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For Everything That's Good

by Travis Knapp

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1.
I Will 04:30
"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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Surrender 02:06
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
6.
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?
7.
Big Healing 04:13
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
8.
Wake up, wake up There's nothing to be done But you don't want to miss this
9.
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
10.
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
11.
Golden Trail 11:54
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

about

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.

credits

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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