Surrender To Your Arms


Surrender to Your Arms              singer Maia Kuze with Rick Maltese on piano 
                                                          cover art by Karl Schantz

My lonely spirit 
Needs you to guide me 
To stand beside me 
But I still fear you. 
Will I surrender to your arms? 
My heart has weakened 
My heart has wandered 
My constant longing 
Please come and save me. 
I will surrender to your arms. 

When I let down my guard will you be there? 
These are the thoughts I’m saying in a prayer. 
Will my faith completely save my soul? 
Is there room for you inside my world? 
You are eternal. 
I’m only mortal. 
Will I learn all your ways? 

The gifts you’ve shown me 
There’s so much beauty 
It might just heal me 
To surrender to your arms.

released 01 August 2012 
Words and Music by Rick Maltese © 2011
Sung by Maia Kuze 
Piano by Rick Maltese

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned         words and music by Rick Maltese © 2011

There's so much more to life than living lives apart.
We all are blessed with what it takes. How do we start?
To find the path to make it work, open your heart.

Open your heart and once again,
Open your heart these are the Lessons Learned.

When justice will not show it's face, open the door.
The waves don't stop when they have found their way to shore.
Just pray once more and once again, just pray once more.

Just pray once more, and pray again.
Just pray once more. These are the lessons learned

What seems like just an ember fading in the dark.
In time the light will shine so bright, a fixed mark.
If over time the light should fade, just save a spark

Just save a spark, and once again,
Just save a spark these are the lessons learned.

Re: Original Songs Page updated

I have not posted here for a while. Here ‘s an update.

1) now has local links to the words.

2) Observations about harmonic rhythm  I want to share with you.

From the days of Bach in the 17th century to the twentieth century harmonic rhythm went through a slowing down process. It was common for Bach to change harmony on every beat. 100 years later it was typical for Beethoven and Mozart to change harmony on every bar. There are plenty of exceptions but generally slow harmonic change became more and more a preference over the centuries. Some traditions in folk music from different cultures chose to limit chords to just three harmonies and some even chose no harmonic rhythm where the foundation was static based on a drone or a root and 5th.

As a composer songwriter I have found myself in recent years avoiding unnecessary harmonic rhythm. I now reconsider a traditional jazz standard or a new song with a look to harmonic change when it’s needed. I am happier with the sound. What I’ve discovered is that the melody has an opportunity to stand out and words seem more poignant. I’m not saying it’s the best way but it’s a direction that pleases my ears.

How the Mystery Unfolds

Original works by composer/pianist Rick Maltese
Piano Solo arrangement (sheet music.) One of
these days I’ll get around to recording a piano solo version.

UnspokenHalina for Trio Little Prelude

My Youtube Channel has selections
I’ve composed as well as me playing standards.
How the Mystery Unfolds            
(words & music by Rick Maltese © 2011)

What is the secret word?
Is it a mystery to be heard?
It sings out loud,
So loud and clear,
That when you hear it closer
It may seem absurd.

Before I speak the word
I need to gain your trust to be heard.
After it's told
You'll ask me why
There's so little to it.
Here's how I'll reply.

Your eyes can see
Just what it wants to you'll behold
The mystery.
The less you fear,
Wide-eyed like a child,
Open to all hearts,
Elusive though it seems,
Like all birds must learn to fly
That's how the mystery unfolds.