KEPT ON WALKIN’: SONGS OF RECOVERY, STRENGTH, HOPE & HEALING VOLUME II (4 song EP)

by Johnny J Blair "Singer at Large"

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"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

These are songs with themes of recovery, strength, hope, and healing. If you're rising out of addiction and compulsive behavior, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. I reached into my back catalogue to let the music speak in ways that mere words can't. It's a reflection on what I've learned in 12 Step Recovery. I hope these songs serve you in your path.

VOLUME I of this series had more of a pop/rock style, while VOLUME II leans more toward my blue-eyed soul/pop/r'n'b side.

The "cover photo" for this EP is from a bus stop shelter in Santiago, Chile.

This EP marks the bandcamp cyber-release of "Lighten Up" long version and "All Things are Possible" (both originally released on the FIRE CD in 2000).

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released January 2, 2017

Johnny J Blair with Keith Kavanaugh and singers from Word2Soul.

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Johnny J Blair "Singer at Large" San Francisco, California

Blair's innovative brand of “pop music with a twist" is a fast-paced mix of old school soul, psychedelia, punk/new wave, classic rock, baroque pop, & world music. Brian Wilson called him "a virtuoso." Goldmine Magazine said he makes “pop music with a conscience.” Spotlight Magazine dubbed him “the Harry Houdini of rock and roll.” For many years he was sideman for Davy Jones and The Monkees. ... more

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Track Name: Lighten Up
LIGHTEN UP Words & Music by Johnny J. Blair copyright 2000 Word2Soul Music BMI

Your lover wrote a letter Just can’t keep it together
She wants to go away/and you feel like it’s the end of the world
The cat got sick Saturday The car broke down on the way
It was a rainy day And you still don’t know what happened to your girl

FIRST CHORUS:
And your friends, they all think you should lighten up (2X)

Life can be so frustrating With all your colors fading
Your heart can go astray And no one seems to have the time of day
You broke the dishes Monday Your overslept on Tuesday
And no one made coffee And you don’t know where the woman is today

(REPEAT FIRST CHORUS) REFRAIN:

Anyone who’s worth anything goes through a kind of flame
It’s the only fire that purifies your name
When you feel that doom and darkness have become some kind of crutch
Then all that’s left to do is to lighten up

Your friends, they try to make you See that the things that break you
Could be worse than they are Why should you wish upon a falling star?
Your phone was shut off Wednesday Had one too many Thursday
Don’t talk about Friday And this thing has gone on way too far

(REPEAT FIRST CHORUS) (REPEAT REFRAIN)

RAP:

Old man walking down the street People think he’s funny
Walks upright on his own two feet Why is he so sunny?
Has no hair But he still cares Has no rope But he has hope
Has no scrub But he has love In his heartbeat

Your lover wrote a letter She wants to get togther
She’s in some kind of funk
Now it’s time for her to turn another page
Her doggie died on Tuesday Tires got slashed on Thursday
It was a rainy day And she knows what to feel at this stage

(SECOND CHORUS) + OUTRO VAMP

And she think’s that it’s time to lighten up
Track Name: All Things Are Possible
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE Words & Music by Johnny J Blair copyright 2000 Word2Soul Music BMI
Track Name: Free Me
FREE ME Words by Amy Mintzer; Music by Johnny J Blair & Amy Mintzer. Copyright 2000 Word2Soul Music BMI.