JazzRapt

by Jack Foster III

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Like all of my albums, JazzRapt is a labor of love. I wanted to make an album that was more jazz-oriented than my past efforts and that could be performed live more easily than past, highly-produced albums. Four songs on the album exist in previous incarnations. In fact, these previous versions, produced by Trent Gardner with Robert Berry are virtual masterpieces -- which made them tough to live up to with the new versions! All I can say is that I'm happy with them, and I'm happy with the great virtuoso performances of all of the featured artists.

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released October 13, 2015

JazzRapt was produced by Robert Berry, co-produced by Jack Foster III
recorded at Soundtek Studios in Campbell, California by Robert Berry
(additional recording at Jack’s home studio)
mastered at Fantasy Records in Berkeley, California by George Horn
All songs published by Muse-Wrapped Publishing (ASCAP). All rights reserved. ©p 2015 Muse-Wrapped Records, LLC. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting are prohibited. Printed in the U.S.A.
artwork: Phil Frank

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Track Name: Parentheses World
Parentheses World
by Jack Foster III ©2015 Muse-Wrapped

In Parentheses World you don't know what is real you can't play it by heart got to play it by feel
Gather your nuance hold it warm'n embrace but remember the crowd sees the look on your face
So believe what you're playin' and play what you believe
In Parentheses World
In Parentheses World

In Parentheses World nothing's sure but your breath and receiving your bills maybe taxes and death
If you're looking for answers hear the clarion call but when you follow that sound you might wind up at the mall
So don't believe what you're seeing; you don't know what might deceive
In Parentheses World
In Parentheses World

World's will merge
When you find that space
That perfect place
Of Truth and Grace
Fight the urge
Don't hide your face
To leave a trace
Is no disgrace

In Parentheses World attitude is the key, if you're not having fun then you're just out to sea
So untangle the seaweed find an umbrella drink & remember the world doesn't care what you think
Still believe what you're playin' and play what you believe
In Parentheses World
Track Name: The Shy Ones
The Shy Ones
by Jack Foster III and Melanie Myers
©2003 Muse-Wrapped

You heard a voice
You moved toward the sound
Someone whispered your name
Somewhere
You look for noise
Lonely carries sound
With no one to explain
...Why it's there

Chorus:
If your heart and mind were sisters
They both would be the shy ones
and when an angel whispers
You're afraid to dare the silence
Once your heart had wings
You could fly then learn to fall
But, you don't trust in things
That make no sense at all

Bridge:
Lost is the loneliness you live
someone's calling you outside
You know that something's got to give
Or you'll lose your heart and mind.
Track Name: Blue
Blue
(Song For Bobby)
by Jack Foster III
©2015 MWR

Blue
mirror in the sky
reflects the way we live
hides the reason why
Blue
treasure in your heart
do your part and love the seeds you’re sowing

Everyone you know is better for the knowing
everyone you touch is always by your side
everyone who’s near you brightens up their glowing
and your path to follow grows a mile wide

Blue
the tonic for your soul
the color fills a hole
giving virtue
Blue
we spiral through the space
the race that makes the race
and keeps on growing

Blue always falls down from the sky
catch the falling star,
tuneful jamboree
Blue dancing with a tambourine,
long and graceful leap
tuneful jamboree

Blue
time to live the masquerade
walk along the shore
become your own parade
You
spiral through the space
for the race that makes the race
and keeps evolving

Everyone you’ve loved is better for the loving
Everyone you’ve touched is still there by your side
everyone who’ve felt you brighten up their glowing
and their path to follow grows a mile wide

Soon, yeah we’ll get together soon
have ourselves some beers
listen to some tunes
soon, yeah we’ll have ourselves a time
relinquish all the fears
and get a little high
Blue always falls down from the sky
catch the falling star,
tuneful jamboree
Blue dancing with a tambourine,
long and graceful leap
tuneful jamboree
Track Name: Bohemian Soul
There was something in the snake oil
and the jaded eyes they sold you,
'cause you feel a lot like tin foil;
you bend anyway they fold you.
And most of the time you're colored green,
Trapped inside their T.V. screen,
Going with the flow,
until your lover doesn't know you.

You believe you're locked up airtight
But, your self-control is leaking.
You're the only one at war with
all the peace of mind you're seeking.
You feel you're somewhere in between
What you want and what you seem.
You know you¹re going nowhere
'cause you've lost your sense of feeling.

Chorus:
Oh, dreaming then
Was so easy when
You had Bohemian Soul
Believing was being
In flesh tone
When your maverick spin
Was attached to your skin
You laughed
Bohemian Soul

Life's a gypsy, catching dreamers
as they tire of the dancing.
Pinched between her tapered fingers,
victims dangle in her trance.
And as she circles through the night
plucking souls `till morning light,
you borrow your tomorrow's strength
while you're a shadow in her hands.
Track Name: Cats Got Nine
I constantly die every day of my life
But at least I'm safe from pain and consequence
I constantly breathe, my heart constantly beats
There's a constant refrain from the blood and the heat
Cause I live much deeper than death

Further from the edge than where I die
Further from the edge than where I hurt
Further from the edge than where I cry
I live, I live further from the edge

Cats Got Nine
I've got a multiverse
Stitch in time
For one small universe
Cats got nine
I'm down to one
While I'm living and not living life

I am me; here, there, everywhere
Nowhere safe from not living life
I am free from suffering pestilence
I suffer from ignorance and I'm cheating life
Cause I'll die much deeper than death

Further from the edge than where I run
Further from the edge than where I laugh
Further from the edge than where I love
I'll die, I'll die further from the edge

Cats Got Nine
I've got a multiverse
Stitch in time
For one small universe
Cats got nine
I'm down to one
While I'm living and not living life
Track Name: Everyday Tears
Everyday Tears
by Jack Foster iii ©2015 Muse-wrapped Records LLC

You watch the storm's beauty
with glistening eyes
that reflect the black stars
and rain diamonds of light
.... all is right
between laughing and crying
joy thru the fears
life quietly distilled
through everyday tears

Everyday tears
the kind that you live for
the kind that can haunt you
like the palest of ghosts
Everyday tears
The life that you give for
scattered like sun rays
through the clouds on the coast

You hear the ghost ocean
touch the shells that lie near
remnants of memories
you put up to your ear
.....it's not what you fear
cool smoothness against you
you smile as you hear
sand falls through the spaces
'long with every-day tears

Everyday tears
the kind that you live for
the kind that can haunt you
like the palest of ghosts
Everyday tears
The life that you give for
scattered like sun rays
through the clouds on the coast

Always rainbows to follow
Always circles to expand
in the storm's eye of beauty
hear the music and dance

Everyday tears
the kind that you live for
the kind that can haunt you
like the palest of ghosts
Everyday tears
The life that you give for
scattered like sun rays
through the clouds on the coast
rolling like rain
down the cliffs of the coast
Track Name: One Dark Angel
I'm done
living in the badlands
playing out my last hand
listening to whispering walls
even when you're not there
you're beating me at solitaire
and I feel

I am done
living in the wastelands
shaking off my last chance
riding barrels towards the falls
even though you're still there
dancing on the heavy air
I feel

That one dark angel
trapped in shadows
one dark angel
tied up in tangles
one dark angel is you

I am done
living in a dreamland
walking through the quicksand
sinking with the stars
see, even when you're nowhere
I take you with me everywhere
and I feel

That one dark angel
trapped in shadows
one dark angel
tied up in tangles
one dark angel is you

Before I kissed one dark angel
one dark angel goodbye
I never knew how strange felt
never knew how change held her hands
over my eyes
before you ever thought of me
I knew you were my love
and I presumed you'd fall to me
from somewhere up above
I never knew

that one dark angel
trapped in shadows
one dark angel
tied up in tangles
lingers and dangles
one dark angel is you
one dark angel was you
Track Name: Hanging Around
Hanging’ Around
music and lyrics by Jack Foster III ©2015 Muse-Wrapped

What’s the hurry
what’s the worry
give yourself a chance
listen to the band
sit right down
keep on laughing
Life is happening
while you’re making other plans
watch the children dance
lose the frown

While the world is spinning slowly
Webs are spun much faster that sound
Listen up and pay attention you can raise your IQ
magic finds you
All those juicy details wait to be found
You can learn the wildest things just hanging around

doesn’t matter
what the chatter
serve yourself my friend
chillin’s not a sin
have some wine. (hm?)
time’s a-wasting
while you’re chasing
shadows in the wind
there you go again
I feel fine

Have to be spinning it
just to win in it
Twisting and turning it
just to burn in it
Domino break it in
Just to take it in
lost and found

Some that are ziggin’ it
should be zaggin’ it
Some that are droopin’ it
should be wagging it
Always down on their knees
just a scratchin’ fleas
Life abounds

Used to be winging it
Now she’s bringing it
ultimate party tease
has ‘em on their knees
Flaunting her relevance
with some elegance
So low down

While the world is spinning slowly
tales are spun much faster that sound
Listen up and pay attention you can smile like I do
rainbows find you
All that buried treasure waits in the ground
You can snatch the brightest gems just hanging around

She used to be grooving it
Now she’s moving it
Used to be saying it
Now she’s playing it
He used to be shooing her
Now he’s doing her
when she’s ‘round

While the world is spinning slowly
tops are spun much faster than sound
Listen up and pay attention you can make your break-thru
rhythm finds you
All those tasty morsels! aromas abound
You can catch the wildest things just hanging around
Track Name: Ginger Daffodil
Ginger Daffodil
by Jack Foster III
©2015 MWR

All the swingin' dragonflies
catch the breeze and glide on by
just to hear you sing your lullaby
they gather at your window sill
for my Ginger Daffodil

Vocal concert every day
blues to keep the blues away
makes the other flowers bloom and sway
they never seem to get their fill
of my Ginger Daffodil

Don't you stop your singing
your ballad can hypnotize
All the birds are winging over
so eager to harmonize

Times were tough for unicorns
now magic thrives since you were born
and angels give you rainbows to adorn
you give the meadow such a thrill
my Ginger Daffodil
Track Name: Your Purse
Your Purse
by Jack Foster III ©2015 Muse-wrapped Records

I’ll climb the highest hill
pay the largest bill
satisfy your wildest urges
give the biggest thrill
But one task is a curse
no, nothing could be worse
don’t forsake me, please don’t make me
hold your purse

I’ll do chores, take out the trash
throw a gala birthday bash
I’ll lemon-ads you, serenade you
promise, . . . won’t be brash
but one thing skins the cat
anything but that
please don’t make me hold your purse

It ain’t that I ain’t sentimental
It isn’t that I haven’t any class
I don’t think I’m being temperamental
but when I hold that thing I feel like such a . . .
(well you know . . .)

We can play “I’ve got-chef nose!”
You can make me fight your foes
I’ll wash your toes and give you roses
peel your grapes, or wear your clothes
Just one thing I hate to do
tho i’d still do it for you
Please don’t make me hold your purse


But one curse is a task
please don’t ever ask
Baby . . . don’t make me hold your purse.

(It just doesn’t work with the rest of the ensemble . . .)