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Life Is Beautiful / Bicycles to Somalia

by Michael Gutierrez-May

Released 2017
Released 2017
Folk-acoustic original singer-songwriter influenced by world music on this song. Percussion arrangement and performance by Jahnu Jnana.
  • 04:46 Lyrics
    Life Is Beautiful / Bicycles to Somalia

    Life Is Beautiful

     

    So they say life is beautiful.

    we are fortunate to survive

    Bring a bicyclle to Somalia

    And let the children ride.

     

    In the face of death where there is little rain

    And you’re waiting for food to arrive

    Won’t you bring a bicycle to Somalia and let the

    children ride. 

    So they say life is beautiful

    So they say life is beautiful

     

    Children taking turns riding the bicycle

    Keeping hopes and spirits alive.       

    Bring more bicycles to Somalia,

    let all the children ride.

    So they say life is beautiful

    So they say life is beautiful

         

    And the men and women refugees

    Form a nation in the sand

    And where once they were powerless,

    They rise up and take a stand

    Bring us bicycles, bring us bicycles

    Let all our children ride.

             

    Yes, they’re saying life is beautiful

    Yes, they’re saying life is beautiful

     

    @Michael Gutierrez-May, August 2011

     

NOTES
FIrst single track from upcoming album "Firefly In A Jar of Emotion", an album of 11 original songs.by Michael Gutierrez-May. Recorded at Knewts Studio in Connecticut, produced by Eric "Snake" Gulliksen.

Vocals/guitar: Michael Gutierrez-May
Percussion (balafon,djembe,talking drum): Jahnu Jnana

Taliesen

by Michael Gutierrez-May,Chip Withrow & Kristian Borresen

Released 2012
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Released 2012
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Single inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright home in Wisconsin and the novel "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan.
  • 03:44 Lyrics
    Taliesen

    Taliesen

    Hello and welcome, you’re here for the tour

    Of the home of our gifted, beloved

    It’s been here a hundred years, it’ll be here for more

    You can only see it on this guided tour

    And we won’t talk much about what happened here

     

    Built horozontially into the land

    Built it himself and designed it by hand

    It’s been here a hundred years, it’ll be here for more

    He chose it all from ceiling to floor

    But we won’t talk much about what happened here.

     

    Didn’t deserve it, though some say she did

    Left a husband and children to move in with him

    Hid out in Europe for almost a year

    And then they returned.

     

    It’s a home and a studio, workshop, sanctuary

    The home of our gifted, beloved

    ‘It’s been here a hundred years, it’ll be here for more

    You can only see it on this guided tour

    And we won’t talk much about what happened here.

     

    Late summer evening, one final meal

    Ax falls, doors are bolted and the fire, the fire burns on

    He was in Chicago doing business as usual

    We don’t talk much about it here.

     

    lyrics by Michael Gutierrez-May and Chip Withrow

    music by Kristian Borresen

     

NOTES
Taliesen: vocals by Chip Withrow, music by Kristian Borresen, lyrics by Michael Gutierrez-May. Produced by Stuart Epps with additional music by Stuart Epps and Paul Hirsh

I Will Miss You When You Go

by Michael Gutierrez-May

Released 2011
Released 2011
A song of friendship and remembrance.
NOTES
This is a single originally from my musical project, Tenderness and Joy. This single was produced by noted British producer Stuart Epps and features additional music by Stuart Epps, along with backing vocals by Stuart Epps and Juliet Gough.
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