Time to Fly

by Jimmy Kraft

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Jazz, pop, soul, fusion—call it whatever you want after taking a listen to this eclectic debut by an aspiring saxophonist, singer, and composer fresh out of Stockton, CA.

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released May 15, 2015

All music composed by Jimmy Kraft
Lyrics for "Ring Out, Wild Bells" written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Lyrics and tune for "Wings of a Dove" from Jamaican folk song by the same title

Featured Performers:
Joel Ross, keyboard (1, 5-8)
Andrew Clark, keyboard (2-4)
Benjamin Vogel, bass
Jalone Archie, drums

Produced by Jimmy Kraft
Recorded at The Press Studio in Stockton, CA
Mixed by Andrew Clark
Album Art by Chris Wentworth and Jacey Mayronne

Special thanks to:
Robert and Jeannette Powell, whose generosity made this endeavor possible.
Shelly Zeiser, for singing Wings of a Dove to me two years ago in a ski lodge.
Matt Young and associated staff at The Press Studio in Stockton, for an efficient and enjoyable recording experience.
Mark Peabody and Marin School of the Arts, for helping to inspire in me a drive toward high musical ideals.
Mr. Kit and the Original Jambassadors, two crucial and unforgettable checkpoints on my musical path.

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Track Name: Ring Out, Wild Bells
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife
[Ring out, wild bells]
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Track Name: Remember You
I know
how it feels
to love
without being loved
in return

And I know
what it's like
to walk
all alone
and to learn

That everyone who ever cared
had left you there alone
That all you ever thought you had
wasn't even yours to own
That every word he said to you
that helped you feel alive
Was never meant for you at all
and he'd be gone
far before you arrive

I'm familiar
with those feelings so strong
you don't know how to keep yourself
though feeling right
from going wrong

And oh, have I come to learn
what it is to lose it all
That the world that you always clung to
doesn't have to tell you
when it's your turn to fall

But

Every time I do, I remember you
And something like a dream washes over me
Track Name: Wings of a Dove
If I had the wings of a dove
If I had the wings of a dove
I would fly, fly away
Fly away and be at rest

If I had the wings of a dove
If I had the wings of a dove
I would fly, fly away
Fly away and be at rest

Since I have no wings
Since I have no wings
Since I have no wings
I'm gonna sing, sing, sing

Since I have no wings
Since I have no wings
Since I have no wings
I'm gonna sing, sing, sing
Track Name: A Change Not for the Worse
Each day I wake
the same lonely man
I was the day before.
But today
something catches me
by surprise.

Something in the air
or something in my veins—
there's a difference in the way
the morning says hello.
It's brighter,
warmer,
more familiar,
like a friend.

What else can I do but smile
and sing?

Whatever it is
I don't mind at all.
It's a change not for the worse
and I could use a spark
beneath me
wraps me in its arms
and away.

Off into the day
one handshake at a time.
In a way, it's funny
I never knew
that all it took was
one step,
one word,
and there I'd been,
all alone:
one man against them all.

Each day I wake
the same lonely man
But not today.