Shine

Released July 23, 2013 | Kirtland Records

SHINE features ten unique songs brought to life from poems and visions. This album is a highly ambitious effort for Sara, whose songs were given wings by Los Angeles-based musician, producer and songwriter, Jim Jacobsen (Eels, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs). Of the recording process, Hickman states that “Usually, I have a plan, an entire concept for a recording in mind, and then I write the songs to fit into that ideology. However, with SHINE, I just had fun. I wanted to take risks and just go with the flow, starting with those scraps of ideas.

SHINE was recorded in Los Angeles, away from family and friends, imparting a different vibe and energy. Hickman claims that “making music is such a weird job because who knows where it comes from? There’s nothing, then… Bam! A song exists. And if it connects with other people, that weirdness blends into blissful camaraderie. Or it pisses people off. But I guess that’s what art/music is supposed to do — cause a reaction. Otherwise, you’re just a feral cat, but you aren’t aware of the fact.”

Sara’s music “testifies to her diverse and emotional songwriting capabilities that appeal to a wide range of audiences.” With “Shine,” it’s positive and encouraging song, that Hickman says is for people “to come out of their shell.” With “You Are Not Alone,” the single inspires those to keep on going amidst adversity, to keep their hope alive. These songs aren’t just feel-good filler; they’re personal and true to Sara and her poignant message of truth and kindness.

Examiner.com

  1. Tasty Sweet
  2. Selfish Freak
  3. Trouble With Boxes
  4. Human Wish
  5. You are Not Alone
  6. Cocky Friend
  7. Primitive Stuff
  8. Rapture
  9. Two Winters
  10. Shine
  11. Nova Digital Download Bonus Track
  • JIM: Acoustic/electric 6 & 12-string guitars, mandolin, electric mandola, electric basses, found & junk percussion, programming, guitar case thumping, kalimba, horn arrangements, clarinets, accordion, keyboards and backing vocals on Human Wish & Shine
    SARA: Acoustic/electric guitars, backing vocals, pencil tapping, kalimba
    MATT CORY: Upright Bass on Two Winters, Selfish Freak, Rapture
    MICHAEL BIRNBRYER: Saxophones on Selfish Freak
    JOSH AGUIAR: Trumpet on Selfish Freak, Rapture
    ADDITIONAL VOX on Shine: io hickman-schriner, Lance Schriner, Andrea Perry
    Additional tracks on Tasty Sweet recorded by Colin Boyd @ his home (Dallas)
    All photography by io hickman / Design by StingrayDesign.net

    Tasty Sweet by Sara Hickman & Colin Boyd (Le Petite Bonheur/BMI & White Headed Fly/BMI)
    Primitive Stuff, Rapture, Two Winters, A Human Wish, Cocky Friend by Sara Hickman & Jim Jacobsen (Le Petite Bonheur/BMI & Callipygian Music/ASCAP)
    Selfish Freak, Shine, Trouble With Boxes & You Are Not Alone by Sara Hickman (Le Petite Bonheur/BMI)

    Thank you:
    To God. We’ll keep it between us :)
    To Jim, for patiently letting me surf along on your creative brainwave juices, for being a fantastic co-writer, for your comfy, yummy orange space, for being a tasty Thai food chef: I’m very grateful to you & psyched we’re friends!
    In awe of and with deepest respect/love to my beautiful daughters, io & Lili. You make every day the best day yet!
    To my husband, Lance. You make life effortless and funny. 
Meetcha @ the red couch in 9 minutes!
    All my moms (Anita, Gert, Beth, Gaye): You’ve loved me, good times & bad. Thanks for sharing your holiness.

    To support causes I believe in visit necessaryangels.org

    Love you’s to: Tom the Monk, Bill Kelly & Laura, Julie Campbell (4evah), Renata Anderson, Gray Parsons & Colin Boyd for star-
sized co-writing & genuine bro-ness, Dave Little for inspiration, Sharon Peurrung: PIE! Greg & Kim Kolanowski, Marty: no matter how nutty the fruit loops, yer there, Gene Cowan: you kick ass, Mike & Ginger Blair, my sweet sister Amiti Perry, Gretchen Phillips: a wise, witty friend, Andrea Perry: a genius flower, the Carr Family, Neil & Teresa Ferguson, Craig & Laura Lock, Natalia @ CW, Alan Luecke, Cat Reynolds, Elizabeth Wills

    To all in New Ulm on behalf of my father: thank you. 
The nice lady @ the Regency Inn motel (L.A.), Frederick, Renu, Gabrielle, Chris, Alex, Shannon & Ian, Sistah Cindy Light, Whiteaker-Lewis Fam, Curtis Nichols, Victoria Cannon, Brad Buchholz, Robert Peters, Brian Rumbaugh, Leah Tuffly, Alice French, Alice Loper, Rusty & Teresa Andrews, David Card, Turk & Christy Pipkin, Swannanoa Gathering, Leadership Austin, Doug Bryan, David Bruce, Salim Nourallah, Eric Wilken, Christine Conti, Mollie Cleveland, Bubba, 
Gumby, Charlie Richards.

    To Pat Bonner: win that Grammy for best music educator! And Holly Barry for naming the album!

    Thank you to Wofford Denius for standing staunchly by my side.

    Thank you to Dale Brock & Tami Thomsen (Sonar Management), John Kirtland, Nancy Fly Agency (booking), Lotus Nile (PR)

    Sara plays Takamine Guitars, Luna Guitars and uses Elixir Strings.

    David Letterman: Hoosier buddy? Huh? C’mon, have me on!

    Thanks to: Mandy Gordon for the Hot Goddess Headlocks!
    RamonsterWear.com for the one-of-a-kind handmade clothing
    JessicaDesignsJewelry.com for the awesome jewelry
    For the UltimateCupcake.com, call Tony at 817-596-9090

    This album is dedicated to David Tatge for 25 years of steadfast friendship. I owe you more than lasagna.

    “Shine” was written for Arvind Hathaway.

    In loving memory of Nate Arnold™

    If I didn’t thank you here, I’ll thank you in person. Because you deserve it.

  • Tasty Sweet
    Words & Music by Sara Hickman & Colin Boyd

    Thinking kinda crazy tasty sweet
    Sugar covered peaches chocolate treats
    You’re the kinda boy I’d love to meet
    Ice cream and honey

    Clicking to the clamor Queen of Hearts
    Cupid’s gone in love
    And checked his darts
    When you fill me up I fall apart

    Do me all over… Over and over
    Do me all over… My red rover

    Thinking kinda crazy
    Tasty sweet
    Sugar covered peaches chocolate treats
    You’re the kinda boy 
I’d love to eat

    Pedal to the metal
    Kiss your feet
    Take my hand
    We’re skipping up the street
    Circles combined
    So fine
    Do me all over… Over and over
    Do me all over… My red rover


    Selfish Freak
    Words and Music by Sara Hickman

    There’s no room to tell you what I think
    And… There’s no room for me to play a part
    This room is full of so much crap
    The remnants of your hardened heart

    I keep a-trippin’ up on your yesterdays
    When you fooled me with your smile
    Promised me the land of milk & honey
    Forgettin’ to mention bitter crocodiles

    Then there’s this voice… it keeps on talking…
    There’s this voice…Without a choice…
    You gotta keep on talking… so I say…
    You’re just a selfish freak (ah)
    You’re just a selfish freak (ah)

    “No one understands me,” you say
    And you’re living with this curse
    A million thousand voices
    A million thousand voices in your head
    Making each day worse
    You’re freaking out!
    Til the point of no return
    I listen all day long
    It’s just too much
    I’ve had enough of your blah blah blah
    I’ve had enough
    Oh…

    CHORUS
    Let it speak
    Let it ramble let it roll let it speak
    In the absence of your self control
    This is the time to move ahead
    ‘Til your talking box is dead
    It’s bigger than you think
    You’re just another selfish freak (ahhhh)
    You’re just another selfish freak (ahhhh)… You’re just another selfish freak

    BRIDGE
    Write your wicked worries up into the air
    Where they land on unsuspecting people unprepared
    You point your finger in the face of God
    Normally you’re babbling, “Everyone else is acting odd!”
    Think about what you just said…? Then the horror of…

    Waking up, it’s much too late
    No one in their right mind wants to sit around and wait
    Sit around and wait wait wait
    Learn to just shut up
    So it’s tough… all this human stuff
    And the rose upon the stem
    Needs a slow awakening
    Or the release of a butterfly
    Breaking free of it’s cocoon
    Can’t reach out to help out or it will die… too… soon…

    CHORUS
    Let it speak
    Let it ramble let it roll
    Let it speak in the absence of your self control
    This is the time to move ahead
    Til your talking box is dead
    Because it’s bigger than you think
    You’re just a selfish freak (ah)
    You’re just a selfish freak (freak freak) (ah)
    You’re just a selfish… (ah)
    Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
    Blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
    Blah blah blah
    All about you… all about you
    All about all about you selfish freak


    Trouble With Boxes
    words and music by sara hickman

    the trouble with boxes
    i have trouble with them
    the trouble with boxes
    is i never fit in

    the trouble with others
    is…they forget how to knock
    the trouble with others is
    they’re living in shock

    metal is way too hot
    cardboard falls apart
    paper is way too thin
    and cement’s heavy
    i’m not ready
    to be dropped in

    the trouble with wood is…
    people praying outside
    the trouble with wood is
    the body inside

    the trouble with being dead is
    you can’t turn back the clocks
    the trouble with being dead
    is… you end up in a box

    solo

    ashes blow away
    and sand can’t turn back time
    dirt leaves little doubt and
    tombs are rectangles
    without any angels
    to let you out

    the trouble with boxes
    we all think we’ll win
    the trouble with boxes
    is… life comes to an end

    all these little boxes
    i’ve had trouble with them
    all these little boxes
    i’ll never get in


    Human Wish
    Words by Sara Hickman & Music by Jim Jacobsen

    There was an empty seat between the two of them
    As he buckled down she stole a glance at him
    He caught her… and she smiled
    Just then a sudden sneeze escaped her lips
    He said, “Salud”… They let it rest at this
    Ah-ooooo
    And as the plane took off
    They both sat back
    Her hands folded neatly in her lap
    He took a simple note of that
    Ah-ooooo

    He was a handsome man, a Mexican
    She liked his eyes and what they said within
    Their broken words didn’t bother them at all
    They talked of Presidents and where they’d been
    She even tried some Spanish out on him
    Ah-ooooo

    CHORUS:
    These are moments
    When you can’t deny
    The fleeting promise in a stranger’s eye
    And what could be just for an afternoon
    Making love in a hotel room

    Is this a sinner’s heart?
    Or a human wish… to touch someone that you’ve just met?
    Skin on skin and fingertips
    A last hurrah in the wilderness
    Ah-ooo

    She told him of a husband and her kids at home
    He said he had a wife and two young sons
    And then she ran her fingers through her hair…
    She, somehow, stopped her heart right there…
    She, somehow, stopped her heart right there…


    You Are Not Alone
    Words & Music by Sara Hickman

    I know what it means to feel sad
    And I know what it means to feel lonely
    And I know what it means
    To feel like you’re the only one
    Who knows what it means to know

    And I can see… I can see what’s happened here
    I can see what’s coming down the road
    I can see what I simply don’t believe ‘cause I believe you’re
    Carrying a heavy load

    But you are not alone… standing in a crowd
    You are not alone
    When you need to cry out loud
    In a world that feels like a broken home the thing that
    I want you to know, I know… You are not alone

    And I can hear… I can hear all those broken promises
    I can hear where the hissing lies like to live
    I can hear the denial of that sweet, sweet kiss
    And the moment when it feels like you can’t rise above any of this

    But you are not alone… standing in a crowd
    You are not alone
    When you need to cry out loud
    In a world that feels like you don’t exist
    There’s one thing and I promise you this… I know
    You are not alone

    I remember when my sister used to talk to me
    I remember when my father held my hand
    I remember when I thought I’d, finally, reach my dreams
    And when I finally gave up I finally came to understand…

    That I am not alone
    Standing in a crowd
    I am not alone when I cry out loud
    In a world that feels like I don’t exist
    There’s one thing and I promise you this… I know
    We are not alone


    Cocky Friend
    Words by Sara Hickman
    Music by Jim Jacobsen

    Get me a cigarette
    Get me a drink
    You know where this is going
    Exactly where you think

    Just get me started
    Give me all you have
    And when you’re finished
    Get me a cab

    I just want
    I just want to get it
    I just want to get it on

    Don’t want no party
    Don’t want no keys
    No rings on fingers
    Just you on your knees

    Don’t give me lip
    Let me run this
    Just get me stripped, boy
    Just get me serviced

    CHORUS

    SLINKY ASS SOLO HERE

    Well, that was something…
    Hmmm… pretty good
    I enjoyed myself
    Just like I knew I would

    I’ll see you later
    My cocky friend
    If we hook up
    Then we can do it all again

    CHORUS


    Primitive Stuff
    Words & Music by Sara Hickman & Jim Jacobsen

    Start that fire burn that wood
    Shake your mind change your mood
    See those stars up in the sky?
    Everybody got to wonder why
    And if you feel like it’s never enough
    Baby, that’s just primitive stuff
    Oh, if you feel it’s never enough
    Baby, that’s just primitive stuff

    Solo

    Back before the dawn of time
    Before the days of yours and mine
    When those clouds came rolling in
    Heaven and hell made love and sin
    So, If you run when times get tough
    Baby, that’s just primitive stuff

    Anger caffeine black and blue
    I’ve had about enough of you
    Figured out this too shall pass
    Don’t let the screen door hit your ass

    And if you think I play too rough
    Baby, that’s just primitive stuff
    Yea, if you think I play too rough
    Baby, that’s just primitive stuff

    Solo

    Running back to the house
    I can run faster than anyone else
    I see the storm in the big fat sky
    Running in the devil’s eye
    Well, if I ripped away your love
    Baby, that’s just primitive stuff
    Yea, if I ripped away your love
    That’s just primitive stuff


    Rapture
    for Lili
    Words by Sara Hickman
    Music by Jim Jacobsen

    The nightingale outside my window
    Can sense the sorrow… I can not bear
    Her song so sweet…So high and bitter
    She sings the last tears of my last prayer

    I dreamed a rainbow… No chance to change the story
    We were wide open… Across the sky
    A whispered word… So long forgotten
    When I was captured… By blissful rapture


    Two Winters
    Words by Sara Hickman
    Music by Jim Jacobsen

    Two winters at the bottom
    Blue bubbles winding down
    I really loved your picture

    Two books of withered roses
    Northern lights behind your eyes
    Harsh warning please don’t let me go

    Two winters at the bottom
    Seasons come and run away
    Chased by a biting wind

    I know it feels like you’ve been
    Dipped in tar and feathered twice
    Once more dropped through the ice

    I know you’re struggling
    But there’s more in store
    I see what’s frozen
    And what’s to come
    And what’s to come

    Repeat previous verse

    Two winters at the bottom
    But there’s more in store
    Two winters at the bottom
    Two winters at the bottom…


    Shine
    Words and Music by Sara Hickman

    Time to tell the truth… There’s no more need to hide
    You’ve had to… well, you’ve had to keep it… bottled up inside
    Time to let it loose… just let it fly
    You’re free to speak the truth
    No more questions why
    You’ve changed for the best
    When you begin to

    Shine… come on and shine
    You’re bright as the sun so let everyone
    Just see you… shine

    You were sick at heart but now you feel alive
    No more parts to play, your day’s, finally, arrived
    Now you believe the truth and you’ll never lose
    Now you see the sky’s not always blue
    When you lift your voice you can choose

    To shine… come on and shine
    You’re bright as the sun so let everyone
    Just see you… shine

    Oh, you were falling… falling… fallling
    Into what you could never talk about
    You were crawling… crawling towards a locked door
    Til you decided to let yourself out of the doubt
    You were standing tall all the while
    So, shout out whatever the hell
    Makes you smile….

    Shine… come on and shine…


    Nova
    Music & words by Sara Hickman & Gray Parsons
    iTunes Bonus Track

    I thought I started over (started over)
    Thought I was on the inside (I was wrong)
    I thought that you were loving
    You were lying
    All I ever wanted was a chance to believe and a place to belong

    You called me by name… the wrong name
    Still it was good to see you again
    Then we reminisced about that first kiss
    You drew infinity all over my wrist
    Then we melted… yea, we melted… til it was real

    CHORUS

    We’re running in circles… running around
    We’re broken chess pieces all over the ground
    In the kitchen we prepared our meals
    How I laughed when you copped a feel
    Then we melted… yea, we melted… and I knew

    CHORUS

    BRIDGE:
    You were so goofy and real
    And I thought we could feel
    The songs that we wrote together.
    But then the promises turned
    And the darkness returned
    I’m left holding my breath… forever

    INST

    I see you in the movies
    I hear your voice on the radio
    You’re a nova… exploding
    I’m watching you here below
    Watching you burn… watching you burn… away





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