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Head to Heart - album by Rusty Reid
2019: Head to Heart
Northern Latitudes Records
Copyright © Rio Paso Music (BMI)

Following the release of his first album, NWXSW, in 2001, Rusty Reid fell into a musical funk and came close to giving up music altogether. But not quite. A spark still flickered. "I remember thinking at one point after a long fallow period whether I could call myself a songwriter any longer if I was no longer writing songs. The thought kind of bummed me. Being a songwriter is an important part of my self-identity. To lose that would be problematical."

Head to Heart - album by Rusty Reid

Rusty tried to get things jump-started several times during the decade of the 2000s, writing a few songs, purchasing a new guitar, and swapping out his trusty old analog home studio recording console for a fancy digital board. "That swap didn't work well," Rusty recounts. "The new board had flying faders and could store mixes but was too complicated. I felt at home with the old board and lost with the new one. Every time I turned it on, it seems like a I had to relearn how to work it. I never did get comfortable with it. That was disappointing and discouraging."

So the decade passed with little accomplished on the music front. Finally, in 2013, a signal event occurred. Rusty asked a talented musician friend to score and record an instrumental of one of his songs. Watching over the shoulder as his friend mixed the tracks on a digital workstation (DAW), Rusty saw the light. He sold off his clumsy studio gear, bought a dedicated music computer and DAW program, and a new day had dawned.

"At first I was just thrilled to be able to bring my old recordings into the computer and play with them. I really didn't have any new songs that inspired me to record them."

But that situation was short-lived. Rolling down the highway, the Olympic Mountains in view, a single line popped into Rusty's head: Had to leave the old state to find me. "I was taken aback," Rusty says. "I realized that I had not consciously, rationally, pieced that statement together; it had just come out of nowhere, as so many artistic ideas do. At first I was wondering if it even made sense."

Head to Heart - album by Rusty Reid

It made more than sense. Not only does this single line sum up much of Rusty's personal journey, but mystics through the ages would recognize it as their own journey. The old state. For Rusty that would be Texas, but for the mystics it would be a state of mind, a state of being, which must be shed and left behind before a higher state can be attained. That, too, applies to Rusty Reid.

That one lyrical line set the tone for the album to come. Yet, in a sense, it was a continuation of the direction his first album, NWXSW, was heading in its final two songs. Head to Heart would become an opus on the heaviest of human concerns. Eighteen songs (though two are but snippets), taking on the weight of the world.

Head to Heart- album by Rusty Reid

"I'm no longer a young punk. I'm an elder now, so I was hoping that with this album I could share what I have learned. My journey has allowed me the time and place and experience and inclination and information to ponder and question not just authority, but everything else. I've thought long and hard about these issues, consulted and come into accord with the best thinkers of history, tried hard to keep every thought congruent with science, and arrived at a modern synthesis that I think adds up to a beautiful, moral, truthful and sustainable worldview. But it's a worldview that is going to make people uncomfortable, because it requires change and loss. Most people are mired in thoughtless, uncaring, unsustainable, dubious, selfish traditions. They don't question; they just conform. They don't like change, and they really don't like loss, that is, the giving up of parts of themselves or their culture that are harmful to others or the planet. That was me, too. I come straight from that same mindset, but somehow I found a 'higher view and a new mind's eye.' And that's what I'm trying to pass on here. Just in this one album, I'm probably assailing the beliefs and lifestyles of 99.9 percent of the human population. I suspect it will be the rare listener who is not bothered, or outraged, by at least one song on the album. I'm not intentionally trying to make anyone mad; I'm just describing a better world that does not include a lot of the harmful and dangerous 'traditions' that are currently still embedded in human culture. I would hope that the mystic journey of personal evolution described through the album is something that a critical mass of people of all nations will undertake... one individual at a time. That would transform the world."

Head to Heart - album by Rusty Reid

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LYRICS & NOTES

1. Too Many Poor Theme
(music by Rusty Reid)
Rusty - keyboards, acoustic guitars

2. The Story of Now
(Music & Lyrics by Rusty Reid)
(Inspired by the writings of Marshall Ganz)

Wander through the saga of the world
All the way back to when time began
Eons play with clouds of starry swirls
Long before the age of man
Then appeared an orb of blue and white
Nestled in the family of Ra
Baby Earth and Luna shining bright
A masterpiece of nature's laws
Let me tell you a tale
It's the story of why
It's the story of space and time
It's the story of life
It's the story of Earth
It's the story of how
It's the story of me and you
It's The Story of Now
In her water womb our Mother Earth
Synthesized the first stir of life
Two thousand million years before the birth
Of any higher archetype
So unfurled the chain of all our kin
From moss and trees and fish and frogs and birds
Every Earthling clad in nature's skin
Our common genes a tangled blur
Shimmering across a lost horizon
A little band came down from the trees
Out on to the plains under the bright sun
And eventually beyond the sea
The human story soars romantically
Intrepid souls determined to survive
So too we fall in sin so selfishly
Thwarting our best chance to thrive
The Universe does not give guarantees
Just a shot at finding happiness
Now we should know the secret and the key
Love should be the north star of our quest

Rusty - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars
Ronan Dempsey - acoustic guitars, electric guitars, piano, organ
Brian Hudson - drums
Tim Denbo - bass
Justin Morgan - background vocals

3. The Meaning of Life
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid)

Some people say you must wait
For happiness to come to you
But trusting it all to blind fate
Is not what we are meant to do
Open up your heart
Don't stand apart
Just pursue happiness
All things seek happiness
Help others find their happiness
The quest... is The Meaning of Life
Happiness can be so elusive
But only if we're hard to please
Just watch the way that trees and birds live
They find such joy with graceful ease
Open up your mind
Feel the world's delight
How did we become so good at losing our way?
Don't we know what magic it is to wake up every day?
Some people say you must wait
For any hope to see paradise
But heaven's waiting just beyond our mind gate
Follow raven's lead... and fly!
Open up your soul
See how high you go

Rusty - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars
Ronan Dempsey - acoustic guitars, electric guitars, keyboards
Isaac Wriston - bass
Hubert Payne - drums

4. Head to Heart
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid)

Heaven knows life can be so cruel
And it feels like hell each time things fall apart
We pass from class to class of hard knocks school
But the longest journey is from Head to Heart
Goodness knows the path can be so lonely
Some days it's so hard to even start
We strain to remain sane to some degree
But the longest journey is from Head to Heart
We may travel the world
Learn everything there is to know
But until our love freely flows
We really let it go
We really haven't grown
Into our higher soul.
Selfishness shadows human striving
And self-inflicted wounds among our scars
Far as the farthest star we may go flying
Still the longest journey is from Head to Heart

Rusty - vocals, electric guitar
Ronan Dempsey - acoustic guitars, electric guitars, keyboards, bass
Brandon Davis - drums

5. Ancient Stones
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid)

As I move on through and the years roll by
I've found a higher view and a new mind's eye
This old shining sun and dear Mother Earth
We are all just one with/from a common birth
I want to sleep on Ancient Stones
Feel them seep into my bones
Touch the bark of giant trees
Let them spark a change in me
As I find my way and I lose my youth
Turning every day into a search for truth
Seasons ebb and flow and our loved ones pass
Through the undertow, we surface at last
I want to see the condor fly
Into the breeze and painted sky
I want to swim in crystal seas
May it stem a change in me
Every sunrise starts the birds to singing
Every rainbow clears the stormy sky
Nature's ever faithful in the bringing
If only we will love her right

Rusty - vocals, electric guitars, bass, drum programming

6. To Find Me
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid)

Had to leave the old state To Find Me
Had to leave the old state To Find Me
If I'd stayed, I'd have been - much as I was then
Had to leave the old state To Find Me
Had to change myself To Find Me
Had to change myself To Find Me
I bought into the play, day after day
Had to change myself To Find Me
Lost in the fields of dissolution
Falling through the ocean of the mind
The cost of buying my absolution
Was releasing the one I left to find
Had to lose my way To Find Me
Had to lose my way To Find Me
Had to give up some dreams, strange as it seems
Had to lose my way To Find Me

Rusty - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar, synth, piano, bass
Darin Watkins - drums

7. I Went Searching
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid)

I Went Searching… for universal truth
I Went Searching… for universal truth
Glimpsed it hiding from non-abiding
Minds around the world
I Went Searching… for universal peace
I Went Searching… for universal peace
Found it missing… in those insisting
On fear and greed and war
I Went Searching… for universal grace
I Went Searching… for universal grace
Too few preachers, too few teachers
Standing with the Word
Peace be upon you who seek the Dark
Source of all Creation… the Mystery of ALL.
I Went Searching… for universal love
I Went Searching… for universal love
So much division… and disconnection
Keeping us from Wa
(Wa = Japanese for harmony, balance)
So much dissension... and disaffection
Keeping us from Wa
Wa, Wa, Wa
I Went Searching
I’ve been searching
I am searching
I’ll keep searching

Rusty - vocals, synth, 12-string electric guitars, bass, drum programming

8. Eldorado
(lyrics: Edgar Allan Poe, additional lyrics and music by Rusty Reid)

Gaily bedight, a gallant knight
In sunshine and in shadow
Had journeyed long, singing a song
In search of Eldorado
But he grew old, this knight so bold
And o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found no spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado
And as his strength failed him at length
He met a pilgrim shadow
Shadow, said he, where can it be
This land of Eldorado
Over the mountains of the moon
And down the valley of the shadow
Ride, boldly ride, the shade replied
If you seek for Eldorado
Brightly enlight, the wandering knight
Crossed the mountains and below
He never found that spot of ground
But he finally knew Eldorado
He never found that spot of ground
Inside is where hides Eldorado
Inside is where hides Eldorado
Ride, boldly, ride

Rusty - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitars, bass
Darin Watkins - drums

9. There is a Pleasure in the Pathless Woods
(lyrics: George Gordon Byron, additional lyrics and music by Rusty Reid)

There is a Pleasure in the Pathless Woods
There is a rapture on the lonely shore
There is society where none intrudes
By the deep sea, and music in its roar
I love not man the less but nature more
From these interviews in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before
To mingle with the universe... and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal
Roll on thou deep and dark blue ocean, roll
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain
Man marks the Earth with ruin, yet his control
Stops with the shore... upon the watery plain
So wrote the poet not long ago
His heart would be crushed if he were to know
That man's foolish greed has even taken the sea
The blue of the sky, and the starry night
So now the crossroads where we've arrived
Demands a choice of every soul alive
Do we continue down this road of ruin
Or mingle with the universal tune
That we can ne're express... yet easily can feel
There is a Pleasure in the Pathless Woods
There is a rapture on the lonely shore
From all I may be, or have been before
To mingle with the universe... and feel

Rusty - vocals, electric guitar
Daniel Ribeiro - acoustic guitars, electric guitars, steel guitar, keyboards, bass, drums

10. Satcitananda
(lyrics: traditional: The Moola Mantra, additional lyrics by Rusty Reid & Leeza Edwards; music by Rusty Reid)

Om (Highest Energy/Primordial Sound)
Satcitananda (Sat: From emptiness being; Cit: full consciousness; Ananda: Bliss/Love/Joy)
Parabrahma (supreme creator, Source)
Purushothama (guiding deity/force in human form/the Supreme Soul in us)
Paramatma (who speaks to us as inner voice)
Sri Bhagavathi (Divine Mother)
Sametha (together within)
Sri Bhagavathe (Divine Father)
Namaha (thank you and guide me)
Om, the Beginning, primordial tone
Sound of Creation where spirit is sown
Lover come lie with me, Lover come fly with me
Lover arise with me… to see the jewels of light
Om, the Eternal, this moment in peace
Blessed receiver, in Oneness release
Lover come dream with me, Lover delight with me
Lover descend with me… to see the pearls of night
Lover, come chant with me, Lover come dance with me
Lover come bring to me the sea, the sun, the world
Om Sat Cit Ananda, sametha
Om Sat Cit Ananda, namaha
Om Sat Cit Ananda, namaha

Rusty - vocals, synth, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, keyboard sitar, bass
Yatziv Caspi - Indian percussion, drums

11. Your Tummy
(music & lyrics: Rusty Reid)

Yo, what you doin' with that bloody shit
In Your Tummy, dummy?
You're the dupe and the stupe of killers
Sucking your soul and your money
How do it feel to be so unreal
On that evil wheel
To your next meal?
You a clone and a drone
Dining in the bone zone
Better disown and atone
Yo, what you doin' with that bloody shit
In Your Tummy, dummy?
You're the dupe and the stupe of killers
Sucking your soul and your money
H'uh!

Rusty - vocals, beats

12. Passion or Fashion
(music by Steven Beasley, lyrics by Rusty Reid & Steven Beasley)

So it's finally come to this
Do I have to shake my fist
In your vacant face
Does taste mean more to you
Than rising up into
A higher plane of Grace
Passion or Fashion, Passion or Fashion
That fur coat you're slipping on
Screams that you are so far gone
From compassion's hold
And that steak upon your plate
Bleeds the truth about your state
Simply fool's gold.
Passion or Fashion
(Which of these apply to you?)
Passion or Fashion
(Which can you afford to lose?)
Say you're an animal lover, I'm blowing your cover
Too bad if it brings you down
Let's see you walk it, the way that you talk it
If you can't do that, I'm calling you out
It's high time we saw the light
The holocaust in every bite
Of murdered kin
Don't speak of peace and love
When you're chewing on the dove
And awash in sin
Say you're an animal lover, as you're eating another
Mindless and heartless clowns
Why don't you step into virtue, for them and for you, too
If you can't do that, I'm calling you out... yeah
Aye-yi, aye-yi
Say you're an animal lover
Aye-yi, aye-yi
I say you're a liar
Aye-yi, aye-yi
Step into virtue
Aye-yi, aye-yi
For them and for you, too

Rusty - vocals, electric guitars
Steven Beasley - acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, drums, background vocals

13. Dark Ages
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid)

Slowly but surely we're gaining momentum
Free thinkers rising, more every day
The light at the end of the tunnel is shining
Spirituality shows a new way
We're waking up from religion's spell
Truth breaking out of delusion's veil
Let no more myths divide us again
Let's come together without and within
No more Dark Ages
Many times upon a time a teacher has come
To help us move a little further down this long lonely road
It doesn't take long before their spirit's abducted
And twisted to forms they wouldn't have known
We'ver heard the legends of the promised land
We've felt the brunt of their heavy hand
We've seen them traffic in anger and blame
Hypocrisy fanning the flames
No more Dark Ages
I never fails when religion forces its way
The lights of truth and love and liberty fade
It's happening today... ooh-ooh-ooh
All around the world and far into the past
The victims of religion cry a river of tears
Unquestioned superstition brought darkness upon us
We're only now escaping after thousands of years
No more denying evolution's role
No more claiming an immortal soul
No savior coming to bail us out
No needy gods to worry about
No more Dark Ages

Rusty - vocals, electric guitars
Steven Beasley - acoustic guitar, bass, drums, tambourine

14. Who Do You Think You Are
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid)

She's your mother, she's your daughter, she's your wife
She gives you love, she gives you purpose, she gives you life
But oh how the goddess will fall
When the god in the boy is installed
Who Do You Think You Are?
To treat her that way
Who Do You Think You Are?
From the Iron Age, from the iron-head, iron-fisted rule
It's the law of God and nature, say patriarchy's fools
And so she's original sin
Her punishment shall never end
Who Do You Think You Are?
To treat her that way
From the bloodstained pages of history
There have been few greater crimes
(maybe the desecration of the rest of nature)
Than the subjugation of half the human family
Half of our whole, half of our soul
By the half that are out of their minds
Sharp and subtle domination, a legacy of fear
You're the stronger, she's the weaker, all vanity and tears
It's still a dark age for women and girls
But the meek will inherit the world
Who Do You Think You Are?
To treat her that way
Who Do You Think You Are?

Rusty - vocals, acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass, drum programming

15. Too Many Poor
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid)

I take a look and I don't like what I see
All around the world such disparity
We're all divided by no more than luck of the draw
A few with everything, the rest with nothing at all
And I've decided... Too Many Poor
And too much in too few hands
Yeah there are Too Many Poor
And too much in too few hands
What are we going to do?
It's the sickness of, it's the power of greed
That makes a child of God covet more than he needs
While a brother suffers hunger and pain
Wondering ever will his circumstance change
How do we dare call ourselves civilization
And turn away from the un-united nations
Of the poor

Rusty - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drum programming

16. Dismaland
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid)
(Inspired by Banksy)

The storm is underway
We’re running out of time
Pirates run the ship of state
Legalizing crime
What once was paradise
Somehow the human race
Dismembered and despoiled into
The saddest place in space
Daygloom is upon us
Trepidation haunts the night
Conservatives hold the upper hand
Welcome to… Dismaland
Truth is on the run
While millions follow lies
Democracy corrupted by
Traitors in disguise
The stench of greed permeates
The heating atmosphere
Refugees flee the blight
Prisons overflowing
Injustice on the prowl
Hope hangs by a tiny strand
Welcome to… Dismaland
We are better than this
We can turn it around
See deep into the abyss
Then rise up! Stand your own ground
Recall these are our rights
This fight belongs to you and to me
Any day we all unite
That’s the day we set the world free
Poison in the sea
Fire upon the land
Animals slake our bloodlust
Moral contraband
Souls adrift in screens
Malaise and discontent
Distractions and divisions keep us
Safely servient
Banality ascendant
Debauched technology
Corporations in command
This is their… Dismaland
Welcome to… Dismaland
How do you like… Dismaland?

Rusty - vocals, electric guitars, synth effects
Daniel Ribeiro - acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass
Brandon Davis - drums

17. Another Way
(music and lyrics: Rusty Reid & Jon Stone)

What is life but time
Specks of time amidst eternal shadow
What are we but flame
Tiny flames that flicker out tomorrow
The years so quickly pass
Like mist upon the early morning meadow
Rise and greet the day,
Amazing Grace, blessings overflow - whoa
Wonder how the world would be if everyone could see
Into eternity and find themselves
Five thousand years of strife
And greed and fear upon this precious jewel
Can we flip the script
And show we know love is meant to rule
Wonder how the world would be if everyone could feel
That everything is real, infused with God
Even stars must die
There's nothing to be lost or saved
Heaven's here on Earth
And maybe we will find Another Way
Heaven's here on Earth
And people will find Another Way
Another Way
Another Way
Hey-heyaheyahey

Rusty - vocals, electric guitars, piano
Matt Griffith - acoustic guitars, background vocals
Tim Hull - electric guitar
Tim Denbo - bass
Olajuwon Jackson - drums

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