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

Released July 23, 2013 | Kirtland Records

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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.

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Liner Notes

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.netTasty 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.

Lyrics and Samples

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