Essence of Love

by Laurece West

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    “Essence of Love” is a CD about the varieties of love and it's power.

    Laurece West's clear, sweet tone and improvisational jazz vocal style frolic through creatively reinterpreted pop, folk, & blues changes. She is a luminous channel for playful and poetic songs of personal transformation, spiritual celebration and love. To this mix, Laurece's band brings jazz virtuosity and world beat percussion: Kevin Van Sant (guitar), Doug Largent (upright bass) and Beverly Botsford (percussion.)

    Photos by Adam Sikora and Stan Barouh
    Design by Mark Saunders

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released March 20, 2013

Beverly Botsford - percussion, melodica
Doug Largent - upright bass
Kevin Van Sant - guitar
Laurece West - vocals, piano, marimba

All songs by Laurece West
Co-writers:
Planets Collide - Bill Right
Jasmine - Botsford, Largent & Van Sant
Essence of Love - Geoff Gersh & Seth Goldberg
I Love My Pets - Terry McCarthy

Produced by Laurece West
Arrangement ideas - Botsford, Largent & Van Sant
Recorded by John Wilson and Chris Peck at SPOT in Winston-Salem, NC and Jerry Kee at Duck-Kee Studio #8 in Mebane, NC
Mastered by Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering in Chapel Hill, NC
Photography - Laurece's pictures by Adam Sikora
Leaves by Stan Barouh
Design - Mark Saunders

℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
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Inspirational Folk-Jazz-World Beat

Laurece's clear tone & improv jazz vocal style frolic through creatively reinterpreted folk & blues changes. The band's jazz and world beat virtuosity lifts the sweet energy of her voice. She is a luminous channel for playful and poetic songs of personal transformation, spiritual celebration and love. ... more

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Track Name: Planets Collide
Planets Collide

Saturn’s rings radiate
burning comets disintegrate
particle clouds gather there and here
atoms dance in a dusty atmosphere
meteor showers sparkle in the sun rays
asteroids pass through the Milky Way
at the edge of the universe
stars fall into a dark center somewhere
while the rest expands
into the iris
of God’s eye
I will be there
I will be there for you
‘til planets collide
‘til planets collide

The Big Bear slowly rolls over
heavenly bodies keep true to their nature
Aurora lights go on display
orbits remain, gravity’s integrity at play
I hope to be true to me
and you can be the real you
on bonfire beaches
hidden by rolling dunes
lovers search for falling stars
and gaze at the moon
that urges the waves
and turns and turns the tides
I will be there
I will be there for you
‘til planets collide
‘til planets collide

Until the end of time
Galaxies and galaxies
Go on and on
I will be there
I will be there for you
‘til planets collide
‘til planets collide

Lyrics by Laurece West
Music by Laurece West and Bill Right
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
Track Name: Good Thing Goin' On
Good Thing Goin’ On

You got to side step those fools
with a bad attitude
You got to free yourself
from all that brings you down
Take it from me
Love is sweetly healing
And you’ve got a good thing goin’ on
Oh, yeah
You’ve got a good thing goin’ on

Downtown the boulevard
is all lit up tonight
I feel the summer breeze
caress my neck
You know I love it!
when you laugh out loud
‘cause you’ve got a good thing goin’ on
Yes indeed!
You’ve got a good thing goin’ on

You feel so alive!
There’s a dude on stage
blowin’ his saxophone
That lanky bass player’s
got a honey at home
So tickle those ivories
and give ‘em your toothy grin
‘cause you’ve got a good thing goin’ on
So be grateful!
You’ve got a good thing goin’ on

Music and Lyrics by Laurece West
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
Track Name: Cocoon
Cocoon

I know that this is my place
a phase I’ve avoided
I was scared of the quiet
afraid of the void
Within and without
I know it’s what I need
To rest and to change
to become what I am
A contemplative time
a going inside
cleansing and stretching
releasing the old skin
A new way to relate
to self and ideals
It actually feels warm
taking care of me
I’m expanding myself
opening to my glory
I’m preparing myself
to fly

Music & Lyrics by Laurece West
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
Track Name: Jasmine
Jasmine

This song is a lyrical collage. Inspired by Meher Baba's Beloved Mehera - the feelings she might have had as both an older woman and a young girl. The younger voice has ellipses...

Jasmine fills the air
...When I first saw you
...I felt shy
Sun beats down
Drink a cool glass of water
...I was attracted to your hands
...And your energy and your eyes
Mint and lime
All our days
Are etched in my mind
Etched in my heart
I look at our photograph
...I was so drawn to be with you
I shed a tear
A lifetime spent together
Now you’re not here
...Then you asked me to
You’ve gone away
...something fine
...come and spend time
Flown away
...together
Like a white horse
...You,
Running across the field
across the mountain, across the valley
across the miles
I walk in the garden
...Who knew,
And talk to people, to friends
...how long it would last
who ask about you
...To be with you
How very happy
Our time together was
So very happy
The boat ride
...Lifetime, days go by, lifetime
sun falling
...Lifetime together
pink and purple sky
...How long did I wait for this,
Raindrops fall and
...how long?
Clouds gather in the distance
...Only in dreams
Drunken raindrops fall
...Flying, flying, flying
...Through the centuries
Feeding the parched earth
The Omar tree, I see your face

Lyrics by Laurece West
Music by Botsford, Largent, Van Sant & West
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
Track Name: Essence of Love
Essence of Love

When I walk with you
then I know truth
When I talk with you
then I feel peace
And I’ll be better than I used to be
I’ll be more at home
And I’ll be kinder than I used to be
I won’t feel so all alone

Essence of Love
How can we help each other?
Essence of Love
I feel you are my brother

I am responsible
my own life I create
to not blame anyone
for what I think, do and say
And I’ll be better than I used to be
With grace I rise above
And I’ll be kinder than I used to be
I’ll be free to truly love

Essence of Love
I know that it’s been given
Essence of Love
You know, I feel forgiven

He hits his pain
so he acts out
She misbehaves
but she’s just hurt
What cut you off,
cut you off,
from who you really are?
They took your spark
Well take it back
Search easily, gently
for your Essence of Love
The fear you feel,
the fear I feel,
can’t exist in the presence
of the Essence of Love

Essence of Love
To see the best in everyone
Essence of Love
even when they’ve come undone
Essence of Love
How can we help each other?
Essence of Love
We all are sisters and brothers

My health, my strength,
my very survival
depends upon
the sweet revival
My health, my strength,
my very survival
depends upon
the sweet revival
of that one pure
flame of love
one pure
flame of love

Lyrics by Laurece West
Music by Laurece West, Geoff Gersh & Seth Goldberg
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
Track Name: Ocean
Ocean

I want the sea of love
to know us
hold us in her ocean
of love and devotion

I want you to feel so good
you make me happy
it’s easy loving you

We’re rolling in the ocean
back floating under a starry sky
holding hands you and I

I have your sweet company
I wanna to listen to your stories
and be your Morning Glory

We’re rolling in the ocean
back floating under a starry sky
holding hands you and I

We let the sea of love
float us in her ocean
of love and devotion

Music and Lyrics by Laurece West
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
Track Name: Fine Line
Fine Line

Take yourself to a place
where you’ve never been
Seems like a dreamstate
but you feel the wind
Look through the window
to the warmth fireside
Knock at the door
they welcome you inside
You know you’ve travelled
to a very special land
You’ll know your brother
by the ring on his hand
You’ll know your sister
by the light in her eyes
Step across that fine line
Step across that fine line

Colors become vivid
gardens grow lush
No one wants for anything
there is always enough
Expand your soul
or choose a thought to rearrange
It’s just an option
there’s no rush to change
From days out of focus
blind to the signs
Drifting through space
tumbling through time
The moment is now
open your mind
Step across that fine line
Step across that fine line
Anytime you find
you’ve got to unwind
You have the access
it’s now been divined
You hold the key
to where all is redefined
Step across that fine line
Step across that fine line

Music and Lyrics by Laurece West
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
Track Name: Lefty's Deceiver
Lefty’s Deceiver

It’s a sly little reaper
from a family of fear
And I get the urge to follow
when it whispers in my ear
But it will only leave me
cryin’ in my bed
That’s Lefty’s Deceiver
oh, that’s Lefty’s Deceiver

It stands right beside me
like an old faithful friend
Coaxing me convincingly
as I sleepwalk towards the edge
But it will only leave me
broken, hard to mend
that’s Lefty’s Deceiver
oh, that’s Lefty’s Deceiver

Fits like a glove
Mistaken for love
It gets strong to see me weak
Bleeding me, drowning me
losing energy…
Draggin’ me down
Ragin’, Ragin’, RAGIN’ on!

Hey I see through the veil
There’s damage down your trail
And things start to look nice
When I slip out of your vice
Now I want someone to hold me tight
But not you!
Not Lefty’s Deceiver
no, no, not Lefty’s Deceiver

Don’t pick up that receiver…It’s Lefty’s Deceiver

Music and Lyrics by Laurece West
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
Track Name: I Love My Pets
I Love My Pets

Oh I love my cat
And I love my dog
You know I had an Iguana once
named Irk
How ‘bout you…
Do you have any pets?
They make my life so wonderful
all that unconditional love
Even if you live alone
you come home
and there’s always love in the house

I love my pets
I love my pets
I love my pets

When I went to the shelter
all the cats were depressed
except for mine
She was sitting so tall
and sophisticated
and proud in her cage
I said let me try that one
let me hold that one
they took her out
and she just snuggled right up to me
And I said
this one’s mine…

I love my pets
I love my pets
I love my pets

My cat and my dog
came home from the shelter
at the same time
and they cuddle up together
and sleep together sometimes
they put their noses together
and sniff each other
I love sleeping with my cat
she curls up under the covers with me
mmm…

I love my pets
I love my pets
I love my pets

I never want to live with out pets
pets make my life so wonderful
all that unconditional love
when they smile
and roll around on the floor
you just got to rub that belly

Lyrics by Laurece West
Music by Laurece West & Terry McCarthy
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI
Track Name: Your Face
Your Face

You caress me
enfold me
hold me in your arms
your face is so beautiful
I am filled with your light

Peace comes to me
inside your grace
I taste tears of joy
your face is so beautiful
I am filled with your love

But it took me
so long to see
that you were always
right there for me

You find ways
to make laugh
and challenge me to play
your face is so beautiful
I am filled with your light

It’s our time
to be together
you say you were always mine
your face is so beautiful
I am filled with your love

But it took me
so long to see
that you were always
right there for me

Gently, so gently
your words come to me
healing me, touching me,
helping me feel

Gently, so gently
your voice comes to me
healing me, touching me,
helping me be

Gently, so gently
the sound comes to me
healing me, touching me,
helping me see

Music and Lyrics by Laurece West
℗ © 2013 Laurece West, Dhuni Tunes, BMI