I AM LUFF (The Album and Story)

This is the album in order. I hope you enjoy.

1. Wake Up
2. Risk to the Wild
3. Windward
4. Boxy Boxy
5. Driven
6. Smilers Paradise
7. Counting On You
8. Face the Truth
9. Order
10. A Okay
11. What is Missing

 

Download the Luff  Story PDF:  I am Luff Story

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Smilers Paradise

This song is about the place where Luff ended up when it got tired of responsibility. He was lulled into his old comfort and safety zone and forgot about his journey for a while. Luff eventually found his way back, but the Smilers were relentless. They are those who would convince you that they know best and would sell you their own mother if it would profit them, but they would have a clause in the contract that they would get their mother back too. They have everything just right to fool you.

Sit back and relax and enjoy the Smilers.

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Order

This song is a representation of the system in Luff’s world called “Order”. The song represents the disarray and arrogance of the system. The sounds and noises are created using basic consumer items. I intentionally left out the normal structure of song although there is some elements of one that exists. I think that the same is true in our current system of government. I believe that there is potential to get everything back in sync, but it will take a massive effort and the system doesn’t want to be bother about it. I hope you enjoy or hate this song. It is a purposeful mess.

This junk’s too big
You can’t control it
This junk is rigged
So don’t console it

Just crave the power
Desire the pleasure
Just wait and see
You’re beyond your needs

See the Loot and
Take the bounty
Everything is in the mix
you can’t see the tricks

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A Okay

This little tune came about for Luff after he had been down for sometime. He may not have gotten up yet, but he is being encouraged to find the positive aspects of every situation. Could it be that others are telling him to ignore his problems. What do you think? Does this a suggest a possible “ostrich with its head in the sand” attitude that much of our society, politicians, government, financiers may have?

Pandoras’ box had hope left in it after releasing all of the bad. Is hope good or bad? Does it help or hurt? Does it create a false sense of security and blind one to real danger or does it pump up confidence and get us to stand up and keep moving to solve problems? What will Luff do?

On a rainy day
You know the sun is up there
Somewhere
Above the clouds
It’s still bright and shining

On a long day
The time just seems to drag
On and on
But you know I’m glad
It keeps ticking along.

We could start thinking
That it never will end
And wondering
If it will ever get better again
We could let it take us down
Or we can believe and sing
Everything, everything
Is gonna be

A-e-yay-e-yay-e-ohoo-kay
It’s gonna be
A-e-yay-e-yay-e-ohoo-kay

When you’re feeling low
And your head is hanging
Way down
At least you can see
Where your feet are walking

If you’ve been knocked down
And you’re laying flat out
On the ground
It’s a good view of the sky
Soon you’ll be flying

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Boxy Boxy

This song is about Luff’s look at how people in his world starts building and using aegis boxes. He remembered building his aegis box in school so he goes there to see how it is done now. When walking down the hall he notices a classroom learning the same thing he had learned many years before. In fact, they were singing the same song, “Boxy Boxy”. This is the song I created for the album about that part of Luff’s journey.

 

Boxy Boxy Lyrics

I’ll keep my box
Safe and secure
I’ll keep it near
And close to me
I’ll stay inside
My safety zone
I’ll never leave
My box alone

Aegis Aegis
Boxy Boxy
Keep it safe
Locky, locky
Enviro toxy toxy
Let’s all build our aegis boxy

Safety is
My recipe
My safety zone
Is where I’m free
There is danger
That’s for sure
I’ll keep my box
Safe & secure

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What Is Missing?

When many voices get together with a like mind and a desire to help and not hurt others they can share their thoughts as one voice. The idea behind this song is to suggest that we keep vigilant about the things and forces around us. It is about sharing what we have learned without trying to force it upon others, but with enough conviction that hopefully others will at the very least take a look around them. It is about trying to get other to keep their eyes open and be aware. Look for what is missing not only in their own lives but in the lives of others around them. Maybe they can help. It suggests that maybe what is missing in our lives is ourselves.

What Is Missing?

We are barely
Gluing the world together
While we keep
Tearing it apart

We may not see
A rising ocean
yet we have all played
(a part)

You may have thought
you played a part
And yes, we’re all
In this together

If you can see a friend
Beside you
Then we may yet all stay
(together)
Heal a wounded heart
Open hidden eyes
Don’t think without a mind
Try to (visualize)

Notice everything around
Make a realization
Look carefully at what is found
It could be (your transformation)

Try to understand
What is missing

Try to understand
What is missing
And there has been
A separation
And very few have
shed a tear

We hardly know
our neighbor
Yet we live comfortable
(with fear)

Don’t give away
Your freedom
By losing
your head

Gather around a
A revelation
Share your heart
(instead)
Someone points at
the mosaic
Pieces missing,
broken, faded

When we start picking up
the pieces
will we see
what we have (traded)

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Counting On You

Counting On You is the song that I have come up with for the banker and teller scene from the Luff story. I wrote the Tellers as characters who basically help everyone with their Codes or money. They are the one part of the Smiler groups that don’t smile much, because they are always working hard to get stuff and are too focused on the numbers and the game. They only smile when they believe they have worked out an advantage over other Tellers and are making record gains.

The song talks about how we are basically asked to buy, buy, buy to save the economy and democracy. Keep the capitalist method working. I suggest that the people doing this work may be lost in their work. Very much like gamblers who are addicted to trying to beat the system. They don’t generally care about individual lives or numbers as long as the overall picture is looking showing profit. On to the song.

Final Production Version – Mixed, but not mastered for the album.

Everything you got
you wanted
Everything you have
you needed
Everything will keep you
safe at home

Put it in your closet
store it
Fill up your garage
and horde it
Someday you will surely
Need it all

I’m counting on you
I’m counting on you
There’s a little place in my pocket
for everything you own

There’s no other way
to do it
I made it work
and you prove it
You grind your fingers
to the fun

Everything will be ok
Cause I watch the numbers every day
This addiction feeds my greedy, little mind
I don’t care if your life is in shambles
everything is just gamble to me, anyway
I’ll beat that number game next time.

You know it’s only
business
Nothing personal
in it
You only get
what you pay for

Thank you for being
Supportive
When times are tough
Just ignore it
I’ve got too much
but I still want more.

I’m counting on you
I’m counting on you
There’s a little place in my pocket
for everything you own

There’s no other way
to do it
I made it work
and you prove it
You grind your fingers
to the fun

I’m counting on you
I’m counting on you
There’s a little place in my pocket
for everything you own

There’s no other way
to do it
I made it work
and you prove it
You grind your fingers
to the fun

Everything will be ok
Cause I watch the numbers every day
This addiction feeds my greedy, little mind
I don’t care if your life is in shambles
everything is just gamble to me, anyway
I’ll beat that number game next time.

The following track is the first recording of the song, before the lyrics and melody were solidified and is just an early acoustic and vocal rendition.

No Mix Version:
Counting On You –

Rough track:
Counting On You (initial rough version)

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