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Ferosh Life Press – Children’s Books

Sneak peek at 2 books coming in 2022 - published under Ferosh Life Press.

 

Paint Your World With Color

The cover:

 

 EDNA MCGILLICUTTY

The second, is an outrageously silly book entitled 'Edna McGillicutty'.  The cover is waiting to be revealed.  I mis however say that the back matter may be the most fun to put together.

Edna

Lyrics by Rachel Shaw

Paper Cranes

You’ve walked along over coals and fire

Always doing what you had to do

Your weapons raised up for the fight

Your shoes are wearing through

Regret can almost ricochet

Like bullets through the brain

So let the trouble fall from your shoulders

washing over you like rain.

Paper cranes are falling from the sky.

hope comes in stronger with each passing tide.

And though we don't go where the bombs be dropping.

No no no

Sometimes a soldier needs to hide.

Your blood stained clothes

are drenched with tears

you've never ever cried

The brave have fallen on your watch

But somehow you’re alive

And Jimmy’s mom - she’s got that forelorn gaze

her son was taken in his prime

His death is weighing heavy still

you couldn't get him out in time

Paper cranes are falling from the sky.

hope comes in stronger with each passing tide.

And though we don't go where the bombs be dropping.

No no no

Sometimes a soldier needs to hide.

All those sticks and stones

Will break your bones

If you smash them on your face

You’re in the grip of survivors guilt

hope you find a better place

Under city lights

your heart leaps the beat

wincing as a car backfires

You’re still standing in that blast

The clock stopped on that hour

Paper cranes are falling from the sky.

hope comes in stronger with each passing tide.

And though we don't go where the bombs be dropping.

No no no--

Sometimes a soldier needs to hide.

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2020

Folk Song.  

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 High School Jeans

We all wore those high school jeans

Doubled down on everything

But there were always nets to catch our fall

We had the world all figured out 

At the drop of our hats, we’d run our mouths 

The truth is, we didn’t know much at all

 

We are not our story

Our former days of glory

We are here and now

Pushing forward here and now

The roads we once walked down 

The faces hanging ‘round

Memories illuminate

Casting shadows on this place    

Encasing gold around the past 

Like trophies on the bookshelf  

We forget we ever felt short stacked 

Memories are drugs when they’re in town 

The stakes are so much higher now 

It's getting hard to put the bottle down. 

 

We are not our story

Our former days of glory

We are here and now

Pushing forward here and now

The roads we once walked down

And the faces hanging ‘round

Memories illuminate 

Casting shadows on this place

 

It’s time to step into the game

Stop thinking things should stay the same

No one else is here to make the save

Let those tears wash over you 

There’s still time to see it through

Today you can create new ‘good ol days’

 

It was all a story

Our former days of glory

We are here and now

Pushing forward here and now

The roads we once walked down

All the faces hanging ‘round

Memories illuminate

Casting shadows on this place 

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2020

Contemporary Country Song.  

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Toxic Ride

Sometimes your heart just needs a breather

Love seems immortal 'till you leave her

But she don’t want fake diamonds

She don’t want your lies

If you can’t really love her, take a drive

I’ll be home a little bit later

Baby I can’t make it back tonight.

The belly of the beast is lustful

You light the match that brings your world to fire

Let her go, you know that it’s time to

Leave the show - Just slip out the side

You've been tracing her pain with your finger

She don’t need your toxic ride

There’s sadness in her eyes, but you’re not looking

Truth is, her heart already knows!

Lies trapped in mirrors you're avoiding

You strapped her in, then took a different road

Let her go, you know that it’s time to

Leave the show - Just slip out the side…

You've been tracing her pain with your finger

She don’t need your toxic ride

Never wake the heart of a woman you can’t love,

Someone you’re not deserving of.

Let her go, you know that it’s time to

Leave the show - Just slip out the side…

You've been tracing her pain with your finger

She don’t need your toxic ride

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

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Imaginary Audiences

(This is Your Time)

Why do you perform for critics who aren’t there? You’re the first to cast the stone All that judgement is your own

Standing in the front row Those stage lights have left you blind You’re getting tired from never having tried All those imaginary audiences They’re in your mind Stealing time And the faces, and places - All those people who hurt you, They’re gone But their words won’t desert you But you gotta be stronger than the pain You gotta be ready for the rain Cuz everything’s more beautiful up here You gotta be bigger than your fear And sing through every tear The stage was meant for you This is your time! This is your time! Shine a little brighter Dare to show the world a smile Life's a shooting star Only here for a while The script that you've been reading Well, you've written every word So why are all your dreams still unheard. 
All those imaginary audiences They’re in your mind Stealing time And the faces, and places - All those people who hurt you, They’re gone But their words won’t desert you

But you gotta be stronger than the pain

You gotta be ready for the rain Cuz everything’s more beautiful up here You gotta be bigger than your fear And sing through every tear The stage was meant for you This is your time! This is your time!

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

Musical Theatre

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Like A Child

It takes a little light to form a rainbow.

But It's ok if you're just seeing pain

Poetry's written on the walls of mazes

Beautiful scars of many different shades

You are beautiful like a child

So walk and even fall

But get back up sweetheart, cuz it’s all -

Beautiful

Beautiful

Life's beautiful

So damn beautiful

Past the willow’s edge I'm seein' faces

Humans living life for someday soon

Caught at the starting line of their own races

Taught to paint the path with doom gloom

But you're beautiful like a child

So walk, and even fall

But get back up sweetheart, cuz it’s all -

Beautiful

Beautiful

Life's beautiful

So damn beautiful

What if all the cotton clouds are presidents of past

A land where fairy tales emerge, and dreams are born

I still paint the world with colors

Somehow, I’ve made it past...

All the people who don’t see it anymore

Let’s live beautiful- like a child

We’ll walk and even fall

Let’s get back up sweetheart, cuz it’s all--

Beautiful

Beautiful

Life's beautiful

So damn beautiful

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021
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2am Skies 

2am skies full of tears the world is crying
Happy songs can be like small talk
When you know the words are lying.
I feel the pain of a neighbour building clouds over top of her head
Twirls the highlights in her hair, sold her body so her babies could be fed
I feel the pain of a brother with the secrets you’ll discover when his world crumbles down
Later he’ll be lookin’ for veins close to falling, six feet under ground.
2am skies full of tears the world is crying
Happy songs can be like small talk
When you know the words are lying.
Black baby
Black baby,
Don’t look guilty of breathing!
Cuz they might come gun you down
And your community’s bleeding
Pretty girl,
You are ten pounds overweight
You’re a fat cow
What’s that doing on your plate?
2am skies full of tears the world is crying
Happy songs can be like small talk
When you know the words are lying.
Pain is the human condition
We whitewash the truth
But it helps just to know…
we’ve all got stories!
Pain is the human condition
Need to let the feelings swell
You might kick the chair out
If you don’t talk about it…
2am skies full of tears the world is crying
Happy songs can be like small talk
When you know the words are lying.

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

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Intoxicated

You’re intoxicating me

You’re my drug of choice

I want to hold you close

And listen to your voice

Take me to your world

To the heights of ecstasy

‘Till my body breaks beneath your chest

And you have me on my knees-

Intoxicated

We won’t come up for air

We could suffocate bound by our desire

We’re lovers in a hurricane

Who just feel the rain

The world in chaos around us

But we just lie there

Intoxicated.

It is time to escape

from this precipice

This new territory

I just crave your kiss

My world was in control

My heart was in my chest

Now it’s in your hands

Leaving me a mess -

Intoxicated

You bend me to your will

And I am weaker than I’ve ever felt before

Frustrated

Walls falling all around

My excuses fail to find me anymore.

Intoxicated

We won’t come up for air

We could suffocate bound by our desire

We're lovers in a hurricane

Who just feel the rain

The world in chaos around us

But we just lie there

Intoxicated

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2017

For Piano and jazz vocals. 

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Home  

Mothers hold their babies

And their warmth shines in with rays

But her bedroom had no windows

And no one ever played

And though she's not so little

She’s still borderline distraught

The world seems safe

Then she sees your face

And she believes it’s not

The only road she’s ever known

Is home to lonesome traveling

She’ll stand at your fire

But won’t touch the flame

The only words she’s spoken

Are in those sonic landscapes

And the truth she won’t dare to reveal

Are just notes upon the page

Skyscraper towers?

 Just, Put those blocks away!

You're wasting time chasing happiness

Listen to what I say..

Laying blueprints black and white

Where you didn’t have control

Your love came with an ROI

But she couldn't play her role

The only road she’s ever known

Is home to lonesome traveling

She’ll stand at your fire

But won’t touch the flame

The only words she’s spoken

Are in those sonic landscapes

And the truth she won’t dare to reveal

Are just notes upon the page

Nice girls are agreeable

They don’t speak out of turn

Curiosity’s a sin

Obey, instead of learn!

She watched you stitching your mouth tight

And hate her with your eyes

Behind her back went on attack

So quick to criticize

You skimmed her book 'till chapter two

Never bothered to read on

Yet you weave a tale of disrepair

And now they've pegged her wrong. 

“Ungrateful child with a gleaming tongue

Her life is but undone…”

But ladders of self-righteousness

One day lose a rung.

The only road she’s ever known

Is home to lonesome traveling

She’ll stand at your fire

But won’t touch the flame

The only words she’s spoken

Are in those sonic landscapes

And the truth she won’t dare to reveal

Are just notes upon the page

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021   --------
Girl, if your staying

I could never believe you

You've been feeding me lies

Now it's over my heart knows

You were wasting my time

I've heard all the stories

They're exposing your crimes

So I'll leave when the day breaks,

What a mess the heart makes,

But I know what I would tell me...

Girl, if you're staying

He'll be playing

You could spend your day praying

But it won't do a thing

His walk is never his talk, because,

He's caught in quicksand

Too weak to be a real man.

I'm gripping my suitcase

Long before you come home

yes my eyes are wide open now

I face the unknown

I never wanted to be 

stepping out on my own

I sit here with child

And your ringing my phone

Girl, if you're staying

He'll be playing

You could spend your day praying

But it won't do a thing

His walk is never his talk, because,

He's caught in quicksand

Too weak to be a real man

Let those dreams fade to dust that blows away And saves the day

You know you can't stay...

Written by Rachel Shaw - © 2021

Rock

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Compositions by Rachel A. R. Shaw

Composer: Rachel A. R. Shaw

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Compositions by Rachel A. R. Shaw


Hollywood Melancholy

Composer: Rachel A. R. Shaw         





Sample of my creative process

This is what my creative process looks like.  I am composing on the fly. This was recorded live as I played with musical material I had been playing with. This is very rough material that will go into a composition.  I try not to judge my work as I create.  I sit back and listen later on and decide what makes the cut and then expand on it.  It needs much refinement but there are some interesting things going on.  And from this, I will build my piece. The soundscape is supposed to imitate the movement of water which will eventually turn into swells. 

 Improvised by: Rachel A. R. Shaw