Serenity Infinity!

by Brian Smith

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This album began in this instance on the shore beneath the cliffs in the sun as it was setting. The occasion was perfect and I tried my best to capture the feeling of such events here. I'd like to think of this album as an impressionist painting; most of these recordings were made in less than two hours with mixing included and the entire album took me no more than forty hours. I did this in hopes of allowing the listener to feel the temporary moments in which the recordings were made and the beauty that lies in those moments as well as the resulting short-lived instances of bliss I attempted to recreate here in song form. While many of the songs on this album were years old with alternative versions of some having already been recorded at the time I decided to add them here, I felt they were all necessary compliments to the endless possibilities of life. This album is the dream I’ve been living and I would like to share it with you.

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released May 22, 2012

Personnel: Brian Smith

Instruments used:
Classical guitar
Acoustic guitar
Electric guitar
DG-10
Keyboard
Synth
Drums
Cajon
Shakers
Tambourine
Computer

Released via Fontee Fount Recordings May 22, 2012

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Brian Smith Portland, Oregon

Brian Smith is a geofolk musician on an endless tour around the world.

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Track Name: The Dream
Love and affection in every direction
I’m living the dream for some
All I need is the warmth of the ocean
And your arms around me
And I’ll never have to go home

Oh you don’t have to say a word
For I can feel your heart from here
Oh and how did I ever live before
Without you near?

And I’m never looking back
To the life that I once lead
Yeah I’d much rather this instead
Oh how could I ever love again?
You’re my lover and my best friend
And I hope always until the end
That you’ll be here with me
Holding my hand

And my heart has returned
I can feel it again
I’m my old self once more
No longer searching, I’ve found all I’ve needed
Your arms around me on the shore

And there’s no need to say a thing
For I know what’s in your heart
Oh and we have all the time in the world
And this is just the start

And I’m never looking back
To the life that I once lead
Yeah I’d much rather this instead
Oh how could I ever love again?
You’re my lover and my best friend
And I hope always until the end
That you’ll be here with me
Holding my hand
Track Name: The Wanderings of a Hopeless Romantic
Your lover’s gone and you’re moving on
Your heart knows not where to go
You think you’ll try to uproot your life
So you pack your bags and hit the road
Oh have you found someone to make you satisfied?
Oh are you so dependent upon another’s life?
Oh and I’m saying goodbye as a friend
Knowing that you’ll soon be back again

And love will find you if you open your eyes
So why don’t you open your eyes?

Now your runner’s luck is wearing out
You find your heart moving up your sleeve
Soon to be back where it was
Before arriving at this life you lead
And oh have you ever felt more satisfied?
Oh have you ever been happier in your life?
And I love hearing about your travels, my friend
Knowing that you’ll soon be back again

And love will find you if you open your eyes
So why don’t you open your eyes?

Now I hear the troops are coming home
Maybe you could get a ride with them?
If money’s the issue, I can front the cash
As long as you can pay it back again
And oh are you done being satisfied?
For I could really use you back in my life
Oh and I’d love to see you again, my friend
And I’m just hoping that you’ll soon be back again

And love will find you if you open your eyes
So why don’t you open your eyes?
Track Name: Behind The Horizon
There is no reason
There is no way
That you could love me just as you do
Oh I don’t know what to say

There is no future
Without you near
Oh why do we have to grow up and die
When I just want to stay here?

And what is the lifespan
Of an aching heart
Well I guess I’ll never have to know
So long as we’re not apart

But if life is the sun
Then mine’s still on the rise
But it’d surely disappear behind the horizon
Without you by my side
Track Name: Happy Song
I once had a lover
And I still love her
But not in the way that I used to
And moving on means growing
And thinking you’re knowing
A life that would be better for you
And hearts they grow bitter
And slowly they wither
Until your optimism follows the runoff down the drains
And you throw your arms up defeated
For you just couldn’t foresee it
But now it’s all before you more clear than the rain

Oh but it’s all in the mind
That someone’s love could make you satisfied
And all the happiness you find
Will be matched with its anguish in time
For we can’t all be happy, we can’t all be happy, but I’m at least going to try
Yeah we can’t all be happy, we can’t all be happy, but I’m at least going to try

So you think that you’re stable
You’re willing and able
To leave your home for the world
But your heart is still fragile
Too hesitant to be agile
Though perceptually ready for what may unfurl
For you’re not quite so soured
Enough to be devoured
You have no choice but to resurface alive
With your motives in question
But you refuse to address them
For you’d opt rather to face towards the heavens as you cry

That it’s all in the mind
That someone’s love could make you satisfied
And all the happiness you find
Will be matched with its anguish in time
For we can’t all be happy, we can’t all be happy, but I’m at least going to try
Yeah we can’t all be happy, we can’t all be happy, but I’m at least going to try
Track Name: To Love And To Be Loved
It’s been such awhile since I’ve felt this way
I can feel myself lifted from my own body weight
It’s as if some less desired part has gone away
And I’m not missing it for I’m no longer my own prey
I’ve been resurrected or so I’ve led myself to believe
As I slowly feel my heart migrating back to my sleeve
Oh is this happiness or can I just no longer see?
For I’ve been finding myself in the clichés of philosophy

And to love and to be loved is all I ever wanted from you
To love and to be loved is the only thing that I now know how to do
Oh is it my imagination or am I in love with an emotion?
It’s such a strange sensation, but I think you’d second the notion

And surely I’m not the only one who’s ever been in this place
My feet are planted on the ground yet I’m floating in space
Oh if you could only see the internal display
You’d believe in the positive chemical affects on the brain
Or am I just dreaming? Is this reality?
Have I been asleep forever to just now be awakening?
Is there a power shift taking place inside of me?
As I await those simple words from you so patiently

Just to love and to be loved is all I ever wanted from you
To love and to be loved is the only thing that I now know how to do
Oh is it my imagination or am I in love with an emotion?
It’s such a strange sensation, but I think you’d second the notion
Track Name: Someone New
Found someone new who likes you too
Who believes that all your words are true
Who will mend the ragged flag you flew
For no she is not you
For no she is not you

Someone who resounds the calls you spew
Who enraptures every oracle you drew
Who ignites the extinguished fire that you knew
For no she is not you
For no she is not you

Someone who collects the memories you will review
Who opens the door that you’ve stepped up to
And seeks your emptiness to toss askew
For no she is not you
For no she is not you

Someone whom you’re bound to pursue
Who’s laughter you shall soon accrue
Someone who’s soul has come into view
For no she is not you
For no she is not you
Track Name: Only Love Can Cure Me Now
Only love can cure me now
No other passions can match the sound
Of hearts so free when closely bound
Yes, only love can cure me now

I’ve been searching for a heart of gold
I had one once, but to my knowledge it’s been sold
I’ve sought its essence in the wrong places I’ve been told
Oh, I’ll always search for my fragile heart of gold

I once had a lover; a stepping stone to happiness
Left to the others; an unforeseen stray from bliss
But it’s all the better, for pain knows to comfort in moments like this
Though I’ll always wonder just exactly why that is

I’ve found I can’t cherish the things that I love
I attempt to do them justice, but it’s never quite enough
They’re all the chains that I had to be freed of
So that I can be among the people that I love

I’ve been many places, I’ve wandered across the land
I’ve been greeted by many faces with fake smiles through a shake of hands
And I’m glad I found a place with no need to pretend
Oh I’ve found my own niche among the land

And in my life, oh where is it even going?
Do I need all this knowledge just to keep this little brain growing?
Well, I once was a bean, but then I began to sprout
And find that only love can cure me now
Track Name: City of Love
I heard that love is a city where most people reside in the suburbs
Empty hearts with no means to ever quite make it downtown
So I visited it a few times with each finding myself a little closer
And I’m in the center now as if my destination has been found
And yeah this life’s been a mystery; I never thought I’d be an explorer
I never thought I’d discover such comfort in another human being
But the city of love is made of stories for those that will listen
In fact each one is a time capsule that’s been used to build the city

And I’d love, to live in the city of love
Yes just to live in the city of love
Oh how I’d love to live in the city of love

And sure people move, new tenants come and go rather often
Some just for the weekend, others never to be seen again
But hearts are not so distant, no not even if forgotten
A fine memory enough for some just for a grin on occasion
But the city of love is a place thriving in the present
It’s so crowded that expired moments have been vanquished
And in their place there is a hope looking into the eyes of the future
As each lover gazes back after making the same wish

And I’d love, to live in the city of love
Yes just to live in the city of love
Oh how I’d love to live in the city of love

And I’d love, to live in the city of love
Yes just to live in the city of love
Oh how I’d love to live in the city of love
Track Name: The Open Ocean Calls Your Name
The open ocean calls your name
It saw your heart, so it called again
And as your nostalgia asks “will it be the same?”
The open ocean still calls your name

You couldn’t rid yourself of what you became
A declaration for only you to claim
With your vision keen, your heart aflame
The open ocean calls your name

You remember the waves as they went and came
And to return to their backs you could not restrain
For its luxury now cannot escape your brain
Yes, the open ocean still calls your name

So forget the mainland and its terrain
For a life of salt is yours to gain
And as you step to the seas, I bid my farewell refrain
For the open ocean calls your name
Track Name: A Decision Left Only To The Heart
There’s a weight on my chest that I didn’t expect
There’s a hope that is offered to the wind
And if there’s a will, there’s a way
Assuming the two can relate
As a starting pistol is raised in the air
For an offer to acceptance
With an option of rejection
A decision left only to the heart
For you can only take what you need
But it’s better to give than to receive
And I’m giving in the only way I know how

And I, am learning how to love
Oh I am learning how to love
Yeah I’m learning how to love
again

And every entrance is an exit
If that’s how we choose to accept it
But shouldn’t our fate always belong to us?
And dreams grow and die
I’ve seen them rising with the tide
Only to sink to the bottom of the sea
But often, they’re recovered
Just as some live to be discovered
An answer with the weight to change a life
So as each future is written
And compiled to form a collection
A smile is cast to the wind


Yeah I, am learning how to love
Oh I am learning how to love
I’m learning how to love
again

Yeah I, am learning how to love
Oh I am learning how to love
I’m learning how to love
again

Yeah I, am learning how to love
Oh I am learning how to love
I’m learning how to love
again

Yeah I, am learning how to love
Oh I am learning how to love
I’m learning how to love
again