With My Eyes

I love the warm, summer breeze
— The way the air moves and rustles in the trees.
The interplay of light and shadow on the ground
Reminds me of something.

Sunlight dancing on a rock, and
All of us, lifeforms, moving ‘round on top,
And what are we here for? It’s a mystery to me.
What would you tell me?

Freedom, wisdom,
Here in the Garden while it’s happening. I
See it with my eyes. I
See it with my eyes.

Simple thoughts give me energy, and
Fill my brain with curiosities. Like
What are these faces for, and am I really always
Behind one?

Freedom, wisdom,
Here in the Garden while it’s happening. I
See it with my eyes. I
See it with my eyes.

I get to practice going out on a limb.
I’m a monkey on a swing, and what
Riches I find
I know I can bring.

Freedom, wisdom,
Here in the Garden while it’s happening. I
See it with my eyes. I
See it with my eyes.


lyrics by Alek Vila
©2012 Racing Heart Records

“This is the most carefully crafted song on the album. Like many of the others on Gratitude World, it emerged from an intense songwriting phase. I did not say flow to the page easily like ‘Harmony,’ but the writing process was steady and smooth. The lyrics evolved over a few months until they finally settled into place. The acoustic guitar part was the driving force to inspire the words and melody.

Performing this song is a pleasure. In the early phase of development for the record, producer Peter Fosso suggested that the song might be best represented in an ‘unplugged’ style (just voice and acoustic guitar). I agreed that it would be a good version, but I wanted to hear a full band version on this album. I knew I could record an ‘unplugged’ version later, and I believed that a full band version needed to be made. Peter was willing to try it, knowing that we could always fall back on the simplicity of the solo voice and guitar.

I’m very grateful for the excellent contribution by Daniel J. Miller and the string quartet (Chara Hokama, Melanie Wong, Meagan Peeples, and Leanne Riddle). The string parts give the recording the depth I was seeking from a full band version of the song. Daniel’s arrangement sounded amazing from the first draft, and he maintained a terrific collaborative spirit thorughout the development of the arrangement. I’m lucky to have found such a talented team.”

— Alek Vila

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vocals, guitars, and keyboards by Alek Vila
drums by Moises Padilla
bass by Jeff Eason
strings arranged by Daniel J. Miller
string quartet: Chara Hokama, Melanie Wong,
Meagan Peeples, Leanne Riddle
produced by Peter Fosso
recorded by Scott Ross, Elliot Bay Recording Co.
mastered by Steve Hall, Future Disc Systems

©2012 Racing Heart Records