You came

And now for something completely different: ‘YOU CAME’.

The Leading Pleasures, Bill McCarthy, Parm Eah and Nigel Robinson giving it their best shots. Temporary Britpop JustVera style!

You came right into my life
You came and made me feel alive
And now the summer’s come again
And never ends…

All night and all of the day
Your light scares all my fears away
And now the good time’s here to stay
Come what may…

You came
And I see clearly now
The rain
It has gone
And the sun is coming

Out…to play
Today…OK

There was a time long ago
Everything was for show
Now I see it…no more shadows
They’ve gone away…gone away

You came right into my life
You came and made me feel alive
And now the summer’s come again
And never ends…
And never ends…
And never ends….

(Lyrics and vocals by Nigel Robinson)

River of Black

AlexanderK -guitars- and me had been working on this one for some weeks in creative seclusion. Then Rick Farrell joined with the lyrics and vocals to match. And ultimately we decided to swop the programmed bass and drums for the real thing by Jordi Ribas and Todd Vierra.

‘River of Black’ shows the power of our online collaboration. Clenched energy. And… another original side of JustVera.

Save yourselves
From all that’s lost
Your faith is withered
Bare a cross
Around your heart
And cross that river

Even though
The weight is gone
Nothing seems alright
Grab those chains
And break them all
And cross that River

Let’s say a prayer for all
Let’s say a prayer for you
Let’s bury all the deep of hate
And watch them quiver

In the night
In the night
I feel the rage
In the night

I don’t fear you
You don’t need me again
I can tell you
You keep running away

Running, away
And running away
You keep
Running and running
Away
You keep running..
In the night
You keep runnin’

I can tell
By the way
That you
Watch me burn
You can sing
All you want
But there is a
Lesson to learn

And if you
Take that step away
And if you
Cross that river
And in the night
I can’t be saved.

(Lyrics and vocals by Rick Farrell)

Cow NOW

‘Cow NOW’ probably is the best pop song I produced in years. Period. With a little help from my friends Robert Saint Denis, Tom H., Pepino Lorenzo and last but not least: Ian T.: some Team…

When you call
I think ya
Know the score
It’s gonna
Open doors
You can blame who you like
But it’s you that they want, oooooh!

Stand in line
You gotta
Bide your time
Cos you’ll
Wanna jump
But the problem with that
Is you’re in the wrong queue!

Slamming doors
Blue-collar
Making sure
Will you
Wait in line?
Well it’s time grow up
Cos I know you’re strong, yeah!

You gotta help yourself
Take it to a place you have never been
If you can’t see
That your life isn’t free

What you want me to do about it?
What you want me?
What you want me to do about it?
What you want me?
What you want me to do about it?
What you want me to do about it?
What you want me to do about it?
What you want me?

wow NOW!
wow NOW!
wow NOW!
wow NOW!
wow NOW!
wow NOW!
wow NOW!
brown COW!

(Lyrics and vocals by Ian T.)

Slash and burn


Our forests are precious beyond imagination. Forests regulate the climate and host an extraordinary array of plants and animals. Years ago I wrote ‘Slash and burn’: an indictment against the destruction of the rainforest in Brazil.

To a greedy few, forests are just land, waiting to become pastures, plantations, or roads; sources of timber, rubber, or minerals. Unprecedented threats by a ruthless industry backed by Bolsonaro’s government…

That’s why I decided to launch a new version of ‘Slash and burn’. With the help of NunoW (guitars), Chris Bouchard (drums) and Jean Lui Toudou (bass) we created a new stage for singer Peter Hendriks.

Enjoy this new rocky performance. If you care, please do share.

There’s a jungle out there
Balanced and unaware

Cars and railroads scar the face of planet earth

There’s a jungle out there
Unaware

Snakes and lizards, spidermonkeys
Parrots, dolphins, frogs and butterflies

Poison in the air
Scares the birds and feathers wear
Air with smoke which makes it hard to breathe
Fly for life, not knowing where to go
True victims of pure greed

Soil turns into dust
Make the Goeldi’s monkeys flee
Agriculture, pesticides and more
Habitat destroyed until the core
True victims of pure greed

Rivers that run dry
Are the cause of fish to die
Native people forced to leave their homes
Fill the slums, accepting all that comes
True victims of pure greed

Slash and burn the forest we don’t own
Disrespect the gift we got on loan

Slash and burn the forest we don’t own
Disrespect the gift we got on loan

Slash and burn the forest we don’t own
Disrespect the gift we got on loan

(Lyrics: Justus, vocals: Peter Hendriks)

The deepest blue

Once upon a time thousands of cenotes were created all over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. They were revered by the ancient Mayans as sacred wells. Now, 66 million years later there’s ‘The deepest blue’. Quite a special song, full of groove, originality, surprise and mystery. Thanks to a bunch of top league online musicians:
Bill McCarthy (drums)
Jean Lui Toudou (bass)
Rob Glass (bass)
Joey Six (guitars)
Mike Patterson (lyrics & vocals)

Discover a new sensation…
comfortable at elevation
Welcome to the deepest blue
Scary, but it beckons still…
Leap into the indigo

Step into the portico
then enter the vestibule
The world awaits…
your quest… Investigate!

It’s something you’ve never seen
A field of the truest green
In front of you
a sea of the deepest blue

One door closed, a new one opens
Plunge into the azure ocean
(Welcome to the deepest blue)
It’s a little scary at first
till you rediscover that thirst

Something like a divination
Every scene a revelation
(Welcome to the deepest blue)
It feels like this was meant to be
Utopia surrounding me
It’s just what I’ve been searching for
and now I’m wanting more and more
(Welcome to the deepest blue)
The deepest blue… it comforts me
but can this really be reality?

(Lyrics & vocals by Mike Patterson)

Loved you enough

What if? You’ll never know…
Perhaps listening to ‘Loved you enough’ will help though. Contemplative words by Joel Sattler, performed by IanT. and backed up by NunoW with some convincing guitar parts. Here’s your answer;-).

would I be on this path
if only I’d loved you enough
would I be able to laugh
if only I’d loved you enough

would my soul rise from the ash
would my heart be torn in half
would I even need to ask
if only I had loved you enough

would the future be warm and bright
if only I’d loved you enough
would I be able to sleep at night
if only I’d loved you enough

would I be able to put up a fight
see things with a clearer sight

see things with a clearer sight

would I be able to make things right
if only I had loved you enough

the prologue is in the past
they say love can never last
but I feel like I’m tied to the mast
while the sirens sing of my loss
I thought I knew what I should do
but I didn’t know then what is true
I should have left it up to you
but I didn’t reckon the cost

would tomorrow be something good
if only I’d loved you enough
would I be more than I could
if only I’d loved you enough

and in all likelihood
the storms could have been withstood
I should have understood
if only I had loved you enough

(Lyrics by Joel Sattler)

Ballerina

Jen Carie wrote about a traumatic event in a child’s life. And performed it like only she can. Heidar Sigurdsson added the haunting beats and bass and NunoW took care of rhythm and lead guitars. Some shivering production…

The child frozen in place
It only took one shot
What was seen and heard that night
Ripped out innocence, must turn to rock

Daddy whatcha got
Keep breathing, don’t go
Loud bang of a .45
Thief robbed the child’s soul

Ballerina in my box
Dance for me
Ballerina in my box
Set this child in me free

The screams of momma’s voice
Turned to silent stares
Whispers that he had a choice
Streaks of angry tears

Daddy whatcha got
Keep breathing, don’t go
Loud bang of a .45
Thief robbed the child’s soul

Ballerina
Ballerina in my box
Dance for me

(Lyrics & vocals by Jen Carie)

Descendant

My Steinway Grand and Kari DeNeal. And brilliant lyrics by Tez Katajala. That’s all it takes. Sometimes miracles just happen. Pure Magic. Sheer Beauty. I rest my case.

I can’t help who I am
I am a descendant
I can’t show who I am
I’m lost in the dissonance

I’d like to rise above the noise
But I’m stuck in the present
I’d like to fly away
But I’ve been grounded

I need you to help me
To keep from drowning
I’m lost in all the noise
Will I be found

Will I be found
Will I be found
Will I be found

To rise above the noise
I need to be persistent
I am a descendant

Lost in the dissonance
Stuck in the present
Trying to keep from drowning
To keep from drowning

(Lyrics: Tez Katajala, vocals: Kari DeNeal)

No need to be scared

This is a typical 3-minute poppy tune JustVera-style. Todd W. came up with lyrics/vocals and Dan Rosati added some brilliant saxophone. ‘No need to be scared’: a wolf in hamsters clothes.

Btw You might also enjoy the video…

Just because you dream it,
it doesn’t mean it’s there,
and just because you feel it,
it doesn’t mean they’ll care.
They only stop and stare,
so just beware.

So once you know you’ll need it,
but you can’t figure where,
and then the place you seek it,
it’s gone into thin air
if only it were there.

What you sow you’ll reap it,
so you’re the rightful heir
and what you catch you’ll keep it
there’s no need to be scared:
the answer to your prayers.

What you sow you’ll reap it,
so you’re the rightful heir
and what you catch you’ll keep it
there’s no need to be scared:
the answer to your prayers.

(Lyrics & vocals by Todd W.)

 

Fit the mold

Not everybody fits the mold. But: ‘without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible’ (Frank Zappa).
When I heard Christine Linge’s performance of Mike Mantecon’s lyrics I stopped breathing for a moment. Sheer beauty. So I put her voice in the center and just added some arrangements to create some extra tension. And then I discovered Jannik Gade’s acoustic guitar. Just amazing…

So many will tell you
That it isn’t worth the time
To chase after fantasy
When you only have one life
So many will tell you
That the dream was never real
That they know the way
That you should think and feel

Maybe you don’t fit the mold
Or piece together right
Maybe you don’t conform
To their wrong and right
Maybe you don’t fit the mold
But it’s alright
It’s alright

Many will sell you
On a dream that isn’t yours
And after all they tell you
You may feel unsure
Many will sell you
What is wrong and what is right
But none of them speak louder
Than the voice down inside

Maybe you don’t fit the mold
Or piece together right
Maybe you don’t conform
To the wrong and right
Maybe you just don’t fit the mold
But it’s alright
It’s alright

Maybe you don’t fit the mold
Or piece together right
Maybe you don’t conform
To the wrong and right
Maybe you don’t fit the mold
But it’s alright
It’s alright
It’s alright
Yeah it’s alright
It’s alright

(Lyrics: Mike Mantecon, vocals: Christine Linge)