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Chase the sun

by Devin Howell

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The culmination of 5 years worth of the best times of my life! "Chase the sun" has been travelling with me in my back pack next to my guitar and my juggling clubs through countless adventures waiting for the right moment to be brought to life.

I have never worked so hard, been so excited/frustrated/amazed or more alive as I have been through every phase of making this album. Every song has a resonance deep inside of me of situations and places that I have been blessed to experience.

"Chase the sun" has stories of the road, the heart, the bedroom, the morning after the night before, the letting go of blame, the blossoming of trust, the promise to stay at it no matter what, the lessons I learn over and over, the way we communicate and falling in love with everything.

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released December 8, 2013

Devin Howell: Vocals, acoustic guitars, piano and keyboards and flute

Lujeanne Brand: Vocals

Texito Langa: Drums (Courtesy Ancient root productions www.ancientroot.co.za)

Roger Hobbs: Bass

Jonathan Crossley: Electric guitars and soundscapes

Byron Howell: Percussion

All songs written by Devin Howell

Produced by Devin Howell

Mixed by Jonathan Crossley - Zoolu Productions
(except With Everything - Matthew James @ Sound and Motion studios Cape Town)

Mastered by Rogan Kelsey


Album cover layout and design: Alexis Aronson
Album Photos by Aurélie Lamour

Recordings done by:
Andrew Ford - Nut House studios
Carel Burger - Sound and motion studios
Deema Maghalseh - RSICA studios
Texito Langa - Ancient Root productions
Jonathen Crossley - Zoolu Productions
Devin Howell - On my mac


www.devinhowell.com
devin@devinhowell.com
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Devin Howell Cape Town, South Africa

Devin writes songs that convey the message of life in all it's colours. Aural pictures of the serious, the comical, the sexual and the spiritual aspects of our world.
With Pertinent musings and infectious groovings, Devin's introspective philosophy combines with catchy melodies and feel-good rhythms to create an uplifting journey through our spectrum of emotions and heart vibrations.
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Track Name: Make Believe
Something unexpected comes rushing in
It's giving new perspective on everything
The future’s something we can't see 'cause
Time will twist it endlessly
It's moving on so you can't hold it
Let the world slip off your shoulders ‘cause

What we see
Might be our imagining
This all could be
Just another crazy dream and

I can feel it's time to start awakening ‘cause
Make believe
Make believe
Make believe
Just might be the real thing

People may think everything is ending
But beginnings in the background are just blending in
The answers seldom we can see 'cause
Excitement’s in the mystery so
Feel the flow of pure elation
Let go of your expectation

What we see
Might be our imagining
This all could be
Just another crazy dream and

I can feel it's time to start awakening ‘cause
Make believe
Make believe
Make believe
Just might be the real thing

...just might be real
So do it all 'cause
limitation’s only in your mind
You will find
You might stumble and fall
But inspiration's always at your side
It'll be your guide...
Track Name: Postcard
I don't want to tweet what I'm feeling
I think it loses it's meaning
Because the html
It has no taste and no smell

And I won't be changing my status
To try and feel like I'm famous
And I won't write on your wall
If I don't know you at all

And you're not going to find me on myspace
I don't have time for that rat race ‘cause
I have no apps on my iphone
So perhaps we can postpone

And we'll talk when I see you
Because I'm all through with You Tube
And I can't handle a Skype call
Because my bandwidth is frightful

Oh I'll send you a postcard
I know waiting can be hard
But I'll put pencil to paper
And maybe a few days later

In your hands you will hold
A tiny piece of my soul

You don't have to send me a photo
Of your vacation in Soho
I won't trade your smile for the Digg-its
On your photograph widgets

You don't have to like me on facebook
Or subscribe to my output
You don't need to follow my blog posts
Because you know what I want most

I want to love you and hide it
Just keep some of it private
I don't want my world on a web page
That's not how real friends are made

Oh I'll send you a postcard
I know waiting can be hard
But I'll put pencil to paper
And maybe a few days later
In your hands you will hold a tiny piece of my

Soul held in suspension
It's my love in third dimension
I could write it on your wall but
It wouldn't be the same thing
The same thing at all

If I have to write one more profile
I think I might just get hostile and
Turn my screen off forever
Until we are together

I’ll send you a postcard
I know waiting can be hard
But I'll put pencil to paper
And maybe a few days later
In your hands you will hold
A tiny piece of my soul
Track Name: The perfect day
Yesterday the city seemed dressed in shades of gray
And everyone I passed was either stressed mad or afraid
I was about to run away and join a world behind closed eyes
When a strangeness came over me the streets began to shine

It was the perfect day
I made my world a different place
I learned a way to be amazed at all of creation and
Burned the page that told me how and what to say
On that perfect day I started life again
My way

Now I see colours in these city streets I've never seen before
I see neon jumping from the walls and rainbows on the floor
It's like magic started falling down like water out the sky
Now flowers bloom in desert sand that used to be so dry

And it's the perfect day
To make your world a different place and
Learn a way to be amazed at all of creation and
Burn the page that tells you how and what to say
On this perfect day you can start your life again
Your way

We won't find hopes and dreams in magazines we have to go outside
We'll be more complete with naked feet and the sunshine in our eyes

‘Cause it's the perfect day
To make our world a different place and
Learn a way to be amazed at all of creation and
Burn the page that tells us how and what to say
On this perfect day we can start our lives again
Our way
Track Name: Morning afternoon
I stumble down the road not looking for the fight that found me
I still don't know what happened to my phone and house keys
I'm asking God: "is it one of those lives or one of those days?"
I can't find my car but I shouldn't be driving anyway

I see two or three but I know there's really only one
Just a little less weed and I think this could have still been fun
But Friday night's about excess and sensual pleasure
We might just die but at least we'll kill ourselves together

I don't know the girl's name that slept beside me
Thinking slow as nails scratch chalk boards inside me
Friday night seems to happened to me without warning
I must try remember how I got here this fine morning
Morning after this fine morning
Morning after this fine morning
Morning afternoon

It's dark in here but I know outside the sun is shining
Just one more beer and a tip to keep the barman smiling
I've had a few but I've never been that good at counting
I'm right next to you but for some reason can't stop shouting

Coffee toast and jam awkward silence on the side
She tells me where I am and fills in gaps about last night
I tell her how I feel she tells me that she feels the same
we both say it's been real but I still didn't get her...
Track Name: Temporary love
Her heart is open she's letting in the chill
Her love is stolen I head in for the kill
Disregarding her feelings and her fears
The lesson's hard and it always ends in tears

But this is only a temporary love

I never mean to do the things I do
It always seems I never follow through
The door is open I'll be leaving someday soon
She's always hoping it'll someday be resumed

But this is only a temporary love
Track Name: Skin of the drum
Every smile every frown every mark every line
Paints the story of life and its passage through time
There's no shame in the scars being human creates
No blame as I page through the tale on my face

When the pen or the brush exposes all my regrets
All my misgivings that I've tried to forget
I hope it will show also truth that I've told
Pride that I've swallowed emotions controlled

Sometimes we paint life in the colours we choose
Sometimes we have only the greys and the blues

But my hands will stay fat on the skins of the drum
And the land will shake from strings that I strum

My heart will be pushed 'til just before bursting
I'll drink the well dry and then still I'll be thirsting
For silence to carve into the sounds of my soul
And wisdom to know all the secrets it holds

Sometimes words write themselves into songs
Sometimes the page is white for too long far too long

But my hands will stay fat on the skins of the drum
And the land will shake from strings that I strum

'Cause the work never stops when it comes to creation
From the pen of the poet or the stone of the mason
There are worlds to unveil in music and verse
We must lay open our hearts no matter how much it hurts

Sometimes pain gives the strength to create
Sometimes to touch someone’s heart ours must break

So my hands will stay fat on the skins of the drum
And the land will shake from the strings that I strum
Track Name: Shift the blame
I was taking time out on the road when a girl I thought I didn't know came and sat down on the floor right next to me
She said did you ever believe that real love was something that you were capable of
If you opened your heart and mind you would see

It’s not as hard as you think it is if you let yourself feel tenderness
It will walk right in if you give it room to breathe
It's never too late to turn around if you trip and fall and hit the ground 'cause life will give you everything you need

And there will come a time when you will see that all your pain and misery will vanish in the blink of one blue eye
Just a powerful clear intention will lead right to your destination you could have anything you want if you try


She said:
How long will you play this game with yourself and everyone
The broken hearts left in your wake were they only just for fun?
I'm sick of watching you self destruct but there's nothing I can do
'Cause at the end of the day when you shift the blame it will all end up on
You

Her words took me quite by surprise
How could she see through my disguise
And where did she find out those things she knew about me?

'Cause I never believed that real love was something that I was capable of
I never opened my heart and mind to see
She said that I could make a change
But the choice was mine to stay the same
Forever thinking there must be more to life

I was too afraid to look at first
At the things I knew would surely hurt
So I kept pretending everything was fine

But how long will I play this game with myself and everyone?
The broken hearts left in my wake weren't even all that fun
I'm sick of watching myself destruct it's a hard thing to see
‘Cause at the end of the day when I shift the blame it will all end up on


I never saw her again
But my soul won't forget her
I never caught her name
But I know that doesn't matter

I know now who's to blame when things could be better
And everything has changed since the day that I met her

And now I believe that real love is something that I am capable of
I opened my heart and mind now I see that

I don't need to play this game with myself and everyone
With an open heart I'll make a change and when all is said and done
I'll flip the switch I'll break the chains so the whole world can see that
At the end of the day when there's no one to blame we'll all start living

I don't need to play this game with myself and everyone
With an open heart I'll make a change and when all is said and done
I'll flip the switch and break the chains so the whole world can see that
At the end of the day when we give up the blame we'll all start living
Free
Track Name: Chase the sun
It seems like only yesterday
I thought the road would never end
Familiar was so far away
The unknown was my only friend

I was stuck without a plan
But I knew I never needed one
I’d leave it all up to chance
And a cold and hopeful outstretched thumb

A bag of smiles is all I'd bring
I’d pass them round each chance I'd get
Another town another fling
Another girl I can't forget

I remember when I chased the sun
I remember when I chased the sun
The leaves would fall that's when I'd run
I'd find a way to chase the sun

That bag of smiles is lighter now
There's not so much to go around
A part of me got lost somehow
And I hope to God it's never found

‘Cause I know it's still out there somewhere
Freer than I'll ever be
And I won't forget that time we shared
And that bag of smiles and memories

It seems like only yesterday
I thought the road would never end
Familiar was so far away
And the unknown was my only friend
Now I'm stuck here with a plan
Even though I never wanted one
I long to leave it all to chance...I'll find a way…

I'll find a way to chase the sun
Track Name: This sensation
We'll leave the shore of knowing
And fight the waves together
The unknown winds are blowing and
The space goes on forever

Night after night we'll go
Beyond what we used to know
We'll love our way to God
And find ourselves

Tonight
This sensation
It will provide
Your salvation

The storm lights are flashing
We'll lose sight of the land
And the ocean's crashing
Turns resistance into sand

Night after night we'll go
Beyond what we used to know
We'll love our way to God
And find ourselves

The wind and the rain
Try put doubt into our soul
Wild hurricanes
Try and question our resolve

We can't sit and wait
For a break in the storm
We must go catch the waves
‘Til our dreams are born
Track Name: Believing
Spring time we go rushing by
Our steps are large our heads are high
Faith is sparkling in our eyes
We live as though we'll never die

Oh believing everything's as it should be
Oh believing believing

Summer time goes flying by
A tale in every tear gone dry
Our memories immortalized
In photographs and songs we write

About believing everything's as it should be
Oh believing believing
Oh believing we'll know ourselves eventually
Oh believing believing

Autumn makes our shadows long
We can't believe the summer’s gone
We fake a smile pretend we're strong
Count the scars and carry on

Believing everything's as it should be
Oh believing believing

Winter and we lose our leaves
The branches bare but still we see
The spring time flowers vividly
As they paint the lanes of memory

Oh believe me everything's as it should be
Oh believe me believe me
Oh believe me we'll find our place eventually
Oh believe me believe me

We watch our children rushing by
Their steps are large their heads are high
Faith is sparkling in their eyes
They live as though they'll never die.

Oh believing everything's as it should be
Oh believing believing
Oh believing it will all make sense eventually
Oh believing believing
Track Name: I never learn
I can't find the poetry inside of me for sorry
I don't know what I said I was seeing red and my memory gets so blurry
I didn't think I'd ever see the day that I was hateful
Now I understand that energy for angers only wasteful

And I’m hoping I can put things right before the night is over
I can't expect your full respect I'm just trying to find some closure

The spoken word so quickly turns
Into broken worlds spinning in reverse
A sentence hurts and paragraphs can burn
I fall face first 'cause I never learn

My hasty words had intent to hurt it's a web of lies I've woven
And now I don't feel right inside after all the shit I've spoken
I wish I could rewind this track erasing yesterday
But the words I said behind your back are pacing through my brain

And it's gonna take a miracle to clear it all away
If you let me in forgive my sin I swear I’ll do the same
Track Name: With everything (ft.Lujeanne Brand)
I've been looking around
For a little meaning
Trying to write it down
To share this feeling

I'm losing myself
Finding something deeper
Emotions I've held
Just disappear

It's kinda like falling
It's a little like falling
It's just like falling
It's like falling

In love love with everything
Just stop breathe it in
I’m in love love love...
love love love
With everything

I cannot describe
I don't have the words
This feeling inside
Is from another world

I'm losing myself
And living a day dream
And theres nothing else
But endless amazing

It's kinda like falling...

In love love with everything
Just stop breathe it in
I’m in love love with everything
The autumn wind and birds of spring
I’m in love love love
Love love love

Leaving it all behind
Breathing for the first time
A feeling I can't deny
Like dreaming is real life

I'm in love love with everything
Gonna take this life and breathe it in
I'm in love love with everything
The autumn wind and birds of spring
I'm in love love with everything just stop

Breathe it in