An amazing creative surprise from a fan…

“So I ‘covered’ three of your songs today.”

The message was from one of my fans and fellow songwriters, George Kelly, who sometimes performs as Saint and Kings. We’ve played shows together and he bought my lyrics + poetry book the very same hour it was posted.

He took some of the lyrics in the book and wrote his own music to accompany them. Then he sat down at GarageBand and whipped out a few demos in a day.

I was floored.

I’ve never had someone do this for my songs before. It’s so amazing how someone’s completely fresh perspective can then influence my own perspective on my songs.

The delightful thing is, of the three songs he ‘covered’ (listen to them below), there’s one song he chose, “The World Didn’t End,” that I myself haven’t even written the music to yet. That’s the whole point of me publishing the book: I wanted to share my creations even in their unfinished format.

Well, George inspired me to fast-track finishing that song. Who knows, he may even get a cowriter’s credit on it.

With his permission, I’m posting his versions of my songs below.

I’m rendered speechless.

Thank you, George.

You’re in Love, Girl

"Love puts logic to sleep / so we would give it a chance" — You're in Love, Girl, @ Little Spiral @

@ Lyrics @

Love puts logic to sleep
So we would give it a
Chance puts logic to sleep
So we could give it all

You talk so somber
What’s gotten to you?
Yesterday you were over the moon
Now you’re under
Some cloud of thunder
Are you worried you fell too soon?
Are you worried you fell too soon?

And I know you
And I know this always happens
Every time you find someone new

Sure you’re doubting
But your heart is shouting
And you live inside your head too much, girl
So go ahead
Be a fool for once
Let the level-headed people take care of the world

Cuz you’re in love, girl
Don’t beat yourself up, girl
We all do dumb things
When we’re in love
Just give yourself time, dear
Until you’re fine here
We all act crazy
When we’re in love

And isn’t that a beautiful thing
Isn’t that a beauty
Isn’t that a beautiful thing
Isn’t that a beauty
Isn’t that a beautiful thing
Isn’t that a beauty
Isn’t that a beautiful thing

Love puts logic to sleep
So we would give it a
Chance puts logic to sleep
So we could give it all
Love puts logic to sleep
So we would give it a
Chance puts logic to sleep
So we could give it all

Take your time
Your love is learning to walk again
You’ll be fine
Your heart is learning to talk again

Cuz you’re in love, girl
Don’t beat yourself up, girl
We all do dumb things
When we’re in love
Just give yourself time, dear
Until you’re fine here
We all act crazy
When we’re in love

And isn’t that a beautiful thing
Isn’t that a beauty
Isn’t that a beautiful thing
Isn’t that a beauty
isn’t that a beautiful thing
Isn’t that a beauty
Isn’t that a beautiful thing
Isn’t that a beauty

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Millennia

"The atom bomb is so analog / can't we kill everybody digitally?" — Millennia, @ Little Spiral @

@ Lyrics @

Remember the year 2000
How long ago it’s been
Remember how we were all scared
To let the 21st Century begin
Now when will I be updated
When will I be updated
To the [var1] and [var2]
age

Beethoven was a programmer
Of parchment paper and quills
And he installed his code into people
Who wanted to learn his technical skills
Now when will I be upgraded
When will I be upgraded
Or with what will I be replaced

The digital is in the fingers

This all will soon be outdated
So when will I live unaided
By a server in Mountain View

Preparing for an epic shutdown
The singularity
You know the atom bomb is so analog
Can’t we kill everybody digitally?

Welcome to the singularity

We are one, we are zero
We are one, we are zero
We are one, we are zero
We are one, we are zero

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Filthy Clean


@ Lyrics @

Yesterday I sold my soul to the Nazi party
And donated all the proceeds to the Salvation Army
We’ll launder all our money in a laundry machine
I know the money’s still dirty but at least the dirt is clean

Yesterday I sold my soul to John D. Rockefeller
Who was generous, but only if you’re a Standard Oil seller
He had the most ungodly smile that I’ve ever seen
So keep your hands filthy clean
You know what I mean
Yeah

Yesterday I sold my soul to some crazy fucker
And I managed to convince him it was me who played the sucker
We’ll make those shady deals through the eyes of a vulture
But if there were no sellouts, there’d be no pop culture

And so my friends I hope you like this little allegory
Because everybody loves a little rags-to-riches story
Now you understand the meaning when I sing
Keep your hands filthy clean
You know what I mean
Yeah
You know what I mean
Yeah

@ Credits @

released September 12, 2014
Written and Performed by Suzanne Yada
Produced by Jonathan Devoto
Mixed and Mastered by Jonathan Devoto
Engineered by Michael Chiang
Additional Engineering by Luther Kuefner

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Arrive

 

@ Lyrics @

You know you are my friend
Well that’s what friends should say
I know you’ve got a thousand questions
Like what am I doing back here anyway
I’m deciding where I am
By knowing decidedly where I am not
And I was so stuck on leaving that I
Forgot where to arrive

You’re telling me your whole story
Like some big happiness cliche
You say you’ve found your four-leaf clover
But tell me what does your four-leaf clover say
About the path of least resistance
Or the diamond in the rough
And if your wildest dreams are all coming true
Well, maybe your dreams aren’t wild enough

I didn’t come to you for some closure
I don’t need your directions too
Yeah, I’m totally irresponsible
But guess what, baby, so are you
When you’re always living your life
Unwilling to make some big mistakes
Like being so stuck on leaving that you
Forget where to arrive
Arrive
Arrive

Am I jealous of this
Feeling that you call bliss
At the end of the road, top of the line
May I never be so satisfied
May I never live
May I never live
May I never live to be so paralyzed again

May I never arrive
Arrive
Arrive

So now the world is my oyster
And I’m leaving home at home
I’ve been running fast on empty
Running fast into the great unknown
I didn’t really want to leave you
But I knew you wouldn’t mind
So I didn’t look back when I
Left you behind

The secret is I miss you
I had half a mind to kiss you
But I’ve got to resist you
‘Cause I’ve been so stuck on leaving I
Forgot who to arrive
Forgot who to arrive, arrive, arrive
Arrive to

@ Credits @

released April 19, 2014
Written and performed by Suzanne Yada
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Jonathan Devoto
Engineered by Brian Bergeron
Additional engineering by Jonathan Devoto, Omid Moayedi, Matthew West

Tossing & Turning

The light from the moon / Is just the sun — @ Little Spiral @, Tossing & Turning

@ Lyrics @

The rain is
Pressing its lips on the window
The clouds are
Clouding my thoughts from the darkened sky
Everything’s as it should be
Everything’s fine but me
I’m not sure why

Tossing
And turning helps nobody down here
Tell that
To Mother Nature’s forces of natural law
If I only knew the law
If I knew the law

Then I’d know why I’m breathing
And tossing and turning
And loving and leaving
It’s hard to believe in something or someone
When the light from the moon
Is just the sun

The dawn is
Floating its flags out my window
And noon slips
By like a thief in the night
Everything’s as it should be
Everything is new but me
And this unrest inside

The daylight
Loosens her grip of my coastline
The sun sets
And colors the sky with her bruise
Oh invisible forces
If I knew
How you heal

Then I’d know why I’m breathing
Tossing
Turning
Loving
Leaving
It’s hard to believe in something or someone
When the light from the moon
is just the sun

@ credits @
released November 6, 2015

Written and performed by Suzanne Yada
Produced and mixed by Jonathan Devoto
Engineered by Michael Chiang
Mastered by Piper Payne at Michael Romanowski Mastering in San Francisco

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a song has finally been birthed.

i am not myself / i am so much more

remember when i had that contest where all y’all voted for your favorite @ Little Spiral @ quote?

remember the quote that won?

it was “i am not myself / i am so much more.”

and it was funny, because i actually had not finished the song. like, at all. i had some scraps of ideas, but nothing was coming together. it felt stuck in waiting.

but this week, a big stumbling block shifted out of the way. i was at a Social Artistry retreat, focused all on bringing our highest selves down to earth to do good work.

hmm. sounds familiar. it’s as if i was… not myself…. but… more?

HMMMM.

that big stumbling block i talked about? that was me. i got out of this song’s way. I channeled this song in two days’ time —lightning fast in the @ Little Spiral @ galaxy. and i performed it at a talent show at the retreat.

you guise.

let me tell you.

it was fucking MAGIC.

i recruited the entire room to sing along with me, like a human-powered loop pedal. a friend caught it all on video. the rest of the retreat i got people telling me how the song won’t leave their heads, how the lyrics were perfect, how it sent chills up their spine, how awesome it was to participate in that moment of music-making.

and i cannot fucking WAIT to share the video of that magic with you.

it’s called Not Myself, and it will be my first official Patreon-supported piece of music.

what is patreon, you might ask? it’s a way to crowdfund creative projects on an ongoing basis. instead of pledging one time for a massive project, like an album, patreon lets me take pledges per song i release. i am only planning on releasing music once every other month or so, but you can put a cap on your pledge in case you need to watch your budget.

i’m planning on releasing this song soon, while it’s still fresh from the ether. patrons will be the first to hear it outside of the retreat.

i can’t wait to tell you the back story of this song.

i am teeming with excitement.

your pledge means the world to me.