Into the Wind
'Into the Wind' is dedicated to the memory of our fathers who have conquered the seas and sailed into paradise. Into the wind is a sweet, sorrowful ode to a man who loved the water; as a boy playing in the Kishwaukee River, and through life gracefully as a man who loved sailing and quiet waters. The phrase in this song, 'turn into the wind, and slow this boat down on this wave swept water that I sail...' refers to this man's passage into the next world, as the boat faces into the wind, the power is out of the sails and the vessel's captain is at complete rest. 'Simple Path' is a spiritual journey to find peace. 'Loving It Here In Austin' was written for an Austin Song Contest, and well establishes the special sights and sounds and feel of being here in this special city. 'On the Radio' was inspired by Jimmy's commute into Austin, listening to the radio, watching the sunrise, and then describes the feelings of going home 'through this tangled steel forest, I travel..' 'Must be Sand' has an exotic, mid-Eastern feel, with interesting percussion and lyrics about a love left, without having said good bye. This is a sad, but beautiful song. 'Sí Se Puede' means Yes We Can in Spanish. This has a strong, African inspired drum beat, and a chorus of voices singing the anthem with enthusiastic, motivational lyrics. 'I Fall In Love' is Eric Mancilla's sweet ode to a woman loved at first sight, first kiss, with no other challenges to his affection, but she becomes his only love, his only attraction. 'Addiction Song' originally had lyrics of an addicts denial and lies, but we made this into a beautiful sax-filled instrumental piece, very mellow and thoughtful. 'Living After All' is Jimmy's ode to taking off for the river to kayak, instead of worrying about chores! 'I Call Your Name' is another exotic piece with a nostalgic perception of one's ancestors in this narrator's life as a boy and a man. It speaks to the power (or perception of same) of youth, then to the tenuous nature of realizing death is but a step away at any given time. 'And So It Goes' is a settling instrumental piece, that would seem to be a good place for the album to end, however... 'The Fog' crashes in and stirs up some excitement about walking out on a ledge with a panic 'rising up in me.' 'Serenity' is sung by grammy-nominated Drew Womack, and is solid modern country music. It speaks to the demands of life and a desire to find space for oneself, for serenity.