Wilderness

by Jody Blackwell

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1.
Speed 03:37
Speed Copyright 2016 Sweet Amnesia Music, ASCAP Trees blow by like a phantom train My foot's on the pedal like a wanted man Far behind me is a dead-end love This yellow line can't pull hard enough Cause I'm trying to make up for lost time Trying to turn back a broken heart Trying to make up for lost time But memories move at the speed of light I know you better than my stick-shift hand I know your weather and your changing skies I wore your thunder like a second skin You linger too long, you pay the price Trying to make up for lost time Trying to turn back a broken heart Trying to make up for lost time But memories move at the speed of light Keep on runnin', won't slow down There's a fool behind this wheel A mirage she thought was real until the rain came down Cities rise and they sink again Another Atlantis in this black tar ocean My head is burning and my mouth's a kiln Speed is my only destination Trying to make up for lost time Trying to turn back a broken heart Trying to make up for lost time But memories move at the speed of light
2.
Waiting 03:56
Waiting Copyright 2016 Sweet Amnesia Music, ASCAP Waiting for you requires the truest test of patience If I know the meaning of the word in its relation to other times in my life I’ve had to wait for other things: tadpoles, telephones, toasters and of course, spring While I’m speaking about changes in the weather, have you noticed that when waiting, the days run on forever, I’ve had ample time alone to count the sunrises, new moons, supernovas, monsoons and satellites I'm still waiting, waiting, waiting for your love I'm still waiting, waiting, waiting for your love Waiting for you requires the truest test of patience And finding reasons to takes everything I’ve got It seems the more I watch the time, the greater your hesitation The more I explain your silence, the stranger my thoughts I'm still waiting, waiting, waiting for your love I'm still waiting, waiting, waiting for your love Funny I should mention things that move in endless circles, I feel a certain empathy for things that go in circles I’m drawn to things that can conceal their edges cleverly: pancakes, crater lakes, pinwheels and daydreams I'm still waiting, waiting, waiting for your love I'm still waiting, waiting, waiting for your love I'm waiting for your love I want to just give up I'm waiting for your love I want to just give up I'll keep waiting I'll keep waiting
3.
Molten 04:49
Molten Copyright 2016 Sweet Amnesia Music, ASCAP All inside a moment the change comes without warning End of day is dawning and this glow is solace for my eyes Waiting for the time when worries start unwinding hours are less confining as the evening starts pouring gold in molten beams, run down my arms I'm in love again as the city starts to lose its hold over me Listen, I'm beginning to finally hear my dreams Harmonies: Wait for evening All is molten All returns to gold Just before the sun sets Before my fears run riot Tomorrow's gears are quiet As shadows dancing on the walls Hurry's for the daybreak And night can lead to heartache Just when I've had all that I can take evening starts pouring gold in molten beams, run down my arms I'm in love again as the city starts to lose its hold over me Listen, I'm beginning to finally hear my dreams Done with these heavy-handed voices in my head always covering my joy over like contraband I'll leave all these hungry souls to fight to the death I've found a better way to wind down my day
4.
Wilderness 05:11
Wilderness These small pauses spike my thoughts like a vein Like a shaft of moon shines through a midnight pane Like a shock of headlights shows where the road will bend Behind your pause, a wilder, wilderness Behind your pause, a wilder, wilderness Your words may stake a claim to my soul But some mutiny lurks in the protocol What other truths have only to reveal themselves Behind your words, a wilder, wilderness Behind your words, a wilder, wilderness Hints of autumn tease my skin like a breath This city rush hour steals into every sense becomes a restless pulse pounding in my breast Inside my heart, a wilder, wilderness Inside my heart, a wilder, wilderness The ripple of the lights in puddles on this street Is the only truth I dare to believe I dare to believe I dare to believe
5.
Fall To Me 03:24
Fall to Me Copyright 2016 Sweet Amnesia Music, ASCAP Fall to me when your mind is tied with worries cut the line and ride the breeze I’ll rise like a city rooftop be your safe retreat if you fall to me Bend to me When the day lays burdens on you Like an arch we’ll lean into shore up your faith we make our own shelter when you bend to me Reach for me when the distance cuts the closeness in our eyes or in our voices words in a reckless moment we didn’t mean Oh will you reach for me closer than you think, whenever you're in doubt you can reach for me, I am one touch out Fall into this love, it is sturdy In the highest flood, it is sound Call to me If at times I lose my way down a path of old betrayals Will you bring me back again will you call to me
6.
No Stone 03:47
No Stone Copyright 2016 Sweet Amnesia Music, ASCAP Somedays the sun can pull a fast one on you The sky's the deepest blue, until it falls Within one moment Your heart can be homeless over a precipice you've never known Whatever comes rolling through your door let it rock you to the core leave no stone unturned both the bitter and sweet will be your truth they will never lie to you gotta leave no stone unturned gotta leave no stone unturned Some days you'll breathe the air of the peaks Some nights your eyes will turn to fog and rain If you have a hard hurt, just need some comfort Look to the heavens at the birds of prey Whatever comes rolling through your door let it rock you to the core leave no stone unturned both the bitter and sweet will be your truth they will never lie to you gotta leave no stone unturned gotta leave no stone Like the black hawks on the thermals riding into the eye of the storm you got to let go and be fearless; let the danger be, the danger be your joy
7.
All Around 04:50
All Around Copyright 2016 Sweet Amnesia Music, ASCAP What has come over me I am a tree with blessings as my crown Of heavy loads, I'm a traveler free What leaves me reeling all around What's with this feeling that I've been going without What leaves me reeling all around Daylight brings this ache Should be enough just to see the sun in its place Should be a gift just to see your face What leaves me reeling all around What's with this feeling my heart's been tied and bound What leaves me reeling all around The evening bleeds into gold Leaves me with dreams in a tangle all unwound No tighter than when I woke What leaves me reeling all around What's with this feeling that I'm not gaining ground What leaves me reeling all around I walk past you everyday Patiently smiling you ask but you don't bear down Sometimes I give, but then look away What leaves me reeling all around What's with this feeling my heart is tied and bound What leaves me reeling all around I don't know where it comes from or where it goes like a tide, just seems to ebb and flow like a tide.
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Speechless 03:45
Speechless Copyright 2016 Sweet Amnesia Music, ASCAP You, given you more than I feel I had inside still waiting for requital But, get nothing for my pains These efforts all in vain cause it seems that you've decided my love's just another thing to take for granted I thought that time and tide would open us a path but my hope has turned to madness You leave me speechless You leave me speechless You leave me out in the cold You leave me speechless You leave me speechless You leave us nowhere to go Harmony: Don't you leave me in the cold You leave me nowhere to go Last night I thought I heard a thaw inside your words I thought the atmosphere was lifting But today again you've changed the rules of our engagement gone back to your indifference love, just one other thing that keeps interfering all of the memories that never could heal all got hurts that leave us reeling You leave me speechless... You don't have to give me the sky I'm not asking for much A simple reply What are these shadows you punch When will you see I'm on your side You leave me speechless
9.
Gone 05:15
Gone Copyright 2016 Sweet Amnesia Music, ASCAP Gone. But there was something in the room You felt it move into your skin like a cold October moon Gone. But something restless still endures. Broken promises have made your head A house of mirrors Something got a hold inside your nights Something took away your peace of mind Something is now rotting on the vine Beware of all those soothing sounds, saying “something more to come” Take care that you're not still around when that something comes undone Gone. But you know they know it too. From here on out you'll never trust anything they do Something got a hold inside your nights Something took away your peace of mind Something is now rotting on the vine Beware of all those soothing sounds saying “something more to come” Take care that you're not still around when that something comes undone. Something.... Gone. Something.... Gone.
10.
Rise Above 04:26
Rise Above Copyright 2016 Sweet Amnesia Music, ASCAP Down in this hole No compass can steer me No one can hear me inside this stone Looking across these tangled and weary rush hour spirits searching for home But I've got a way to slip from this tunnel to a mountain with a warm wind How can I thank you for taking time to listen to me You better believe you'll aways have my love you're one of just a few who help me rise above to walk into a wilderness of fallen hearts to see beyond the orbit of a moonless night to feel along the summit in the lowest light

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Wilderness is a blues/R&B inspired musical safari through a mysterious landscape of familiar things: people, lovers, friends, cityscapes. No wild animals here--the only tracks you'll find have a grooving retro vibe of tube amplifiers, Wurlitzer organ, soulful harmonies and a driving rhythm section. From the pulsing, traveling backbeat of the opening track Speed, past the glowing sunset shadows of Molten, on to the jungle grooves of Wilderness and Gone, this collection of danceable tracks turns all ordinary things on end, shaking out the secrets hidden deep down where the light doesn't reach.

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released March 15, 2016

JODY BLACKWELL
vocals, acoustic & electric guitars

MIKE MELE
lead guitars

JOE MCMAHON
bass, piano, Wurlitzer (8), vocals

STEVE CHAGGARIS
drums

KEN CLARK
Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer (2,4,6, 9)

STEVE SMITH
percussion

ERINN BROWN
backing vocals


PRODUCED BY: Jody Blackwell & Brian Charles
ENGINEERED and MIXED BY: Brian Charles, Zippah Recording, Brighton, MA
ASSISTANT ENGINEER: Annie Hoffman
MASTERED BY: Jonathan Wyner, M-Works, Cambridge, MA

(c) and (p) 2016, Jody Blackwell, Sweet Amnesia Music (ASCAP)

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Jody Blackwell Boston, Massachusetts

Born into a musical family in South Carolina, Jody began her career playing her jazz-inflected songs in the subways and coffeehouses around Cambridge, MA, recording her first solo EP Volcano in 1996. Branching into pop, jazz and blues over the years, her fifth and latest album, Wilderness, is a groove filled R&B-inspired collection of tunes exploring the jungle of human connections in the city. ... more

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