Not All Who Are Lost, Wander

by Richard Cummins

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    NOMINATED 'ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR' 2014, GMA CANADA (COVENANT/DOVE AWARDS)
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    In the tradition of Owsley, Owl City, RJD2 (Mad Men theme), Lenny Kravitz, Surfjan Stevens and Paul McCartney Richard is a ‘one man band’ - music creations emanating from his home studio in a tiny rural town.
    Raw, organic & loose, the songs become an entity on their own – plenty of rythm, well-placed handclaps, moments of symphonic splendour, enlightened melodies and, of course, layered instrumentation - with pianos, guitars, unconventional drumming and melodic bass lines being thrown on the canvas like a mad painter, recording all the instruments himself (except where noted*).
    And just like Jim Morrison’s hair, each song has to be just the right amount of ‘messy’.
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Leave it alone; LEAVE IT ALONE You don't know what you're doing Or where to draw the line You've given up refusing, To die... Born with a Grin You won’t see again Red Herring on the inside Left you to search for more And you decide to close The Door… Bridge: Here we go again But we’ve been here my friend A simple observation Seemingly I'm ‘Free’ Then what’s this chaining me? What’s happened to redemption? Rhodes Solo Red Herring on the inside Left you to search for more! And you decide to close The Door… Spoken: “Here we go again, But we’ve been here my friend! A simple observation… Seemingly we’re ‘Free’ Then what’s this chaining me? What’s happened to redemption?” © 2014 Richard Cummins
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Another morning filled with fear If you could be, any place but here Another war to win – another day begins If only someone walked with you Someone to notice, all the things you do Someone to help you up when you are falling down Someone to pick you up Someone to pick you up off the ground And sees you trying Who hears you crying? Someone who won’t blow out a candle trying to burn Someone who will love you Someone who will love you as you learn (oh yeah) Another foggy rainy day And you just wish the clouds could roll away So you could feel the Sun before the day is done And through the crowds you’re heading home So many people, yet still you feel alone The soul reaches out to find something there… Could it be there’s someone…? Could it be there’s someone really there? Who sees you trying? Who hears you crying? Someone who won’t blow out a candle trying to burn Someone who will love you Someone who will love you Someone who will love you Someone who will love you as you learn (oh yeah) Break Who sees you trying? Who hears you crying? Someone who won’t blow out a candle trying to burn Someone who will love you Someone who will love you as you learn (oh yeah) Oh Yeah. © 2014 Richard Cummins
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Someday… Tomorrow… Eventually… I will be back I will return I don’t know what they’ve been telling you I don’t know what you’ve been told I don’t know what they’ve been selling you I don’t know what you’ve been sold If I could not believe you I could not believe at all And if I claim to see you I couldn’t see at all You, YOU You tell me what you need and I will listen! I have heard you for so long But it sounds more real right here in person “I will come back and find you again. We will return to where it all began! You will have tears in your eyes… You will have seen through their thin disguise.” Someday… Tomorrow… Eventually… I – will – be - back I will return! (Musical Journey) © 2014 Richadr Cummins
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Saviour Soul 03:06
There's nothing you can do to save your soul No words that can be spoken, none at all No dance is going to keep you from the grave No man on Earth can tell you that you’re 'saved' No bank account can save you from your sin Oh, no No worldy possession is a ‘ticket in’ Yeah There isn’t any Temple that’ll give you everlasting life There’s nothing you can do to that’s going to light your darkest night Whoo – Uhhh – Hey, Hey Come on, Come on, Come on, Come on, Come on, Come on, Come on, Come on
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Would you listen if I told a story? Would you listen all the way? Would you listen if it became boring? Would you listen if I strayed? You could see where she was heading You could see it from the start You could see what she was dreading You could see the hidden part And it took no special power It took no inner light It took no lucky number For you to be right Would you like it if I told your secret? Would you tremble if I even came close? Buried coffins freshly resurrected Nourish vultures on the most painful parts You could see where she was heading You could see it from the start You could see what she was dreading You could see the hidden part And it took no special power It took no inner light It took no lucky number For you to be right Nourish vultures on the most painful parts The most painful parts The most painful parts, yeah yeah (repeat)
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Soul Driving 05:28
Sunset Sunrise Shades of red fill the sky City slowly wakes itself Feed Machine or feed yourself OR, we: Could go 'Soul Driving' Chorus The Sun comes up, the Sun goes down And this whole world keeps spinning around ‘round, ‘round And we’re all wound up like a top The Sun goes down and the Sun comes up You’re telling me that you can ‘see’ So why hasn’t anyone shown me? Seasons change and flowers fade As you sleep in the bed you made Wishing you had more to give Some live to die – some die to live Chorus The Sun comes up, the Sun goes down And this whole world keeps spinning around ‘round, ‘round And we’re all wound up like a top The Sun goes down and the Sun comes up You’re telling me that you can ‘see’ So why hasn’t anyone shown me? Shown me… If you know it You should show it… Whoo ooh Soul Driving! Soul Driving! Soul Driving! © 2014 Richard Cummins
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There’s a Bible Study every Sunday night Every Wednesday night across the country This has gone on for so long, you would think that people would ready To give an answer To give an answer A girl I knew stopped to tie her shoe outside the Church upon the sidewalk A seeker soul who only wanted to know, stopped as well and started to talk Looking for an answer Looking for an answer “Why do wear a fish on your shirt? Why do you meet on Sundays? Why do you put a man up in a pulpit above everybody else? And, Why do you disagree with others who say that they believe just like you?” Just like you just like you just like you Pastor Randall likes to wear his sandal on the beach in Southern California He sings a song that includes the word ‘God’, But nervously looks over his shoulder Is this an answer? Is this an answer?! “Why do wear a fish on your shirt? Why do you meet on Sundays? Why do you put a man upon a throne - above everybody else? And, Why do you disagree with others who say that they believe just like you?” Just like you just like you just like you Is this an answer?: - Fish on your shirt. - Sundays. - Man on a throne. Everybody else… just like you. There’s a Bible Study every Sunday night Every Wednesday night across the country © 2014 Richard Cummins
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Look in the mirror I see broken glass But is it really shattered? Or just the lines on my face… Chorus: If you could see, what I see – you would see enough If you could see, what I see – you would see enough Look out my window I see dark grey skies But is it really so bad? Above the sun still shines Chorus: If you could see, what I see – you would see enough If you could see, what I see – you would see enough Standing by the ocean I say a simple prayer I feel just like a blind man… But I know someone’s there… Chorus: If you could see, what I see – you would see enough If you could see, what I see – you would see enough If you could see, what I see – you would see enough If you could see, just what I see – then you would see enough © 2014 Richard Cummins
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SAVE 03:44
And when I find myself In these lowest depths I struggle I tire but I know I must take these steps And walk towards You And walk towards You And walk towards You And walk towards You I know I sing when my heart is far off I pray forgiveness as you call my bluff And I walk towards You I walk towards You I walk towards You I walk towards You SAVE Shine as you light my path! SAVE Turn my spent hourglass SAVE And heal my pretentious and cluttered soul And when I find myself In these lowest depths I struggle I tire but I know I must take these steps And walk towards You And walk towards You And walk towards You And walk towards You SAVE SAVE SAVE © 2014 Richard Cummins
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Sometimes I wish the world would stop - rewind So I could start again - this time: I would love a little more Complain a little less Rise above it all, and Be a better friend Chorus: So I say Let's start a brand new day open up our hearts and let the sun come shining in 'Cause I've read That love is never dead We just have to believe it WE have to believe it... Sometimes I wish that I could see, beyond The moment so I could, respond And make a better call Choose a different path Wipe away the tears And make a point to laugh Chorus: So I say Let's start a brand new day open up our hearts and let the sun come shining in 'Cause I've read That love is never dead We just have to believe it WE have to believe it...my friends Bridge: The past is gone, It's good as dead And we can only look ahead And make the best with what's left Of today! Solo - Ahhh, Ahhh, Shoop Shoop Shoop Shoop Chorus: So I say Let's start a brand new day open up our hearts and let the sun come shining in 'Cause I've read That love is never dead We just have to believe it WE have to believe it...my friends © 2014 Richard Cummins
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Just Amazed. 03:44
I can't sleep I can't walk I can't speak When I try to talk And it must be something's really got a hold on me I start to cry Then I laugh When I think Of everything I have And it must be 'cause you've got me under your spell... Chorus: I,am just amazed I may have lost the world but I have gained my soul And I, just can't wait Until forever comes and I can be with you I won't live 'Till I die I tell the truth When I try to lie And it must be 'cause you've really got a hold on me I look ahead Down your road And see the dirt Has turned to gold And it must be 'cause you've got me under your spell Chorus: I,am just amazed I may have lost the world but I have gained my soul And I, just can't wait Until forever comes and I can be with you ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh Guitar Break Chorus: I,am just amazed I may have lost the world but I have gained my soul And I, just can't wait Until forever comes and I can be with you Yea I can be with you Yea I can be with you Yea I can be with you When forever comes... Yea I can be with you Yea I can be with you Yea I can be with you When forever comes... © 2014 Richard Cummins
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I have felt the warmth of your sunshine And I’ve felt the cool of your rain I have felt the mercies of your kindness And I’ve felt the terror of your pain I’ve beheld your Kingdom’s Glory And I’ve hung my head in shame I have read the wisdom of the Scripture And I’ve shouted them out loud Other times was only with a whisper When I only wanted out I have felt the life that comes with faith And the death that comes with doubt Solo Breakdown I want to feel your Holy Presence And sing with angels by my side I want to get right on with living Once I know that I have died I want to stand on holy truth In the face of every lie. © 2014 Richard Cummins
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Soon, we will be waking to A day we can't believe Someone will be whispering your name And a face, you will not see Words will not be able to describe The Light as it shines And some will see, as others go blind The ancient burning bush still burns It's flames touch the sky Souls swept up In the twinkling of an eye Words will not be able to describe The Light as it shines And some will see, as others go blind Bridge: And no one needs to tell you It's there for all to see And love is in the air to be received Once you believe Words will not be able to describe The Light as it shines And some will see, as others go blind The ancient burning bush still burns It's flames touch the sky, and Souls swept up In the twinkling of an eye Soon we will be waking to Soon we will be waking to Soon we will be waking to Soon we will be waking to A day... we can't... BELIEVE © 2014 Richard Cummins
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Oh… My Lord Wonderful Counsellor Prince of Peace Lover of my soul Everlasting Father Name above all others My Redeemer Almighty God Almighty God

about

THIS is a Rock Opera 'Seria', realized by Richard Cummins - Impresario.
OPERA SERIA (SEH-ree-ah): A "serious" opera. The usual characters are gods, goddesses or ancient heroes.

The first line of JRR Tolkien’s famous poem from ‘Lord of the Rings’, "All That is Gold Does Not Glitter" is a variant and rearrangement of the proverb "All that glitters is not gold", known primarily from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, resulting in a proposition bearing a completely different meaning.

In the tradition of this intellect, Richard crafts for himself an inversion of the famous second line, “Not all those who wander are lost” (which in itself is an inversion bearing the meaning that those suspiciously viewed as wanderers or vagabonds are actually moving about with purpose) into “Not All Who Are Lost, Wander”.

The striking ‘Saul Bass’ inspired album cover art drives home the point:
We tend to view forms of stability as ‘safe’, or ‘right’.

But does this mean that the lost are always prone to wander? Or, perhaps the contrary is true? Those whom appear the most stable, stationary, safest, the most ‘right’… could in fact be just as, or even more, ‘lost’.

The Characters:
The Seeker, The Girl on the Sidewalk, 2 Vultures, The Pastor, The Beast, and 'Someone There'.

“Not All Who Are Lost, Wander” is the story of journeys... a sudden and jarring realization of the lifeless monotony of the day to day, a haunting echo of a long ago feeling, a frustrating encounter at the door of the local church - begging the question of how gathered groups who seem so pious can be so dilettantish - the 2 beaches, and a promise.
Then, seemingly in a flash... The bus at Liminal St. is set to leave the grim, grey, joyless city, journeying toward the mountains and the sunrise. That heavy sunrise...

#Owsley #saulbass #inspired #thegreadtivorce #rockopera #progrock #conceptalbum #notallwhowanderarelost #notallwhoarelostwander #truedisciple #jesusculture #cslewis #jrrtolkien #sickofhypocrisy #religion #americanchurch #trappedinchurch #whitewashedsepulcher #beatlesque #richardcummins #revival #instrumental #surfjanstevens

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released April 24, 2014

All instruments performed by Richard Cummins, except where noted*.

All arrangements, engineering, mixing, & mastering performed by Richard Cummins.

Cover/back art concept & execution: Richard Cummins

Everything about this record © 2014 Electro-Tone Records, Nectarine Horse Productions, Sir Richard The Lionheart

*Contributing Musicians

Drums By JOVAN (Vancouver, BC) On:

-The Kingdom Awaits
-Birth of the Beast
-Welcome to the Kingdom

Jovan in action: youtu.be/1Og3y6fEBV0


Drums By Alexander Klassen (Vancouver, BC) On:

-Brand New Day
-Just Amazed


Saxophone on "Angels By My Side" BY: Colin Farquhar
www.colinfarquhar.com

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Richard Cummins Agassiz, British Columbia

Richard Cummins first sang with his Mother on a home made tape when he was roughly 3 years old, in tune. She, having grown up on 50's rockabilly and country icons like Loretta Lynn, taught Richard the guitar at an early age. But it was upon his discovery of the Beatles that made Richard obsess over music, learning guitar, bass, piano & drums and writing boxes full of songs. ... more

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