Song of an Eastern Wind

by Chalk Dinosaur

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This is an album of more vocally oriented songs that I've been collecting. It spans many years of fragmented development. "Brick by Brick" was just finished last week (01.09.2020), "Rockland Station" was started in 2012 and then revisited and finished in 2019, and the title track "Song of an Eastern Wind" features sampled cassette recordings from my mom and dad dating back to 1974.

There is no underlying genre tying these songs together. They bounce from acoustic rock to house to R&B. The common thread with this album is that every song revolves around vocal melodies and lyrics.

Hope you enjoy the music!
-John O

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released January 24, 2020

Album cover: Mike O'Hallaron

Winston Bell: Sax and co-writer on "Feel This Way"

Andrew Belcastro: Bass and co-writer on "Feel This Way"

Jesse Miller: Modular synth and co-writer on "Cosmic Favor"

Joe Plastino: Didgeridoo on "Cosmic Favor"

David O'Hallaron (circa 1976): Acoustic guitar, vocals and lyrics on "Song of an Eastern Wind"

Helen O'Hallaron (circa 1974): Piano on "Song of an Eastern Wind"

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Track Name: Rabbit Hole
I tripped down a rabbit hole hiding in the grass
Now it feeds a rabid soul, begging me to ask
What's on the other side out beyond the pass
I tripped down a rabbit hole and it's begging me to ask

I want to know
Caught in between something and nothing
Where does it go?
I want to see
Caught in between, someplace and nowhere stuck in a cross breeze
Where does it lead
Stranded at sea with the shore in sight
Only time can reveal it to me

I tripped down a rabbit hole
Onto this blind path
I trust in the memory
That something's guiding me
Whats on the other side
Out beyond the pass
I tripped down a rabbit hole
And it's begging me to ask

I want to know
Caught in between something and nothing
Where does it go?
I want to see
Caught in between, someplace and nowhere stuck in a cross breeze
Where does it lead
Stranded at sea with the shore in sight
Only time can reveal it to me

I want to know
Caught in between
Where does it go?
Stuck in a cross breeze
All that is real
Caught in between
Is all that I feel
Someplace and nowhere
I want to see
Stranded at sea with the shore in sight
Only time can reveal it to me

Caught in between something and nothing
Caught in between, someplace and nowhere stuck in a cross breeze
Stranded at sea with the shore in sight
Caught in between something and nothing
Only time can reveal it to me
Track Name: Rockland Station
Taking a trip to the waterfall
Through the woods in the forest walls
Over the rocks and the fallen tree
That's where you're taking me.
I'm looking down beneath this ledge
Over the edge where we hang our legs
I'm thinking of the words you said
That this is where you can clear your head

Hold on, I know that you can make it through
And right now you maybe don't know what to do.
So hold tight, everything's gonna be alright.
Just hold tight and keep on walking to the light.
Hold on, I know that you can make it through
And right now you maybe don't know what to do.
So hold tight, I promise it'll be alright.
Just hold tight and keep on walking to the light.

Hold on, hold tight
I know you'll make it through
because you always do

Driving down Rockland Station Road
All the way to the end we'll go
And there we'll find a copper camp
Where inside is an antler lamp
Out on a deck with an absent rail
Then maybe ride on a lookout trail.
I'm thinking of the words you said
That this is where you can clear your head.

Hold on, I know that you can make it through
And right now you maybe don't know what to do.
So hold tight, everything's gonna be alright.
Just hold tight and keep on walking to the light.
Hold on, I know that you can make it through
And right now you maybe don't know what to do.
So hold tight, I promise it'll be alright.
Just hold tight and keep on walking to the light.

Hold on, hold tight
I know you'll make it through
because you always do

Hold on, hold tight
I know you'll make it through
because you always do
Track Name: Sedona
Take me to Sedona
Why? Because you know you hear that it's a pretty place.
I'm down to see another,
stop and see a brother
on my way from LA.

Sedona
I want to see you now.
Sedona
but I don't see how
Sedona
I want to see you now
I want to see you now
but I don't see how

From the edges of my mind to the corners of my soul
The truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name
And truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name.

What can I do?
What can I do?
What can I do?
What can I do?

Take me to Sedona
I just want to know you more than through a camera lense
Would it be a pleasure, a struggle or a treasure?
Would it be worth it in the end?
When it's over?
When it's over?
When it's over and we pass over, what will I wish I did?
What will I wish I did?

Sedona
I want to see you now.
Sedona
but I don't see how
Sedona
I want to see you now
I want to see you now
but I don't see how

From the edges of my mind to the corners of my soul
The truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name
And truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name.

And I don't know why
I've never seen it with my eyes
For all I know it's a white lie
Conjured up within my mind
But that doesn't mean that I can't try

So meet me in Sedona
Why? Because you know you hear that it's a pretty place.
I'm down to see another,
stop and see a brother
on my way from LA.
And truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name.
And truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name.

Sedona
I want to see you now.
Sedona
but I don't see how
Sedona
I want to see you now
I want to see you now
but I don't see how

From the edges of my mind to the corners of my soul
The truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name
And truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name.

Sedona, I want to get to know you.
Sedona, I want to get to know you.
Sedona, I want to get to know you.
Sedona, I want to get to know you.

What do I do?
What do I do?
What do I do?
What do I do?

And truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name.
And truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name.

The truth be told I hear that old song that's calling my name (x1000000)
Track Name: Feel This Way (feat. Winston Bell, Andrew Belcastro)
I feel this way
but I don't know what to say.
When I feel this way
but I don't know what to say.

I feel this way
but I don't know what to say.
but I feel this way
That's all I've got to say.
Track Name: Gravity
I don't want to stop this feeling
If it's something that feels just right
I don't want to stop this feeling
If it's something that feels just right
No I'm not gonna stop this feeling
When it's something that feels so light
No I'm not gonna stop this feeling
if it's something that feels just right

Your gravity is outta sight
Your gravity pulls to the light
Your gravity is outta sight
Your gravity pulls to the light

I don't want to stop this feeling
If it's something that feels just right
I don't want to stop this feeling
If it's something that feels just right
I don't wanna stop this feeling
When it's something that feels so light
No I'm not gonna stop this feeling
if it's something that feels just right

Your gravity is outta sight
Your gravity pulls to the light
Your gravity is outta sight
Your gravity pulls to the light

I don't want to stop this feeling
If it's something that feels just right
I don't want to stop this feeling
If it's something that feels just right
I don't wanna stop this feeling
When it's something that feels so light
No I'm not gonna stop this feeling
if it's something that feels just right
Track Name: Brick by Brick
In the ageless time of youth, we pave our way
Laying brick by clueless brick with every day
As we forge ahead our path remains concealed
By the end our work of art will be revealed

Sometimes I start thinking, "What's it matter?
But I know it does in ways I don't yet understand.

When the day breaks I roll out to till my field
Doing everything I can to grow my yield
And I keep on walking to I don't know where
But if I keep on walking someday I'll get there

I was on the edge when you came calling
And I opened up to find out what you are
Because in the time spend on the brink of falling
It seems the answer's never very far.
Track Name: Cosmic Favor (feat. Jesse Miller, Joe Plastino)
So do you understand?
Time waits for no man
And I see that ticking hand
Time waits for no man.

I need to understand
Time waits for no man
And a day is just a grain of sand
Slipping through my hands.

Cosmic favor
Favors the young at heart
Cosmic favor
Sprouts in the mind and it ends in the eye
Cosmic favor
Favors the pure at heart
Cosmic favor
Sprouts in the mind and it ends with the eye

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