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Reap the Wind

by Steve Macdonald

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1.
Travelin' On 02:27
Travelin' On ©1998 Steven Macdonald Travelin' on now Away Travelin' on now Going my way Travelin' on now Somehow Right now Movin' along now Find my place Movin' along now Set a new pace Movin' along now Somehow Right now I'm on my own All alone Time to make A new home I'm on my way Make a place to stay Looking up To a new day Instrumental Movin' along now Let go the old Movin' along now Make a new mold Movin' along now Somehow Right now
2.
The Legend of Nightfall Lyric ©1993 by Mickey Zucker Reichert Music ©1998 by Steve Macdonald A demon wakens with the night, Reviling sun and all things bright. Evil's friend and virtue's foe- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes. Eyes darker than the midnight shade, Teeth sharper than the headsman's blade. When he smiles a cold wind blows- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes. When shadows fall and sunlight breaks, What Nightfall touches, Nightfall takes. Lives and silver, maids in bows- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes. A demon cruel; a monster stark, Grim moonlight, deepest dark. Nightmares come to those who doze- In darkness where old Nightfall goes. Nightfall laughs, and death's ax falls. Hell opens wide and swallows all. He rules the depths where no light shows- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes. Lock up your children after dark, Lest Nightfall find an easy mark. For safety ends at twilight's close- And darkness comes where Nightfall goes. Razor claws and fiery eyes, Leathern wings to cleave the skies. His soul within stark midnight froze- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes. Counting years like grains of sand. Countless fall beneath his hand. Time, his minion; night, his clothes- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes. Birthed within the black abyss, His silent gift, a deadly kiss. Gone before the rooster crows- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes. Wolves and bats and beasts of night, Spirits black that flee the light, Cringed in fear when he arose- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes. He feeds on elders and children, On soldiers, kings, and beggarmen. He never stops and never slows- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes. The Evil One, the demon blight Who hides in day and stalks the night. He steals the stars and drags them low- Darkness comes where Nightfall goes.
3.
Discovery ©1997 Steven Macdonald and Arlene "Callie" Hills Dragonflight ©1997 Steven Macdonald I am not alone. I see sunlight gleaming On your shoulders Moonlight glows Within your eyes. Wings so slender Thoughts so near Yet we're earthbound Queens don't fly I want to fly higher and higher Soar to the stars Higher and higher Yes we'll go far And I know that they say We'll never fly this way I want to float higher and higher Fly to catch that ray. The blue above us Calls us to wing Float over Hold and Craft Hear breezes sing But hidebound studies Keep us secure Ignore the tapestries Queens don't fly I want to fly higher and higher Soar to the stars Higher and higher Yes we'll go far And I know that they say We'll never fly this way I want to fly higher and higher Fly to catch that ray. Soar upon the wings of fate Challenge time Burst all the bonds they make The sky is mine Now we'll fly higher and higher Soar to the stars Higher and higher Yes we'll go far And we've only begun To make our run And we'll fly higher and higher Fly until we've won Fly until we've won Soar until we've won.
4.
Hush 04:16
Hush ©1996 Steven Macdonald Hush Feel it in the air As winter melts away Soft green appears In glens and dales New life a-borning. Hush Feel it in the air As waiting melts away A call for joy A new baby's cry- New life a-borning. Can you feel the breath around you? Can you see wondrous souls in flight? Hush Feel it in the air As the ground past slips away. The fresh breath of wind The cool kiss of cloud New flight a-winging. Hush Feel it in the air The cathedral of the Green. A quick flash of wing Hooves hit the ground New flight a-winging. Can you feel the breath around you? Can you see wondrous souls in flight? Can you hear the chorus in union? Hush Feel it in the air All anger melts away The fresh breath of song Join the Circle, 'round New life a-winging. Can you feel the breath around you? Can you see wondrous souls in flight? Can you hear the chorus in union? Then you'll feel Magic
5.
When I Was A Boy Copyright © 1997 by Frank Hayes, Firebird Arts & Music (BMI) When I was a boy our Nintendo Was carved from an old Apple tree And we used garden hose to connect it To our steam-powered color tv. But it still beat that ancient Atari 'Cuz I almost went blind, don'tcha know, Playing Breakout and Pong on a video game Hooked up to the radio. And we walked twenty miles to the schoolhouse Barefoot, uphill both ways, Through blizzards in summer and winter Back in the good old days. Back when Fortran was not even Three-tran And the PC was only a toy And we did our computing by gaslight When I was a boy. When I was a boy all our networks Were for hauling in fish from the sea-- Our bawd rate was eight bits an hour (and she was worth it!), And our IP address was just 3. And you kids who complain that the World Wide Web Is too slow oughtta cut out your bitchin', 'Cuz when I was a boy every packet Was delivered by carrier pigeon And we walked twenty miles to the schoolhouse Barefoot, uphill both ways, Through blizzards in summer and winter Back in the good old days. Back when Fortran was not even Two-tran And the mainframe was only a toy And we did our computing by torchlight When I was a boy. When I was a boy our IS shop Built relational tables from wood, And we wrappered our data in oilcloth To preserve it the best that we could. And we carried our bits in a bucket, And our mainframe weighed 900 tons, And we programmed in ones and in zeros And sometimes we ran out of ones. And we walked twenty miles to the schoolhouse Barefoot, uphill both ways, Through blizzards in summer and winter Back in the good old days. Back when Fortran was not even One-tran And the abacus? Only a toy! And we did our computing in primordial darkness When I was a boy.
6.
Pulse 03:12
Pulse ©1998 Steven Macdonald Feelin' this way again Lookin' all around my friend Standing on the peak Clouds down below Feelin' this way again Hopin' it never ends The climb was long But I can see for miles I can feel the sunrise On your lovely face Feel the warmth Of children's embrace Feel the music Pulse - leaving a trace Feelin' this way again Look about you my friend The fog will clear You can climb up Feelin' this way again Hope it never ends The climb is hard But it can be done I can feel the sunrise On your lovely face Feel the warmth Of children's embrace Feel the music Pulse - leaving a trace Of you Feelin' this way again The road goes on my friend Keep climbing up You won't be alone Feelin' this way again Hearts can mend I can feel you here Even though miles away I can feel the sunrise On your lovely face Feel the warmth Of children's embrace Feel the music Pulse - leaving a trace Of you mmmmmmmm yeah uh huh feelin' this way again ohhh come along my friend....
7.
Come Hither 02:35
Come Hither ©1997 Steven Macdonald She walks out of the room Highlights in her hair Throws a look over her shoulder Sets foot on the stair Sayin' "Come hither Come hither my man Come here babe Follow if you can." Then she flounces up the stairs That husky tone in her voice Turns the corner with a tease and a call Come on make your choice Refrain Bridge We been together for years and years I'm still amazed to see That even after all this time The things she does to me I find her up in our bedroom Wearing shoes and a smile And I know without being told Won't see the kids for awhile
8.
Dutchman 03:56
Dutchman ©1997 Steven Macdonald It's a dark and storm-tossed sea Sailing forth bravely my captain and me Fine misty spray obscures my sight Rounding the cape will sure be a fight The topman calls out "There's rocks to the port!" The wind answers back a haunting retort The captain sets his sights "Turn starb'd" he wails Lightning flashes- gales tear at the sails Thunder rolls; the captain, he vows I'll fight God and the Devil himself- 'til Doomsday to cross the cape I won't be denied And I dare any force from Heaven or Hell to stand in my way. Chorus Sails of blood red Ride over the waves Mark the watery death And your graves Beware the captain who dares Go where men should not go And be damned to sail for all time Down below Don't forget this tale that I tell You can hear his soul cry-- Instrumental Just as he cried I was washed overboard Then the wrath of God himself came upon them all And I saw- The rocks, the water the light the sound- and the blood. Chorus Don't sail past the cape He's lying in wait Add souls to his crew He'd take me, he'd take you- He begs for release Ship flies on the seas It's a damned, damned ship It's a damned, damned crew Dutchman
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In A Quiet Moment ©1996 Steven Macdonald In a quiet moment of reflective thought I sit here and wonder over what we've fought The trials, the storms; upheavals- The rocky road to come. And in a quiet moment, I think of what we've done. In a quiet moment, I think about the pain. The loneliness, frustration. It goes against my grain. The suddenness of conflict The hurting in the fall. And in a quiet moment, I think about it all. But life is more than pain or fear- They're just stops along the road. Travel on beyond the storm- There's Light that we can hold. Instrumental In a quiet moment of reflective thought I sit here and ponder over what we've sought. All we really cherish Must be birthed by trial. And in a quiet moment- let's go walk that mile.
10.
Palms 03:27
Palms ©1998 Steven Macdonald On the long Jerusalem highway In the light of coming day Fulfill the prophecy - on donkey and calf To enter the city - the first becomes last The Palms, the Palms All creation joins the song Spread your cloak and help along The King is coming- At the gates of Jerusalem that day He entered the city this way 'Hosanna in the highest' the crowd did call The Kingdom of David has returned to us all The Palms, the Palms All creation joins the song Spread your cloak and help along The King is coming- spread the Palms Bridge The Lord is God Make his light so shine With boughs in hand Join the festival! Blessed is He who comes His Love lasts forever The Lord is God Hosanna! He spoke in Jerusalem that day All heard who came this way "The stone once rejected - is the new foundation The Kingdom is coming- the first in all nations" The Palms, the Palms All creation joins the song Spread your cloak and help along The King is coming- On the long Jerusalem highway Sources: Matthew 21, Verses 4-10, 42, 43 Psalm 118, Verses 26-27
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Searching for the Frontier ©1998 Steven Macdonald Going out and seeking land for us all Journey through the vastness of space Time to hit that C Plus wall We must go to save our race Refrain Searching for the frontier now We'll get out there, somehow Searching for the frontier now Doctor Bussard helped to give us a dream A ramjet to build up speed Or we set up a rigging and sail Solar wind can carry us- we won't fail Refrain Bridge Hyperdrive could still be our way out Folding space cheats relativity now Doc Smith talked about inertialessness Doesn't matter how we go; we gotta meet the test Instrumental Refrain Making our first solid steps into space Establishing a lunar base Freedom will wait for us all Listen- can't you hear the call Refrain x2
12.
What I Know 05:30
What I Know ©1998 Steven Macdonald What am I going to do? The illusions I live by Are all through I know I need more time I know I need more time What do I do, where do I go? Friends would take me I know I know I need more time I know I need more time Chorus I need time to heal I need time to grow I need time to find out what I know I need time to feel I need time to know I need time To find the Time to go.... So many places I can be But only one that I want Can't you see? I know I need more time But home is home no longer Chorus How do I go from here? Relieve the stress Pain and fear? Home is home no more The sands of Time have run out on the floor.... Chorus I need time to heal I need time to grow I need time- but time's all gone, I know I need time to feel I need time to know I need time To find the Time to go.... I need time To find the Time to go.... No more time.... It's Time to go....
13.
Reap the Wind ©1998 Steven Macdonald You walk out the door With anger in your heart I demand too much, you feel As you turn the key and start I sit back unknowing what I've planted in your breast The seeds of chaos that will Grow as I rest. You sow the storm You reap the wind I walk out of our door Not knowing what I've done Your cries for help are heard But rarely acted on The seeds I've sown have Taken root and grown Is this how all things end? Are we on our own? You sow the storm You reap the wind Chorus And the wind howls through like a Demon in the night Every minute lasts an hour 'til daylight Every touch turns to dust Everything of Light has lost it's Power. And the wind howls through you, shattering your Soul No part of you will remain whole To last you must hold on to all you're worth For that is all you have to hold You can't hold the wind. Far too many years Have passed along this way You have always asked for love And I don't know what to say I feel you're always here We'll always be as One Feeding the chaos seeds That grow as time goes on You sow the storm You reap the wind Instrumental I walk in through our door To make a brand new start You're body's here with me But I've misplaced your heart I walk in shadows I feel now most alone With a hole here in my heart That is now all I own I sow the storm I reap the wind Chorus
14.
Believe 03:25
Believe ©1997 Steven Macdonald You learn what you need / to say As you wander on / life's way Travel on that road / wander on The journey is the goal / you're the song Instrumental Believe in who you are / find your why Then speak from your heart / don't be shy Others may have your why / let them pull you on Yet you have your own voice / sing your song Believe in your heart and your soul / within your song Someone needs you now / pull them on If you stay silent / they'll never know Stand Sing your song / Watch it grow If you stay silent / they'll never know Stand Be your song / Make it grow If you stay silent / they'll never know Stand Be your song / Make it grow Stand Be your song Make it... Grow

about

1998 was not an easy year. This album was started with the breakup and dissolution of my 14 year marriage; and this project carried me through much of the emotions and cares of that time. The songs offered here were both a catharsis and comfort to me; and it is my prayer that they help provide you comfort and insight through your own life's journey.

We all have unique and special gifts which no one can quite duplicate. Some gifts are flashy and loud, and some have the soft comfort of warmth and close intimacy. Many gifts are similar, but each is touched by the unique soul of its bearer. You may feel that your gifts are small; however, remember that all gifts are meant to be shared and celebrated. Stand. Sing your song. And make your life grow.

This album is dedicated to Esther 'Christy' Walton; my grandmother: a woman who lived her life with no compromises, raised my mother as a single Mom in the 40's, and whose entire life proves that no mountain is too high, no barrier too thick, and no problem unsolvable.

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released July 1, 2020

Original Dodeka release October, 1999

Produced by Bill and Gretchen Roper

Recording engineers: Merav Hoffman, Arlene "Callie" Hills, Steve Macdonald, Bill Roper, Mark Peters, Nancy Graf

Mixing engineers: Bill and Gretchen Roper, Steve Macdonald

Mastering: Bill Roper

Recorded at:
OVFF XIV, Columbus Ohio, October 1998
The Farm Studios, Ann Arbor Michigan, January - February 1999
Dodeka Records, Des Plaines Illinois, March 1999

Cover art by Jane Irwin, ©1999

All rights originally held by Dodeka Records, full rights and control granted to Steve Macdonald May, 2020

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Steve Macdonald Hamburg, Germany

A Michigan native transplanted to Germany, Steve Macdonald has been performing his brand of folk and folk-rock all across the USA and in Europe.

His concerts have been described as energetic, funny, and heartwarming. He sings songs from his life; as well as standards that everyone can sing to.

“A powerhouse, intense and focused.” – (A Fan)

“He’s clumsy and runs at the mouth.” – (His Big Sister)
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