Lynette Diaz

Random Saturday Session Demo (2018)

by Lynette Diaz

I woke up with the thought running through my head, 'Stay Focused', which is also the title to a song I wrote a number of years back. Since I've been re-working older material I decided to have a play with the song today.
  • 02:15 Lyrics
    Stay Focused (On Your Dreams)

    Stay Focused (Diaz)

    Sometimes, we throw it all away

    There it was, but it's gone at the end of the day

    What we think, it's never quite secure

    We forget sometimes exactly what we're here for

    *

    Chorus:

    Take it slow, hey, give it time to grow

    Water the seeds, stay focused on your dreams

    Stay focused on your dreams

    *

    Lust and greed can overpower heart

    Cripple good intentions that were there from the start

    Just remember, not everything is black and white

    You can come back if you know the cause is just and right

    *

    Chorus

NOTES
Words/Music/Recording/Engineering: Lynette Diaz

The New Moon Session (April 2018)

by Lynette Diaz

Some creative inspiration was flowing today. Spent some time being a tree hugger this afternoon and admiring the Autumn colours. I came home inspired and wrote/recorded, 'Fresh Eyes (I'm Doing Fine)'.
  • 03:12 Lyrics
    Fresh Eyes (I'm Doing Fine)

    Fresh Eyes (I'm Doing Fine) -

    See the world with fresh eyes

    Sunlight streaming inward

    A New Moon at my doorstep

    Yes, I'm getting older

    Somehow makes me bolder

    'Cause time's a fickle friend

    *

    Never had a true love

    The kind that dreams are made of

    And in artistic introspection

    An ego working through rejection

    But life's about perspective

    And growing from the lessons

    *

    There's a love story I'll be livin'

    When it's love freely given

    And Heart and Soul and Mind align

    Gonna feel like a gift from the Divine

    Until it's right, I'm doing fine

    I'm doing fine

    *

     

NOTES
Words/Music/Recording/Engineering: Lynette Diaz
16 April 2018

The Redwood Demo Session (2018)

by Lynette Diaz

There's a 100 year old Redwood in the Christchurch Botanical Garden. It's been struck by lightening and survived major earthquakes. It will be here for many hundred years more. The song, Solace, is a hopeful inspired lullaby about grief and love and growth.
NOTES
Original Instrumental Demo
Composed/performed/recorded/engineered by Lynette Diaz (Feb 2018)

The Blue Moon Session (2018)

by Lynette Diaz

Originally written in 2013 for a friend dealing with a terminal illness. It's reflective on all who have had to say goodbye when a journey is ending. May all our hearts find a peaceful place.
  • 02:26 Lyrics
    Don't Go Where I Can't Follow

    Don't Go Where I can't follow

    You know together we've been

    So much stronger

    Stay on this journey

    A little longer with me, with me

     

    The day is drawing to an early close

    And winter's acting like it already knows

    And now you're talking like there's no tomorrow

    With me, with me

    *Chorus:

    And all I want to do is run and hide

    Because forever you've been at my side

    Don't go where I can't follow

    It's a wish but now it sounds so hollow

    *

    Don't go where I can't follow

    We always found the joy above the sorrow

    There's so little time to borrow now with you,

    With you, I'll miss you, miss you

    *

    Chorus

NOTES
Words and Music/Recording/Engineering by Lynette Diaz
Recorded on a Blue Moon in Libra, 31st March 2018.

Sing Like A Bellbird - Demo (2018)

by Lynette Diaz

Woke this morning with these lines written in my subconscious, "We are a harbour and we are a dream." A song unfolding, a lullaby quality..and working on my fingerstyle guitar skills.
  • 02:18 Lyrics
    Sing Like A Bellbird (Demo)

    Lyrics/Music/Guitar/Vocal: Lynette Diaz 2018

    **

    We were like patchwork

    And we were like heaven

    We were like symbols

    For all that had fallen

    **

    We were like babies

    We could grow old

    Bones we have stricken

    Yet cleansed by the sea

    Ch:

    We are a harbour

    We are a dream

    Sing like a bellbird

    A voice calling free

    **

    We are a patchwork

    And, we are a heaven

    And, we are a symbol

    For all that has risen

    **

    And we are like babies

    We can grow old

    And bones that are stricken

    Are cleansed by the sea

    **

    Ch:

    We are a harbour

    We are a dream

    Sing like a bellbird

    A voice calling free

     

     

     

We Are So Much More -Demo (2017)

by Lynette Diaz

Released 2017
Released 2017
A song written in September 2017 after a year with only fragments of music happening and work obligations tipping an unhealthy balance. I'd been playing around with the melody for awhile but finally the words came through one evening.
  • 03:08 Lyrics
    We Are So Much More

    We Are So Much More

    Music/lyrics/vocal/guitar: Lynette Diaz, 2017

    **

    Grateful's what I am

    Grafeful's what I've been

    For all that was, for all that is, for all will come to pass

    There is no other way to get me through the day

    To hope, to dream, to pray

    Believe there is a way, believe there is a way

    **

    I don't agree with hate, or everything is fate

    Or karma is a spiteful bitch, or being smart's what makes you rich

    'Cause where there's dark there's light

    And someone's wrong is right

    Judgement's something that we made, to help us sleep at night

    But fear don't make it right, fear's our biggest fight

    **

    Find someone to hold, 'cause people are like gold

    Lovers, dreams and families, friends and our communities

    We are not machines, or the Earth's disease

    We are boundless energy, trying to break free

    Trying to break free

    **

    Grateful's what I am

    Grrateful's what I've been

    For all that was, for all that is, for all will come to pass

    Hold on to the thought, that what we are is not

    'Cause we are so much more, yeah we are so much more

    We are so much more

     

The Cyclone Gita Demo Session (2018)

by Lynette Diaz

As Cyclone Gita passes through the South Island and rain starting to fall heavy, playing around with, what I'll call a freshly written, "Category 5" tune on Garageband. Song still in raw musical infancy.
  • 01:46 Story Lyrics
    Still Waitin' On You (Demo)

    Sometimes a high way

    Sometimes a low

    Sometimes a straight path

    then a fork in the road

    A fork in the road

    **

    A shock to the system

    A jolt to the heart

    The strangest sensations

    A stop and a start

    A stop and a start

    **

    A kiss on the lips

    A soul searching drug

    Electric and charged

    Goodbye with a hug

    Goodbye with a hug

    **

    A flight or a fancy

    A like or a love

    A past and a present

    Matched from above

    Matched from above

    **

    A shock to the system

    A jolt to the heart

    The strangest sensations

    A stop and a start

    A stop and a start

    **

    A story unfolding

    A one or a two

    A song and a harmony

    Still waiting on you

    Still waiting on you

NOTES
Recorded/Written/Performed by: Lynette Diaz

Cavanaugh Acoustic Demo Session (2016)

by Lynette Diaz

Recorded in an impromptu and special session at a friend's home in New Brighton (Christchurch), New Zealand.
  • 03:59 Story Lyrics
    Bright Eyed Girl (Acoustic Demo)

    Bright Eyed Girl (Words/Music 2011)

    She's got eyes that light up a room

    She's got a smile that will bring you home too

    Been all around the world

    She'll get inside your head

    Was passing through just lately

    But now she's gone again

    *Chorus

    'Cause she's a bright eyed girl

    Talking 'bout that bright light girl

    She's a bright eyed girl

    Singing 'out that bright light, girl*

    She's got a world view

    She's got sweet innocence too

    She's determined to do more than survive

    Her passions help her feel alive

    Cares about what's right and wrong

    But don't worry very long

    *

    Chorus

    'Cause she's a bright eyed girl

    Talking 'bout that bright light girl

    She's a bright eyed girl

    Singing 'out that bright light, girl*

    *

    Bridge

    She'll take the road less traveled

    She runs on solid ground

    She's more than good intentions

    Ain't it good when she's around

    *Chorus x 2

    'Cause she's a bright eyed girl

    Talking 'bout that bright light girl

    She's a bright eyed girl

    Singing 'out that bright light, girl*

    *

    Keep shinig bright now :-)

  • 04:15 Story
    Circles (Cavanaugh Session)

The Wardrop Sessions (2015)

by Lynette Diaz

Femacoustica
Femacoustica
A one-day/one-take session of acoustic guitar/vocal recordings of what was a hodgepodge of previously unrecorded original music. Recorded/Engineered in Graham Wardrop's home studio, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wardrop Demo Sessions (2011)

by Lynette Diaz

Original songs accompanied by award-winning fingerstyle guitarist, Susan L. Grant.
  • 04:30 Story Lyrics
    Everyday Song

    Everybody needs an Everyday Song

    To get you through the everyday throng

    Of birth and death and in-between

    For most of us the average scene

    *

    Chorus:

    Well, everyone, yeah, everyone goes away

    Yeah, everyone, yeah, everyone goes away

    *

    Everyday I build a karmic bridge

    With links to people all-around

    Good or evil I forge a trail

    That I have to walk along

    *

    It's not unusual at the end of the day

    To feel spent and needy in some way

    Feeling passed along on the conveyor belt

    Of human trouble and pained self-doubt

    *

    Chorus:

    Well, everyone, yeah, everyone goes away

    Yeah, everyone, yeah, everyone goes away

    Yeah, everyone goes away someday

    *

    Can't blame others when you've lost the glow

    The way you play or treat your soul

    Toil and tumble and fall in-line

    Losing track of what's divine

    *

    Chorus:

    Well, everyone, yeah, everyone goes away

    Yeah, everyone, yeah, everyone goes away

    Yeah, everyone goes away someday

    Everyone goes away Someday

    Everyone, Everyone, Someday

    Everyone, Everyone, Someday

    Everyone, Everyone, Someday

  • 03:41 Story
    Diamond Hands
  • 05:16 Story Lyrics
    Keep Movin'

    Hey, this is a story about living in the right now

    'Bout being grateful for the past

    The lessons learned and the lessons still to come

    My, the days go by so fast

    *

    Just gotta keep movin'

    Gotta keep groovin'

    Don't let the daily grind get you low

    Have faith in your own way

    Remember to go play

    Just like a child learning to run

    Hey, we all need a little fun

    Yeah, we all need a little fun

    *

    Yeah, you feel the weight of the world

    Sometimes feel tired and blue

    And there's been moments of pain and rejection

    But you manage to pull through

    And there are times when you may not have the answers

    Well, is that really true?

    'Cause you got senses and instincts like radar,

    And, yeah, they talk to you

    (And they say)

    Chorus:

    Just gotta keep movin'

    Gotta keep groovin'

    Don't let the daily grind get you low

    Have faith in your own way

    Remember to go play

    Just like a child learning to run

    Hey, we all need a little fun

    Yeah, we all need a little fun

NOTES
Lyrics/Music by: Lynette Diaz
Vocals: Lynette Diaz
Guitar: Susan L Grant
Sound Engineer/Recording: Graham Wardrop

Various Tracks

by Lynette Diaz

Various live and demo recordings of original material
  • 02:58 Story Lyrics
    Here We Go (2009 Demo)

    Lyrics/Music by: Lynette Diaz

     

    It's rare to be understood

    In a world of different faces, different places

    And, as two legged creatures

    To find another who accepts and respects you

    Yeah, respects you

    *

    Pre-Chorus:

    And deep inside to feel known

    To feel not so alone

    To be kept in the know

    To be warm in the flow, of the flow

    Chorus:

    Here we go, here we go, here we go

    Here we go, here we go, here we go

    *

    It's a find in mind's eye

    Not to be cast aside

    But to know that world's just don't collide

    But can glide

     

    And then, feel free in the flight

    Whether by day or by night

    There's always a light that shines as bright,

    As bright

    *

    Pre-Chorus:

    And deep inside to feel known

    To feel not so alone

    To be kept in the know

    To be warm in the flow of the flow

    Chorus:

    Here we go, here we go, here we go

    Here we go, here we go, here we go

     

  • 03:51 Story Lyrics
    Rhythm Of The Road (Garage demo)

    Rhythm of The Road (Lynette Diaz)

    Some say you're a mystery,

    I see you, I see you, yeah, as poetry;

    You see beauty in little things

    And acknowledge, what the day, the day it brings

    The day it brings.

     

    You ain't lived, ain't lived no perfect life

    Oh, you've been through hell, through hell

    You've seen some strife

    And for all, for all you've had to face

    You have also seen amazing grace,

    Amazing Grace.

    Chorus:

    There's a rhythm of the road

    A song and dance when times get low

    A happy face when you're feeling blue

    It always seems to get, to get, to get you through;

    It always seems to get, to get, to get you through;

    To get you through.

    --

    You got a lot of future plans

    Always busy, busy, always in demand;

    Heart is breaking over freedom's cause

    And finding harmony in divine law, in divine law.

    Bridge:

    The music constant in your ear

    It heals and soothes and casts out fear

    And freedom for is freedom true

    The dream the dream that lives inside of you;

    The dream the dream the dream that lives inside of you.

    Chorus

  • 03:31 Story
    Once Again (Live at Greendale 2012)
NOTES
Lyrics/Musis: Lynette Diaz

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Spiritual)

by L Diaz

Traditional Spiritual song, recorded a few years ago when first learning fingerstyle guitar. The tempo is quicker than traditional, but reflects my hopeful nature that our journey is more a dance than a solemn march.
NOTES
Today is one of those marker dates in my life, 22nd February. So many significant events have happened on this day, in various years, that it serves as a check-in to the deep wells of my being. Movement seems to be a theme..major relocations, earthquakes, funerals, waterway memorial reminders.

A poem I wrote a few weeks after the 22nd February 2011 Canterbury Earthquake:
"Here in the eye of the stormy rattle
in the distant groan …
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The New Mexico Demo Sessions (2007)

by Lynette Diaz

Recorded in 2007 in a home studio session in New Mexico. Re-discovered on an old hard drive..very special early demo recordings in all their raw emotional beauty.
NOTES
The songs in this mid-2007 recording session (four in total) were all in their infancy and were as raw and tender as my psyche at the time. So on the last day of this rare and special trip home, a family friend said he'd be keen to record a few of my tunes. We ended up recording in a late night home studio session that went into the morning, up until I had to catch …
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Play Me

by Lynette Diaz

Released 2012
Released 2012
Lynette Diaz is an American/New Zealand Singer-Songwriter with a voice and style that evokes flashes of female folk singers of the 60’s. while writing contemporary themes of Universal love and dignity.
NOTES
The original classic was recorded by Neil Diamond in 1972. This, newly licensed, alt-folk version was recorded forty years later in the hollows of an earthquake damaged garage in Christchurch, New Zealand (Wardrop Studios) in January 2012.

Angel

by Lynette Diaz

Released 2012
Released 2012
Lynette Diaz is an American/New Zealand Singer-Songwriter with a voice and style that evokes flashes of female folk singers of the 60’s. while writing contemporary themes of Universal love and dignity.
NOTES
The single, 'Angel' is a collaborative inspiration by New Zealand songwriters, Lynette Diaz and the late, Pete Love.

"Angel is a song that speaks from the heart of despair. It's a lamentation for help from within and beyond oneself. It's a call to the Divine. Pete Love wrote the bones of 'Angel' and played it during one of our practice sessions. We continued to work on the song that evening, including washing out some of …
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Lyrics In My Head

by Lynette Diaz

Released 2008
Released 2008
Original Acoustic tracks With Heart-Driven and Distinct Passionate Vocals.
NOTES
Lynette grew up in the high desert of New Mexico and brings to her music the fiery passion of her Mexican-American roots, along with a sense of adventure forged from years living abroad, including three continents before settling in New Zealand.

The 14-tracks on her debut CD release, ‘Lyrics In My Head’ are a testament to a long journey of self-discovery. The tracks resonate with the universal pangs of heartbreak, loss, growth, new-found clarity, love …
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Me For You, You For Me

by Lynette Diaz

Released 2010
FemAcoustica
Released 2010
FemAcoustica
'Me For You, You For Me' was born from a Universal understanding of community and dignity. "One person can make a difference in the world and many of us, resonating with the spirit of social and moral justice, can create positive large-scale changes."
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