Joy Gives Us Wings

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Happiness is a choice--and a prescription for life.

According to Abdu'l Bahá, "Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness."

The verses of this song are anchored by a familiar earthy riff reminiscent of The Who's classic, I'm Free. The choruses, however, blast off into unexpected harmonic territory, "boldly going where no one has gone before". The Star Trek reference seems appropriate because, in the show, poverty and hunger have been eradicated. Free from the constraints of struggling just to survive, self-realization became the norm. The populace of entire planets pulled together to achieve common goals, for the greater good. I dream of this fiction becoming reality. Maybe we can't change the world overnight, but we can improve ourselves in an instant.

Reprising the "birthday drums" theme, Chris Hesse visited on my 50th, and gave me a gift wrapped flash drive containing his rocking drum performance. I was flying pretty high on that joyous day!

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from Marchesano, released March 8, 2015
Guitars, Keyboards: Michael James
Bass: Jack Daro
Drums: Chris Hesse

Produced & Mixed by Michael James. Co-produced by David Kahne and Urban Olsson.
Written by Michael James.
© 2015 Marchesano Music admin. by Bug Music (ASCAP).
℗ © 2015 Alternator Records LLC. All rights reserved.

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Michael James Simi Valley, California

• Producer.Mixer.Engineer.Songwriter.Guitarist
• Gold & Platinum Records
• Discography includes New Radicals, Hole, Far, Robben Ford, L7, Edwin McCain, Chicago, Reverend Horton Heat, A.J. Croce, Butterfly Boucher, Jane's Addiction, Maia Sharp, Too Much Joy, Kalimba, Mario Guerrero and Jawbreaker.
• Former Warner/Discovery head of A&R & Producer, trained by WEA founder Jac Holzman.
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