Fire 2

I am excited to announce the release of “Spark up the fire”, the first track on the, as of yet, untitled demo for my new solo project, “C”.  There will be three more songs on the demo, coming out soon!  All four songs were recorded in January when I was in New York visiting with my good friend, Daniel DeKalb (of the band One Red Martian).  The best thing about this demo is that it is only a precursor to, and very simplistic shadow of, the full length album that I’ll be releasing later this year. Keep an eye out for details on the Kickstarter campaign I’ll be launching in a couple of months to help fund the production of this long overdue LP.

This song in particular holds a very special place in my heart as it deals with some early childhood trauma that has had rippling effects in my life. I want to acknowledge a couple of people who helped to inspire this song, and thus, helped to inspire great healing within me.

Let’s start with “Little Byrd”, as referenced in the song. She will remain unnamed unless she let’s me know that it’s okay to use her name in my posts. Little Byrd is my former partner and the catalyst for the painful, self reflective state that resulted in this song.  Even though the friction that she and I went through was unpleasant, and at times chaotic, I love her very much and I’m grateful for the lessons that I learned through her reflection. When I began to sing this song over and over again it started to heal, in me, that which wanted to run away and hide from the discomfort I felt with simply being in my own skin. It gave me strength to face the darkness, both inside and outside of me, by helping me to harness the “fear-based” energy, that I would usually use to run away, and convert it into courage. The courage to face the darkness with loving observation creates that initial spark that catches fire.

The second person I’d like to acknowledge is “Jus” John Wright, a good friend of mine and fellow musician. When this song first started to come through, I was constantly hearing a couple of lines from one of Jus Wright’s songs mixed in with the message. After a few weeks of hearing his words mixed up with my own I reached out to him.  I told Jus that I was writing a song that was big medicine for me and that I’d love to use some lyrics I heard in one of his songs. Jus told me they weren’t his words, they were “Jah’s” words and that I should use them.

So very special thank you’s go out to Little Byrd, “Jus” John Wright,”Jah” (all that is) – Spark up the fire y’all.

Spark up the fire lyrics:
I wanna keep my heart warm and soft for you
I wanna keep my heart warm and soft for you
I wanna keep my heart warm and soft for you
So I spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire
So I spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire

 

There’s got to be a place to put the blame
My little boy, inside, is screaming in pain
So many stories weaving in my brain
Tangled in knots got me feeling insane
But the ego’s a tool for putting down and picking up
So I let go of ego and empty my cup
Now my cup’s always full ’cause I fill it with love
The I drink from my cup till I fill it back up
But the demons in me they are strong you see
I guess it all started when I was three
Next door neighbor be touching me
Filling up the pain for my grown eyes to see
The next one came four years old
hanging from a noose till my body went cold
I could hear my mamma crying out loud
Come back to life baby come back now…

 

Come back to life baby come back now
Come back to life baby come back now
Come back to life baby come back
Come back to life baby come back

 

The breath hit my lungs like heavenly fire
And burned into me a heavy desire
To sing from the hearth, keep the flames burning higher
Cuz I’ve come back to light up the dark

 

So let’s spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire
And we spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire

 

Chasing Little Byrd up the hill
I fell down broke my crown let my demons spill
Fear in my heart seeing demons still
I could choose to run but I choose to heal
So bring on the heat bring on the fire
To temper my steel for a stronger desire
To know one’s self is to keep moving higher
So I rise up my body smoking on the pyre
Underneath we’re all the same
So I know I only have my prideful eyes to blame
This is a dream that we dream awake
Change the way we see things and things in turn change
But Little Byrd left the nest took flight
Said she needs to know how a phoenix dies
Set herself on fire now I’m crying out loud
Come back to life baby come back now…

 

Come back to life baby come back now
Come back to life baby come back now
Come back to life baby come back
Come back to life baby come back

 

As you lay in your ashy womb
I will raise up my voice and I’ll sing to you
And you will rise up, rise up much higher
Cuz you’ve come to light up the dark

 

So let’s spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire
And we spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire
And we spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire
And we spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire, spark up the fire
I wanna keep my heart warm and soft for you
I wanna keep my heart warm and soft for you
I wanna keep my heart warm and soft for you

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