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More Songs from Living On the Earth

by Alicia Bay Laurel

Original psych folk songs created by a legendary author/artist/singer/songwriter whose bestselling book documented the rural bohemian life of the late '60s and early '70s.
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1. Surviving in Style (feat. Tom McNalley, Dwight Kilian)
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2. Piper of the Woods (feat. Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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3. Hang Around & Boogie (feat. Doug Webb, Dwight Kilian)
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4. Devotional to a Spiritual Guide (feat. Brian Brigham, Benn Clatworthy, Ron Grant, Dwight Kilian)
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5. Serenade (feat. Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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6. Beautiful, Beautiful (feat. Gwendolyn Sanford, Brian Brigham, Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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7. Green, Green Rain (feat. Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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8. Hard Living (feat. Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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9. Hippie Hill (feat. Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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10. Butterfly Farewell (feat. Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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11. Have a Good Time (feat. Gwendolyn Sanford, Brian Brigham, Louis Hanshaw, Gonzalo Palacios, Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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12. Onward, Onward Ever Flow (feat. Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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13. Song of You & Me (feat. Tom McNalley, Brian Brigham, Dwight Kilian)
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14. Yabyum (feat. Mark Hewins, Ron Grant, Dwight Kilian)
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15. New Year's Eve Party: Auld Lang Syne (Goodbye 1974) [feat. Gwendolyn Sanford, Brian Brigham, Louis Hanshaw, Gonzalo Palacios, Mark Hewins, Ron Grant, Dwight Kilian]
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16. Last Song of the Night (feat. Brian Brigham, Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian)
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17. Paisley Days (1986) [feat. Benn Clatworthy, Mark Hewins, Dwight Kilian]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"This record quickly reminded of the glory folk days of Joan Baez and Judy Collins. This was even before I read that although Alicia Bay Laurel recorded this album within the last year, she wrote these songs in the 1960s and 1970s when she lived on various communes in the US. She has that same beautiful voice with occasionally barbed lyrics. The arrangements are classic folk, but there is also some lounge jazz in a few of them, which plays well. While this is not a Linda Perhacs style discovery, Alicia Bay Laurel is a nice find, taking us back to a great time in folk music."

© David Hintz
Folk World Europe
http://www.folkworld.eu/

I wrote these songs in the 1960s and ‘70s, when I lived and created my books in rural communes in Northern California, Vermont and Hawaii – except for Paisley Days, which I wrote in 1986, looking back on those times. Miraculously, the cassette home recordings I made of them survived into 2013, when I digitized them, relearned the songs, and began producing this recording, with the help of a host of super-talented collaborators.

It's not my first dip into the well of songs I composed during that time. My first CD, Music from Living on the Earth, released in 2000 during my national tour for the 30th anniversary edition of my book Living on the Earth, is another collection of 17 of these songs. It's mostly a solo vocal/guitar recording (the last track is a capella choir), and is also available on CD Baby.

Also, the CD Songs from Being of the Sun, released in 2013, is a re-mastered recording of music I wrote or co-wrote during the late 60s and early 70s, recorded with and by composer/musician Ramon Sender Barayon, just before our book Being of the Sun (Harper & Row, 1973) was published. It, too, is available on CD Baby.

The musicians on More Songs From Living on the Earth (including me) were recorded by Chris McNeil (at his studio in La Herradura, Spain), Mark DeCozio (at his studio in Scottsdale, Arizona) and Ron Grant (at his studio in Los Angeles CA).

The synth orchestration, programming, editing, mixing and mastering are all by Ron Grant, an Emmy and Oscar-winning film composer. He created the orchestral/choral arrangement for Devotional for a Spirit Guide, plus sound effects on New Years Eve Party, and additional synthesizer sound tracks on Butterfly Farewell and Yabyum. This is the 4th CD on which we have collaborated. He also creates animated stories for children.

Los Angeles-based graphic designer and marketing consultant Al Lopez created the digital layout for the packaging from my illustrations, lettering and design ideas. This is the fifth CD art collaboration I've done with Al. I respect his abilities and ideas tremendously.

The dazzling golden photo of me on the traycard was taken by Vin Oota on May 30, 2012 at Café Slow, Kokubunji, Tokyo, Japan.

In the photo, I am wearing organic cotton, handmade, fair trade clothing designed by the brilliant Kaorico Ago for her Japan-based natural fashion company, Little Eagle.

I created all of the music, lyrics, and arrangements, the packaging design, liner notes and illustrations (most of which are from my book Living on the Earth.) I sang all of the lead vocals, played guitar on every track (melody guitar on all execept tracks 5, 9, 14 and 17, on which I played rhythm guitar), sang harmonies on tracks 4, 6, 11 and 15, and produced the CD on behalf of Indigo With Stars, Inc. The songs are published by Bay Tree Music, a subsidiary of Indigo With Stars, Inc., and all of the songs are copyrighted and registered with ASCAP as of 2014.

About the musicians:

Some of Mark Hewins' guitar solos are played on a guitar synthezier, and sound like pan pipes (Piper of the Woods), bells (Yabyum) and ethereal harmonics (Butterfly Farewell). He's from the UK and recorded for me in Spain. Besides playing guitar, he does research and development of electronic musical instruments.

Gwendolyn Sanford is a psych folk luminary who has made many beautiful CDs of her own. Her soprano harmonies are on Beautiful, Beautiful, Have a Good Time, and New Years Eve Party. She's based in LA, where she and her husband Brandon Jay create soundtracks for TV series including Weeds and Orange is the New Black, as well as perform in bands they lead, separately and together.

Brian Brigham is a professional vocalist based in Los Angeles, currently singing back-up in '60s pop legend Franki Vallee's band, and doing studio vocal work in between tours.

Gonzalo Palacios is a wonderful young guitar player from Madrid who we recorded on mandolin in Los Angeles, where he lives and works. I love that his mandolin style is more southern European than bluegrass; it works perfectly on Have a Good Time and New Years Eve Party.

Tom McNalley is a great young guitarist based in Los Angeles. I totally under-used his talents, requesting only a couple of rhythm guitar tracks (Surviving in Style and Song of You and Me) and a lead solo (Song of You and Me).

Louis Hanshaw is a pop guitarist/vocalist/arranger from the UK, based in Torrox, Spain, whose genius for middle harmonies shows up on Have a Good Time and New Years Eve Party.

Benn Clatworthy is a multi-reed player from the UK, based in Los Angeles. He played a swinging tenor saxophone on Paisley Days (1986), as well as a lovely classical flute duet that Ron Grant wrote for Devotional for a Spiritual Guide.

Doug Webb is a renowned live and session player in Los Angeles. He played soprano, alto and tenor saxophones as well as clarinet on my 2006 CD What Living's All About. So, I called him to play clarinet in the 1920s style again, on Hang Around and Boogie.

Dwight Kilian is based in Phoenix, and used to be Adjunct Professor of Jazz Bass at Arizona State University, but he now works as the musical director of a big church. He's a very busy man, but, in an astonishing marathon, he managed to record all 17 of the bass tracks in one epic day at Mark DeCozio's studio in Scottsdale, and kept his usual positive attitude through it all. I especially love his bowed drone on Onward Onward Ever Flow.


About the songs:

1. Surviving in Style: These lyrics contain a statement of my personal philosophy, beginning with a reference to William Blake's poem, "Eternity":

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise.

Blake's poem is about spontaneity and non-attachment as a spiritual path.

The lyrics of Surviving in Style observe us all learning from each other, expanding our ability to love, and caring for the Earth. They visualize peace and disarmament, and all people sharing the resources of the Earth. They also allude to the mass extinction toward which the human race is currently rushing.

I wrote this song in the early 1970s, long before climate change was even being discussed. This song refuses defeat. It is a call to action.

Verse 1
Well, I have seen both fame and fortune
I have let them go by
Only thing that I hold on to
Is to kiss the joy as it flies
Flying away, each moment giving birth
To the next and next, on forever
Time is a teacher, second only to love
And we are learning to be better
Better at loving, better letting go
Better at living in the shadow of the future

Verse 2
Well, I have blamed the older people
For the way the world was spinning
Towards disaster, bend over,
And kiss your ass goodbye
But now I say each generation
Can find a means or measure
To help out, and make the world survive
We are all teachers, we are all yearning to love
And we are learning together to be better
Better at sharing, better at showing our love
Better at shining through the shadows of our fears

Bridge
Someone with the right tools could take the bombs apart
Someone with the right words could open people’s hearts
With open-hearted sharing, there is still enough for all
With open-hearted daring, erase the writing on the wall

Verse 3
Well, I have had another vision
Of a world where everybody
Lived in harmony and safety and non-conformity
It’s just a conscious jump away
And we can take that jump today
To make a future our children can survive
Let’s let them teach us
To laugh and to love
And to make our little world a little better
Better for children, better for creatures of the earth
Better for coming generations of the future

Coda
Singing about survival, surviving in style
Living long, and dying with a smile.


2. Piper of the Woods: An erotic love song, in which the archetypal god of the woods and fields is invoked through the eyes of a human lover. His iconic pipes surround the listener, darting from one stereo channel to the other, as if the Piper were merrily dancing through the trees, calling and enchanting with his music. The beloved singing to the Piper is clear that, while she surrenders to him, she is not subservient. They meet as equals.

Verse 1
And in the morning you awakened next to me
Took my pretty body in your arms
Through the trees the sun was shining gently
Spreading warmth, as we flirted and fused
Through your eyes Pan was smiling at me
The playful piper of the woods

Verse 2
Over longer distances you have spoken to me
Taken my soul into your own
Through the wires we exchanged electricity
From your home, over highways and roads
Through the words spoken explicitly
Of playful mornings in the woods

Bridge
Speaking your beautifully chosen words
Weaving your stories of whimsy
You ignited my gypsy soul
Reminding me, strength is within me
Strength is within me.

Verse 3
And on the morning we awaken next, you’ll see
As you take my picture with your mind
Through our lives we collect memories
Cruel or kind, we interpret as we choose
Through our youth time both lingers and flies
Oh, playful piper of the woods

Bridge 2
Singing my quickly frozen words
Believing the gift merely comes through
I’m repaying a debt in kind
Reminding you, faith is within you
Faith is within you

Verse 4
And in the evening our stars intertwine
As you take my pretty body in your bed
Beneath conjuncting moons so freely
You have said that I am what you choose
Beneath our fantasies we meet equally
Oh, playful piper of the woods

Coda
Playful piper of the woods, playful piper of the woods
Playful piper of the woods, playful piper of the woods


3. Hang Around and Boogie: "Groovy" was the superlative of choice for English-speaking bohemians in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It implies being "in the groove," in synch with the natural rhythms of life. The narrator of the song, a flirtatious girl speaking first to herself, and then to a prospective partner, describes the very relaxed intimate relationship she desires, and then suggests that we all live a life we love.

Verse 1
Would you like a love in your life?
Yes, I’d like a love in my life;
I want somebody groovy
To hang around and boogie with me.

Verse 2
Would you like to live by the sea
And plant a little garden with me?
I want somebody groovy
To hang around and boogie with me.

Bridge 1
Somebody easy to laugh with
Someone to go half and half with
On the dues and the juice.

Verse 3
I like to do the things that I do,
And I like the way that I do them, too.
I want somebody groovy
To hang around and do them with me.

Verse 4
Would you like a girl in your life?
You wouldn’t have to call her your wife.
All she wants to do with you
Is hang around and boogie with you.

Bridge 2
Somebody mellow to hug with,
Someone to roll on the rug with
And play in the hay

Verse 5
What’s your favorite version of bliss?
Wrap it up and seal with a kiss
Take it home and open the card
Have a little love in your life

Coda
Have a little lovin’ in your life!


4. Devotional for a Spiritual Guide: A hymn of appreciation for a person who has focused over a long period of time on developing unconditional love, selfless service, and higher consciousness, thereby inspiring others to do the same, but in their own ways. The third verse is a set of life instructions received from such a being.

Verse 1
Your love is the signature of God’s love in our lives
When you came we knew that God was listening
And your heart is the temple drum at our initiation
Your eyes are the altar of our christening
So deep is the love you’re expressing
From a Source that’s never lessening
So remember wherever you go today
You’re going with our blessings.

Verse 2
Your soul is a masterpiece painted of compassion
Your mind is a channel of creation
And your life is a Sufi tale of non-attachment
Lived in every moment and location.
And our love is a heart to heart connection
With a movement toward perfection
And the beauty that we find in you
Could only be a reflection

Verse 3
Each day is an amphora full of holy wine
Each breath we sip it from a chalice
Drink deep of the nectars of the sun and the moon
Shining on our planetary palace
And whoever you meet here, love them
For our cups are always filled again
And follow your wildest fantasy
For that will be your salvation.


5. Serenade: A shimmering summer blues-waltz for two lovers living close to nature.

Verse 1
Sun down, moon crown, blue skies, rosy clouds
Oh moon, you’re the song that I’ll sing about
As the sun goes down
Lily ponds, coconut fronds
In your crescent light

Verse 2
Sun-crowned moon man, blue eyes, gentle hands
Oh you, you’re the one that I’ll serenade
As the sun goes down
Stars fall through the hall
Of the citadel of time

Verse 3
Sunrise, sleepy eyes, another day in paradise
With you, free to follow our fantasies
‘Til the sun goes down
You take me far beyond the stars
I’ve ever seen before

Verse 4
Sun high, you and I, in a meadow in July
And you dance above and inside of me
‘Til the sun goes down
Shadows pass through the grass
Bowing to the east

Verse 5
Sun down, moon crown, blue skies, rosy clouds
Oh moon, you’re the song that I’ll sing about
As the sun goes down


6. Beautiful, Beautiful: A celebration of the powers of positive thinking, appreciation of others and self, enjoyment of the moment, and the beauty that radiates from a person engaged in these processes.

Chorus
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful

Verse 1
Everyone I know is so beautiful, beautiful
And everywhere I go is so beautiful, beautiful
My oh my, it’s all beautiful, beautiful
And so am I, I’m beautiful, beautiful

Bridge 1
I’ve taken off those blue-tinted shades
This rosy colored vision’s paying back in spades
I believe in magic that flows from above
And beauty is a talent for inspiring love

Verse 2
Look at yourself, you’re so beautiful, beautiful
And everyone else is so beautiful, beautiful
When you can see we’re all beautiful, beautiful
That’s how you can be so beautiful, beautiful

Bridge 2
Throw away the worry and bring on the bliss
Turn your mind right over, let it dance like this
No more waiting for pie in the sky
We get to go to heaven before we die

Verse 3
Everybody here is so beautiful, beautiful
There’s nothing to fear when it’s beautiful, beautiful
So come on and say it’s all beautiful, beautiful
A beautiful day, so beautiful, beautiful

Chorus
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful


7. Green, Green Rain: A year of weather changes in Northern California, from arid summer to stormy winter, with its flooding rivers. The sheet music was first published in the book Being of the Sun, which I co-authored with Ramon Sender Barayon, in 1973.

Verse 1
Green, green, green, green spring valley forest
Sun smiling shy, gently calling
Back the rain from the grass, turn, turn summer brown
‘Til the green, green rains come falling.

Verse 2
Fall, fall, fall thunder showers in the autumn
Dark clouds shout, for they’re roaring
Power songs to the grass, turn, turn winter green
When the green, green rains come falling.

Verse 3
Long, long, long, long cold winter nights
Rain seems to call out a warning
Of a flood, and the grass cries, cries in the mud
Like a lady all covered for mourning.

Verse 4
Pray, pray, pray for the sun to come back
Sun shining warm on our bodies
That have grown, with the grass, green, green in the winter
When the river came up to the cottage

Verse 5
Green, green, green, green spring valley forest
Sun smiling shy, gently calling
Back the rain from the grass, turn, turn summer brown
‘Til the green, green rains come falling.


8. Hard Living: The work of changing human society so that it benefits the many rather than the few is often stressful, exhausting, and dangerous. Yet, it must be done. Loving and sharing imparts strength and inspiration.

Verse 1
It’s hard to go on living when you can’t go to sleep
It’s hard to go on walking when you’re falling on your feet
And it’s hard to be forgiving when the whole world weeps

Chorus
But it’s doing things that are hard that makes you strong
It’s doing things that are hard that gives you song
Lord, it’s hard, hard living, loving brothers and giving,
No, it never, never was easy in this hard, hard world

Verse 2
It’s hard to go on talking when you can’t back down
It’s hard to go on walking through a race track town
And it’s so hard to see the blocking that you’re doing now

Chorus
But it’s doing things that are hard that makes you strong
It’s doing things that are hard that gives you song
Lord, it’s hard, hard living, loving brothers and giving,
No, it never, never was easy in this hard, hard world

Verse 3
It’s hard to face the lessons that you thought you learned
It’s hard to face the people that you know you burned
And it’s hard to take the karma that you know you’ve earned

Chorus
But it’s doing things that are hard that makes you strong
It’s doing things that are hard that gives you song
Lord, it’s hard, hard living, loving brothers and giving,
No, it never, never was easy in this hard, hard world


9. Hippie Hill: In the mid-1960s, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, drum circles formed, dancers gathered, and neighbors from the Haight-Ashbury, Richmond, Sunset and Fillmore districts would gather to socialize, share what they had, and talk about what they hoped to build. It was the birth of a new society, based on compassion before profit, creativity before conformity, and serenity before materialism.

Chorus
Hippie Hill groovin’, white clouds movin’ on, so slow
Cool grass is soothin’, long dresses movin’ past, billow
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Verse 1
I’m feeling the sun in the air
Through the tangles of my hair
There are children and dogs running free
Through the conga drums’ African beat
Whoa, whoa

Chorus
Hippie Hill groovin’, white clouds movin’ on, so slow
Cool grass is soothin’, long dresses movin’ past, billow
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Verse 2
If there’s heaven, it’s here, right now
If it isn’t, it’s a-comin’ any how
So I’m diggin’ that comfortable sky
And the trees are all nodding in time
Whoa, whoa

Verse 3
Get a groove on and move on, down here, right now
It’s the happ’ningest place in this town
Bring the best thing that you’ve got to share
Cause a new world is being born here
Whoa, whoa

Chorus
Hippie Hill groovin’, white clouds movin’ on, so slow
Cool grass is soothin’, long dresses movin’ past, billow
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.


10. Butterfly Farewell: People evolve, and, like caterpillars becoming butterflies, they depart for new realms that resonate more harmoniously with their evolved selves. This song is a farewell to enduring forced conformity, ridicule and cruelty. This is a departure without revenge, but, rather, with the joy of newfound freedom.

Verse 1
Today I am a butterfly
Flying to a better sky
Not another bitter sigh
To utter as I flutter by
So high, so high
Goodbye, goodbye

Verse 2
Once a walking sleeping bag
Caterpillar scallywag
Followed any waving flag
I’ve taken off my number tag
I’m free, to be
Just me, I’m free

Verse 3
Aloft upon these lovely wings
Everything inside me sings
Far from those confining things
Those frowning clowns, those poison stings
I go, I grow,
I flow, I glow

Verse 4
Today I am a butterfly
Flying to a better sky
Not another bitter sigh
To utter as I flutter by
So high, so high
Goodbye, goodbye


11. Have a Good Time: Happiness becomes possible when consciousness is focused entirely in the here and now moment. Then, many kinds of fulfillment can be realized.

Chorus
Have a good time, have a good time
Everybody loves to have a good time
From the ridiculous to the sublime
Everybody loves to have a good time

Verse 1
You can make your work play, just have a good time
And once you get your pay, go have a good time
It’s a beautiful day, so have a good time
Don’t delay, go have a good time

Chorus
Have a good time, have a good time
Everybody loves to have a good time
From the ridiculous to the sublime
Everybody loves to have a good time

Verse 2
Well, the way to relate is to have a good time
Or rehabilitate, try to have a good time
Are you looking for a mate, just have a good time
Don’t hesitate, go have a good time

Bridge
Eat when you’re hungry and sleep when you’re tired
Love when you’re loving and dance when you’re wired
Hug when you’re lonely and cry when you’re sad
Everybody does it and it ain’t so bad

Verse 3
Instead of making trouble just have a good time
And if you’re seeing double, got to have a good time
Blow a shiny bubble, just have a good time
Rockin’ in the rubble, gonna have a good time

Chorus
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la

Verse 4
If you want to find God, just have a good time
If you find it too hard to have a good time
Tell us what you want is to have a good time
You’ll get your reward, you’ll have a good time

Chorus
Have a good time, have a good time
Everybody loves to have a good time
From the ridiculous to the sublime
Everybody loves to have a good time


12. Onward, Onward Ever Flow: Inspired by this quote from the Book of Tao:

Nothing in the world is more gentle than water, yet nothing is stronger.
Water nurtures life, yet cuts through solid rock.
Overcome obstacles with the strength of gentleness.

The sheet music was first published in the book Being of the Sun, which I co-authored with Ramon Sender Barayon, in 1973.

Chorus
Onward, onward flows the water
Quiet sounds and life below
Lapping soft against the earth’s side
Never stopping, ever flowing,
Onward, onward, ever flow.

Verse 1
Find me in the mountain meadows
If I go, I never know,
Find me smiling on the valley
Onward, onward ever flow

Chorus
Onward, onward flows the water
Quiet sounds and life below
Lapping soft against the earth’s side
Never stopping, ever flowing,
Onward, onward, ever flow.

Verse 2
Sunshine humming on the mountains
Ever down the melting snow
River running in the valley,
Onward, onward ever flow

Verse 3
Rocks are stiff against the water
Never let their softness show
Soon are broken down to sand dunes
Onward, onward ever flow

Chorus
Onward, onward flows the water
Quiet sounds and life below
Lapping soft against the earth’s side
Never stopping, ever flowing,
Onward, onward, ever flow.


13. Song of You and Me: When two artists fall in love, they share not only their erotic and emotional attraction to one another, but mutual appreciation of their creativity, skills and knowledge as well.

Verse 1
Ever since I was thirteen years I played a steel guitar
And I dreamed of a man from a guitar band with a face like a movie star
Well, now we’re sitting face to face, singing harmony
It’s a love duet that I won’t forget, the song of you and me

Verse 2
You look at me so easy, smiling as you play
You’re one electric guitar man for a ukulele lei
Are you thinking of the moment that surely lies ahead
When we put aside our guitars and play drumbeats on the bed

Chorus
Synch your rhythm with me, baby
Raise your action, let’s go crazy
Sing me a song and I’ll sing you a song
And we’ll listen to each other’s music all night long

Verse 3
My heart is pumping thunder, and stars light up my eyes
Your laid-back cowboy poet style kind of took me by surprise
You’re holding me and humming a love song you just wrote
I’m singing one to you right now that matches note for note

Chorus
Synch your rhythm with me, baby
Raise your action, let’s go crazy
Sing me a song and I’ll sing you a song
And we’ll listen to each other’s music all night long


14. Yabyum: The title (which means "father/mother" in Tibetan) describes a position used for tandem meditation, with the male seated cross-legged and the female straddling his lap, facing him. It is often depicted in Tibetan and Nepalese sacred paintings and sculpture. The partners gaze into one another's eyes, aligning their breathing and heartbeats. This practice does not aim at creating orgasms or babies, but rather at raising kundalini (spiritual energy) through the chakras (energy centers of the body), raising consciousness beyond the ego and into oneness with the Universe.

Verse 1
Long we have grappled in the darkness
Enter the pyramid of light
Come, oh come and love me now
Enter the pyramid of light

Verse 2
Long we have fumbled through the curtains
Of fear and ego in the night
Come, let’s now be god and goddess
Come let’s be channels of the light

Bridge 1
Folded in a lotus on a shimmering lake
With all the cosmos swimming by
We will breathe together, beat our hearts together
Chakra to chakra, eye to eye

Verse 3
In your body is the presence
Of my angel spirit guide
In my aura, love eternal
That seeks to lift your fallen pride

Bridge 2
So, love you, love you, won’t you love yourself?
Love you, love you, it’s the wealth
That will sustain you and glorify you
Give you your freedom and your health

Verse 4
Divine beyond all human sorrow
Enter the pyramid of light
Ascend the throne your rightful home
Enter the pyramid of light

Coda
Ascend the throne your rightful home
Enter the pyramid of light


15. New Year's Eve Party: I love that there is a holiday that celebrates the passage of time. I spontaneously created the song "Goodbye 1974" at a New Year's Eve party at Modelia studio on Maui, on December 31, 1973. The other musicians at the gathering, including dear Delia Moon (for whom the recording studio was named), made up more verses as we went along, and the song became a tradition for some years after that, with new verses added as the dates changed. So, now I am inviting anyone who would like to join us in this song, to create new verses at New Year's Eve parties to come.

Chorus
Goodbye 1974, we’ve seen the last of you
Goodbye 1974, we sang until you were through

Verse 1
I remember the birthdays when they all came ‘round
We danced ‘til both feet rose off of the ground
I remember the sights, I remember the sounds of 1974

Chorus
Goodbye 1974, we’ve seen the last of you
Goodbye 1974, we sang until you were through

Verse 2
I remember the time I got so high
It maybe was June, or maybe July
I laughed ‘til the tears rolled out of my eyes in 1974

Chorus
Goodbye 1974, we’ve seen the last of you
Goodbye 1974, we sang until you were through

Verse 3
And now that we’ve made it to ‘75
I’m glad that we all came through it alive
It looks like we all are gonna survive ‘til 1976

Spoken word:
Now you can customize this song for any New Year’s Eve you happen to be celebrating.
Just change the year and write a new third verse! I’d love to hear it if you do.

Chorus
Goodbye 1974, we’ve seen the last of you
Goodbye 1974, we sang until you were through

Coda:
Sang until you were through
Sang until you were through
Sang until you were through


16. Last Song of the Night: This song recalls those gorgeous nights without electricity, when we retired from singing around the campfire together, to our simple, hand-built, candle-lit, dwellings. The sheet music was first published in the book Being of the Sun, which I co-authored with Ramon Sender Barayon, in 1973.

Verse 1
It’s the last song of the night
It’s the last song of the night
We’re going to lie down
But we’ll still hear the sound
Of the last song of the night.

Verse 2
It’s the last song of the night
It’s the last song of the night
We’re going to our beds
But echoed in our heads
Is the last song of the night.

Verse 3
It’s the last song of the night
It’s the last song of the night
We’re going to sleep
But in our hearts we’ll keep
The last song of the night

Coda
It’s the last song of the night.


17. Paisley Days (1986): In the mid-1980s, the great flowering of the flower children had all but disappeared, although some of the rural communes continued, and most of the political activists remained active. Many of my friends arranged their lives around providing a middle class upbringing for their children. I was studying music, working as a musician, and writing jazz tunes, including this one. It's a sentimental review of the '60s and '70s, and also a decision to continue with the best of what I learned and lived then. And, to my astonishment, the Paisley Days DID come back again - a decade later - with the Millenials, many of whom struggle mightily for environmental preservation and for social justice, and who are as proactive in creating creative, ethical and natural lives as we were in our youth.

Verse 1
When will the paisley days come back again?
Sometimes I wonder with my old friends
We would always spare the rod
And each of us could talk to God
And poverty was chic in our paisley days

Verse 2
I used to hitchhike everywhere by myself
My faith was unshakeable and so was my health
Costume tatters we would wear
Beneath the wildness of our hair
We said “Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it” in our paisley days

Bridge 1
We were survivors who boycotted war
We were living proof that less is more
We thought we’d outnumber the rich and their guns
By showing that sharing could be much more fun

Verse 3
Perhaps we were blind, fashion passed us by
And as we got older, our ideals didn’t fly
Upwardly mobile now, good consumers anyhow
Sometimes we felt ashamed of our paisley days

Bridge 2
But we were pioneers of inner space
We dreamed of a peaceful human race
For music we gathered half a million strong
Blind you may say, but I don’t think we were wrong

Verse 4
Friends, “peace and love” is still all right with me
And freedom includes non-conformity
I’m gonna try to seek the Light, and cheer for men who will not fight
And live the simple ways of my paisley days

Coda
Praise the simple ways of my paisley days
Praise the simple ways of my paisley days
I praise the simple ways of my paisley days

MORE LISTENER RESPONSE TO "MORE SONGS FROM LIVING ON THE EARTH"

I received your CD!
It’s so beautiful.
Your songs make me calm, and I am able to go back to my golden childhood.

Love, Banana :)

Yoshimoto Banana
Author
Tokyo, Japan

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I am loving this album!!! It is so nice, calming, simple and beautiful!!!
I can totally see myself relaxing and enjoying this music at a cozy café! Tim loves it, too!
We are keeping your CD in our CD player, and listening to it again and again.
Thank you for your creativity and love for music!

Mayu Uotani Jensen
Translator of Yogananda’s books
Wife of songwriter Tim Jensen, who creates songs for anime films

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Dear, Dear Alicia,

I have just heard it once so far, but I am delighted by your music. Wonderful!! So many nice touches, like the flute – really, really delightful. And your voice is GREAT. Joan Baez-like. I love it. So proud of you!

Big Hug and Love,

Noelie Rodriguez PhD
Professor of Sociology
Hawaii Community College, at the University of Hawaii, Hilo

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Listened to your CD for the first time this morning – the first time with any new music for me is freely experiencing it, feeling it as the music dances around the room. Subsequent listenings are for hearing what comprises the layers, but first time, just like first time sex, is all about the experience.

THE EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT!

Takes you back to the Sixties.

Love your voice. You sound like a young girl, a young hippie girl singing about the joy we had back then. In a few of the songs your voice is reminiscent of a young Norah Jones.

I especially love the way the language itself brings back the times – words that are not in common use now (at least in the terms we used them back then) come to life in your songs. Part of keeping the times alive.

And with all that said, the songs are also timeless in that the music still matters. It is so unfortunate that Dallas is barren of folk (other than one venue). The East Coast would eat this up – you would shine at the folk festival I attend yearly (other than this year.)

Hippie Hill and Have a Good Time especially made me smile. What it was all about. And the wistfulness in Paisley Days as you talk about the way it was. How did war and failing economies and faltering ecologies allow society to forget what we were trying to teach people – eat when you are hungry, sleep when you are sleepy. And the simplicity of moving from one moment to the next – sing me a song and I’ll sing you a song and we’ll listen to each other’s music all night long.

Barbara Light Lacy
Author and musician
Dallas TX

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Ah yes…can’t help but plug my dear sister’s new CD…New to me that is… these songs (so Alicia tells me) are from back in the day’s of Wheeler Ranch…and more…Alicia, recovered from her old tapes the music from back then, and re-recorded the lot… If you like John Fahey, Maria Muldaur and a spice of jazz… you’ll love this…If you want to know more…just ask me…or better yet… ask the lady herself…but, do yourself a favor and pick up your copy now!

“Butterfly Farewell” is my current favorite. It surprisingly feels to me very melancholy (in a peaceful way).

Alicia's voice rings of daybreak. I think the production is marvelous, and her ability to warm a heart is still intact.

Ricky Moore
Musician
Brooklyn, Iowa

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Very much enjoyed listening to your new CD today.
Well-produced, with welcome messages of hope and beauty!

Ramon Sender
Post-theist Visionary, Author and Composer
San Francisco, California
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Simply WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL. And so much more.

From the moment I tore open the envelope, I’ve been inside out, smiling. I soaked in that familiar face, now radiant, etched gently from your joy living on this Earth, then your artwork – then discovered your dear words to us…. Thank You.

Then your MUSIC. Oh does it resonate. Your lyrics, intonation, instrumentation, sequencing, back-up singers, gleeful sarcasm…. Your voice retains a sweet, magical ability to lovingly communicate with my spirit, my nature, the joys and responsibilities of living on this Earth. And it reminds me, regardless and because of life’s challenges, never to remove the “rose-colored glasses” my mother unwittingly implored me to “take off” and “grow up.”

Your voice/music/gift/you are miraculously facilitating a kaleidoscopic shift in my world view and confusing moods. My heart is grateful and delighted for you.

Your latest CD helped crystallized something so special: that one of the precious gifts of aging is increasing and embracing our joy and other’s if we take responsibility for and reappraise who we are, how and why we got here, and how we choose to go forward.

Your beautiful, beautiful CD has become my most welcome companion; I carry it from house to car and back again routinely. Without fail, like natural aspirin for the soul, it elevates my threshold for pain, reduces my anxiety, and brings me mindful equilibrium. Thank you for such a magnificently generous gift.

I wish you peace, joy, strength, really great connections and laundry facilities, laughter, and fun on your physically demanding tour. I’m sure the audiences will be captivated.

Robin Adler
Attorney
Washington DC
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Alicia dear: The gorgeous sounds of your voice are floating through the house right now. One copy is going in the camper van. So we drive along listening to your beautiful voice and songs. I had a wonderful time recording with you. It's a special memory for me.

Awesome job, you! Have a Beautiful, Beautiful weekend!

Mark Hewins
Musician
Margate, UK

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I am listening first song "Surviving in Style" now and I can't stop my tears. This song is so beautiful and touches my heart.

Kensuke Ishii
Business and Marketing Manager
Tateyama, Chiba, Japan

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What strikes me over and over about this music is a kind of purity and a sweetness.

I was surprised when I popped the CD into my car’s CD player at how soothing it was. Some of the vocals are really stylish, such as on “Serenade” and “Hippie Hill” and others fun and humorous such as on “Have a Good Time”. I love the liquid and haunting quality of the vocals on “Onward, Onward Ever Flow”. A few “romantic” songs such as “Piper of the Woods” and “Yabyum” add to the diversity of the collection. And there are a number of purely original folk songs. My favorite song may be the “Devotional for a Spiritual Guide” because of its many-layered richness.

This seems like a new sound. The sweetness is deeper, riper and more relaxed.

There’s a strangely familiar freshness and simplicity to the whole collection and an innocence that is impossible to find anywhere in the music world.

Alicia’s guitar playing and arrangements are as beautiful as ever and the performances of the accompanying musicians are wonderful. The production and quality are the highest, as usual.

I still have a lot of listening to do. There’s a lot on this album.

Wyldflower Revolution
Artist, Permaculturist and Environmental Activist
Sebastopol, California

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Sometimes, someone’s life and essence lives and flourishes during a certain period of one’s life, in it’s first encounter, and this was in its most naïve and direct sense of experience, while the rest of that persons life could be be used to work this essence out more economically and in different parts and sections. Alicia’s highlight came with her book “Living On Earth”, a practical guide of how to live your life as a hippie. She still is guided by those forces/inspirations, being stimulated by an inspiring optimism, which tried to see the positive side in all things and above all in humans.

In the end, it eventually led her further to meetings to such wonderlands in people more often and continuously, while being able to be guided by choices to look for them and attract them more often. While the optimism brings forward the hippie folk style, realistic confrontations add more like a slight touch of country/Americana flavour (while still being guided by a now this time more gospel-folk way of optimism), the practical workouts side is able to show by nicely worked out acoustic and blues-jazzy electric pickings (with Tom McNalley), with the addition of some flute, organ,…. I still can perceive Hawaii underneath, a place, which for many people must have stimulated that positive heart-attitude towards life.

Alicia continues to spread her message of possibilities, which is nice to notice. She definitely deserves a box set of LP’s with the inclusion of a book with some of her artworks and that of her students. Anyone?

Gerald Van Waes
Psychedelic folk radio host, collector and critic
psychedelicfolk.com
Belgium

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I met Alicia Bay Laurel at a peace demonstration. She was making peace that day, and her music at night. She is still at it.

Her new CD of music, More Songs From Living on the Earth, is just that. It’s a Sunday morning spring day kinda sweetness Alicia takes you to.

All the while, underlying these sweet melodies, Alicia is a multi-talented visionary, and sage of our times. She creates a place with sounds and poetry, where you just know this day is going to be a mighty fine one. I like that.

This album is a sleeper, that must be listened to several times before you can BEGIN to get a handle on its complexities…it grows on you, and is very sweet.

It has taken me awhile to hear it all.

Your new CD is subtlety addicting. I find myself waking up humming little snippets of melodies you made. It is a gentle knowing smile you bring with this music. The more I hear it, the more I see the different layers you put into it. Much success with this one.

It’s a YAYY. My favorite song is track #2, Piper of the Woods.

Stephen Frank Gary
Artist
Oceanside, California

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Hi Alicia, this is Gonzalo.

I don’t know if you remember me. I hope you do – I recorded the mandolin tracks on your record that you recently released, and I was listening to it, and I think it sounds fantastic, so I was just calling you to say “Thank you for recording this beautiful music.” Thank you very much for having me play on it, and, of course, thank you for sending me a copy. I think that, not only are your compositions beautiful, but, also, Ron Grant did a great job with the engineering.

Your record sounds beautiful, really. It reminded me to the feeling of the first time I listened to “Come away with me” by Norah Jones. Your record is a beautiful acoustic trip! Please let me know when you play live and also if the album comes out in vinyl.

Gonzalo Palacios
Guitarist
Los Angeles, California

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Songs are beautiful - pure and lovely! They remind me of the first time we met in our small room in Otsuka. The days in 1960’s and 70’s, memory of hard fights against the war in Vietnam, against everything of authority, lost dream of utopia, and new vision coming from the teachings of Black Elk, all came back as I listened to your songs.

Yes, so many years have passed since then…Still, as you sing, we praise those old days and their dreams.

Kenichi Iyanaga
Retired Professor of Mathematics, Tokyo University
Still an activist!

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Oh Alicia – your new CD!
I LOVE IT!
It makes me so happy!
I put it on every day – really LOUD.
I played it for some guests today.
They loved it, too!
Thank you SO much for making this music.

Geri Woolls
Huntington Beach, California

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The CD is very diverse – a wide variety of musical styles and sounds: country, celtic, folk, jazz, blues. The production is amazing, and Alicia's voice is just tremendous. I really like this album a lot!

Thomas Schultz
Photographer and Earthship Builder
Arizona and Colorado

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While driving the back roads to Esparto I listened to Alicia Bay Laurel’s new cd, “More Songs From Living on the Earth.” There are no front roads to Esparto, and similarly the songs approach the listeners through back channels old and new, and timeless. Fluid motion, jazzy riffs, heartfelt lyrics, joyous celebrations, ecstatic visions, transcendent melodies, osmotic orchestration, happy hippy harmonies, and authentic phrasing grace the tracks, condensed and accessible, expanding, unfurling, spirit intonation of John Fahey and kupuna invocation of Auntie Clara, steeped in poetic Wheeler Ranch revelations, and all through the tunes, Alicia, chanteuse in tie dye. River Road meets Loomis Lane. Country funkin’ and commune groovin’, a world that just couldn’t be, but was for awhile, a stretch of infinity for us time beings, jikan ikimono. This album is creative and entertaining. Listen and remember, sing along and be here now.

Erik Frye
Real Goods Solar Living Institute
Mendocino County, California

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As a flower child of the ‘60s and ‘70s, I really liked all the songs on this newly-released album: “More Songs from Living on the Earth.” Just as Alicia Bay Laurel’s unique style of hand-drawing her books made them so special for my generation, there’s something wonderful about the unique way she uses her gentle humor and sweet soft voice to express so many truths. My own faves from this album are: “Devotional for a Spiritual Guide”, “Beautiful, Beautiful”, “Hippie Hill” and “Paisley Days” – the last two evoke memories of hanging out on Hippie Hill on lazy Sundays, listening to the cool pro jazz players who would come together to jam for free every Sunday. These are memories unique to the boomer generation.

Linda Joy Lewis
Author and Chef
Earth Angel Kitchen:
Vegan Alternatives to Meat, Dairy, Eggs and Sugar

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I received your CD and love it, because the songs are all very gentle and filled with love.
I believe in Love.
That is what you gave me.
I really thank you.

Setsuko Miura
Television Producer and Environmental Activist
Kyoto, Japan

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We are enchanted by your CDs… Heaven has come to earth… Mahalo for the gift of your artistry in all its many forms.

I have played this wonderful CD over and over on my computer while I spend the countless hours a day that I must be “in office”. Thank you for this great gift of yours.

It is wonderful that you resurrected these precious songs from days gone by as they are all special. I love them all, but my favorite has to be “Piper of the Woods”. Long may you live to continue to share your unique talents and beautiful Spirit with us!

The whole of the recording is a joy…to try and sing along with!

Kolleen and Bruce Wheeler
All Ways Maui’d Weddings
7th Wave Photography
Maui, Hawaii

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More Songs from Living On The Earth proves again that the flowers are still in full bloom and I haven’t changed much in the several decades since they were first written & sung. What a great soundtrack to play in my car amidst the raging chaos on the highways. I’m on my way to Hippie Hill and I’m NEVER coming back. Thank You!

Gordon Kennedy
Author
Children of the Sun
The White Indians of Nivaria

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Alicia’s songs are beatiful and real. In a troubled times like these, we need her songs and art more than ever!

Kenichi Iyanaga
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
Tokyo University

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I had an amazing experience leading my Introduction To The Inner Clown workshop this weekend. I played Alicia’s music from her album, More Songs from Living On The Earth as my sonic environment while we were on breaks. It was so beautiful. What a weekend. I feel inspired for the first time in awhile.

Alan Springwind-Smith
Sacramento, California

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I put on headphones and laid in bed and laughed and cried revisiting innocence with your pure tones. Immediately replayed twice and gave to Diana to do same.

James Cook Loomis
Author, Environmentalist, Joyous Being
Haiku, Maui

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Sophia Rose

The Sweetest Songs
I have so enjoyed listening to Alicia's heartfelt tunes as I work, play, and create. It feels almost as though she is in the room, serenading you with gentle words of wisdom and encouragement. I highly recommend not only this CD, but all of Alicia's works, musical and otherwise!
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PETER LIEBERMAN

Earthy, Smoothe and soulful
Alicia never disappoints the listener. Melodic and rich vocals always make you feel in harmony.
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Gordon Kennedy

Last Train To Frisco
More songs from Living On The Earth proves again that the flowers are still in full bloom and I haven't changed much in the several decades since they were first written & sung. What a great soundtrack to play in my car amidst the raging chaos on the highways. I'm on my way to hippie hill and I'm NEVER coming back. Thank You!
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Joe Dolce

The Way Through the Field
More Songs from Living On the Earth
- reflections by Joe Dolce
I don’t listen to many albums these days. Back in my 20s, that’s all I did, when I played in bands for a living, but now, writing mostly poetry or essays, I tend to put them on as background music while I’m ironing. (Hey, don’t knock it! Ironing is a form of Zen mediation. The Way of the Straight Crease.)
It’s especially difficult to comment on music created by your friends – or family – mainly, because you love them and want to empower and encourage them on, not expose them to the harsh wind of critical thinking or ‘too much head in bed’ as some freaked out flowerchild once put it. Artists get enough useless opinions, whether amateur or professional, from the uncaring. But you also want to be honest and help with intelligent commentary, not just sugarcoat everything so as not to hurt feelings.
As a professional songwriter and poet, I listen quite differently to music than people who are not in these professions. Music for me has never been simply entertainment. (It took me many years and many wasteful arguments to finally grasp this.) I listen to music perhaps more like an anthropologist - (if any single analogy is adequate) – looking through a desert of sand for single bone fragments that can reconfigure everything I have learned to date and make it vitally present again. A key to unlock something. I prefer watching films for entertainment.
The great songs of the late 60s, from The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, so many others, all derailed me from whatever track I was on, whipped me around the cosmos and then rerouted me back onto the same track, but as though experiencing it for the first time.
So today, I piled up my wrinkled clothes, set up my ironing board, switched on my Always-Expecting-A-Miracle work light, and put on Alicia Bay Laurel’s, More Songs from Living On the Earth.
The soft tones and clarity of Alicia’s vocals, which are her trademarks, were immediately there. Alicia is Alicia and no one else. No jarring pseudo-melismas (ie.vocal runs with too many notes), so infesting vocal stylists (and especially, lead guitarists!) in the music marketplace these days. A simple tone and respect for a good melody and the clarity of the lyric. You do not need to read a lyric sheet with songwriter-singer sings like this. The words are vulnerable and ring out and you can take them, or leave them, depending on your taste, but it’s clear that Alicia stands by what she sings. She lives it and has lived it for over forty years. Daniel Berrigan, 60s Civil Rights activist once said, ‘Know where you stand – and stand there.’ This assuredness is reassuring in a world where everything is about conforming and being popular.
I long to be led back to lost, forgotten and unfamiliar pioneers of music, by the present generation, much like Bob Dylan led us to Woody Guthrie, the Rolling Stones led us to Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton led us to Robert Johnson and The Beatles forced us back to not only The Everly Brothers, but Little Richard, and even the Tin Pan Alley songwriting teams of the 30s and 40s. Country music has always had this sense of history and connection with ‘elders’ but pop music only nods back to the closest reference point. For a singer-songwriter, it is certain death.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, I am ironing my way through my t-shirts (fewer difficult bits to iron, always a good place to start) and about to hit the more resilient jeans and pajamas. The tracks on Alicia’s album play one after another. I’m half-listening; half-thinking about the spaghetti sauce I am about to make for lunch.
In the music, I hear Alicia’s precise fingerpicking, often echoing the melody line of the songs. I’m waiting for her to hit a bum note (like I sometimes do when I finger-pick) but there are none. I think she rehearses her guitar playing as much as she does her vocals - which is every single day.
In a few of the songs, I hear the memorable and transporting traces of a mutual friend of ours, Sunny Supplee, effortlessly woven into her vocal style. Sunny lived with both Alicia and I, at different times, never together, on various back-to-the-land communes in the mid-70s. Sunny was accidentally killed in a car crash in the 70s, in Maui. I once asked Alicia whether she had been influenced by Sunny’s style. She said something to the effect of, ‘Oh yes, of course – but as she is no longer using this voice, I thought I would pass it on.’ I loved that. This is what I meant about an artist in the present leading us back to an artist who is gone or forgotten.
Ironing finally finished, I go into the kitchen to start the pasta sauce. I can still hear the music coming through the walls but I’m not really concentrating now. I feel guilty. Like I should be sitting down and doing a serious ‘review’ of this album. After all, Alicia is my friend. But, as I said, that would not be honest, because that is not the way I experience music. I am waiting for a little miracle. The REAL thing. Not lip service.
I go back into my music room to check my email. I have forgotten that the album has been playing all along in the background. I have also forgotten that I am ‘supposed’ to be listening. My critical mind is completely turned off and I am just Being. (I attribute this state, in part, to this album, which works on your Be-Here-Now chakras even when you are not noticing.)
Suddenly, I HEAR ‘The Last Song of the Night’, second to last song on the album. This one stops me in my tracks. This song resonates with everything that I like in music. No BS. I can hear myself singing it in performance. I can hear others singing it. Several artists come to mind. It is a simple, practical and well-written song that actually is quite useful. (A good closing song is rare and handy to have in your repertoire. I remember once hearing a similar themed song that Lou Gottlieb wrote for The Limeliters that closed one of their shows. Perhaps the spirit of Lucky Lou visited Alicia disguised as a Muse?) Alicia sings it with a light dirge-like quality, echoed by a supporting vocal, sung an octave apart from hers. I love it.

It’s the Last Song of the Night
It’s the Last Song of the Night
We’re going to sleep
but in our hearts we’ll keep
the Last Song of the Night.

OK. I found a key. An old bone. Now lets have a closer look.

There are many experiences of late 60s culture. It would make a varied and psychedelic pie chart. There was the aggressive Jimi Hendrix, drop-acid, set-your-guitar-on-fire slice. There was the Richie Havens-social-protest-solo singer slice. There was the Bob Dylan surreal-angry-who-cares-what-the-audience-thinks (as long as they buy your records) slice.
The last album of Alicia’s that I listened to in depth was ‘What Livings All About’. The tracks that stood out for me on that album were the jazz influenced songs like her great and original interpretation of ‘Nature Boy.’
While there is definitely some jazz-influence, the music on More Songs from Living On the Earth suggests another neglected area of the great musical pie. The easy-listening music of groups like The Lovin’ Spoonful (reflected in songs like ‘Have a Good Time’, ‘Beautiful, Beautiful,’ and ‘Hang Around and Boogie’), the husband-wife folk love duo of Maria and Geoff Muldaur, and even the laid-back jug band music of Jim Kweskin.
One of high points on More Songs from Living On the Earth, for me, is ‘Green, Green Rain, surprisingly laced with lovely Appalachian and Irish flavours, and an inspired guitar harmonic counter-theme.
Alicia remarks, about several of the songs, in her liner notes: ‘It’s a sentimental review of the ’60s and ’70s, and also a decision to continue with the best of what I learned and lived then.”
This is clearest in songs like ‘Hippie Hill’, and ‘Paisley Days.’ And I know this state of mind well. It was the driving force behind my own album, Freelovedays. Having lived and loved through the flower-power generation and seen most of our idealistic dreams, and ‘ideal’ relationships, crash to earth, how does one continue on in today’s very different culture? Free love was a rebellion against the ‘nuclear couple’ monogamy that most of us ran away from. But, after having children and grandchildren, the joy, comfort and security of a stable relationship with one person, who is also your best friend, is very appealing.
The poet Rilke once said the job of the poet is to experience life, absorb it, making the visible, invisible. Then later, often decades later, through ones’ work, reverse the process. Make what is invisible, visible. Pass it on to others - the best - and the worst - of what you have seen and done, for anyone else desiring to go down similar paths. So that others, who will also be consumed by passion and also lost in Ideals, can possibly learn sometimes from our generation’s mistakes - and our triumphs.
Or in other words, as a sanyasan of The Way of the Straight Crease might put it:

Cows are beautiful, but no need to step in the same cow patty twice.

Follow Alicia. She knows the way through the field.
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