Taming the Wind

by Joel Madison Blount

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Heavy seas // stormy nights // despair in the wake of loss //
sinking notions of control and security.

Then hope // hope for the dawn // when light disperses the darkness and our spirit is renewed by joy -

Taming The Wind is Blount’s debut full-length official release and follows his 2011 EP I Believe In Love. The ten-song album was produced by Blount and recorded in The Magic City - Birmingham, AL. On making the album, Blount notes, “my desire is to create well crafted songs – where honesty and genuine emotions dance over simple melodies.” Inspiration for the album was drawn from the lives of those around him – friends and loved ones struggling with “life and everything that comes with it – the pain of loss, addictions, illness, and depression. We have a choice in how we respond to these challenges - there is always hope for better days - and we have the opportunity to comfort and encourage each other as we live through these experiences together.” He adds, “my hope is that these songs will connect with you – and play a positive part in the story of your life.”

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released 11 February 2014

Lyrics and Music by Joel Madison Blount

JMB // vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Joey Seales // piano and wurlitzer piano
Parker McAnnally // bass guitar
Michael Glaser // drums
Craig Hultgren // cello
Lori Cheng // cello
Jonathan David Wise // violin
Brandon Reeder // harmonica
Angela Cato Blount // hand claps

Produced and engineered by Joel Madison Blount // Birmingham, AL
Mixed by Tom Laune // Bridgeway Studio // Nashville, TN
Mastered by Harris Newman // Greymarket Mastering // Montreal, Quebec
Design by GOODSOUL.CO // Birmingham, AL

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Joel Madison Blount is a songwriter living and breathing in the Magic City. Blount manipulates air with rhythm and melody to reflect on our human experience. He tells his stories through songs that are meant to offer Hope and compel us to sing out loud. ... more

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Track Name: Fool
I’m stuck on the wrong side of a train
Trying to get home to see my baby again
I’m stuck on the wrong side of a train
Trying to get home to see my baby again
But, all the bridges around town
Have burned to the ground
I’ve got no other way

Now I’m sitting alone out in the rain
Hoping my lover will give me some cover again
I’m sitting alone out in the rain
Hoping my lover will give me some cover again
But, with all the damage that I’ve done
Lord I hope she doesn’t run
To some other man

Cause I thought that - she don’t really mean
What she says to me - when she says to me
Says she’ll really leave
No - she don’t really mean - what she says to me
When she says to me - says she’ll really leave
How could I be such a fool
Deaf, dumb and blind so many times

What’ll I do if she leaves me
High and dry - begging, down on my knees
Lord what’ll I do if she leaves me
High and dry - begging, down on my knees
Lord, what would I do
If I were to lose a hummingbird like you

I apologize for all the many times
I was not kind to you and left you feeling blue
I did not realize - my words like a knife
Cut you deep inside - left scars that you can’t hide
Oh Lord I’ve been a fool
Deaf, dumb and blind so many times
Track Name: Wherever You Go
You are the wind that’s carried me
Out of the hills and into the city
Up in the clouds you’re breezes blow
And as they rise and fall I will follow
Wherever you go, wherever you go

You are the sea that’s swallowed me
I was lost, I was lost in the deep
Then out of the depths your tides flow
And as they rise and fall I will follow
Wherever you go, wherever you go

Wherever you go
Wherever you go
You’ve got a hand to hold
Wherever you go

You’re my desire for what’s unknown
Baby you’re the very reason I keep hanging on
And as the mysteries unfold
You’ve got a hand to hold
Wherever you go, wherever you go, wherever you go
Track Name: Hold On
I can feel it deep in my bones
And I know in my heart I will soon be home
Holding on to the words you said
Gives me the strength to get out of my bed
When the heavy burdens of a worried mind
Are weighing me down and wasting my time

Well I say no more - no more
Cause I’ve had enough of that kind of life
It’s not what I’m here for -

So I will hold on to you
I will hold on to you

I will hold on to you
Will you hold on to me?
Yes, I will hold on to you
Tell me - will you hold on to me?

Looking around, all the folks I see
Are broke down and living in misery
For too many years that has been my home
Living in fear and feeling so alone
Praying for mercy...haven’t I paid my dues
Looking for a love that might pull me through
I feel the earth crying out for you
And I hear the heavens joining the tune

So I say no more - no more
Cause I’ve had enough of that kind of life
It’s not what I’m here for -
Track Name: Lost in the Swell
Torn into pieces
And lost in the swell
Sailing for the promised land
Our ship was wrecked in Hell

We cower and crawl
In the hold of our craft
With darkened eyes, failing pride
Set out to sink us fast

But, in the distance a beacon
Burns above the waves
Do not fear, for I am here
The voice called through the haze

Your words to hold as light goes dim
And “miles to go, before we sleep again”
Your words can tame the wind
And give us hope that we’ll see home again

Branded by sorrow
Under cloaks of despair
Surly clouds roll over us
And leave our souls laid bare

But, in the distance a beacon
Burns above the waves
Rise up, return to me
The voice called through the haze
Track Name: Weather the Night
You’re talking to me
In my sleep - for hours
Guiding my dreams
In real time, devoured
Televise - all of my fears
And hot on my chest are your tears

In time, love, a matter of time, love
Hold on tight, love
We’ll weather the night
We will weather the night

Red sky at dawn, we carry on
Into the heart of the storm
With the midnight hour
Come rising tides
And pouring tears stream from your eyes

The sun will rise...
Track Name: Lush
I was beaten down - kicked on the ground
Drug through the mud - now I’m covered in blood
And the woman I got - she ain’t happy a lot
It seems the jams we get in - are because of my sins
See, I’m a lush with my wine - I want her all the time
For just the little bit - she helps me forget
She helps me forget - she helps me forget

Lord, take it off of me - this weight off of me
This burden on my shoulders - before I get any older
Lord, take it off of me - this weight off of me

She’s forgiven me time and again - but, there comes a point when
A line must be drawn - and she lays down the law
She accepted my faults, but wasted I crawled
Until I lost control and our children were told
That I’m a slave to my sins - I fall again and again
Thinking the works of my hands might save my skin
They might save my skin - they might save my skin
Track Name: In Too Deep
No more second chances
No more excuses to get in the way
Let go of expectations
It’s time to say what you need to say

When you’re in too deep
And you just feel like giving up
Do not fear, do not fear
You are not alone

Pull the drapes and let the light in
Open the windows, open the door
Push past the hesitation
It’s time to get your feet on the floor

Don’t you ever give up
You’re not alone -
Track Name: Oh, The Chains
Monuments crumble in the blink of an eye
The easy river has just run dry
In a house of cards, I fear the breeze
Wound so tight, I can barely breathe

Oh, the chains
Whoa - the chains
Oh, the chains
Release me from the chains

I’m gonna shake the dust right off of my feet
And I will keep on moving, because my heart still beats
I believe the sun - is gonna rise again
And oh Lord I thank you - for all of my friends

The door swings wide
An angel leads me to the other side
Oh, the chains
Release me from the chains

I’ll take the road ahead one day at a time
And I will trust in the Lord to be my guide
You can knock me down right off of my feet
But, I will never give up on my dreams

Link by link these shackles hold
A heart that beats for freedom Lord
Come release me - release me from the chains
Track Name: Four Winds Blow
Somebody told me - I’m wasting away
The life I was given - on things that don’t pay
Somebody told me - told me my dreams
Will never amount - amount to a thing
But, I’ll keep chasing the demons out of the shadows
And singing out loud - for everyone to hear
It’s all I can do -

We’re in a valley of dry bones
Oh breath, from the four winds blow
Fill our lungs and give us hope
We are the dreamers not the foe
We live for today and then we’ll go
Where the heart leads - tomorrow

Prophets proclaim - “It’s time to move on”
Start a family - build a home
Others, they say - they say we should stay
Stay in the lines we draw everyday

But we keep running in circles and losing our patience
We’re trapped in a maze - confined, sedated
Will we ever see - what we’re meant to be?

We are the dreamers - dream on
Track Name: Take Me Home
Nostalgic sounds fill hollow spaces
Where withered dreams and haunted faces
Dissolve in liquour
They are grasping for amazing graces
But, her tender words will not be wasted
If not deserved

In betrayal of what she’s really missing
A cold shoulder is what she’s giving
To fend off the hurt
But, she opens a door, he garners attention
And hours are swallowed in conversation
Now she wants to go -

Home - take me home
Take me tonight
Home - take me home
Take me home, tonight

As the waves roll in, she’s overtaken
And shame is all we wear when naked
Our secrets exposed
Try as she might, she just can’t hide it
He knows desire, she doesn’t fight it
Cause she wants to go -