Better Now (New Dharma Pop)

by Brian Kimmel

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Soldier 03:45
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Home 05:26
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Miracle 03:52
Every day is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. So you want to see a miracle. Just look inside of you. Life is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. You don't have to be unusual. Just be you. You're the miracle. "Hello anger, hello. Are you a wandering soul? Let me take you in my arms so you don't have to dance alone." Life is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. You don't have to be unusual. Just be you. You're the miracle. I know life can seem cruel. But it's mostly up to you. Don't despair you will find your way. Life is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. You don't have to be unusual. Just be you. You're the miracle. Life is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. You don't have to be unusual. Just be you. You're the miracle. The miracle is you. The miracle of you. The miracle is you.
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Better Now, a collection of Piano-Driven Dharma Pop songs I have sung at mindfulness retreats in the United States over the past four years. Songs that have been with me on tour, some for over two decades. Some fresh out of the song-makers oven.

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released October 18, 2019

[An incomplete listing of all the people and credits for this album. Please come back for more details or volunteer to help scribe this information here.]

1. SOLDIER (2020)

I don’t want to be a soldier
And feed the bleeding wounds of war
I don’t want to be
The recklessness of hearts
The laughter, joy, compassion torn

I don’t want to leave our hunger
The last remaining toils of peace
I don’t want to be a hero
I want to be your...

Ooh oo ooh oo oo ooh ooh
ooh oo ooh ooh ooh oo ooh

I don’t want to build a fortress
To take the freedom from my heart
I don’t want to see the cause of pain
Then lead us all away from home

I don’t want to be a prisoner
And lock these worries in my womb
I don’t want to be a savior
I want to be your...

Ooh oo ooh oo oo ooh ooh
ooh oo ooh ooh ooh oo ooh

I want to tell my sister
My mother father too
The gifts in life are plenty
The choice to grow and change

I want our generation
To heal the bleeding wounds of war
I want to be your freedom
I want to be your...

Ooh oo ooh oo oo ooh ooh
ooh oo ooh ooh ooh oo ooh

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Chords:
Intro - G Am Bb
Verse - G F G F G F G F
Chorus (the Ooohs) - G C/G Bb G

Music and lyrics by Brian Kimmel.
Copyright ©1999, 2018 by Brian Otto Kimmel.
Recorded at Sophia Hat Studios, Seattle, WA.
Keyboards, Vocals - Brian Kimmel. Music production - Chris Spencer, Caleb Kronen.

Bass, Drums, Percussion, Caleb Kronen. Guitar, Chris Spencer. Synth, Daniel Higgins.

2. Faith In Love
[Refrain:] Sometimes I walk alone /
When I feel like cryin' /
Sometimes I dream when I'm wide awake /
When I've lost what I've forgotten //

[Chorus:] Keep on lovin' /
Keep standin' tall / Keep remindin' each other /
That we're all already here now /
Keep your faith in love //

[Refrain:] Sometimes I can't remember when /
We would walk together holdin' hands /
Sometimes just like the other day /
You would stop to smile and say //

[Chorus:] Keep on lovin' /
Keep standin' tall / Keep remindin' each other /
That we're all already here now /
Keep your faith in love //

[Bridge] Every time I close my eyes /
I remember who I am /
And every time I close my eyes /
I think of the friends I've lost and found again //

[Chorus:] Keep on lovin' /
Keep standin' tall / Keep remindin' each other /
That we're all already here now /
Keep your faith in love //


3. Take These Arrows Out

Every being in this mad time lives with an arrow in its heart,
so said Gautama Buddha.

Learn to take these arrows out,

he said, then help others

do the same.

Hate, fear, and anger he said, are like a second arrow beside the first.

Take them out! Take these arrows out. Take them out. Take them out.

Every being in this mad time lives with an arrow in its heart,
so said Gautama Buddha.

Learn to take these arrows out,

he said, then help others

do the same.

Hate, fear, and anger he said, are like a second arrow beside the first.

Take them out! Take these arrows out. Take them out. Take them out.

There’s no time to argue the fine points of archery. Move out into the world as wounded healers.
The world needs this medicine: the strength of your dream, your slowness to judge,
your quickness to bless.

Take them out! Take these arrows out. Take them out. Take them out.

Take them out! Take these arrows out. Take them out. Take them out.

Take them out. Take these arrows out.

Adapted from a poem Copyright by John Snyder. Lyrics adapted, recorded and performed by permission of the Snyder Family, Kathy and . Music by Brian Kimmel. Copyright2018 by Brian Kimmel. Lyrics adaptation by Brian Kimmel. Keys and Vocals by Brian Kimmel.

4. RETURN TO LOVE
Remember who you are. Remember where you come from. Every in-breath is a time for waking up. Every out-breath is a time for letting go. Don't hold back ‘cause this is it. Return your mind to your body. Return your heart to love. Feelings, they come and go like clouds in a windy sky. And every in-breath is a time for waking up. And every-out breath is a time for letting go. Don't hold back cause this is it. Return your mind to your body. Return your heart to love. It's not too late! It's not to soon! Even heartache can be calmed and cooled. So don't hold back, ‘cause this is it. Return your mind to your body. Return your heart to love. Every in-breath is a time for waking up. Every out-breath is a time for letting go. Don't hold back ‘cause this is it. Return your mind to your body. Return your heart to love. Return to love.

5. Home

On the second of this loss I found myself in trouble
And I'm broken down in the city I know I'm a stranger of
Lost my love in a fire and I kept myself in a haze
And I drove all night in circles on that sand I called my fate

Chorus: [GFD(descending 54)[DD7D6]
And I love to see you in my dreams
And I love to know you even so slightly
And every minute I grow more than I've ever
Home is closer than you think

Refrain:
(Piano right-hand octave higher from middle C)
All the boomers and their gold at the end of last century
Are now called to witness all we've been unable to seize
I'm a captive to the scent of the ones I care about
And I grow up on the anchor of our love

Chorus: GAD(descending 87654)
And I know my arms can be crueler than they seem
And we can regain heart
Every second we grow more than we've ever
[GAD]
And home is closer than we think
Home is closer than we think
Home is closer than we think

Bridge: [GABmAG][GD(descending 87654)][GA
I know I've been a fool for love
Cryin all this time
I know I've been weak for love
Only love can help us through

Refrain:
Hearts beatin steady beneath the earth of the ones I care about
We'll meet you across the river when it's time
Our Hearts beatin faster now I know our time has surely come
for us to love earth and rise closer to the sun

Chorus: [FGCC7, FGCC7, FGAG, C descending5432]
And I know our arms can be crueler than they seem
And I know we can regain heart
Every second we grow more than we've ever
And home is closer than we think
Home is closer than we think
Home is closer than we think

6. Love's Garden
Music & Lyrics by Brian Otto Kimmel. ©2016 by Brian Kimmel.
℗2017 by Brian Kimmel. All rights reserved. Music Production:

Love is a garden we tend throughout our lives
Love is a garden
I'll plan to meet you there
Every moment is precious as it is
Every breath is a heart and a soul wrapped in your palms
Wherever you are we'll meet in the garden of our love
Lay your body close to mine and say you'll never leave
Lay your body close to mine and say you won't be long
Every moment is precious as it is
Every breath is a heart and a soul wrapped in your palms
Wherever you are we'll meet in this garden of our love
Love has a heart that keeps on beatin'
No matter if your faith is weak or strong
Love has a heart that keeps on givin'
When all hope was tried and now is done
Love is a garden/ we tend throughout our lives
Love is a garden
I'll plan to meet you there
Every moment is precious as they come
Every breath is a heart and a
soul wrapped in your palms
Please remember we meet
in this garden of our love

7. MIRACLE - Every day is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. So you want to see a miracle. Just look inside of you. Life is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. You don't have to be unusual. Just be you. You're the miracle. "Hello anger, hello. Are you a wandering soul? Let me take you in my arms so you don't have to dance alone." Life is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. You don't have to be unusual. Just be you. You're the miracle. I know life can seem cruel. But it's mostly up to you. Don't despair you will find your way. Life is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. You don't have to be unusual. Just be you. You're the miracle. Life is a miracle. We're walking on the earth. You don't have to be unusual. Just be you. You're the miracle. The miracle is you.

8. Tied A Ribbon 'Round the Moon

I tied a ribbon 'round the moon
Close your eyes and you will see
All the colors of your soul live
within a beautiful pearl
I tied a ribbon 'round the moon
Close your eyes and make believe
What's inside your fairy tale
lives a bright and shimmering me

[piano interlude]

I tied a ribbon 'round the moon
Close your eyes and you will see
All the colors in a pearl
live within both you and me

In your hands are my hands
In your tears are my tears
In your smile is my smile
So don't cry
Don't shed a tear
Dry your eyes little bird

[piano bridge]

In your hands are my hands
In your tears are my tears
In your smile is my smile
So don't cry
Don't shed a tear
Dry your eyes little bird
Dry your eyes little bird
Today is a beautiful day
Is a beautiful day
Is a beautiful day

Dry your eyes little bird
Today is a beautiful day

All music and lyrics by Brian Otto Kimmel. Copyright2004Published2018 by Brian Kimmel. All rights reserved. BMI. Bass and music production by Caleb Kronen. Piano and vocals by Brian Kimmel. Engineered by SophiaHat Studios, by Jeremy Wesley of Wesley Media.

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Cross-genre Curator of Truths, Brian Kimmel (Bk for short), offers Piano-Driven Dharma Art, Permissive Movement and Guest Teachings throughout the year. They are a musician-songwriter, mental health counselor, bodyworker, and movement educator from the Seattle area, land of Coast Salish Peoples. See their website and subscribe for more details. ... more

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