Wilderness

by Jody Blackwell

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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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Track Name: Speed
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
Track Name: Waiting
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
Track Name: Molten
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
Track Name: Wilderness
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
Track Name: Fall To Me
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
Track Name: No Stone
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
Track Name: All Around
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.
Track Name: Speechless
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
Track Name: Gone
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.
Track Name: Rise Above
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