For Everything That's Good

by Travis Knapp

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Upbeat and positive acoustic folk-soul songs written on banjo during a 4-month bicycle tour around the country. Travis Knapp's second album (a followup to 2013's Bright New Way), featuring his layered vocal harmonies, banjo, guitar, piano, hand percussion, acoustic bass, overtone singing, healing bowls, and spoken word; includes guest performances of spoken word poetry, harmonica, and acoustic bass.


From the inside cover:
This collection of songs is dedicated to everyone walking the path of this life to become ever more grateful, finding voice with which to share joy and with which to stand up for everything that's good. Moving always forward, we are never alone, and there is much to celebrate.
The majority of these songs were written while bicycling the hills, mountains, lakes, streams, fields, and forests of the US, banjo in tow. I owe much gratitude to everyone who offered their generous support over the course of these travels. I am also grateful to the friends and family who have funded the creation of this album.

Particular and tremendous thanks are owed to Linda who not only painted the stunning artwork on these pages, but also helped to shape much of the music with her honest and encouraging feedback. Nate's gifted ear and audio craftwork were an indispensable factor in the sound of this entire piece of work. My Body Mind family is completely humbling and inspiring in their constant service and devotion to truth and beauty. And bountiful gratitude is due to my now expanding blood family - this album is of course for my beautiful baby nieces Lila and Morgan.

"One More Time" is an adaptation of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Words Before All Else, Greetings and Thanks to the Natural World. It is intended as a reminder that no matter how our paths may diverge, we have all come from the same magnificent place.

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released October 1, 2014

All songs written by Travis Knapp (Spoken poetry in “None of Us is Alone” written by David Domes)
All vocal and instrumental (banjo, piano, guitar, djembe, cajon, keyboard, acoustic bass) performances by Travis Knapp, except where otherwise noted

All tracks mixed and mastered by Nate Silas Richardson at REP Studio (Ithaca, NY - www.repstudio.com)
All tracks recorded and pre-mixed by Travis Knapp at Body Mind Restoration Studio (Danby, NY)

All illustration by Linda Wingerter (www.paintedbooks.com)
Packaging design and layout by Pat Burke

1. I Will - Jon Crawford, harmonica
2. Straight Up Ahead
3. None of Us is Alone - David Domes, spoken word
4. Find Your Voice
5. Surrender
6. What We Gonna Do
7. Big Healing - Nate Silas Richardson, acoustic bass
8. Morning Forest
9. One More Time - Nate Silas Richardson, acoustic bass
10. I Love My Life
11. Golden Trail - Desmond Bratton, acoustic bass

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Travis Knapp Ithaca, New York

"Hopeful soul-lifting acoustic folk music rooted in pop, jazz, soul, and gospel - piano/banjo/guitar/vocals; from the fields, forests, ponds, and meadows of Ithaca, NY."

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Track Name: I Will
"I Will"

When the road becomes too long
And you start to feel alone
You wonder why you've gone
And there ain't no way to go home

Then suddenly a ray
A glimmer from inside
You remember why you came
You remember all your pride

It's a smile from a stranger
It's a present from a child
It's a letter from an old friend
Or a moment in the wild


I will stand up, and
I will be strong, and
I will give my life
To know I'm loved
I'll give my soul, and
I'll give my song, and
I'll give everything
To share this love

Humbled on the ground
What else can be done?
Remember you are found
And pass the feeling on

I will stand up, and
I will be strong, and
I will give my life
To know I'm loved
I'll give my soul, and
I'll give my song, and
I'll give everything
To share this love

I'll trust the path, and
I'll trust my friends, and
I will trust in the one thing
That never will end
I'll fill my heart, and
I'll light your way, and
All our voices will shine
With the words that we say

Confess, confess your darknesses
Let them wash away
Carried by the wind and rain
Now we're free to say

I will stand up, and
I will be strong, and
I will give my life
To know I'm loved
I'll give my soul, and
I'll give my song, and
I'll give everything
To share this love

I'll trust the path, and
I'll trust my friends, and
I will trust in the one thing
That never will end
I'll fill my heart, and
I'll light your way, and
All our voices will shine
With the words that we say
Track Name: Straight Up Ahead
Straight up ahead
Is where you are going
Straight up ahead
Is all you need to know

Your legs may be dead
But your heart is still burning
Get out of your head
And into your bones

The fire is fed
The wheels the they are turning
The embers are red
And we are going home

Nowhere to go but up from here
Nowhere to go but up
Nowhere to go, we've lost all fear
Nowhere to go but up
Track Name: None of Us is Alone
None of us is alone, none of us is alone, none of us is alone

I'll give you four beats to recall the song
Of every good friend who has come along
And every good lover who has done you wrong, I know

I'll give you four days to return to bliss
I bet you never thought it would come to this
Your mama never told you you would have to miss them all

Winter feels longer every single year
The song of those birds that you long to hear
Is never gonna come 'til you shed some tears, leave some

Every cycle, every breath
Every life is bound for death
Every challenge is not a test, find freedom

None of us is alone, none of us is alone, none of us is alone

Not a single one of us is going through
A separate kind of a life, that would never do
Every single soul is connected to the rest

Reach your hands out to the side
Feel your heart beating, remember you're alive
All of us breathing under one big sky, so blessed

When you're down or feeling free
We're here for you, you're here for We
Let it all go, bow and receive assistance

I want everyone to be here and I wonder why
It's a big old planet but it's not too wide
Bodies far apart, but souls aren't strung by distance

[spoken]
When I was eight years old
My Grandmother died
But I can still hear her voice telling me,
"You never know how hard
Life has been for someone,
So always be kind to them."

Like this my Grandmother lives with me,
And like this I'm never alone.

The thousand faces of people I have known
Imprinted into my being
Like stars into the night sky.
I hear a banjo and
My brother is beside me singing;
A science-fiction book puts me
Into my boyhood best friends' bedroom;
A red apron reminds me of
The first time my heart was broken.

I was 20 years old, and the pain was real
I sat beside a lake and cried
But I wasn't alone because
That's part of being alive.
See, Love feels the same to you as it does to me,
And Pain feels the same to me as it does to you -
It's what connects us as human beings.

So on a cold night
When there's a man on a street corner
Who life's been hard to,
My Grandmother's kindness comes to me,
And with my hands,
She buys him a hot cup of coffee
For a cold night on a city street,
The stars shining somewhere brightly above us

In sacred remembrance that
Even though life can sometimes be hard,
None of us is alone.

None of us is alone, none of us is alone, none of us is alone
Track Name: Find Your Voice
You snuck in while I was all alone
Singing for myself
And my friends were there
The old ones and the new

And though I'd never seen your face
Something in the air had changed
And every word I sang could come true
Amazing grace is you

Introduced with one embrace
Still I had not seen your face
But I knew I was home
And you were too

Five of us sang into the night
And nothing ever felt so right
Then you sang the songs only you knew
And when you sing, it's so true,
The way you sing is so true

You hear songs from deep inside the earth
And when you sing them, I know she is heard
Heavenly angel, find your voice on earth
Holding spirit, giving sound to word

You snuck in while I was all alone
Like you seem to do
And every word I sang could come true
Amazing grace is you
Track Name: Surrender
This banjo is a machine that
Surrounds hate
And forces it to
Surrender

It does so with all of its tones, from
Calm and Forceful to
Wild and Tender

Now is the time
My Brothers
My Sisters
My Family
Now is the time to
Step into those shoes, and
For everything that's good
Become a defender

Deliveries of
Hatred, greed
Anger, and violence
Will no longer be received
They will instead be
Transformed, discarded, and marked
"Return to Sender"

This here banjo
Just like Pete Seeger's was
And is always going to be
This banjo is a machine
Carefully and lovingly designed to
Surround hate, and
Allow it to
Surrender
Track Name: What We Gonna Do?
What we gonna do with this new-born child,
What we gonna do with this child?

Hold her in our Arms so she'll always feel Safe,
Hold her in our Arms night and day

Take her to the Mountain so she can breathe that Air,
Take her to the Mountain way up there

What we gonna do with this new-born child,
What we gonna do with this child?

Take her to the Forest and lay her in the Leaves
Let her crawl around between the Trees

Take her to the Ocean so she can taste the Sea,
Take her to the Ocean to be free

What we gonna do with this new-born child,
What we gonna do with this child?

Feed her on the Soil of the the Garden and the Farm
Raise her up to never do no harm

Feed her on the Breast of the Mother who gave her birth
Nothing but the Best from this Earth

What we gonna do with this new-born child,
What we gonna do with this child?

Set her on a Horse so she will learn to Ride
Help her find the Strength that's inside

Sing her Lullabies and Songs of Grateful Hope
Raise her up so Joy is all she knows

What we gonna do with this new-born child,
What we gonna do with this child?
Track Name: Big Healing
Oh, Honey, it's big up here!
Oh, Honey it's big!

Big old healing goin' on up here
Big old healing goin' on

Up above our heads and up above the clouds
Oh, Honey it's big!
Tell it to me soft or tell it to me loud
oh, Honey, it's big!

Big old healing goin' on up here
Big old healing goin' on

You sing your song and I'll sing along,
Oh, Honey it's big!
Bigger than you could ever see from down there
Oh, Honey it's big!

Big old healing goin' on up here
Big old healing goin' on

You sing your song, and I will dance,
Oh, Honey it's big!

Big old healing goin' on up here, there's a
Big old healing goin' on
Track Name: Morning Forest
Wake up, wake up
There's nothing to be done
But you don't want to miss this
Track Name: One More Time
One more time, one more time, one more time we are gathered
One more time, one more time today,
(For all the Love that's still around us)
One more time, one more time, with hearts and minds together
Let us send our Greetings and our Thanks

To Each Other as People, we see the cycles of life go on
May we always live in balance and harmony
We give thanks to our Mother the Earth, whose body we walk upon
And who gives us all that we could ever need

To the Water in all its forms from the ocean to our sink
Water is life that quenches thirst and washes us new
To the Fish who cleanse and purify the water that we drink
And who give themselves to us as our food

To the Plants upon this earth, for the wonders that they work
Absorbing and transforming the sun into life
We are grateful for those who still know how the Medicines can serve
in the Garden, in the shade, and in the light

We turn our gratitude and thanks to all of the Animals now
We are glad they are here for they have so much to teach
To the Trees for their shelter, their fruit, their beauty, and so we bow
Great symbol of strength and great symbol of peace

Now our hearts can fly with the Birds who remind us to enjoy
Soaring and singing all of our days
To the Four Winds that blow, cleaning the air, and the seasons that they employ,
To the Thundering Grandfathers whose Lightning brings change

On our knees we welcome in our eldest brother the Sun, source of fire
Every day without fail he travels the sky
Grandmother Moon, leader of women, who guides the birth of all children
Who lights up the night, marking time, and changing the tides

To the Stars that scatter across the sky, and guide us home at night
And remind us that we are oh so very small
We bow before the Enlightened Teachers who have come to share the light
How to live in harmony, reminding us all

To the Creator, Great Spirit, great thanks for the gifts of this Creation
All we need is here, and the love around us is here to stay
We have come to the end of our words, if something was forgotten
May everyone give thanks in their own ways
Track Name: I Love My Life
I love my life,
Let me tell you 'bout
I love my life

I love the people in my life
I love the plants in my life
Every day growing more of them
Every day growing more of them

I love my life
I've got music every night
Music every night if I want to
Music every night if I want to
Music every night if I want to, yeah
And I want to

I love my life
I love my love my love my life
I love my life, I love my life

Let me tell you, I love my life
I love the snow in the day
I love the moon in the night
I love the world everywhere that I go
I love the people everywhere that I meet

I love my life
I love my life
Track Name: Golden Trail
As you walk the golden trail
Give your feet to it
Maybe no one understands
Give your heart to it

Feel the hands upon your back
Pushing you ahead
Paradise before you lays
Do not be afraid

You are free
You are free

As you walk the golden trail
Give your feet
Give your heart
Give your mind
Give your self