Hi guys,

I really want to thank you for visiting my site and for taking the time to look around and get to know me a little better. I believe you can see into someone's soul by understanding the songs they create, and that's why I want to share some of the thoughts and circumstances behind the tracks on this album. Feel free to send me a message about how one of these songs has impacted you, and I'll post some of those comments on the site. Again, thank you for taking the time, I couldn't do this without you.

Love,

Angela

 

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TRACK LISTING

1. SOMEONE DIFFERENT INSTEAD

2. DAMNED IF I AM

3. SOMETHING IN RED

4. MY BOY

5. LETTER FROM GOD

6. I'M A BIG GIRL NOW

7. PEACE IN THIS HOUSE

8. I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS SAYING GOODBYE

9. CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK

10. JESUS WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR

11. FINALLY

 

1. SOMEONE DIFFERENT INSTEAD
I wrote this song with the incomparable Don Schlitz. I was never surprised to walk into his office around 10:30 and find that he'd been there since 8:00 and had already written a song that morning. I’ve had the privilege of writing many songs with Don, and this is truly one of my favorites. It’s very much my style musically, and I just love what it says. How many of us have ever felt this way? "I don't wanna look back when I'm older and wish I had been someone different instead." Regrets -  boo, hiss. This song is a wake up call! If I don't like my life, it's mine to change.  As far as I know, we only get one. I'm trying to make my heaven right here.
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2. DAMNED IF I AM _______
I wrote this song with Gene Nelson – a high seas adventurer if ever I've known one. But one day while he was on dry land, he was playing inspired music on the guitar while we sat and daydreamed and waited for some words that mattered. There was a Maxfield Parrish print on my wall and I sang, "Underneath a Maxfield Parrish sky". Well, what can I say, Max? Sorry. Vincent Van Gogh just ‘sings’ better. This was funner than hell to write. We got to be Lerner and Loewe for a few hours. Damn the commercial marketplace. Romp like rathskallions. Old school. Real melody and a few perfect rhymes. We got "fairy dusted", and it was good.
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3. SOMETHING IN RED

It was just a very good day when I wrote this song. I had been living out a hard winter and on this morning I saw the first green of spring. A promise. Hope. Resurrection. I finished it by the time the kids got home from school. It's Lorrie Morgan's signature song. It was recorded a couple years ago by Elaine Paige in the UK. This song is the reason I got signed at Ten Ten. It's carried us a long way. After all the years I spent writing songs with very little success to show, this was a major shot of redemption. Power to those who persevere!
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4. MY BOY

This is a mother's lament. As dumb as it is, there is war on this planet. Still. For all our smarts, why haven't we figured out a better solution than to kill each other? Some power hungry "king" sits at the top of the hill and moves some mother's boy around his life-sized chessboard like the kid has no better purpose on this planet. So maybe he dies before he's even old enough to buy a beer. So maybe he gets his legs shot off before he gets to play ball in the backyard with his own kid. So some mother never gets to go to her boy's wedding or have a grandchild. So what? So what? It's been going on since the dawn of man. You'd think we'd have gotten smarter by now. But some kid died today. I don't know him. I don't know his mama. But I feel a teaspoon of their pain. And that's still too much.
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5. LETTER FROM GOD

I had this dream where God sent me a letter. I was writing with Rob Crosby that day, and I told him the dream and just like that we wrote the song. There are those billboards that say things like, "Go to Church", "Support Our Troops", or  "Don't be gay or you'll go to hell". Everybody likes to put words in God's mouth. As for Rob and me, these are the things we think God would say..... "Just Love Each Other, OK?"
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6. I'M A BIG GIRL NOW

There's this beautiful artist colony in the foothills of VA. Sweet peas drape themselves over picket fences. Thumbnail moons peek through windowpanes. Calico curtains snap in the cool spring breeze. And artists come from all over the world to have time alone with their muse. There, in a wonderful studio space with some serious inspirational mojo, Steve Seskin and I wrote this song. I remember the way that day smelled for some reason. The paint, the old wood, the upright piano. I don't know why, but when I hear this song, I smell that. It's a throw-back to childhood. The Johnson's paste wax on my mama's shining hardwood floor, her pungent sweet pickles, her rich blackberry jam. Mrs. William's perfume mixed with the smell of new yellow pencils. Whammo, I'm in first grade again. Aren't there certain smells that immediately snatch you back to your childhood? Well, no matter how big a girl you get to be, it's nice to know that you can visit the past, just like that!
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7. PEACE IN THIS HOUSE

I watched the first volleys fired into the Baghdad sky. And it was pretty. Like fireworks. But I knew somebody was dying. Right then. Some mother was completely unable to keep her child safe. And it tore me apart. I wanted to reach through the TV screen and pull her into my arms. This song is spoken in the voice of my father, the one who ruled our house with words of cast iron and shed tears enough to rust that iron. I "feminized" that voice and softened the old "as long as you're under my roof, you'll do as I say" rhetoric, and hopefully my dear friend Doug Gill and I managed to make this domesticity universal. Peace on Earth, people.
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8. I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS SAYING GOODBYE

I sat there like all of us and watched those towers fall. Over and over. It was so big I didn't feel anything for days. I couldn't even take it in. In shock. Dazed and confused. A couple days later a person was interviewed and she said something like, "we got up and had our coffee, read the paper, and went to work....when he went out the door, I never dreamed he wouldn't walk back in. I never knew I was saying goodbye." That's when the dam broke. That's when the tears proved that my heart was breaking. I told Lee Miller the story and we wrote this song. I've played it for victims of violent crimes and for the walking wounded. It's a reminder to us all that each breath might be the last. Sad. But not so sad if we truly learn to live every moment.
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9. CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK

Lived it. Wrote it. Sang it. Now I wanna hear it on an elevator, ok? It's magic each and every way I encounter it. It seems like anybody who's done a Christmas in NY would have to have written a song about it, painted a picture of it, or done something to attempt to spread that joy to the world. Me, I chose Central Park. Yeah, there's the Bergdorf’s windows, the cathedral choir, the ice skaters under the tree, Macy's Santa, the smell of chestnuts roasting as you walk down the street bundled up....those are all Christmas in New York! Ok you, now go write your own song!
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10. JESUS WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR

I went to a silent retreat where a few of the followers of a very open-hearted, non-judgemental, eastern-type spiritual guru reminded me a bit of the followers of the guy I grew up worshiping. You know the one in the picture? White robe, blue eyes, aquiline nose, high cheekbones, long light brown hair. The white man's Jesus. Whoa. Major Flashback. Re-Reckoning. Thought I'd dealt with all of that. But this song came along like a prayer from my tender agnostic soul. And I realized that when I get right down to "the man", I like him. He speaks to me. But not like those stomping, sweating, scary preachers who've hitched their wagons to his star. He's a whisper. He is kind but honest.  He is the last made first and the first made last. And in real life he probably looked like Ahmadinejad.
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11. FINALLY

I make stuff up. "Li'l Miss Imagination Run Wild". But this is real. True. Every word. There are a lot of us late bloomers. For all of you who might have given up hope of finding your "Finally", just remember that there are forces at work out there that you can't see. Keep your butterfly wings flapping and enjoy the slightest breeze you create. Your hurricane is coming. Love is evolutionary. Stay high, stay cool. The universe is unfolding. And you will find him and he will find you. Finally.
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