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DON'T STOP ME NOW

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DON'T STOP ME NOW

Hello all, it’s been too long.

The sun seems to have gone into hiding here in Canada, but oddly without its bold rays and comforting warmth, I’ve felt forced to reflect a lot…turn inward and just take stock of how life is going.

I feel strongly that following your heart is the key to making progress…I finished a handful of US shows recently and although I’m sad that my VISA expired, it can always be renewed…and more shows will undoubtedly pop up for my Southern Dreamers over the coming years. During those shows I crossed paths with a few angels…one was songwriter Bea.

Bea Talplacido

Bea Talplacido

We met ages ago while touring up and down the west coast, and we had been talking about doing shows last year so I was so glad we got to this year in Boston and NYC. But she’s like me, a rock n roll mom, and she just takes care of business, comes up with wicked ideas and one day on a trip down to Joe’s house concert in Delaware, I broke up the trip in Syracuse and we had the nicest hang. I met her son and we had some coffee. We chatted and chatted and then… she brought my attention to this:

https://www.habitsforwellbeing.com/6-core-human-needs-by-anthony-robbins/

Now, I know everyone has differing ideas on speakers and writers and dudes that make lots of money from TED talkers and fast-walkers…but in this case I found the above concept pretty spot-on in terms of ways to check myself when things are feeling depleted. Bea told me that when things feel off to her, she reviews these 6 human needs. Sometimes you can look at that list and answer for yourself, which are most important to you…sometimes you can look at it and ask, “how am I meeting these needs?” … and I must say, this has added a lot of clarity to life lately. A bit of an a-ha moment if I can use that term (and also remind you of the band!!). The list also made me ask, “how come all those therapists didn’t tell me about that? what the hell were we talking about for all those hours???” I mean, I knew about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (very good to know about as well) but this resonated with me in a new way.

I did however mention this to my friend Roy Langdon and he was like…”OH…..Tooooony” in his Leeds accent.

So it won’t be for everyone, but it was certainly for me.

Another cool discovery I made while touring was Gretchen Rubin’s “The Four Tendencies”. If you feel like exploring yourself a little more, it is another good book. I am a shifty Gemini so audiobooks work way better for me than sitting in one place and reading. Life also changed a shit-ton for me when I listened to Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning” back in June…I had read somewhere that Chris Martin read it post-divorce so I was like, well…if it’s good enough for the dude from Coldplay, I’ll give it a whirl. :) A classic book, I found it humorous, humbling and nothing short of amazing. https://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Meaning-classic-Holocaust-ebook/dp/B00EKOC0HI Perhaps some of you have experienced it. I was shocked it took finding out the guy from Coldplay read it for me to learn about it. What rock have I been under?

Anyway enough about all that! Let’s flippin’ rock!! Posted today in “Rare Songs” is “Don’t Stop Me Now” a cover I did a while ago and I send it to you now because with all the talk of Queen lately, lovely Freddie is on all of our minds.

Also….I have one more show this year Dec 15 in Sarnia. If you are in the area, please cruise on over and grab some tickets. It’s going to be an awesome show. Click here for tickets: https://preetam.ca/event/2439636/477993103/emm-gryner-and-preetam-sengupta

Another show around Valentine’s Day is being planned for London, Ontario so maybe save Feb 16.

Stay awesome, Emm

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Big Hair [Demo 2013]

Big Hair [Demo 2013]

Lyrics

I've been livin with a childhood guilt trip
Still workin' with the pain its unfortunate
Trying to look for a voice in a paper cup
Yeah
Sometimes you just gotta gotta get out
All the dirt is on the hammers and I can't be loud
I'm with Petty and I won't be backin down
Gonna rock some
Big hair no pain
Jump up and down
Like nothing's changed
Got the look your lookin for
I'm gonna be a rock star

I was givin me an 88-key goodbye
I was told to get rid of myself and hide
Get a cover get a cover of a magazine
Well
All I know is that fear is that nasty beast
Turns your soul into a full course fancy feast
But tonight I'm my own metal queen
Gonna rock some
Big hair feel no pain
Jump up and down
Like nothing's changed
Got the look your lookin for
I'm gonna be a rock star

He keeps comin' after me
Asking for money for the damn Cds
But zero percent of zero equals nothing
He don't know
He better go and rock some Big hair!

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Feast for Eyes

Feast for Eyes

written for Days of Games, but not chosen for the record.

Lyrics

oh in the cellar
i was a lake
cracked at the deep end
Let this let it be a mistake
Singing let this let it be a mistake
Singing
I climbed fourteen steps
Talked to my mother
She said “Man they are just this way”
Let this let it be a mistake
Singing let this let it be a mistake
Singin
Flesh on pulp
I’m dead in my skull
If i’m feast for eyes why do I believe in anything?

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My Side of the Room

My Side of the Room

Lyrics

On my side of the room the sweet smell of victory has left me alone
I’ve forgotten the ways I used to win
We insist on divisions instead of walking away When we should just walk away
There’s no escaping this feeling once we’re in

I gotta get out of here the best way I know
It’s a circle we draw when we can’t let go

Come over if you can to my side of the room
I’ll make you understand
The only way we’ll say goodbye
Is on my side of the room


If love is meant to be strong why do I feel so weak
With every move that I make
A late-night resolution isn’t good enough this time

I gotta get out of here the best way I know
‘Cause the boundaries between have hurt us so

Come over if you can to my side of the room
I’ll say it once again
The only way we’ll say goodbye


We know what should be done
We know what we should do
We know the answer
As we look each other across this room
I gotta get out of here the best way I know Because you’ll turn it on wrong if I don’t choose to go.

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The Unknown / I Will Rise

The Unknown / I Will Rise

Lyrics

All the years on the rock
We are so few
We are wolves hunted
Put a babe in that womb
In the morning move
Before The Taint takes us all

Minnows swim to the sea
Meet a sort of death
In an oval net
Swirl the Milky Way
In a crowning fray
See you turning in the crystal

Fear and love
have us
Running
To the arms of the unknown
Kicking up dirt
In the universe
Order’s bound to disappear
We're running into the unknown

[guitar solo]

When the dust has died
We will set up land
Where yesterday turn magic
Try to see the sun
Through the drone cover
Like the over-queens we were

Fear and love
have us
Running
To the arms of the unknown
Kicking up dirt
In the universe
Order’s bound to disappear
We're running into the unknown

[guitar solo]

Here we'll make a life
Forge that fear into an artifact
Find the sun in blackened clouds
Lit by men untrue

I will rise
Turn these tears into knives
One slow breath at a time
Make our own light
Make our own life alone

I will rise
Turn these tears into knives
One slow breath at a time
Make our own light
Make our own life alone

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