SUNDAY MORNING: SONGS OF RECOVERY, STRENGTH, HOPE & HEALING VOLUME I (5 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.

This EP also marks the bandcamp debuts of the "Welcome to the Open Door" long version as well as my cover of Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning."

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released January 1, 2017

Johnny J Blair with Vince Alire, Darryl Puett, Billy Reynolds, and members of The Badlees.

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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: Love That's Here to Stay
LOVE THAT'S HERE TO STAY Words & Music by Johnny J Blair copyright 2011 Word2Soul Music BMI

The world is rough and crazy, and hearts don't get their lift
You hear bad news about the people fallin' for some grift
But love has a way of mending you when you're worn and ripped
And I thank you for coming here and giving me a gift

CHORUS: You build me up from clay
With a smile you send my way
And a love that's here to stay

If I could say a prayer for every lip that was split
If I could write a song for every time I was told to quit
If I could break the news about the love behind my mask
Amazing grace is in your face, all you have to do is ask

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE: I have seen your eyes of green
Looking across an ocean
Your laughter echoes over the waves
Fills my sails and gives me motion
I have seen your eyes of blue
Sunlight dancing iris
Liberating soul ablaze
Love can always choose us

The heart can be so evil, the heart can be cold as ice
But evil cannot stand alone in the blaze of a glorious light
The world is rough and crazy, and hearts don't get their lift
You hear bad news about the people fallin' for some grift
But love has a way of mending you when you're worn and ripped
And I thank you for coming here and giving me a gift

VAMP CHORUS OUT
Track Name: Johnny J Blair & The Cellarbirds (Badlees) - Sunday Morning
Sunday morning
Brings the dawning
It's just a restless feeling by my side
Early dawning
Sunday morning
It's just a wasted year so close behind

CHORUS: Watch out the world's behind you
There's always someone around you who will call
It's nothing at all

Sunday morning
And I am falling
I've got a feeling I don't want to know
Early dawning
Sunday morning
It's on the streets you crossed not so long ago

REPEAT CHORUSES OUT
Track Name: Dumb Angel
DUMB ANGEL Words & music by Johnny J Blair copyright 1990, 2007 Word2Soul Music BMI

Don't know you well enough to call you buddy
The kids laughed when I called your car 'a boat'
Thanks for the ride to the Bible study
Even though it looked like you needed a smoke

CHORUS: I saw Elvis crying in the chapel
The Dumb Angel writes his book
The Carpenter is waiting at the seaside

Used to have a ball in Avis
Waxing nostalgic at 14
Man can sing like birds but the women saved us
From basking in the music of the trees
Track Name: Welcome to the Open Door (Long Version)
WELCOME TO THE OPEN DOOR Words & music by Johnny J Blair copyright 1985 Singnorbertmusic ASCAP.
Track Name: The Sky Cries (Acoustic)
THE SKY CRIES

Blood is pounding through your head
Nothing makes any sense
You have a dark spot, a feeling of dread
Tired of sitting on the fence
Makes you feel like you're the only one
Who ever felt this pain
Makes it hard to see the sun
When all you see is rain

Chorus:
The sky cries, the rain falls down on everyone (2x)
But it never, never lies, and it doesn't last forever

Wish that I could say the proper words
And be a comfort too
Someone told me to stay right here
And pray it through with you
Just let it go, just let it fall
All these things will fly
I'll be listening for the call
When the sky it starts to cry

Repeat Chorus

The rain falls on the just and the unjust
The rain falls on the captive and the free
The rain falls down on the black and white
The rain falls down on you and me
...and the sky it cries, it cries, it cries
...and the sky it cries, but it doesn't last forever.

by Johnny J Blair, copyright 2005 Word2Soul Music BMI.