Song for Bill Cunningham (for Matt)

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I'll never understand it
You gotta show up empty-handed
And seek what can't be found
- Song for Bill Cunningham, JJB


Song for Bill Cunningham
(for Matt)

He’s a boy – a dear boy
A daydreaming,
A creekside-walking boy
And he can barely hold it together
Given trees, given stones
Given the clouds, the moon,
The sunlight filling his room
Twisting and dancing
And bending and falling

Try as you might
You can fight
But you never will hold it together
When you’re waking up alive
To a new morning
Into the living dream

You’re a boy
You’re a girl
You’re waking up
To the wonder that’s this world
And you can barely hold it together
Be wide-eyed, slow-moving
Be a friend to the lonely
In all of your restless wandering
And ain’t there so much world to see?


Bring your pencil
Your camera
Your notebook
Your piano
We’ll lay our burdens down
I’ll never understand it
You have to show up empty-handed
And seek what can’t be found

I’m a boy – I’m a man
I’m fighting the tears
Writing about Bill Cunningham
And I can barely hold it together
He rides
On his bike
Through the streets of a city
Filled with so much light
(And color)
And he could barely hold it together

Are you waking up alive?
Baby be waking up alive…

rafflemyheart music, 2017


from Light Years, released January 26, 2018
Jonathan J Bower: Acoustic Guitars, Vocals, Lyrics
Evan Phillips: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Tambourine, Keys, & Vocals
James Glaves: Electric Guitars
Silas Hoffman: Electric & Upright Bass
Cameron Cartland: Drums & Percussion
Alex Cruver: Upright Piano & Keyboards


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Jonathan J. Bower Anchorage, Alaska

On the release of his 2012 EP, But So Beautiful, The Anchorage Press wrote, “[This is] masterful storytelling. These songs weave beautiful, forlorn tales in a matter of minutes, but with a defiant note of hope.” The songs on 2018's Light Years album play like postcards & snapshots written during an endless road trip around Alaska - or along every other dreamy, scenic stretch of highway anywhere... ... more

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