Big Storm

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Up in the Air's 13th album was 3 years in the making and reflects some of the changes that our world and lives are going thru. For some reason, I got on a trend of using water related themes in many of the songs, giving the album a central idea that pulls the varied musical and lyrical ideas together in a unified project.

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released July 21, 2016

John Beccia - vocals, guitar, keyboards, melodica, glockenspiel ,percussion
Phil Gross - bass
Rich Daulton - drums
Victor Rocha- congas, timbales, latin percussion
David Singer - electric guitar and flute
Tom Bruner - trombone, piccolo, alto and soprano flutes
Suzy Newman - vocals

special guests...
Emy Bruzzo - vocals
Geof Land- trumpet
Dennis Caplinger -violin

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Up in the Air Santa Margarita, California

Up in the Air blends elements of structure and improvisation into musical styles as varied as folk, pop, dixieland, bluegrass, latin, and worldbeat. The result is a fresh and ultimately dancable musical experience with a conspicuously multi-cultural sound. Their original songs center on themes of social equity and justice, environmental consciousness, love, and respect for others. ... more

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Track Name: Big Storm
Big Storm
(by John Beccia)

INTRO-(E7----C----G----A--B7--E7----)

E7
Big storm’s a brewing.....coming round the bend

Big storm’s a brewing.....who knows how it all will end
C G
We act like we don’t know....we just keep burning up that oil
A7 B7 E7
Big storm’s a brewing.....like a pot that has begun to boil

E7
Big storm’s a brewing.....right there off the shore

Big storm’s a brewing.....gonna shake us to the core
C G
We act like we don’t know....we just keep using gasoline
A7 B7 E7
Big storm’s a brewing.....it’s as big as we have ever seen

am em
The ice caps disappear the glaciers slowly slip away
C B7 A7 - G
What changes are ahead, nobody here can really say.......

E7
Big storm’s a brewing...... growing as we speak

Big storm’s a brewing.....and it’s building to it’s peak
C G
No more can we ignore...the cost of what there is at stake
A7 B7 E7
Big storm’s a brewing ... and what will be left here in it’s wake


Instrumental - (E7----C----G----A--B7--E7----)

am em
We see the hurricanes, we see tornados cross this land
C B7 A7 - G
Destruction piles up, so much of this is caused by man........

E7
Big storm’s brewing..... can it be too late?

Big storm’s a brewing.... is it choice or is it fate?
C G
How much petroleum controls the way this world is bound
A7 B7 E7
Big storm’s a brewing......as the danger builds up all around
A7 B7 E7--
Big storm’s a brewing .......and the system quickly crumbles down
Track Name: Been Here Before
Been Here Before
by John Beccia

(Fmaj7-dm7-gm7-am7, Fmaj7-dm7-Eb-C,
Bbmaj7-am7-gm7-gm7b5, F-C7-F-A7-Bbmaj7-am7-dm)


Fmaj7 dm7 gm7 am7
Are we just pretenders.....role actors and mimes
Fmaj7 dm7 Eb C
Repeating offenders....were just passing our time
Bbmaj7 am7 gm7 gm7b5
The deafening silence....still cuts to the core
F C7 F - A7
And it's just like we have been here before
Bbmaj7 am7 dm
And it's just like we have been here before


Fmaj7 dm7 gm7 am7
Mistakes we are making.....all over again
Fmaj7 dm7 Eb C
The promises breaking.... with your very best friend
Bbmaj7 am7 gm7 gm7b5
The laughing, the crying....and still we want more
F C7 F - A7
And it's just like we have been here before
Bbmaj7 am7 dm
And it's just like we have been here before

BREAK - (C---F--G7---Bb-C7)

(Fmaj7-dm7-gm7-am7, Fmaj7-dm7-Eb-C,
Bbmaj7-am7-gm7-gm7b5, F-C7-F-A7-Bbmaj7-am7-dm)

(C---F--G7---Bb-C7)

Fmaj7 dm7 gm7 am7
Like continents drifting.....at one time were one
Fmaj7 dm7 Eb C
The forces around us....are as old as the sun
Bbmaj7 am7 gm7 gm7b5
We break into pieces....like the sand on the shore
F C7 F - A7
And it's just like we have been here before
Bbmaj7 am7 dm - G7
And it's just like we have been here before
F C7 (Bb - C7) - repeated till fade
And it's just like we have been here before
Track Name: Water Washes
The Water Washes
by John Beccia

(em7-------am7----em7----C---D---em7---------------C----D---em7-)

em7
You know I never really heard a sadder sound
am---
Until I heard the word that you’d no longer be around
em - em7
The waves come crashing down
Cmaj7 D6 em7------------
The water washes over us, and tosses us out on the ground (2 times)

em7
You know I never knew how sad that life could be
am---
I was just hoping that we’d hold on to what we had found
em
The time comes crashing down
Cmaj7 D6 em--------
The water washes over us, and tosses us out on the ground
Cmaj7 D6 am - G-D - em-
The water washes over us, and tosses us out on the ground

instrumental - (am7--------em7-------am---C--G-D-em7---------)

em7
You know I never really saw a sadder sight
am
Until that night when we were left there in the silent sound
em
No answers can be found
Cmaj7 D6 em
The water washes over us, and tosses us out on the ground (2 times)

em7
I never heard a song that had a sadder end
am
Till the time comes when you are losing the best friend you’ve found
em
The love comes crashing down
Cmaj7 D6 em
The water washes over us, and tosses us out on the ground
Cmaj7 D6 am - G-D - em
The water washes over us, and tosses us out on the ground

instrumental - (am7--------em7-------am---C--G-D-em7---------)

(em7-------am7----em7----C---D---em7---------------C----D---em7-)

em7
The water flow’s inside of all alive today
am
Outside, the rivers go in many different ways they’re bound
em
The waves come crashing down
Cmaj7 D6 em
The water washes over us, and tosses us out on the ground (3 times)
Track Name: Heart of the Jungle
Heart of the Jungle
by John Beccia

(C-F-G7-C, C-F-G7----C)

C F G7 C
Deep in the heart of the jungle.......the colors swirling by
C F G7
Deep in the heart of the jungle.......me hardly see, me hardly see, me
C
hardly see de sky

C F G7 C
Deep in the heart of the jungle......the rain fall from on high
C F G7
Deep in the heart of the jungle......me hardly can, me hardly can, me
C-C/B-
hardly can get by

am F G7 C-C/B-
So much is wild ........we can’t control
am F D7 G7 ---------------
Hard for the child......Hard for the ones who have grown old
G7 -----------------------------------------
The ones who have grown old (break)

C F G7 C
Deep in the heart of the jungle......the truth will never lie
C F G7
Deep in the heart of the jungle......me hardly can, me hardly can, me
C
hardly can get by

INSTRUMENTAL - (C-F-G7-C, C-F-G7----C)


C F G7 C
Deep in the heart of the jungle......the concrete reaching high
C F G7
Deep in the heart of the jungle.......me hardly see, me hardly see, me
C
hardly see the sky

C F G7 C
Deep in the heart of the jungle......the tears fall from my eye
C F G7
Deep in the heart of the jungle......me hardly can, me hardly can, me
C-C/B-
hardly can get by

am F G7 C-C/B-
No end in sight..... and still we fall
am F D7 G7 -----------
Always a fight.....hard for the people, one and all
G7 -----------------------------------------
The people, one and all (break)

C F G7 C
Deep in the heart of the jungle...... to live you have to die
C F G7
Deep in the heart of the jungle......me hardly can, me hardly can, me
C
hardly can get by
G7 C
Me hardly can, me hardly can, me hardly can get by
G7 C
Me hardly can, me hardly can, me hardly can get by
Track Name: I Want What You Got
I Want What You Got
by John Beccia

(E7-A7) 4X

E7 A7 E7 A7
So much like an addiction.............. I need you here by my side
E7 A7 E7 A7
Feeling like an affliction.............. that cannot be denied
am C G B7
Know it takes a conviction to show you.....what is inside
E7-A7 E7-A7
CHORUS -
You know I want what you got....You know I want what you got....
G B7 - - - -
You know you got what I really wa................nt
(E7-A7) 4X
You know I want what you got....

E7 A7 E7 A7
Life is just a collection.......... of all the things that we do
E7 A7 E7 A7
Lookin’ for a direction........... for a.feeling that’s true
am C G B7
Tryin’ to make a connection and reach for .....something that’s new
REPEAT CHORUS
G D A7
REFRAIN - When will I ever learn what brings me happiness
G A7 B7
When will I ever know the meaning of success
E7-A7 (E7-A) -
You know I want what you got....
You know I want what you got....

(B7--C7-C#7-D7) INSTRUMENTAL (gm-C7) - repeated (D7-C#7-C7-B7)

E7 A7 E7 A7
Leave behind reservations........... got to make a new start
E7 A7 E7 A7
With a determination.............. not to tear it apart
am C G B7
There are no explanations, you just....follow your heart
REPEAT CHORUS

G D A7
REFRAIN - When will I ever learn to love the simple things
G A B7
When will I ever know the the joy that love can bring
E7-A7 E7-A
You know I want what you got....
You know I want what you got....
(E7-A7) repeated over an over
You know I want what you got..
G B7 - - - -
You know you got what I really wa................nt
E7
You know I want what you got....
Track Name: Wedding Song
Wedding Song

INTRO by Phil Gross
& Mark Montijo
A E D A D E A A c1985

A E D A
White lace and promises joining two hearts

D A E
Now that they’ve had their own way

A E D A
Speak to me softly and I will reply

D E A
I’ve waited so long for this day

CHORUS

D E F#m C#m
Will you stay here beside me and hold me

D A F#m
And show me loves farthest extremes

D E F#m C#m
I will stay here beside you hold you and keep you

D E A
And take you inside of my dreams

INTRO

A E D A
Love is a treasure that’s so hard to find

D E
And so easy to let slip away

A E D A
Love is a mystery I’ve tried to unwind

D E A
Getting clearer with each word you say

CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

A A/G#bass D A F#m C#m D E
down by half steps in bass
A G#ac Gac F#ad Fad A D E

CHORUS

INTRO
Track Name: Like a River Flows
Like a River Flows
(by John Beccia)

(am-G-am-G-am-G-am)

am
Do we just go on livin' day to day
E7
Where there is a will, there will be a way
am-A7 dm - adim7
There will come a time, come a time that shows
C G F E7 am-G-am-G-am-G-am-
And so we just move on just like a river flows

am
Once we were so young, and we had our dreams
E7
That we tried to hold, who knows what it means
am-A7 dm-adim7
It might really be...some kind of joke, who knows
C G F E7 am---
And so we just move on just like a river flows

dm am
Through the ups and downs, through the highs and lows
E7 am
Good will come from bad, like from the thorn, the rose
dm am
Will we ever learn something, I suppose
C G F E7 am-G-am-G-am-G-am-
And so we just move on just like a river flows

am
So we just go on doing what we can
E7
Tryin' to do what's right, workin' for the man
am-A7 dm-adim7
Every man comes from...a little boy that grows
C G F E7 am---
And so we (just move on just like a river)(3X)flows

Instrumental (am--G-am--G-am--G-E7----am-A7-dm-adim7--C-G-F-E7-am)

dm am
Every breakin' day, as the rooster crows
E7 am
From the fallin' night, there's a light that grows
dm am
As we look ahead, doors behind us close
C G F E7 am-G-am-G-am-G-am
And so we just move on just like a river flows

am
No matter what may come, it'll be okay
E7
We will make it through, we will find a way
am-A7 dm-adim7
Life's a precious thing. not something to dispose
C G F E7 am---
And so we (just move on just like a river)(3X)flows
Track Name: New Day Comin'
New Day Comin’
by John Beccia

(dm-C-Bb-A7, dm-C-Bb-A7)

dm
There’ll be a new day comin’
A7
When people care about the land
C- A7
And take their destiny in hand
dm-C-Bb-A7
There’ll be a new day comin’

dm
There’ll be a new day comin’
A7
When everyone has all they need
C - A7
Eliminating all the greed
dm-C-Bb-A7
There’ll be a new day comin’ (repeat twice) -

INSTRUMENTAL (chords same as verse)

dm
There’ll be a new day comin’
A7
With no one living on the street
C - A7
When all have work and food to eat
dm-C-Bb-A7-
There’ll be a new day comin’

dm
There’ll be a new day comin’
A7
When every single person’s freed
C - A7
All ethnic races, every creed
dm-C-Bb-A7
There’ll be a new day comin’ (repeat twice) -

SLOW INSTRUMENTAL
(dm--A7--C7--F--Bbmaj7--A7--dm- A7--) -(repeat twice)

dm
There’ll be a new day comin’
A7
When people realize the hour
C - A7
Is time to rise and seize the power
dm-C-Bb-A7-
There’ll be a new day comin’

dm
There’ll be a new day comin’
A7
When there’s no gap ‘tween rich and poor
C - A7
No need for weapons anymore
dm-C-Bb-A7-
There’ll be a new day comin’ - (repeat 3 times) ....

There’ ll be a new day (end on dm )
Track Name: River of Love
River of Love
by John Beccia

INTRO -(D-A7-D )

CHORUS
D G D em7 D C# D
Take me......won’t you take me.... .....Take me to where I’m dreaming of
D G D em7 D A7 D
Take me.........don’t forsake me..........Take me to the river of love
D G D em7 D C# D
Take me......won’t you take me.... .....Take me to where I’m dreaming of
D G D em7 D A7 D
Take me.........re-awake me..........Take me to the river of love

A G# A - D
You don’t need to be an actor
A G# A
You don’t need to play a part
A C#7 f#m D
As long as you’ve got love, you’ve got the strength from above
A E7 A - A7
And you can feel it way down deep in your heart

CHORUS - second 2 lines


INSTRUMENTAL - over 4 line chorus


Repeat CHORUS first 2 lines

A G# A - D
You might have an empty pocket
A G# A
Searchin’ for a brand new start
A C#7 f#m D
As long as you’ve got love, you’ve got the strength from above
A E7 A - A7
And you can feel it way down deep in your heart

repeat CHORUS - second 2 lines


INSTRUMENTAL-over 4 line chorus


Repeat CHORUS first 2 lines

A G# A - D
If you’re feeling lost and lonely
A G# A
And wonderin’ who you really are
A C#7 f#m D
As long as you’ve got love, you’ve got the strength from above
A E7 A - A7
And you can feel it way down deep in your heart

REPEAT CHORUS second 2 lines
and repeat last line 3 times
Track Name: Doin' Time
Doin’ Time
by John Beccia

(em-G-em-D, em-G-em-D, em-G-em-D, em-G-em-D, A7......em-G-em-D, em-G-em-D
B7........A7........em-G-em-D, em-G-em-D)

em G em D em G em-D
Oh how I need you like all creatures need the air
em G em D em G em-D A7
But what’s in front of us appears to be unclear........ I’m blind
em G em D, em G em D
A lasting love’s so hard to find
B7 A7 (em G em D)-2X
You say you love me but I wonder if we’re only doin’ time

em G em D em G em-D
Sweet Sally Mae, she’s got a long entangling string
em G em D em G em-D A7
And when I follow her, she shows me everything...... she finds
em G em D, em G em D
I’ll always be one step behind
B7 A7 (em G em D)2X
And when I look back well I wonder if we’re only doin’ time

INSTRUMENTAL- (dm-F-dm-c)-4X....G7.......(dm-F-dm-c) 2X....A7................

em-G em D em G em-D
I like my coffee and I like my cup of tea
em G em D em G em-D A7
What your addiction is, it don’t mean much to me.....it’s fine
em G em D, em G em D
Just getting through the daily grind
B7 A7 (em G em D) 2X
We think we need it but I wonder if we’re only doin’ time


INSTRUMENTAL- (dm-F-dm-c)-4X....G7.......(dm-F-dm-c) 2X....A7................

em G em D em G em-D
We are all prisoners trapped in this moving ring
em G em D em G em-D A7
We all are reaching out to find the same old thing.....defined
em G em D, em G em D
We try hard not to be unkind
B7 A7 (em G em D) 2X
And as we wait here well I wonder if we’re only doin’ time
B7 A7 (em G em-G)
And as we wait here..... well I wonder if we’re only doin’ time
(em G em-G) repeated
Track Name: What's Happened to the Rain?
What’s Happened to the Rain?
by John Beccia

INTRO - (A-Asus4, A-Asus4, A-Asus4-A)

A c#m f#m D
What’s happened to the rain?.....What’s happened to the rain?
A D A D
The days go by and stay so dry
f#m E A
What’s happened to the rain?


A c#m f#m D
What’s happened to the sun?.....What’s happened to the sun?
A D A D
We block the light that burns so bright
f#m E A
What’s happened to the sun?

D A
As chaos all around us just keeps growing
B7 D - dm7
It makes you question all that you believe


A c#m f#m D
What’s happened to the clouds?.....What’s happened to the clouds?
A D A D
They’re’ just a threat but never wet
f#m E A
What’s happened to the rain?


INSTRUMENTAL - (A- c#m, f#m-D, A-D, A-D, f#m-E-A)

A c#m f#m D
What’s happened to the trees?.....What’s happened to the trees?
A D A D
The things we need aren’t guaranteed
f#m E A
What’s happened to the trees?

D A
This craziness around us keeps on going
B7 D - dm7
It makes you question all that you can see

A c#m f#m D
What’s happened to the skies?.....What’s happened to the skies?
A D A D
They’re’ just a threat but never wet
A D A D
We block the light that burns so bright
A D A D
The days go by and stay so dry
f#m E A-Asus4, A-Asus4, A-Asus4-A
What’s happened to .................the rain?
Track Name: Only Yourself
Only Yourself

INTRO-(D - bm, D - bm, G - C#dim7-D-gm-A7, D - bm, D - bm, G - C#dim7, D-----)

D bm
You've got your money...you've got your friends
D bm
You think your world... will never end
G c#d7 D.....gm--A7
But you're just foolin'.....you're only foolin'.....only yourself

D bm
You think your place...is guaranteed
D bm
That you can buy...all that you need
G c#d7 D.....D7
But you're just foolin'.....you're only foolin'.....only yourself

G gm
Now you've got health...and you've got gold
D B7
But everything...it must grow old
em7 emb5 em7 -- A7
And what you're doin'.....is only foolin'.....only yourself

D bm
Where is your love...and sympathy
D bm
There's so much more...that you could be
G c#d7 D.....
But now you're foolin'.....you're only foolin'.....only yourself


(D - bm, D - bm, G - C#dim7-D- gm-A7, D - bm, D - bm, G - C#dim7, D----)

D bm
You're not a world......unto yourself
D bm
Someday you'll need...somebody else
G c#d7 D--D7--
But you're just foolin'.....you're only foolin'.....only yourself

G gm
You think you get...what you deserve
D B7
But life' not s graded ...on some curve
em7 emb5 em7 --A7
And what you're doin'.....is only foolin'....only yourself

D bm
Where is your love...and sympathy
D bm
There's so much more...that you could be
G c#d7 D.....B7
But now you're foolin'.....you're only foolin'.....only yourself
em7 c#d7 D...G...D
But now you're foolin'.....you're only foolin'.....only yourself
Track Name: Many Nights
Many Nights
by John Beccia

(D-E-A- f#m---dm -E7-A)

D E A A/G f#m
I have spent many nights staring at the lights
D c#m f#m9
Wonderin’ where this life leads you to
D E A C#7 f#m
Drifting through many days, siftin’ thru the haze
dm E A-A/G-A/F# - E
Feeling blind till I finally saw you
dm E A
Till I finally saw you
(D-E-A- f#m---dm -E7-A)

D E A A/G f#m
Walking through many doors, I’ve closed a few for sure
D c#m f#m9
And I have asked a question or two
D E A C#7 f#m
Under this starry dome., I finally feel at home
dm E A-A/G-A/F# - E
Being lost till I finally found you
dm E A
Till I finally found you

f#m bm
You can take it or leave it
f#m B
You can just walk on by
D A
You can choose to believe it
dm E
You can choose not to cry

D E A A/G f#m
When you can face the day, and give yourself away
D c#m f#m9
Making another life part of you
D E A C#7 f#m
Lookin in other eyes and answering the cries
dm E A-A/G-A/F# - E
Never alone when I come home to you
dm E dm--------A
Till I come home to you-ou-ou
Track Name: Where's the Girl?
Where's the Girl
by John Beccia

(E-D#-D-D#, E-D#-D-, E-D#-D-E7-A)

A E7
Her picture, that's inside your mind you will keep
E7 A
To see her is simply to dream in your sleep
D A
You're hoping to find
D dm7
The girl that you see in your mind

CHORUS
A - E7
Where's the girl?
A - E7
Where's the girl?
A - E7
Where's the girl?
A
Where's the girl?


A E7
You pray for your dream to come true, for the day when she's here
E7 A
To touch her, and feel her so close as you hold her so near
D A
You wait anxiously
D dm7
For the girl that you hope she will be

REPEAT CHORUS

(E-D#-D-D#, E-D#-D-, E-D#-D-E7-A)
Instrumental--(A-E7, E7-A, D-A, D-dm7, A-E7-A-E7-A-E7-A)

A E7
You know that the day will arrive when you know that it's her
E7 A
There's something so deep down inside you that makes you quite sure
D A
Night visions are strong
D dm7
But when morning breaks, they are gone

REPEAT CHORUS

(E-D#-D-D#, E-D#-D-, E-D#-D-E7-A)
Track Name: When the Well Runs Dry
When the Well Runs Dry?
by John Beccia

INTRO-E7 -E7-F-F#-G-G# (A7----- D7--Fmaj7--A7----- C---D7-Fmaj7-A7-----C---D7-Fmaj7-A7-----)

A7
Will you deceive us with those same old lies?
D7
Then try to feed us with the same old stale replies
Fmaj7 A7----------
Can we be so unwise ?
C D7 Fmaj7 A7
Does history just repeat?....What does it matter when the well runs dry?
C D7 Fmaj7 A7
Here in the rising heat.....What does it matter when the well runs dry?


A7
You don’t get richer from the things you buy
D7
You tell us growth and progress never have to die
Fmaj7 A7----------
Why do our children cry?
C D7 Fmaj7 A7
Is it this world we leave them?.....Does it matter when the well runs dry?
C D7 Fmaj7 A7
Whose words will we believe in? Does it matter when the well runs dry?


break (D----------A7---------D----------E7 -E7-F-F#-G-G#)
(A7----- D7--Fmaj7--A7----- C---D7-Fmaj7-A7---C---D7-Fmaj7-A7-----)


A7
Temperature’s climbing and the ocean’s rise
D7
There’s floods and hurricanes, and fire in the skies
Fmaj7 A7----------
No need to act suprised
C D7 Fmaj7 A7
Can it be climate change?..What does it matter when the well runs dry?
C D7 Fmaj7 A7
Prophetic or just strange?...What does it matter when the well runs dry?
C(pause) D7 Fmaj7 No homes out on the range....What does it matter when the well
A7----
..................runs dry?

E7 -E7-F-F#-G-G#-A-Bb-B-C-C#-D-Eb-E7-A7--------------------

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