Music to Dance to…

Grab your headphones you are going to need it. This is a blog about reggae music. Since I figured out how to blog with audio files, I thought it would be something different and unique. A blog to read and listen to. I hope you like it.

Back in the hospital for a 3 day stay. My favorite thing to do it seems nowadays. This time to initiate a drug that will hopefully stop Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) arrhythmias I have been experiencing. The pacemaker is correcting them but not good for my condition so the docs want to put me on a drug that requires a 3 day hospital stay so they can monitor me while my body adapts to this med. So no invasive surgeries or anything like that. Just 3 days and two nights in a… I must say the most lovely hospital and setting I have ever been in. And I have been in a few. Boulder, CO. Picture below is my view out the huge windows from my room of the spectacular Flatirons looking towards the 14,000 peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park.

“I got a feeling, and this feeling won’t go away
I’m not leaving, I’m waiting for a brighter day
I’m not leaving, and good things are coming my way
So keep dreaming, I’m feeling like I’m dreaming always”

While sitting here I have been listening to some reggae that my friend Gail turned me on to. I find Stick Figure to be the most happy and gentle music that transports me to a white sand beach in the Caribbean while foot stomping and head bobbing to the songs and lyrics. They have become my favorite music for now. While sitting here bobbing my head with headphones on, Abby one of my younger nurses came in and asked if I needed anything and to check on me. I told her I was working on my blog and she asked what I blogged about. We chatted about that a bit. I hadn’t mentioned this publicly before but it seems my blog has now over 1000 readers and is being read in 27 countries worldwide. Crazy right? I told her I was blown away considering I knew like 20 people and had only 7 posts up since February . She seemed sort of impressed to be polite I suspect. Then she asked what my new blog was about and I said “I am listening to this reggae band called Stick Figure” and her face lit up and she exclaimed “I know Stick Figure, I love reggae”. That seemed to impress her a hell of a lot more than how many readers my blog had! Lol…. Anyway back to Stick Figure.

This young man from Massachusetts Scott Woodruff, a one man genius sings and plays multiple musical instruments and arranges all this wonderful sound with the most amazing melodies dropped into the midst of catchy drum reggae beats. His band Stick Figure just headlined a show at Red Rocks here in Colorado. Which for most musicians and bands is somewhat of an ultimate honor playing at Red Rocks. I missed that show as I was recovering from my recent surgery.

I downloaded all his albums and have been on a binge listening to them. Some of his lyrics really resonate with me, my life and my thoughts. Mostly his music makes me want to just simply sing and dance. I am attaching a 4 audio files with the lyrics to the songs below.

To start “Breathe” for my friend Gail who turned me on to Stick Figure. Jude and I have a great time with Tom and Gail and have become dear friends. I know she will start dancing when she hears this. Followed by “Sound of the Sea” and “Coming Home” and finally “Easy Runaway” These songs remind me life, death, regret, despair, hope, travel, far away places, home and for some reason all the wonderful women in my life… wife, daughters, mother, sisters, aunts, girlfriends some of whom are dealing with life adversities and still manage to shine their light on me. Somehow seemed very relevant as I sit alone in the dark in my hospital room writing this. You may not feel the same but take what you can from the music and the words.

So best to put your headphones on, crank it up, hit play and follow the lyrics. I hope they bring a smile to your face as well. And dance like no one is watching.

Breathe

Hey, so here we are
Beneath the moon, the rising sun and stars
It’s a brand new day, it’s a brand new start
To greet the world, it’s just me and my guitar

When you feel alone, when you feel afraid
Don’t hesitate to call my name
‘Cause I’ll be there, be there for you
‘Cause I’ll be there when you’re feeling blue

Breathe and take it in
Breathe, take it in
Breathe and take it in
Breathe, take it in

From the hillside into the seas
From the mountains to the trees
There’s this place I long to be
And if I asked you, would you come with me?

Well I don’t care what they say
I’d leave it all behind and move away
Won’t you help me make my dreams come true
Won’t you love me like I love you

Breathe and take it in
Breathe, take it in
Breathe and take it in
Breathe, take it all in

It’s so easy lovin’ you
Why do you make it so hard to do?
It’s so easy lovin’ you
Why do you make it so hard to do?
So hard to do [x8]

Can yo hear me, can you feel me?
It’s alright, well if you only knew
Won’t you hold me, won’t you love me
Oh I’m still loving you, oh why?

Sound of the Sea

This boat is sinking, down to the ocean floor
We’re still drinking, drinking from the night before
I’m wishing, I’m wishing right now I was fishing
I’m thinking, I’m thinking but my mind’s not listening

I never felt so far away
I never lived before today
It’s been a while, since I’ve seen your face
It’s been a while, time to turn the page

I wanna go home, I wanna go home
I wanna feel the way I did
I wanna go home. I wanna go home
Back, back to the way it was

I got a feeling, and this feeling won’t go away
I’m not leaving, I’m waiting for a brighter day
I’m not leaving, and good things are coming my way
So keep dreaming, I’m feeling like I’m dreaming always

It never felt so strange to me
And my guitar is all I need
It’s been a while, since I’ve been down this road
and it’s been a while, and good things come and go

If the sun is getting closer
Then why does it feel so cold
And in the eyes of the world I’m older
And I can’t sing it much longer

I wanna go home, I wanna go home
I wanna feel the way I did
I wanna go home. I wanna go home
Back, back to the way it was

I’m just a little bit longer
The music making it stronger
I’m just a little bit longer
My music making it stronger
Just a little bit longer
My music making it stronger
Just a little bit longer
In the eyes of the world

Coming Home

Here I go again I’m thinking about you
I can’t help myself, I can’t help myself
And I apologize to all of you
I lost myself, I lost myself
And open up your mind to something new
Is this the road? We’ll never know
And I have tried to find my way back home
Well I’m coming home, well I’m coming home

Well I remember when you said that I had everything I needed
Took a while, now I finally can see it
Negativity almost had me defeated
Well here I am I’m back on my feet and

Mama, mama won’t you look at me
I grew up fast and my mind is free
I don’t know everything
But I do remember what you said, you said

Life is all about balance and redemption
Moderation, love and affection
This meditation and inner reflection
Keep the faith with your soul’s intention
Let the truth shine through with your actions
Make your dreams come true with attraction
Always live your life with no regret
And don’t look back but never forget

I got so high 
Just last night
It felt so nice
I had the time of my life
Just last night

Well you can come if you wanna
But I’m leaving here tonight
And tell me if you’re gonna
‘Cause I won’t leave you behind
So you think that you got the answers
You think that you’ll never know
People they keep on talking
The truth is gonna show

Whoah
Whoah
Whoah

Ooh
I’m coming home
Ooh
I’m coming home
Ooh
I’m coming home
Ooh
I’m coming home

Easy Runaway

It’s like this song was already written
Let’s sit back, relax and have a listen
Listen to the message
No time for second guessing
Life it is a blessing
Don’t focus on what’s missing
When you’re stressed out take a deep breath
I hope that you can see it
The worlds need people like you
You’re here to make a difference
Go on and make a change
Step into the rain
And I believe in you
And someday we will meet again

I’m a hundred million miles from where I thought I was
I’m starting to become the person that I knew I could
So here I am, here I stand
I’m becoming a better man
The man upstairs has his plan, so understand it’s all written
It is alright
I got to make it alright

It’s so easy, easy
It’s gonna be alright, alright
It’s so easy, easy
You’ve got to make it alright
Said I got to make it alright

So your soul it has awoken
Singing the songs and the words that have been spoken
Put your mind at ease with this melody
Love don’t cost you nothing, so set your loving free
So your world it has been shaken
Your heart it has been breaking
Ask what more can I do
But the answer’s deep inside you
So look and you shall find
Leave the past behind
Have a little faith, everything will be just find

When a look up to the sky I see no broken dreams
I see an angel in the sky was tining down on me
She say’s hello, even though I might find myself alone
She gives me love, gives me hope
When I’m lost she takes me home
It is alright
Said I got to make it alright

It’s so easy, easy
It’s gonna be alright, alright
It’s so easy, easy
It’s gonna be alright, You’ve got to make it alright

Take it, take it easy
Come on baby take it easy
Come on take it easy
Come on baby take it easy, yeah
Everything will be just fine

All credit goes to Scott Woodruff and Stick Figure. I hope by chance they see this post.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Thank you for sharing these…I have work to do tonight (on computer) and I can listen to them while I work. 🙂 Reggae always gets us up to dance and move! 🙂
    Continued best wishes for your health, Masood!
    (((HUGS))) for you and Jude! 🙂

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