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Wingin It is the duo of Vakila Marjo ter Veld and Robert Halim Friedman - partners for over twenty years - whose original sound defines the Northern California sound: folk-rock on a reggae foundation. Backed by bass, percussion, keyboards, and additional guitar work on their studio debut Attunement, their original lyrics present Sufi mysticism, social justice themes, nature, and love mixed with lively rhythms. Some years back, the two of them began to sing and play at regular private jam sessions with country and bluegrass musicians. Then their spiritual path of Sufism began to mature - and Bob Marley and his music tumbled into their lives. From that experience came Attunement. Their performances at various Northern California venues over the past seven years include the Fillmore, Earth Dance Festival, Harmony Festival, Solfest, and others.
 

Produced by Wingin' It

Co-produced by Robin Livingston
 
Robert Halim Friedman (vocals, guitars, percussion)
Vakila Marjo ter Veld (vocals)
Robin Livingston (drums, bass, keyboards, percussion)
 
All songs written by Vakila Marjo ter Veld and Robert Halim Friedman
©2005 Jah Nur Music (BMI) with these exceptions:
"Redemption Song" (Bob Marley) ©1980 Fifty Six Hope Road/Odnil Music Limited (ASCAP)*
"Natural Mystic" (Bob Marley) ©1977 Fifty Six Hope Road/Odnil Music Limited (ASCAP)*
*All rights for North America controlled by Fairwood Music USA (ASCAP) on behalf of Blue Mountain Music, Ltd., and by Fairwood Music, Ltd. (PRS) for the rest of the world.
"Brother Warrior" (Kate Wolf) ©1984 Another Sundown Publishing Co. (BMI)
"Give Yourself To Love" (Kate Wolf) ©1982 Another Sundown Publishing Co. (BMI)
"Awake Awhile" lyrics ©1996 Daniel Ladinsky
Lyrics adapted from Daniel Ladinsky's translation of I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz and used with permission.
"The Crush Is On" is preceded by morning birds near the Taj Mahal courtesy of the 1982 India Tour of SheikhVasheest Davenport and friends.
"Allah Hu Jah" is preceded by the voices of Bob Marley and the I-Threes from the documentary film Time Will Tell ©1992 Island Visual Arts Ltd.
 
Cover painting and graphics elements: Susan St. Thomas (www.stthomasstudio.com)
Graphic design: Robin Livingston at Ursa Minor Arts & Media (www.ursaminor.com)
Recorded at: Ursa Minor Arts & Media, San Rafael, CA
Engineering: Robin Livingston
Assistant engineering: Mike Thompson
Mastering: Ken Lee Mastering, Oakland, CA
Altar photography: Ursa Minor Arts & Media
Outdoor photography: Jami Jamison (www.jamijamison.com)
Centerpiece altar conception: Vakila
 
©O2005 Jah Nur Music
Visit www.jahnur.com for more information.
 
Thanks and praise to the One.
 
And to all the people who have given us their loving support to manifest this CD:
Our heart-felt gratitude, within the Love of the One.
 

The Crush Is On

The crush is on, the crush is on.
They're pickin' the grapes for the wines that soon come.
The harvest is on, there's plenty to do,
and plenty to bring in from the harvesting crew.
But, you know, ever since I got a crush on You
my heart dances to a different tune.
For me, it's always harvest time,
here in the Valley of the Moon.
Here in the Valley of the Moon.
Here in the Valley of the Moon.
For me, it's always harvest time.
Here in the Valley of the Moon.
Where the owl meets the sky in the heat of the night
with a cry for its prey to run,
around the time we lay in the moonlight,
You and I within the love of the One.
And the wine that intoxicates us so,
it is not served in the Blue Moon Saloon.
It's the wine of love at harvest time
here in the Valley of the Moon.
Here in the Valley of the Moon.
Here in the Valley of the Moon.
It's the wine of love at harvest time
here in the Valley of the Moon.
It's the wine of love at harvest time
here in the Valley of the Moon.

© 2005 ter Veld / Friedman

Lyrics & Music by Halim & Vakila
 

Love Me Like You Do

May this love forever shine
with a light so clear and true.
May it radiate from me
so that all around me feel
what it's like to know You.
Oh, You love me like You do.
Oh, the blessings that You bring
when You love me like You do.
How the union of our spirits
makes creation feel brand new.
Love me like You do, oh, You love me like You do.
Love me like You do, oh, You love me like You do.
I just want this love to shine
forever clear and true,
and all around me feel
what it's like to know You.
Love me like You do, oh, You love me like You do.
Love me like You do, oh, You love me like You do.
Over and ever again,
I just want this love to shine
for the healing of the nations,
for the younger generations.
When you give yourself to love,
you'll find love is what you give
for the healing of the nations,
for the younger generations.
Oh, love me like You do, oh, You love me like You do.
Love me like You do, oh, You love me like You do.
Love me like You do, yeah, You love me like You do.

© 2005 ter Veld / Friedman

Lyrics by Vakila, Music by Halim
 

Awake Awhile

Awake awhile.
It doesn't have to be forever,
just right now.
One step upon the Sky's soft skirt would be enough.
Awake awhile.
Yes, one moment of love will last for days,
will last for days.
Rest all your elaborate plans
and tactics for knowing Love,
for they are all, they're all
just frozen spring buds,
far, so far,
from Summer's divine gold.
Jah Love, give me back my wings,
lift me, lift me nearer, nearer.
Awake, my dear, be kind to your sleeping heart,
And take it out, take it out
Into the vast fields of light
and let it breathe, let it breathe.
Say: "Love, give me back my wings, lift me,
lift me nearer."
And say to the sun and moon, say to our dear Friend,
"Beloved, I will take you up, now,
on that wonderful Dance you promised."
Love, give me back my wings, lift me,
lift me nearer, nearer.

Lyrics © 1996 Daniel Ladinsky

Lyrics adapted from Daniel Ladinsky's translation of
I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz
and used by permission.
Music © 2005 Robert Halim Friedman
 
 
Allah Hu Jah
Allah Hu, Allah Hu.
Allah Hu, Allah Hu, Jah.
Allah Hu, Allah Hu, Jah.
One Love, One Heart.
One Love, One Heart.
One Love, One Heart.
Ishq Allah Mahbud Lillah. *
Ishq Allah Mahbud Lillah.
Ishq Allah Mahbud Lillah.
Ishq Allah Mahbud Lillah.
Allah Hu, Jah. Allah Hu, Jah.
Allah Hu, Jah. Allah Hu, Jah.
Hu, One Love, Livity.
One Heart, Reality.
One Love, Livity.
One Heart, Reality.
La Illaha Il' Allah. ** Hayy Allah. ***
La Illaha Il' Allah. Hayy Allah.
La Illaha Il' Allah. Hayy Allah.
La Illaha Il' Allah.
One Love, One Heart.
One Love, One Heart.
One Love, One Heart.
Allah Hu, Jah. Allah Hu, Jah.
Allah Hu, Jah. Allah Hu, Jah.
Jah.
Jah.
(* trans.: "God is Love, Lover and Beloved")
(** trans.: "Nothing is, except for God")
(*** trans.: "God is Life")

© 2005 ter Veld / Friedman

Lyrics by Halim & Vakila, Music by Halim
 
 
With Love Like This
As I walked out through the open door,
like I've done so many times before,
I got shaken to the core,
I didn't think I could take one step more.
Still, I had to go on.
Oh yeah, oh yeah.
Oh yeah, oh yeah.
"Take my hand," You said, "I'll see you through.
Never forget that I'm not leaving you.
I'll stay with you, baby, trust in me,
through the ecstasy and the agony."
And I know, now,
You won't let go, now. Oh, no.
Oh no, oh no.
With love like this, how can I ever stray?
When the doors are open, there's always a way.
And darkness cannot stand the light of day.
What more can I say?
Walk within the light of consciousness.
The stages of life are thus revealed to us.
And love in it's simplicity
will lead us home into Reality.
And I and I go on.
With love like this, how can I ever stray?
When the doors are open, there's always a way.
And darkness cannot stand the light of day.
What more can I say?
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah.

© 2005 ter Veld / Friedman

Lyrics by Vakila, Music by Halim
 

Oh, Listen Within

Oh, people of my generation,
ego got ahold of your inspiration.
You're giving talks about meditation.
Sounds more like self-gratification.
You were on the right track,
but now it seems you're turning back.
And grounding out on the internet
doesn't keep your spirit fed.
Oh, listen within, you people of this nation:
This world needs more wisdom and less information.
So you 're gonna write a book, now,
and get some recognition.
Maybe you want to be a star,
but only God makes that decision.
You've got to move to higher ground
and get yourself from lost to found.
Return again to your true being.
Look, now, don't pretend you're not seeing.
Stop commercializing your soul.
Let go your desire to control.
Wake up now and you'll arrive
In the sacred web of life.
Oh, listen within, you people of this nation:
This world needs more wisdom and less information.
Return to insp-Iration.
Irie meditation.
Return to insp-Iration.
Irie meditation.
irie meditation, irie meditation, irie meditation, One love,
irie meditation.

© 2005 ter Veld / Friedman

Lyrics by Vakila, Music by Halim & Vakila
 

Yuba

Dragonflies dance above the sparkling waters,
and fly over deep green pools
where the young trout jump for joy, they jump for joy.
The fish dream of the fine taste of their dragonfly vision,
as they play and entice each other upstream
through the canyon corridor of rock, madrone,
blue sky and pine,
where, I suppose, lies their destiny.
Visions of paradise
captured in time.
This fragile beauty.
I remember
living life more sublime.
The clear water, it's so cold,
at first, just like ice.
But its touch so refreshing
if you, quick, jump in twice.
The sun, it's so hot, your blood starts to sizzle.
The rocks are comfortable when you find the right spot
by the river sensual in its life in time, I wonder,
how is it living in eternity?
Visions of paradise
captured in time.
This fragile beauty.
I remember, I remember, I remember, yes, I do and I will.
("Ya Wahabo" at the end is Arabic for
"the quality of God that is ever-flowing like water")

© 2005 ter Veld / Friedman

Lyrics & Music by Halim & Vakila
 

Playing With Fire

The wise look for the reason behind the reason.
The one who knows does not react.
When you look at the picture from a higher point of view,
you see humanity balancing on the threshold,
holding their breath trying to perceive
what will now unfold.
The children of this world are playing with fire.
They're crying "Justice" and they're crying "Revenge".
When you lash out in anger
you will hurt your brothers and sisters.
How much do you really understand?
Now you're flying the flags that stand for freedom.
Soon you'll be dropping the bombs that fall for war.
Remember, never give up on love,
however big or however small.
Practice forgiveness, realize Unity,
and do your best for the good of all.
Everything seems so hard now
and there's so much confusion.
Don't let your emotions create more illusion.
Those chaotic rhythms can rob your life away.
How can we rise above
these judgments we hear everyday?
Please don't wave your flag in my face
unless it represents the whole human race.
Remember, never give up on love.
Remember, never give up on love,
however big or however small.
Practice forgiveness, realize Unity,
and do your best for the good of all.
Remember, never give up on love.
Never give up on love.
Remember.

© 2005 ter Veld / Friedman

Lyrics by Vakila, Music by Halim

 

Light Into Darkness

The downtown suits will do their thing,
but only God knows what each moment will bring.
So don't you let the downpressors
take this voice that sings
Light into darkness.
Say you will not fall into their game:
Their materialists and their televisions laying blame
so you would forget to stand firm
and give thanks and praise in Jah's name.
Light into darkness.
Sing love.
Say you will not fall into their game:
Their materialists and their televisions laying blame
so you would forget to stand firm
and give thanks and praise in Jah's name.
Light into darkness.
Sing love.
You know, I ain't got much to say,
but I've got something to do.
People, I can sing for me, and
children, if I can I will sing for you:
Sing light into darkness.
Sing love.
The downtown suits will do their thing,
but only God knows what each moment will bring.

© 2005 Robert Halim Friedman

 

Keys to the Kingdom

God only knows how much I love You.
God only knows how much I do.
Praise to the Most High forever for You.
Darling, I'll always be loving You.
I gave You my heart and You gave me Your blessings,
darling, sweet darling, lover and friend.
Through the great joy of this attunement,
I came to understand
that the keys to the kingdom lie in the palm of my hand.
God only knows how much I love You.
God only knows how much I do.
Praise to the Most High forever for You.
Darling, I'll always be loving You.
Though sometimes it feels like You're keeping me waiting
while I am here longing my nights away.
I know the Reality, and this great love
will never fade away.
We may be together again at the dawn of this day.
God only knows how much I love You.
Jah only knows how much I do.
Praise to the Most High forever for You.
Darling, I'll always be loving You.

© 2005 Vakila Marjo ter Veld

 
 
Pignic 2000
It's a cool breeze blowin'
and the rain is gettin' to my eyes.
It's a Labor Day weekend of love and I'm thinkin'
there should be stars in these Laytonville skies.
This land has kept me sleepless all night
with one message, "Wake on up!",
and as its beauty lifts me in flight
I heard it right.
I see postings of symbols and signs,
They're exciting to the mind and eye.
Some may lead you far on the way
toward the heavenly sky.
If I sang the signs that help tell us
where to go and what to do,
I'd sing them clear and true, 'cause
Jah is comin' right on through
and I love you. Yes.
Creek is rising but the water is slow
flowing round a corner, just touching the shore.
Rain's letting up, I hear those Pig Nic bands tunin'.
Just give me some room,
there's a beautiful lady beneath the moon
and I'll be dancing soon.
It's a cold night growin',
the tears are runnin' down from my eyes.
Ain't it funny how life is so full
of wonder and surprise.
There's not a whisper of thunder
in this California sky but it's easy
to be curled up together so we don't freeze.
I know she loves me, and Oh, God, I know you love me, too.
Yay. Yay. Yay.

© 2005 Robert Halim Friedman

 

 

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