Moments

by Richard Cummins

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1.
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)
2.
What you are hearing is Time Travel... You may come with me, but your safety is not gauranteed.
3.
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)
4.
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
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Hello 06:15
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
6.
How? 03:34
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
7.
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…
8.
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
9.
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...
10.
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)
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Moments 04:52
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.
12.
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
13.
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?
14.
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
15.
Julian 03:55
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
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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
17.
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…
18.
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?
19.
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
20.
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
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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)

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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

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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

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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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