A Woman Gave Me Music

by James Spaite

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During an age that settles for simplicity, James Spaite seeks to ask hard questions and communicate the lessons and values that he has found to ring true.

Releasing 'A Woman Gave Me Music' is a tribute to his grandmother, Barbara Jean Anderson, which instilled the passion for, love of, and devotion to music at a young age. These have brought him to the decision to pursue music. Spaite says, "My Grandma Jeanie was the initial cause of my adoration of music. She stirred in me the thought that good music is a craft and takes dedicated craftsmanship."

The EP is graced with the voice of one of James' childhood friends, Savannah Walters, and the cello melodies of Nikolaas Top. The three together make the passion saturated songs of "James Spaite". James and Savannah have been playing together since James was 17 and Savannah was 15. From a young age, Nikolaas competed as a classical and jazz pianist until he began to play the cello in 2012.

Drawing from a mix genres leaves the songs on the EP float in the waters between folk, intrumental tap guitar, with syncopated rhythms, and indie acoustic singer-songwriter sounds.

"A Woman Gave Me Music" hopes to give a foreshadowing of Spaite's plans for the future.

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released July 20, 2014

Acknowledgements:
Cello - Nikolaas Top
Female Vocal - Savannah Walters
Guitar - James Spaite
Percussion - James Spaite and Justin Wright
Writing and Composition - James Spaite
Production - Justin Wright and James Spaite
Recording and Engineering - Justin Wright
Mastering - Jonathan Hendrickson

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Track Name: Effort
I made an agreement with a demon that I couldn't write
And for the past six years I've cursed my life
He said I couldn't sing and I told him he was right
I gave him ears and listened to his lies

There's time things can be restored
This is wisdom: you will serve what you adore
I'm freely given what I can't afford
"Slow down child, you don't have to work for love
Anymore"

Blood as sweet as honey in exchange for bitter wine
From three nails it flows and gives me life
A little bag of money and I couldn't decline
I traded in love for a worthless lie

There's time things can be restored
This is wisdom: you will serve what you adore
I'm freely given what I can't afford
"Slow down child, you don't have to work for love
Anymore"

"Slow down child you don't have to work for love anymore"
Track Name: Run
I've been trying to get away
From my fears and from my fate
And from the scars that have been left on my face
I haven't found an escape

It doesn't just go away
It doesn't just go away
It doesn't just go away
It doesn't just go away

My eyes have seen blood
My hands have the scars
When all I want to do is run my mind never gets very far

But I don't want to talk about my pain
No, I don't want to talk about my pain
No, I don't want to talk about my pain
I don't want to talk, No I don't want to talk

I'm going to shake off these chains
leave them here in the prison
That I've built for myself
because love it has risen
and He is calling out my name
Saying child its time to be what I made

I'm not quite the man that I want to be
"But I know for a fact that you're not who you used to be"
So I'll set my sight on the end
And keep on running, and running and running
Track Name: Past, Present, Patience
Tell me how did you wash
Your tracks away?
Your heart ran so fast
You wouldn't hear a thing
Oh I remember the creek and the train
I swear I can still feel the deep cuts and shame
But here comes the rain, here comes the rain
To pour over me
And wash all my stains

But the memories come and leave just as they please
And all those nights still haunt me when I see you in my dreams
I know that I should let go of these things
But I'm just a child who's learning how
And I won't worry and I won't care
I'll fight and I'll grow and I'll reach for the Son
No, I won't worry and I won't care,
I'll fight and I'll grow
no, I don't need to know
who she is

How will I know?
With a heart like the shore the tide comes and it goes
When will I learn
To burn your old ghost and watch the ashes float away?

But the memories come and leave just as they please
And all those nights still haunt me when I see you in my dreams
I know that I should let go of these things
But I'm just a child who's learning how
And I won't worry and I won't care
I'll fight and I'll grow and I'll reach for the Son
No, I won't worry and I won't care,
I'll fight and I'll grow
no, I don't need to know
who she is

As beautiful as you are I can take it
I'll be patient, I'll be patient

Fields in her eyes
Flowers in her hair
Things like this take time
But I'm young I could wait for love

Yeah, I'm young I could wait for love
Track Name: Talk
It's been a while
It's been a while since we last talked
I was a child
You were a child but that was last fall

And what hurts the worst is to know
That I've tried but it seems like
You won't let anyone get close

I was wrong
But baby t- t- ta- ta- tal- talk to me
How long are you going to hold this on?
Baby t- t- ta- ta- tal- talk to me
You know that we've both come so f- far along since we last talked
I was wrong
But baby t- t- ta- ta- tal- talk to me
How long are you going to hold this on?
Baby t- t- ta- ta- tal- talk to me
You know your memories have become so f- fond since we last talked

Autumns disease
Stripped the green from the trees
It left me
With a symphony
Of warm colored tones
I may never have known
Had I not fractured these bones
It led me home
Put a king on my throne
Who calls me his own
Track Name: Worth
I need you to come and burn me with a kiss
I need you to come and scar me with your lips
I need you to come because I know that I can't live like this

Honey is hidden underneath your tongue
When you say my name I come undone
Because all that I've known for so long is to be overcome

But she touched my hand
And I saw the excitement in her hazel eyes
She touched my hand
And in that moment I knew the question would arise:
"What am I worth to you?
Or are you just alone and want to feel right now?
What am I worth to you?
Or are you just alone and want to right now?"

"What am I worth to you?"
I don't know right now
"What am I worth to you?"
I don't know right now