Willow Morning

Willow Morning

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Willow Morning brings together three musical styles and talents under one name. Fans have described their music as passionate, energetic, romantic and spiritual.

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Biography

Jamie Fóta describes her songs as "sort of a melting-pot fusion of everyone she's ever liked." Jamie has been creating and performing a body of original work, telling the truth of her experiences as a woman through music. Her music is a unique expression of affirmation, spirituality, romance, politics and playfulness, ranging in style from New Folk to Light Rock. She has been recognized widely in the genre of Women’s Music, in which she has pockets of fervent fans throughout the United States and in several other countries. Fóta has a diverse and energetic sound; the variety of styles ensures that the music touches all of her listeners.

Even as a pre-teenager, Ty Chanson's vocal and (self-taught) 12 string guitar talents, shone through. People stopped and took notice of her rich mezzo-soprano voice in her high school vocal arts ensemble. Ty went on to perform in night clubs, on college campuses and military bases in the 1980s. She has also been a "video jockey" on live country music television. Ty's songs will never tell the same story twice because she's never lived the same story twice! From customer service representative to music director, from school bus driver to horse groomer; from lighting and sound technician to animal health technician; Her lyrics are as varied as her life.

Marcia Gallas was a natural-born drummer, according to her parents. Her earliest percussion influence was classical (Bizet). From playing pop-rock in grade school to embracing big-band jazz drumming at age 13, Marcia went on to study as many genres as she could sink her teeth into. Gallas has played at numerous music festivals, for lyric opera companies, choirs, bands and orchestras. She has managed an orchestra, played in the orchestra pits for musical theatre and loves when the opportunity comes along to play timpani! She has been lauded for her versatility as well as her sensitivity as a drummer and a percussionist.

These three women have joined together to create a unique and compelling sound that will make you stop, listen and want to join in!

Lyrics

Tumblin' Down

Written By: Ty Chanson

Deep in your soul you send your feelings
You built your walls so high and wide
Hiding in there you thought no one could find you
Hiding in there so warm and so kind
You looked out your window it seemed so seldom
Sometimes I even saw your face
I often wished I could get to know you
I often wished I could share your space

Chorus - You were a woman caught in a cruel place
Where your heart was always bruised
I'd like to take you from that cruel place
and give you the love you need so much
and enter the walls you grew

I know it's hard to trust someone else
But I really care a lot for you
Just let me enter into your castle
Just let me help you to break through

Chorus - You were a woman caught in a cruel place
Where your heart was always bruised
I'd like to take you from that cruel place
and give you the love you need so much
and enter the walls you grew

Now here we are crushing your fortress
We're taking it down bit by bit
and I found such a beautiful woman
and I hope we don't leave a single brick!

and it came Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin Down
yes it came Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin Down
and I found such a beautiful woman
yes I found such a beautiful, beautiful woman
and it came Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin Down
yes it came Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin Down
Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin Down
Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin Down
Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin, Tumblin Down

Earth Mother

Written By: lyrics Meg Witt, music Jamie Fota

(chorus)
Oh take me home, Earth Mother of mine,
To wind through trees and warm sunshine
White moonbeam heal and make me whole
Earth Mother, Moon, please touch my soul.

1) Like the rain I'm falling, it's stormin' deep inside;
Seeking shelter from myself, no place to run and hide.
Searching deep inside of me for the child of yesterday,
The child who left home too soon, the child who lost her way.

2) Seeking out that power, that energy within;
Looking for a reason for new life to begin.
Waiting for old dreams to fade, hoping for new to come
While searching for a purpose to the womon I've become.

3) Trying to leave behind me the pain that I have known;
Remembering the good and bad and hoping that I've grown.
Earth Mother, Moon, please take me away from this dark night,
Clear this cluttered soul of mine and give to me your light.

I'm Going To Make It

Written By: Jamie Fota

1) Sometimes I open my eyes in the early sunrise and reach out to hold you,
But you're not there anymore for me.
I can no longer lie with you by my side, my life seems so empty,
Since you're not there anymore for me.
(chorus)
But I know I'm going to make it, it will just take some time.
I've been in this darkness before, I know a light will shine.
Deep within there's an energy shared by us all from the cosmic sea,
A healing force, I've felt it from time to time.

2) Sometimes I think of my life, of the joys and the strifes, of plans that are shattered,
Dreams not there anymore for me.
I can no longer plan, my life's out of hand, sometimes seems not worth living;
My dreams aren't there anymore for me.
(chorus)
Instrumental Verse (like intro)

3) At times the future looks dim, but somehow within, I still keep clinging;
There's got to be something more for me.
And hope drives me on, to the Spirit beyond, to the Spirit within me;
There's got to be something more in me.
(chorus 2x)

Lou's Song

Written By: Therese Edell

Well you know I have music, sometimes I have a car
And there's a woman who loves me, got a good cigar
Got a lot to be learning, bout a person I would like to know

Come on home, we can share it
You've been gone too long; I can't bear it
And I need to have your music, playing in my right ear
Got to have your music playing in my right ear

It has been a long winter; you have traveled so far
I got some ideas for cash, got an expensive cigar
And my life is going in directions
I would like to go

Phoenix is a long way west from the Midwest
Farther west are dolphins playing love in the sea
Traveling is fine in good time
But I need your music, can't get your music
Out of my mind

I've been losing ambition; I been visiting bars
I been toking and drinking; now I'm smoking cigars
I've enjoyed them all; but there are better things
That I'd like to show you
(chorus)

Walk In Peace

Written By: Ty Chanson

You sit in your room, day after day
The silence is broken only when you breathe
Time passes by, little change in routine
Your visitors are only on T.V.

Will you walk in the sunshine again
Will you feel the warmth of another’s love
Will the world around you ever understand
Will you travel to the Light all alone.

Forced isolation, like an ace without a deuce
Living a game of solitaire,
Will the next card bring a miracle, or just another day
This game you’ll try hard not to lose.

Walk in peace though few may walk beside you,
Walk in peace though grey your days may be,
Walk in peace as you pass into tomorrow,
Don’t take with you the sorrow, walk in peace.
Please don’t take with you the sorrow, walk in peace
Walk in peace,
Walk in peace. (spoken)

By My Side

Written By: Stephen Schwartz

Where are you going?
Where are you going?
Can you take me with you?
For my hand is cold
And needs warmth
Where are you going?

Far beyond where the horizon lies
Where the horizon lies
And the land sinks into mellow blueness
Oh please, take me with you

Let me skip the road with you
I can dare myself
I can dare myself
I'll put a pebble in my shoe
And watch me walk (watch me walk)
I can walk and walk!
(I can walk!)

I shall call the pebble Dare
I shall call the pebble Dare
We will talk, we will talk together
We will talk (chorus) about walking
Dare shall be carried
And when we both have had enough
I will take him from my shoe, singing:
"Meet your new road!"
Then I'll take your hand
Finally glad
Finally glad
That you are here
By my side

Here I Am

Written By: Ty Chanson

HERE I AM
Music and lyrics by Ty Chanson

I was lost in a dream, confused I wandered aimlessly,
I woke up near the sea, with the warm sands to comfort me.
I didn’t know where I was, but the sound of the ocean called to me
Saying here I am, I’m not going to harm you, you’re safe on the sand
Here I am , I know you don’t know me, but I am right here, here I am

Walking along the shore, the gentle waves caressing me
The ebb and flow is timed, by the pulse of waves internally
Wading deeper I go, the blue of the ocean is drawing me
Saying here I am, I’m not going to harm you just give me your hand
Here I am, you’re coming to know me, I am right here, here I am

Showing me faces of rocks scarred in time
By crashing waves battling thoughts in your mind
Swift currents run deeply while shallows I find
Swirling gently the daily routines of the time.

The rocks of time stand before me, I want to know what they have to say
A rocky passage invites me, a quiet voice asks me to stay
Gently touching the scars, please hear the words I need to say
I’m saying here I am I want to love you all that I can
Here I am, I want to know you, I am right here, here I
Here I am, I’m not going to harm you, just give me your hand
Here I am , you’re coming to know me, I am right here
Here I am.

Wind Through the Willows

Written By: Ty Chanson

Wind Through the Willows

Walking in a forest on a mountainside
Stars shining, some falling overhead
A flurry of voices call out to me
Announcing the change in the wind

The Wind through the Willows describes your ways
Your charm, wisdom and beauty clearly and plain
I'll know you by your eyes, deep blue like the bay
And your smile will drive the darkness away

(chorus)
As the Hawk clears the path for your arrival
And the Sun lights that path for all to see
The Wolf and the Deer, your companions
You’re the mystery of love that comes to me

I speak to the Owl in the moonlight
I’m heard by the trees on the land
My heart by you has been captured
Our journey through this time is at hand

(chorus)
As the Hawk clears the path for your arrival
And the Sun lights that path for all to see
The Wolf and the Deer, your companions
You’re the mystery of love that comes to me

Discography

Willow Morning (CD Released April, 2011) Available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/willowmorning

Jamie Fóta cd
"Out Of The Silence"
"Dare To Dream"

Ty Chanson
"By Request"
Tom Wilkinson "Fiddlin' Around" with Ty Chanson on Guitar

Marcia Gallas
"Out Of The Silence", (with Jamie Fóta)
"Growing Into Our Roots", "Sing To The Universe Who We Are", "We Who Make Our Meaning Clear" with MUSE Cincinnati Women's Choir
"From Women's Faces Plus" with Therese Edell
"From The Soul" with Lee Hoffman
"Adopted Strangers" with Ginny Frazier

Set List

Set lengths vary greatly
Originals and covers
Covers include Joni Mitchell, Peter Paul and Mary, John Denver and more
We have enough material to easily cover (3) 45 minute sets.