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Power Flower

Release Date: October 23, 2020
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Gillian Margot – voices
Ingrid Jensen – trumpet (tracks 1, 7)
Seamus Blake – soprano saxophone (track 3)
Ben Butler – guitar (tracks 4, 6)
Geoffrey Keezer – piano, keyboards
Richie Goods – bass
Billy Kilson – drums (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
Mark Whitfield Jr. – drums (tracks 1, 4)
Munyungo Jackson – percussion (tracks 2, 4)
LIZEN Strings of Highland Park (tracks 1, 6)

Dedicated to birth of Malcolm R. McMillan-Keezer (2017) and to the memory of Kenneth R. McMillan (1937-2019)

Produced by Gillian Margot
Track 1 arranged by Gillian Margot McMillan
Tracks 2 & 5 arranged by Gillian Margot McMillan and Geoffrey Keezer
All vocals recorded without use of any pitch correction technology
Recorded by Aaron Nevezie and Todd Carder in 2017, 2018, 2019 at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, New York
Strings recorded by Jeremy Miller in Los Angeles, California
Mastered by Alex DeTurk
Cover Artwork painted by Tokio Aoyama
Photography by Deneka Peniston
Graphic design by Kaya Marks

Special thanks to  Alexa Dumont, Lawrence Hill, Derek Hook, Ingrid Jensen, Joon Lee, Lucia Micarelli, David Palmer, Jeremy Pelt, Chuck Perrin, Kirk Ross, Sybil Walker, Jon Wikan

© COPYRIGHT AND PUBLISHED 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DUPLICATION OR REPRODUCTION IS PROHIBITED BY LAW. ROPEADOPE, LLC  |  USA.

Original Lyrics

Now Is Where You Were (When It Was Now)

Lyrics by Gillian Margot
Music by Wayne Shorter

Buddha said: Tell me what you see
And he said: Tell me what you hear
The sound of your mind
Do you seek from within
Not from without for the truth?
‘Cause that’s what you should do

Tell me what you heard when it was now
All the lessons you might have learned
When it was now
Tell me what you heard
Tell me what you saw when it was now
All conclusions you might have drawn
When it was now

Don’t believe what you see
believe what he says
Or believe what you hear
To find the truth look within yourself

It’s not the end, it’s the journey
Find out for yourself what is true and what is for real
Peace is within you
Don’t believe anything you see
Don’t believe what he tells you
Don’t believe what you hear

Now is where you were
When it was

Hear the sound of the new
the sound of the old
Hear the sound of your soul
To find the truth look within yourself

It’s not the end, it’s the journey
Find out for yourself what is true and what is for real
Peace is within you
Hear the sound of your own heartbeat
It is part of the journey
Hear the sound of your soul

All the lessons you might not have learned
Draw from what you know inside
Be where
You are
For now
You see
When it was

This Night

Lyrics by Gillian Margot
Music by Gillian Margot & Geoffrey Keezer

This night is magic
This night between us
Tonight you turned and whispered so sweetly

I thought that I had everything
And then you played my heart strings
You captured me
and ev’ry little secret that I keep

Why wait for the sunrise when we have the moon? Such is life
You and I seem to get it right

This night
Tonight is the night
Tonight
This night
Tonight is the night
It’s tonight
This night

Lighthouse

Lyrics and Music by Gillian Margot

Go

Walk with me, run with me
Far across the great divide
Climb with me, jump with me and fly

Walk with me, come with me
Closer to the rising tide
Climb with me, jump with me
over to the other side and
Take it, take the chance

Reach higher, dive deeper
Be taken in
Climb over, swim under
It draws you in
Like a swelling sea enveloping the shore,
Its rippling edges plead you for more

Go

Walk with me, run with me
To the edge and tip the balance
Move with me, step with me
This is our dance

Walk with me, run with me
Come with me let’s take a chance
Move with me, dance with me
This is not your average circumstance

Twirl faster, sink deeper
Into the din
Reach farther, come closer
It draws you in
As the raging ocean crashes on the shore,
Its radiant beams urging to explore

Go

Shadow Box

Lyrics by Gillian Margot
Music by Gillian Margot & Geoffrey Keezer

Are you free?
Can you love with an open heart?
Are you free?
Can you rise above the games we are taught to play?

Are you free?
Can you love with an open heart?
Are you free?
Can you keep learning new lessons along the way?

Our journey is not
Just to claim, what we’ve got
But to strive towards more
And me ourselves at the door

And when we do, will that day
Help us find the strength to say
We are free, we can love
We can choose to rise above?

Shadow box your way, shadow box your way.
Shadow box your way, shadow box your way.

Are you free?
Can you love with an open heart?
With grace and honor?

Are you free?
Can you love with an open heart?
With grace and honor?