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Song #51: La Pele

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"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." [Victor Hugo]

Having covered a wide spectrum of genres and textures in "One Love, One Year," as I begin to bring it to a close I find there are still infinite ways that music can speak to us about love. Sometimes - maybe many times - raw, composed, instrumental music can express depths that lyrics and sung words cannot quite reach.

This week I dusted off a classical piano piece that I spent many, many hours composing years ago and finished it up to incorporate into this project. As with anything of this nature, it is open to a variety of interpretations, but to me this piece speaks to love as a sort of violent, yet sweetly playful tussle -- often oscillating between order and chaos, majesty and misery, clarity and confusion.

"The inexpressible depth of music, so easy to understand and yet so inexplicable, is due to the fact that it reproduces all the emotions of our innermost being..." [Oliver Sacks]

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Song #36: Bliss (You Take Me There)

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Love has the capability of taking us - or rather opening us - further than we could ever hope to go on our own.

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LYRICS:

There's a bliss that most will never know

There's a depth that most will never go

There's a place for which the angels groan

Now I know, I know

You take me there

There's a touch, makes me glad to be alive

There's a path into the heart of God

There's a taste thick like the richest spice

Now I know, I know

You take me there

Going deeper, pure surrender

Going deeper, pure surrender

You take me there

Song #24: Ellipses

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"It's so easy to think about love, to talk about love, to wish for love...
but it's not always easy to recognize love, even when we hold it...
in our hands." [Jaka]

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LYRICS:

when words become ellipses

when knowing glances become kisses

you can't miss it

when all day long you listen

to dreams that say "you'll be his Mrs."

and oh the kisses

 

that's when you'll know

 

when you come home some evening

to find that love makes life worth living

are you kidding?

that's when you'll know

when you find that your guy

is quite unlike who came before

and in his presence you are not less, you are more

when you tell all your friends about him

and well up with pride because of who he is

it may be it

 

that's when you'll know

 

when words become ellipses

when knowing glances become kisses

you can't miss it

that's when you'll know

Song #11: All of It

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Turn on any pop radio these days and you're likely to hear Bruno Mars crooning about how his girl is "amazing... just the way [she is]."

While it's a great song, what irks me is that he praises only her wonderful qualities and how great he makes her feel. The thing is - once you get past the initial stages of dating, no one is all bubbles and unicorns all the time - even the most beautiful woman on the planet. Once lusty attraction turns into a committed relationship, some of the more... hidden... sides of our character start to rear their heads. This is where love begins to replace lust: when we begin to accept and even love ALL that makes someone who they are, rough edges and all.

I thought it'd be fun to write an honest song that challenged the Bruno Mars track - praising a lover's "shadow side" and loving someone TRULY "just the way they are."

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LYRICS:

I could write a thousand lines

about your hair, about your smile

it's true you are beautiful the way that you are

but we've all got our shadow side:

bad mood and fears and age-worn lines

and just as many times as you make me laugh,

you can be a real pain in the ass

 

your tears mix with makeup and create a mess

you're out late with friends sending drunken texts

you kick back at home in old baggy sweats

and I just can't get enough of you

 

and I choose all of it

I'll take all of you

if it weren't for all of it,

you wouldn't be you,

and I wouldn't know what to do

 

the worst thing I could ever dream

is your compromising anything for me

you were fine before you even knew my name

so don't you dare go change a thing

or settle for less than amazing

and I promise you that I'll do the same

 

so what if it's been months since you touched a broom

and damn girl if you can't clear a room

I just can't get enough of you

 

and I choose all of it

I'll take all of you

if it weren't for all of it,

you wouldn't be you,

and I wouldn't know what to do

 

you sure clean up nice when you go out to dance

but I like you in that tank top and those yoga pants

it's safe to say I'm your biggest fan

and I just can't get enough of you

 

I choose all of it

I'll take all of you

If it weren't for all of it,

you wouldn't be you,

and I wouldn't know what,

no i wouldn't know what to do

Song #7: Home to You

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The last few songs have been pretty thematically heavy, so this week I wanted to do something a little more light-hearted. Enjoy...

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LYRICS:

good morning sweetheart,

I hope you slept well

had to leave for work early,

didn't want you to worry,

but there is something that I wanted to tell you

because it's true:

that my favorite part of leaving every day is coming back home to you 

 

I may be out there

on the other side of town

working hard in my office

with profits and losses

but all I'll be able to do is spend my time

thinking through

what I'm gonna do to you tonight when I return home to you

 

and just like this morning light

filters in through the blinds

and rests on your hips and closed eyes

I'm gonna be on you, when the day is through

so all day just keep that in mind

 

I die a little every day

to leave you there sleeping

it's just the world needs me

but before i go let me say:

you're way friggin' cute...

and this too: 

I just can't wait to see your smiling face when I get back home to you

 

see you tonight, lovely

hope this made you smile

and as you go through the day

know that not far away

some crazy fool thinks the world, the world of you,

yes, it's true

 

and that his favorite part of leaving every day is coming back home to you

it makes life worth livin' in the knowing I get to come back home to you

Song #1: Witness

We all want to be seen. A woman, especially, wants to be noticed, known, understood. This is ultimately the purpose of a relationship: to co-create life; to partake in life's depth of experiences with another. As Christopher McCandless said in Into the Wild:

Happiness is not real unless it is shared...

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LYRICS:

there will be times
times when you cry
when find yourself alone in the night

there will be days
when your beautiful smile
will light up the night sky like a fire

there will be days
with all you hold inside
you'll long for a man      
to come along your side
and that's where you'll find me
I want to be the witness to your life


when that old movie makes you laugh
when you can't believe what you've just seen
when you have a dream that no else believes in

when your heart, it takes a hit
when you just don't give a shit
when you look at your life wonder, "Is this it?"

there will be days
with all you hold inside
you'll long for a man      
to come along your side
and that's where you'll find me
I want to be the witness to your life

you are seen
you are noticed by me
you are lovely

when you slide on that dress
and fix your hair just right
when you spend all that effort and that time

I want to be there right behind you
look in the mirror and smile too
and gently whisper, "sexy girl you're fine,
you're beautiful and I'm proud to call you mine
I'm so lucky; I get to be the witness to your life"