Thoughts Along the Way

by LeGrand Hutchings

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www.legrandhutchings.com

I am LeGrand (pronounced simply ‘luh-grand'), I write music and sing. Most of what I’ve done in life is entrepreneurial. Raised in Colorado, my first gig was serving as roadie for my mother’s one woman show and working as all-around-lackey for my older brother’s recording studio. My mother's singing, my brother's piano, jazz, old musicals and Ackerman’s Windham Hill were often in the air about this time.

I later moved to Northern California, where the guitar arrived for the first time and with it came a return to musical roots. The songs revealed here in this self-published debut album called Thoughts Along the Way are simply the result of life experiences colliding with music over the last few years.

At times it is deeply personal and sober and at others it is ardently curious or just playful. If my music resonates with you, feel free to let me know. It means we share a bit of community and connection.

***I just want to add a note of thanks here to all of you who have been ordering this album. Much love and gratitude to you. -- LeGrand

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released March 29, 2017

Album Credits:

We recorded at Basement 3 Productions in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California where Kenny Schick, produced, mixed, and mastered. He also performed the guitar solos, the saxophone, and backup vocals.  Thanks to Sabine Hauser-Schick and Mary Stewart Porter, for sharing your voices and to Kristin Garbeff for the cello.   Thanks to Ralph Martian, Sabine and Kenny for all collaborating to make the album cover.   The remaining photography is the work of Peter M. Lewis.  

I wrote the songs, lyrics, music and performed vocals, acoustic guitar, whistling & ukulele.   I made this because it gave me breathe; it was lifting for me and I hope it does the same for you listening to it.   -- LeGrand

for dave 

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Track Name: Mars
M A R S

desert of red,
sunsets of blue
and chemical winds
that break right through

fifty below,
two moons above
a pure life, no loans on love

dress me in rust, from head to toe
I’ll lay on your chest
until I know

Mars, won’t you, save me, save me, from myself
Mars, won’t you, save me, save me, from myself

every oxide crease and row
the valley floors
where water flowed

tilt and sway
twirl and play
your orbit
is my new faith

heliacal streak the sky
and heal these wounds
of grief inside

Mars, won’t you, save me, save me, from myself
Mars, won’t you, save me, save me, from myself

sail away
to save the fields

and seal your faith
into these hands

oh I will lay,
until I know,

Mars, won’t you, save me, save me, from myself
Mars, won’t you, save me, save me, from myself

you draw me into you
draw me into you

we’re both just old made new
we’re both just old made new
Track Name: Everyday Is Perfect Here
Everyday Is Perfect Here

not sure if I remember,
my life before this place
joy has now taken over,
and filled in old space

with love of friends found
we're planting roots here
feel strong arms around
whenever we have tears

everyday is perfect here,
it doesn't bother me,
we don’t know how long it’ll be
everyday is perfect here,
I am perfectly free, I am perfectly me

I wake up every morning,
it's in my heart to stay
I know this goes on without me,
but we get today

when did I last tell you,
how I Iove your face
take your hand in mine,
and let's walk in the rain.

everyday is perfect here,
it doesn't bother me,
we don’t know how long it’ll be
everyday is perfect here,
I am perfectly free, I am perfectly me

I know there's no easy way
and I've got no one to blame
that's why I have to choose,
everyday

my soul lives again,
it has no edge or end
It goes on forever with you,
my friends

everyday is perfect here,
it doesn't bother me,
we don’t know how long it’ll be
everyday is perfect here,
I am perfectly free,
I am perfectly me

I am perfectly free
Track Name: Riot Girl
Riot Girl

turn the crank open the sky
how does this world
let your love hide
oh I never know the right words
and I never sing the right verse
but I always say
what I feel

please don’t say that I can’t fly
I have these dreams I go so high

I put my heart here in this jar
look and see, who it’s for
oh I never pick the riot girl
all I want to find is my girl
oh could it be
is it you?

please don’t say that I can’t fly
I have these dreams I go so high,
with you

am I too set in my peculiar ways
to find true love in all this haze
is it that way for you?

turn the crank open the sky
how does this world let your love hide
I never know the right words
and I never sing the right verse
and I never pick the riot girl,
riot girl, riot girl
with you
Track Name: Keep You
Keep You

a summer day, on the ferris wheel
long dark hair, looks that steal
a beat, from my heart, oh please

like a firefly dancing in the setting sun
I know something has just begun
oh wait, just wait,
I’m walking your way

I wanna to meet you like a bird wants the sky
I wanna to meet you, oh how hard I’ll try
I wanna meet you, I just wanna meet you

now I ask you on a magic carpet ride
with cotton candy teeth, we talk all night
oh now, I know what they mean, wow
between jip joints milk bottles drop
oh how you make my heart stop
I reach for your hand, you take mine, I say

I wanna keep you, in my lungs
like a breathe of air,
keep you close,I know that this is rare,
keep you, oh I,
just wanna keep you

I walk you home a perfect night
you lean in under your porch light
and whisper in my ear,
I wanna keep you

I wanna keep you in a safe, like a bar of gold
keep you in my heart as we grow old
keep you, oh I, just wanna keep you

I wanna keep you,
I just wanna keep you,

I wanna keep you,
I just wanna keep you

keep you in my lungs like a breathe of air
keep you close we know that this rare
keep you
oh I just wanna keep you
all for me
Track Name: Best Way Through (Acoustic)
Best Way Through

walk with me and I’ll walk with you,
and we will find the best way through

carry me, and I’ll carry you,
and we will find, the best way through

I’ve walked this beach, I know this sand,
I’ve seen this tried time and time again
footprints, a set of two, oh now there’s one,
yeah, it’s a better way, a better time, but
I know it’s you,
I know it’s just you,
thank you

carry me, I’ll carry you,
and we will find the best way through

on this beach I thought I was alone
I heave my burdens, one by one
but I’m lifted from the bellows of despair,
into that bright life giving air
I know it’s you,
I know it’s just you
thank you

laugh with me and I’ll cry with you,
and together we will find
the best way through

together is the right way,
together is the right way,
together is the right way

and we will find the best way through
yeah, we will find the best way through
Track Name: Take Me with You
Take Me with You

tell me there’s no wrong way
to stumble through this life
I’d feel so much better,
nothing I do is right

if you decide to run away
take me with you, take me with you

and if you find, a place to hide
hide me with you, hide me with you

I wasn’t always this way,
I didn’t see this bend
but roads twist, roads turn,
things break that don’t mend

if you decide to run away
take me with you, take me with you

and if you find, a place to hide
hide me with you, hide me with you

cause, only you can save me
how did I paint this room
and forget to leave,
a way out

let’s decide here tonight
take me with you
take me with you
hold me close
hold me tight
hide me with you
hide me with you
let’s run away
let’s run away
take me with you