Notes from a Quiet Corner

by Dogtrax

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Beneath the Ruins (Lives the Sun) When the world goes quiet when the winds bring snow to the spring when the streets are all silent and the words don’t seem to mean a thing I’ll sing a song for you and if you listen maybe you’ll hear it, too We’ll tell the stories of these lost days of how we stood by the door to watch it fade We all knew the dark would come but beneath the ruins there lives the sun I’ll sing a song for you and if you listen maybe you’ll hear it, too I’ll write a song for you and if you’re singing maybe I’ll hear it, too (copyright 2020 Kevin Hodgson)
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Connect with You Taking every step, every step so slow so we can make it back to a world we know But every single day, seems like it's floating away trapped inside, no means of escape So I’m sending out a signal on the video lines hoping if you hear me that you’re doing fine ‘cause if you’ve got time, I’ll connect with you Let me count the ways we’re wasting away we could be out in the world, making a change All I want to do is sit and listen to you Just a laugh and a voice and a battle for truth So I’m sending out a signal on the video lines hoping if you hear me that you’re doing fine ‘cause if you’ve got time, I’ll connect with you I never once thought that we’d be here worrying about each other from far and near and I’ve got the time if you connect with me When it’s all gone small and reduced to the screen when the distance between us is more than we’ve seen We can still find a way to get on through You keep an eye on me and I’ll keep an eye on you So I’m sending out a signal on the video lines hoping if you hear me that you’re doing fine ‘cause if you’ve got time, I’ll connect with you I never once thought that we’d be here worrying about each other from far and near and I’ve got the time if you connect with me (copyright 2020 Kevin Hodgson)
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We Got Shadows (Bring the Light) When every day is like yesterday and tomorrow’s just the same We wander in, yeah, me and you we’re doing fine, yeah, we’re OK We take the good and the bad Sometimes it’s sad but what are we gonna do? We got shadows We got shadows Where there’s shadows I bring the light for you The news on the phone caught us alone took our breath and closed our eyes a moment of fate -- you can’t escape but you feel like you’re falling inside Watch the starlight -- watch the moonlight watch the whole night slowly fade sit in quiet -- a soft surrender not a word or a world away (Copyright 2020 Kevin Hodgson)
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Faucet Drop I hear your footsteps walking on the floor -- before dawn In the times before, I’d be up, and you’d be gone Now we take our time Sitting side by side Though the world keep moving we just stop to rest inside I never listened enough to the words you had to say I was so bound up in myself I’d brush it all away Now here we sit we let the faucet drip sharing this moment and hoping we remember it Sometimes, we’re quiet We don’t need to say a thing We’re so close together It’s a wonder we can even think Then I feel your hand I think you understand if we’re quarantined together I’ll forever be your loving man (copyright 2020 Kevin Hodgson)
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I Ain’t Moving (From My Easy Chair) Is it a Monday? or is it a Sunday? I seem to lose track of time Is it morning? Or is it evening? I’m sure I’m losing my mind No, I ain’t moving from my easy chair tell the world, I disappeared You can’t move me if I don’t care tell the world that I disappeared Is that a news show? Is this a game show? I don’t know the truth anymore When home is the work site and work is the home life I pull the plug and shut the door Chorus When the food is gone and the cupboards bare and I’ve chewed through every box that was there Still I won’t go I’m hanging on I’ve got soup cans and dried beans somewhere Chorus (Copyright 2020 Kevin Hodgson)
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We Won’t Be Missing You I hear a whole of talking but I don’t see a change out here You might be on the screen but we don’t have to hear I see your mouth still moving and reality disappears If you listen to the whispers - the whispers are everywhere We don’t surely know where this is gonna go When you’re gone We ain’t gonna shed a tear I know you got a lot of money and you think that makes you cool then you turn your back and you act so frickin’ cruel If I had to find a reason - I might resort to fool But all those people listen so what are we gonna do? We don’t surely know where this is gonna go when you’re gone we won’t be missing you I got my own news station playing inside my head it’s got static and its tragic, to hear what it is you said the world’s gone crazy and all you wanna know instead is if the hotel’s standing and the money flowing again We don’t comprehend how this is gonna end when you’re gone we won’t be missing you
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Words Left Behind Nothing ever happens if the wheel won’t spin we sink / we fall we find our way again All we ever wanted was faith inside to close / our eyes to the things left behind I’m here and you’re there and all our plans have disappeared I’m quiet so silent All these words no one will hear You’re always finding stones in the stream rubbed smooth / by time like a mirror in a dream All I ever wonder what it is to keep of this time / in our lives when it falls out of reach (Copyright 2020 Kevin Hodgson)

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These songs and instrumental pieces were all written from the start of our pandemic isolation period -- March 13, 2020 through summer 2020 -- and were a creative way for me to process the world.

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released June 29, 2020

Thanks to Leslie Skantz-Hodgson for singing and for Bob Scalzo for some lyrical concepts and to my students for inspiration

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Dogtrax Northampton, Massachusetts

I am a sixth grade teacher who dabbles in music. I play saxophone in bands and have been writing songs for many years now. Some make it to the stage. Others never leave my head.

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