"Strangers" by Abscondo (live looping performance)

From the album Life Light (2020)

Lyrics:

These days I’m not afraid of strangers
Sometimes I even look them straight on in the eye
And these days I’m not afraid of saying
Just what exactly is right there on the tip of my mind

I’m taking what is mine
Do what I want to with my time
I guess I had to find my way alone

I’ve never been quite this wide open
Just ready to embrace whatever comes my way
But these day’s I just walk these streets hoping
You’re not just a beggar who’s gonna ask me for some change

I’m keeping what is mine
Do what I want to with my time
I guess we all have to find our way alone

These days I’m not afraid of strangers
Someday someone’s gonna take me by surprise
And these days I’m on my guitar playing
Don’t care if you listen or if you don’t have the time

I guess I’m doing fine
Do what I want to with my time
That’s how I found my way alone


"While You Were Asleep" by Abscondo (live looping performance)

From the 2018 album and film called Treetops.

Lyrics:

While you were asleep, you were here, in my arms
It never matters how steep, or how long, we go on
Don’t you feel there is something in the air that keeps us so damn strong
How sweet, how sweet is our song

When I was so weak, you were there, you were strong
It never matters what we seek, or how long, we go on
It don’t matter what you do
I will come along with you

Don’t matter what we try
If it’s me and you then we both will fly
While you were asleep, you were here, in my arms
It never matters how steep, or how long, we go on


"Forbidden Curiosities" by Abscondo (live looping performance)

Lyrics:


I'll wait for the right moment
If it takes my whole life
Cuz none of this is real to me
The colors I know you don't see
But I feel them them inside

You've got nothing now to say to me, still on the phone with your family
So I'll keep this inside
But if in these routines you might free forbidden curiosities
I could change your whole life

In the light of a cool morning
While these thoughts are alive
The sun is lighting up those dreams
The world still sleeps so I'm still free
So I'll keep very quiet
And if I should fade off to sleep, the day will start with or without me
Then I'll do what's required
But if in these routines I might see, people who are just like me
I'll invite them inside

Hope you'll stay by my side


"Blue House" by Abscondo (live looping performance)

From the Abscondo album Victory in a Landlocked Sea (2015)

Lyrics:

On an August night when we were 17
You stood and cried I had to set you free
I had my life and what I wanted to be
Felt I was right I know you disagreed with me

It just rains all the time
The winter’s long the summer’s not so fine
But I’m still dreaming
We’ve still got time
Love is on our side

On a stormy night when I was 29
Spent half my life still wishing you were mine
Girl I still loved you when I passed on by
Your big blue house with your little girls inside, and I cried

Don’t you think that you should be with me?
Don’t you remember how we used to be?
Do you still think I could come to your blue house, take you out or?
Could it still be you were right that final night when you said that

It just rains all the time
The winter’s long the summer’s not so fine
But I’m still dreaming
We’ve still got time
Love is on our side


"Life (Whispers)" by Abscondo (live looping performance)

From the 2020 Abscondo album Life Light

Lyrics:

So I know life is tough
The system is unjust
And when you’ve had enough
They come back for some more
Where are you supposed to go?
How are you supposed to know?
With voices in the head
And whispers of the soul

So I know money’s tight
You lied awake last night
While she always fights
You come back from more
Cuz where are you supposed to go?
And how are you supposed to know?
With voices in the head

And whispers of the soul

Don’t be afraid to lose
Those few illusions that you kept so half-alive
Now, do as you choose
And as you do you know the truth will flood your eyes

So I know you’re filled with fear
The truth seems so unclear
But you can stand right here
There’s nowhere you need to go
There’s nothing else to know
Just to please let go
Of the voices in the head
When you’ve got whispers of the soul

So I know life is tough
The system is unjust
And when you’ve had enough
You can just let go


"I'll Die Smiling" by Abscondo (live looping performance)

From the 2015 album Victory in a Landlocked Sea

Lyrics:

Out of place
Some street in London's left me out of place
Looked right at you did you see my face?
Seems all of London's going separate ways
I'll go mine

To New York
No sky above me as I walk its floor
Bright lights attack me but I just ignore
Seems like New York's becoming such a bore
Waste of time
But time is still the question
What 'cha gonna do?
From infite directions
You gotta choose a few

So I've searched some sad, sad cities
I've seen some semblance of the truth
I've walked so many journeys
that I've worn these scuffed-up shoes

So I'll die smiling
And I'll die trying

Deep in love
A heart that's beating should be deep in love
She looks right at me as we float above
Seems so sudden we face questions of
These two lives

Like before
A mind that functions looks for something more
We can't stop walking through that open door
So, yes, you've got me but like I said before
This is mine

So time is still the question
What 'cha gonna do?
From infinite directions
You've gotta choose a few

I've sought some sense of newness
Heard never-ending calls of youth
I known what it means to do this
because I've shattered each excuse

And I'll die smiling
And I'll die trying
I'll die smiling
I'll die trying


"Every Lie Must Go" by Abscondo (live looping performance)

Lyrics:

Oh, how I followed you around
How I moved through this town
As someone I could not be
What you needed me to be
Was not inside of me

You know, it was another life ago
Such a captivating show
But little did we know
That life is not a show
Every lie must go

And the weight of it all must fall
Every lie must go

The doctors, they did not save you
The teachers had no advice
The preachers, they all deceived you
Still everything’s alright
Because you had it all
Deep inside
Your whole life

So, what you gonna tell your family?
When everything they said was true
Can no longer persuade you
They lost their grip on you
And it feels so nice
Deep inside
To know what you know

And the weight of it all must fall
Every lie must go


All our prayers have already been answered

Did Jesus not already give us the answers to all our prayers when he spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven, unconditional love, forgiveness, and eternal life? By applying exactly what he taught, God ensures lasting joy, perfect health, and total safety in this life and into eternity.

Did Lao Tzu not provide the answers to all our prayers in the Tao Te Ching? To practice Taoism is to arrive at the same destination by ending the problems of the mind. The same can be said about the teachings of The Buddha and so many other ancient sources of eternal wisdom. They have provided the correct answers to all our prayers.

But religious texts like the Bible can be confusing, and organized religions are confused institutions bound to muddy the original message. Thankfully, the answers to your prayers can be found outside organized religions. If you decide to, for example, become a student of A Course in Miracles, and practice the teachings literally, then you will find perfect health and the end to all your problems. Study Eckhart Tolle, practice what he teaches, and you will also reach the awakened state of consciousness, where problems do not exist.

Countless human beings have become awakened / saved / enlightened / spiritually conscious / found God. We have found the answers to all prayer and, by putting eternal truth and wisdom into practice, we have allowed God to end our problems. Ask any of us and, I assure you, we want nothing more than to help show you the way to stop suffering unnecessarily.

If it seems that your prayers have not been answered, it might be because you have unsure where to look, or have been afraid of walking a new path, or have been unwilling to apply the lessons. Still, the answers to your prayers are there.

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See the present moment with love

Love cannot exist anywhere in our lives if we do not love the present moment—this ongoing, uninterrupted, eternal holy instant.

If I am here but want to be there, or if I am longing for the past or hoping for the future, I am withdrawing my attention from the field where all of life exists—the only place it ever has or ever will, now.

Right now, so many people are suffering because of a thought system that is having them resist or reject life now. They are withdrawing into the dreams and fears about the future. They are living to keep the regrets and obligations of the past real. Their minds are scattered everywhere but here.

What does exist is now. Can you love yourself now, and then extend that love to everything and everyone in your field of awareness? Stay there. Keep going. Thoughts that pull you away from now—loveless, fearful thoughts—are thoughts about non-reality. Only this moment is real, and it is always this moment. Only love is real, all else is error.

To bring love and awareness into the present moment is to pay attention to how you feel. It is to do the things that need doing, but absent of desperation or panic.

See the present moment with love. Bring unconditional love to who you see, what you find, and to what goes on here. This is how problems are solved, progress is made, love is honored, and life becomes increasingly abundant.  

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"Beauty Never Fades" by Abscondo (looping performance of new song)

Lyrics:

She's counting every man who looks her way
To keep alive the idea of her beauty
She wasn't so much beautiful as young
Deep inside we know that youth is fleeting

But I just don't believe that beauty ever fades
No, nothing real is lost, it only changes
So can't we find the time to learn to see and look
Beyond all the glossy images and faces

Never mind those stupid plans
A mind alone will never understand
Beauty can't be held within even the softest hands
But if you take away, the self today

We leave the bounds of time
To clear our minds
Watch colors come alive
We feel our senses
Look at every girl
And each boy in the world
And look past all the ways we tried to change them