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Speed of Light

by Dale Sechrest

Released 1997
Released 1997
"Sounds like James Taylor, if James Taylor rocked" Jim Ryser
  • 03:56 Story Lyrics
    Higher Ground (Song for Jason)

    Higher Ground
    Music and words © 1997 Dale Sechrest


    Sometimes life don't go just the way that you plan it
    sometimes life comes down far too hard
    But don't let it get you down child 'cause it goes 'round in a circle
    Things always get better you can take that much to heart

    Seems that one day you're on the mountain top
    the next you're in the valley
    sometimes you just don't know which way to go
    But you can learn from these times child just take it as it comes
    look it in the face now and don't let it make you run.

    Chorus
    Do not close your eyes to the pain that's all around you
    Do not close your eyes to the silence of the night
    Let it lead you out
    Let it be there to remind you
    That some day you'll be sat on higher ground

    Sometimes life don't go just the way that you plan it
    sometimes life comes down far too hard
    But you can learn from these times child just take it as it comes
    look it in the face now and don't let it make you run.

    Chorus
    Do not close your eyes to the pain that's all around you
    Do not close your eyes to the silence of the night
    Let it lead you out
    Let it be there to remind you
    That some day you'll be sat on higher ground


    There's a better day a'comin'
    everything's gonna turn around
    and the sun's gonna be shinin' on your back
    But it never lasts forever so just take it as you can
    And take a little bit of that high-rise when the alley comes around again

    Chorus
    Do not close your eyes to the pain that's all around you
    Do not close your eyes to the silence of the night
    Let it lead you out
    Let it be there to remind you
    That some day you'll be sat on higher ground

  • 04:36 Story Lyrics
    Speed of Light (feat. Jim Ryser)

    Speed of Light
    Words and Music © 1977 Dale Sechrest


    There is magic in your touch - A light shining through your fingertips

    And it keeps me traveling, To you at the speed of light

    There is magic in your touch - Oceanwaves in your deep, deep eyes

    And it keeps me traveling, To you at the speed of light

    Still I wonder, yet I wonder, makes me wonder How I love you so much

    There is beauty in your smile - That is far beyond any rainbow I have seen
    And it keeps me traveling, To you at the speed of light

    Still I wonder, yet I wonder, makes me wonder How I love you so much

    Oh you are such a precious child, Gonna drive everybody wild
    No one can compare to you, Your kind are far too few

    You've got to be an angel Sent from up above
    So full of precious beauty, So full of tender love

    And it keeps me traveling, To you at the speed of light

    Still I wonder, yet I wonder, makes me wonder How I love you so much

    Oh loving you comes easy, the most easiest thing to do
    But I've never loved someone so much
    As much as I love you

    You've got to be an angel Sent from up above
    So full of precious beauty, So full of tender love

    And it keeps me traveling To you at the speed of light

    Still I wonder, yet I wonder, makes me wonder
    How I love you so much
    I love you so much
    Yes, I love you so much

  • 03:43
    Unchain My Heart
  • 03:07
    (Joanna) Dream #19
  • 06:02
    Sometimes
  • 04:16
    When It All Comes Down
  • 03:14
    New Orleans (feat. Tim Grimm & Jerry Mihay)
  • 03:25 Story
    Ballad of Matthew and the Priest
  • 06:01 Story
    Baby I'm Crazy (On My Street)
NOTES
A Review on Speed Of Light:

Following his single “Best of Friends,” a heartfelt ode to fathers and sons, Dale Sechrest released his debut album, Speed of Light, an eclectic blend of rock, soul and blues. Speed of Light chronicles a life’s search for love from the garage party antics of “New Orleans” and lovesick “Baby I’m Crazy,” to the amorous battle cry of “When It Comes Down” with the despair driven “Sometimes.” Bookended by faith-based anthems, “Higher Ground” and “The Time Will Come” (not included in the MP3 Release), frame the ups and downs of this journey with a belief in better days, while a rousing rock cover of Ray Charles “Unchain My Heart” and a tribute to a friend, “The Ballad of Matthew and the Priest” round out the album’s diverse sound.

From Dale:
My music would probably be influenced by the music I listened to growing up:
Harry Chapin, Bob Dylan, Neal Young, Moody Blues, Simon & Garfunkle.

I have been told by a few people that I sound like Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan.
Still not sure if that's a compliment.
At the same time I've been told, more often, that I look a lot like David Bowie.
For whatever that's worth.

As far as 'Speed of Light' my agent's first words were, 'some of it sounds like it came from the 70's'.
Makes sense, because some of the songs were written then.

Speed of Light has a little bit of everything. Rock and roll, ballad, country, jazz and blues.

Within the Tri-State area where I live, there were radio stations that played the entire CD upon its release.
The title track, Speed of Light, with guest vocalist, Jimmy Ryser, was placed on full rotation at many radio stations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
The song that received the highest acclaim, however, was 'Sometimes'.

Speed of Light was released in August of 1997.

About the songs.
Higher Ground (Song for Jason). I was watching Cool Hand Luke and at the part where Luke is told of his mothers death, he picks up a banjo and plays the only 'religious' song he knew.
Something in that moment grabbed me and I started writing.
A song about days when you're on top and days when you're on the bottom.
But there is something to be learned in both places.
I wanted to tell Jason, that although he may go through tough times, good times would come back around.

Speed of Light.
A combination of several things.
but the main inspiration: It's A Wonderful Life.
(Maybe I watch too many movies).
The moment in the film when Jimmy Stewart says, "What do you want Mary? You want the moon? I'll throw a lasso around it and give it to you".
Mary replies, "And then what?"
Jimmy says, "well, then you'd swallow it, and it would shoot through your fingertips....

Joanna.
I never knew anyone named Joanna. Don't know what it's about. Wrote long ago, in the early morning hours.

Sometimes.
Wish I had the chance to re-record this, just because.
I used to do a lot of writing while driving late at night.
This is one of those moments.

When It All Comes Down.
Too much time is spent on the wrong things in life.

New Orleans.
A fun song written years ago.

Ballad of Matthew and the Priest.
I had a wonderful english teacher, Dennis Lindsey, who encouraged me and my music.
This song was written for him.
There is a major mistake in the song, but the engineer would not allow correction, due to time restraints.

Baby I'm Crazy.
Again, late night, had been listening to a lot of Ray Charles and this song popped up.

This album was recorded 'Live'.



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