‘Casa Get Down’ Liner Notes

A view of heaven – the great palace of eternal music – with a modern frame of reference. Continue reading below the graphic for more about specific lyrics and phrases.


This song came together on its own during a time of soul-searching and longing for the hope of a bright tomorrow. But then I saw tomorrow’s night club with the holiest of holies spinning records for his fans.

Big house right outside of town
Reminiscent of Audio Adrenaline’s Big House, another song with a modern (for 1993) view of heaven Also a reference to just how close the realm of eternity is to ours.

Casa Get Down
A pretty cool name for a house of endless dancing, if I do say so myself.

The cover free
To enter costs nothing. Or everything. Or both.

I’ll put you on the way
I know where the ladder is. I can show how to enter.

Shake your troubles
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

Feel the beat so subtle
There’s always been an undercurrent of stillness and quiet in the voice of God.

Many mountains to move
The often told measure of faith, so freely expressed in Casa Get Down.

Like you’ve never aged
We’ll be healthy and whole, wanting for nothing.

Eyes are drawn to the open stage
Only the throne is lit

Daniel, who saw it, said God’s throne was ablaze with flames. In this viewing, the spotlight is on the turntable and the music is perfect.

King over a house of sin
Mission: To seek and to save the lost.
Purpose: A free gift given to those who’d never make it on their own.
Vision: Bright, majestic, a place to approach with boldness.
Values: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Everybody takes a bow
[A] Every knee shall bow

Every voice shouting out in every tongue
[B] Every tongue confess

The host starts shaking like a tower of power
Not just any host. The biggest baddest, raddest host of all. The lord of hosts.

Spin ‘Espírito Santo’
To spin a record is to play it. DJ lingo, for those not in the know. Espírito Santo is the chart-topping hit that never gets old.


‘Casa Get Down’ Liner Notes

‘If I’m Coming Back’ Liner Notes

A love song from just outside the dominion of linear time. Continue reading below the lyrics for a few notes about the poetry.


As with many poems, the ultimate meaning is elusive and complex. We see shades of love and affirmation, as if the singer is seen as having been lost to the hearer.

Trade in my memories of heaven
Reminiscent of a near-death experience, in which the sufferer glimpsed eternity (a fairly well known tale). But the one who has witnessed the light in that way and then regained consciousness is seen to have lost something in the here and now. 

Remember your face
A nod to those with prosopagnosia, perhaps.

Be in this place
Stay here just one day
A couple more polite references to an altered consciousness.

They say everything’s bigger in Texas
It’s true. They really do say this. Ever been to the Big Texan?

Forgot my age
a) rhymes with sage. b) fits with the theme.

I was bigger too
Hard times have a way of growing, teaching, and cultivating a greater empathy within us.

What is love but a list of offenses
That you’ve chosen to never write down
A counterpoint to ‘love is a battlefield.’

Took all my money
Money is an analogy for love, here and in another song of mine. Love is the purest currency of all, but it’s meant to be given, not spent; wasted, not saved.

You wonder if I’m coming back
I’m right here, take my hand, be with me
This line works like a chorus; it’s the refrain that reframes. Sometimes it’s the ones who are ‘whole’ that need to be made well. The Man from Nazareth made a reference like this, turning perspective on its head. Sometimes it’s good to look at things differently.

“I’m not as gone as I look!”

‘If I’m Coming Back’ Liner Notes

‘Inch by Inch’ Liner Notes

Here’s a song about lost love and longing for living, written almost entirely in the driver’s seat. Continue reading below the lyrics for a little more about it.


I like to sing while I drive (don’t we all?), and quite a few of my songs came from my own private behind-the-wheel concerts, way back in my P.I. days. This one got started by singing an intentionally mispronounced Sepulveda, a street name exit on several LA freeways.

hauling freight
by night
a heavy weight
to right

Now that’s a lot of -ights!

Separated by miles and misunderstandings
Setting up the theme for faded love.

Separated by smiles
The most troubling line in the whole song. How can something that connects people be used to push them apart? And yet it happens all the time.

Anything to give you the edge
Even in intimate relationships, it’s no surprise to see acts of competition take place.

Making up is for fools
I saw a soul controlled by pride

Soon as you get out
I saw the one who committed treason rushing out to hurt again.

Watching the flowers grow
When nature is your sacred pathway.

In your heart for years
This phrase was scribbled in my notebook to help me remember how old this song is, and inadvertently became the foundation for the second verse when nothing else came to mind.

There on the open road
You seek your independence to flee the safe, beautiful world you know.

Within your heart
Try as you might, you can’t fool me. I see your longing for companionship.

‘Inch by Inch’ Liner Notes

Only Place to Be

My dear friend,

Life is for more than eating and drinking, watching and buying. Our body is worth more than the clothes we put on it. We can do more than just consume.

Let’s think about the joy that comes from the soul of the divine, the peace that comes from living a right and full life.

Don’t get sidetracked and stuck. Don’t buy a house along the road and forget how it feels to travel. Come, run the race! This road we’ve found is love, and it’s the only place for you and me. Love is the only place to be.

love is any road
you run with me


Only Place to Be

‘When I Went to Heaven’ Liner Notes

Looking for the lost along the road, then kicked to the curb himself.

Continue reading (below the lyrics) for a little more on the story.


This is one of the oldest songs in my catalog. Although the music and lyrics seem very simple, there’s a bit more to it than meets the ear.

Video available online: 11/2/16 home studio demo

When I went to heaven
I gained entry to the holy city. I found the house of God.

I did not fit in
I looked the part, knew the sacred texts, and pushed the right blood through my veins. Yet my own people want nothing to do with me.

So I went to Oakland
I am happy by the well, in the villages, teaching on the hillside. I walk with the people.

Saw my favorites in
Sounds like “saw my favorite sin.” Both phrasings meet the same end: adopting the worst of the orphans and bringing them into refuge.

I think you need to go and chase them
Move along now, they said. Go play your little games out there in the mud.

They threw me out the door
Yes, I’ve been rejected.

They said I’d be broken
Yes, I’ve been reviled.

I came back for more
But I’ll be resurrected.

I know the sun chase rays
From the eastward to the west

Not half as hard as I could chase you
“If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.”

You know I understand
“The student is not above the teacher.”

And when they push you
“When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next.”

I’ll comfort you
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

In my hand
Here’s another song: I’m in his hands

‘When I Went to Heaven’ Liner Notes

‘Oh Whenever’ Liner Notes

A loudly sung bedtime lullaby. You can continue reading a few notes about specific lines (below the lyrics)


 This song was written almost entirely under the cover of darkness. It started as a super loud parody of a bedtime song, but it took shape very quickly and never had a chance to get any quieter. It is by far the most requested song in my household’s bedtime playlist.

Video available online: Oh Whenever – 1/4/17

Got to go to sleep and dream
Let’s teach our little ones the value of a good rest. Let’s bless them with sweet dreams and a sense of security in the world around them.

My old best friend Sam
I really did have a childhood “best friend” named Sam once. He wasn’t kind to me, and belittled me. When I think about him I remember how hard it can be to be a kid. What can I do to make it better for others?

Take a look inside, check the attitudes I hide
A nod to introspection. Let’s be honest with ourselves and honest with others.

You see me for all I am
I see you for what you can be

It’s a job of the guardian to encourage potential in those under our care. They can’t do that for us. They can only see us for the truth of who we are in our word and deed. But we can see and believe in the hope of their future, and we can help them get there.

Whenever paper touches pen
We’re writing stories in their hearts with every interaction. I also really like the wording and melody here.

With these eyes of mine, the life there begins
A reminder that they are watched over with loving, life-giving eyes.

I see opportunity to believe
We model faith to others. Let us never forget that high and sacred calling.

Make it in, say it for you, shout it out
We take every opportunity to help write the brightest future into the stories of their lives. This is pure love.

You are not alone
Answering the deepest fear of many a childhood. A promise. A blessing.

Unwritten lyrics
At the end of the 2nd stanza, the line:

Be. Oh, come on, be you.

At the end of the song, a brief instrumental, followed by:

At night I’ve got to go now
Got to go to sleep
And when I dream, I dream of you

‘Oh Whenever’ Liner Notes

Love and Rough Waters

Two commonly used signs of inclement weather approaching:

Red in the morning, sailors take warning
Red at night, sailors delight

If you see a ring around the moon
You’ll likely see it raining soon

Relationships are tested by resolve in rough waters. Blessed are they who see the storm approaching and don’t turn back. Blessed are they who sail many seas.

storm is brewing
waves are crested
love is better
when it’s tested


Love and Rough Waters