Connected to the Heart

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Up in the Air's 5th album and was recorded from 1998 to 1999 when it was released. It marked the first time the group had worked with trap drums and definitely took the sound more in a rock direction. As a result, we were no longer a coffee house or cafe type group and became more of an event or dance band. Also marked the first project that was totally home grown using an eight track ADAT and a Mackie CR 1604 mixer in our garage studio. The quality that Tyson was able to accomplish still amazes me years later.

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released March 15, 1999

John Beccia -vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboard
Sarah Battalino - hand percussion and congas
Larry Hoffmann - sax, flute and harmonica
Charlie Kleemann - bass
Tyson Leonard - violin
Ryan McLain-drums
Mark Pierce - vocals, electric guitar and keyboard
Victor Rocha - congas, timbales, and hand percussion
Bobby Smith - vocals
Production and Mixing by Tyson and John
Mastering by John Bartelt
Graphics by Larry

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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: How it Used to Be
How it Used to Be
by John Beccia

What’s with all this fightin’............What’s with all the fuss
Why do we let little things so pesterin’ keep festerin’ inside of us
What’s with all this yellin’ ...........What’’s with all the crap
All about how we never loved each other in the first place
and we just got trapped

REFRAIN - How we just carry on in abusing you and me
Now we can’t base our lives on a love that used to be
How it used to be

Why are we still hiding............From what we see through
Feeling’s that we had have turned bad and the facts leave us so confused
Why are we still trying...........To salvage what we can
Guessing what we mean in the scheme of a dream getting out of hand

REPEAT REFRAIN

What’s with all this crying......................Living out these fears
Caught inside this life of charade then betrayed by the falling tears
Why don’t we just chuck it ..................Throw it out the door
Is it true that we would if we could, then we should never ask for more

REPEAT REFRAIN
How it used to be
How it used to be
Track Name: Warm Spot
Warm Spot
by John Beccia

Well there’s a warm spot.........in the mean of you
And if we touch...................it grows
Just like a small ball of clay.......made into a universe
Just like the tiny grains of sand that make the ever-changing ocean shore
Together, you and I grow in and out from here
Together, like the sky will never disappear
...............................in the mean of you.............................in the mean of you


Out of the small call............of today we go
Into the years......................of love
Out of the tall wall...............of all these promises
That get too hard to hold or carry so we leave them and we just go on
Together, you and I grow out from where we are
Together, you and I are like a shining star
................................in the mean of you.............................in the mean of you


Well, there’s a warm spot..........where you and I will go
Leaving this cold world.............. far behind
Into the wonder.............where past and future meet
And is that you or me that’s growing out of you or me that’s growing out of you or me? - (4 times)

And is that you or me that’s growing out of you or me that’s growing out of you or me? - (3 times)
And is that you or me that’s growing out of you or me that’s growing out of you or me?
And can we touch?
Track Name: Growin' On
Growin’ On
(for Bill Sorenson)
by John Beccia


In time we come, in time we go
And realize what we never know
What can it mean? Why does it seem
That each new day’s just another dreem

CHORUS-Oh-oh-oh-oh, we just keep goin’
Oh-oh-oh-oh, we just keep growin’ on
Oh-oh-oh-oh, we just keep goin’
Oh-oh-oh-oh, we just go on

Like morning’s mist will disappear
Does life evaporate into air?
Until the clouds can hold no more
And rain returns to the ocean floor

REPEAT CHORUS

When we die to decompose
Are we soil for a tree that grows?
Or for the seeds caught in the wind
Till all are replanted once again

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Love, Love, Love
Love, Love, Love
by John Beccia


CHORUS - Well I say... Love, love, love can be an illusion
Like a magician’s sleight of hand,
like an oasis in the sand can disappear
Yeah I say... Love, love, love can lead to confusion
Just like a fire sweeping through
will only leave you sifting through what you had there

We all have a dream, a dream in the night
Of someone whose touch is so warm
Of meeting someone who’ll treat you so right
And make love feel like it’ s reborn
REPEAT CHORUS

But then we awake, and lay all alone
Relations have ended in tears
Reality’s wind can chill to the bone
And bring out the worst of our fears
REPEAT CHORUS

Don’t lay all your hope, upon all your dreams
That leave you alone in the dark
The twisting of fate, the breaking of hearts
As everything ends, something starts
REPEAT CHORUS

Well I say... Love, love, love (love, love, love)
Love, love, love (love, love, love)
Well I say.....Love, love love.....love you once had here
Yeah I say... Love, love, love (love, love,love)
Love, love, love (love, love, love)
Love, love love...love can disappear
Track Name: Pain and the Pleasure
The Pain and the Pleasure
by John Beccia

Got to live in the moment ......’cause there ain’t nothin’ more
Time is just like the sand that........ washes out from the shore
And to nature’s raw power we must humbly bow---
And the beauty surrounds us but never shows how
And the beauty surrounds us but never shows

Cannot look in the future.........for what living should be
With the presence of dying.........in every reality
What we will be is always a part of what we are now----
And the hopes and the dreaming will never show how
And the hopes and the dreaming will never show

How the past can remind us..... of all the things that have been
And the ghosts left behind us......on occasion sneak in
And old love can still touch us, if the heart will allow
But the pain and the pleasure can never show how
But the pain and the pleasure can never show

Got to live in the moment ......’cause it’s all that there is
And we’re caught between something.......where we simply exist
In the fine line dividin’ the sword and the plow----
In the pain and the pleasure that never shows how
In the pain and the pleasure that never shows
Track Name: Must We Die?
Must We Die?
by John Beccia
lyrics written with Susan Rocha

Said the earth to the stars,"I want to be like Mars
With no people or cars."

Said the earth to the moon,"The end will be soon
For me and you

CHORUS-Why,why,why must we die?
Why,why,why must we die?

Said the earth to the sky, and the birds passing by
"Everything must die."

Said the earth to the bay,"There will come a day
When we'll all fade away."
Repeat Chorus

Said the sun to the earth,"Where there's death there is birth
To carry it on."

Said the earth to the sun,"You'll always be the one
Till the day is done.
Repeat Chorus (twice)

Porque morier? (Repeated 8 times)
Track Name: All Comes Back
All Comes Back
by John Beccia


Looking out the window at the center of the pane
Seeing our reflection like a picture in a frame
Ain’t it true...............how it all comes back to you

Seeing foriegn countries in a coffee table book
Used to be a wanderer, guess I better take another look
Ain’t it true...............how it all comes back to you

How did we get caught in, caught inside these patterns everyday
Do we really need ‘em? Will there ever be another way.........anyway?

Staring at some photos of when we used to be so cute
Me in my fedora, you in your combat boots
Ain’t it true...............how it all comes back to you

Scratching out some feelings in the middle of a page
We keep growing older, yet we call it the New Age
Ain’t it true...............how it all comes back to you

How do we get stuck in, stuck inside these habits we can’t break
Do we really need ‘em? Why do we repeat the same mistakes.....
while awake?

Looking out the window in the new bright morning light
Any new direction has just vanished with the night
Ain’t it true...............how it all comes back to you
How it all comes back to you - (repeated)
Track Name: Like You Do
Like You Do
by John Beccia

Why do you treat me bad, and how can we get so sad?
Where did it go so wrong and when will we say so long?

CHORUS - So tell me, why do you treat me like you do, sweet darlin’?
Why do you treat me like you do ?
Why do you treat me like you do, sweet darlin’?
Why do you treat me like you do ?

What do we do from here, while fighting back all the tears
Fearing the reasons why, while staring out at the sky
REPEAT CHORUS

Dry as the desert sky, no tears are left to cry
There's mystery in every stone, the hugeness of being alone
REPEAT CHORUS twice

REPEAT CHORUS twice
Track Name: Strangely Clear
Strangely Clear
by John Beccia


When teardrops are fallin' from your eyes
And feelings are surfacing slow
It's difficult to drop the disguise
It's so hard to let it all go

CHORUS - It's so good to be with you
So happy to feel you so near
The night seems so strangely clear
It's so good to be with you
So happy to feel you so near
The night seems so strangely clear

So much needless pain is in this world
It causes you to numb what you feel
You try to hold on to what's yours
But you cannot touch what is real
Repeat Chorus

So many years lonely on your own
They move you to look to within
Resistance around you has grown
Until open heart lets love in
Repeat Chorus
Track Name: The Healing Touch
The Healing Touch
by John Beccia

There’s so much faith in the medicines we give
Hope’s just as strong, and can build a person’s will to live
We can’t be distant, we cannot stand apart
The healing touch is somehow connected to the heart

So many mysteries, so many things we can’t explain
We can’t end suffering but we can try to treat the pain
Cause every person’s a growing, living work of art
The healing touch is somehow connected to the heart

CHORUS - Connected to the heart
Directed through the heart
The healing touch is somehow connected to the heart

Are we so different here in this modern age
So many changes, how can we ever gauge
How much of love that each child needs from the start
The healing touch is somehow connected to the heart

A mix of feeling, a mix of common sense
To be yourself is the strongest self defense
We try to stay with this course we cannot chart
The healing touch is somehow connected to the heart
REPEAT CHORUS

Experiences, how they determine what we are
Strange how emoyions can leave the deepest kind of scar
And to suppress them is never healthy, or too smart
The healing touch is somehow connected to the heart
REPEAT CHORUS

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