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The Storm Within | Lyrics & Liner Notes

My Own Way


© (2015) Kate Brogdon, Annie Brogdon, Omar Vallejo

Kate Brogdon: Vocals, Djembe, Drums
Annie Brogdon: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Omar Vallejo: Bass

I can't go on, when the sidewalk ends / When there's a fork in the road, and the road starts to bend / And I can't go on, when the pathway is blocked / When the cars speed ahead, and the signs say to stop. / Reaching for the sky, but only finding earth / Shooting for the stars, but only getting burned / I'm breaking away, staying in my own lane / Gotta make my getaway, I've been lead astray. / I'm breaking away, gonna make my own way, gonna fly away, right down that runway. / I can't go on, when the traffic is jammed / I've been stuck here all day, I've done all that I can / And I can't go on, when there's no where to go / I've been every which way, and I just don't know / Shooting for the moon, but landing in the sun / This journey that I'm on, has only just begun / I'm breaking away, staying in my own lane / Gotta make my getaway, I've been lead astray / I'm breaking away, gonna make my own way, gonna fly away, fly down that runway / And I can't go on, when the light's flashing red / And there's no right turn, one wrong move and I'm dead / And I can't go on, when there's no speed limit / Engines revving, and I just can't quit it / Hold on, wait a minute ... / I'm breaking away, staying in my own lane / Gotta make my getaway, I've been lead astray / I'm breaking away, gonna make my own way, gonna fly away, fly down that runway / I'm breaking away, staying in my own lane / Gotta make my getaway, I've been lead astray / I'm breaking away, gonna make my own way, gonna fly away, fly down that runway / Oh oh

Rain


© (2017) Annie Brogdon

Annie Brogdon: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Kate Brogdon: Vocals
Haydn Vitera: Violin

As the rain clouds form tonight, and nothing feels alright / Heading down this road once more / 
I'm caught up in the storm / Why oh why can't it just be / Another rainfall not for me / Closing in on me again / But I can't give in / I fell down and lost all that I knew / But it's time to get back up and think this through / Who knows where this life will let me go / But it's time now to find my way back home / Through the fog of fear and doubt / We'll find who we are somehow / These dark clouds above seem strong / They won't stay that long / I fell down and lost all that I knew / But it's time to get back up and think this through / Who knows where this life will let me go / But it's time now to find my way back home / Well the rain fell one last time / I fell down and lost all that I knew
But it's time to get back up and think this through / Who knows where this life will let me go
But it's time now to find my way back home / Take me home / But it's time now to find my way back home / But now I've found my way home

 

Gasoline


© (2017) Annie Brogdon, Omar Vallejo

Annie Brogdon: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar
Kate Brogdon: Vocals, Djembe, Drums, Castanets
Omar Vallejo: Bass

Well it all comes down to tonight / You know that we can see / Your little game for one / How lonely it must be / Imaginary love / Disguised by empty eyes / Stuck on glory and fame / Despite the endless lies / You may not see it now / But it only brings you down / It’s a game only you want to play / When we could all be on the same side / You can try to knock us down / But now there’s nowhere left to hide / It’s a burning fire of desire / And we've all broken free / ‘Cause you’re the one who threw the gasoline / You try to tear us apart / Make sure that we were through / But it won’t do any good / But we're not done because of you / It’s a game only you want to play / When we could all be on the same side / You can try to knock us down / But now there’s nowhere left to hide / It’s a burning fire of desire / And we've all broken free / ‘Cause you’re the one who threw the gasoline / 

We stand on this stage tonight / Underneath those lights so bright / Despite your tries to make it so

We made it as you know / It’s a game only you want to play / When we could all be on the same side / You can try to knock us down / But now there’s nowhere left to hide / It’s a burning fire of desire / And we've all broken free /‘Cause you’re the one who threw the gasoline

Strangers With Memories


© (2017) Kate Brogdon, Omar Vallejo

Kate Brogdon: Vocals, Piano, Drums
Annie Brogdon: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Omar Vallejo: Bass

Dark skies, they gather on the horizon / Before our eyes, the clouds fill the silence / Used to feel so stuck, tried to cover up, but I've changed my ways / You can't stop me now, try to break me down, oh, but I'm not fazed / Let it rain on me / Let it fall on me / Let it roll off of me / Let it rain on me / I regret all the ships that never sailed / But I'll place my bet on the hand that life has dealt / I won't play your games, 'cause I'm not ashamed, of the way I am / I don't care anymore, just walk out the door, let the rest be damned / Let it rain on me / Let it fall on me / Let it roll off of me / Let it rain on me / I can't make you stay if you wanna go / But isn't it funny how time can pass while we're moving so slow / You can't erase our history / so now we're strangers with memories / Simple wasn't simple enough / And now I know that you're someone I can't trust / But these walls you make, how much would it take, to break them down? / All these wars you fight, they don't mean you're right, I can see that now / So, let it rain on me / Let it fall on me / Let it roll off of me / Let it rain on me

Who Am I


© (2017) Dillon Havins, Annie Brogdon, Cameron Riggs

Annie Brogdon: Vocals, Lead Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Kate Brogdon: Vocals, Djembe
Dillon Havins: Vocals, Rhythm Acoustic Guitar

If I could do things over / I would’ve changed my heart / To find out just what you wanted /  Things wouldn’t have been so hard / Wouldn’t give in so easy / To the demons of my past / Sometimes I wonder / And I have to ask / Who am I / To say the things I say / Who are you / To  listen to them anyway / If I could do things over / These memories wouldn’t sting / I would’ve told you I love you / But I ignored my heart instead of listening / Who am I / To say the things I say / Who are you / To listen to them anyway / Who am I / To do the things I do / Who are you when you said you found someone new / If we knew who we were / And all the things we could do / We would change the way we live and how we love each other too / Just got one question for you / Who am I / To say the things I say / Who are you / To listen to them anyway / Who am I / To do the things I do / Who are you when you said you found someone new 

Yesterday


© (2017) Kate Brogdon, Haydn Vitera

Kate Brogdon: Vocals, Piano, Percussion
Annie Brogdon: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Haydn Vitera: Violin

It's not the same anymore / Who am I doing this for? / 'Cause deep down inside me's an ugly war / It's not the same anymore / No one mentions this part. / Wish I'd known from the start / I feel like I'm being torn apart / No one mentions this part / 'Cause I find myself wishing for yesterday / I close my eyes, and the light's just starting to fade / I would go back if I could, doesn't mean that I should / 
Every time I find a way, my future comes out to play / And I know one of these days, I'll go back to yesterday / Please leave me, in the dark / I know it seems so harsh / But I'm so tired of these question marks / Please leave me in the dark / 'Cause I find myself wishing for yesterday / I close my eyes, and the light's just starting to fade / I would go back if I could, doesn't mean that I should / 
Every time I find a way, my future comes out to play / And I know one of these days, I'll go back to yesterday

Thanks and Acknowledgments

Our THIRD album. Wow, that's hard to believe. We've been in music most of our lives.  We're proud of our previous albums, but this one has so much meaning for us. At the time we are writing this, we are 17 years old. Not quite children, but not adults either. We've had some growing experiences in our lives, and like many musicians, we express our feelings about those experiences through song. In THE STORM WITHIN, we wrote about breaking out into your own, reflecting on the past, getting through a difficult time in life, dealing with anger in a situation that happened to you, the loss of friendship, and losing the innocence of childhood. Things that have happened to all of us at one point in time and to which most people can relate. Growing up and facing these things can be like a storm ... within yourself. And so the album title was born. We consider THE STORM WITHIN to be our "coming of age" album, and we so excited to finally be able to share our music with you! 

 

In our past albums, we included song lyrics and liner notes, but with this one, we simply just didn't have the room on our physical record to include them. However, the "thank you"s are a very important part of releasing this record, because they represent the hard work, dedication and support of many of family, friends and supporters. We want to give special acknowledgment to them all. 

 

OUR MUSIC TEACHERS: We are very grateful to all of our musical instructors - in our former bands, school band, choir, or just informally hanging out and sharing in a jam session. We have learned so much from all of you, each in their own unique way. We want to especially thank our first teacher, Lisa Maher, for giving us our start in music. Learning piano was the best way for us to start, and you made it all interesting and fun.  A very special thanks to our former teacher, Dean Kline, whose teachings still guide us today. We have much for which to thank you. The countless music lessons in so many instruments and music theory, introducing us to student bands, and how to have fun through performing -- all for which we are very grateful. But more importantly, we are most appreciative of your mentorship and the life lessons you imparted on to us. Thank you, Mr. Dean, for modeling great teaching and going above and beyond the call of duty. 

DILLON HAVINS / CAMERON RIGGS:  Much thanks to both of you for collaborating with us on "Who Am I". 

OUR CLOSE FRIENDS AND "THE HOMEYS":  Thank you for being there, listening to us, and supporting us through this entire process. Special thanks to Sarah Shaw, Ryland Rogers, Trace Horton, Morgan Obenhaus, Natalie and Lily Lewis, Michael and Alex Stapleton, and Nathan Smith. 

OUR MUSICIAN FRIENDS AND GIG BUDDIES:  A heartfelt thanks to our musician friends who have performed many shows with us. Having you all with whom to share our musical experiences, your friendship and many fun times have been some our our fondest memories in this musical journey! Thank you to Paula Cortez, Marisa Flores, our long time friend Trent Herrera, Andy and Michael Cooper from ROOM 24, and Celeste Munoz / Isaiah Alvarez / Josh Jimenez / Stephen Farias from CELESTE'AL DESCENT for hanging and jamming with us! 

OUR PRODUCTION TEAM AT 512 STUDIOS:  We have been very fortunate to have had the same recording and production team for all of our albums, and we wouldn't have it any other way! A huge thanks to Haydn Vitera for his amazing violin work and helping to write that part of the music on "Yesterday". Thanks to Kevin Abbenante, for all the help in recording and production.  Our sincerest thanks to our producer, Omar Vallejo, for working with us once again, for all your amazing musical vision, for helping us write the bass parts in our songs, and for all the laughs and good memories in the studio. We are incredibly happy with how the album turned out and have you to thank for the amazing production! 

 

MICHAEL FERNANDEZ:  You have been such a strong supporter of ours, and a great family friend. Without you, many opportunities which we have had would not have happened.  We thank you for all you have done for us in helping to promote us and our music, for sharing our music journey experiences with us, and for your love and friendship! 

 

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY: Without a doubt, we have been blessed with some incredible and amazing grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. They are a big part of our lives and have shown us so much love and support for everything we do.  We want to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, our grandparents, Rafael and Janet Hernandez, and Dennis and Bonnie Topper; our aunt and uncle Kathleen and Fred Swain; and our cousins Matthew and Nicholas Hernandez. Thank you for always being there for us! 

MOM / DAD / CHRIS / SASHA:  To say that our family has been supportive of our music endeavors would be a serious understatement. Our mom, dad and brother have been through our entire musical journey with us, from day one. They have sacrificed so much of their time and effort to help us be able to perform and make music, and they have turned their lives around for us to do what we do.  To our brother, Christopher Brogdon, we thank you for being the best road manager ever. You do an incredible job in each and every gig to make sure things go smoothly. To our parents, Jonathan and Sylvia Brogdon, we thank you with all our hearts for all you do! Thank you for supporting us musically, emotionally, financially, and in every way that parents do. You guys do so much for us in our music -- business managers, promoters, sound tech, photographer, booking agent, social media marketing -- and we could not do this without you!! And Sasha -- yes, you are our dog, but we want to thank you for loving us and bringing smiles to our faces everyday. We love you all!! And GO COOGS! 

FANS: A sincere thanks to everyone who has supported us and our music! Thank you for coming to our shows, talking to us on social media,  sharing your messages and emails, and all the kind words. We are so happy to share this album, and we owe it all to you! Thank you for helping us make THE STORM WITHIN a reality! 

~ Annie & Kate

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