We Are Always Evolving (Every Day)

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Becky Reyes
Words and Music by Becky Reyes

Story

Liner Notes for Always Evolving
(Becky Reyes) 

  

 

Well, here we are again, trying to get my music out to you. This is another home-spun CD of my original music. We recorded these songs at Sean Trachtmans’ house, some of them in one take! Thank you Sean and Jane for all of your support, for helping us at the very last minute and for the extra instruments on Foolin’ Everyone!
We Are Always Evolving (Every Day) was written one day after writing a long letter to my sexy, gorgeous, smart, ballsy-as-hell, YOUNG niece, Amanda. You see, I had this tune stuck in my head with no words, so I went back to that letter and copied it and rhymed it up. Amanda my dear, remind me, frequently that we are always evolving, every day.
Foolin’ Everyone was written in 1997. I used to play at the Quarter Moon Coffee House and there was this artist who used to come in to hear me play. He always seemed to be reading a book, but I’d catch him peeking out from behind that book.
Mary’s Room was written in 1989 when I was living in the Finger Lakes area of New York. My good friend, Mary Wilkes and I were up in her room, drinking coffee, tormenting her cats (but in a good way) and making up silly lyrics to songs. At one short but somber point in the afternoon, she talked about the desire to someday make it to San Francisco, and I remember catching a glimpse of her in the mirror and she looked so beautiful and a little sad.
Hollywood Sign was also written while I was in the Finger Lakes. I left Los Angeles in 1985 and ended up in a little cabin in western New York State.
Echoing the Blues was about a person I had met who thought I might fit in with his lifestyle. I bristled. He left. 
Threads of Steel was written when I was still in my 30’s. In fact, I was just entering my 30’s when a sociology professor asked, “…you do know that you’re too old to make it in the music industry, don’t you?” I’d like to say to him that I’m in my 50’s now and having the time of my life.
Mrs. Sam Stone is a sad song. Yes, it’s about John Prine’s Sam Stone, but told from the perspective of his wife. It was on the Posterity CD, but this is a new recording and I think my voice is better on this one.
Hoops was written long before I ever married and had a child. Now, my husband and son hold the hoops I willingly jump through every day.
The Winter Man is a little ditty I wrote when I lived in the cabin. I lived alone and during the winter months could go weeks without seeing anyone up there. Thank goodness I had a job that required I leave the cabin and actually be around other human beings. But I sure do miss that little cabin.
Time is a Healer was written one night when I was ruminating over an argument that occurred when I was about 15. I was really upset, but then realized, “Becky, WHAT are you doing? That happened DECADES ago! You’re not even friends with that person anymore. Snap out of it! It just doesn’t matter anymore!”
Vallarta is the only song on this disc that was written by me and another person. Todd Stratton was my mentor so many years ago. He drilled me with picking patterns for hours at a time and reminded me to keep it clean and simple. One day, I worked out a beautiful little tune and took it to him. He started playing leads over it and it blossomed into a beautiful little piece. I was anticipating a trip to Puerto Vallarta at the time so the tune became Vallarta. That’s Todd playing lead. 
Thank you so much for your support. Singing for you is one of the great pleasures in my life these days. I also want to thank my dad & mom, Gil & Becky Reyes for their love and support and encouragement. I was a terror growing up and we didn’t always get along, but these days, we’re closer than ever. Dad’s the one who’s responsible for my musical taste. Throughout my life, he introduced me to so many musicians and genres of music. Thank you also to my son Gilbert, who keeps me sane (now how many parents can say that?) and who taught me that no matter how much you think you love in this life, there’s always more love just around the corner, and my husband Scott Muhleman for being my friend, my lover, my confidante, my roadie, and the best damn harp player I’ve ever known.
-Becky Reyes

Well, here we are again, trying to get my music out to you. This is another home-spun CD of my original music. We recorded these songs at Sean Trachtmans’ house, some of them in one take! Thank you Sean and Jane for all of your support, for helping us at the very last minute and for the extra instruments on Foolin’ Everyone!

We Are Always Evolving (Every Day) was written one day after writing a long letter to my sexy, gorgeous, smart, ballsy-as-hell, YOUNG niece, Amanda. You see, I had this tune stuck in my head with no words, so I went back to that letter and copied it and rhymed it up. Amanda my dear, remind me, frequently that we are always evolving, every day.

Foolin’ Everyone was written in 1997. I used to play at the Quarter Moon Coffee House and there was this artist who used to come in to hear me play. He always seemed to be reading a book, but I’d catch him peeking out from behind that book.

Mary’s Room was written in 1989 when I was living in the Finger Lakes area of New York. My good friend, Mary Wilkes and I were up in her room, drinking coffee, tormenting her cats (but in a good way) and making up silly lyrics to songs. At one short but somber point in the afternoon, she talked about the desire to someday make it to San Francisco, and I remember catching a glimpse of her in the mirror and she looked so beautiful and a little sad.

Hollywood Sign was also written while I was in the Finger Lakes. I left Los Angeles in 1985 and ended up in a little cabin in western New York State.

Echoing the Blues was about a person I had met who thought I might fit in with his lifestyle. I bristled. He left. 

Threads of Steel was written when I was still in my 30’s. In fact, I was just entering my 30’s when a sociology professor asked, “…you do know that you’re too old to make it in the music industry, don’t you?” I’d like to say to him that I’m in my 50’s now and having the time of my life.

Mrs. Sam Stone is a sad song. Yes, it’s about John Prine’s Sam Stone, but told from the perspective of his wife. It was on the Posterity CD, but this is a new recording and I think my voice is better on this one.

Hoops was written long before I ever married and had a child. Now, my husband and son hold the hoops I willingly jump through every day.

The Winter Man is a little ditty I wrote when I lived in the cabin. I lived alone and during the winter months could go weeks without seeing anyone up there. Thank goodness I had a job that required I leave the cabin and actually be around other human beings. But I sure do miss that little cabin.

Time is a Healer was written one night when I was ruminating over an argument that occurred when I was about 15. I was really upset, but then realized, “Becky, WHAT are you doing? That happened DECADES ago! You’re not even friends with that person anymore. Snap out of it! It just doesn’t matter anymore!

Vallarta is the only song on this disc that was written by me and another person. Todd Stratton was my mentor so many years ago. He drilled me with picking patterns for hours at a time and reminded me to keep it clean and simple. One day, I worked out a beautiful little tune and took it to him. He started playing leads over it and it blossomed into a beautiful little piece. I was anticipating a trip to Puerto Vallarta at the time so the tune became Vallarta. That’s Todd playing lead. 

Thank you so much for your support. Singing for you is one of the great pleasures in my life these days. I also want to thank my dad & mom, Gil & Becky Reyes for their love and support and encouragement. I was a terror growing up and we didn’t always get along, but these days, we’re closer than ever. Dad’s the one who’s responsible for my musical taste. Throughout my life, he introduced me to so many musicians and genres of music. Thank you also to my son Gilbert, who keeps me sane (now how many parents can say that?) and who taught me that no matter how much you think you love in this life, there’s always more love just around the corner, and my husband Scott Muhleman for being my friend, my lover, my confidante, my roadie, and the best damn harp player I’ve ever known.
-Becky Reyes

 

Lyrics

I know who you are, I’ve read your blog
You’re a beautiful child, a superstar
You remind me so much of me when I was your age
I don’t care what they say
We are always evolving, every day
I want you to know you’re not alone
You’re young, that’s a good thing. This I know.
You won’t ever know everything, even when you’re my age
I don’t care what they say
We are always evolving, every day
And I don’t care where you are tonight
And I’m not here to help you see the light
Just think this through. You know you’ll get it right
Have some faith in yourself. You’ll find your way.
We are always evolving every day.
Every year of your life, you’ll have a thought
How you’re life’s turned out, how you’ve cast your lot
How you’re not like you were, honey, in a younger age
I don’t care what they say
We are always evolving, every day
Though your family and friends may pass on through
The most beautiful friend you’ll have is you
You’re the only thing constant even though you will age
I don’t care what they say
We are always evolving, every day
And I don’t care where you are tonight
And I’m not here to help you see the light
Just think this through. You know you’ll get it right
Have some faith in yourself. You’ll find your way.
We are always evolving every day.

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