Moments

by Richard Cummins

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Featuring Phil Keaggy: Guitar/Vocals, John Sferra (Glass Harp): Drums, Randy Stonehill: Guitar/Vocals, Chris McHugh (Keith Urban, Whiteheart): Drums. Produced in Nashville by JB

This album struggled to completion and almost never made it: recorded over two years with studio sessions ranging from Nashville Tennessee to Hollywood California USA, to various Canadian studios and Richard's own 'Nectarine Horse' studio, nestled in the picturesque Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

Though Richard's past experiences had seen him in all stages of the music business - from illegaly playing clubs with his original material from the age of 17 (before he was 'of drinking age'), to landing deals in historic recording studios, garnering FM radio play, touring across country both the United States and Canada as well as playing in 5 different countries on several continents, to associations with movers in the record industry - he never seemed to connect with the corporate mindset that artists needed to change their art, or somehow ‘sell out’ to the latest trends and fads in order to ‘make it’. Stubbornly holding on to this set of principles, to make art from the heart, Richard knew he was passing by many opportunities at mainstream success.

Instead, Richard and his wife Michele sacrificially invested every last penny of their own money into the production of the CD, ‘Moments’. Richard was not only amazed but extremely encouraged when some significant musicians and producers believed in the project enough to come on board to help, including:
Virtuoso and legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy on Guitar and vocals, Randy Stonehill who not only performs on the album, but produced a track as well, John Sferra - drummer from the Decca Records power trio 'Glass Harp', Keith Urban's drummer Chris McHugh, with the album being co-produced by Nashville's 'jb', whose credits include Peter Frampton, Garth Brooks, and was the man behind Phil Keaggy's landmark acoustic instrumental album, 'Beyond Nature'.

Though Richard has many views on spiritual matters, society at large, and politics, he chose to keep to a general theme, creating a ‘concept’ style record based on his own diary of experiences from age 13 to 33.

From the Cd liner notes:

“Moments” is first and foremost an autobiographical record, or if you will, a ‘concept’ album. Although the first song after The Introduction is presented ‘In Medias Res’ **, it is carefully sequenced so that each song sets up the next - providing a beginning, a middle, and an end – storybook style. By the time you get to The Epilogue, and if you’ve paid close attention, you will have turned the pages of my private diary from 13 to 33. I was going to publish a song-by-song synopsis as a complimentary narrative but realized that doing so would be severely underestimating my audience. And Besides – the story is already here. Whether this album finds you in your car with the volume up; an evening where you can steal away with a cup of coffee or glass of wine by the stereo, or late at night with the headphones on – I give you my journey.

-Richard Matthew Cummins

** “In Medias Res (Latin for "into the middle of things") is a literary and artistic technique where the narrative starts in the middle of the story instead of from its beginning (ab ovo or ab initio). The characters, setting, and conflict are often introduced through a series of flashbacks or through characters relating past events to each other. Classical works such as Virgil's Aeneid and Homer's Iliad begin in the middle of the story.” –Wikipedia

Everyone has a moment or two. They’re the little movies you play over and over in your head - the ones that don’t fade with time. Even after years have passed, our memories of these moments remain crystal clear. You remember where you were, how you felt, what you were thinking, maybe even what you were wearing. Perhaps a deep unbearable sadness; or an overwhelming uncontainable joy - they are moments that moved us, and perhaps, even changed the course of our lives.
A moment can be described as, “A particular period of importance, influence, or significance in a series of events or developments”. Over time, this ‘series of events or developments’ become something much greater than the incidents they began as… They become not only a cohesive whole, but also something that ultimately ends up defining who we are. These ‘Moment’s’ become ‘Our Lives’. These are MY moments.”

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released March 24, 2008

Cd booklet FULL of liner notes, artwork, and creative lyric prints.
Featuring Phil Keaggy: Guitar/Vocals, John Sferra (Glass Harp): Drums, Randy Stonehill: Guitar/Vocals, Chris McHugh (Keith Urban, Whiteheart): Drums. Produced in Nashville by JB

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Richard Cummins Mission, 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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Track Name: Richard Cummins, Phil Keaggy - Singing To Us While It Hurts - Pheaturing Phil Keaggy
SINGING TO US WHILE IT HURTS
Lyrics and Music: Richard Cummins c.2006

I can’t wait to hear you sing, play your guitar,
And the joy you bring

And if you’d like, I’ll sing along
I really do like singing your songs

Pre Chorus:
But I just can’t help but shout aloud
Though I’m just one in this crowd
Watching all the moves you make
Never hearing a mistake
Wishing only I could be
Such a friend of jubilee

Chorus:
And I know you hate being so far away from home
Having to put this all first
I just wanted to say, “Thank you for stopping by”
And singing to us while it hurts (2x)

Now tonight I hear you sing,
But your guitar has a different ring

The songs you sing you sing alone
Thoughts wandering back to the hotel phone…

Still I just can’t help but shout aloud
As you play ‘slave’ to this crowd
Watching all the moves you make
Never seeing a mistake
Wishing only I could be
Such a friend of jubilee

And I know you hate being so far away from home
Having to put the song first
I just wanted to say, “Thank you for stopping by”
And singing to us while it hurts (2x)

Solo

And I know you hate being so far away from home
Selling CD’s and your shirts
I just wanted to say, “Thank you for stopping by”
And singing to us while it hurts (2x)
Track Name: The Invitation / Prologue
What you are hearing is Time Travel... You may come with me, but your safety is not gauranteed.
Track Name: Left Her Lonely Again
LEFT HER LONELY AGAIN
Words and Music: Richard Cummins


(Chorus)
Cry, it comes as no surprise, your lover’s lonely sighs,
Oh No…
You’ve left her lonely again!

(Verse)
Last night she called me up
And told me she had been stood up
And it comes as no surprise that you have left her lonely again

You never listen to your friends
Who’ve been a witness to your trends
So you’ve got to learn my friend

(Bridge / Middle)
We all know
That you really lover her
So why don’t you put away your foolish pride
And let love come alive?

(Chorus)

(Verse)
And now she’s waiting here tonight
And though she’s tried to make things right
You’ve gone and left her lonely again

It gets so hard to just stand by
And see such a good girl cry
Go find her…before you lose her my friend!

(Bridge / Middle) (Solo) (Bridge / Middle)

(Chorus)

You’ve left her lonely again (3x)

(Chorus)
Track Name: Gameshow Of Life - Featuring Randy Stonehill
Game Show Of Life
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

I heard the crash through the hall
Heard the smash, heard the fall
And I know – It’s not how I feel
It’s for real, welcome here
It’s the “Gameshow of life”

I smelled your brain start to rot
Oh! Was that the smell of your pot?
And I know it’s not your turn
But you’ll learn
As you waste your big chance at life

Chorus:
Life is a game show, it’s simple
If you know the rules
But I fear you do not
We’ll have to go through again, and again,
This time you might get it right…

Think: to live is a game
To win is your life
To lose is precisely what I had heard
Spin the wheel once or twice
Hope and pray that tonight is your lucky night

Chorus:
Life is a game show, it’s simple
If you know the rules
But I fear you do not
We’ll have to go through again, and again,
This time you might get it right…

I heard the crash through the hall
Heard the smash, heard the fall
And I know – It’s not how I feel
It’s for real, welcome here
It’s the “Gameshow of life”

How I feel, it’s for real
In this Gameshow of Life
Track Name: Hello
Hello
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

In the middle of the 33 1/3
I heard you speak to me
At the end of the second song

(Chorus)
“Hello, I should introduce myself.
It’s like I’ve known you for so long!
I’ve been watching from my windowsill,
Looking through my flowers and vine…
Having such a splendid time…”

In the middle of the 8-track
There’s a message if you play it backwards,
I’ve heard in a familiar song.

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
There is a secret doorway
That takes you through the foray…

(Solo)

(Chorus)

There is a secret doorway
That takes you through the foray

…Keep it between what you mean
And maybe, the whole world smiles
Keep it between what you mean
And maybe, the whole world smiles – with you…

(Coda)
I am thrilled that you would speak to me
Through a finely crafted big production song
A message meant only for me
A civilian, but to the band I must belong

Na, Na, Na, - Keep Talking
Na, Na, Na, - Keep Talking
Track Name: How?
How
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

4:20 Thursday evening
Stranded in my mind
Sometimes I think of leaving
All of this behind
All my deepest passion just gets in the way
When the world requires a dunsel to follow what they say

(Chorus)
How do you keep on living?
How do you carry on?
When enveloped by fear and weakness
How can you stay so strong?

There’s no who can help me
And I can’t help myself
And so I keep on striving
To become someone else
Someone whose accepted, someone who is loved
Become the other person who you are dreaming of

(Chorus)
How do you keep on living?
How do you carry on?
When enveloped by fear and weakness
How can you stay so strong?

(Solo)

(Chorus)
How do you keep on living?
How do you carry on?
When enveloped by fear and weakness
How can you stay so strong?


Repeat
Track Name: Life Was So Good
Life Was So Good
Words Music Richard Cummins

Life was so good and everything was wonderful
‘Till I saw through
Everything goes as everything should go
I was living for my own happiness

Chorus:
Where does life – where does it lead to?
Why are we here – is there a reason?
Life used to seem so clear…
Until I looked up to the sky
And began to wonder, ‘why?’

Life is confused, as everything becomes a question
Everything goes, but now I see behind it all;
I’m looking for a reason for everything

Chorus:
Where does life – where does it lead to?
Why are we here – is there a reason?
Life used to seem so clear…
Until I looked up to the sky
And began to wonder, ‘why?

SOLO

Chorus:
Where does life – where does it lead to?
Why are we here – is there a reason?
Life used to seem so clear…
Until I looked up to the sky
And began to wonder, ‘why?

Life was so good and everything was wonderful
‘Till I… met… Truth.

Life was so good…
Track Name: Just Like You
Just Like You
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

Just like you I’ve been waiting for an answer
Just like you I’ve been waiting on a prayer

(Chorus)
But I shouldn’t be upset at the time it takes
Heaven is a million miles away
And I can wait.
I can wait.

Just like you I’ve been waiting for the sun to shine
Just like you I’ve been waiting to get warm

(Chorus)

(Bridge #1)
Why waste another day, Waiting for the waves
To draw you into shore
Take hold of your own life, or somebody just might
Take it all away

(Solo)

Just like you I’ve been seeking new solutions
Just like you I’ve been knocking on doors

(Chorus)

(Bridge #2)
One day when the winters done
And the bitter heart sung it’s last song
When even your dreams seem like a dream
With a gallery of pictures in between
A gallery of pictures in between.

Just like you I’ve been waiting
Just like you I’ve been waiting
Track Name: Love (And I, Like One Who Is Blind)
LOVE


F#m B Bm
What could be in this heart of mine
Bm F#m A A/G
To catch attention of that, which is only Divine?
D/F# F A A/G
Though I stand among millions in line
D/F# E Bm Bm/A E
I feel like this love is all mine
E A
This love so kind

Chorus:
C#m D A E
Love - and I, like someone who is blind
C#m D A E
Love - in this darkness, your Son starts to shine

What could be in the heart of God
That could pull out such Grace,
In the eyes of the Law?
Though I stumble, and when I fall
He holds nothing back, but gives all
The heart of God

Love - and I, like someone who is blind
Love - in this darkness, your Son starts to shine

What could be in this heart of mine
To catch attention of that, which is only Divine...
Track Name: Sunny (Sunday)
Sunny Sunday
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

Sitting in a field in the middle of a Sunny Sunday
Soaking in the sun, loving everyone

Sitting in a field that’s never going to see Monday
Finally having fun, you’re only as young as you feel

(Chorus)
I know,
The world is turning so slow
Take my time
Knowing no one here is going to mind

Wandering around the world in a state of wonder
Hearing the peoples’ song, knowing I belong

Rising above the mess that pulled me under
Now there’s nothing wrong - everyone feel free to tag along

(Chorus)
I know,
The world is turning so slow
Take my time
Knowing no one here is going to mind

(Bridge)
All those around me
Still haven’t found me

(Solo)

Sitting in a field in the middle of a Sunny Sunday
Soaking in the sun, loving everyone

Sitting in a field that’s never going to see Monday
Finally having fun, you’re only as young as you feel –
And I –
Feel like the sun in the sky

Sitting in a field in the middle of a Sunny Sunday
(repeat)
Track Name: Moments
The lyrics to this instrumental are rife with years of life lived, experiences bad and good, tears and laughter. Being lost, being found, and fighting through it all at the end.
Track Name: Shine On You (Rain)
Shine on You
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

Now it seems to only rain
When before the sun came shining down
And I’m not one to complain

But I miss the times when you were around
And now my eyes have turned to clouds
And they just rain
Saltwater to the ground

Chorus:
I want you to know
That you can call on me anytime at all
All you gotta do is call
And I’ll be there

But for now I’ll take the rain
And use this time to pray for you
My friend
‘Cause I know this day of pain

Will have to come to an end
The clouds will go and the sun will shine again
Shine on you my friend

Solo

But for now I’ll take the rain
Yeah, for now I’ll take the pain
Track Name: Something Very Wrong
Something Very Wrong
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

Why can’t I sing, the words I want to sing?
Why can’t I play, the lines I want play?
There’s something very wrong

Why can’t I talk, the way I want to talk?
Why can’t I walk, the way I want to walk?
There’s something very wrong

Chorus:
There’s something
Tell me can you feel it?
There’s something
I just can’t believe it’s gone
It’s gone

Why can’t I pray, the things I want to pray
Why can’t I feel, like I did yesterday?
There’s something very wrong

Why can’t I see, the things I used to see
Where is my heart, did it fall off my sleeve?
There’s something very wrong

Chorus:

Bridge:
I just can’t pretend
That life never ends
I’m sinking in the sea
Could LOVE ever find me?

Why can’t I sing?
Why can’t I pray?
Why can’t I see?
Why can’t I talk?
Why can’t I sing?
Why can’t I pray?
Why can’t I see?
Why can’t I talk?
Track Name: Follow The Way Of love
Way of Love
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

Follow the way of love
As you eagerly desire spiritual gifts
Follow the way of love
As you eagerly desire spiritual gifts

And speak a word of prophecy to strengthen what remains
Speak a word of kindness to all those who live in pain
Seek and you shall find, a word will come to mind
To edify the church and give sight to the blind

Follow the way of love
As you eagerly desire spiritual gifts
Follow the way of love
As you eagerly desire spiritual gifts

And speak a word of prophecy to strengthen what remains
Speak a word of kindness to all those who live in pain
Seek and you shall find, a word will come to mind
To edify the church and give sight to the blind

SOLO

And speak a word of prophecy to strengthen what remains
Speak a word of kindness to all those who live in pain
Seek and you shall find, a word will come to mind
To edify the church and give sight to the blind

Follow the way of love 2x
Track Name: Julian
JULIAN
Words and music: Richard Cummins


Just a note, for Julian
I can’t IMAGINE how hard it has been
But I’ve seen you sneak a smile…
So I want to hear you laugh again

Just a note for Julian
Just remember, don’t make it SO BAD
You are standing on your own
And that is all THE MOVEMENT YOU NEED

So throw it away
Don’t hang on to what causes pain
There comes a time to give it away
So let it go

Just a note for Julian
It’s up to you, so DON’T LET ME DOWN
You are waiting on the crowd – but you should know
That they already love you

So throw it away
Don’t hang on to what causes pain
There comes a time to give it away
So let it go

Throw it away
This world seldom let’s things stay the same
I don’t know why men have to change
Can you let it go?

Just a note, for Julian
I can’t imagine how hard it has been
But I’ve seen you sneak a smile…
So I want to hear you laugh again
And so I want - to hear - you laugh again…Julian
Track Name: Inner Groove - CD Bonus
I couldn't see it any other way
The Man who wears the sandals
Leaving Footprints in the sand
Steps for me to follow
Leading to Another Land
Track Name: Life Was So Good - Bonus Remix Download Only
Life Was So Good
Words Music Richard Cummins

Life was so good and everything was wonderful
‘Till I saw through
Everything goes as everything should go
I was living for my own happiness

Chorus:
Where does life – where does it lead to?
Why are we here – is there a reason?
Life used to seem so clear…
Until I looked up to the sky
And began to wonder, ‘why?’

Life is confused, as everything becomes a question
Everything goes, but now I see behind it all;
I’m looking for a reason for everything

Chorus:
Where does life – where does it lead to?
Why are we here – is there a reason?
Life used to seem so clear…
Until I looked up to the sky
And began to wonder, ‘why?

SOLO

Chorus:
Where does life – where does it lead to?
Why are we here – is there a reason?
Life used to seem so clear…
Until I looked up to the sky
And began to wonder, ‘why?

Life was so good and everything was wonderful
‘Till I… met… Truth.

Life was so good…
Track Name: Something Very Wrong - Bonus Remix Download Only
Something Very Wrong
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

Why can’t I sing, the words I want to sing?
Why can’t I play, the lines I want play?
There’s something very wrong

Why can’t I talk, the way I want to talk?
Why can’t I walk, the way I want to walk?
There’s something very wrong

Chorus:
There’s something
Tell me can you feel it?
There’s something
I just can’t believe it’s gone
It’s gone

Why can’t I pray, the things I want to pray
Why can’t I feel, like I did yesterday?
There’s something very wrong

Why can’t I see, the things I used to see
Where is my heart, did it fall off my sleeve?
There’s something very wrong

Chorus:

Bridge:
I just can’t pretend
That life never ends
I’m sinking in the sea
Could LOVE ever find me?

Why can’t I sing?
Why can’t I pray?
Why can’t I see?
Why can’t I talk?
Why can’t I sing?
Why can’t I pray?
Why can’t I see?
Why can’t I talk?
Track Name: Just Like You - Bonus Remix Download Only
Just Like You
Words and Music: Richard Cummins

Just like you I’ve been waiting for an answer
Just like you I’ve been waiting on a prayer

(Chorus)
But I shouldn’t be upset at the time it takes
Heaven is a million miles away
And I can wait.
I can wait.

Just like you I’ve been waiting for the sun to shine
Just like you I’ve been waiting to get warm

(Chorus)

(Bridge #1)
Why waste another day, Waiting for the waves
To draw you into shore
Take hold of your own life, or somebody just might
Take it all away

(Solo)

Just like you I’ve been seeking new solutions
Just like you I’ve been knocking on doors

(Chorus)

(Bridge #2)
One day when the winters done
And the bitter heart sung it’s last song
When even your dreams seem like a dream
With a gallery of pictures in between
A gallery of pictures in between.

Just like you I’ve been waiting
Just like you I’ve been waiting
Track Name: Julian - Bonus Remix Download Only
JULIAN
Words and music: Richard Cummins


Just a note, for Julian
I can’t IMAGINE how hard it has been
But I’ve seen you sneak a smile…
So I want to hear you laugh again

Just a note for Julian
Just remember, don’t make it SO BAD
You are standing on your own
And that is all THE MOVEMENT YOU NEED

So throw it away
Don’t hang on to what causes pain
There comes a time to give it away
So let it go

Just a note for Julian
It’s up to you, so DON’T LET ME DOWN
You are waiting on the crowd – but you should know
That they already love you

So throw it away
Don’t hang on to what causes pain
There comes a time to give it away
So let it go

Throw it away
This world seldom let’s things stay the same
I don’t know why men have to change
Can you let it go?

Just a note, for Julian
I can’t imagine how hard it has been
But I’ve seen you sneak a smile…
So I want to hear you laugh again
And so I want - to hear - you laugh again…Julian
Track Name: Singing To Us While It Hurts - Bonus Original Mix Download Only
SINGING TO US WHILE IT HURTS
Lyrics and Music: Richard Cummins c.2006

I can’t wait to hear you sing, play your guitar,
And the joy you bring

And if you’d like, I’ll sing along
I really do like singing your songs

Pre Chorus:
But I just can’t help but shout aloud
Though I’m just one in this crowd
Watching all the moves you make
Never hearing a mistake
Wishing only I could be
Such a friend of jubilee

Chorus:
And I know you hate being so far away from home
Having to put this all first
I just wanted to say, “Thank you for stopping by”
And singing to us while it hurts (2x)

Now tonight I hear you sing,
But your guitar has a different ring

The songs you sing you sing alone
Thoughts wandering back to the hotel phone…

Still I just can’t help but shout aloud
As you play ‘slave’ to this crowd
Watching all the moves you make
Never seeing a mistake
Wishing only I could be
Such a friend of jubilee

And I know you hate being so far away from home
Having to put the song first
I just wanted to say, “Thank you for stopping by”
And singing to us while it hurts (2x)

Solo

And I know you hate being so far away from home
Selling CD’s and your shirts
I just wanted to say, “Thank you for stopping by”
And singing to us while it hurts (2x)