The first track from Healing Heart ready to mix… The lyrics ere written when I was in my early twenties – for someone who passed on very early from cancer. Many of have been touched by such a loss, and so this song is dedicated to those whom we have lost, but whose love will always be with us.
Years later I’d lost the original tune and music, and rewrote what has become this arrangement:
This song is so new that I have absolutely nothing recorded for it yet. I started out with the music, and knew I wanted the song to be about unrequited love – but even so, not with despair. Before I met my wife, there were many times I felt the pain of a broken heart along the way. Somewhere though, I decided to resolve that every romance would naturally end up in failure – except for the last one. But if I withheld my heart at any point along the way to not get hurt, then it would make that last love an impossibility.
So that is what Last Love is all about. If you sign up for the Ezra Skye Newsletter I will send you links to the first recordings that I post on SoundCloud.
© 2015 Ezra Skye
How many times can you mend a broken heart?
How many more times can you fall in love,
Give your all & give it right from the start?
What if I were to run and hide, were to lock inside the key to my heart?
Could anyone ever find it there to ever leave me bare again in the dark?
How many times do I need to get past
Every awkward dance, every failed romance
Till the love that I know will last?
I won’t give up on you, I will wait for the day…
When I’ll look into your eyes and realize that every love dies
Until the last love – and that last love – is you…
Every time it hurts so bad – as much as it ever had before –
(But if it) didn’t hurt, then what was it worth and how did I end up with more?
How much longer? I don’t know how much stronger I can get…
(I feel like) giving up, but I must believe that we just still haven’t met – so…
The hope of finding you will see me through once again
(Through the) darkest hours and till a new love flowers
I might just see you then – so…
Reference Recording Progress January 2, 2015
Working on the basics for the song Golden. I’m realizing just how much I love the tone, groove, and soulfulness of songs from the ’70’s.
While most of my songs have existed for several years only on piano, or guitar – when it comes time to recording the other instruments, I have to decide what I really want… For the bass I seem to keep channeling the spirit of John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame – which probably annoys the heck out of him, seeing he’s still alive and probably needs it…
The song is not quite ready to move over to the Contributor Recordings column yet (meaning, Chris Schmidt, Tim Howells, or Tom Keefer can get their hands on it to start working up their tracks) – because I still need to add a vocal reference track…
This is the first of many regular updates I plan on posting, but I might only push the larger milestones to the social media pages. You can always subscribe to the EzraSkye.com website, or The Healing Heart Pulse category of posts via RSS if you want to track the progress of the Healing Heart debut album. Don’t forget to sign up for the Sneak Previews Mailing List if you want to hear any of these works-in-progress recordings!
Golden is a song about making the most of your time as a parent. The time parents have with children is fleeting – the only way to overcome the relentless march of time is to deliberately make the day – today – golden!
…getting the ball rolling…
Every project has to start somewhere. Healing Heart is being recorded both locally and virtually. Chris Schmidt and Tim Howells are rehearsing and recording locally in Connecticut, but Tom Keefer is going to be laying down lead guitar tracks in Western New York. So far, all vocals will also be done locally too.
If you take a look at my board (the attached picture) then you can see I’m in the “reference recording” phase of the project. This allows everyone to prepare for the actual recordings of the songs, whether local or remote.
If anyone has any interest in hearing any of the “works-in-progress” recordings, just let me know by leaving me a message.
…this is how I like to roll!
…off the beaten path
A big thanks to all who have been sending in a Healing Heart pictures… Check them out here.
To download a “Healing Heart” and how to upload one of your own, check out the video on the Healing Heart Upload page. My sincerest thanks to anyone who takes a few moments to help me generate interest in the album release! If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that I need all the help I can get!
Simply snap a pic with the Healing Heart and send it in! Watch this video for more information, then follow the steps below:
If you have any questions, send them to me on my Contact Page
Download the Healing Hearts Logo Here: Healing Hearts
Print out the page in color, and cut out one or more of the logos. (the more pictures submitted, the better!)
Take a picture holding the Healing Heart over your heart! It can be a selfie, a group shot, a posed shot – anything that shows how many of us have Healing Hearts!
STEP 4. (last step)
Go to the Healing Hearts Upload Page and fill out the form with your name and any other information you would like to submit along with the photo (optional, but I would love to thank everyone who contributed by name).
Alternatively, you can submit the photo via E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your help. I can’t wait to see the great photos everyone submits!
Okay, reality check time. In the world of published musicians, songwriters and performers, as of yet, I am a complete unknown. In a way, that’s a great thing – on the plus side, I call all the shots, but I have to do all the work. I have complete creative freedom…to potentially completely fail. And if I want to change something like, say, the name of my debut album, well, I can!
Initially I decided to call it S K E L E T O N S – because of limited recording and engineering resources. Likewise, the songs revealed deep things about my past. The feedback I got however, was less than encouraging – and there is never a second chance to make a first impression. And since only about 12 people have seen this so far, it won’t make too much difference!
The new name is Healing Heart. Many of the songs express overcoming hurt, and pain, either personally, or sympathetically. This is much more encouraging and organic to the music and lyrics on the album.
I had previously created the artwork for one of the many startup and quickly abandoned blogs – a heart with a band-aid. Cute perhaps, but it is a good symbol of where to some extent we all are, or need to get to.
Enough writing, back to the music!
Tim Howells and Chris Schmidt have joined me on rehearsing the first song that will be recorded – Best of Me. Tim will be playing the keyboard parts – piano and electric piano. Chris will be playing the drums. Here are a few pictures of us locking down the structure of the song as it will be recorded: