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blaze

It’s about feeling very much alive. It’s about the memories of leaving town on an ordinary work day, past the usual sights that don’t look so usual any more because you have made your break with it. It’s about the point where the prairie suddenly changes, and the road drops down as the land goes from endless flat to carved out canyon-lands. I other words, life gets deep and complex and interesting.

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There will be beautiful lives lived out full and long
Long after the transition when the oil is gone
There will be gardens green and houses warm
Good livelihoods providing for the hearth and home

So when the sadness seeps
Through the cracks of grief
Hopelessness will speak
From the dark and deep...
That’s just the oil talking to ya
It says you got no choice
That’s just the oil talking to ya
But there’s a brighter voice

There will be kitchens full and parties loud
Inviting conversations with the neighbor crowd
There will be bright ideas - ways to get things done
Time to raise a family and time for fun

Right now it’s harder to hear over the Huxleyan toys
Drowning out the answer with the engine noise
But there’s a world outside that we have still not seen
Because we’re busy being driven by the old machine
We see the same old new upon the same old screen
— Oil Talkin' to Ya'

Reverie

There is a subtle musical instrument on this recording that adds to what you hear. It’s the room. Not just that it’s a great sounding studio with great microphones and all that, the cool part was that it wasn’t just the microphones that were listening. The Monastery was filled with listeners who had come long distance to help with this live recording of all new songs. We told them up front that this was going to be a different sort of concert.  No applause at the end of each song until the last guitar note had faded out. Especially with new songs, the people I’m playing for always affect the way I play. I can feel their hearts somehow.

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I had the entrance codes - I was your man
Sirens and pistol shots - Cancel the plan
Run for the loading dock - Back to the van
Wait for me - All I see
The cop say freeze - I’m on my knees
I’m falling Angeline

YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO FREE

Down in the holding cell - Questions got rough
Nothing could make me tell - What happened with us
Angeline - You’re all I need
I can feel no harm - When I’m in your arms
It’s easy Angeline

Inside the razor wire - Always for you
I’d burn like a house on fire - thinking you knew
All along - These walls are strong
It would make me free - If I could be
Your hero Angeline

Dig my way back to you - Under the Earth
Most of us never see - All that we’re worth
Down deep - Memories
I can make my way - Through the stone and clay
I’m crawling Angeline

So lovely in angel wings - See through my eyes
Don’t change a single thing - Keep the disguise
Halloween - All a dream
I may never leave - But I make believe
We’re flying Angeline
— Angeline

Open Hand

You know, if you've ever fallen through the ice, what it's like to be so focused that you feel suddenly enlightened. All the superfluous thoughts are instantly gone because you know that if you are to survive, all of your attention is required. Well, this was sort of like that. My passion for getting these songs recorded with all of my heart and all of my voice influenced  thousands of small decisions, so that everything mattered and all of me was required. Even little decisions like what to have for lunch became infused with a deeper question: what would be best for the music?

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In the future that we used to imagine
The one they pictured in those old magazines
Their tomorrow-land is so old fashioned
A delusion of the modern dream
But they had a skyway to the city towers
And we’re still rocking over stones and tar
I’ve been crawling down the freeway for hours
I want my fusion-powered flying car

This ain’t the modern world that I remember
The one they promised all us boys and girls
This ain’t the vision that the artist rendered
What happened to my modern world?

They said my leisure time was gonna be bitchin
I’d have my holographic TV phone
And we’d be cooking in our One Button kitchen
In our aluminum dymaxion home
With the enlightened ones leading the nations
Bringing peace around the world at last
A utopia of cooperation
Where injustice is a thing of the past

It’s just a bunch of big baby boomers
Trying to snatch the last cookie and run
It’s such a comfort to the guilty consumer
If Armageddon had already begun
’Cause if the world’s a box of chocolate cherries
Then they can use it up and toss it away
They make it post-apocalyptic and scary
To even dream about the future today
— Modern World

Airstream

Please keep hands and feet inside the vehicle until it has come to a complete stop. These are travel songs, but hopefully they're not just postcards of what I've seen. Each of these songs has a particular vantage point, but together they outline an inside journey that shows not just what I've been looking at, but rather how our travels have changed the way I see. 

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I swallowed a secret it worked like a charm
It never got to me it did me no harm
The first time was easy but this time it kills
’Cause the secret broke open and the poison has spilled

I walked it through customs like nothing to hide
The secret I carry is hidden inside
But inside it busted started burning like hell
Like truth under pressure burning to tell

And I know in my soul that it’s poison
This secret I carry inside
And I know it will cut and tear at my gut ‘till I die
My little white lie

There are secrets you carry; it’s what we all do
You keep them well hidden. You smuggle them through
Like something unspoken, like that lump in your throat
You choke it down quickly like a crumpled up note

In my gut I can feel it: my little white lie
It made me feel daring; it made me feel high
But the secret’s not keeping. It all comes apart
And the poison is speaking straight to my heart
— Little White Lie

Vista

Hello my friend. I wish I could be there to see these songs find you, wherever you are, as you listen to this CD. I don't want to just write a postcard from the place these songs can take you. I'd rather we were on a road trip with this CD playing. I could see your reaction as the songs come back around and carry us through the miles.

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Out Beyond Ideas

This is a collection of ancient mystic poems, drawn from across the world's major faith traditions, made into songs by David Wilcox and Nance Pettit. This project benefits the Partners in Conflict and Partners in Peacebuilding Project at The Center for International Development and Conflict Management, based out of the University of Maryland. This project works to end intractable conflicts around the world through new and innovative person to person diplomacy.

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Into the Mystery

These days, there's so much adversity and loss of hope that anything you can offer that's on the positive side is a welcome relief. This record goes through some tough issues and carries a stronger hope by the time it reaches the end. That hope is that our lives will have greater meaning because we have this opportunity to do some emotional alchemy. To take this sorrow and hopelessness and to transform it, and to see that it's because of this frightening backdrop that our lives are going to mean something, that our actions will mean something.

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Live Songs & Stories

I have never believed that my voice or my guitar were worth listening to because of how well I sing or play. But I will stand up for a song that has something to say because I believe in the message. I believe in the power of a clear humble song to change lives. I used to get nervous before a gig because I wondered if I deserved to be up in front of all those people. "Of course you don't deserve it," the music answered, "But that's not the right question. There's something that matters more than what you deserve. Look at these people who have come out on a night like tonight to gather in these four walls to maybe feel something that will wake them up to life again. The question is not what you deserve, but what they deserve. They deserve to feel something clear and strong, and if all they've got here tonight is you, then for their sake, get out of your own way and let the music through. So, here are some songs. I hope they serve.

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The Very Best of David Wilcox

Some people look at a glass and say it's half empty. David Wilcox looks at a glass and wonders about the people who left their fingerprints on it, the milestones they were toasting, the breakups they were mourning.

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What You Whispered

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Underneath

Though Wilcox' topics may at first seem discouraging, his sensitive and human handling of them teach us all to find the music in even the most difficult aspects of our lives.

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Turning Point

To you: This recording project has been a two-year process and there's a big cast of characters who gave it life. As I think back on the whole story, I am thankful for everyone who was there along the way. 

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East Asheville Hardware

Comic, bawdy, whimsical, sentimental, touching, these songs are in essence novelty material, and it is one of the characteristics of novelty songs that, like jokes, they are at their best the first time you hear them.

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Big Horizon

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Home Again

May these songs serve you well. I guess I should just let them go and trust that they'll say what they need to say to you.

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How Did You Find Me Here

I think an evening of music is a chance to peek around the walls that keep us all feeling like strangers. I like it when it's person-to-person, vulnerable and brave. Then everyone knows that the performer is not the source. I think that the best thing a player can do is to get out the way so that the music can get by. So these are not big-time songs. They fit just fine in a living room. The songs are about life and death, and a hope that keeps coming back somehow.

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The Nightshift Watchman

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