Fully charged

Power, drive, pop. ‘Fully charged’ definitely has got it all. With the help of David Koehler, Buck M., VocalRun and Grandmaster Joey on leadguitar. Boost yourself:-).

Fully charged
Ready to stream
Livin’ large
A YouTube dream
A virtual world awaits
Altered states
Window to the collective mind
Human experience
All you can find

Pay a song
Take me on the go
Catch a score
Be where you need to be
Check this out
Have a split ego
I’ve seen it before
With me your mind runs free

All I need is battery power
I’ll keep you busy hour after hour
Hour after hour

Fully charged
Ready to stream
Livin’ large
A YouTube dream
The light is green…

Your crowd will descend
Following the trend
Meet there if you can
Following the trend
Stream until the end
Someone never known
Is a suddden best friend
I’ll be your best friend

Rumors catch fire
The truth is pretend
No time for reason
Must hit the send
Pumped up with power
All the knowledge of the planet
Doesn’t matter how you use it

I’ll feed your fire
I’ll help you fan it

Fully charged
Ready to stream
Fully charged
Ready to stream
Fully charged
Livin’ large
Fully charged
A YouTube dream
Fully charged

(Lyrics: David Koehler, Vocals: Buck M. & VocalRun)

Descendant II

‘Descendant II’ is the remake of an earlier version –https://justvera.com/2019/07/31/descendant/-, with an entirely different jazzy vibe. Lyrics by Tez Katajala, Bill McCarthy on drums and Jim Bryan on fretless bass. Marc Brouwer’s rearrangement of the piano part is truly great in every way and clearly showed the new direction. And on top of that: Kari DeNeal with an unequalled vocal performance… JustThat.

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)

Valhalla

When I started ‘Valhalla’ three months ago, I felt there was magic. Chris Bouchard (drums), Joey Six (guitars), Dave Koehler (lyrics) and Mike Patterson (vocals) must have felt the same…

‘Valhalla’ turned out as I hoped it would: with the Scandinavian vibe, the power and excitement in every vein. Enjoy the warriors.

We ply the icy waves
By stars we steer
In dragon ships
Without fear

Foes scan the sea
Spot our sails
Their stomachs turn
Their hearts quail
Some test our might
And some turn tail
But those that fight
Were doomed to fail

On the field
Don’t mourn the fallen

Valhalla
Valhalla
The warrior’s right
Battle all day
Eat and drink all night
So may we fly to Valhalla

Fly to Valhalla

By northern lights
We are born
To live by strength
And fear no storm

Forward in battle
Weapons unshorn
Eternal disgrace
For those who yield
I will never yield

Honor for those
Carried home on a shield
When the horns sound
And the blood will flow
We will fight and win
Or to Valhalla we will go

Valhalla
Valhalla
The warrior’s right
Valhalla
Valhalla
We’ll battle all day
And drink all night

Valhalla
Valhalla

Valhalla

(Lyrics: David Koehler, Vocals: Mike Patterson)

The goal

Greed… It’s one of the seven sins which are the subject of ‘The goal’. Written by David Koehler and convincingly performed by Buck M. The musical stage is my usual Reason programming plus the subtle rhythm guitar of Nicola Offidani providing that special 80-ies feel. Enjoy!

You act like you’re
Some Robin Hood
But you ain’t foolin’ me
You’re up to no good

You’re a clever one
Smooth talkin’ man
Sell water to a fish?
I know you can

You come by your funds
In nefarious ways
Then pretend you’re a hero
Like the ace of spades

What’s the goal
For the money you stole?
What’s the goal ?
What’s the goal?

You took from the rich
Give to the poor
That was your story
‘Til you passed those stores

It ain’t from need
You’re livin’ fine
It’s more like greed
Can’t walk the line

Weird addiction
Don’t you see it’s a crime?

What’s the goal
For the money you stole?
What’s the goal man?
What’s the goal?

Well you finally got caught
And you did some time
Now you’re on parole
But you’re still not buyin’

And history repeats itself
You’re just diggin’ a hole
And sellin’ your soul
For a glamourous role

So that’s the goal
For all the money you stole
You brag about diamonds
But you’re diggin’ up coal

Is that the goal, man?
Is that the goal?

(Lyrics: David Koehler, Vocals: Buck M.)

Angela

‘Angela’ was a slowstarter, which turned out beyond my expectations. More than a year ago there was Pepino Lorenzo who added a driving drumtrack to my idea. Then there was a long silence, until Buck&Dave showed up. Dave’s passionate story inspired Buck to an extraordinary vocal performance.
Sometimes lightning strikes and Magic happens…

I walk alone this evening
Setting sun’s like your ruby lips
Thinkin’ about your sultry eyes
Wanna feel your swaying hips

Temptation is a fire
That melts my pride
All I feel is desire
Something I can’t hide

Why did we fight
Angela
It just ain’t right
Angela

You make me sad
You don’t seem to care
You treat me bad
If I treated you
Like you treat me
You’d rain a hellfire for all to see
Angela, Angela, Angela…

I’ll call and call
Will you take me back?
Will you see me again?
Will you be on the attack?

This is your game
I’m always to blame
I’d walk away, but I
I can’t quench this flame

Temptation is a fire
That melts my pride
All I feel is desire
Something I can’t hide

Angela
Why did we fight
Angela
It just ain’t right
This ain’t the way
Stop makin’ me pay
Angela
Stop makin’ me pay

(Lyrics: David Koehler, Vocals: Buck M.)

Spot the wolf

Pop. With a twist. Or two. Thank you so much Elizabeth Auzan (lyrics) and Kris Pride (vocals) for this wolf in sheep’s clothing: ‘Spot the wolf’.

You smiled at me across the dance floor
Then I wanted more
And Mary’s little lamb
Didn’t see the wolf’s pointy fangs

Red Riding Hood’s gran,
The Wolf of Wall Street man
It’s sheep or wolf since time began

Felt like the star of Dirty Dancin’
Ready for romance
I was a silly sheep
You, the wolf, swept me off my feet

Red Riding Hood’s gran,
The Wolf of Wall Street man
It’s sheep or wolf since time began

I don’t enjoy living dangerously
This much you could see
I didn’t recognize
The hard, wolfish glint in your eyes

I gave you my heart.
You wolfed it down
I was just your clown
You told beautiful lies
And you laughed every time I cried

Red Riding Hood’s gran,
The Wolf of Wall Street man
It’s sheep or wolf since time began

Like tigers who never change their stripes
Wolves will always bite
Cunningly disguised
They’ll take you by surprise

Red Riding Hood’s gran,
The Wolf of Wall Street man
It’s sheep or wolf since time began

(Lyrics: Elizabeth Auzan, Vocals: Kris Pride)

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: https://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: https://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)