Rise

by Joanne Rand

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Utilizing live cuts recorded on 16 track wave files during shows with my band, I have carefully crafted & sculpted 10 songs with overdubs over the course of nine months. The CD includes all new songs. Overdubbing of parts (guitar, voice, keyboards, strings & special effects) was done in a local studio with sound wizard Tim Gray (of Dell'Arte International). My longtime co-producer Stephen Hart (head engineer at "The Site", a top of the line recording facility in Marin) has mixed and mastered.

THE SONGS: These songs (playful & energetic, personal & universal) cycle through me. I am excited to share them with you. Find Lyrics at http://joannerandmusic.wordpress.com:

1. "Rise" Tribute to that old adage: “Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water.” I once saw nuns outside a Tibetan Temple on hands and knees scrubbing the cobblestone steps as an act of selfless devotion. There are two pulls in me: towards humility and towards striving to reach my highest height (raise my spire).

2. "Ties That Bind" My Southern roots are strong, though I have chosen to spend my life out West. Describes a vivid dream I had the night before flying back out west from my southern family home. I wrote the song on the airplane the next day. Harkens back to the story told in fairytales about the prodigal son who returns home after a lifetime of adventure to be received warmly back into the arms of his family.

3. "Breathe" The words were primarily written by my songwriting student (for 6 years) and dear friend, Ali Nelson. Ali is now 18. It describes her safe passage through the tumultuous storm of adolescence.

4. "Bones and All" Inspired by a fragment of conversation I heard between women in a dressing room: “I’m here to stay, bones and all!”

5. "Hut by the Sea" This is the true story of a visionary man who has chosen for 25 years to live alone in a hut with the sea swirling around him.

6. "Redwood" Completed in a giant redwood circle in N. California’s Richardson Grove, this is an incantation of protection for all endangered groves.

7. "Happy Song" –by Elizabeth Gahm I borrowed this song from another one of my songwriting students, as it is GOOD MEDICINE!

8. "Jump" I sing weekly in a preschool daycare center. This song was written there spontaneously. It is a dance number, very playful and catchy.

9. "Where the Waters Flow" Written on Mothers Day, sitting with my husband and child by a running stream in the forest. My young daughter helped me with the lyrics: “I will always be there for you, if you want me to.”

10. "Hush Ye My Bairne" Adapted from an old Scottish traditional lullaby, but played in an upbeat, danceable, syncopated rhythm.

THE SHOWS: I had been rehearsing for weeks and had just come off a solo tour, meeting up with my beloved band in Southern Oregon for shows. The first day we played an outdoor festival in a torrential rainstorm. As we started our set, the clouds parted and the setting sun shone brilliantly upon our heads. People responded. This kind of energy infuses the show. I am grateful!

credits

released November 11, 2011

Special thanks:
This CD was made possible by kind donations from: Joyce & Ed Rand, Greg King (siskiyouland.wordpress.com), Ken Miller, Sherry & Sheba Love (www.sherryglaser.net), Pam Davis, Carolyn Moran, Michele AnneLouis Cohen (intersect.com/twoheadlights), Marianna Lines (stoneline.co.uk), Rebecca Young, Deanne Herrera-Thomas, Claudia Paige (claudiathedrummer.com), Debbie Lucas (siskiyouherbs.com), Michel Dulas (connectivityproject.org), Bob Schwarz, Peter Galvin, Ellen Balsley, Holly Berlin, Melody Walker (melodywalkermusic.com), Terry & Kimberly Schulz (riverswindnotes.blogspot.com), Kimberly Brown, Peggy Sue McRae (blackfishart.blogspot.com), Shasta, Ken Sturmer (open.salon.com/blog/kenny1948), Peter Peteet (poetpeteet.wordpress.com), Keith Henty (keithhenty.com), Jean Eisenhower (jeaneisenhower.com), Lilith Rogers (Rachelcarsonreturns@gmail.com), Bob Campbell, Alice DiMicele, Riley Quarles (theartboy@gmail.com), Vivian Kelly, Leslie Foxfire Stager (touchforbirth.com), Ali Freedlund, Casey Sullivan, Katia Kesten, Elaine Weil (www.amitabhaclinic.com), Rebecca & Clay Johnston (tatemtn@windstream.net), Diane Higgins, Mikal Jakubal (onegoodyear.com), Mavis Muller (mavismullerart.com), Laurie Sonnenfeld (CascadiaHomes.com), Mokai and Stacey (mokaimusic.com).

Recorded live at two performances in 2010

Produced by Joanne Rand, Stephen Hart & Tim Gray. copyright & produced, 2011, Joanne Rand, Homefire Productions, BMI. All rights reserved.

Mixed & mastered by Stephen Hart (Two Rock Digital), "Redwood" alternate version mixed by Dennis Dragon. All songs written & arranged by Joanne Rand except: "Happy Song" (by Elizabeth Gahm) "Breathe" (words by Joanne Rand & Ali Nelson, music by Joanne), "Hush Ye my Bairne" (traditional Gaelic Lullabye translated by Malcolm MacFarlane).

Recorded at live performances in 2010 by Dennis Dragon (Applegate River Lodge, Applegate, OR) & James Johnson (Don Quixotes, Santa Cruz, CA). Overdubs recorded by Tim Gray (Myrtletown Records, Eureka, CA), cello ODs recorded by Ken Braziel (The Ranch, Sebastopol, CA).

Artwork by Mary Ellen Rand, Photos by Michele AnneLouise Cohen and Greg King, design by Joanne Rand.

The players:
•Joanne Rand: vocals, guitar, keyboard, piano, kalimba, wooden recorder, synth
•Brad Cox: drums
•Ken Braziel: bass
•George Chavez: cello
•Gwen Post: violin
•Rex Richardson: flamenco style guitar
•Matt Sircely: madolin
•Tim Gray: additional toms & percussion (Redwood, Bones and All), backup vocals (Waters Flow) special effects on "Jump".

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“A fixture of the Northern California folk scene, Rand’s life, activism & art are woven seamlessly together. A celebrated musician, composer & teacher. From stripped-down folk songs to lush, textured rock arrangements, she makes consistently engaging, perceptive, universal music.”-SFStation.com 2012. Touring nationally for 30 years, Rand is currently releasing 15th CD of original songs. ... more

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Track Name: Ties that Bind
"Ties that Bind" - by Joanne Rand

Ties that bind- white and thin

Laced like vines around my skin

Five strands per hand – my closest kin

Five fingers wrapped around my shin

Winged shoes fly me West

Ties that bind yank me abreast.

Father, solemn, standing by

See how I fear to fly

I grab my shoelace in my hand

Here and there I break a strand

Afraid my winged shoes will fail

I have no heart in setting sail

Afraid my family ties will break

I fear these wings are some mistake

Father, solemn, standing by

See how I fear to fly

Father, solemn, standing by

See how I fear to fly

See my hesitance and doubt

Wondering will I find out:

Are ties that bind too weak to hold?

My Southern soul is growing old

Mercurial charm will you prevail…

Free these arms to fly the air?

Prodigal son fly home

Prodigal son fly home

Prodigal son fly home again

While grandmother time is still your friend.

Grandmother time is still your friend

And Madame Gravity will do you in.
Track Name: Jump
JUMP –Joanne Rand 2011

Dogs jump

Frogs jump

Kids jump, too

Cows jump

Over the moon

Bugs jump

Crickets jump

And kangaroo

I jump, you jump

To this tune

Jumparoo – me and you

Jumparee – you and me

Makes me feel like dancing

Makes me want to dance all day

Don’t you want to go spinning a round

Come on let’s jump and play.
Track Name: Rise
Do your duties and count your blessings and

Say Hail Mary’s and daily tidings and

Fold your napkin and clean your saucer and

Scan your email and drive your daughter

I want to rise… I want to fly…

I want to know all there is to know of life…

I am the mountain; I am a cell of the earth

I want to swim and wriggle in this cosmic juice for all it’s worth.

And I know life is short this time around.

I’m trying to make my arc last as long as I can.

I know how sweet this nectar of love.

I’m trying with all my heart to understand.

Sew your stitches and do the dishes and

Sweep the kitchen and let the dogs in and

Clean the cat box and call your mother

Conversations negate each other

I want to rise…I want to roll…

I want to dance way out beyond the horizon and rock my soul…

I am the ocean; I am a piece of the sky.

I want to waltz barefoot with that big, bad crescent moon on the rise.

And I know this house will burn down

I’m trying to keep my house in order while I can

I know these walls burn right through

We’ve got to raise our spire and scrub the cobblestone, too.

I want to rise…I want to roll…

I want to stare into your eyes and trust your soul.

I am the fire in your voice.

I am a heart pumping blood through you, because I have no choice.

And I know these walls burn through.

We’ve got to raise our spire and scrub the cobblestone, too

I know these walls burn right through

We’ve got to raise our highest spire and scrub the cobblestone floor, too.
Track Name: Breathe
BREATHE -

Breathe in…breathe out

That’s what life is all about.

I was the sweet, innocent, the golden-hearted one

Now I’m so many different things, I cannot name them all

I can’t explain my actions or even claim them all

This all just happened.

It’s just a swirl of color: purple red and black and blue

I don’t know what to do with color paint this song for you

Or paint myself a page…and sacrifice my rage.

This all just happened.

Now this is over, I want change. I’m changing, yes, again.

This time for real. I want to grow to be the best I can.

DON’T WORRY GIRL

THIS IS A MOST CONFUSING WORLD

DON’T WORRY CHILD

IT’S A WILD RIDE, as we…

Breathe in and we breathe out

‘Cause that’s what life is all about.

Breathe in and we breathe out

That’s what life’s about.
Track Name: Hush Ye My Bairne
Hush ye, my bairnie

Bonny wee laddie

When you’re a man

you shall follow your daddie.

Lift me a coo,

And a goat and a wether,

Bringing them hame

To your minnie thegither.



Hush ye, my bairnie

Bonny wee lammie

Routh o’ guid things

Ye shall bring to your mammie

Hare frae the meadow

deer frae the mountain

Grouse frae the moorlan’

And trout frae the fountain.



Hush ye, my bairnie

Bonny wee dearie

Sleep! come and close the een

heavy and wearie

Closed are the wearie een

rest ye are takin’

Sound be yer sleepin’

And bright be yer wakin’
Track Name: Bones and All
I am a woman sure and strong

I’ll be traveling far along

No one to weep or worry me, from what I see.

Don’t understand the mind of man

Wreaking havoc on the land

Cannot kill eternity, from what I see.

Set me sail on the open sky

Hold my strings loosely

Take me back to the open sea

Do not confuse me.

I am a woman, wit and will

And wisdom are my backbone

Steady born, steady still

All creation’s my home.

Set me sail on the open sky

Hold my strings loosely

Take me back to the open sea

Do not confuse me.

All you strangers now take warn

There’ll be no stopping hoof or horn

And all that dies will be reborn, from what I see.

All you strangers hear me say

There’ll be no stopping corn or grain

And all that falls shall rise again, from what I see.

From what I see Gaia’s growing

Changes are showing

From what I see Gaia’s rising

Metamorphizing.

Cannot kill eternity

Cannot stop the planted seed

Can’t deny a world in need, from what I see.

So don’t weep or worry me

Do not discourage me

Can’t heal the world with grief, from what I see.

From what I see Gaia’s growing

Changes are showing

From what I see Gaia’s rising

Metamorphizing

From what I see Gaia’s strong

Though we might not last long.

Don’t weep or worry me

Do not discourage me

We can’t heal the world with grief, from what I see.

I am woman strong and sure

And I will endure

I will live, BONES AND ALL, to eternity.
Track Name: Redwood
Sing for the redwood,

Breathing in breathing out

Stretch your branches to the sky.

Sing for the redwood,

Mother of all creation,

Touch the sky.

We feel your arms around,

Canopy clan on high.

We feel your magnificent

Cool and peaceful sigh.

Sing for the redwood.

Sing for the forest,

Time on earth

Beyond all knowing.

Sing for the forest,

Height and girth

Beyond all growing.

Most have fallen to the blade,

Got to save you from this

Plunder, madness-made.

Sing for the forest.

Sing for the old ones.

Grow for generations down the line!

Sing for the old ones,

Heart and soul influence mine.

You give me voice,

Compel me to say:

They cannot kill and carry you away.

Sacred rage lead where you may!

Sing for the old ones…

Sing for the forest…

Sing for the redwood

In Richardson Grove
Track Name: Hut by the Sea
HUT BY THE SEA -Joanne Rand

Met a hermit lives in a hut by the sea and he

Carves in his wood all day.

He’s got a single Bunsen burner and one old saucepan

And he doesn’t wash his windows or sweep the dust away.

There’s nary a picture on the wall

And there’s nothing really in his room at all.

I had more on my back than he owns altogether,

But there’s pictures in his head and they come out in his sculpture,

So I asked him what he thinks about all day

And this is what he said to me.

He said: I think about what I’m doing

I don ‘t think about anything else.

He said: I hear the news each morning

Then the radio goes on the shelf.

I told my daughter not to have a child, he said,

Though she didn’t listen to me,

Cause nothing is gonna get better,

‘specially in this country,

But sometimes when the tide’s in

It sweeps around my house.

I’m just waiting for the ocean

To carry me out.

So I sang him a song and I said goodbye

And I trudged on up the hill.

Funniest thing about this guy,

Which I remember still:

Is how little he required

To occupy his mind,

Just a chisel and a radio

And an empty stretch of time…

How little he needed

To make his life complete

Just a chisel and a radio

And a good night’s sleep.

And sometimes when I’m dreaming

The tide sweeps around MY house.

I’m just waiting for the ocean

To carry me out.

I’m just waiting for the ocean

To carry me out.
Track Name: Happy Song
HAPPY SONG – Elizabeth Gahm

I like to feel my hair against my face

I like a skirt that is soft against my legs

Make it pink and swirl when I spin

‘Cause that’s the mood I’m in.

I like to drink coffee with my toast

I like to eat dark chocolate the most

Make it sweet and filled with cream

‘Cause that’s the mood I’m in.

Yeah, the happy mood I’m in

Yeah, the happy mood I’m in

I like to dance to listen to the drums and the bass

I like to dance ‘till I’m red in the face

Make that beat bounce my crazy feet

‘Cause that’s the mood I’m in.

I like to warm my friends with my smile

I like to laugh like a foolish child

Spread that joy far and wide

Yeah, the happy mood I’m in

Yeah, the happy mood I’m in
Track Name: Where the Waters Flow
WHERE THE WATERS FLOW –Joanne Rand

Thirteen years ago

I never would have thought that this would be so

I’d just said goodbye

To my brother.

Thirteen years ago I was single and scared to let you in

I’d just said goodbye

To my brother

To my best friend

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW

But now we’re here

Where the sun shines

And the butterflies fly by

Now we’re here

Where the waters flow.

Now we’re here

My husband and my child and I

Now we’re here

Where the waters flow.

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW

I will always be there for you, if you want me to.

I will always be beside you.

I will always be there for you, if you want me to.

I will always be beside you.

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW

WHERE THE WATERS FLOW.