UNRAVELED

Unraveled albumThere doesn’t seem to be enough room to put liner notes on CD cases these days, so I’ve put the liner notes to my latest CD, Unraveled, on-line here.  Hope you enjoy the tour through my brain.  To order the CD or download the MP3s, please visit cdbaby.com, iTunes, or through the Facebook Music StoreUnraveled is a 2013 release.

Credits

All songs © 2013 Manuel Luz.  Arranged by ML3.  ML3 is Chad Jackson (drums), Matt Sawhill (basses), Manuel Luz (piano/keys/vocals).  Additional musicians: Steven Randal (electric guitar), Kent Peterson (electric guitar), Bob Kilpatrick (acoustic guitar), Kim Peterson (sax), Steve Liberti (percussion and honorary ML3 member). Special thanks to Phil Denna, Greg Davis, Won World Studio, Proclaim! International Studio. Recorded at Psalm 98 Studio, El Dorado Hills, California. Mastered at Won World Studio. Art Direction and Photography: Keith Elliott.

Track 1: MAKE UP YOUR MIND

Sometimes one comes to a moment of decision and that perso become paralyzed in it. It could be a spiritual decision, a psychological one, or a difficult life decision. And I like to encourage people, in those moments, to simply keep moving forward in life. Because often times, the worst decision is not to make one.  Featuring: Steve Liberti, Kim Peterson, ML3.

Nothing to talk about, Nothing to realize
But ooh, don’t you know that
Ooh, Just make up your mind
No need to talk it out, No need to rationalize
But ooh, Tell me ‘bout you
Just make up your mind

No time to waste away, No need to compromise
But ooh, don’t you know that
Ooh, Just make up your mind
Nothing that you could say, No need for alibis
But ooh, Tell me ‘bout you
Just make up your mind

Tell  me your dreams, drop the disguise
Tell me what keeps you up at night
Tell me your sorrows, tell me your fears
How do you dry those tears

Nothing to talk about, Nothing to realize
But ooh, don’t you know that
Ooh, Just make up your mind
Know that I’ll be with you, Know that I’m on your side
But ooh, tell me ‘bout you
Don’t you know its true, between me and you
Just make up your mind

Track 2: ANOTHER LOVE

We were trying to do something different with this song, which is a rock tune in standard 4/4 time.  Listen to the quirky instrumental break which is in 7/4 time signature, featuring some inspired percussion work by Steve Liberti.  Featuring: Kent Peterson, Steve Liberti, ML3.

I, I feel the weight of things unsaid
The memories in your head, the wide and empty dread
I, I see you walk this world alone
With nothing to atone, you live a life unknown
But the days are like a river
Drifting, flowing ever nearer

There’s another love I know, There’s another life I live
There’s another hope I hold, There’s another grace to give
There’s another tale to tell, There’s another time to go
There’s another life I live, There’s another love I know

I, I see the hollow in your eyes
The blackened cloudy skies, I have to wonder why
I, I feel no solace in this cold
You watch your life unfold, without your pot of gold
But the days are like a river
Drifting, flowing ever nearer

Track 3: I CAN’T REMEMBER WHEN

Of all the songs on the album, this is the one that most people ask, “what is that one about?”  Though it is quite metaphorical—which is why people can relate to it—there is a quite literal explanation.  The song is about the life of Moses.  He went through a lot in his life quest to follow the will of God, and though he did so imperfectly, he paid quite the price.  It was unfortunate that, at the end of his life, he was unable to go into the promised land.  And that is something I can relate to.  Featuring: Steven Randal, Steve Liberti, ML3.

Forty years in the desert, Forty years in the dirt
Forty years of living through the heartache and the hurt
Forty years of plodding, On these same old ruts I’ve known
Forty years of reaping, Off these same old rows I’ve sown

And I can’t remember when, No I can’t remember when
No I can’t remember when,  I last saw your face

Forty miles of highway, Forty days at sea
Forty thousand paces, Each one has taken a toll on me
Forty times I’ve stumbled, Forty times I fall
Forty times I’ve gotten up, Just to answer the call

And the desert is a mistress, And the sun hangs in the sky
And my footprints sinking deeper, And I have to wonder why

Forty lame excuses, For the man I’ve come to be
Forty bad decisions, Can this be my destiny
Forty times I’ve stumbled, When I’ve fallen on my face
Forty years of seeing every act of Your grace

Track 4: ROXANNE

This is only the second cover I’ve ever recorded.  This song always reminds me of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well.  Please note the excellent classical guitar on this track.  Featuring: Bob Kilpatrick, ML3.

Roxanne, you don’t have to put on the red light
Those days are over
You don’t have to sell your body to the night
Roxanne, you don’t have to wear that dress tonight
Walk the streets alone
You don’t care if it’s wrong or if it’s right

Roxanne, you don’t have to put on the red light
Put on the red light, put on the red light, put on the red light

I loved you since I knew you, Wouldn’t talk down to you
I have to tell you how I feel, I wouldn’t want to share you
I know my mind is made up, So put away your make-up
Told you once, won’t tell you again, It’s a bad way

Track 5: TAKING A TOLL ON ME 

The year 2012 was a difficult and sorrowful one for us as a church, as we said goodbye to a lot of our friends.  This song is about them.  Featuring: Steve Liberti, ML3.

Lie awake until daylight, Listenin’ to the old house creak
Nothing on, till I see the sun, Yeah, it’s taking a toll on me
Said goodbye to an old friend, He was almost fifty three
Take me down to old forked road, Yeah, it’s taking a toll on me
Lord I know, That the winter storms will blow
Lord I know, Like a mist that comes and goes, We go

Crimson dawn will rise up, But the silence falls too deep
One more day, as we join the fray, Yeah it’s taking a toll on me
Honey put on your black dress, We’ll stand under the willow tree
Amazing Grace, till we see his face, Yeah it’s taking a toll on me
Lord I know, That the winter storms will blow
Lord I know, Like a mist that comes and goes, We go

Blue skies on the ceiling, and the sun shines down on me
A mound of dirt where a man used to be
Yeah, it’s taking a toll on me

Track 6: RAPUNZEL

We preach a lot on vision, intention, and means, as a way to understand spiritual transformation.  We acknowledge that we are trapped by the mechanisms of our internal dysfunction, but we also must embrace through intentional surrender the life that God intends for us.  Featuring: Kent Peterson, Steve Liberti, ML3.

Locked in your room, Stuck in your castle, high up on the hill
Trapped within your house of Babel, Held against your will
High above your ivory tower, Life on a window sill
Day by day and hour by hour, Nothing but time to kill
She don’t know she holds the key
She don’t know, She could be free

Let down your hair, Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair
It’s all I can do, It’s all up to you, Rapunzel, let down your hair

Knock on the door, put up a fight, All in her own little world
Braided locks that hold her tight, Keep her a lost little girl
Sit in your room, Rattle your chains, Far above it all
Addicted to the inner pain, That hides behind your walls
She don’t know she holds the key
She don’t know, She could be free

Track 7: UNRAVELED 

We performed this song first at a men’s retreat at Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe.  This is a special place for me, where God always seems to meet me in significant and undeniable ways.  Featuring: Steven Randal, ML3.

I fall on my knees again, Alone in this place again
Down on my knees, Begging You please, To pick up the pieces
I don’t know who I am, But I’m not the better man
That I want to be, Addicted to me, Cloaked in myself

But I’m unraveled, Yeah I’m unraveled
Oh I’m unraveled, in Your presence

Caught in these white lies, Blind to these sight lines
That live in my soul, But still take their toll, Where no one can see
No more excuses, The silent accusers
That take hold of me, Help me be free, to live in the Truth

But I’m unraveled, Yeah I’m unraveled
Oh I’m unraveled, in Your presence

Track 8: YOU STILL TAKE MY BREATH AWAY

For my wife Debbie, on our 25th anniversary.  I mean every word.

So much sand thru the hourglass, So many beats of my heart
So many dreams have come and gone like, So many shooting stars
So many faded photographs, So many dawns turned to dusk
So many frozen memories like, tracings in the dust
But when I catch a glimpse of you, It doesn’t matter what you do
Just a fleeting glimpse of you, And I realize the simple truth that

You still take my breath away, And you still stir my soul awake
And you still make my heart, Beat like a drum when you are near
You still, still take my breath away

So many words unspoken, So many thoughts in my head
So many ways to say I love you, Without a word being said
But when I catch a glimpse of you, It doesn’t matter what you do
Just a fleeting glimpse of you, And I realize the simple truth that

You still take my breath away, And you still stir my soul awake
And you still make my heart, Beat like a drum when you are near
You still, still take my breath away

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