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Louis Rosen & Capathia Jenkins 

THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY

 

 Produced by Louis Rosen, Capathia Jenkins &  Scott Lehrer

Music and Lyrics by Louis Rosen (except four songs with words by Nikki Giovanni)

 

   “HIGHBROW  -  BRILLIANT”

 "Catchy new pop standards..." New York Magazine: The Approval Matrix

 

LISTEN UP:  “Long ago and far away I called Simon & Garfunkel "God's duo" against some pretty stiff competition ….  These days, I'd add to that list Louis Rosen and Capathia Jenkins."  Huffington Post

  

 “…Manhattan-style sophistication, embodied in Rosen’s literate, image-rich lyrics and Jenkins’ nuanced delivery… Protest tunes that carry real bite.” iTunes Review

 

“The smashing new CD, "THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY"an infectious sound that grabs you and never lets go…. "THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY" is filled with the love of song.” This Week in New York

 

“’The Ache of Possibility’ is a wonderful album.Full-Time Blues.com

 

 

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READ the press highlights

 

WATCH LR's video of "The Middle Class (Used to Be) Blues"

 

LISTEN to interview with Louis, Nikki Giovanni and Capathia Jenkins on NPR'S "TELL ME MORE," Nov. 27, 2009.

 

LISTEN to interview & live performance on WNYC's Soundcheck with host, John Schaeffer, Dec. 20, 2010. Louis & Capathia are joined by Rob Moose (violin & guitar) and Dave Phillips (bass).

 Listen to a song from "THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY" on LR'S JUKE BOX on the left side of this website under the photo.

 

Songs

How You Gonna Save ’Em? -  I Want to Live to Love You  -  The Ache of Possibility  -  The Middle Class (Used to Be) Blues  -  Winter Daze  -  Love in Short Supply (A Statement on Conservation)  -  On That Day - Choices  -  I Need You  -  Don’t Hold Me Back  -  A Lover’s Melody  -  Love of Song

 

Capathia Jenkins  -  vocals

Louis Rosen  -  vocals, acoustic, electric & nylon string guitar, piano, additional percussion

Kimberly Grigsby  -  piano

Rob Moose  -  violin, acoustic & electric guitar

Andrew Sterman  -  saxophones, flute, clarinet

Glenn Drewes  -  trumpet & fluegelhorn

Dave Phillips  -  acoustic &  electric bass

Erik Charlston  -  vibraphone & percussion

Mark Sherman  -  vibraphone & marimba

Gary Seligson  -  drums & percussion

Roger Squitero  -  Latin percussion

Paul Woodiel  -  violin

Instrumental arrangements by Louis Rosen

Vocal arrangements by Louis Rosen & Capathia Jenkins

 

LYRICS 

1. HOW YOU GONNA SAVE 'EM? (Music by Louis Rosen, Poetry by Nikki Giovanni)  

It's hard to save 'em / If they won't learn how to pray / Give 'em the blues / And make 'em weep all day.

How you gonna save 'em / If they can't learn how to pray / Give 'em a song I guess / To chase those blues / Away

How you gonna save 'em / if they refuse to pray / Let 'em snap their fingers / Let 'em tap their toes / Let 'em wear a bright red wig / With shimmies on their clothes / Diamonds in their teeth / Flowers in their hair / Love enough to make 'em happy / Troubles they can bear / Melodies and belly laughs / Something they can share

© 2009 by Louis Rosen & Nikki Giovanni, Lullwater Music, ASCAP; Poetry © 2007 by Nikki Giovanni

 

2. I WANT TO LIVE TO LOVE YOU (Music & Lyric by Louis Rosen) 

I want to live to love you / Want to show you somehow every day / Want to keep our world a safe cocoon/And sweep your blues away  

 I want to live to love you/ Want to hide out in our unmade bed / Offer licorice kisses for your lips / While love songs fill your head

I never imagined that our summer fling / Was anything more than us just passing through / Picture my surprise discovering / That the song I sing is a song for you (2nd x: That the song I sing is a song I sing for you)

I want to live to love you / That's a promise I will guarantee / Always young is how our love will grow / If you'll grow old with me / What an ending when our story's told / If you'll grow old with me

© 2009 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP

 

3. THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY (Music & Lyric by Louis Rosen) 

All too long I watched a world gone wrong / Years and years I watched a world gone wrong / A president with no sense of shame / A trumped up war in freedom's name / All too long I watched a world gone wrong

Far too long I watched a world gone mad / Years and years I watched a world gone mad / One man kills, another prays / Each awaits the end of days / White or brown, the goal's the same / Light the fire, then fan the flame / Far too long I watched a world gone mad

But I know / The ache of possibility is now / Once again, we plant the seed and speed the plow / Shed our sorrow / Stake a claim for the soul of tomorrow

All too long we let the lies go down / Our own fault, we let the lies go down / Ruthless power, hidden schemes / Nightmare stuff of waking dreams / Smoking gun or mushroom cloud / Easy lies to say out loud / Perfect words to stir the crowd

Incompetence with every lie / Soldiers and civilians die / Money can't relieve our fear / And billions disappear each year / Profit for some profiteer / And all too long we let it happen here

But I know the ache of possibility again / There's work to do / We say a prayer and then / Shed our sorrow / Stake a claim for the soul of tomorrow

The bible says to seek and ye shall find / Mathew VII: Seek and ye shall find / Facts are there at our command / Private sale of public land / A tax break for the one-percent while poor folk sweat to pay their rent  

Phones are tapped to ease our mind / Suddenly torture's redefined / Terror threats to scare us blind /And still another child gets left behind

From Baghdad down to New Orleans /Photo ops and phony scenes / Talking heads as go-betweens / Bloviate on TV screens / They say the ends will justify the means / I know the ends won’t justify the means

And I know the ache of disappointments yet to come / Still we have to raise our voice and beat the drum / Shed our sorrow / Stake a claim for the soul of tomorrow

Yes I know / The ache of possibility is now / Once again we plant a seed and speed the plow / Shed our sorrow / Stake a claim for the soul of tomorrow / The soul of tomorrow / The soul of tomorrow

All too long I watched a world gone wrong

© 2009 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP.

 

4. THE MIDDLE-CLASS (USED TO BE) BLUES (Music & Lyric by Louis Rosen) 

My rent's not paid / And my pay's been docked / And what my doctor told me / Well, it left me kind of shocked / He said, "I read about your condition in the news / You've got those 'Used To Be In The Middle-Class' Blues"

My shoes need soles / And my soul needs love / But my love needs money like a cold hand needs a glove / So it's shoes or love, I guess I gotta choose / Got those "Used To Be In The Middle-Class" Blues

The I.R.S. expects its money C.O.D. / My I.R.A., all I can say is R.I.P. / Those bank stocks that I banked on, they've gone up in smoke / My broker called today to say "You're broker than broke"

Doctor, fix me up / 'Cause this fix I'm in has me back in drink / And the ice is getting thin / 'Cause I'm losing ground and I've got no ground to lose / Got those "Used To Be In The Middle-Class" Blues

My son's 529 Plan's going M.I.A / My pulse rate is the opposite of A.O.K. / I see rows and rows of red ink where there once was black / Stare into the abyss too long, it's gonna stare back

Got to find some cook who can cook my books / Like those Wall Street analysts and mortgage lending crooks / Lots of laws and regulations to abuse / And I'm sick to death of writing I.O.U.'s / Got those "Used To Be In The Middle-Class, mad as hell, you can bet your ___" / Those "Used To Be In The Middle-Class" Blues

© 2008 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP

 

5. WINTER DAZE (Music & Lyric by Louis Rosen) 

Winter days / I'm in a winter daze / I just seem to float through these winter days

Winter blue /Sky's looking winter blue / Getting cold, and I'm feeling winter blue

Hard times / Keep on / Hard luck / Well's gone dry / Work hard / Dream true / Hold tight / Dreams do die / Dreams can fly away from you / By and by

All in time / People say, "All in time" / Bets are made and sometimes it's "all in" time

Hard times / Keep on / Hard luck / Well's gone dry / Bone dry /Dream deep / Dream true / Hold tight / Dreams do die / Can't let them die / Dreams can fly /Fly for you / Fly high

Winter days / I'm in a winter daze / I just seem to float through these winter days / This winter daze

© 2009 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP

 

6. LOVE IN SHORT SUPPLY - A Statement On Conservation (Music by Louis Rosen, Poetry by Nikki Giovanni) 

Scarcity in oil and gas / Can bring about a cold spell / No one cares if you conserve / As long as you can pay well

Cash is not the only tool / To purchase what we need / Dollar bills and jingling change / Are very cheap indeed

Buying power in our world / Speaks to white illusion / Understanding what I need / I've come to this conclusion

Love is in short supply / Like leaves on a winter vine / Whether it's right or whether it's wrong / I'll pay the price for mine

Spring is late and summer soon / Will come in with its heat wave / We will all need energy / Unless we have a cool cave

I don't mind the cold or heat / And I've got a reason / Love when it's spread all around / Can tackle any season

© 2009 by Louis Rosen & Nikki Giovanni, Lullwater Music, ASCAP; Poetry © 1978 by Nikki Giovanni

 

7. ON THAT DAY (Music & Lyric by Louis Rosen) 

On that day when I first met you / We shared your only cigarette / You raised a glass to "no regret" / And soon my heart was racing

On that day we stayed in bed / Shades were drawn, the clock was broken / Love was made, but left unspoken / And how my heart was racing

On that day I had no clue / Love and luck could see us through / All these years of days with you / And still my heart is racing … racing

On that day when I first met you / We raised a glass to "no regret" / I loved you then, I love you yet / And still my heart is racing … racing / Like that day / On that day

© 2009 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP

 

8. CHOICES (Music by Louis Rosen, Poetry by Nikki Giovanni) 

if i can’t do / what i want to do / then my job is to not / do what i don’t want / to do / it’s not the same thing / but it’s the best i can / do

if i can’t have / what i want     then / my job is to want / what i’ve got / and be satisfied / that at least there / is something more / to want

since i can’t go / where i need / to go       then i must       go / where the signs point / though always understanding / parallel movement / isn’t lateral

when i can’t express / what i really feel / i practice feeling / what i can express / and none of it is equal / i know / but that’s why mankind / alone among the mammals / learns to cry

© 2009 by Louis Rosen & Nikki Giovanni, Lullwater Music, ASCAP; Poetry © 1978 by Nikki Giovanni

 

 9. I NEED YOU (Music & Lyric by Louis Rosen)

I need you / Like a seed needs the rain / Love, I need you / Like pleasure needs pain / Oh, I need you / I need to have you here in my life / I need you / Like yang needs some yin / Love, I need you / Like confession needs sin / Oh, I need you / I need to have you here in my life

Like Paul needed John / And John needed Paul / Like a ball needs a gown / And a base needs a ball / Like a thief needs the night / And a knight needs a grail / We were meant to be together / The sooner the better

I need you / Like a bird needs a nest / Love, I need you / Like lemon needs zest / Oh, I need you / I need to have you here in my life / I need you / Like a skier needs snow / Love, I need you / Like a soul needs to grow / Oh, I need you / I need to have you here in my life

Like a baker needs flour /A flower needs a stem / Like an "I" needs a "we" / And an "us" needs a "them" / Like a phone needs a ring / And a ring needs a gem / We were meant to be together / The sooner the better / I need you / I need you / I need you / I need to have you here in my life

Like Michelle needs Barack / And Barack needs Michelle / Like a well needs a spring / And a wish needs a well / Like a skeptic needs faith / And a preacher needs Hell / We were meant to be together / The sooner the better

I need you / Like a beach needs a wave / Love, I need you / Like a bear needs a cave / Oh, I need you / Like a painter needs oil / Love, I need you / Like a pot needs to boil / Oh, I need you / Like a lover needs spice / Hmm, I need you / Like naughty needs nice / Oh, I need you / I need to have you here in my life / I need to have you here in my life / I need to have you here in my life / I need to have you here in my life

 © 2009 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP

 

10. DON'T HOLD ME BACK (Music by Louis Rosen, Poetry by Nikki Giovanni) 

And when I dream I dream / In colors / Even rainy days sparkle / Even clouds have shine

And when I hope I hope / In smiles / Even laughter has bubbles / Even giggles ballet

And so I understand / That life is precious / And important / And wonderful / When things go wrong / When things go back / When things don't work

I start to dream

© 2009 by Louis Rosen & Nikki Giovanni, Lullwater Music, ASCAP; Poetry © 2007 by Nikki Giovanni

 

11. A LOVER'S MELODY (Music & Lyric by Louis Rosen) 

There's no peace in the valley when the storm blows strong / There's no pill makes a sightless man see / I'm your angel of mercy, and I bring this song / A tender lover's melody

You can't breathe when the earth cuts loose beneath your shoes / You can't think when your soul feels at sea / I'm your guardian angel through these hard-time blues / And here's my lover's melody

A song to sing to see you through some cold and sleepless night / A simple song to bless the morning light

I know sometimes we sugar-coat how scared we feel / Nothing works and we're tempted to flee / But you and me, we can put our shoulders to this wheel / And spin this lover's melody

A song to sing to light the road some long and anxious day / A simple song to soothe and send you on your way

There's no reason to grieve about what might have been / We have vision to see what might be / And have no fear, 'cause I got your back through thick and thin / I promise you will heal with me / And sing this lover's melody / Sing this lover's melody

Stretch your wings and shed your skin / Hear my voice above the din / Song may be the remedy / For love is such a mystery / And you are all the world to me / That's my song / That's my lover's melody

© 2008 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP

 

12. LOVE OF SONG (Music & Lyric by Louis Rosen)

I sing / for you / I sing / for me / I sing / for love / Love of song / Love of song

I breathe, I sing / I sing, I smile / I smile for love / Love of song / Love of song

There are songs that will move you / And songs that you move to / And prayer songs / And moon songs / Love songs / Birth songs / We fill the earth with songs

I weep, I sing / I sing, I heal / I heal with love / Love of song / Love of song

 © 2009 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP