Love Is Here

by Commodore Callahan

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Commodore Callahan debut album features Tammy Hall on piano and vocals, Don Kane on bass, vocals and clarinet, Lauren Speeth on vocals and backup instruments, and Josh Workman on guitar and vocals. Bay Area mainstays and friends for decades, their bond informs the cohesiveness of their instruments and dynamics of their compositions. Their passion for hope and change is palpable to the ear.

Described as ‘new-thought, upbeat spiritual music with a timeless retro/gospel/R&B feel,’ each track was composed with the ideals of keeping hope through challenge, finding compassion and synchronicity in difference, and seeking out love, peace, and spirituality. Tammy Hall’s piano flows with bright notes and the multiple voices of Commodore Callahan and guest singers are earthy, soulful, and inspiring. In chorus with the vision of the group’s members, several of the album’s 11 tracks are dedicated to NGOs that promote social change through the betterment of communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles and beyond. Some of the songs are connected to larger projects that work to change the world for the better:

• “Garden in my Soul” is dedicated to Boys Hope Girls Hope as well as to the soulful civil rights performer Odetta.

• “Voices Home,” is dedicated to The Carter Center, www.cartercenter.org. The work speaks to the concept that beneath skin-deep differences and beyond the language barriers, all of us share common hopes, dreams and yearnings.

• “Resurrection” is dedicated to Peter Young (and his Housing Industries and Treatement) whose innovative approach has proven for 50 years that it’s never too late for resurrection.

• “In Canada (No One's Poor)” was inspired by a story that takes place in Calgary, Canada—a sparkly gem of a city with a homelessness problem. The story is of a young woman who found a Christmas dinner at her front door, but her boyfriend’s mother didn’t believe such a story could be true in Canada, because the sort of poverty that would inspire such charity is only found in the USA.

• "Wave Rider" was inspired by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is effective with pain, prisons and inner cities, and is dedicated to Stanford’s Project Compassion.

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released June 4, 2009

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Track Name: One Way Track
Riding backwards on a train in a sleeper car, you see where you’ve been and where you are.
You’re surprised by tunnels, don’t know where they’ll end. Better trust the ride ‘til then.

Weeping cherry, willow weeps, everything ends and nothing keeps.
You want to to make it right, but you can’t go back; just a one way ticket on a one way…
Weeping cherry, willow weeps, everything ends and nothing keeps.
Don’t hold on, don’t look back, it’s just a one way ticket on a one way track.

Lift my eye to the candy cotton sky, ‘til that destination station, just passing by.
And every highway song for this trip we’re on goes “reach out, and sing along.”
Weeping cherry…
We see the graffiti but we’re speeding too fast to read the meaning and the message as we roll on past.
And there’s nothing outside that you can take from this ride, so pay attention to what lasts.
Weeping cherry…
Track Name: Love Is Here
Love is here, waiting for you (oh yes it is). Love is here, waiting for you.
Woke up every day and wondered: what would come my way, and under what, what disguise?
But I felt sorrow’s stings, arrows and slings… and so I closed my eyes.
In your arms, so wide, I feel a sky open inside,
lifting me up, making things right, darkness to light, day from the night.

Love is here...

Fall into the stream, swim through the air, it’s like a dream, cast all your cares away.
Deep and endless well: heaven or hell? Who is to say?
Whispering the words ‘I love you’ - have you heard?
Ringing out clear, listen you’ll hear, and the best part – no need to fear.

Love is here...

Love is here, release your fear, waiting for you, my love is true.
Track Name: Rescue Me
My friends all love me, but they go their own way when the day is through,
so I work to exhaustion, to forget whether I may be feeling anything.
My brave face in a jar, my thoughts chase ‘round in circles after you.
Though I pass through raging rivers I call out to you, can you hear me sing?

Rescue me! Send me more than a postcard, send yourself to me.
Turn my thoughts from the past and let me be happy.
Rescue me, rescue me, rescue me.
‘Cause I know through the sorrow love can rescue tomorrow.
So rescue me, rescue me, rescue me!

I dread the blue sky; she’s so heavy when there’s not a cloud in sight.
Oppressive, open, vast, wide emptiness, just aching for a friend.
I need a cloud to put things right, to shelter me until the coming night.
One cloud breathes out the other breathes him in, she’s beautiful again.

Rescue me...

I sit in silent solitude, the solace that I seek still eludes.
One word from you could melt the wax around my heart, just like the sun.
And if I wander down that dark and dangerous road, will you call me back, will you?
And if I fall through a glass darkly, will you come find me and call me your ‘forever one?’

Rescue me...
Track Name: Resurrection
I’ve been so down I couldn’t look up, lower than low, Lord take away this bitter cup.
I could not see the damage in my wake, the footprints of my selfish climb, my friendships at stake.

Well, it’s never too lateand for resurrection (come on, and resurrect me, yeah).
It’s never too late for resurrection, new life’s waiting for you (it’s waiting).

I made some choices I’d like to take back. My heart is beating, but it’s beaten blue and black.
A deep secret pain that’s hidden from view... calls out for healing, and to try something new.

It’s never too late for resurrection (come on, come on... set me free).
It’s never too late for resurrection (never too late) new life’s waiting for you (waiting for me).

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal; Love’s already here for you, unconditional and real.

Can you see Jesus facing his death, claiming the victory with his last breath: ‘
Father forgive, they know not what they do;’ loving forgiveness pours out on me and you.

It’s never too late for resurrection. It’s never too late for resurrection. New life’s waiting for you.

So come on and take the love, take the love that’s given to you, to me and your sisters and your brothers.
It’s waiting there. It’s never too late. Never, never, yeah. It’s never too late, not for a resurrection. It’s a
resurrection. Can you see, can you see Jesus is waiting there. Hold out your hand and receive the light, come on
receive the light shining on you. I’m grateful for my resurrection, cause it’s never too late for a resurrection. Oh
listen, people, it’s never too late for a resurrection
Track Name: Wave Rider
Riding the waves of my breathing, follow it in and back out again,
gently, rising and falling, rising and falling. Riding the waves of my breathing.

With each new breath, a fresh new start, nourishing my body and my heart,
and every breath out a chance to… let it be.
Release the worry, release the fear. Back to my breath, I am present here.
Fear and pain, that’s not my whole story.

I won’t let my mind take me down, won’t let the past or the future toss me around.
There is freedom right here inside of me.
I can come right back to breath if I’m swept away, and each time I practice I’m learning to stay,
gain a sense of inner harmony.

Riding the waves...
Track Name: Divine Harmony
Grounded, in our gratitude - Lifted, lifted by Your love
And we can’t help singing, simple and true: Holy Is the Lord

Holy holy is the Lord
Track Name: Love
I want to fly free on wings of love, and I want to sail the sea on winds of love.
My soul be cleansed in a river of love. So to my friends I’m a giver of love.

Reach for a cloud… love is rain, giving a forest for a desert of pain.
Astonishing grace, welcome friend, spirit of mercy, you are whole once again .

I want to fly free...

To sing love’s song beautiful and true, in every word and all that I do.
Blind to all darkness and fear, deaf to the noise that makes love’s voice unclear.

I want to fly free...
Track Name: Voices Home (Prayer)
God of everyone, we celebrate your name.
Teach us to make earth like heaven.
Blessing us each day, we trust you to sustain.
Help us to forgive and guide us how to live.
Teach us to make earth like heaven.
Trespasses and debts forgive as we forgive.
Harm, shelter us from harm, lead us from the shadow of death.

Lead us to good paths. And when we fall astray,
Come to our rescue, alleluia Lord we pray.
Track Name: Garden In My Soul
I will grow a garden, I will grow a garden,
I will grow a garden, grow a garden in my soul.

Peace grows in my garden, peace grows in my garden,
peace grows in my garden, grows in the garden in my soul.

Hope …
Truth …
Love ...
Joy …
Justice ...
Patience …
Kindness …
Compassion …
Forgiveness …

I will grow a garden, I will grow a garden,
I will grow a garden, grow a garden in my soul.
Track Name: In Canada (No One's Poor)
I will grow a garden, I will grow a garden,
I will grow a garden, grow a garden in my soul.

Peace grows in my garden, peace grows in my garden,
peace grows in my garden, grows in the garden in my soul.

Hope …
Truth …
Love ...
Joy …
Justice ...
Patience …
Kindness …
Compassion …
Forgiveness …

I will grow a garden, I will grow a garden,
I will grow a garden, grow a garden in my soul.
Track Name: Fairy Tale End
Stars in the garden of love and laughter, where hearts never harden, forever and after,
Dragons to keep you, soft wind in your sails, where roads rise to meet you, and love never fails.
Our magic castle, it’s been sold; guess I can’t spin straw to gold.
Three years I waited – will you want me again? Anticipated… some fairy tale end.
A thousand paper cuts in a heart of dry ice; fractured fiction, of our own device.
Now you’re over me, your ring’s on her hand, and I hope you and she have a fairy tale end.

Stars in the garden…

Once you built me a palace that felt like a cage. I was so sad, you were so full of rage.
I may still love you, like I loved you back then, but I hope you two can have a fairy tale end.
A thousand thorns surround this stone heart. If I let them go… it might break apart.
But I see clear blue skies in the eyes of a friend, and I just might try for a fairy tale end.

Stars in the garden …