Seventh Heaven

by Up in the Air

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Up in the Air's 7th CD recorded from January 2001 to July 2002. Transition period with Charlie Kleeman and Daniel Malby leaving as band regulars and Brian Stark and Rich Daulton joining in. Total of 27 people playing or singing on this album including a few past band members, and lots of friends.

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released July 1, 2002

John Beccia- vocals, guitars, keyboards
Bobbie Smith - vocals and percussion
bass-Brian Stark, Charlie Kleeman, Chris Robertson
drums-Rich Daulton, Daniel Malby, Ryan McLain
congas and percussion-Victor Rocha, Timo Beckwith
sax, flute, harmonica & recorder- Larry Hoffman
trumpets- Willie Brandt & Geof Land
french horn - Julia Beccia
violins- Tyson Leonard & Kieran Beccia
Mark Pierce-electric guitar, accordian
talking drum- Timm Stein
background vocals by Karen Wilkens, Joyce Raballino, Diane Smalley, Donna Keller. Gwyn Allie, Katelyn Smith, Carol Dawn, Mark Tomes, Mark Pierce, Kieran Beccia

Cover photo by Brigid Sanda,
Cover graphics by Larry Hoffmann and John Beccia
Recording and production by John Beccia with lots of help from Ryan McLain

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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: Inside Your Heart
Inside Your Heart

Why are we blind to the things we're seeing
Why do we just turn away
Trying to find the things we believe in
Trying to make this love stay

Somehow the changes are always withus
Somehow they show where it goes
Caught in the strangeness of what is in us
Caught in a warm wind that blows

CHORUS-
Can you feel it growin'
Inside your heart.......Touching your soul
Inside your heart's where the love has to grow
Can you feel it growin'
Inside your heart.......Touching your soul
Inside your heart's where the love has to grow

How does it lead to the mind's confusion
How do we know when it's real
Is it the truth, or just some illusion,
Is it the way that we feel?

We are presented with many choices
Life may not be what it seems
We've got to listen inner voices
We've got to follow our dreams
REPEAT CHORUS

We like to think that it's our decision
Foolin' ourselves from the start
The universe might be a chance collision
The universe grows in our heart
REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Your Thin Disguise
Your Thin Disguise
(by John Beccia)

When you’ve turned and found that it’s the long way
That you can’t return from where you came
When you learn that you have gone the wrong way
There is no one else for you to blame
Each passing day will bring another new surprise
As you hide behind your thin disguise,
As your hide behind your thin disguise

Shed a skin with every changing season
You don’t know which way you wanna go
You found out, in searching for a reason
That somehow , you know you’ll never know
Each changing scene will bring a new sight to your eyes
As you hide behind your thin disguise,
As you hide behind your thin disguise

Got a mask for every new occasion
No emotions showing on your sleeve
You don’t show what is the motivation
Any closeness makes you want to leave
Like using formula to soothe a babie’s cries
As you hide behind your thin disguise,
As you hide behind your thin disguise
Track Name: Lasting Love
Lasting Love
(by John Beccia)

Late at night beneath the moon......... Big Sur coast, it’s early June
Came to bed to see you lyin’ there
With our sleeping children, you.......... give yourself to all they do
Center of our universe is here

CHORUS - In this lasting love
(love can waken you)
In this lasting love
(love can make it new)
In this lasting love
(love can take you thru)
In this lasting love

How can anyone not see..... how it feels to be received
To have come so long, so very far
So far down and now retrieved, something that you can believe
Now accepted just for what you are
REPEAT CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

REPEAT CHORUS

I was so lonely just living by myself...........A book upon a shelf
Till someone would read me and someone would need me
And help me believe in myself

Now my heart is open wide......... letting pain and joy inside
You can’t know what’s right without what’s wrong
Now I finally realize.......... staring at the open skies
I may change but here’s where I belong
REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Just Like You
Just Like You
(by John Beccia)


You can’t judge me by the clothes I’m wearing
They won’t give you any kind of clue
It’s not hard to see your eyes are staring
Know in time you just might find that I am just like you

CHORUS - Maybe I’m just like you
Maybe I’m just like you-ou-ou-ou- ou-ou-ou-ou

Don’t misjudge me by the shade of my skin
Only judge me by the things I do
If you really try to know where I’ve been
Know in time you just might find that I am just like you
REPEAT CHORUS

Try to reach for the realization
Try to break through the mind that’s closed
Try to see through the generalizations
Can’t you see the problems that they pose?

Don’t you judge me by the way my hair looks
Only judge me by what you find’s true
When you search beyond the cover of books
Know in time you just might find that I am just like you
REPEAT CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

You can’t judge me by my country’s actions
See beyond the nationalistic veiw
Though there’s many differences and factions
Know in time you just might find that I am just like you
REPEAT CHORUS

Try to get past the stereotyping
Try to see through the social game
Try to break down the media hyping
We might find that we are all the same

Don’t condemn me based upon religion
Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, or Jew
We must work to gain a new world vision
Know in time you just might find that I am just like you
REPEAT CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

Prejudices, they are man-created
There can never be a chosen few
Can’t we learn that we are all related
Know in time you just might find that I am just like you
REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Shadows
Shadows
(by John Beccia)

Inside the shadows, there's nothing to be scared of
Inside the shadows, where everything must die
But when the sunlight erases any darkness
Then all the shadows.....will disappear into the sky

Inside the shadows, the reaper will be waiting
Inside these shadows, where all our futures lie
But when the sunlight erases any darkness
Then all the shadows.....will disappear into the sky

CHORUS -
I see the light that shines, I see the light inside the shadows
Nothing that we decide, no sense in trying to deny
I see a light that shines, I see a light inside these shadows
All of our needless fear will disappear into the sky

Inside the shadows, a child is deep within you
Inside the shadows, it's hard to say good bye
But when the sunlight erases any darkness
Then all the shadows will disappear into the sky

Inside the shadows, the greatest change is calling
Inside the shadows, we spread our wings to fly
But when the sunlight erases any darkness
We are the shadows that disappear into the sky


REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Precious Little One
Precious Little One
(for Kieran)

by John Beccia

The wonder of one very young
A new life, a world just begun
You’re such a precious little one
You shine with a love burning bright
Reflect like a moon full and white
You’re such a precious little one
You‘re such a precious little one


Each moment that’s shared means so much
Depending upon every touch
You’re such a precious little one
Our childhood forgotten reappears
As we share the growing thru the years
You’re such a precious little one
You‘re such a precious little one
You ‘re such a precious little one


A new life links my heart to yours
A chain of love that still endures
You’re such a precious little one
This love circle’s endless like a ring
In spite of what future changes bring
You’re such a precious little one
You‘re such a precious little one
You’re such a precious little one
little one................little one
Track Name: Falling Star
Falling Star
by John Beccia

Staring at the sky on an autumn’s night
Seeing all the stars, how they seem so bright
When you see the sight of a falling star
Feeling kind of small with the way things are
Feeling kind of small and yet so complete, feeling kind of warm when our gazes meet
You may be content with the way things are
When you see the sight of a fal..........ing star.....fal.....................ling star

Here I am again trying to make some sense
Tryin’ to live my life in the present tense
Searchin’ for the sight of a falling star
Feeling kind of lost in the way things are
Feeling kind of lost and yet so discreet, tryin’ not to start what I can’t complete
We are not complete when we are apart
Till you see the sight of a fal..........ing star.....fal.........................ling star

When you were a child, everything seemed long
Now that we are grown how it moves along
You will miss the sight of the falling star
If you never look from the place you are
Blinking of an eye looking back at you, blinking of an eye and your life is through
When your life is through you’ll see what you are
When you see the sight of a fal..........ing star.....fal.....................ling star
Track Name: Young at Heart
Young at Heart
by John Beccia

If you are young inside your heart..... everything seems so easy
If you are happy where you are......... everything comes your way
Though we can’t escape from the realities of aging
We can realize we’re free to give our love away
If I can stay inside your arms.... I’ll always be young at heart ....(2 times)
Always be young at heart ......(3 times)

If you are young inside your heart..... the problems of life are passing
Every solutions not so far...... far from the place your are
Even though the time keeps moving like a river flowin’
Love can grow in ways that give you all ever need
If I can grow inside your arms..... I’ll always be young at heart
Always be young at heart .........................(3 times)

If you are young inside your heart....... the love that you have is lasting
‘Cause anything that lives must start...........start from a tiny seed
There’s a part of everything that always will be changing
There’s a part of everything that somehow stays the same
If I can stay inside your arms..... I’ll always be young at heart
Always be young at heart .........................(3 times)
Track Name: Mandela's Free
Mandela’s Free
(by John Beccia)

CHORUS-
Mandela’s free, Mandela’s free
With him he freed his people......Mandela’s free
Mandela’s free, Mandela’s free
With him he freed his people......Mandela’s free

So many years that he spent in jail
They tried to change him, to no avail
He always believed that he would not fail
Now Mandela’s free
REPEAT CHORUS

They couldn’t stop him with prison walls
All of his people heard freedom’s call
He never stopped till apartheid falls
Now Mandela’s free
REPEAT CHORUS

Paving the way toward their liberty
A living symbol for all to see
Showing what South Africa could be
Now Mandela’s free
REPEAT CHORUS

Sooner or later, injustice ends
Freedom was coming, he knew not when
Slowly his country is on the mend
Now Mandela’s free
REPEAT CHORUS

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: My Eyes Are Just For You
My Eyes Are Just For you
(by John Beccia)


There’s been many people who’ve moved me in so many different ways
There’s been many times that I’ve gotten down upon these knees to pray
Sometimes seemed so all alone, sometimes seemed I’d always be afraid

CHORUS Till I fall.....into your arms so true
Thru it all........my eyes are just for you
Just for you........no matter what I do
And it’s true........my eyes are just for you

Felt so pointless and confused. I’ve been used for someone else’s fun
Careless and so self abused, broke apart and left behind for done
Sometimes felt there was no hope, hope of ever lovin’ anyone
REPEAT CHORUS

In the sweetest moments I try not to forget the way it was
Before you turned me inside out, before you came and changed this doubt to love
There are many faces that mask the feelings they are dreaming of
REPEAT CHORUS

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