Songs of Music

by Próxima Parada

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Future Facing

The sand-filled wind ensemble spins
Along at our feet
And massages our backs.
On the shore, well behind us,
There’s a murmur of the sea hammering.

If we turn around to dwell on nostalgia,
The sand flute spits in our eyes and,
To make amends, sings sweetly,
“Don’t mind the past. Just keep moving forward.”
So we stay future facing.

Time, you are a seashore wind,
Crooning Yesterday against our backs,
Guiding us to a grateful tomorrow

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released 26 September 2014

We’d like to acknowledge, with love and gratitude, the support of our families and community. Thank you Vince Cimo, Dan Cimo, Myles Whittman, Josh Collins, Sam Keating Flynn, and JJ Golden for joining us in the creation of these recordings. Thank you Barbara Sotcan, John Turner & Turned Productions, Spencer Sarson, Hannah Suzanna, and Kim Dodge for your artistic contributions. This album was made possible because of the financial support of two hundred and seventeen people. We’d like to especially thank the following patrons: Russell From, Craig & Kristen Darnell, Gary Chilcott, Brad & Elaine Olson, Adam Bolcik, Lucy Helm, Nancy Trenbeth, Sheryl Franciskovich, Kyle Fintel, Bob & Gail Dodge, Mike & Jamie Buettner, Greg Mundia, Brooke & Gary Bailey, Rory Aronson, Aaron Thiele, Eric Veium, Ron & Marianne Middlekauff, Richard Larson, Linda O’Connelly, Krizia Torres, Katie Boehm, & John Barnes, and so many others.

Próxima Parada is:
Bryson Bailey - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
Kevin Middlekauff - Bass, Mandolin, Vocal Harmonies
Nicholas Larson - Piano, Hammond B3, Rhodes, Clavinet, Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Olson - Drums, Percussion, Vocal Harmonies

Guest Musicians:
Vince Cimo - Vocal Harmonies (Tracks 1,4,6,9,10,11)
Myles Wittman - Trumpet (Track 8)
Daniel Cimo - Violin (Track 10)
Sam Keating Flynn - Banjo, Vocal Harmonies (Track 10)
Josh Collins - Double Bass (Track 10)

Recorded and mixed by Vince Cimo @ Speak Studios, San Luis Obispo, CA
Mastered by JJ Golden @ Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA
Photography by Spencer Sarson
Title lettering by Hannah Suzanna
Illustrations by Kimberly Dodge
Album design by Andrew Olson

All songs ©2014 Próxima Parada LLC

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Próxima Parada San Luis Obispo, California

Listeners describe Próxima Parada's music as a dynamic blend of rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, and folk, depending on the song, but the most important elements to their music are interesting rhythms, dynamic variability, and a strong sense of musical sincerity. The members of Próxima Parada live and perform as close friends, so their shows are always energetic, loving, and intimate. ... more

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Track Name: Climb to Love
I’ve been on the edge before
You know I really tried it
Nothing I was looking for
Left me absolutely blinded
I can feel it
See it on the other side
I know what you’re looking for
Reasons why I try to hide

I gotta climb to love,
iIf I wanna fall

Now I see another light
Never seen this kind before
Always seems to burn so bright
Always seems to warm my world
Now I feel it
Now I’m gonna let it be
Hung dry and left there naked
This fear has got the best of me

I gotta climb to love
If I wanna fall

And I’ve worn every scar
From my past of ambition
Every chance that I take
There’s always something missing
With each love that’s lost
I’ve got my fingers crossed
With nothing else to give

I gotta climb to love
If wanna fall
Track Name: Childhood
These long, effortless days
Have been quite the dream
You loll
You lay
You’re unlearned
Take that veil off your eyes
Tend to your son
Hear his cries
Wake up young boy
It’s time to be a man

When that drummer starts beatin’
It’s your time to see the world
As it comes, as it circles
As your mind unfurls
Life is a goldmine
Don’t worry about that coal
Your stay has been pleasant
But your nest is getting old
Wake up young boy
It’s time to be a man

Your eyes once squinted
From peeking out the door
Now reach out your good luck hand
Pull your ship away from shore
I see your legs are spinning
But you’re still sitting
You’re still static
Soon we all aspire to something
So don’t you panic
Wake up young boy
It’s time to be a man
Track Name: Brightside
I’ve been down for so damn long
Now it’s too hard to get back up
I don’t want you thinking I’m not trying
On this road too long to give it up

Given the right way, I choose the wrong
Given the short way, I always choose the long
Given the bad way, You know I wanna take that one
But I keep on moving on, I keep on moving on

It’s alright to look on the brightside—you’re telling me
I’ve waited so long to look on the brightside
Now I can see

Felt that light come through the cracks
As it stung me in my eyes
I keep on feeling too damn tired
But waited so damn long for this advice

Given the right way, I choose the wrong
Given the short way, I always choose the long
Given the bad way, you know I wanna take that one
But I keep on moving on, l keep on moving on

It’s alright to look on the brightside—you’re telling me
I’ve waited so long to look on the brightside
Now I can see
Track Name: Miss Justrite
I’m looking for Miss Justrite
One that’d make me feel good
And she’d do all that she should
I’m looking for Miss Justrite
When she comes around
She won’t bring me down

I’m tired of Miss Bring-Me-Down
Baby, go ahead and leave town
Go away Miss Bring-Me-Down
You turn me into a Mr. Clown
You can always find my frown
Go away Miss Bring-Me-Down

I’ve become Mr. Open-Eyes
Mr. No-Need-For-Disguise
Mr. Love-You-Can’t-Buy
You can call me Mr. Open-Eyes
Mr. Don’t-Tell-Me-Lies
I'm looking for Miss Justrite

I’ll find Miss Justrite
Miss Love-Me-Deep-In-The-Night
Miss Future-So-Bright
Yes, I’ll find Miss Justrite
Miss Kiss-And-Hold-Me-Tight
But I'll call her Miss Appetite
Track Name: Don't Go
Pick up what you can fit into your hand
And take with you everywhere that you go
Remember what you can understand
And take with you everywhere that you go
Lessons learned and lessons taught
Wages earned and battles fought
People come and people go
How many of them do you know?
Don't look back it's coming fast
We're already at tomorrow

There's only one thing I have to say to you
Don't go

Take me away across the sea
Where everything is one and all is free
Let sorrow chase me down the stream
The ones who haven't seen it
Have yet to dream
Disappear into the dark
Have no fear to leave a mark
We'll lay in the sand and stare at the sky
Watching the clouds floating by
Take me away into the night
Where it's hard to see and wonder why

There's only one thing I have to say to you
Don't go
Track Name: Bird in an Airport
You won’t believe
what you’re meant to be
when you lie to yourself
Suitcases full of dreams
Don’t waste them on routine
Take the time off the shelf
As you gather up your crumbs
your pride is feeling numb
You know you lose and learn
Don’t blame another soul
for the happiness they stole
because you’re feeling more
and more

like a bird in an airport
who never sang his song
Sweet melody of the brave
Like a bird in an airport
Who knows how long
he can go
until he finds his way?

Take another flight
with books to read or write
on your own time
Open up those wings
Trade the winds of spring
for your own kite
Lay over where you like
just south of winter’s sight
You know you’re living more
Grab another coat
and those poems
that you wrote
too important to ignore

Like a bird in an airport
who never sang his song
Sweet melody of the brave
Like a bird in an airport
Who knows how long
he can go
until he finds his way?
Track Name: Across the Sea
While sitting at the station
Waiting to wander a little more
I wonder how she’s doing
Over on her shining, golden shore
Her name comes up often
We all know where she resides
She’s getting too greedy
Her flag has too much pride

As I sit here across the sea
Living the dream
In the middle of Italy
I can’t help but see her
As the Holy Roman Empire
She too must fall
From her weathered high-wire

Her beauty speaks volumes
She’s got mountains,
Deserts, two oceans
But she speaks too loudly
And causes too much commotion
Her first dream was so perfect
To preserve the blessings of liberty
Now her eyes glow with money
She's got no regard
For you or for me

Soon Christmas will pass
She’ll give another false resolution
She only gets fatter
Wading in pollution

As I sit here across the sea
I'm scheming up
How I can be free
Her sad, sad story
Only ends one way
If you don’t know her name
It’s Government U.S. of A.
Track Name: See These Eyes
See these eyes;
they can see everything,
what you wanna be
when you start to breathe
See these ears;
they can hear every word,
every noise that’s absurd,
every little verb that we learn
See this mouth;
it can speak out every truth
Forget the lies of youth
You don’t have to live confused

But if you try so hard not to listen
to every word that you hear every day
pretty soon
you’re gonna find
what you’re missing,
so you better listen
before you fade away

See this heart;
it can bleed with every choice
It can fill every void
It can start to beat when we rejoice
See this mind;
it can think for itself,
whether it thinks of itself too well,
only a little time can tell
See this beauty;
you can see it everywhere
You can choose to stop and stare
or you can learn to share

But if you try so hard not to listen
to every word that you hear every day,.
pretty soon
you’re gonna find
what you’re missing,
so you better listen
before you fade away
Track Name: Gains
He’s got a cover to hide his eyes
He's got plugs to close his ears
He takes a pill so he can dream
And a pill so he always feels the same
But he doesn’t know the Truth
He won’t see any gains

He’s got a voice
But it never says his thoughts
He’s got anger to keep them away
He looks down; he never has to wonder
And a pill so time will fade
But he doesn’t know the Truth
He’ll never see any gains

Today he peeked away from the floor
And he saw a little Truth
Then he listened to whispers
And he heard a little Truth
He’s gonna walk a while
He’ll never be the same
Track Name: Porch Stompin'
I woke up this morning and all I could see were smiles
I went on that back porch and played there for awhile
I wake up every morning and all I can see are smiles

I woke up this morning and all I could hear was music
I went on that back porch and damn right darn abused it
I wake up every morning and all I can hear is music

Let’s do a little porch stompin' now
I'm stompin' on that porch a thousand times an hour
Let’s do a little porch stompin' now

I laid down last night, felt worn out and used
So I went on that back porch and played a good ol' blues
I laid down last night, I felt worn out and used

I laid down last night and put on my favorite song
So I went on that back porch and played it all night long
I laid down last night and put on my favorite song

Let’s do a little porch stompin' now
Well I'm stompin' on that porch a thousand times an hour
Let’s do a little porch stompin' now

Show me the next stop
Track Name: Makes You Wanna
She's the one, born to live it up
Make you smile until you never stop
She’s makin' sure you all have fun
Whether you dance the night away
Or swimming in the sun

She's got a laugh that makes you wanna laugh
She's got a dance that makes you wanna dance
She's got a heart that makes you wanna love
She's got that mind that makes you wanna take a chance

Oh, You know just how she feels
When she’s angry
And never sees what’s real
But she gives me love
She tells me everything's alright

And when I'm lonely
She reminds me I'm not the only
And doesn't just tell me, she shows me
That she loves me everyday of my life

She brings me up
When I'm feeling down
Makes me stop
When I've got that frown
She’s making sure I've always got that smile on
Whether I'm down another day or, “Living in denial, Son”

She's got a laugh that makes you wanna laugh
She's got a dance that makes you wanna dance
She's got a heart that makes you wanna love
She's got that mind that makes you wanna take a chance

Oh, You know just how she feels
When she’s angry
And never sees what’s real
But she gives me love, she tells me everything's alright
Track Name: Did You See Him Go
Your love was waiting at this window
Did you see him go?
He liked to watch the cats play
In the garden down below.
He tried to name the flowers you planted.
He called them, "the red one," or the "blue one",
To him it's all the same.
Don't you know?
Did you see him go?

He talked of old places
And old people he used to know,
All so dear to his heart,
And the tears would flow.
Did you see him go?
He tried to stay here,
But he just had to go.
You turned for just a minute,
But you were too slow.
Did you see him go?