Family Dinner - Volume 1

by Snarky Puppy

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about

On March 8th, 2013, Snarky Puppy and a host of special guests convened at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke VA. The dream, envisioned by Michael League, was to record a series of live performances in audio and video that would bring attention and benefit to the ongoing work of the center. The Jefferson Center is a non-profit arts center that is revitalizing a key neighborhood in Roanoke with the restoration of Jefferson High Schooland the renovation of the Shaftman Performance Hall. the hal;l brings world class music to the local community through the Music Lab, providing education and recording space for local children.

As Snarky Puppy set up to record yet another live recording with the audience on the stage, special guests with an interest in supporting the project arrived. Lalah Hathaway, N'Dambi, Lucy Woodward, and Chantae Cann joined Malika Tirolien, Magda Giannikou, Shayna Steele and Tony Scherr in what was to become a legendary live session that celebrates the diversity and joy of live music. With the stunningly beautiful theater as a backdrop, the result is a masterpiece of Jazz, R&B, Gospel, and Blues music captured for the world to fully experience.

Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner will not only captivate, but will set a standard for future events and recordings. The concept of recording live with a limited audience intimately mixed with the artists is a testament to the creativity and positive energy of Snarky Puppy. Eight tracks appear on the CD, with additional tracks available on the DVD.

Track List (CD)

1. Free Your Dreams (with Chantae Cann)
2. Gone Under (with Shayna Steele)
3. Deep (with N'Dambi)
4. Amour T'es La (with Magda Giannikou)
5. Something (with Lalah Hathaway)
6. Too Hot To Last (with Lucy Woodward)
7. Turned Away (with Tony Scherr)
8. I'm Not The One (with Malika Tirolien)
DVD Bonus Tracks

Da Da'n Da (with Chantae Cann)
He Got Away (with Lucy Woodward)
Sew (with Malika Tirolien)
Only Love (with Judi Jackson)
I'll Do Me (with Jayna Brown)
Black Sheep (with Tony Scherr)
Asa Me No Bow (with Magda Giannikou)

credits

released 24 September 2013
Robert "Sput" Searight drums
Nate Werth percussion
Michael League bass, keybass, acoustic guitar, & baritone guitar
Bob Lanzetti electric, acoustic, & baritone guitars
Mark Lettieri electric, acoustic, & baritone guitars, bass
Cory Henry organ, Fender Rhodes, & keyboards
Bill Laurance piano, organ, & Fender Rhodes
Jay Jennings trumpet & flugelhorn
Mike "Maz" Maher trumpet & flugelhorn
Chris Bullock tenor sax, flute, & bass clarinet
Chelsea "Peaches" West backing vocals
Katya Diaz backing vocals
Rachella Searight backing vocals

The Music Lab at Jefferson Center is working daily to pull from every social and economic class of the Roanoke community and create the next wave of real, human musicians. They host low cost or free after-school programs for any interested young people filled with visits by guest artists, private instrumental instruction, and recording training. Wafting out of the little studios and rehearsal rooms on the third floor of Jefferson Center, you can hear Afro-beat in Swahili, hip-hop in Liberian Kreyol, the blues coming from the guitar of a 13 year-old prodigy, and the undeniable sound of young musicians growing. It's a thing that needs to be supported at all costs across this country, and by purchasing this record, you've done it.

A portion of every sale will go to the Music Lab at Jefferson Center.

Lucy Woodward appears courtesy of Verve Record Group.
N’DAMBI appears courtesy of Stax records.

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Track Name: Snarky Puppy with Chantae Cann - Free Your Dreams
I'm ready to live this thing called life
I'm take'n it one day at a time
Won't let the bad moments change my mind
I'm free'n my dreams from deep inside

And I'm not try'n to be something I'm not
I'm just try'n to use, use what I got
Over time you'll see that I may get a little bit weak
But it don't mean that I still don't have a dream

So I say, 
REACH UP & touch the sky, fly high
JUMP UP and kiss the sun, you've already won
LOOK UP but don't look back, you're on the right track
WAKE UP & free your dreams into reality

I'm take'n each moment as if it's my last
Don't wanna rush my lessons, no
Embrace'n my future, learning from my past
I'm count'n all my blessings OH OH OH

And I'm not try'n to be something I'm not
I'm just try'n to use, use what I got
Over time you'll see that I may get a little bit weak
But it don't mean that I still don't have a dream

So I say, 
REACH UP & touch the sky, fly high
JUMP UP and kiss the Sun, you've already won
LOOK UP but don't look back, you're on the right track
WAKE UP & free your dreams into reality

FREE YOUR DREAMS
FREE YOUR DREAMS
FREE YOUR DREAMS
FREE YOUR DREAMS

Look up
Reach up
Jump up
Wake up 
  
Track Name: Snarky Puppy with N'Dambi - Deep
What does it mean when I start to cry

When we’re making love, do you think that I

Could tell you how you make me feel

Could you handle it ‘cos this love be real
Y
et I won’t impose my thoughts on you

But I know you know and you feel it, too

These are my thoughts my soul to keep

It’s just that much too deep

Loving you is deep, so deep

I can’t get my sleep, so deep

You know I can’t even eat, so deep

Loving you is deep, um hm… (yeah)

Said I can’t explain what you do to me

Said I’m in a trance, like 1, 2, 3

You must be my muse inspired I be

To know the good in all I see

And if we be love, then love we be

You are my soul and you know you know me

You are my heart, my heart desire

Baby take me higher

You know you’re just too deep


Put your lovin’ arms around me baby, baby, baby, baby

Put your lovin’ arms around me baby, baby

Put your lovin’ arms around me baby, baby, baby, baby

Put your lovin’ arms, put your lovin’ arms

Put your lovin’ arms around me
Track Name: Snarky Puppy with Magda Giannikou - Amour T'es Là
Bouquets des roses

Chansons qui parlent que d’une chose

Amour, amour

Tremblement de terre

Collier qui porte mon bonheur

Amour, toujours

Amour, t’es là?

Amour, je cherche ton schéma

Amour, c’est toi?

Amour, pourquoi
tu te caches de moi


Rêve des bisous

Deux mots, qui caressent le cou

Amour, amour

Monde à l’envers

Qui va porter mon bonheur

Amour, toujours

Amour, t’es là?

Amour, je cherche ton schéma

Amour, c’est toi?

Amour, je sais pas vraiment

Amour, pourquoi?

Amour, pourquoi tu te caches de moi?


Chaque matin je me lève, je me lève très tôt

Pour aller au boulot

Ce matin j’ai l’impression

Quelqu’un va repondre à ma question

Amour, t’es là?

Amour, je cherche ton schéma

Amour, c’est toi?

Amour, je sais pas vraiment

Amour, t’es fou

Amour, je te cherche, t’es où?

Amour, pourquoi,
amour
Pourquoi, tu te caches de moi?
Track Name: Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway - Something
Ooh, ooh, ooh, it's something
You and I have something
How I long to be around when
When you can see that
You and I have something

In common, oh, oh, it's something
You better believe it
And I'm sure of one thing
How I long to be around when
When you can see that
You and I have something

In common, it's been a revelation, yeah
You've been an inspiration to me
And there is not one question, no
Where my heart will run to...

Oh, oh, it's something
You better believe it
You and I have something
I don't wanna lose this fun thing, babe
And hope you can see that
'Cause you and I have something

In common, I can't believe we've been so blind
Looks like we've wasted so much time
There's not a note that rings untrue
Said when I'm with you

Oh, you and I got something
Come on, oh, oh, it's something
Oh, you and I, we got something
Come on, oh, oh, it's something
Track Name: Snarky Puppy with Lucy Woodward - Too Hot To Last
Take it off and take me in
I am not your friend
It isn’t hard to see the way this ends
But I’m dying to begin

Blame it on our past
Blame it on our circumstance
Say it sweet but say it fast
We’re a fire too hot to last

I feel you feel me again
Sweating through your skin
I don’t fear to lose, I don’t hope to win
I just want you to give in

Blame it on our past
Blame it on our circumstance
Kiss me deep but kiss me fast
We’re a fire too hot to last
Track Name: Snarky Puppy with Tony Scherr - Turned Away
There once was a man he was so laid out and low, he said
"Come down here darling where everything is so slow".
She turned away.

She came from a town, it was a lovely town
where she had got to be young, but nobody was home.
She turned away
She turned away

So she went to a world to find her bright busy life, and her
one true love was standing right by her side.
She turned away
She turned away

She turned away
from one thing at a time,
without a second thought she would turn on a dime
and the reasons got smaller while the losses would climb.
"It was all no good" she said; "I gave it a try..."

There was a job that could lead to all of her dreams,
but it wasn't enough; "it was not what it seemed"
She turned away
She turned away

She'd found her a friend who was so caring and nice,
when she asked her a question didn't like the advice.
She turned away
She turned away

Turned away,
away from her home, away from her life, far from the drone.
And it filled her with rage that she could not fight.
It was useless and scary, she had locked herself tight...

And
in the silence of night as she wrestled her past,
she caught her tilted reflection in the side of a glass.
She turned away
She turned away

Turned away
She turned away

She was all wrong and everything was gone.
Track Name: Snarky Puppy with Malika Tirolien - I'm Not The One
You said I wasn't ready to build a home
Cause I ain't your servant baby
You said I was selfish and always gone with my friends
Cause living with you drove me crazy

Now if you want a little toy
Or a pet to spend your day with boy
Just know that I am not the perfect person for the role

I ain't your mom
I ain't your sis
I ain't your kin
And I'll never be
I ain't your shrink
I'm just a kind of girl that you can't handle
I ain't your slave
I won't behave
Not here to save you
I'll never be
I ain't your scape goat
If you think you can put this all on me
Better know I'm not the one

You said that I wasn't there for you
Didn't sustain you
But how could I have done this baby
You couldn't trust yourself
Couldn't love yourself
Couldn't even respect yourself
My love wasn't enough baby

I paid cause you were insecure
So now I'm wondering who's the whore
The more I think about it
I realize that wasn't my role

Although we were living in hell I know we loved each other
I just couldn't afford to pay the price with my sanity
The darkest sides of us were shinned upon when we were together
So now I need to be closer to the light
Don't hold me back I don't wanna fight anymore

I'm not your mom your sis your kin your shrink your pet your toy your slave I'm not the one