Leading Toward Something

by Ross Malcolm Boyd

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Leading Toward Something is a new EP by Ross Malcolm Boyd. These 7 songs draw upon a variety of influences from Peter Gabriel to Danielle Ate The Sandwich to create an earnest album about art and dreams and unicorns.

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released February 8, 2016

Words and Music By Ross Malcolm Boyd Except:
“Thank You” Words by Ross Boyd and Jamie Feinberg

Recorded by Ross Malcolm Boyd at Tiny Village Music
Additional Recording by Dave Lefkowitz at KissyPig Studios, Allston, MA

Vocals on "Never Be Perfect" by Sheree Owens.
Brass and violin on "I Don't Write Love Songs" by Keichi Hashimoto and Pamela Cummings respectively.
Additional vocals on "Thank You" by Jamie Feinberg.

Cover by Collin David www.resonantfish.com

Thanks to all who lent their talent to this project. It is greatly appreciated.

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Track Name: Secrets
Keep imagining the way you want it

Sometimes it doesn’t happen but it’s good to have dreams
I have my secrets but secrets won’t keep

I have regrets but I don’t lose much sleep

I live in a house and I cook my own meals

Sometimes I let the big things pass me by

So I can stay inside

I have good balance but sometimes I fall

In the end don’t we all

Caught yourself somewhere between
Living your life and letting go
Standing still, trying to decide

How far to push and when to stop

I used to draw things I couldn’t see

Charcoal shadows of who I used to be

With some sense of direction to navigate the murk
It wasn’t easy but it didn’t feel like work

I’m losing focus but I can still create

Complex distractions to avoid the things I hate
And the things I love

Things that were important sometimes slip away
Everything changes and it’s always been that way

Caught yourself somewhere between
Living your life and letting go
Standing still, trying to decide

How far to push and when to stop
Is it good enough, is it all you want

Is it loud enough to drown out the hum

Does it make you feel, does it make you move
Because if you stop it will never come
Track Name: Old Box of Records
Found myself in an old box of records

No one wanted them

There to be discovered

By a lonely kid who didn’t know what music was

Everything changes
Everything changes

And everything makes sense

Under dust and scratches
Something cool in the grooves
But more than cool
Something beautiful

I feel beautiful

Layered noise

An orchestra of toys

Big ideas and bigger aspirations

Of a lonely kid who didn’t know what trying was

Everything changes

Everything changes

And sometimes dreams slip away

Under blistered fingers

Something new in the strings
Resonating happenings

And I can’t describe how good it feels
Track Name: I Don't Understand
Hard as I try to mess things up you just never seem to quit

Giving up is easy but you won’t let go so I guess that this is it

There is no defeat that’s sweeter than your victory over me

I thought you’d tire of this routine by now but I guess we’ll have to wait and see
You are deserving of the things that you demand and though I

Can’t get it through my head there are lots of things that I don’t understand

I can try to make it better but it’s not going as I planned

When I fail I will try again but if you leave I will understand

I could give you reasons or I could just give you a ring

All of my excuses couldn’t match the happiness that you bring
You are deserving of the things that you demand and though I

Can’t get it through my head there are lots of things that I don’t understand

You are deserving of the things that you demand

You make me want to try to be a better man

I don’t believe but I’ll do anything I can

And though I can’t get it through my head there are lots of things that I don’t understand
Track Name: Never Be Perfect
You’ve been building a thing in secret
Trying to manage a life in the space between
But nothing ever happens

You start and you stop and create distractions
Paint over the mistakes until there’s nothing left
Then cast it away

It will never be right, it will never be perfect

Nothing ever comes close enough for you

You set out to fail and you succeeded

And you blamed the world ‘cause you’re too scared to face the truth

The good days come and the good days go
Your spirit glows with determination
Designing your purpose

But you get lost and begin to wander
Through a city that can be so unforgiving
You can be so unforgiving

It will never be right, it will never be perfect

Nothing ever comes close enough for you

You set out to fail and you succeeded

And you blamed the world ‘cause you’re too scared to face the truth
Track Name: I Don't Write Love Songs
You don’t know what you do to me
It’s so simple it slips past reasoning

And turns to instinct as it keeps repeating

And I repeat the same the same refrain

Time and again, my mantra

The closest thing to god

And I am not afraid to say what I mean

It’s not about the when, I’m concerned with the how
Because I don’t write love songs

And I don’t want to start right now
But you’re better than an ape made of metal when he’s wearing live tigers for shoes
Or a shark that can fly and also swim in lava pools

Yeah that’s dangerous but beautiful

I can’t not tell you that you’re beautiful
Oh no, no, yes, yes, no, wait I don’t know
But I know...
You’re better than a cyborg unicorn with rainbow laser eyes
Or a stubby tailed dog with glasses on his butt, yeah

Yeah that’s a clever disguise

You’re clever, clever and you’re beautiful
Sorry about the dog butt thing, I just got carried away there for a second, you know, just...
Carried away by your brilliance

Carried away by a rainbow laser from a cyborg unicorn
Carried away on the back of a shark that can fly
Carried away by an ape with live tigers for shoes yeah You’re just that cool
I can’t not tell you that you’re beautiful
You’re clever, clever and you’re beautiful
And you’re weird

And I really like that too
You’re just that cool
Track Name: I Kind of Remember
I’m looking for endings in all these beginnings
False starts and failures gathering dust

I look at my collection, this monument to something
That made sense in dreams but faded when I woke
But I kind of remember all the parts between
The lonely spaces and the ghosts that lived there
All leading toward something

I’m reconnecting with the things I really want

It doesn’t get easier but it doesn’t feel like work

And so much for all that’s done and all I never did

‘Cause something is bound to come if I commit and try again
I think I can because
I kind of remember all the parts between
The lonely spaces and the ghosts that lived there
All leading toward something
Track Name: Thank You
My eyes are shaky and it’s hard to see the road sometimes

But you can check my coloring books, I always stay inside the lines
That’s not to say that I don’t need a little help when it gets dark
Somehow I got the sun when all I hoped for was a spark

So thank you

It’s nice to know that there are people who look out for you

They don’t come along all that frequently, so hold onto them when they do
The most generous gifts are often unexpected

But don’t let surprise suppress a rousing and whole-hearted thank you

The road behind me is paved with bumps and winding turns
And though I know I’ve got it good, I’ve still got a lot to learn
Though I can still see struggle on the road ahead

I know we can get through, onto goodness too,

So we will say thank you