6 ukulele tunes coming at you…very soon. The mixes are sounding fantastic, and Darius has been dancing all over our home when I play them, (and gets very angry when they’re over.)

Cover is being done by Rina Miele, and it’s looking so elegant.

This album will not be released as Luciar. It’s too different–and too happy. It will be my first Lucy Kalantari album. Squeeee!

More later…

The Ignition Lab is a group songwriting challenge to write a song a week  in 2013, using weekly word prompts as a starting point. Follow our work on Facebook: facebook.com/TheIgnitionLab

Week #47 gave us the prompt, LIVE AND LET LIVE. I couldn’t help but think about how I made a commitment [at least to put in the effort] to not kill. I know what this sounds like, but I’m not talking about going all Dexter-on-you, but the everyday bugs and critters we encounter. It’s surprisingly hard.  I felt like there was a conspiracy once I made this commitment, where all the bugs decided that NOW would be a good time to invade my house. Did they put out a bulletin board?

Anyway, it’s a quirky song about practicing a little Buddhism. Lyrics below the video.

The Promise

I made a promise a promise not to kill
It’s harder than you think it takes a lot of will
The ants heard the news and came by for a visit
Hundreds at a time I hope they came to cleanse my spirit
Now they’re in the bathtub don’t they know that’s suicidal
Soon I’ll have to shower and they’ll think that it’s a tidal wave

I can rescue one by one ’til I’m done
I might be here forever
My endeavor is to keep my promise

Next came the moths they’re hiding in my closet
They scramble when it opens, not sure if I can stand it
Maybe if I keep the light off they’ll huddle close together
Why can’t we get along, now until forever

Now came the rats, that’s where I draw the line
I gotta wake my cat ’cause they can’t stay her it’s not fine
The cat got distracted by the moth flying in her path
The rats made a run for it, they knew it couldn’t last

I was rescued from myself one by one
I won’t be here forever
I endeavor to keep my promise

The Ignition Lab is a group songwriting challenge to write a song a week  in 2013, using weekly word prompts as a starting point. Follow our work on Facebook: facebook.com/TheIgnitionLab

The word prompt for week #46 was SELF PITY. I had written lyrics and had a vague idea for this song for many many weeks before I finally sat down and learned how to play it. I wish I were a better piano player to quickly figure out some neat embellishments to fit in around the singing. It has a very show-tune feel, and went a little over the top with self pity. But that’s the point, isn’t it? Walking bass line, diminished chords, seven chords, suspended chords…bring it on. Lyrics after the video.

Leave Me Be

Down underground
Hearing the sounds of my whining
Echoing in the caves of my mind
Playing the same tape over again
Like an endless pool of sorrow
I weep for my tomorrow

Leave me be, leave me be
Swimming in my pool of misery
Leave me be, leave me be
I’ll come back for air when I’m ready to breathe

Too tired to care
About my disheveled hair
Don’t want to talk about it
Don’t want to hear about it
You’ve got something to say
There’s nothing I wanna hear
Don’t want your expert advice
Don’t want to hear that you’re right

Leave me be, leave me be
Swimming in my pool of misery
Leave me be, leave me be
I’ll come back for air when I’m ready to breathe
I’ll come back for air when I’m ready to breathe
Don’t bother me ’til I’m ready to breathe

The Ignition Lab is a group songwriting challenge to write a song a week  in 2013, using weekly word prompts as a starting point. Follow our work on Facebook: facebook.com/TheIgnitionLab

The word prompt for week was KITSCH. I had all sorts of ideas for this one, but I wound up thinking about a hoarder. One that cannot give up the opportunity she has to purchase things at garage sales. I picture this one being sung by a hipster in a garage where things keep piling up behind and beside her in a fast stop motion. Check out my Pile of Possessions.

 Pile of Possessions

Oh look there’s a sale at the top of the hill
I wonder what I’ll catch to add to my batches
Of worldly collections. They keep me connected
To a world that no longer has my attention
Each thing has a story and I have the conclusion
I can say with assurance it’s not a delusion

Every object has a soul
And they need a loving home
The kind I could provide
And save it from demise

It’s my pile of possessions
You might think it an obsession
But I’m just doing my part
And gathering art

They’ve had many lives, you’d be surprised
All the faces they’ve seen all the places they’ve been
So many stories that you’d only dream of
I have them all at the palm of my hand

What you don’t understand
They’re lives I’ve never had
My days feel incomplete
I need a soul to keep

The Ignition Lab is a group songwriting challenge to write a song a week  in 2013, using weekly word prompts as a starting point. Follow our work on Facebook: facebook.com/TheIgnitionLab

Another combination for weeks 43 and 44. This was posted on November 19th, and things were particularly chaotic at home –little did I know how much more chaos was on its way. But I digress, husband was working a lot, and I was juggling a whole lot, not just the baby. The word prompt was ENCOURAGEMENT and DIGNITY. This is what came out. It sounds very old. Much older than me. I hear it on a record player…

Make It Through

Don’t lose my mind
I can’t lose my mind
Gonna make it thru this bumpy road
Keeping it steady
‘Cause things can get heavy
Gonna do what I can to make it work.

Gonna make it through the other side
Gonna come out of this place alive
Gonna be stronger, gonna be wiser
Gonna come out with a sense of pride

When the air gets thick
I feel my breath pass my lips
I know I’m gonna get through this.
Although my body tremble
And I’m unsure if I can handle this
Gonna find a way to make it work

The Ignition Lab is a group songwriting challenge to write a song a week  in 2013, using weekly word prompts as a starting point. Follow our work on Facebook: facebook.com/TheIgnitionLab

Weeks #41 and #42 had another combination, because that was the best I could do. But I was doing! Week #41 PROMPTS Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry / and #42, ILLICIT. It only made sense to combine these particular words, I mean “forbidden chocolate!” Could you imagine? Well, I tried to, and it sounds like a drunkin’ fun time, actually. There’s a kazoo solo here. It’s totally silly, goofy and you have to imagine a drunkin’ marching band playing along. And…go!

Love & Chocolate

If chocolate were forbidden
I’d run a secret mill
I’d gather up cocoa nibs
from around the world

Folks will come from far off lands
And gather for this playful dance
Lick their fingers when they’re done
And count their blessings one by one

Because love and chocolate
Share a common space in my heart
Because with love and chocolate
Life can be so sweet from the start

If you find a nice red wine
To pair your chocolate it’s divine
These tastes will swim in harmony
Your mouth will sing a symphony

The Ignition Lab is a group songwriting challenge to write a song a week  in 2013, using weekly word prompts as a starting point. Follow our work on Facebook: facebook.com/TheIgnitionLab

For weeks #39 and #40 I combined the prompts, which were to WRITE AN INSTRUMENTAL and the word SEAMS. I didn’t just write an instrumental and called it “seams”, although that might’ve been easier. Oh no, I didn’t go for easy. I went for a Nine Inch Nails inspired industrial, noisy, super-basy, wtf-hit-me instrumental, which segues into a small song in the end, using the same motif from the instrumental. This was posted on October 22nd, and I had just gone to see NIN a couple of weeks before and was still filled with inspiration and awe at my hero Trent Reznor.

This was challenging with time. I had to construct the track on Logic during Darius’ naps which means it was all done on headphones, and done little bits at a time. This is a track I’d love to come back to and release as Elwood Emission. Here we go!

At the Seams

You can’t break my heart and sew it back
You can’t mend my love
You can’t reinsert yourself like that
With your pushing and your shoves

I can tell you with certainty
You don’t bring out the best of me
Lets just say farewell
Before I come undone at the seams
Lets just say farewell
Before I come undone at the seams
At the seams
At the seams

The Ignition Lab is a group songwriting challenge to write a song a week  in 2013, using weekly word prompts as a starting point. Follow our work on Facebook: facebook.com/TheIgnitionLab

Catching up again. Week #38′s word prompt was BUY. After celebrating a wedding anniversary, I felt inspired to write this song. This was posted on October 10th, and since then has been recorded and will be in my next album. Check it out, it’s super corny and mushy, and has a 1920′s feel. Lyrics after the video.

The Only Thing

You can buy me diamond rings
You can gift all sorts of things
But it won’t compare to all the things you bring
You bring love and warmth at night
You make everything just right
This here love is the only thing I’ll need

Celebrating life with you
Grateful for the things you do
Falling in your loving arms
Greeted by your graceful charm
I can’t imagine my days without your magic
And I’m the one you chose to woo

My heart swells with warm delight
Traveling far at greatest heights
I can do anything with you by my side
It’s a joy I just can’t hide
I’ll never take for granted this love I’ve just been handed
Every day is a gift in my eyes

The Ignition Lab is a group songwriting challenge to write a song a week  in 2013, using weekly word prompts as a starting point. Follow our work on Facebook: facebook.com/TheIgnitionLab

The word prompt for week #37 was GOSPEL. So I went out on a limb and attempted to write a gospel choir song. Because I don’t have a gospel choir in my pocket, (that’d be cool), I tracked a bunch of my vocals on Logic and sang along to it. I kept the topic very universal: LOVE!

I had a cold during this and don’t really have the type of voice for this genre. But I think you’ll get this gist. Lyrics after the video:


LOVE

Some days I feel so low

It’s like I can’t find my way back home
But I know if I open my heart and let it in
I’ll be swept with love like a whirlwind

Love, love
Love is the answer
Love, love
Fills me with rapture
I love you
Even when you’re down
Love pulls through
To turn things around
Love, love
Love is the answer
Love, love
Fills me with rapture

Without a doubt I was feeling down and out
I forgot what life was all about
And then you remind me of that spark
That illuminates my way through the dark

Imbue me with your loving words
’cause lord knows how much it hurts
Heal me with your peaceful touch
Love like this can never be too much

The Ignition Lab is a group songwriting challenge to write a song a week  in 2013, using weekly word prompts as a starting point. Follow our work on Facebook: facebook.com/TheIgnitionLab

ok. I wrote a rap.  The prompt was to write a song outside my genre. So I did. VERY OUTSIDE my genre!
It’s simple. My nephew rapped to a track I built on Logic with me singing the choruses. Thank goodness for nephews who have a sense of humor and are willing to do random musical things for their aunties. Lyrics after the video:

Waste Away

Can’t get a break
There’s only so much I can take
Before I wake
Realize I gotta make a change
Pave the road to go and know there’s nowhere as low as
Where I’ve been
Where I’m gonna be if I free my mind
In time I’ll see a better life

Don’t live your life in chains
You gotta find your way
Break free from all the pains
Don’t waste yourself away

A new life
I win some I lose some.
I’ve got a knack for falling back
It’s a trap, I know it’s whack
There’s a long road ahead, can’t stop tryin’ til i’m dead
’cause I got will, determination
No hesitation
No trepidation
Don’t give in to temptation
Before I know, I’ll be free
And in a place where I wanna be