I had a fun time doing this interview with Jax Resto and Bud Buckley. It will be airing again Today (July 10) at 6pm, Friday, July 11th at 9pm, and Saturday, July 12th at noon: www.kdwradio.com

I’ll post the archive link when it’s up. Catch one of these airdates if you can!

Are you ready for some joy? Pockets Full of Joy is here!

This summer album will bring ukuleles and smiles to your day. You can stream Pockets Full of Joy in its entirety today only at LucyKalantari.com/Music, and purchase a copy for download.

Pockets Full of Joy is also available on Amazon.com and iTunes, and many of your favorite digital music stores.

And #SpreadJoy! Talk about it on twitter or facebook and tag it with #SpreadJoy

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UPDATE: With a mission to #SpreadJoy Pockets Full of Joy will stream indefinitely. Pass it on.

A little blurb about the single, “Pockets Full of Joy”. Check it out:

http://rhythmandruffle.com/rhythm-approved-pockets-full-of-joy/

Thank you Toni Styles, you’re totally stylin’.

PFOJ_300The official digital release date for Pockets Full of Joy is set for May 27th! I’m so pleased with the beautiful design by Rina Miele, Honeydesign. You can check out the first single RIGHT NOW below, and when you sign the Lucy Kalantari mailing list, you’ll get your own copy of the joyful single as a gift. Enjoy and spread joy!

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