Reflections and Transitions: A Gratitude Compilation

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Five months ago, I took a leap of faith and asked for help. My family and I received all kinds of support from all directions, including love from the musical artists I admire most. They donated their art so that I would have a way to thank everyone. Please accept our sincere gratitude. Any funds raised from downloads of this album will be distributed back to the artists as thanks, so I hope you will join me in supporting these talented, hardworking, and incredibly generous creators. Of course, you can also download the album for free. Thank you, and enjoy!

J.H.

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released September 16, 2014

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Track Name: Jane Lui - Heaven On A Hill
Of course it's winter when I want to find with you
that heaven on a hill, that heaven on a hill
no more day light, the summer nights used up the sunlight
the heaven on a hill, our heaven on a hill

gaze up, arms in, dive in through your mouth
and rest there by your lips
hold on hold on breathe into me
as I seek this heaven on a hill

up against the better lights I stand before you
a willow in the rain, a willow in the rain
yet you crawled into my hand with a sweet hello
a willow in the rain, a willow in the rain

pull me, I give in, eyes in your shoulders
like home it'll always be
hold on hold on lock unto me
as I seek our heaven on a hill

let me jump into your pocket with my worth
dream the rules away and close the book
don't want to see.. i...
Track Name: Alex Berger - Where I Left You Last
You came along like an old favourite song
But your tune fell too heavy
Your notes out of key
I held myself back but I wanted to ask
Why your roots had grown steady
Your branches cut clean

So what or who stopped you
On the part where I left you last

Because in a time and a place
When really we were both boys
You confessed that you wanted a life by the sea
Get a boat and a family
So when I see you now in a suit and a frown
It brings me down
And makes me want to know

What or who stopped you
On the path where I left you last

I’m not sure who you’re trying to convince
That you’ve moved on leaps and bounds since
There’s something of the devil about you
It’s something strange and it’s bringing me down

You came along like an old fashioned song
That nobody remembers but me
You’ve fallen from grace down a path I can’t chase
But I’ll pray
And I’m sure that The Lord will put you back
On your track
So I can quit bugging you, singing

What or who stopped you
Track Name: The Paper Raincoat - Rough Cut
Suddenly you’re shaken with pain
Shooting down inside you
And now you’re crumbling away
But this isn’t like you
It doesn’t stop til it breaks down all you know
Your breathing drops and your balance goes and

It takes a minute
It doesn’t finish
You’re breaking faster
You’re nothing after
There’s nothing after

You try to make your escape
But the blows keep on coming
And as the dust clears away
You start to notice something
Each time a piece crashes down into the floor
You’re a little lighter than just before

It takes a minute
It doesn’t finish
You’ll see it after
When you’ll look backwards
And you look backwards

And now your eyes shift from negative spaces
To contours that light up this rough cut design
And now you see it
You’re sculpture in motion
You’re unfinished art that keeps going
It keeps going
It keeps going and going and going and going
Track Name: Elizabeth and the Catapult - Someday Soon
Someday soon
It’s gonna get easier
It’s gonna get better
Someday soon
Someday soon
It’s gonna sound like nothing
Nothing but silence
Between me and you
Someday soon
We’re all gonna surrender
We’re all gonna give up now
Give into the blue
Someday soon
I won’t look any farther
Just across the table
Me over to you

And I won’t expect something bigger, bigger, no
Nameless heroes staring down my fears
Won’t expect what’s up there should come down here, down here
Someday soon…

Someday soon
We’re all gonna be grown-ups
We’re all gonna be children
Tangled up in it too
Someday soon
Nothing will matter
What we choose to remember
No not even the truth
‘Cause we’ll make that up too
‘Cause we’ll make that up too

and I won’t expect something bigger, bigger
Won’t be fooled by my melancholy songs
Won’t expect no collector
Could it be no shining prize
is the prize I’m looking for
All along
Someday soon
Track Name: Barnaby Bright - If I Came Back As a Song
I wonder if I could come back as a song
Live in a melody that would linger on and on
I’d make my home inside a folk record sleeve
Dylan’s ‘Freewheelin’ from nineteen sixty three
Track two

So you could play me when you’re feeling down
I would wrap you up inside my happy sound
Riding on the airwaves I would fly to you
Maybe then you’d love me too…if I came back as a song

Then they could shoot me from a cold satellite
Into a radio that you sleep by at night
And you would call out “This is my favorite song!”
I’d feel so happy watching you sing along
Let’s do…

So you can sing me when you’re feeling sad
I could be the best song friend you ever had
Riding on the airwaves I would fly to you
Maybe then you’d love me too
If I came back as a song

And you could sing me when you’re feeling down
I would wrap you up inside my happy sound
Riding on the airwaves I would fly to you
Take you higher than Keith Moon…
If I came back as a song
Track Name: Jesse Terry - Stay Here With Me
I’m gonna find you in the hotel bar on Newland Avenue
Maybe it’ll feel we’re in the movies or maybe just something new
Cause lately I’ve been feeling like a fever’s burning and I need to see to believe

How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me

I’m gonna drive you to a room upstate and throw away the key
I’m gonna watch the sun sneak up through the window by where we sleep
‘Cause you belong in the songs that sing with sweet simple melodies

How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me
How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me

Let's check out for a while
Miles and miles
From all the places we’ve been
Let's hold on to this night
So tight
Until it's spent

SOLO

We don’t have to speak a word about the scars we cannot hide
Just one time I wanna pour a drink and let someone inside
Is there ever a way to really know if what you want is what you need

How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me
How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me
How long you wanna be gone, you can stay here with me
Track Name: Barnaby Bright - Don't Look Down
We never knew the trouble down the road
We just hit the gas and kept on driving
The rain was falling fast
The wipers beat lopsided rhythms in the darkness

Headlights from the head on cars threw light
against the glass, exploding diamonds
And we were driving way too fast
Running from the past we left behind us

We didn’t wanna know
Didn’t wannna see the ground
Like walking a tight rope
Just keep moving don’t look down

We pulled into a truck stop
Somewhere just outside of Needles California
You asked me for ten bucks and I said
“What about the last ten bucks I loaned you?”

We stumbled thru the aisles trading secret smiles
And laughing at the owners
The newspapers read ‘Garcia Dead!’
You cried and I tried to console you

We didn’t wanna know
Didn’t wannna see the ground
Like walking a tight rope
Just keep moving don’t look down
Track Name: Vienna Teng - Never Look Away
detect my sudden existence on your sonar
you feel the echo
electrify the resistance in your broken heart
and burn it up, oh
we’re gonna photosynthesize and drink up the sunrise

so do they ever shut up because you said so or
do you overthink ’em all
somebody ought to corrupt you on the dance floor
and take you home
show you all your daemons and desires and dark sides
all of your colonies and continental divides

let me uncover the silver in your dark hair
the weight of your bones
I want to witness the beauty of your repair
the shape you’ve grown
for you are made of nebulas and novas and night sky
you’re made of memories you bury or live by

so if you’re out there in the cold
I’ll cover you in moonlight
if you’re a stranger to your soul
I’ll bring you to your birthright
I want the storm inside you awoken now
I want your warm bright eyes
to never look away
don’t you ever look away

some nights we open up the flood
and some nights we are lost
and some nights we’re choking on the words
but some we light on fire

if you’re out there in the cold...

I want your warm bright eyes
to come back to me
and hold on to me
you know I won’t lie
I will never look away
Track Name: Morgan Karr - By Heart
Thousand roads
Tangled up
Without a single sign
Yellow lines on both sides

I been caught
In a race
Running out of gas
Got my wheels going 'round
Spinning way too fast

I wanna stop and watch the sunset
Take a breath, let it all in
I know I'll find my way again
So when I have the strength to keep on driving
I will reach my horizon
It wont be far
Cuz I'll know it by heart

I know there's an end
Can almost see the light
But I don't want to wait no more
I need some rest tonight

All I've known for a while now
Are shades of black and white
Will I see the color in my life?
Track Name: Bobby Jo Valentine - A Hand to Hold
The night is getting darker
as I wander through the trees
I can hear the wind
As it rushes through the leaves
I hope it makes sense
When I say I really need that sound...

'cause sometimes in the silence
There's a voice of stone
That says I'm good for nothing
And I'll never find a home
The wind is a reminder
That it's going to be alright somehow...

(Bridge)
And now we lie here in the middle of the dark
There isn't any fire but I still feel sparks
When you kiss me on the cheek,
You make it hard hard to speak
You make me wanna leave the ground,
And I say

Oh, I've got a place to go
I've got a hand to hold
After the sun goes down
And I, I've got a place to hide,
Now that you're by my side
Nothing's gonna get me down
'Cause I've got a hand to hold

The night is getting darker
As I wander through the woods
If loving one another
Is the greatest of the goods
Why does every brother
Try to kick each other when they're down
And somewhere in the silence
There's a voice of stone
That says we're good for nothing
And we'll always be alone
But after I've discovered you
I don't believe that sound

(Bridge)

(Chorus)

(Breakdown)
Oh, I've got a place to go
I've got a hand to hold
After the sun goes down
And I, I've got a place to hide
Now that you're by my side
Nothing's gonna get me...
Track Name: Paul Freeman - Stronger Than Before
When the dust has all but settled
And the air is warm and still
And you feel like all your wishes
Are resting at God’s will
Reach your hand into the darkness
Trust your tears when they fall
Because they’ll make you stronger than before

When the oldest man alive lost everything he owned
He said it’s the first day of a new life
Not the last one of an old
Though my past may try to haunt me
It was worth it all and more
Because when you fail, it makes you stronger than before

Though we sleep beneath curious skies
We’ll never know if we never even try

The jackets that we’re wearing
Don’t fit like yesterday
And the souvenirs of arguments
Collected along the way
But no matter what will happen
As the years begin to fall
My love will be stronger
Our love will be stronger
Yeah we will be stronger than before
Track Name: Vienna Teng - Goodnight New York
goodnight, New York New York
goodnight, goodnight
I’ll see you all on the other side
after I am a different man with different eyes
goodnight, you canyons of steel and light
twist and turn where your alleyways hide
swaying trains sheltering dreams and little white lies

goodnight, goodnight
may you be always heartbreaking
take a little more than you give
yeah but when you give, oh my
goodnight, goodnight
I walk away to remember who I am

somewhere in the woodland
somewhere in streams
little life shuffles into the day
folded wings into flattening veins and fluttering eyes
somewhere my lifeline still hums and sings
in the mess of all I have thrown away
hungry now, I am gathering seeds to throw wide

goodnight, goodnight
may you be always breathtaking
cold winter, sink your teeth in me
June sun, beat me blind
goodnight, goodnight
I’m on my way to remembering who I am

and in your way you remain
you will claim all this space
in my way I’ll remain
even as it takes my place
in your life, at your side
you were right
I’ll say goodnight but it’s never goodbye

goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
may you always start breaking my heart again

good morning, lover
give me your hand
today begins and it’s all that we have
Track Name: The Paper Raincoat - Don't Be Afraid
Don’t be afraid of what you want
Still staring at the skyline from the riverfront
Buildings, like mirrors, reflect back on us
Don’t be afraid of what you want

Don’t be afraid to start a fight
You’ll never see them swinging at you from behind
Here, let me see that, come into the light
Don’t be afraid to start a fight

If you cross your fingers the ghosts will pass right through
From across the river I’ll watch over you

Don’t be afraid of what you are
the beauty’s in the contrast of your clashing parts
and stars shine the brightest when everything goes dark
don’t be afraid of what you are

If you cross your fingers the ghosts will pass right through
From across the river I will wait for you

So call it out
Find your sound
The world is waiting
And I’ll be here
In the glare
The sunset’s fading out

If you try to hide it
It only weighs you down
Let the light surround it
Exposing what you found
Track Name: Jump, Little Children - Words of Wisdom
All my father's legacy is handed down on angel wings,
A bittersweet melody is now mine to sing.
Every precious memory and broken-hearted tragedy,
Will walk into eternity but not fade away.

If you will go and not return, leave me some words of wisdom.
If I cannot follow anymore, I promise to teach what I have learned.
If you will go and not return...

How do years so far away so suddenly evaporate?
Fortune smiles with teeth of jade and the greediest eyes.
How I long for that embrace, the strongest arms and troubled face,
Smoky air and awkward grace that made me feel safe.

If you will go and not return, leave me some words of wisdom.
If I cannot follow anymore, I promise to teach what I have learned.
If you will go and not return...

Who was it that said to me that heroes will live forever?
And where are they now, now that I'm standing alone?

If you will go and not return, leave me some words of wisdom.
If I cannot follow anymore, I promise to teach what I have learned.
Track Name: Jane Lui - Firefly
Is it safe in here I think I need fire
With a man whose eyes are a warrior’s
Thousand men whose hands fell in the summer
Now the cold stabs like a thorn

It’s no more than cold, dear
The winter sun’s never quite warm enough so let me
It’s no more than snow, dear
You’re holdin’ me ransom so why don’t you fight me

Fireflies will light the way
So to see of your, the push and drag into you.

Keep your curtains closed while tapping your temples
I’ll know you’re fine, fine in your sorrows
‘cause it’s true, true it takes time to become
the one you never knew

it’s no more than fright, dear
it’s all the same when you got something to lose, here
it’s no more than pain, dear
has it ever been easy to find our way to safety
Track Name: Martin Rivas - North
I'm going north
Going where the sun is always bright
Going where I always feel alright
I always feel alright
Tuck me safely in my bed tonight
Throw me where my heart is always light
Throw me where I get to sleep all night
I dream away the night
Tuck me safely in my bed
I wish I could remember everything you've ever said to me
Oh, the pleasure of another hour or two to be with you
I'm going north
Going where the sun is always bright
Going where I always feel alright
I always feel alright
Tuck me safely in my bed
I dreamt that just the same, the morning raged
But nonetheless somehow they found you
You came home where you could finally take your rest
But nonetheless
Where would you rather be?
Let your thoughts collapse upon you
And the echo set you free
Oh my, the sky, the sky is awfully gorgeous
Fly away with me
It's beautiful
Fly away with me
You've got to see it
Where would you rather be?
Let your thoughts collapse upon you
Let your thoughts collapse upon you
What keeps us far apart will surely someday bring us back together
On a day that I'm not meant to comprehend
Once again
I'll see you then
Going north
Going where the sun is always bright
Going where I always feel alright
I always feel alright
Tuck me safely in my bed tonight
Where would you rather be?
Let your thoughts collapse upon you
And the echo set you free
Oh my, the sky, the sky is awfully gorgeous
Fly away with me
It's beautiful
Fly away with me
You've got to see it
Where would you rather be?
Let your thoughts collapse upon you
Let your thoughts collapse
Let your thoughts collapse upon you