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Papa Minds The Baby - A Lullaby

by Lynette Diaz

Released 09/21/2018
Released 09/21/2018
As part of the New Zealand 125 year Women's Suffrage events, this was my entry for a national song competition, based on a poem by Thomas Bracken. He wrote the poem in 1892 as a piss-take inferring a woman couldn't run the country with baby. How wrong he was!
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Music/Compostion - Lynette Diaz
Words by Thomas Bracken (A bit of a misogynist NZ Poet/Politican, who also happened to write the anthem, "God Defend New Zealand". The words have been turned on their head, as we currently have our third woman Prime Minster, Jacinda Ardern, and her partner, Clarke Gayford, is a stay-at-home father, "minding the baby"! This is a lullaby for equality in all its forms and for little Neve Te Aroha …
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Wellington Sunday Demo Session (2018)

by Lynette Diaz

Released 09/16/2018
Released 09/16/2018
Have the opportunity to record at the moment in a proper sound booth. So, went in on a Sunday and engineered/recorded some tunes, mostly original and most in one take, vocals/guitar.
  • 02:13 Story Lyrics Curiosity (2018 Demo)

    Curiosity

    Find a map and point your finger

    Find your curiosity

    That world is not a big bad place

    It's flesh and bones like you and me

    Like you and me

    Curiosity, Curiosity

    --

    Digging deep we'll find the treasure

    Hidden truths, philosophy

    Excavating buried knowledge

    Leading to our quickening

    Leading to our quickening

    Curiosity, Curiosity

    -

    Bridge:

    Soon we'll learn to love ourselves

    Then begin to love our neighbours

    Great blue ball of many people

    Courage to embrace us all

    Curiosity, Curiosty

    -

    Find a map and point your finger

    Find your curiosity

    The world is not a big bad place

    It's flesh and bones

    Like you and Me, like you and me

    Curiosity, Curiosity

  • 02:43 Story Headlights (2018 Demo)
  • 03:03 Lyrics We Are So Much More (2018 Demo)

    We Are So Much More

    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

     

  • 04:01 Story Everyday Song (2018 Demo)
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All songs written/recorded/engineered by: Lynette Diaz
Recorded on: 16 September 2018

A marathon recording session today. Woke super early and threw my guitar on my back and hopped a bus to town to make use of a quiet recording space where I study. Some of the songs recorded in this session have never had a proper demo recording done so it was quite fun to record them today. Some songs won't be posted at the …
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The Flower Full Moon - Demo Session (May 2018)

by Lynette Diaz

Although moving into Winter in the Southern Hemisphere, today marks the Full Flower Moon in the Northern Hemisphere. This raw newborn tune blossomed this afternoon much like the flowers of a new season.
  • 02:20 Lyrics Take A Step Forward (And Go)

    Take A Step Forward (And Go)

    Fears aside, false obligations out the door

    Time to ride, the magic carpet's where you'll soar

    *

    Chorus:

    Take a step forward, take a step forward

    take a step forward, and go

    Take a step forward, take a step forward

    take a step forward, and go

    *

    You're the rocket, breakin' free

    High above you're likin', exactly what you'll see

    *

    Chorus

    *

    Bridge

    Here's the spark, here's the flame

    Here is where you'll smile again

    *

    Chorus

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Lyrics/Music/Performance/Recording: Lynette Diaz (29 May 2018)

The Wellington Home Sessions (Ongoing)

by Lynette Diaz

New adventures and life's "fork in the road" moment. Will post demos created in my new town, here. The first song, "All is Fine", was written a few years ago. A song that seeks the balance between universal love/divine time and romantic love.
  • 04:23 Story All Is Fine - (Electric Version)
  • 04:04 Story Lyrics All Is Fine (When We're In Time)

    All Is Fine (When We're In Time)

    Ch:

    And, all is fine, is fine

    when we're in time

    Yes, all is fine, is fine

    when we're in time

    *

    When you wake and light shines

    through the blinds

    When the day is done

    and you close your weary eyes

    Do you grasp the wonders

    of what you've seen

    What has passed

    makes way for what will be

    Ch:

    And, all is fine, is fine

    when we're in time

    Yes, all is fine, is fine

    when we're in time

    *

    When you look into

    your Lover's eyes

    Holding hands on that

    long train ride

    In your heart you'll know

    what this day brings

    Makes real, all your

    hopes and dreams.

    Ch:

    And, all is fine, is fine

    when we're in time

    Yes, all is fine, is fine

    when we're in time

    *

    Bridge:

    Can you remember?

    Just remember

    Can you remember,

    oh, just how you feel inside?

    Can you feel it?

    Can you remember?

    Just remember

    how you feel inside,

    right now.

    *

    Ch:

    And, all is fine, is fine

    when we're in time

    Yes, all is fine, is fine

    when we're in time

     

     

     

     

  • 04:31 Story Lyrics Roles We Try To Play (Demo)

    Roles We Try To Play

    V1:

    You wake up after a raging storm

    Thoughts reordered by the dreams you've worn

    Find some solace in that open sky

    Still you don't know the how or why

    Ch:

    'Cause we always crave the answers

    We always want our way

    We're bound and constricted

    By the roles we try to play

    v2:

    And we're guilty of self-deception

    Been caught out in plain rejection

    In the quest for some perfection

    We all got lost and found maybe somewhere

    Ch:

    'Cause we always crave the answers

    We always want our way

    We're bound and constricted

    By the roles we try to play

    Let's throw them all away

    V3:

    And maybe in that aftermath

    Heart feels cleansed and breathless again

    Flowers face towards the sun

    Our evolution is a song yet to be sung

    Ch:

    'Cause we always crave the answers

    We won't always get our way

    Let's not be bound and constricted

    By the roles we try to play

    The roles we try to play

    Let's throw them all away

    The roles we try to play

    Repeat V1

    Refrain:

    (Try to play, try to play, try to play)

  • 02:38 Story Lyrics My Truth (Demo 2018)

    My Truth

    I speak my truth
    Not because I want to
    But because I have to
    That’s what I do, I do
    That’s what I do, I do
    How’s about you? And you, and you…
    How’s about you?

    Hey, I’m not here for just breathing
    Not here just to earn a buck, no, no
    Not here for just playing games
    Or, hoping for a little luck
    I’m gonna be me, be me, be me
    In this world don’t want to be stuck
    I’m gonna free me, yeah, yeah yeah
    Yeah, I’m gonna be me
    That’s gonna free me

    Well, I’m looking for salvation
    But not looking to be saved, no, no
    Salvation comes from inside
    Ain’t gonna find it at that grave
    No, ain’t gonna find it at the grave
    Not me, no

    I speak my truth
    Not because I want to
    But because I have to
    That’s what I do, I do
    That’s what I do, I do
    How’s about you? And you, and you…
    How’s about you?

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2018 recordings. All words/music/recording/engineering: Lynette Diaz

My Truth (Acoustic Version - August 2018)
Roles We Try To Play (Acoustic Version recorded - 21 July)
All is Fine (Electric Version recorded - 28 June 2018 - Strawberry Full Moon Session)
All is Fine (Acoustic Version recorded - 24 June 2018)

Soundscapes

by Lynette Diaz

Completely new territory for me. Playing around with original soundscapes. Creating all the instrumental and vocal tracks myself. Simple beginnings but beginnings!
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Track 1: You're Gonna Break Free (2 Sep 2018) - Original Soundscape/instrumentals/mixing

The Super New Moon Demo Session (June 2018)

by Lynette Diaz

The phrase, "Love forms in the strangest ways" floated into my head this morning in a waking haze. The melody and rest of the words formed quickly, and the song was recorded in its newness this afternoon on a Super New Moon.
  • 02:39 Story Lyrics It Was Real (It Takes Time To Heal)

    It Was Real (2018)

    Love forms in the strangest ways

    In the throes of pain or a lustful haze

    In a power or a weakened state

    We do as humans do

    And sometimes run away

    *

    Oh, never believe

    That I'll forget about you

    You come to me in my dreams

    Your trembling hands

    I hold you close

    With my outstretched arms

    My outstretched arms

    *

    "I am yours",

    Those aren't throw away words

    Proof, that it was real

    But damn, but damn

    It takes strength to heal

    It takes strength to heal

    And I am real

    And you are real

    Is it time to heal

    Time to heal

    It takes time to heal

    *

    Oh, never believe

    That I'll forget about you

    You come to me in my dreams

    Your trembling hands

    I hold you close

    With my outstretched arms

    My outstretched arms

    *

    "I am yours",

    Those aren't throw away words

    Proof, that it was real

    But damn, but damn

    It takes strength to heal

    It takes strength to heal

    And I am real

    And you are real

    It takes time to heal

    It takes time to heal

    Time to heal

    Time to heal

    Time to heal

    *

     

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Lyrics/Music/Recording/Engineering: Lynette Diaz (13 June 2018)

The Cormorant Demo Session (2018)

by Lynette Diaz

The photo is a Cormorant (Spotted Shag) that swam up to me while I sat alone on the Wellington Harbour waterfront. The Cormorant represents both light and dark, and the ability to both sink and swim, then to patiently await the opportunity to fly again.
  • 02:28 Story Lyrics Sing (Your Song)

    Sing (Your Song)

    Do you ever sing?

    Have you found your voice again?

    You never sang for me

    Voice still frail from tragedy

    *

    So stoic in attitude

    When I finally heard from you

    Could read other voices in your ear

    Was it strength or was it fear?

    *

    Well, just sing, just sing

    Maybe in Winter, Maybe in Spring

    Just sing, just sing,

    Your voice, Your song

    Your rights, Your wrongs

    Just sing, Just sing

    Just sing, Your Song

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Lyrics/Vocals/Guitar/Engineering: Lynette Diaz (May 2018)

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.
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Original Instrumental Demo
Composed/performed/recorded/engineered by Lynette Diaz (Feb 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

     

     

     

A Natural Demo Session (2018)

by Lynette Diaz

"Natural Thing To Do" was written in 2008. Recorded a video in 2009 but never audio. Embarking on a new journey - Just me, a new city and studies (and guitar, of course)! Song seems quite apt, as I step into new territory!
  • 04:16 Lyrics Natural Thing To Do

    Natural Thing To Do (2008, Diaz)

    When you've lost all you have known

    Well, you never get it back the same way

    And circumstance says you must grow

    And face the world unknown

    *

    Chorus:

    Well, you may not know where you're going

    But I know you have a clue

    And you gotta keep movin', Baby

    'Cause that's the natural thing to do

    *

    So, you try to stay in one place

    Or keep a foot in that closing door

    Try to buffer what might be changin'

    But stagnancy won't help you anymore

    *

    Chorus

    *

    Bridge:

    Keep yourself from fallin' down

    Find new ways to get around

    Open mind leads to open doors

    And you're worth a whole lot more

    *

    Chorus x 2

    Hey, and that's the Natural Thing To Do

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Lyrics/Music/Sound Engineering: Lynette Diaz

Shift Your Spirit

by Lynette Diaz

Written in 2008. A decade old now and rarely played live, but coming back into my repertoire along with some of my older songs. As I begin to do more and more street performance, certain songs are feeling more poignant and a counterbalance to cover songs.
  • 03:50 Story Lyrics Shift Your Spirit

    Shift Your Spirit (LDiaz, 2008)

    Make me a vessel

    I want to carry your message

    Lots to be spoken

    But not everyone will listen

    Might be going down a different road

    Some of us will feel the burden

    Of a heavy load

    Ch:

    Shift Your Spirit, Shift Your Spirit

    Shift Your Spirit and Fly

    High, High, High, High...

    V2:

    Shift Your Spirit

    And you can hear the voice inside you

    Listen closely and you can hear your

    True voice guide you

    Moving away from monetary

    and physical pain

    Trading it up for some insight and gain

    Ch:

    Shift Your Spirit, Shift Your Spirit

    Shift Your Spirit and Fly

    High, High, High, High...

    V3:

    What's your direction?

    Well there's a compass right inside you

    Want some protection by asking others

    To provide for you

    Feel the power that you wield

    When you act from your own will

    Ch:

    Shift Your Spirit, Shift Your Spirit

    Shift Your Spirit and Fly

    High, High, High, High...

     

NOTES
Original Words and Music: 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 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.

The Cyclone Gita Demo Session (2018)

by Lynette Diaz

As Cyclone Gita passes through the South Island and rain starting to fall heavy, recording 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)

    Still Waiting On You

    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

    *

    Kiss on the lips

    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 waitin' on you

    Still waitin' on you

     

NOTES
Recorded/Written/Performed by: Lynette Diaz (Feb 2018)

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 82A Sunday Session Recording (2016)

Released 09/04/2016
Released 09/04/2016
I couldn't sleep this evening, on the verge of a Full Moon, and put my music playlist on random. This track rotated in. Recorded in Sydney in 2016, as part of an informal jam session called the 82A Sunday Session, run by the late great Benni Seidel...
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Perfectly Alright
Audio Capture/Production: Benni Seidel (82A Sunday Session)
Recorded on: 4 September 2016 - Sydney Australia
Musicians:
Lynette Diaz - Vocal/Guitar/Words/Music
Cameron Zacherson - Saxophone
Han Peng - Fretless Bass
Photo Credit: Mr Benni Seidel
Original link: https://sessions82a.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/82a-sunday-session-4th-september-2016/

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,Diaz)

    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 'bout 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 'bout 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 'bout that bright light, girl*

    *

    Keep shinin' 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, including some collaborations.
  • 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

  • 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

     

  • 03:31 Story Once Again (Live at Greendale 2012)
  • 03:21 Story Lyrics Collect Ourselves (Before We Collect Others) - Demo

    Collect Ourselves (Before We Collect Others)

    Collect ourselves, before we collect others

    How else will we know our brightest colours

    Collect ourselves, before we collect others

    Look inside you'll see your mothers, your sisters

    your fathers, your brothers

    Chorus:

    We are one, We are whole

    All connected not a rootless system

    We are one, We are whole

    All connected not a rootless system

    V2:

    Collect ourselves, before we collect others

    Truth guides life forward

    Like two cherished lovers

    Collect ourselves, before we collect others

    Bow to the heart and no one suffers

    Chorus:

    We are one, We are whole

    All connected not a rootless system

    We are one, We are whole

    All connected not a rootless system

     

  • 01:54 Story Lyrics Perfect Light (2012 Demo)

    Perfect LightTwo steps forward

    And one step back

    Eventually you get

    Down the track

    Running's faster

    just like the hare

    But walking tortoise-style

    Still gets you there

    --

    Stop to see the sunrise

    Flowers in the field

    Deep breaths that cleanse you inside

    A pace that slowly yields,

    A pace that slowly yields

    ---

    In truth is harmony

    Compassion fills the air

    Heart and Mind they make

    Such a perfect pair

    Such a perfect pair

    --

    So fill your cup with joy

    And watch it multiply

    Your fountain overflows

    You'll know exactly why

    You'll know exactly why

    -

    So this song is short

    Its message very bright

    You're a perfect being

    You're a perfect light

    You're a perfect light.....

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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