From Brooklyn to Birdland

by Brooklyn Beatz and CandaceK

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Teaming up to travel from Hip-Hop to Jazz, BrooklynBeatz and CandaceK begin on Marcy Avenue and take listeners on a trip to the famed jazz club as it was during its heyday just north of 52nd Street in Manhattan.

As in life, detours, triumphs, and confusion all play a part in the struggle to find a place where you belong. But what you learn from the journey will enrich the destination. The struggle enriches the finale.

With classic sounds from both of ends of the spectrum, jazz vocal stylings, story-based lyrics, and vintage instrumentation and vocal production, the project wouldn't be complete without a touch of soul.

Come on down to Jazz Avenue, by way of Brooklyn.

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released 18 February 2013

All beats by BrooklynBeats a.k.a. JayRetro (soundcloud.com/d-jay23)

All lyrics, vocals, and melodies written by CandaceK
Lyrics and rap verse on "44th Street" by An0maly

Creative zen, recording, mixing, and mastering by Timothy "Septembers1st" Williams

Special thanks: Outlawed Beats and the SoulKnowmadz (MadzLove)

We would like to dedicate this album to our dearly departed grandfathers.

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CandaceK Morgantown, West Virginia

CandaceK, a singer and songwriter since the tender age of 2, CandaceK pulls her style from a plethora of inspirations, ranging from Aretha Franklin and Etta James to Dinah Washington, Koko Taylor, En Vogue, and Muddy Waters.

A true believer in being true to oneself, her heartfelt lyrics and soulful delivery tells her story, one song at a time.
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Track Name: From the Ground Up
I'll get there, I will get there
Going from the ground up
I'm going there, I'll go straight there
Going to that place I love
I'll get there, I will get there
Going from the ground up, going from the ground up
I'm going there, I'll go straight there
Yeah

I've been asleep for too long
Going about this all wrong
The darkness smothered all the light

Moving fast so got to hold on
I'm shaky, but my will is too strong
Don't let the doors close, let me breathe

I'll get there, I will get there
Going from the ground up
I'm going there, I'll go straight there
Going to that place I love
I'll get there, I will get there
Going from the ground up, going from the ground up
I'm going there, I'll go straight there
Yeah

Go, stop, go, stop
Which stop?

Which stop?
Go, stop, go

Go, stop
Which stop?
Go

Which stop?
Go, stop, go
Track Name: In the Sun
As I emerge out of the darkness underground
Vision becomes so sharp and light is all around me

Feel so electric now I feel like I can fly
Nothing can touch me, yet I know I can touch the sky
Yeah

Sun's warmest ray
Wash my fear away
Sun light up the day
I'm on my way
In the Sun

My pathway looks so bright, direction's crystal clear
Feels like it took a lifetime to end up right here

Illuminated sidewalks lead me on my way
The Sun follows my movements through the city scape
In the Sun

Sun's warmest ray
Wash my fear away
Sun light up the day
I'm on my way
In the Sun

In the Sun
Track Name: Malcolm X Boulevard
I feel so displaced now
I took off
Running down the boulevard of dreams, or so I thought

Curious to see if a detour could save me time
Could elevate me, but my priorities realigned

You were the definition of temptation
I took a bite
Suspended my journey halted like a DONT WALK sign

I got tangled in the traffic jam inside my mind
I dismissed my dream, but now I swear to you I've gotta try

Ooh, I gotta do what I gotta do
You gotta do what you gotta do
Gotta do what I gotta do
You gotta do what you gotta do

So now I stand at the crossroads and I'm so confused
You came and turned me around and I followed just like a fool
Gotta find a way to eliminate distractions
Gotta find a way back to the main attraction
Yeah

I was on my way then lost my memory
Made me forget there's somewhere that I'm supposed to be
Now that I'm so lost and frozen
Kicking myself for choosing the boulevard I've chosen

Ooh, I gotta do what I gotta do
You gotta do what you gotta do
Gotta do what I gotta do
You gotta do what you gotta do

Ooh, I gotta do what I gotta do
You gotta do what you gotta do
Gotta do what I gotta do
You gotta do what you gotta do

I feel so lost I'm all turned around
Feel so low I'm back underground
Track Name: Let it Go
When you hold onto
Feelings they'll eat you
When you keep it all inside it's only hurting you
So baby let it out
If you gotta scream and shout (eh- yeah)
Release the inner troubles that keep you awake at night

Let it Go
Let it Go
Don't hold it in, just
Let It Go

Let it Go
Let it Go
Don't hold it in, just
Let It Go

Don't be afraid to confront the demons that are haunting you
Consequently, the only thing holding you back is you
You can rise and fly and take over the world
If you learn to let it go

Let it Go
Let it Go
Don't hold it in, just
Let It Go

Let it Go
Let it Go
Don't hold it in, just
Let It Go

Let it go
Let it go
Let it go

Let it out Let it fly Let it Go
Let it out Let it fly Let it Go
Let it out Let it fly Let it Go
Let it out Let it fly Let it Go

Let it Go
Let it Go
Don't hold it in, just
Let It Go

Let it Go
Let it Go
Don't hold it in, just
Let It Go
Track Name: In the Middle / Down by Jazz Avenue
The storm has passed and now I'm back on track
Going to a place with all the things I lack
Decision's made, I'm determining my own fate
Keeping a steady pace
Don't wanna make my entrance too late

You are now a memory of a time long gone
You'll remain a remnant of the path I once was on
Making my way down the middle and it suits me just fine
I've made my mistakes, but every wound will heal in time
Now I'm on my way down to Jazz Avenue

My heart is beating to match my steps
Feeling more in love than I have ever felt
Awake and dreaming of what I'll see
To get that feeling of the love surrounding me

Warm and tender; intense and chilling
The mesmerizing, the harmonizing, the thrilling
Making my way down the middle and it suits me just fine
No more missteps I'm on the right track this time
Now I'm on my way down to Jazz Avenue

Scat

Now I'm on my way down to Jazz Avenue
Track Name: 44th Street (featuring An0maly)
Feel so tired from the rollercoaster race I've run
Always another mile to go
Bout the time I think I’m done
Almost there and I can see the door so clearly now
Headed up the block got to find strength to get there somehow

An0maly:
I'm gonna get there 
I don't even know how
But profound and hustling through this old town
Life's a steady race
I'm on my second leg
Hope I don't catch a sprain 
or just some heavy rain 
Whoa, I'm gonna slip if I run faster
They told me patience is a virtue 
So if it doesn't hurt you as you work through then it doesn't matter
Just as long as you don't run backwards

I been hustling, bustling, no discussion loving
I'm above in the covenant no does what I does it
Kinda fun to know that all this other struggling part of it
I'm an artist who art is nothing comparable hardly it's
Something that's different, a magician my carpet is
Like Aladdin's, my castle, is quite the magic apartment 
They told me stay away from rap like it's arsenic
But I made the race and left the speaker shaking like Parkinson's
Yea we gonna make it


Feel so tired from the rollercoaster race I've run
Always another mile to go
Bout the time I think I’m done
Almost there and I can see the door so clearly now
Headed up the block got to find strength to get there somehow

CK:
Completion (before)
Depletion (let’s go)
Finish line so close I can feel it
So weary (keep on moving)
But I'm nearing (keep on going)
The place where I belong, can y'all hear it?

So close
Gotta keep on going
Almost finished
Bout to get it in yeah

Feel so tired from the rollercoaster race I've run
Always another mile to go
Bout the time I think I’m done
Almost there and I can see the door so clearly now
Headed up the block got to find strength to get there somehow

Outro:
Yeah, yeah-eeh yeah
When I get there I will know oh, oh
Track Name: Go Blind
I go blind every time you cross my mind
I go blind every time you cross my mind
Overlooking what’s in front of me
I fixate on the hopeless daydream

When you’re on my mind
It’s like nothing else exists (oh-oh-oh)
And my vision
Trades reality for bliss (oh-oh-oh)

The world could disappear and I would never know
I’d still be blinded by my fabrication

I go blind when you cross my mind / I go blind when you cross my mind
I go blind when you cross my mind / I go blind when you cross my mind

I go blind every time you cross my mind
I go blind every time you cross my mind
Overlooking what’s in front of me
I fixate on the hopeless daydream

I’m content in the darkness
It feels like a second home oh
I can’t help but to feel blessed
With this loop that I’ve been thrown

When everything you do goes directly to my head
The fantasy drags me right
Reality goes left

I go blind when you cross my mind / I go blind when you cross my mind
I go blind when you cross my mind / I go blind when you cross my mind

I go blind every time you cross my mind
I go blind every time you cross my mind
Overlooking what’s in front of me
I fixate on the hopeless daydream

Oooh, finally
Oooh, finally
Track Name: One More for the Road
We're drinking, my friend
To the end of a brief episode
So make it one for my baby, and one more for the road

I know you know the routine
So throw another sample
On the machine

I'm feeling so bad
I wish you'd make the music
Easy and sad

Could tell you a lot
But you got to be true to your code

So make it one fo my baby and one more for the road
That long, long road