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Studio Day (Band Session 2)

What’s up family? Here we are again working on the EP. We are at Heaven Sent Production Studio with Jonathon Hensley on Drums, my Haitian bro James Jessey Joseph on Guitar, Charles Ryan on Bass and Shurlon “Silks” Patrick on Keys. Stay tuned for more EP is due 2019.

Studio Day Tracking Horns 2

Hey family,

We are back at it again. Today we are tracking horns for on of the tracks on the EP “You Me and God”. Trust me this funky track is going to get you dancing. Stay tuned for more clips and info about the EP coming in 2019

Behind The Scenes

Hi Family Join me on a behind the scenes journey towards the release of my upcoming EP from the Gospel of Romance Project. Featuring by Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist Elan Trotman, Soul Soprano Llettesha Sylvester, Arranger, bassist and drummer David Richards, Jesse Ryan, and others. Stay tuned for more clips and info about the EP coming in 2019

Darkness

 

And darkness was over the face of the deep,

Steep places where scary things hide.

Am I afraid of the dark, or the things that hide inside?

 

 

 

In the darkness of night, my mind runs wild.

Making false things appear real,

Making trees look like men, the wind sounds like a hurricane,

Footsteps become a stampede

In the darkness of my mind.

 

Under my bed where the monsters live

Mostly at night when the lights slowly go dim

There’s no lamp-light bright enough to chase them away.

Afraid to let my pinky-toe hang over the edge,

Edges where darkness creeps, seeks another victim.

 

Victims, living in fear, crippled by the abyss of darkness in the mind.

Dark thoughts, fear thoughts, near thoughts, far thoughts

Holding you, choking you, stifling!!!

Afraid she might say, No! Afraid he might leave,

Afraid to leave the comfort of familiar.

 

Afraid of the outcome, afraid of success,

Afraid that happiness might cause others to regret…

To fret, to think of you less,

To judge you by the result of their failed conquest

Projecting fear of darkness upon you.

 

In the quiet darkness of the mind

Afraid of the sounds in the dark

Voices shouting, Yes! Voices shouting, No!

Shouting STOP!!! Shouting GO!

Afraid of the pictures you were taught to see

One-sided, lopsided, uneven, misguided.

Voices screaming at you from within their darkness

 

But alas! A spark, in the distance, in this dark

An idea, a light, a thought so bright that I run without fear

Catching the updraft, gaining momentum

I take flight, I escape, living light

Living in light

 

 

Written by Stephen John
02-08-2017
Copyright S2J2 Publishings

 

Beauty In Cages

Cages, a space where we imprison things we fear.

A space where danger lurks and we can admire its beauty,

From a distance…

From afar off I stare, from afar off I am amazed

Marveling in the hues of colour, in the strength of the captured.

 

Locked in and chained

Restrained from running free, from flying high

From being.

 

Birds can’t fly free anymore

I’ve clipped their wings so I can gaze at their splendor

While they sing the song of freedom, redemption song.

From a dead tree trunk wishing for green leaves.

 

Orange and black stripes lurking on the forest floor

Now anesthetized by metal bars and bullet proof glass

Hear me Roar!

Hear me growl, feeding on piece of dead horses instead of hunting

Game…

 

But is it a game that we cage that which is beautiful

Because we are fearful?

We put minds in the cage of education systems

Restraining thought because we fear, we may be wrong

Wrong about origins, wrong about religion, wrong about being right

Wrong about our conclusions.

 

Minds with music, minds with art,

Minds with supple flexible bodies

Making silhouettes with moonlight.

Minds held back, minds in binds

Don’t question this don’t question that.

Stay in line, march in time

March like everyone else till we’re all blind; walking with cages on our minds.

As we admire the hues and possible plumes of each other

Fearing the beauty of another

 

Why put minds in cages?

When curiosity is beauty

Exploring the expansiveness beyond the lock and key

Beauty in mental boxes

Beauty in captivity

The systems and traditions we’ve put

To cage our true beauty

Be free, be free.

©2017

Stephen John

Published S2J2 Publishings