Ever​-​Changing Light

by Don Paul

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Ever-Changing Light is make up of songs and poems that came to Don Paul in Louisiana.

Louisiana is of course an especially fecund place for American creativity. Both visitors--Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, Robert Stone, ...--and natives--Marie Laveau, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Clifton Chenier, the Neville Brothers, Donald Harrison, Randy Newman, ...--have brought up great stuff in this New and elsewhere in Louisiana.

Two groups of superb musicians worked with Don Paul on Ever-Changing Light. Evan Christopher, Alfred Roberts, Seizo Shibayama,
and Tom Worrell. And Mario Abney, Gene Harding, Zack Knewstub,
Matt Clark, Rick Nelson, and singer Cole Williams. What each player
in the sessions shares is a whole-hearted absorption with New Orleans
and the creations happening under their hands.

Don Paul is the leader or producer of 21 albums and the author of more than 25 books. His work has been praised by two of the leading critics
of their generations, Malcolm Cowley and John Aldridge, and by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tillie Olsen, Jeannette Armstrong, Wanda Sabir,
John Logan, All About Jazz, Jazz Iz, Factsheet Five, Option, and more.
He's recorded with Glenn Spearman, Lisle Ellis, Paul Plimley, India Cooke, Miya Masaoka, Ustad Salamat and Shafqat Ali Khan, Pablo Garcia, and Dhyani Dharma Mas. He currently works with Alex de Grassi and Hamid Drake in the GALLOP Trio. He was the youngest winner of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford, age 20 in 1971; qualified for the 1980 and 1988 U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon Trial; and held the World Road best for running 50 kilometers between 1982 and 1992.

In New Orleans he's served as Operations Director for Common Ground Relief in 2006 and as Director of Rebuild Green and of a project known as the Wesley United Digital Arts & Training Center.

"I'm so glad for the heart that the heart players put into tracks on Ever-Changing Light and very happy with the album overall.'

Brown Sugar, the WWOZ DJ celebrated by Bob Dylan, says: "Songs on this album make ME want to get up and dance!"

At least 50% of the proceeds from sales of Ever-Changing Light will go to Sticking Up For Children and SUFC's youth-education partners in Haiti and New Orleans. Please check out stickingupforchildren.com

credits

released January 13, 2017

Mario Abney trumpet and backing vocal
Evan Christopher clarinet
Matt Clark guitar and banjo
Gene Harding drums and timbalitos
Zack Knewstub piano, organ and Fender Rhodes
Rick G. Nelson, bass, guitar, and vibes
Alfred Roberts, congas and percussion
Seizo Shibayama guitar
Cole Williams-x vocals and percussion
Kaliq Woods clarinet
Tom Worrell piano and other keyboards

Recorded at Marigny Recording Studio with Rick G. Nelson engineer, except tracks 3, 6, 7, 8 recorded at Word of Mouth Studio with Tim Stambaugh engineer. Mixed by Don and Rick, April ans July and September 2015.

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Track Name: Dr. King Shines On Good For Everyone
(A)
Dr. King Dr. King

Dr. King Dr. King

(B)
Dr. King would never
Let a family sleep outside
Dr. King would never
Dodge and duck and hide
Dr. King would never
Take a dollar to be unkind
Dr. King would never,
Never not speak his mind

(C)
(pick-up) Dr. King from the Mountain-top your voice sounds
Dr. King you're the Drum-Major forever strong
Dr. King you never left the righteous Road
Dr, King you fought where you were called.

(A)
Dr. King Dr. King Dr. King Dr. King

(C)
Dr. King you said all deserve a home
Dr. King you said it's not about skin-tone
Dr. King you said all Wars are for Banks
Dr. King you would lift America and the world
Dr. King from the Mountain-top your voice sounds
Dr. King your Justice leads us on and on
Dr. King your soulful, smiling, angry Light
Still shines on good for everyone

For everyone
For everyone
For everyone


Dr. King
We're marching--marching--…
There's right and wrong
And we march with you
There's work for all
And we strike for you
There's freedom through justice
And we fight for you

Love creates, Hate negates
All good courage is God's grace
The time is always right
To do what's right
And all of Light and Love
Are gifts from God


We're marching and striking and fighting for you


Till we win the Dream that you spoke high
Till we win the Life that you spoke high
Till we win those Rights for everyone
Till we win the Life for everyone

Dr. King!
All that's good comes from God
And we can serve for you
We're marching and striking and fighting for you
Your shining, soulful, angry Light
Still shines on good for everyone

Dr. King!
All of God
And it's thanks to you
Dr. King!
All of good
And it's thanks to you
Dr. King!
We all can serve
And it's thanks to you

Thank you--Thank you--Thank you


(4:36) Clarinet, trumpet, drums--End
Track Name: Something You Got (I Love Your Feet!)
"Something You Got"
(A)
Something you got
Makes me want you hold you oh so tight
Something you got
Makes me want you every night

(B)
What you got
Is the top of a ferris wheel
What you got
Would bring a hound to heel
What you got
Would cause a crown to kneel
What you got
Is the gate and the seal

(A)
Something you gah-ah-ah-got
Is so bitter and so sweet
Something you gah-ah-ah-got
Makes a carnival of sleep

B)
What you got
Leaps across table and ridge
What you got
Kisses nose and eyelids
What you got
Leads where we have to go
What you got
Is the mist and wild rose
What you got
Is the sway, bump and flow
What you got
Ooh-oh-Oh--rocks my soul!

(A)
Something you gah-ah-ah-got
Something you gah-ah-ah-got
Ooh-oh-Oh--rocks my soul!
Ooh-oh-Oh--rocks my soul!
Ooh-ooh-Oh--I love your feet!
Ooh-ooh-Oh--knocks us off our feet!
Track Name: Louisiana Days, Louisiana Nights
"Louisiana Days,
Louisiana Nights"

Louisiana days, Louisiana nights
Rivers of dreams under ever-changing light

Sky of huge billows and blue
Catches sudden, cool breeze
Turns dark as Goya's Giant steps,
And brows of Hoodoos,
Cracks like Alligator's
Tail on doors of dungeons
Thunder and lightning shoot to the plain
Lightning and rain shoot to the plan
And the porch-sitters' opera
Plays on again,
Another morning to dawn
And the porch-sitters' opera
Plays on again,
Another morning to dawn

Louisiana days, Louisiana nights
Rivers of dreams under ever-changing light

And the beats in this place,
Never let up--they never stop
You heard me--Yeah, you're right--
Yeah, you're right--You heard me--
The beats that put Funk in Hip-Hop
Skips in two-step, swings in Swamp Pop
Leading left to right, right to left
The beats in branches
And in stones that haunt
Never let up--they never stop
You heard me--Yeah, you're right

Louisiana days, Louisiana nights
Rivers of dreams under ever-changing light

Freedom here be like nowhere else
Yeah, you're right--You heard me
You heard me--Yeah you're right
Freedom here be like nowhere else

Louisiana days, Louisiana nights
Rivers of dreams under ever-changing light.
Track Name: Storms Arise From The Eyes Of Men And Still The Second-Lines DANCE!
"Storms Arise From The Eyes Of Men /
And Still The Second-Lines Dance!"

Storms arise from the eyes of men
Who think abuse is not a sin.
They do not know that all of God
All of God--all of God
Comes back again
Comes back again--comes back again

The Levees broke.
Canals were overtopped.
Water rose and struck like a train or plot.
The people stood. Some who could fled.
Natives waved on rooftops to be fed
For days and nights
Of heat, sweat, shit,
Thunder and chopping sounds.
Or they swam, floated, waded, and trudged
Over blocks that their families had built
To a place named Superdome
And waited there, more days
Of heat, sweat, shit, thunder and chopping sounds,
With babies squalling on Astroturf.

The whole world saw--the whole world gaped--
The whole world asked:
"How can this be
In America, rich America?"

Soon help came from ev'ry corner--
All States and Continents--
One by one, one to one, and ones as one--
To bridge the Bridge and cross the Cross,
To lift and heal the hurt and torn,
To work in solidarity, not charity,


28 Animals Are Always Making Music


To do for sure
What remains undone
In blocks that grandfathers built
When there was work on docks.
Stories and lessons from Auntie
And Uncle Jim over lunch and supper,
No Smack and Crack on the corner....
To do for sure
What remains undone
Two, three, four, five, more years after
Water rose and struck like a train or plot
And left blocks of boarded windows
Knee-high grass, fallen frames, X's for addresses--
Lower Ninth Ward, Upper Ninth Ward,
Eighth Ward, Seventh Ward, Central City, …--
Lots and houses without a Road Home,
Lots and houses left by malign neglect,
Two, three, four, five, more years after
Water rose and struck like a train or plot

And still they dance!
Still the second-lines dance!
Still the Indians mask and dance!
Still the walks of Church people dance!
Still the buskers and street acrobats dance!
They dance--dance--dance--dance--dance! …
Track Name: My Mother's Spirit Speaks To Me
My mother's spirit speaks to me,
Whispering of eternity.

Framed birds of Asia,
Cherry blossoms,
Snows of Manitoba
Blowing into New Orleans' Mississippi,
Valley of the Rogue and Shakespeare's nights too,
Cock of a hip to Basie's beats,
Twinkling smile both you and old,
Twists from the Black, fears of the Brown--
Oh, my mother,
Ashes now five years ago thrown,
You tell like Dust nothing is past.
Light through Sky. Light through Earth.
How good--how good--how good
You're here--you're here--you're here
With my new Haitian wife.

My mother's spirit speaks to me,
Whispering of eternity.