Not All Who Are Lost, Wander

by Richard Cummins

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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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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 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: A Simple Observation
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
Track Name: Another Morning
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
Track Name: Someday, Tomorrow, Eventually
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
Track Name: Saviour Soul
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
Track Name: Vultures (The Most Painful Parts)
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)
Track Name: Soul Driving
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
Track Name: Looking For An Answer (Fish On Your Shirt)
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
Track Name: You Would See Enough (If You Could See What I See)
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
Track Name: SAVE
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
Track Name: Brand New Day
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
Track Name: Just Amazed.
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
Track Name: Angels By My Side (Rock Version)
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
Track Name: Twinkling Of An Eye
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
Track Name: The Encounter - Finale Aria Cadenza
Oh…
My Lord
Wonderful Counsellor
Prince of Peace
Lover of my soul
Everlasting Father
Name above all others
My Redeemer
Almighty God

Almighty God