Steady On

by Annie May Willis

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This album is dedicated to my mother, Judith Young Willis, whose musical talent, love, and years of dedication to my violin lessons provided me with a foundation for the beauty and language of music.

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released December 2, 2015

All songs written and arranged by Annie May Willis.
All songs recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Jay-J.
ⓒ & ℗ 2015 - Annie May Willis - All Rights Reserved

Musicians:
Annie May Willis - Vocals, Guitar, Guitalele, Violin, Percussion
Lily Eggers - Background Vocals on "So it Goes"
Alec Harrington - Guitar on "Learning to Let Go"
Jonathan Rossi - Guitar on "Mountain Tall" and "Turiya La Rue"
(Robert James Ryan III) - Banjo on "Learning to Let Go"
Tom Yoder - Mandolin and Violin on "Wildcat"

Album Art:
Design: Rose Goldthwait
Wet Plate Photo: Craig Taber
Artwork: Krystal Bell

Profile Photo: Suzette Karlak Hibble

Gratitude:

It takes a village!!

I am profoundly grateful to Jay-J, whose talent, skill and patience were paramount in the success of this recording. To the musicians that offered their voice and brilliance to these songs, I thank you for your time and beauty. To my brother, Tom Yoder, it is an honor to have your violin and mandolin magic on "Wildcat" - thank you.

A very special thank you to my friends and sisters, Jen Katke, Rose Goldthwait and Eleanor Tara for spearheading this album into existence and continually having my back.

A deep bow to Ali Maya, Aea Luz, Eleanor Tara, Luke Anderson, and Lauren Arrow for inspiring and encouraging me to find my voice and share it.

Big thanks to James Kovacs and his mother, Mary Kovacs, whose beautiful classical guitar has provided the spirit and platform from which all of my songs have been written.

To my artistic and creative siblings: Jennifer Dejoy, Tom Yoder, Ted Yoder, and Hannah Willis, thank you for sharing your art and music with me and inspiring me from birth. To my talented nieces and nephews; Bella, Lucas, Tate, Aidan, Marlee, and Zeke, may you continue to grow, thrive, and remember that it’s never too late to follow your heart.

To my teachers, I offer my deepest gratitude for providing gentle and loving guidance as I walk in this world: my father, Art Willis; Ali Maya; Aea Luz; Luke Anderson; Wendy Luckey; Richard Geggie and June Nason.

And to all those who contributed to bring this project into fruition, may your generosity return to you a thousand fold and your creative endeavors flourish:

Joanna Fassl Penn, Jen Katke, Erin Needham, Brooke Barradale, Rob Adelmann, Rose Goldthwait, Kari Glass, Nicole Beckum, Kate Reed, Jonathan Will, Craig Taber, Chad Lester, Aaron Herrejon, Trever Pearson, Robin Drysdale, Bruce Penn, Galit Szolomowicz, Maria Martinova, Jonathan Rossi, Michelle Koert, Lisa Cohen, Eleanor Tara, Ben Hart, Gabe Metzger, Joli Kestano, Luke Anderson, Aea Luz, Diana Blank, Pilar Woodman, Amy Lamendella, Victoria Dudas, Claire Solomon, Jessica Auld, Peter Touchard, Joshua Alexander, Marcia Wieder, Zen Sawyer, David Mizne, Matty Morin, Lily Eggers, Chen Lehner, Sergio Lialin, Patrick Wyzorski, Matt Kelly and Ty Hammond.

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Track Name: My People
My people, this song's for you
My heart's filled with gratitude
Your courage to face the night
It's bringing our days into light

Many before us have walked this road
Ancestor spirits walk beside us as we grow
Let's never forget our roots, seeds sewn
Life we've been given, the life we know

It's our turn to carry the torch
Light the way and change the course
I honor you for the role you play
The love you give, the prayer you pray

My people, this song's for you
My heart's filled with gratitude
Your courage to face the night
It's bringing our days into light

Your courage to face the night
It's bringing our days into light
Track Name: Mountain Tall
Mountain Tall, Ocean Wide
Love is Long
Steady on, Steady on

Mountain Rock, Ocean Tide
Love is Strong
Steady on, Steady on
Track Name: So it Goes
Miracles, every day
If you choose to see it that way
Love lost
Love found
Love is all around

As a river, life it flows
So it goes, ah ha
As a river, life it flows
So it goes

Breathing in, Breathing out
Sometimes all we can think about
Heart ache
Heart break
The heart makes our minds awake

As a river, life it flows
So it goes, ah ha
As a river, life it flows
So it goes
Track Name: Learning to Let Go
I am learning, learning to let go
i've been holding on for so long
I am learning, learning to let go
My fears, my story, my low

I got excited, excited about you
Oh something in the way you move
Well my heart sped up and I questioned my worth
Without even kissin' you first

Hey I'm learning, learning to let go
i've been holding on for so long
I am learning, learning to let go
My fears, my story, my low

I was waiting, waiting for you
To call, to make a move
I was waiting, waiting for you
I just didn't know what to do

'Cause I'm learning, learning to let go
I've been holding on for so long
I am learning, learning to let go
My fears, my story, my low

You see I thought there was something wrong
With my skin, my hair, in my bones
For so long I thought there was something wrong
'til I woke up and sang my song

Hey, I'm learning, learning to let go
I've been holding on for so long
I am learning, learning to let go
My fears, my story, my low

So now with the help of my friends
Through trials, tribulations, no end
I am finally starting to see
That there's nothing wrong with me

Hey, I'm learning, learning to let go
I've been holding on for so long
I am learning, learning to let go
My fears, my story, my low

I am learning, learning to let go
I've been holding on for so long
I am learning, learning to let go
My fears, my story my low
Track Name: Time to be Free
We are waking up from the night
The world is turning into the light
We've been waiting
All in good time

Time

Time to learn, Time to teach
Time for you and time for me
And it's time
Time to be free, yeah free

What we've been seeking, we finally find
All our illusions, we leave behind
oh, It is our time

Time

Time to forgive, time to see
Time to let go, and time to keep
And it's time
Time to be free, yeah free

The war is over, peace is alive
Take a deep breath, rest in this new life
That we know now
We know it's time

Time

Time for grace, time for ease
Time for love, and time for peace
And it's time
Time to be free, yeah free
Track Name: Turiya La Rue
Turiya la rue, la rue, la rue
Your mane so wild, your eyes so blue
Turiya la rue, la rue, la rue
The road, the road is you

I saw you once in a dream I had
My father and me sitting on the land
You came so close I could feel your breath
Feel your fierceness, love, and death

Turiya la rue, la rue, la rue
Your mane so wild, your eyes so blue
Turiya la rue, la rue, la rue
The road, the road is you

An owl, a tiger, a beast or a bird
My memory of you fades yet turns
By your power, your grace, your medicine, your trace
I pray you'll walk with me awake

Turiya la rue, la rue, la rue
Your mane so wild, your eyes so blue
Turiya la rue, la rue, la rue
The road, the road is you

Turiya la rue, la rue, la rue
The road, the road is you
Track Name: Rise
I sold my body
for a piece of mind
Stepped into the darkness
so that I might see the light

Rise

Just like a bird finds its wings
Off a branch into flight
Takes a kind of courage
And a deep respect, respect for life

Rise

So when you're sitting pretty
the sun and moon by your side
And when you're diggin' dirty
remember how you shine

Rise
Track Name: Don't Delay
Don't Delay
Say what you want to say
Time, it is now
You got nothing to lose anyhow

'Cause if you find yourself
questioning your truth
Open your heart to hear the answer
Listen up, listen close and near
It's the path to freedom from fear

Don't delay
Say what you want to say
Time, it is now
You got nothing to lose anyhow

If you find yourself
questioning your truth
Let your heart sing the answer
Sing it loud, sing it loud and clear
It's the path to freedom from fear

So don't delay
Play what you gonna play
Time, it is now
You got nothing to lose anyhow