The Erwins

Creative Endeavors from the Heartland

Behind the Music

Free To Fly

Free to Fly is Erwin's first single and completed original song. April wrote it as a gift to her brother, Levi, and his fiance, Jenni. Levi is adopted and full Native American Indian. To honor that heritage as well as their own Native American roots, April and Angel worked with Phil Rogers of Air Digital to create a unique, native inspired sound. To complete the project, Duane Walking Turtle sang a Sioux Sun song often used in marriages. This was woven in to both the intro and bridge of the song.

 

When the family all crowded into the studio sound booth to hear the rough mix of the song for the first time, my niece, who was just about two, added her own little wolf howl at the end of the song. It wasn't in the recording; she just knew it needed to be there. So we added it later. The wolf closes the song and it's very fitting. We used imagery and sounds from animals that are known to mate for life. That was important to us because that represents Levi and Jenni's relationship very well.

Under the Cover:

For Levi & Jenni

May God's love and your love for each other always make you...

Free To Fly

 

Sioux Chant:

Grandfather a nation

Grandfather a nation

Grandfather a nation comes dancing...

 

Written By: April Erwin, Angel Erwin & Phil Rogers

All Vocals Sung By: April & Angel Erwin

Native American Chant: Duane Walking Turtle

All Instruments Played By: Phil Rogers

Vocals Produced By: April Erwin

Mixed By: April Erwin, Angel Erwin & Phil Rogers

Mastered By: Phil Rogers

Recorded At: Air Digital Recording

Art & Design: Angel Erwin

 

Many thanks to Phil Rogers, Lesa Monet, and Duane

Walking Turtle for all of their help and enthusiasm on this project.

Thanks to our family and friends, we love you. But most of all

thank you Jesus. It was only by the touch of Your hand that we

 were able to accomplish all these things. You are the reason we do this. Your

love and grace has made us all Free To Fly.

The Inspiration:

Levi and Jenni

The Lyrics:

He was the strong and silent type

She was his perfect vision

And the pieces of their hearts

Fit together with perfection.

He loves to hear her laughter

She loves to see him smile

And hand in hand they'll be walking

Across the many miles

 

Love has given them wings to fly

To lift them way up high

And it's love that frees their souls

When most of us would cry

And love is what they'll have

Until the day they die.

'Cause love has given them wings

And now they're free...  free to fly.

 

He writes romantic letters

About the way she makes him feel.

And when he takes her by the hand

Then she knows his love is real.

When he looks into her eyes

He sees love that isn't blind

But a heart that offers freedom

From the chains that bind.

 

Love has given them wings to fly

To lift them way up high

And it's love that frees their souls

When most of us would cry

And love is what they'll have

Until the day they die.

'Cause love has given them wings

And now they're free...  free to fly.

 

Finding shelter from on high

And riding the wind

Always flying together

Free to the end.

 

Love has given them wings to fly

To lift them way up high

And it's love that frees their souls

When most of us would cry

And love is what they'll have

Until the day they die.

'Cause love has given them wings

And now they're free...

 

Love has given them wings to fly

To lift them way up high

And it's love that frees their souls

When most of us would cry

And love is what they'll have

Until the day they die.

'Cause love has given them wings

And now they're free...  free to fly.

 

Rain On Me

Rain on Me is Erwin's second original single. We were quite excited to work with the very talented Michael Barrett on this project. He's a fantastic musician with a real heart for God. Best of all he 'heard' so much of what we wanted for this song on his own. His vision matched ours so well, I can only say that God must have had a plan for this to all come together so smoothly. We hope it touches you the way it did us as we put it together.

Rain on Me also found us working with a new studio. Andy Oxman, owner of Soundworks Studio in Blue Springs, Missouri came highly recomended by Mike. Once we met him we knew why Mike loved recording with him. Andy is also incredibly talented and one of the nicest people we've worked with. We have several other projects in the works with him now.

In the Studio:

 

Andy Oxman, owner of Soundworks Studio, Sound Wizard and all around great guy.

   

Angel and April Erwin, recording at Soundworks Studio.

Under the Cover:

Written by: April Erwin & Angel Erwin

Instrumentation: Michael Barrett

Produced by: Erwin               

Recorded by: Andy Oxman

Recorded at: Sound Works Studio, Blue Springs, MO 

 

(c) April Erwin  2004  ASCAP

The Lyrics:

I've known nothing in my life

But loneliness and sorrow

Every second full of pain

Only empty tomorrows

Cry me tears of sympathy

Break the dam inside your heart

Let a river of tears flow

Water a soul that's parched.

 

My soul is so thirsty

Won't you rain on me

Open up the heavens

Let it pour on me

Please rain on me

Please rain on me.

 

 Thunderclouds are forming

And lightening splits the dark

Smell the fragrance of the rain

As it looks to make it's mark

Looming there in front of you

Looks like hope has found it's way

As the moisture feeds your soul

Know that it's a new day

 

My soul is so thirsty

Won't you rain on me

Open up the heavens

Let it pour on me

Please rain on me

Please rain on me.

 

musical bridge

 

My soul is so thirsty

Won't you rain on me

Open up the heavens

Let it pour on me

Please rain on me

Please rain on me.

 

Looming there in front of you

Looks like hope has found it's way

As the moisture feeds your soul

Know that it's a new day

It's a new day

It's a new day

So rain on me.

 

 

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