwriter and looking through hundreds of songs. With most of them I could remember parts and pieces – the ones that never got recorded, but a few I could not remember at all.

Then I came across “I’ve Tried Hard.” As I read through the lyrics, the entire song came back to me as if it had been written yesterday. I thought to myself, “Hmm, this one’s really sticky. I could really do something with this.”

So I started fiddling with the lyric and one day I just decided to turn it positive and out popped the God is your rock concept. So I finished the new lyric, using much of what Ragan had written before, and called him to see if he might approve.

He did and “God Is Your Rock” was born again.

Jenny Burton

Jenny Burton

It did seem the perfect song for Jenny Burton. You might call it a Gospel flavored rock-a-billy song and I knew she could eat it up. I needed a song for Julia’s Duets album that both she and Jenny could sing together. Julia, being a classical crossover artist would not have been my first choice to sing this funky little song with Jenny. But the idea kept coming up.

Julia Wade

Julia Wade

For a period of time Julia grew up in Georgia, so she had a sense of southern funk to her. On top of it all, Julia’s an actress and is great at morphing into characters when she performs. So we went to work on it. I’ll have to admit that she really surprised me. I think she did herself proud on this song and further expanded her amazing range of styles.

Jenny was a big help as well leading the way stylistically. For her it was a natural and she brings both a spiritual commitment and also a fresh sense of humor to the song.

When you get a chance to see and hear our theatrical concert and webcast, “Is Anybody Listening?” you’ll see the song performed by the two songbirds. It’s truly a fun moment in the show and raises the roof a few inches.

God Is Your Rock

Music by Peter Link

Lyrics by Peter Link and Ragan Courtney

Julia

Foxes have holes

Birds got a nest

But Jesus had no place to lay his head

And now I know

Just how he felt

 

Mountains are high

Oceans are wet

Well I’m about as low as I can get

And I know

I’m all by myself

 

I’ve tried hard

I’ve done my best

Jenny

But maybe your best just ain’t good enough

Without the Lord in your life

 

Girl it’s a long hard road

Julia

Yes it is!

Jenny

When you’re goin’ it alone

Julia

It’s so lonely

 

Jenny

So why not make it a little easier

Julia

Uh huh …

Jenny

Uh with the Lord by your side

He’ll carry you all the way home

 

Remember God is your rock

God is your rock

And his faith in you is solid as stone

 

Julia

You mean he’d carry me

All the way home?

Jenny

That’s right!

Julia

There by my side?

Jenny

Yes sir!

Julia

Bearin’ all my burdens like a long lost friend …

Well I don’t know girl

I think I been gone too long

 

Jenny

But Julia

God don’t hold

No bad blood

Forgiveness is the essence of His humble heart

God is your rock

An’ He don’t let ya’ down

 

Julia

I’ll try hard

I’ll do my level best

To open my mind back to letting him

Come in and be in my life

 

Jenny

And when the road gets long

He’ll always be your song

Step by step settin’ your mind at ease

With all the rhythms of His soul

They’ll carry you all the way home

 

Remember God is your rock

Julia

God is my rock

Both

And His faith (in you) is solid as stone

 

So people take heed

We got what we need

God is always with us when the trouble comes

God is your rock

Mighty in His power

 

Foxes have holes

Birds got a nest

An’ now ya’ know the truth about what God knows best

That God is your rock

And God IS your home

 

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God is your rock!

Hungry

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Emilybindiger

EMILY BINDIGER is a NY singer who has performed on hundreds of recordings, including commercials, movie soundtracks, industrials and records, as well as concert stages worldwide. For several decades she has been a first call studio singer of industry renown. You may not know her name, but you’ve heard her voice.

National jingles include campaigns for Advil PM, Downy, Pepsi, Wendy’s, DHL, Kodak, Crest, Verizon, Bounty, American Express, Gillette, Toyota, Hanes, and Disney World, among many others. She has sung on “One Life to Live” and “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,” in musical comedy skits on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Drew Carey Show,” and can be heard on dozens of movie soundtracks including Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Donnie Brasco,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Michael Collins,” “Mission to Mars,” “The Stepford Wives,” “A Chorus Line,” and the animated feature “The Tune.”

The list goes on and on.

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I’ve known Emily through those decades and worked with her and recognize her as a pro’s pro – my highest accolade.

So when it came time to record this CD, she was a no brainer. And she did not disappoint. Rather, she came in totally prepared and used all her studio craft to turn in a terrific vocal in record time. The session was a blast and I don’t think she hit a sour note in the entire two hours.

The lady can sing.

Emily (R) and Her Pal, Margaret Dorn (L)

Emily (R) and Her Pal, Margaret Dorn (L)

As to the song, when Julia and I first started exploring subjects for Conversations With Wise Women In My Life, certainly one of the first subjects that came up was food. Women just love food! (Men don’t?) But women talk food whereas men are more likely to talk football. I’ve sat squirming through many dinner parties where the women get going on recipes and diets and favs and all things related.

So Hungry started out to be about food, but moved on in the second half to other more far reaching insights to hunger. Why? It just seemed like that’s where the song wanted to go — knowing the two characters performing it. And what better way to present the lust for food and success than in a tango?

The song was simply a blast to work on and I think both ladies really turned it out!

One thing for sure – we laughed a lot.

Hungry

Music and Lyrics by Peter Link

First Woman

What’s that you got on your plate, Lady

It looks just like something I’m dying to eat

So chocolaty gooey deliciously sweet

The pastry chef’s triumphant piquant sweet treat

I find myself ravenous

Filled with an avarice

Weak-kneed and flushed

With a rising heat

 

Watching you swoon

From across the room

I am eyeing your spoon

With jealousy

Simply put

GIVE IT TO ME!

I’m hungry!

 

I’m hungry

I’m famished

I’m craving

I’m itching

I’m thirsty

I’m starving

Insatiable

A bottomless pit

If I could, I’d quit

 

No an’ I can’t get no satisfaction

Chasing ev’ry wild attraction

Life’s become a mad distraction

Always being hungry

I’m hungry!

Second Woman

However, hunger comes in many colors …

For instance …

 

What’s that you got on your mind, Tootsie

You’re livin’ a life that I’m dyin’ to try

You’re pushin’ ahead with that look in yer eye

As you grab at each chance and you reach for the sky

I’m simply too tenuous

But find myself envious

Filled with ambition

But much too shy

Watching you soar

From across the floor

And my mind’s in a roar

With jealousy

Simply put

Wish it were me!

I’m hungry!

 

I’m hungry

I’m famished

I’m craving

I’m itching

I’m thirsty

I’m starving

Insatiable

Two bottomless pits

Two voracious misfits

 

No an’ I can’t get no satisfaction

Chasing ev’ry wild attraction

Life’s become a mad distraction

Always being hungry

I’m hungry

Why can’t we just calm the rabbit down?

 

JW So …

What if we changed the ultimate aim?

EB Yeah, what if we changed the game?

 

What would you change in your life, dear Jules

 

JW I’d wish contentment with all I require in life

I’d wish to turn off the pain of desire

And I’d wish to cool down this raging fire

 

EB Ah the malaise of your life’s discontent

It troubles you so

In your hunger and lust

And the thirst to succeed …

 

JW Why don’t we stop

Oh and just be at peace

With the good life that God has given us

 

JW Simply put

Why don’t we cool the desire

EB I’m hungry to cool down the fire

JW I’m hungry to just be myself

BOTH I am hungry to stop being hungry

Hungry to stop being hungry

 

No an’ I can’t get no satisfaction

Chasing ev’ry wild attraction

Life’s become a mad distraction

Always being hungry

Hungry …

Hungry!


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