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. credits: released 01 August 2012 Words and Music by Rick Maltese © 2011 Sung by Maia Kuze Piano by Rick Maltese
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.
I have not posted here for a while. Here ‘s an update.
1) http://leadsheetz.com/about/ricks-original-songs/ 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 (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.