WHEN MUSIC SPEAKS

I am the voice of a vision
Seen clear across a span of years
I am an architect of precision
My design is the sound in your ears

Listen to the sound of love
A whisper in every note
So pure and clear
You should know that reason brought it here

I am the god of my own existence
Building my world in the image of Man
Though I sometimes meet resistance
I move ahead with a vision and a plan

I want to know the truth
I want to see it so radiantly clear
Like the sky above me now
And the promise in the silence
I want to stand before honest men
With my own view of the world
And let my music say:
"This is the way it could be"

Music is the judge within
It won't let compromise pass by
Without imposing sentence
In the courtroom of conscience
Emotional response
Reveals ones deepest philosophy
And I aim for the sound of truth

I am the voice of a vision
Seen clear across a span of years
I am an architect of precision
My design is the sound in your ears

And music is the voice of emotion
The joy you will feel at journey's end
The spirit's fuel and inspiration
And in your darkest hour -- a friend
SONGS FOR SPRING

i - THE MELTING SNOW

Winter’s end is near
There’s a new song in the air

A child captures spring
Imagination unfolding
Before restless eyes
And Man begins to rise
In a search for greatness

A seed of hope beneath the earth begins to grow
A child’s spring is alive with the sight
Of melting snow

ii - THE HOPEFUL SEED

Plant a seed, watch it grow
When it’s time, you will know
Let it live, let it breathe
Let it not be deceived
And the seed frees your mind
To receive the sun that shines

Plant a seed in the earth
It will be your vision’s birth
Let it guide you on your way
As you seek a better day
Plant a seed, restless child
Paint a vision, a beautiful world

iii - THE FLOWER

Put your questions to the flower
He is wise
He has grown before your eyes
To still the violent world around him
Give him all your passion’s power
Make him strong
Give him beauty in your song
Make sure you leave him where you found him

Do be kind to the flower
Every minute and every hour
He is a symbol of your love
He is a tribute to your life

Tell you worries to the flower
He is kind
He will ease your troubled mind
You’ll be at peace when you’re around him
Don’t condemn an April shower
It’s his blood
He has blossomed from a bud
Into the garden where you found him

Do be kind to the flower...
Every minute and every hour
He is a symbol of your love
He is a tribute to your life
iv - THE DREADFUL WEED

A lonely weed begs your pardon
It only wants to invade your garden
Armed with lies and shallow eyes
He’s a weakness in you
He’s the slightest compromise

Now your painting is smeared with blood
Beloved flower trampled in the mud
Free your vision, let it shine
Kill the weed and free your mind

Kill the weed, it is time
Break it’s hold on your mind
Drain it’s blood, cut it’s root
Crush it’s evil with your boot
For the weed tears apart
The living truth, the hopeful heart

Kill the weed, it is time
Break it’s hold on your mind
Beauty cries beneath the force
Nature strays from it’s course
Kill the weed, it is time
Kill the nuisance, stop this crime


v - THE STORMS OF PASSION

Storms of passion rage
Like a play upon a stage
There for all mankind
To see this battle for a mind

The weeds, they have one goal
They would claim this fertile ground
It’s spirit to be lost
Never, ever to be found

To think and to create
And then be torn apart
As it fails to comprehend
The nature of it’s art

The artist’s innocent mind
Should be defended and defined
To let it’s lifeblood flow
To let this garden grow

vi - THE SCENT OF AFTER-RAIN

Rain clouds pass us by
As the sun reclaims the sky

The artist has won the battle
For the garden of his dreaming

Art is a vision, not a mirror reflection
It’s purpose: to present a picture
Of a dream’s realization to perfection

The dreamer now has courage
He knows that it is possible
To make his dreams come true

Show us the world you’ve chosen
Not the one we see
Paint it as it ought to be
Let the flowers grow free . . .
DREAMS OF REASON

Winds of fear
Could you blow out of my life for awhile?
It's time for me to close my eyes
And dream just like a child
Of silver and gold horizons tomorrow
A clear path ahead
Let me lay my body down
Upon the softness of my bed

Isn't it dreams that paint a world
With the purest of designs?
Rising with new integrity
To take the test of time
Isn't it reason that shows the way
To the things that deep inside
We know are right?
Fall asleep in darkness
To envision a world full of light

Real world
Could you stay outside my door for awhile?
I'll be back to meet you
And to greet you with my smile
I'll dream of children's laughter
In the morning's velvet sun
I'll create the morning after
For the eyes of everyone

Isn't it dreams that paint a world
With the purest of designs?
Rising with new integrity
To take the test of time
Isn't it reason that shows the way
To the things that deep inside
We know are right?
Fall asleep in darkness
To envision a world full of light