The Perfect Time

Music & Lyrics by Joe
Joe – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums

The Perfect Time – Explained

Lyrics by Joe

[Verse 1]
I always hear the same old words
It’s so absurd
I can’t believe my ears
And when it’s all been said and done
You’ll be the one
Standing with me here

[Pre-chorus 1]
Sing me this song when I am feeling blue
Can’t let it show
Cause everybody knows

[Chorus 1]
I can hardly wait
It’s the perfect time
Let’s hurry up so we can stand in line
Whisper in my ear
Tell me I’ll be fine
You’ll be fine

[Verse 2]
A week goes by in just a day
I wish that I could say
I’m satisfied with everything that I’ve done
So much to do, so little time
It’s just so hard to find
Peace of mind for having fun

[Pre-chorus 2]
Sing me this song and I will think of you
Remind me how it goes
Cause everybody knows

[Chorus 2]
I can hardly wait
It’s the perfect time
Let’s hurry first and then we’ll take our time
Whisper in my ear
Tell me I’ll be fine
You’ll be fine
You’ll be fine…

[Bridge]
Running at full speed
Don’t forget to breathe
Hold on to your heart
Here comes the hardest part
I will not let go
Of the dream I’ve had
From so long ago
Come on and give me your worst
I’ll gladly accept
So tomorrow
There’s no chance of regret

[Breakdown]

[Chorus 3]
I can hardly wait
It’s the perfect time
Whisper in my ear
Tell me I’ll be fine
You’ll be fine

I can hardly wait
It’s the perfect time
Let’s hurry up so we can stand in line
Whisper in my ear
Tell me I’ll be fine
You’ll be fine
You’ll be fine

What Life Is To Me

Music & Lyrics by Linda
Linda – Vocals, Piano, Bass
Joe – Trumpet, Drums

What Life Is To Me – Explained

Lyrics by Linda

[Verse 1]
Mama told me to be careful
Daddy told me to be smart
School has made me all too fearful
Rising pressure from the start

Get the highest education
Save up for a rainy day
Travel only for vacation
Retirement is on it’s way

[Pre-chorus 1]
What if I
Don’t want
That typical agenda?

What if my
Life needs
To breathe?

[Chorus]
And I’m not
Erring on the safe side
Anymore
Cause there’s lots
To see and understand
Outside that door

There are places to be
And cultures to see
Horizons to expand
And breathtaking land

That’s what life is to me

[Verse 2]
No one tells you to be fearless
No one tells you to take risks
Make diversity your business
Try new things until it sticks

What’s the sense in playing safe?
Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed
You’ve got a buffet on your plate
So go for all you can eat

[Pre-chorus 2]
What if you
Are meant
To see the northern lights?

What if your
Life needs
To breathe?

[Chorus]
And I’m not
Erring on the safe side
Anymore
Cause there’s lots
To see and understand
Outside that door

There places to be
And cultures to see
Horizons to expand
And breathtaking land

That’s what life is to me

[Bridge]
Don’t wanna work just to survive
Don’t wanna worry all my life
Don’t wanna fear what I don’t know
Just go with the flow

[Chorus]
And I’m not
Erring on the safe side
Anymore
Cause there’s lots
To see and understand
Outside that door

There are places to be
And cultures to see
Horizons to expand
And breathtaking land

That’s what life is to me
That’s what life is to me
That’s what life is to me

Awoke In The Springtime

Music & Lyrics by Joe
Linda – Vocals
Joe – Vocals, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Trumpets
Mike Pinto – Guitar (www.MikePintoGuitar.com)

Awoke In The Springtime – Explained

Lyrics by Joe

[Verse 1]
Awoke in the springtime
Covered in sunshine
Never have I felt so fine
The winter’s now over
I can’t believe I feel this good
It’s been a long long time

[Pre-chorus 1]
Turn off your mind
And everything becomes clear
Search and you’ll find
The reasons for being here
And you know, you know

[Chorus 1]
I can hear the music play
Never ending summer days
Life is but a dream they say
So dream on
When I feel the evening breeze
It puts my soul at ease
And I can finally breathe
The weight is gone
The best days are always so simple
Reminding us somehow
All that we have
Is now

[Verse 2]
Awoke in the springtime
Chance of a lifetime
Remember to enjoy the ride
My instincts take over
It’s no surprise I feel this good
Adapt with every stride

[Pre-chorus 2]
Turn off your mind
And everything disappears
Search and you’ll find
The reasons that brought here
Cause you know, you know

[Chorus 2]
I can hear the music play
Never ending summer days
Life is but a dream they say
So dream on
When I feel the evening breeze
It puts my soul at ease
And I can finally breathe
The weight is gone
The best days have always been simple
Reminding us somehow
All that we have
All we can change
Is now, now it…

[Bridge]
Feels like a lucid dream
My senses wide awake
An endless movie of real life
That only I can make

[Trumpet Solo]

[Pre-chorus 1]
Turn off your mind
And everything becomes clear
Search and you’ll find
The reasons for being here
And you know, you know

[Chorus 1]
I can hear the music play
Never ending summer days
Life is but a dream they say
So dream on
When I feel the evening breeze
It puts my soul at ease
And I can finally breathe
The weight is gone
The best days are always so simple
Reminding us somehow
All that we have…
Is now

There’s More To Life

Music & Lyrics by Joe
Linda – Vocals
Joe – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Yogi Lonich – Guitar Solos (www.YogiMusic.com)

There’s More To Life – Explained

Lyrics by Joe

[Verse1]
I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout the lies
Stuck inside my head
Total bullshit in disguise
Early on we’re fed
And now I feel the pain
Deep within my soul
An inner dissonance
Finally takes its toll

[Verse 2]
Wasn’t given any choice
Surrendered out of fear
What’s the purpose of a voice
If others cannot hear?
And no-one ever asked
If I thought the rules were fair
Never gave consent
Yet somehow I still needed theirs

Your life’s a script
But one you didn’t write
Gotta improvise
To take the spotlight

I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout the lies
Forced inside my head
It’s time to realize

[Chorus]
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than what we’re told
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than growing old
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than what we’re told
There’s more to life
There’s more to life

[Bridge]
Frustration in my veins
When conditioning remains
Our potential goes to waste
And it seems like such a shame
Extinguishing the flame within
And people are to blame
It’s always the same

[Guitar Solo]

[Chorus-2X]
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than what we’re told
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than growing old

[Breakdown-2X]
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than what we’re told
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than growing old

[Chorus]
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than what we’re told
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than growing old
There’s more to life
There’s more to life than what we’re told
There’s more to life
There’s more to life

Dark & Light

Music & Lyrics by Linda
Linda – Vocals, Piano, Bass
Joe – Guitar
Nibandh Nadkarni – Drum Programming
Molly Rife – Cello (www.MollyRife.com)

Dark & Light – Explained

Lyrics by Linda

[Intro – Piano Solo]

[Verse 1]
Lay all your life on the kitchen floor
The truth is about to be seen
Nothing to hide or to lie here for
This one’s for you, not for me

Giving it all is the hardest part
Just half of you won’t make the way
Tear it all down for a clean new start
I’ll be with you every day

[Chorus]
Don’t stay in the dark
Be true to yourself
See, the light in your heart
Is you, no-one else

Don’t pretend there’s a way
When all you do is run
Cause you’re afraid to stay
And look at all that went wrong

[Verse 2]
The holes in your soul are a bumpy street
No car can drive on this road
Filling them up is a task indeed
But better than this heavy load

Don’t choose to repeat your history
When you can be a butterfly
You don’t have to be a big mystery
Explaining yourself with a lie

[Chorus]
Don’t stay in the dark
Be true to yourself
See, the light in your heart
Is you, no-one else

Don’t pretend there’s a way
When all you do is run
Cause you’re afraid to stay
And look at all that went wrong

[Bridge – Instrumental]

[Chorus]
Don’t stay in the dark
Be true to yourself
See, the light in your heart
Is you, no-one else

Don’t pretend there’s a way
When all you do is run
Cause you’re afraid to stay
And look at all that went wrong

I Miss The Summer

Music & Lyrics by Joe
Linda – Vocals, Keyboards
Joe – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums

I Miss The Summer – Explained

Lyrics by Joe

[Verse 1]
Here comes the cold
There goes my hope
And energy
Can’t sleep enough
And when I’m up
I’m still asleep
Stuck in a terrible mood
Eating just way too much food
I’m on the verge of losing my mind
Because…

[Pre-chorus 1]
It’s more than a feeling
Too many days of grey and rain
I need a drink or three cause it helps me
To ease the pain

[Chorus]
I miss the sun and the summer now
It’s too damn dark and depressing out
So many clouds in my head (so many clouds)
Can’t pull myself out of bed (ooh)
I miss the sun and the summer

[Verse 2]
Here comes the snow
It’s ten below can’t help but freeze
It’s so unfair how much the air hurts me to breathe
I need a warm getaway
Wish I still lived in LA
I’m pretty sure I’ve lost my mind
Because…

[Pre-chorus 2]
It’s more than a feeling
Staying inside drives me insane
I need a drink or three cause it helps me
To ease the pain

[Chorus]
I miss the sun and the summer now
It’s too damn dark and depressing out
So many clouds in my head (so many clouds)
Can’t pull myself out of bed (ooh)
I miss the sun and the summer

[Keyboard Solo]

[Chorus]
I miss the sun and the summer now
It’s too damn dark and depressing out
So many clouds in my head (so many clouds)
Can’t pull myself out of bed (ooh)
I miss the sun and the summer
I miss the sun and the summer

Someday

Music by Joe
Lyrics by Joe & Linda
Linda – Vocals
Joe – Vocals, Piano, Bass, Drums

Someday – Explained

Lyrics by Joe & Linda

[Verse 1]
I know I will find you
No matter how long it takes ’til you’re here in my life
I know I would kiss you
If only you would knock on my door tonight

[Pre-chorus 1]
What would I do
For you
If only you were here?
Where would we go?
I wanna know
I can’t wait to meet you, dear

[Chorus]
Someday
I will love you, just love you
Someday
I will hold you, I will hold you in my arms

[Verse 2]
How long must I wait here?
Another day gone and you’re still not by my side
I dream of you next to me
And then I awake by mistake and you’re nowhere in sight

[Pre-chorus 2]
My dreams will come true
For you
Belong here in my arms
I miss you so
And I know
I would never let you go

[Chorus]
Someday
I will love you, just love you
Someday
I will hold you, I will hold you in my arms

[Bridge]
With wide open eyes
My hope never dies
I know you’re out there
Because I feel
You are real
Butterflies everywhere

[Chorus-2X]
Someday
I will love you, just love you
Someday
I will hold you, I will hold you in my arms

Quincy – Inspirational Quotes

Almost one year ago, we watched the documentary “Quincy” while waiting in Reykjavik for our connection flight from Düsseldorf to Chicago.

It’s about the life of Quincy Jones. How he came to be the successful musician, arranger and producer.

With the documentary came so many quotes (most of them by Quincy, but also Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra) that I absolutely love and feel they are super inspiring. So here I list them for you 🙂

“To know where you came from makes it easier for you to go where you’re going.”

“Your music can never be more or less that you are as a human being.”

“The first thing is to be humble with your creativity and graceful with your success.”

“Keep your score paper and pen right near you, ’cause if you’re not up, God will take it down the street to Mancini.”
(about writing at night and that the muses come out at night)

“If my mother could go crazy, who couldn’t?”
(about the senselessness he felt when he was a kid growing up in the ghetto in Chicago)

“One night, I broke into the armory. In the room, there was an old upright piano. I tinkled on it for a moment and I knew this was it for me, forever.”
(about discovering music at the age of 11)

“Just that idea, to see black men that were dignified and proud. I said ‘That’s what I want to be. I want to be in that family, I’d do anything to be in that family.'”
(about the musicians Quincy met when he started to play music)

“I’m Quincy Jones and I play trumpet, and I want to write.”
(Ray Charles on first meeting Quincy Jones)

“Every music has it’s own soul, Quincy. It doesn’t matter which style it is, just be true to it.”
(Ray Charles)

“I had no control over where I lived, no control over my sick mother. I couldn’t control the angry whites who still called me ‘nigger’ when they caught me alone on the street. But music was one thing I could control. It was the one thing that offered me my freedom.”

“You need confidence, sure […] I’m not denying that. But […] an ego is usually just […] overdressed insecurity. I think you have to dream so big, that you can’t get an ego. ‘Cause you’ll never fulfill all those dreams. There’s always more to come and learn.”

“Once a task has just begun,
never leave it ’till it’s done.
Be the labor great or small,
do it well or not at all.”
(Quincy quotes his Dad Quincy Delight Jones, Sr.)

“I don’t think you can write, can create anything without feeling right with the truth.”

“Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me.”
(Quincy Jones and Ray Charles back in the 40’s)

“Learn to deal with the valleys, Quincy. The hills will take care of themselves.”
(Count Basie)

“I want you to be one of the people that helped de-categorize American music.”
(Duke Ellington to Quincy Jones)

“I came up in that school of, like, all kind, every kind of music. There’s just two kinds, bad and good.”

“Quincy, there are only 12 notes […] and you should really investigate what everybody did with these 12 notes.”
(Nadia Boulanger)

“I’d rather say ‘I’m sorry I did’ than ‘I wish I had’.”

“My feeling is always leave at least 20 or 30 percent of room for the Lord to walk through the room. Because […] then you’re leaving room for the magic and […] records are about capturing magic, real magic moments […] at that time, and capturing them on tape. […] And love is the other word, too. When the love is in the studio, because that contributes more to magic in the studio that anything else.”
(about recording music)

“Bigotry is a terrible disease. […] I began to make noise about it. I said ‘If they all have to live on the other side of town, then you don’t need me.”
(Frank Sinatra on how he changed the whole racial situation in Las Vegas in 1964)

“In all the years working together, just like with Ray Charles, we never once had a contract. Just a handshake.”
(on working with Sinatra)

“In order for music to grow, the critics must stop categorizing and let the musicians get involved in all different facets of music. We will die if we get stuck in one area of music.”

“You realize […] the true essence of time. And you tell your friends you love them now. Not tomorrow or next week. Let them feel your love.”

“You get inspired by so many things and you never stop. […] You think you can get it all in and that’s the dangerous part.”

“You know, this is not about race. This is about humanity. You know, you didn’t have to go to Mars to make E.T..”
(Quincy to Steven Spielberg to convince him to direct ‘The Color Purple’)

“You got to let go all of the past, […] bring the good parts forward, forget about the negative stuff, and go on. Because whenever you get hung up and locked into the past, you’re robbing yourself of the present and definitely the future.”

“You only live 26,000 days […] I’m gonna wear all of them out. And if I get to 80, that’ll be 29,000. I’m gonna wear them all out, you know? They’re gonna know we came through here.”
(to Oprah Winfrey in her show)

“It’s a journey, coming up in this fucking country, man. Chicago… No joke. I didn’t see anybody white until I was 11 years old.”

“And the kids, the kids’ minds, most of them, are not into that shit, ’cause you have to be taught how to hate. That’s not natural, to hate somebody because of their skin. You don’t have nothing to do with that. So how people can judge somebody by the color of their skin is fucked up, you know?”

House Concert in Klein Schneen

On July 13th we played in Klein Schneen which is a small village in the municipality Friedland. When we left Ninas apartment in Bielefeld we knew that we would only need two hours to Klein Schneen and that there will be some time before our hosts were expecting us. So we stopped in Kassel on the way and had a second breakfast in a little café and did a bit of computer work.

When we arrived at our hosts Annette and Christian, we saw that their front yard was a bee paradise. So many different, beautiful flowers! We went to the front door and found the most peculiar door bell. We had to turn a little key which would ring (similar to a bike bell) inside the house. It was the kind of bell you would expect with a 300 year old timbered house like this one. When no one answered the door, we had the idea to check the back yard of the house. Since this concert would take place outside (not open air because of the weather forecast but in a roofed area in the garden) we knew there had to be a back yard. We walked around the block to find a garage with a poster advertising our concert. Even our new logo was on it! This had to be the right place. When we entered the back yard the most beautiful oasis opened up in front of us with flowers, bees, butterflies, trees, and plenty of little cute sitting areas. When we discovered the performing area we suddenly heard Annette and Christian talking. They were in the garden preparing for the concert which was why they didn’t hear us ringing the door bell. They said we could park in front of their garage (in which they had their own VW bus just like ours!). So we went back to Elliot and reparked.

While we were setting up in the nicely decorated performing area, Annette and Christian prepared lunch. We ate the BEST lasagne Joe has ever had and I foolishly declared to finish the whole bowl of dessert by the end of the day (which I couldn’t). We also ate a salad made from freshly picked lettuce from their garden. It was just the perfect lunch but we had to hold ourselves back. You can’t sing if your stomach is too full.

Annette and Christian are wonderful free spirits. We could relate to them in so many ways. How they see life, how they manage their daily life basically as freelancers, and their love for nature and their garden. For me they live in a little paradise. Also because the whole area is in the countryside without being completely off the grid. One of their neighbors has two rams in his garden and another has sheep. It’s a very calm and down-to-earth area.

We couldn’t really be surprised (and still we were) about the loveliness of the audience that arrived that evening. Even though Annette and Christian only invited a few people (with an invitation letter and the permission to bring other people that might be interested) it seemed almost the whole village attended. Two elderly women couldn’t come because they were invited to a birthday party that same evening. But they prepared a special dessert and sent a donation for us. On the envelope it simply said “to the musicians”. It was the sweetest thing that happened to us this tour! We could tell how our concert was a big event in the village and everyone was so excited to come and be part of it. They were super appreciative and interested. It warmed our hearts.

Another observation we made that was very refreshing to see: There were around 10 kids in the audience from the age of not even 1 to 15 years old and none of them were playing with any electronic devices. They were focused on the concert the whole time (even though all our music is in English and they probably didn’t understand everything). We were impressed. It seems so healthy for kids to grow up in a smaller town where there’s space to run around with less distraction from technology and social pressure to look or act a certain way. Some of them even came after the concert to ask for autographs. The whole concert experience was just awesome!

After the concert we devoured the leftovers of Annette’s delicious lasagna and there was still some of the dessert left (that I had promised to finish). Eventually we had to take it with us in a plastic container, but at least I tried 😉

In the evening, Annette and Christian’s garden turned into a romantic fairyland with little lights and candles everywhere. We talked to some of the guests who were all very open minded and interested in our story. They told us that Annette and Christian are their role models when it comes to living a free and independent life. That was exactly the impression we had from Annette and Christian as well.

Unfortunately we didn’t have much time the next morning because we had to be in Bad Salzuflen by 1pm. Annette offered to show us around in the village but we had to leave too soon. But there was time for a nice breakfast with Annette and Christian in the very place we performed the night before. The family from next door stopped by and gave us a basket of freshly picked berries from their garden. What a wonderful and kind gift! We discovered that Christian likes to work with wood and saw some of his carvings all around the property. We also learned that Annette makes pottery. When we left she gave us two beautiful pots (also to eat the dessert we took with us 😀 )! What warm, wonderful, kind, sweet people they both are!

Thank you Annette and Christian! We had an amazing time with you and look forward to seeing you again soon! All the best for you!

– L