Big Seven

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Many thanks to you lovely patrons and supporters:

Carlos Del Valle, Rory Aronson, Kirk Story, Linda O'Connelly, Vince Cimo, Aaron Kroeger, James Harkin, Jamie and Bryan Adams, Susan James, Mark Bindner, Richard and Miranda Larson, David Kravitz, Michael Mazzella, Joe Patane, Maia Kiley, Elise Thompson, and all who support us and empower us to keep pursuing passion. We extend our deepest gratitude to those family members who contributed their art to help make Big Seven, namely Michael Dunlavey's interior painting and Linda O'Connelly's song, Tossin' My Troubles. We hope this album brings you joy and comforts you in that ongoing practice of opening your doors.

Every person takes away something different from listening to Big Seven. The twenty-two year old jewelry maker that heard Tossin’ My Troubles decided to go do just that, lay low in her most-loved place and soak it up, free of worry and anxiety. The father of two boys involuntarily converted that opening trumpet melody in Why Not It Be Me to a little hum as he was waiting in line at Trader Joe’s. Later on, alone in her room laying on the floor, Time In A Circle invited the jewelry maker to glance within herself and acknowledge the potential that’s waiting behind her door. At the office, his feet started during One Cloud Is Lonely, and then he did that gentle eyes-closed head sway for Better Now.

Every song in Big Seven offers something special, something straight from the soul.

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released February 24, 2017

All songs recorded and mixed by Vince Cimo at Speak Studios
Additional mixing by Aaron Kroeger and Nick Larson
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering

Cover photo by Andy Olson featuring Jaden Larson (Nick's brother) and Kato

Interior painting by Michael Dunlavey

1. Tossin' My Troubles 4:57

Words by Linda O'Connelly (Nick's mom)
Music by Linda O'Connelly & Nick Larson
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: keys & lead vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass & harmony vocals / Andy Olson: drums & harmony vocals / Josh Collins: guitar / Myles Wittman: trumpet / Vince Cimo: harmony vocals

2. Why Not It Be Me 4:58

Words and music by Nick Larson
Trumpet and guitar arrangement by Josh Collins
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: keys, organ & lead vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass & harmony vocals / Andy Olson: drums, percussion & harmony vocals / Josh Collins: guitar / Myles Wittman: trumpet / Vince Cimo: harmony vocals

3. Time In A Circle 4:29

Words and music by Nick Larson
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: piano & lead vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass & harmony vocals / Andy Olson: drums & harmony vocals / Josh Collins: guitar / Myles Wittman: trumpet & harmony vocals/ Vince Cimo: harmony vocals

4. One Cloud Is Lonely 4:51

Words and music by Nick Larson
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: guitar, organ & lead vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass & harmony vocals / Andy Olson: drums, percussion & harmony vocals / Josh Collins: guitar / Myles Wittman: trumpet / Vince Cimo: harmony vocals

5. Better Now 4:22

Words by Kevin Middlekauff
Music by Kevin Middlekauff & Nick Larson
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: keys, organ & vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass / Andy Olson: drums / Josh Collins: guitar / Myles Wittman: trumpet

6. Errs, Trials, & Trials 3:10

Words and music by Nick Larson
Trumpet and guitar arrangement by Josh Collins
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: keys & vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass / Andy Olson: drums / Josh Collins: guitar / Myles Wittman: trumpet

7. Resilience 5:43

Words and music by Nick Larson
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: rhythm guitar & vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass / Andy Olson: drums / Josh Collins: lead guitar

8. Believin' Is Hard 5:12

Words and music by Nick Larson
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: keys & vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass / Andy Olson: drums / Josh Collins: guitar / Myles Wittman: trumpet

9. Desert Bloom II 3:30

Words and music by Nick Larson
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: guitar & vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass / Andy Olson: drums & percussion

10. Hannah Hannah 4:06

Words and music by Nick Larson and Kevin Middlekauff
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: keys & lead vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass & harmony vocals / Andy Olson: drums & harmony vocals / Josh Collins: guitar / Myles Wittman: trumpet / Vince Cimo: harmony vocals

11. Move It Out 4:22

Words by Nick Larson and Maia Kiley
Music by Nick Larson
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: keys & lead vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass & harmony vocals / Andy Olson: drums & harmony vocals / Josh Collins: guitar / Myles Wittman: trumpet / Vince Cimo: harmony vocals

12. I'll Always Keep That With Me 5:13

Words and music by Nick Larson
Published by Próxima Parada LLC
Nick Larson: guitar & vocals / Kevin Middlekauff: bass / Andy Olson: drums & percussion / Josh Collins: acoustic guitar

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Track Name: Tossin' My Troubles
Tossin’ My Troubles

Hey Riverbank, it’s been so long
I’m glad to see you ain’t gone
You’re the best escape I’ve ever known
Coming to you is like coming home

I could barely wait to be layin’ low
And this whole damn week went way too slow
I’ve been looking for some time
I ain’t got much, but it’s all mine

[chorus]
Tossin’ my troubles in the water
‘Til every single one is gone
And as they float downstream away from me
I’m gonna sit back and watch ‘em roll on

Hey Lazy Day, now where you been?
Me, I’ve been workin’ hard since I don’t know when
Lately your kind’s been hard to find
But I tell you what, you’ve been on my mind

[repeat chorus]

I’ll be here, layin’ low
I ain’t got nowhere to go
Feelin’ good, feelin’ fine
I ain’t got much, but I got some time
Track Name: Why Not It Be Me?
Why Not It Be Me

When your questions weigh less than a flame
Go on and sip your tea
When your boredom needs someone to blame
Let indifference be my plea
But if you really want to talk to someone
Why not it be me?

When your strength surrenders to the night
You feel more defeated than Robert E. Lee
You want a treaty that you can sign
I’m not that guarantee
But if you wanna saunter in the moonlight
Why not it be me?

When your band packs up their things
You wanna march down to Tennessee
But you’ve already pawned off all your rings
You’re really missin’ your queen bee
What you really want is someone you can hum a tune to
So why not it be me?

When you start tellin’ yourself tales
That nobody has the key
You lock tears and truth inside
And joy is always overseas
I’ve seen men break this damn chain
So why not it be me?

Black and white thinking again
Track Name: Time In A Circle
Time In A Circle

I don’t really know what I should see
But I’m lookin’
I decided to open my door up
But I hate the way my house looks now

[chorus]
I’m gonna find my simple way
Over and over, I’m gonna keep it all the same
Time in a circle
Every day, over and over again
Every day, time in a circle

I saw a fire burnin’ in my walls
But I just had to let it go
I decided to save something special
But I keep it close by

[repeat chorus]

I decided to tear my house down
Now begins some reconstruction
Track Name: One Cloud Is Lonely
One Cloud is Lonely

Well, I know that you want me to say that everything’s okay now
But you know damn well
And I know that I just can’t keep tellin’ you what to think now
‘Cause you know damn well
One cloud is lonely

Well, I learned today that you need one thing from me still
And it ain’t no words
And I learned today what I gotta do when a cloud rolls in
I gotta stay very still
One cloud is lonely

Well, I’ve always thought it strange when people say
When it rains it pours
‘Cause over on Watership Down, they got a different thing they say
One cloud is lonely
Track Name: Better Now
Better Now

I often wonder about another life
One I lived not long ago
I often wonder about another life
But I know I’m better now

What I wouldn’t give to see my friends
If only they were still around
What I wouldn’t give to see my friends
But I know I’m better now

[chorus]
How do you know it’s gonna be okay?
I’ve never felt this good before
And at the end of it all
I wanna hear you say
I’ve never felt this good before

The past has its glory and we are all the same
Only the good shows anyhow
The past has its glory and we are all the same
And I know I’m better now

People heed the notion I am born again
This time I might not be around
People heed the notion I am born again
And I know I’m better now
Track Name: Errs, Trials, & Trials
Errs, Trials, & Trials

Show me your mirror and make me look
If there’s one reason why I should need you here
You show me your mirror

Point to that glassy lake before the wind sets in
Takin’ that drive ain’t no mistake
If you just point to that glassy lake

[chorus]
Walls is for usin’. Ain’t for abusin’ you
I’m ready to hang my picture frame
That’s what my life was, but now I ain’t the same
But if that means I gotta be lonesome for a while
Well, errs, trials, and trials

Leave me on the floor
My eyes are fit to rain
If you can’t stay here, please shut the door
But leave me on the floor
Track Name: Resilience
Resilience

Sir, please hear what I have to say
I know you’re busy, but I’ve come a long way
Now I’ve got somethin’ I gotta say
Sir, I’m standin’. I got my hands held empty
I’ve never given in, although it is tempting
Now I want you to listen to me
These past days were all closed doors
Please tell me that outside there’s more
‘Cause inside there’s nothin’ at all

[chorus]
I’m a blade of grass
That pushed its way through the pavement
Forever I will grow
Forever I’ll be learnin’
I’ll reach out and grab this earth
Sideways and above
And if the sun ever fades on this sidewalk
Well, at least I’ve loved

Sir, I once found paradise and peace
She once kept me from fallin’ beneath
But in present time, this paradise is lost
Sir, it is now I only endure
My existence is all I live for
But one day this traveler will find more
A bag on my back and shoes on my feet
And all the people I’ll meet
I’ll climb those peaks that once brought me pain
Track Name: Believin' Is Hard
Believin’ Is Hard

Last call. Your request better come in soon
Listen now. Don’t you be a loon
Give us that fire that’s burnin’ all up in your soul
‘Cause he’ll take us home soon
This whole world is pretty dull

Well, I disagree
This world’s alright with me
Your plan, it sounds easy,
But believin is hard

They said,
Oh no, we see that raven is right at your door
We got one word for you: inferno
Need we say more?
Oh no, Boy, you’re a rose hangin’ upside down
You’re lost, but come with us
You’ll be found

Well, I disagree
Being lost is being free
Your plan, it sounds easy,
But believin’ is hard

I couldn’t believe my eyes
They just turned and they walked away
They started buildin’ a wall between us
Telling me I’d pay for it all some day
That’s alright. You know I still love ‘em
They just don’t understand
There’s about a million of these gods
And they’re all reachin’ out their hands

I’m so sorry to disagree
I wanna make you all happy
Your plan, it sounds easy,
But believin’ is hard
Track Name: Desert Bloom II
Desert Bloom II

Ground level sinking
History repeating
Ground level sinking
Lips cracked again

Desert blooming
Delta fuming
Desert blooming
Lips cracked again

Empty hives
Desert thrives
Empty hives
Desert thrives
Track Name: Hannah Hannah
Hannah, Hannah

I saw you walkin’ on down the hallway
How ‘bout we hang out, we could watch a movie
Over at my place tonight
You don’t have to worry about no silver rabbit
I’ll be here with you
You can wear my baseball jersey
And I can break the rules

[chorus]
Hannah, Hannah,
Let’s get together
Spend some time with me
If I have to spend another night alone
I think I might go insane

And in the morning, if you hear stirring
Let’s just stay in bed
I can tell you one of my funny stories
As we pass the time
Hannah, it don’t matter if they hear you laughing
They already know
But I think I’m late for...late for something
But I’ll see you soon

[repeat chorus]

[chorus 2]
Hannah, Hannah,
Let’s get together
Spend some time with me
If I have to spend another moment with you
I think I might go insane
Track Name: Move It Out
Move it Out

You’re safe
On the ground
Let your day float away
Like, whew

There’s a pain behind your eyes
That’s been swelling up all day
You don’t need no advice
You just wanna hear someone say
I hear you
And we do
And we know, deep down, you keep tellin’ yourself
Move it out and down through your feet

We’re strange
But somehow
We made it here today
Like, whew

You told me you’re never alone in the hammock of the earth
I got nothin’ new to offer
I’m just here for all it’s worth
And I hear you
Yeah, we do
And you know you’re the only one who can say
Move it out and down through your feet
Track Name: I'll Always Keep That With Me
I’ll Always Keep That With Me

The older boys on my street
Heroes I couldn’t be
I followed them to that store
Arms full, runnin’ out free
As their cravings grew
They pointed guns
Chained their feet
Well, there’s a lot of keys in prison
I’ll always keep that with me
Settin’ sail with the band
Laughing incessantly
We kept rowin’ when the sails blew down
Called it the SS Family
And with a mantra in my head:
Patience brings harmony
Watchin’ that toy boat drown
I’ll always keep that with me

Birth, death, birth, death, dawn

We built a bridge so we could meet
A landscape I’d never seen
I kept starin’ out as the creek ran green
With hurt eyes, I turned for home
Our bridge fell to the creek
And the smell of burning wood
I’ll always keep that with me

Next time, I did things different
Operate from a place of peace
My painted gavel shrank down as I learned to sit with beasts
Oh, how you test my unconditional!
Same day, you severed ties
How can it somehow be right
When there’s so many tears in your eyes?
This forest came from an acorn seed
I’ll always keep that with me

Birth, death, birth, death, dawn