Songs of Love and Freedom

by Cecily

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Songs of Love & Freedom is a piece of myself I shaped over many months and long hours, and tried to fashion honestly, making it beautiful — true beauty which can only come from Truth. The truth found in solitude; the truth that lifts you from comfort and into something much more powerful – rebirth.

With each song I tried to capture a moment. I tried to give you the moment I sat in the grass in London feeling the sun on my face appreciating not having to please anyone but myself. I tried to give you the moment I was in Ghana’s lush green Volta region and felt the power of Wli Falls spraying my back — how alive that felt! I tried to give you the moment I sat in my room in silence looking at Spring outside my window and knew that the Universe was holding my hand and leading the way, if only I let my ego go. I tried to give you the moment I learned of the murder of Jordan Edwards, just 15 years old and killed by a police officer. The moment I found Hope in hopelessness.

With unconditional LOVE of self — appreciation of the growth, the struggle, the beauty — I offer you a piece of myself created out of my own power – the Power that comes from vulnerability.

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released May 4, 2018

Pisces
Written by C. Bumbray, J. Meacham, J. Brown.
Publishing companies: Selim Music Publishing (BMI), Warm Valley Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Jason “BrotherSpanky” Edwards, John Daise
Vocals recorded by Cephas Jackson, Omega Studios, Rockville, MD.
Instruments recorded by Jason “BrotherSpanky” Edwards, BandoMansion Studios, Washington, DC
Jason “BrotherSpanky” Edwards: Drums, percussion, keys.
John Daise: Bass, guitar.
Vaughan Bradley-Willemann: Violin
Zayani Sims: Flute
Mixed by: Dave Darlintgton, Bass Hit Recording, New York, NY

Your Idea of Beautiful
Written by C. Bumbray & N. Aryee
Publishing company: Selim Music Publishing (BMI), Musical Lunatics (BMI)
Produced by Aaron Abernathy
Vocals recorded by Cephas Jackson, Omega Studios, Rockville, MD.
Instrumentation recorded by Aaron Abernathy, Abernathy Studios, Washington, DC
Strings recorded by Jason “BrotherSpanky” Edwards, BandoMansion Studios, Washington, DC
Drums recorded by Eamonn Aiken, The Bastille Recording Studio, Arlington, VA
Zachary Cutler: Guitar
Malik Hunter: Bass
Haikeem Johnson: Wurlitzer
Dante Pope: Drums
Vaughan Bradley-Willemann: Violin
Aaron Abernathy: Additional vocals
Mixed by: Eamonn Aiken, The Bastille Recording Studio, Arlington, VA

Yearning: An Interlude (feat. Drew Kid)
Written and Performed by A. Flores
Publishing company: Afrocentric Asian Music (BMI)
Recorded by Andrew Flores at The Dojo, Aspen Hill, MD
Mixed by: Eamonn Aiken, The Bastille Recording Studio, Arlington, VA

Hope
Written by C. Bumbray
Publishing company: Selim Music Publishing (BMI)
Produced by Cecily Bumbray
Recorded by Cephas Jackson, Omega Studios, Rockville, MD.
Additional vocals recorded by Matt Veirs, Sweet Spot Studios, Annendale, VA.
Dante Pope: Percussion
Vocals by Cecily Bumbray, Christie Dashiell, Deborah Bond, Tamara Wellons, Imani-Grace Cooper, Nneka Lyn, Kenny Sharp.
Mixed by: Eamonn Aiken, The Bastille Recording Studio, Arlington, VA

Song For Bobby Smith
Written by G. Scott-Heron
Publishing company: Brouhaha Music Inc (ASCAP)
Produced by Cecily Bumbray
Recorded and Mixed by Cephas Jackson, Omega Studios, Rockville, MD.
Drew Kid: Rhodes piano
Cecily: Vocals

Can You Feel It?
Written by C. Bumbray & Z. Cutler
Publishing companies: Selim Music Publishing (BMI), Zach Cutler Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Cecily Bumbray & Zachary Cutler
String Arrangement by Nneka Lyn
Vocals recorded by Cephas Jackson, Omega Studios, Rockville, MD.
Instrumentation recorded by Jeff Gruber, Blue House Productions, Silver Spring, MD
Strings recorded by Matt Veirs, Sweet Spot X, Rockville, MD.
Zachary Cutler: Guitar
Eliot Seppa: Bass
Tyler Leak: Drums
Colin Chambers: Piano
Joe Herrera: Trumpet
Nneka Lyn: Cello
Vaughan Bradley-Willemann: Violin
Leroy “Boogie” Greer: Percussion
Mixed by: Eamonn Aiken, The Bastille Recording Studio, Arlington, VA

Healing: An Interlude (feat. Drew Kid)
Written and Performed by A. Flores
Publishing company: Afrocentric Asian Music (BMI)
Recorded by Andrew Flores at The Dojo, Aspen Hill, MD
Mixed by: Eamonn Aiken, The Bastille Recording Studio, Arlington, VA

Grow
Written by C. Bumbray, J. Daise, J. Edwards
Publishing company: Selim Music Publishing (BMI)
Produced by Jason “BrotherSpanky” Edwards & John Daise
Vocals recorded by Cephas Jackson, Omega Studios, Rockville, MD.
Instrumentation recorded by Jason “BrotherSpanky” Edwards, BandoMansion Studios, Washington, DC
Jason “BrotherSpanky” Edwards: Drums, keys, percussion
John Daise: Bass
Zachary Cutler: Electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Nneka Lyn: Cello
Vaughan Bradley-Willemann: Violin
Christie Dashiell: Additional Vocals
Mixed by: Eamonn Aiken, The Bastille Recording Studio, Arlington, VA

Don’t Hide the Sun
Written by C. Bumbray & A. Abernathy
Publishing companies: Selim Music Publishing (BMI), Aaron Ab Publishing (ASCAP)
Produced by Cecily Bumbray & Aaron Abernathy
Vocals recorded by Cephas Jackson, Omega Studios, Rockville, MD.
Instrumentation recorded by Aaron Abernathy, Abernathy Studios, Washington, DC
Zachary Cutler: Guitar
Malik Hunter: Bass
Tyler Leak: Drums, tambourine
Aaron Abernathy: Wurlitzer, keyboard synthesizer
Mixed by: Eamonn Aiken, The Bastille Recording Studio, Arlington, VA

All Songs Mastered by Jim Curtis, Omega Studios, Rockville, MD
Photographer: Nakeya Brown
Makeup Artist: Ky Washington
Album Artwork: Lena Ghannam

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Cecily Washington, D.C.

Cecily is a vocalist and songwriter known for her sweet soprano and honest lyrics. Unmoved by passing trends, Cecily’s sound is rooted in a deep appreciation for mid-century soul and jazz, 90’s R&B, and re-imagined folk music.

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Track Name: Pisces
V1:
I’ve swam in waterfalls that stung my back
And all I ever needed was to go back
Cause even things that hurt make you feel alive
And all I ever wanted was to live before I die

Chorus:
Cause there’s a river in me and it pushes my feet
In uncertain forward motion
There’s an ocean in me and it won’t let me sink
But it’s drawing me out
Wash away my self-doubt

V2:
I find myself searching along the shore
Not ever really knowing what I’m looking for
Caught in imaginings of a different me
Still insecure and graceful and damn sure free

Chorus:
Cause there’s a river in me and it pushes my feet
In uncertain forward motion
There’s an ocean in me and it won’t let me sink
But it’s drawing me out
Wash away my self-doubt
Track Name: Your Idea of Beautiful
V1:
Midnight humming sweetly
Mystery of you near me
We’ve done it all before
And I can taste it once again

Your smile unwraps me
Comforted disarmingly
There’s a softness to you
But you still won’t release

Pre-chorus 1:
I’ve told you all my flaws
And half my mistakes
Bared every inch to you
And let me ego ache
All because…

Chorus:
I just wanna be your beautiful
I just wanna be your beautiful
Your idea of beautiful

I just wanna be your beautiful
Can I be your beautiful?
I just wanna be your beautiful everyday

V2:
Two months til I see you again
And still I’m willing to let you in
Been craving the depth of your voice
And the spirit in your hands

Pre-chorus 2:
Can’t seem to find your flaws
Ignored your mistakes
Bared every inch to you
And let my ego ache
All because…

Chorus:
I just wanna be your beautiful
I just wanna be your beautiful
Your idea of beautiful

I just wanna be your beautiful
Can I be your beautiful?
I just wanna be your beautiful everyday
Track Name: Hope
Just trying not to lose hope
Just trying not to lost hope
Just trying not to lose hope
Just tryin, Just tryin

I would never tell the children there’s no hope
But as they sleep I’ll guide their dreams
Singing Fly Away!

No I would never never tell the babies theres no hope
But I’ll speak their dreams
Singing Fly Away!

Just fly away (fly away)
Where you are safe (just fly away)
Just fly away (fly away)
Where you have peace (just fly away)
Just fly away (fly away)
Where you are free (just fly away)
Where you are free (just fly away)
Where you are free (just fly away)

No I would never never tell the babies theres no hope
But ill speak their dreams
Singing Fly Away!

And we’ll find peace between the Earth and Sky
No longer silenced or caste aside
Yes we’ll find peace between the Earth and Sky
Discover we are the source of the light

Just trying not to lose hope
Just trying not to lost hope
Just trying not to lose hope
Just tryin, Just tryin

And if dreams aren’t enough I’ll wrap my arms around you
Arms strong from pulling weeds
Hands sweet from sowing seeds
If dreams aren’t enough I’ll wrap my arms around you
And fly away!
Fly away!
Fly away!

Just tryin, just tryin.
Track Name: Song For Bobby Smith
Ain’t you been there
Ain’t you going
Can’t you taste your ideas growing
We are soldiers
Soldiers of a new day
Can’t you see it
Can’t you feel it
In your heart

Ain’t you been there
Ain’t you going
To a place where
Friendships flowing
We are brothers and sisters in the spirits
Can’t you see it
Can’t you feel it
In your heart

Ain’t you been there
Ain’t you going
Can you feel this
Love I’m showing
It’s got to be me and you
Me and you together
Can’t you see it
Can’t you feel it
In your heart
Track Name: Can You Feel It?
V1:
There’s a point when you stop
When you know you’re no longer alone
There’s a time when your breath and the breeze become one
There’s a moment your mind just lets go
Let’s your heart open and find the road

Pre-Chorus 1:
Right where you’re meant to be
At the brink of your sanity
You stepped into the Truth,
Right where you need to be
At the center of gravity
Pulling all you need towards you

Chorus:
Can you feel it?
Can you feel it?
Can you hear it?
Can you see it?

V2:
When I feel like I’m failing, I’m losing the way
When I feel like my dreams and action are far astray
Then my mind tells me I’m no good
And I have to quiet her down to hear what I should

Pre-Chorus 2:
I’m right where I’m meant to be
At the brink of my sanity I stepped into the truth
Right where I need to be
At the center of gravity pulling all I need towards me

Chorus 2:
I can feel it!
I can feel it!
I can hear it!
I can see it
Track Name: Grow
V1:
I got in my car
And rolled my windows down
And sang a song
I needed to feel the sound

It’s been along week
With changes I didn’t see
But I can’t be
Melancholy

Cause joy is natural
It’s natural to me
So I release
All despondency

Into the breeze
Into the melody
Return to peace
Ride into Freedom

Chorus:
Don’s stop!
Don’t stop, don’t stop no
You must grow
Go within
Cause you must grow

V2:
The whole seems lost
(Don’t be afraid)
But I feel helpless
(It’ll be ok)
Too many hurt
(Don’t you run away no)
Too many being selfish
(Don’t you be selfish)
Cause deep down in my heart I know
(Feel it, feel it, feel it, feel it)
That I can do more
(Do it, do it, do it, do it)
To remind us all
(Don’t you forget)
That we were born for Freedom
(Freedom)

Chorus:
Don’s stop!
Don’t stop, don’t stop no
You must grow
Go within
Cause you must grow
You must grow!

Outro:
Sing
Dance
Cry
Laugh
Do
Be
You
Track Name: Don't Hide the Sun
Chorus 1:
Don’t hide the sun
It feels so damn good on my face
Don’t hide the sun
I feels so damn good on my face

V1:
Head resting on a cloud
Grass in between my toes
Stretched out into myself
I just wanna be here with me
Right here, right now

Chorus 2:
Don’t hide the sun
It feels so damn good on my face
Don’t hide the sun
Don’t close the curtains honey

Bridge:
I won’t run from myself today
Won’t run from myself today
Won’t run from myself

Won’t run from myself today
Won’t run from myself today
Won’t run from myself

Chorus:
Don’t hide the sun
It feels so damn good on my face
Don’t hide the sun
Doesn’t it feel sooo good to be alive…

Outro:
Right here, right now
To be alive
Right here, right now,

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