For Everyone

In early 2014 I realized it'd been a year and a half since I released An Anthology of Sorts, and decided I need to release something by Fall.  I had visions of six, seven, even ten songs.  But time got away from me, October rolled around and I only had four ready to go.  At least two of them seemed too ready to hang on to, so I gotta drop it. There's lyrics and a couple of stories below.  You can pick it up below, iTunes, Amazon and such and you can get a hard copy here.

For Everyone

Dr Wippit – Guitars, Vocals * Stacey Rago – Vocals * Wild Green Max – Bass * Erfman – Drums * Mixed by Gremlen Studio

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This one started with a goal of writing a song with a capo.  I recorded a chord progression with a capo on the 7th fret of my acoustic, and played it back in the car to see if I could hear the words.  The words to the chorus came first as they often do, and I realized this was kinda heavy, and needed more than acoustic guitar.  I brought my acoustic guitar and capo to Eaten By Machines and asked them to add a bass guitar and drums.  I brought it home and started to put electric guitar on top and realized there wasn't room for an acoustic guitar and capo on this recording.  But there was room for female vocals for sure.

It’s early in the morning and I need a little light
I’ve been up wrestlin’ with the night, and I woke up alone again
Not in the lonely sense of the word
But in the way so many people leave me cut off from this world
Somehow we got to livin’ – Believin’ in two sides
Like left and right is wrong and right
But there’s so much more than Black and White
It seems to me there ought to be a side for where I’m from
There ought to be a side for everyone

When do we get to the part where we stop hurting each other?
How do we get to the place where we stop breaking each other down?
I never wanted to raise a fist at my brother
I’ve got this piece of mind, how do I make it big enough for everyone?

When I look back on a lifetime, one fundamental truth
Is that a might have learned a lot of things but I don’t know more than you – no more than anyone
All I know is what I see – Your can have your faith and you can have your proof but you don’t know more than me – no more than anyone
Why can’t we just disagree?
I won’t try to take that away from you, if you don’t try to take it from me

There’s talk of Revelations, there’s talk of Revolutions
People praying for destruction in the name of institutions
Can’t you see we’ve got to let it go, let it be, let it grow?
We can only break it down until it’s gone

And when do we get to the part where we stop killing each other?
How do we get to the place where we stop tearing each other apart?
Unforgivable crimes committed against my sweet Mother Earth
I’ve got this piece of mind, how do I make it big enough for everyone?

If you see someone walkin’ on a different path, that’s where they’re at
You can’t judge what goes on in their head
You can open your mind, and still be so blind
You got to open your heart instead

When do we get to the part where we stop killing each other?
How do we get to the place where we stop tearing each other apart?
Unspeakable crimes committed against my dear Mother Earth
I’ve got this piece of mind, how do I make it big enough for all of us?
How do I open wide enough for all of us to fit inside?
How do I make you see the world with an open heart and loving eyes?
How do I make it big enough for everyone?
When is it finally big enough for everyone?

 

Yup

Dr Wippit – Guitars, Programming, Vocals * Mixed by Sam Beckley at  Gremlen Recording Studio, Aurora, IL

milkystrangeOne of the first things I did when I started playing with virtual instruments was take a drum beat and let the bass guitar play the same beat at the same time.  With a little tweaking it made a funky little riff that just sounded to me like, "Yup".  And it sounded like something fun to put some keys and guitar on top of.

If I could take a step back, all the way back to the beginning i was always winning
Truly never thought about spinning out of control, I sold my soul at a young age
I’ve been buying it back a little at a time controlling the rage
I’ve been trying to get by on time waiting for the cage to break
I built these walls but sometimes I need a little escape
Eventually I mess around and let my heart just break
For the sake of loving someone so much it’s worth the pain
But I won’t erase a single day because I’m living that much stronger
And all the words I say last that much longer
Cause they come with all that extra weight – I carry on
I’ve seen the dark and then the light again – I carry on
I’m always spending time just trying to find that thing that thing that links us all it calls me off the wall and down the hall, I fall – I’m spinning from giving it all away but I’m gonna stay until they drag me away

I’ll get you closer – I’ll take you closer to home
Closer than you wanted to go
I’ll get you closer – I’ll take you closer to home
Beyond the Edge of Comfortable

I’ve been a warrior since the first time that I started to rock
From the Chronic Jaywalk to the Tastes Like Chicken
I’ve been picking the people who make me feel like giving
Everything I got to give cause to me that’s living life like it’s meant to be lived
I realize I’m preaching for a minute please Father forgive me while I reach a little bit higher for the fire again my friend
It don’t expire ‘til I get to the end
And at least they’ll say that I gave it everything I had to give
I lived like I meant it and I shared at least a little bit
A taste I gave to the believers, and to the deceivers, I unleash the fury of the seekers
Decades later here it is and I’ve been holdin’ the platter it just don’t matter how I reach you cause I’ll teach you just a little bit about the love, that’s what I bring, I sing
I tell it straight until it circles back around again

I’ll get you closer, I’ll take you closer to home
Closer than you wanted to go
I’ll get you closer, I’ll take you closer to home
Beyond the edge of Comfortable

Paying for Lessons

Dr Wippit – Guitars, Programming, Vocals * Brother Al – Vocals * Mixed by Ryan Gross at Muzek Productions, Portland, IL

I don't know what it was about this really simple Bass riff that made me want to just keep adding more layers of instruments, but by the time I was adding a string section I was in for a pound. 

The fog is lifting, awaken to the cold – I can see again
The smoke is clearing, how did I get lost?
– Was it me again?

I should know better, I never even try
It makes me worry, it makes me wonder why

Is the water rising? I never learned to float- on my ownIs that a light that’s shining? Will it take me home? – I’ve been gone so long

I should know better, I never even tryIt makes me worry, it makes me wonder why

And what I’m seeing – it burns into my eyes
But if I never stop believing, I get another chance to fly

I don’t even wanna figure it out
I just gotta find a way to get out

Swimming

Dr Wippit – Guitars, Programming, Vocals * Brother Al – Vocals * Mixed by Nelson Santiago

I wrote this song in the nineties, but it was only when I started playing with MIDI that I thought I might get a good recording of it.  Some favorite lyrics of mine, and some real nice harmonies from Brother Al ;^D}

I gotta mix a potion – to slow it down outside
I gotta build a motor – to keep me running on the inside
I’m moving both directions – both down and out
Just broken pieces of what livin’ here is all about

I just wanna feel like giving but everything it takes just living is  putting me in the position of holding to my own
I don’t wanna feel like dying, everyone around me crying, searching for the piece of mind that no one seems to old

I gotta push it away – I gotta run away
I gotta make an easy stay
I can’t swim just trying, worried to breath
in the air that I’m breathing
It’s got to be so natural when I speak my mind

I gotta make a motion – I gotta draqqw that crowd
I gotta grab me a trophy to keep me proud when I’m going down
I gotta stay on top of it – I gotta beat my peers
I join the competition, I let my friends create my fears

I don’t want to feel like falling, I can feel my motor stalling
Time is passing by me while I’m steady growing old
I don’t want to feel like slippin’ I can see these people trippin’
Digging holes in what they’re given the never get control

I gotta push it away – I gotta run away
Gotta make an easy stay
I just want to stay in motion
Drop me into the middle of the ocean
Just want to feel like giving everything I hold

But I know that I’ve been here before
Somehow I thought that I’d learned so much more
The king in me, regardless of what the others see
Might be standing  with the tallest of the trees
The king in me, regardless of what the others see
Might be standing with the tallest of the trees

Dr Wippit’s heart is full of thanks to and for everyone.  Especially to his family and friends who ease his journey, lift his spirit and give him purpose, band mates past and present, and the folks that contributed to these four songs.

Songs by Dr Wippit, lyrics and more at http://www.drwippit.com/for-everyone.