Award Winning Singer Songwriters

Inside The Songwriters' Studio
2012

Inside the Songwriters' Studio CD cover CD $25
Digital Download $18
Instrumental Tracks-Digital Download $18

The songs in this collection came together as part of a challenging artistic experiment. Over the course of one year (2011) we wrote, recorded, and sent out one new song a month to our listeners and fans as digital downloads. This album is a COLLAGE of those musical styles and lyrical perspectives, all held together by the one thread that runs throughout: The language and harmony of the Heart.

This album comes with a beautiful 34 page companion booklet, “Stories Behind the Songs,” which includes lyrics and insights about the origins of each song.

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Words & Music by Jan Garrett, JD Martin, & Ester Nicholson

I once heard a powerful story....About a man who stood in his truth
With such conviction in who he was that he would not be moved
Someone stepped out of a crowd and said, ³Are you Martin Luther King?²
He said ³Yes I am,² and the well-dressed man.....spit on him
Then King took out his handkerchief and wiped the hate from his suit
He gave it back to the man and said, ³I believe this belongs to you."

I will lift you up......and do what I can do
I see your heart, I know your pain, I have been there too
I will hold you high.....while you do what you have to do
But I am clear who is standing here, I believe this belongs to you

I once had a powerful story I used to carry around
I thought it was you all this time that held my spirit down
But now I know the truth of who I came here to be
You are my angel in disguise, and not my enemy
So I thank you for the part you played in this dance we had to do
I give you back your own true love, I believe it belongs to you

I will lift you up......and do what I can do
I see your heart, I know your pain, I have been there too
I will hold you high.....while you do what you have to do
But I am clear who is standing here, I believe this belongs to you

© 2011 Foolchild Music, Gill 'n' Goldie Music, Ester Nicholson Music (ASCAP)

Words and Music by JD Martin & Harold Payne

I¹m willin¹ to change my life
Willin¹ to shine a little light
I know the change may not come today
But it¹ll be worth the wait
I¹m willin¹ - Yes I¹m willin¹

Going out on a limb today
It feels like I¹m finding my way
I was driving the wrong way down a one way street
Then I realized I¹m in the driver¹s seat

I¹ve been spending some time alone
Way out of my comfort zone
I can¹t keep on doing the same old thing
And expect it to turn out a different way

Life is my teacher
Time is my friend
I¹m gonna follow
My heart to the end
Ain¹t no stop sign
On this road
The further I get
The lighter my load

 © 2010 Gill 'n' Goldie Music (ASCAP)  Harold Payne Music (BMI)

Words & Music by Jan Garrett, JD Martin, and Karen Drucker

Another one of those mornin¹s
When I¹m trying to talk myself outta bed
(Just show up)
All my good intentions are rollin¹ around in my head
(Just show up)
Get it in gear, honey, I don¹t wanna hear it
Get out the door, put your feet on the floor, and just

Show up....Take your time
Ya don¹t always have to be the first one in line
Show up, slow down, let it be....eeeeeeasy
Show up....Just show up

It might be as simple as simply getting out of the way
(Just show up)
A sweet invitation to be willing....every day
(Just show up)
Maybe I dont need to push so hard
Take it breath by breath, straight from the heart

Show up....Take your time
Ya don¹t always have to be the first one in line
Show up, slow down, let it be....eeeeeeasy
Show up....Just show up

You never know what can happen
You never really know what might be
If I make room for a miracle to show up in me

Show up....Just show up
Show up....Just show up

© 2011 Foolchild Music & Gill 'n' Goldie Music (ASCAP) TayToones Music
(BMI)

Words and music by JD Martin & Michael Dulaney

Summer night, the stars come out
The planets shine, the moon looks down
Heaven above would cry out loud
To see me without you

The orchestra pays along
How do they know our favorite song
But the music would be all wrong
If I was dancing without you

Without you, what would I be
Without you, here with me
My life would be incomplete
Without you

Holding you I say a prayer
To all the angels way up there
I know that they just couldn¹t bear
To see me without you

Without you, what would I be
Without you, here with me
My life would be incomplete
Without you

No, I just can¹t imagine me
Without you....

©2000 Gill 'n' Goldie Music & Light of Denver Music (ASCAP)

Words & Music by Jan Garrett, JD Martin, and Lisa Aschmann

If I could give one gift to you
As solid as the morning dew
A windowpane the light shines through
The spaces in-between us

A gift for you my heart would bring
The sweet release of every thing
The breath I take before I sing
The spaces in-between us

Trusting in what might arise
Without a thought preceding
As simple as a baby's sighs
Resting and receiving

It's not what keeps our souls apart
But what connects and dreams us
The vast potential of the heart
The spaces in between us

So, I offer what my heart has found
The silent love that's all around
A symphony without a sound
The spaces in-between us

If I could give you more than this
Let it be Forever's kiss
Mindful of my mindlessness
The spaces in-between us

The   spaces   in   between   us

 

© 2011 Foolchild Music, Gill 'n' Goldie Music, Nashville Geographic (ASCAP)

Words and Music by Jan Garrett & JD Martin

I Know the Feeling by Heart

There’s a place I can’t quite remember, through the forest beneath the trees
Where the sweetest sound I ever heard is singing on the breeze
It’s a slippery one to recapture, through alchemy or art
It finds me when I’m not looking….I know the feeling by heart

When you and I were children, a million miles apart
Each of us discovered our secret path to the kingdom of the heart
I still remember the magic of wishing on a star
Dreams do come true….I know the feeling by heart

I know the feeling, it lights up the dark
This will be easy, I know the feeling by heart

When I’m buried under confusion, paralyzed by regret
I remember there’s a place before time began, when none of this has happened yet
I can fly back to the beginning and wake up before I start
Follow the thread of true love….I know the feeling by heart

I feel like I’ve lived forever, and I’ve loved forever too
And if I get the chance to come round again, I bet I’ll run into you
We’ll recognize each other, no matter who we are
The familiar relief of coming home….I know the feeling by heart

I know the feeling.  It lights up the dark
This will be easy.  I know the feeling by heart 
This will be easy……


© 2011 Foolchild Music & Gill 'n' Goldie Music (ASCAP)

Words & Music by JD Martin, Jan Garrett, and Cliff Rubin

When the darkness falls around me
And it all comes apart
In the quiet night, a voice I recognize
Singing through my broken heart

All along......you've been nearer than the breath I'm breathing
Like a song always singing in my soul
Through the rain, the fire
And in the gentle breeze at dawn
You've been whispering my name, all along

In the light and in the shadow
You remind me who we are
Wherever I may be, you're never far from me
I feel you beating in my heart

All along......you've been nearer than the breath I'm breathing
Like a song always singing in my soul
Through the rain, the fire
And in the gentle breeze at dawn
You've been whispering my name, all along

You are the secret love that mirrors me
My dearest friend, my mystery......
All along....

 

© 2010 Foolchild Music, Gill 'n' Goldie Music, Walk Across Fire (ASCAP)

Words & music by Jan Garrett, JD Martin, & Ester Nicholson

There's a place I often go
Where I can find peace, and rest my soul
Come on everybody.....I'll meet you ther

It's a place that clears my mind
It's so close, it's not hard to find
Come on everybody.....I'll meet you there

I¹ll meet you in the morning
Before the world begins
Give up the same old story
And start all over againŠ..I'll meet you there

It's a feeling I can't describe
A destination you¹ll recognize
Come on everybody.....I'll meet you there

It's the gift we resist the most
That's how we know it's the place to go
Come on everybody.....I'll meet you there

I'll meet you there.....Deep down inside
I'll meet you there.....Where we can fly
I'll meet you there.....Take it from the heart
I'll meet you there.....That's the place to start

Let's take this party to the street
Shake it up and move our feet
Come on everybody.....I'll meet you there

 

© 2010 Foolchild Music, Gill 'n' Goldie Music, Ester Nicholson Music
(ASCAP)

Words and Music by Jan Garrett & JD Martin

You might win a battle, you could win a race
You could out-run your rivals, come in first place
You could lose your center in the push and the shove
Or simply surrender, and tune into love

Love's not a contest, it's just who we are
Both the light and the shadow are at home in the heart
Beyond the struggle, there is music to play
And songs to be singing at the end of the day

Love wins, Love wins
All is well in the end
Love wins

Love knows no boundaries, it's the light in our eyes
Familiar to all, universally prized
There's a world of compassion, and we're good to begin
We could just quit fighting, and let Love Win

When we're up against too much to ask
When we lose our resistance at last
And we realize Love's got our back......Love wins
For everyone, great and small
We are lifted as we fall
Kindness conquers all.......Love wins

 

© 2010 Foolchild Music & Gill 'n' Goldie Music (ASCAP)

Words and lyrics by Jan Garrett & JD Martin

When the empire is falling apart, and your power is slipping away
The ancient towers fall, they crumble to rubble and clay
You cannot hold fast to your love, your strength is ebbing away
Don¹t abandon your heart. Something you cannot name
Knows the way

You¹re trying to hear through the noise, the clamor of dust and decay
You cannot rely on your past.....History has nothing to say
You long for the hush of the forest, and sweet rushing rivers at play
Don¹t abandon your dreams.  A lover who knows your name
Shows the way

Through the valley of the shadow
To the secret chambers of delight
You can taste the kiss of your companion
Whispering everything will be all right

The clearing is just up ahead, I can already feel the breeze
I follow the sound of singing, and a brightening through the trees
I wake up in an instant, and find it¹s all been a dream
The One who lives inside me, who will never abandon me
Knows the way

Through the valley of the shadow
To the secret chambers of delight
You can taste the kiss of your companion
Whispering everything will be all right

You gotta tell a stronger story, sing a more beautiful song
You gotta be the proof that love will find a way

 

Sufi Chant:
³Ishq Allah Ma'bud Allah, Ya Fatah, Hu Allah²
(These Arabic phrases can be loosely translated as:
³God is Lover, Beloved, and the loving in between.
Open to the breath of God²

 

© 2010 Foolchild Music & Gill 'n' Goldie Music (ASCAP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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