Anytime you need me (ft. EllenDXY)

I started with the bass, added drums and guitar. Then Patricia Kigilcim came up with the lyrics and vocal melody. Soon there were contributions of Bill McCarthy, liljoe6string, IanT. and JeanLui Toudou. This collab was boiling like I didn’t experience ever before… So many awesome ideas and contributions which probably shouldn’t be combined into one mix.

I decided to produce two versions: a rocky version with Ian T’s vocals and a much softer female one. The male version was released in July: http://justvera.com/2020/07/02/anytime-you-need-me/

Today I proudly present the second version with awesome vocals from EllenDXY. An entirely different vibe. With the same groovy drums Bill delivered months ago. And the inimitable lead guitar of Joey. A truly epic solo. Anyway, enjoy this original lovesong. I do.

One step forward, two steps back
Life’s a struggle
You always have my back
Reach out to me
When you hear my call
Take my hand
Never let me fall

Anywhere you’re going, I wanna go
Anytime you need me, baby let me know
You bring light, peace to my soul
Fill this life
Baby make me whole

Positive feeling
all because of you
I must be dreaming
But I only dream of you

Can you feel it? (positivity)

Nobody knows you like I do
Nobody teaches me to love the way you do
You give meaning to everything
Positive feeling
You make wanna sing

Can you feel it? (positivity)

Anywhere you’re going
I wanna go
Anytime you need me
Baby let me know
You bring light
Peace to my soul
Fill this life
Make me whole

ooh can you feel it? (positivity)

Anywhere you’re going I wanna go
Anytime you need me
Baby let me know
ooh Can you feel it? (positivity)
ooh Can you feel it? (positivity)

ooh Can you feel it? (positivity)
ooh yeah Any time you need me
oh Any time you need me
Let me know

(Lyrics: Patricia Kigilcim/EllenDXY, Vocals: EllenDXY)

Not much on paper

‘Not much on paper’ is one of the few JustVera tracks which started from lyrics. Some time ago Mike answered my call for excellent lyrics. I created the instrumental background and then the real work started: finding the matching vocal performer. This is where Skarlun came in. Tarjei did the job like only he can. Period.

Check the lyrics, the vocals, the track. I’ll leave the judgement up to you. All I can say it’s JustVera. 100%. Definitely.

We only have one life
No matter if heaven awaits
This is all we know
The rest left up to fate

It isn’t very long
When you measure it in years
But there’s so much more
When your vision is clear

It’s not much on paper
Like sand shifting from our grasp
Remember, through the darkness
To never give up
To never give up

We only have one place
Just one lonely point in time
This is all we know
Beyond is undefined

We only have one chance
Or maybe even more
But there’s no going back
Once you open the door

You’ll find it again
The magic still awaits

I won’t promise you
False reasons to believe
But I know this to be true
Because I have been there too
The darkness never lasts
But I know what does…

It’s not much on paper
Like sand shifting from our grasp
It fails to make sense
When you look at the past

But the moment was there
And what a moment it was
Remember, through the darkness
To never give up

(Lyrics: Mike Mantecon, Vocals: Tarjei Skarlund)

Jump before you touch the ground

I created a first version of ‘Jump before you touch the ground’ some nine years ago. Now there’s an entirely new remake which is way stronger, compact and balanced. AND there are lyrics, vocals, drums, bass, rhythm- and leadguitar played by real musicians: Chris Bouchard, Jeff Bragg, Jordi Ribas, Mark Adams and Tez Katajala. I’m ever so grateful their contributions made my track come to life.

Jump before you
Touch the ground
Shout before you
Make a sound

Reality is
Somewhere around
If you look
It can be found

Looking for answers
In the dark
Need to go back
To the start
Every time is different
Until it’s all the same
What’s going on
Inside my brain

Jump before you
Touch the ground
Shout before you
Make a sound
Going up
Coming down
Space is
All around

Don’t wait
Till it is too late
Now’s the time
To consolidate

Abate
The way you relate
Be the one
To compensate

Jump before you
Touch the ground
Shout before you
Make a sound
Going up
Coming down
Space is
All around

Refine
The way you define
How you live
And communicate

It’s time
To come back down
Time to give
And consummate

(Lyrics: Tez Katajala, Vocals: Jeff Bragg)

Anytime you need me (ft. Ian T.)

Patricia Kigilcim wrote some appropriate lyrics to my tune and did some modest vocals. Bill McCarthy -drums-, Joey Six -lead guitar- and JeanLui Toudou -bass- joined and we were half way there. But then Ian T came along: he did some amazing vocals and harmonies and while he was at it, he spiced up the track with several tasty rhythm guitar parts. And where most JustVera productions take months or even years, this one took less than 3 weeks. Magic doesn’t always take time.

BTW… You also might want to check an alternative version, featuring EllenDXY: http://justvera.com/2020/09/12/anytime-you-need-me-ft-ellendxy/

One step forward, two steps back
Daily struggle, do I trust?
Gotta watch your back
Reach on out
When you hear me call
Baby take my hand

Anywhere you’re going, I wanna go
Anytime you need me, baby let me know
You bring light, peace to my soul
Fill this life
Positivity, can you feel it?

When you need a friend
When you’ve lost all hope
‘n’ you’re feeling all alone
Don’t give up, hold on and know
I’ll be there, to help you ease the load

Anywhere you’re going, I wanna go
Anytime you need me, baby let me know
Positivity, can you feel it?

When you’re feeling all alone
Hold on and know

Anytime you need me, baby let me know

(Lyrics: Patricia Kigilcim, Vocals: Ian T)

Get away

The creation of ‘Get away’ was an experiment on my part. I challenged writers to send me their dearest set of lyrics. The first one who responded was Amanda Moubarak. Living in Lebanon and writing about her life in a pretty devastated country. It took me several months to come up with the right music to match her story.

Long story short: with the help of Lloyd Plueschow -lead guitar- and Tarjei Skarlund -awesome vocals- we created ‘Get away’. Straight from the heart.

Life’s too short for lifeless music.

Do you know what it’s like
to fight and never win?
Not once in your life
did you get what you were wishing.

Do you know what it’s like
to live in constant battle?
With others, with yourself
did you ever feel fragile?

Get away
I know what it takes
to try to live
another day
Get away
I know what it takes
to try to live
another day

Well do you know?
I guess you don’t
You’re lucky you don’t have to
Do you feel?
I guess you won’t
have to love the way I do

(Lebanese)
do you know the feeling of being on your last breath
your heart tells you keep going but your mind says stop
you stop at the end of the road with only one step left
you’re afraid that you’re gonna fall in the end
do you know when you hear the voice of every one who said
you will never make it then they leave you fighting alone
those voices have combined into one complaining voice
that voice is yours so you decide now what you want to say

Did you ever feel so helpless against the time?
Feeling low when you’re supposed to be on your prime
Trying to fit another word into the same old rhyme
the same old rhyme, the same old rhyme

Get away
I know what it takes
to try to live
another day
Get away
I know what it takes
to try to live
another day

(Lebanese reprise)

Get away, get away
I know what it takes
to live another day

(Lyrics: Amanda Moubarak, Vocals: Tarjei Skarlun)

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)