Robyn McCorquodale

A blend of Jazz-Pop and Empowerment

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Album Credits: Produced by Robyn McCorquodale / Co-Produced by Jon Weber, Brett Wade, John Ovnik / Music Arrangements by Jon Weber & Robyn McCorquodale / BG Vocals & String Arrangements by Brett Wade / Engineered by John Ovnik, Deaf Dog Music, Chicago, IL, and by Brett Wade, Vocal-Guitar-Studio, Vancouver, BC / Musicians: Robyn McCorquodale (Lead Vocals); Jon Weber (Piano, Organ, Keys); Brett Wade (Guitar, Strings, BG Vocals); Mark Walker (Drums, Percussion - plays and endorses Yamaha drums, Paiste cymbals, Remo drumheads, Vic Firth sticks and LP percussion); Ron Hall (Bass); Tom Sanchez (Guitar); Marcus Rezak (Guitar) / Mixed by Brett Wade / Mastered by Craig Waddell, Gotham City Studios, Vancouver, BC / Album Artwork: Portrait Paintings by Suzanne van Pelt; Layout & Design by Eye Teaser Graphic Design

Review: “Connected” by Robyn McCorquodale is a collection of beautifully performed, passionately delivered and exceptionally produced songs for spiritual growth in a variety of adult contemporary styles.  Robyn’s voice is strong and confident as she smoothly transitions through contagious melodies, engaging harmonies and thoughtful lyrics.  The lead and harmony vocals are mixed to perfection, enveloped by professional instrumentation and mastered to impeccable standards.  “Connected” includes songs that uplift, encourage and inspire listeners to celebrate blessings, acknowledge trials and actively participate in self empowered right-action.

The title track “Connected” introduces the album in a smooth jazz style, reminding listeners of the connectedness with everyone and to promote peace.  The album features “Mother, You Are A Miracle”, a passionate celebration of a mother’s love and wisdom.   “Perfect Az U R” sports a funky flavor in an introspective look into the power of intention, with a happy, light chorus of enthusiastic motivation.   Several selections take a sober look at internal conflicts and external issues caused by violence and abusive relationships, compassionately and firmly encouraging self-analysis, personal growth and individual-empowerment.   “Red Rain” is an urgent call to action to correct worldly problems.  “Strangers of the Earth” is a soulful song of gratitude and praise to those who think outside the limitations of conventional thinking, often becoming history’s highly regarded geniuses and visionaries.

Rosemarie Ashley, Positive Music Association

  • 04:06 Story Lyrics
    Connected

    No mystery, so naturally
    You opened up my heart
    A pulse I feel, a love to seal
    All is right with the world
    As we are
    I can talk with you
    Walk with you
    It doesn’t matter what we do
    Holding hands in the park
    Holding hearts in the dark
    I love it all
    You love all I got

    It’s all connected
    Everything we do
    I’m connected to you
    It’s all connected
    Like sunrise to sunset
    We’re connected

    Feel the breeze, swim the seas
    Touch the leaves on the trees
    Be wired to the moon
    Drink the sun, taste the earth
    Watch the day give birth
    To the light of the universal truth
    Every bird, every bee
    All that can breath
    All creation beckoning
    With fire and rain
    Fueling the chain
    In harmony, reflected in me

    It’s all connected
    Everything I see
    Is connected to me
    It’s all connected
    Like sunrise to sunset
    It’s connected

    Where ever we are
    Separate shores, worlds apart
    If we could walk together
    If we could talk together
    If we laugh and love together
    Be connected at the heart

    All you sisters and brothers
    Fathers and mothers
    All across the land
    All you teachers and preachers
    Leaders and believers
    If we reach out one hand
    Walk together, talk together
    We can spread peace around
    One caring voice
    Touching a heart
    All is affected

    Because we’re all connected
    Everything we see
    Connects you and me
    We’re all connected
    Like sunrise to sunset
    We’re connected

  • 04:04 Story Lyrics
    Mother, You Are A Miracle

    Mother, you are a miracle
    You brought me into this world
    Mother, you are a miracle to me
    You gave me everything I need

    Because of you
    I can breathe
    Because of you
    I can have faith to believe
    Because of you
    I have eyes that cry
    Because of you
    I have wings to fly

    Mother, you are a miracle
    You brought me into this world
    Mother, you are a miracle to me
    You gave me everything I need

    Because of you
    I’ve got a heart and a mind
    Because of you
    I’ve got a choice to be kind
    Because of you
    I can make my own way
    Because of you
    I’ve got a soul to pray

    I am your child
    Running free
    I am a spirit
    Wherever I be
    Mothers around me
    Champions of might
    Because of you, because of you
    Let there be light

    Mother, you are a miracle
    You brought me into this world
    Mother, you are a miracle to me
    You gave me everything I need

    Mother, you are my angel in white
    You gave me life

  • 04:39 Story Lyrics
    Shining Star

    You are a shining star
    You can light up the world
    Wherever you are
    You’re a star
    Believe me
    I see who you are
    You shine far

    You can be who you want to be
    You can be anything
    That you want to be
    You gotta believe me
    I see your heart
    You’re a shining star
    You are

    I wish you could see
    The miracle of you
    The person in front of me
    I wish, oh I wish you could see
    Oh I wish you could see
    The beauty I see

    You’re so beautiful
    You’re a shining star
    You’re so beautiful
    You’re a shining star

    If you could see who I see
    If you could see who I see
    Shining brightly
    Then you might believe me
    What I’m saying to you
    You gotta let go
    Of what you think you know

    Cuz If you knew
    What I know to be true
    If you only knew what you bring
    To people around you
    What they see in you
    They see your shining star
    Shine far

    I wish you could see
    The miracle of you
    The person in front of me
    I wish, oh I wish you could see
    Oh I wish you could see
    All the beauty I see

    You’re so beautiful
    You’re a shining star
    You’re so beautiful
    You’re a shining star

    It should a different world
    It could be a different world
    It would be a different world
    If we could only see
    If we could feel our shining star

    You are everything you need to be
    You don’t have to do anything
    Just be who you are
    Be your naked heart
    Feel your shining star
    Shine far

    I wish you could see
    The miracle of you
    The person in front of me
    I wish, oh I wish you could see
    Oh I wish you could see
    The beauty I see

    You’re so beautiful
    You’re a shining star

  • 03:39 Story Lyrics
    Wings Of A Boomerang

    On the wings of a boomerang
    Is the heart and soul
    Of a song he sang
    Given to him, he gave to me
    A symbol of a love set free
    All I am, all I believe
    All I give, all I receive
    Truth he told, truth I hold
    Love a journeying
    A law across the earth
    To guide my universe

    Fly boomerang
    Soar high in the sky
    Travel far o’er yonder
    Dive deep in ocean waters
    Rapt in desire on a prayer of fire
    Through the world spinning free
    In a grander dream
    Love comes back to me
    On the wings of a boomerang

    He left home at age 18
    Longed to roam to live his dream
    See the world, step out in faith
    Far from his roots to find his place
    The night before he made his way
    His sister came to him to say
    "Take this wooden boomerang
    Fly free across the sea
    And one day you’ll return
    Enriched by all you’ve learned”

    Fly boomerang
    Soar high in the sky
    Travel far o’er yonder
    Dive deep in ocean waters
    Rapt in desire on a prayer of fire
    Through the world spinning free
    In a grander dream
    You’ll come back you’ll see
    On the wings of a boomerang

    I remember the moment
    He touched my heart
    The very first time we had to part
    Standing at his front door
    I was moved like never before
    Way up high above the frame
    Were wings on which
    He’d carved my name
    The wooden boomerang
    He’d carried ‘round the world
    He said, “please come back to me
    I love you can’t you see”

    Fly boomerang
    Soar high in the sky
    Travel far o’er yonder
    Dive deep in ocean waters
    Rapt in desire on a prayer of fire
    Through the world spinning free
    In a grander dream
    Come back to me

  • 03:57 Story Lyrics
    Breathing Free

    If I could be that bird in the sky
    Glide way across the ocean
    High to paradise
    So many things
    Can get you ‘round here
    Every day’s a miracle
    When my heart’s not full of fear

    Take me on your wings gentle one
    Fly me to paradise
    Lift me up to the sun
    I will know when I get there
    I’ve been there before
    I’ll know that place
    When I get there
    I’ll be breathing free

    I love early morn’
    Waking to sounds of singing birds
    Everything feels beautiful
    I’m lying still
    Cocooned from the world
    The sunlight through my window
    Warms the sheets on my bed
    ‘Til my head feels
    Rain pourin’ down
    I’m overwhelmed struggling again

    Take me on your wings gentle one
    Fly me to paradise
    Lift me up to the sun
    I will know when I get there
    I’ve been there before
    I’ll know that place
    When I get there

    Why do I fall so far
    From where I want to be
    When every time I reach the moon
    The stars reach out to me
    They reach out to me

    I wanna stay
    With that bird in the sky
    Don’t want to be down
    Circllin’ around, it’s easier up high
    Let go of all that hurts me
    Everything heavy holding me
    'Cuz the secret to life
    Is staying light up high
    Breathing free

    Take me on your wings gentle one
    Fly me to paradise
    Lift me up to the sun
    I will know when I get there
    I’ve been there before
    I’ll know that place
    When I get there
    I’m gonna get there

    Take me on your wings gentle one
    Fly me to paradise
    Lift me up to the sun
    I will know when I get there
    I’ve been there before
    I'll stay forever when I get there
    Breathing free

  • 03:06 Story Lyrics
    Perfekt Az U R

    Just let go
    Just be free
    Just be
    Let it come easy
    Just be kind
    Just be heart
    Feel your spark
    Love will take you far

    Why do I think I need
    More than what’s here
    Why do I search far
    For things that are near
    Why do I think I need to be
    More than who I am
    Why do I make life complicated

    I feel I'm spinnin' in circles
    Not gettin' anywhere
    Just takin' in air

    Just let go
    Just be free
    Just be
    Let it come easy
    Just be kind
    Just be heart
    Feel your spark
    Love will take you far
    You're perfect as you are

    When life gets in my way
    It's just me gettin’ in my way
    When I feel anxiety
    And I struggle to breathe
    When I feel overwhelmed
    And I’m paralyzed
    Life screams at me
    Stop! Shift the way your thinkin'

    I feel I'm spinnin' in circles
    Not gettin' anywhere
    Just takin' in air

    Just let go
    Just be free
    Just be
    Let it come easy
    Just be kind
    Just be heart
    Feel your spark
    Love will take you far
    You're perfect as you are

    Like a newborn child
    You are made of love
    In this moment we celebrate
    Life is a miracle
    You're so beautiful
    So beautiful

    I feel I'm spinnin' in circles
    Not gettin' anywhere
    Just takin’ in air
    Takin’ in air
    Takin’ in air

    Just let go
    Just be free
    Just be
    Let it come easy
    Just be kind
    Just be heart
    Feel your spark
    Love will take you far

    You're perfect as you are

  • 04:32 Story Lyrics
    Red Rain

    Red rain came
    They thought the world
    Was caving in
    A thunderclap, sudden flash
    Then blood pouring down
    On their sin
    They ran for cover
    Got down on their knees
    And they prayed
    They believed the wrath of God
    Was here and they wanted
    To be saved

    Do you think the day will come
    When we see the world undone
    Will tomorrow bring a rising sun

    Do you believe
    In Judgement Day
    Do you believe
    The world can be saved
    Would you get down
    On your knees and pray
    If the sky opened up
    And the red rain came

    Might have been a splat of bats
    Might have been an alien attack
    A metero burst, people cursed
    Praying to be sacrificed
    For their kind acts
    I have to wonder
    Will there be a day
    When we get down
    On our knees and pray
    Sometimes I feel afraid
    It could be today

    Do you think the day will come
    When we see the world undone
    Will tomorrow bring a rising sun

    Do you believe
    In Judgement Day
    Do you believe
    The world can be saved
    Would you get down
    On your knees and pray
    If the sky opened up
    And the red rain came

    Falling raindrops
    Falling buildings in the square
    While people fall in prayer

    It’s going to take more
    Than a prayer
    To end our devastation
    It’s going to take more
    Than a scare to unite a nation
    Don’t ya know
    I hear the bell
    With each passing day
    Yet somehow carry on
    While the world suffers in pain
    At every dusk and dawn
    I fear the red rain

    Will tomorrow come
    Will I see the world undone
    Will I feel the rising sun

    Do you believe
    In Judgement Day
    Do you believe
    The world can be saved
    Would you get down
    On your knees and pray
    If the sky opened up
    And the red rain came

  • 04:29 Story Lyrics
    Behind The Veil

    I don’t know you
    I only know your name
    But when you look into my eyes
    I feel your pain
    I can’t imagine the life you live
    But is it for me to think
    What I think
    Is it for me to be looking
    Behind the veil

    It wasn’t long ago when you said
    More things like I do
    It wasn’t long ago when you did
    More things that you wanted to
    I can’t imagine the life you live
    But is it for me to think
    What I think
    Is it for me to be looking
    Behind the veil

    I can see your longing to be
    Somewhere in a different place
    Anywhere
    It’s hidden in your face
    Everywhere
    I see you yearn
    You say you want to learn
    You’ve got a plan, you feel hope
    You see a future
    Far away in another land
    Your mother’s another generation
    She’s lived a different life
    She believes
    You’re the family abberation
    She doesn’t understand your fight

    I don’t know you
    But I feel we’re just the same
    And when I look
    Into your hurting eyes
    I feel my shame
    I can’t imagine the life you live
    But is it for me to think
    What I think
    Is it for me to be looking
    Behind the veil

    I can see how confusing it would be
    You want justification
    Why the changes
    Behind the veil, all the limitations
    You said it all
    By the way you let it fall
    Slipping off your face, your disgrace
    Down your back, a punishable act
    Your sister would feel naked
    She’d be lost to be free
    You’d be foresaken
    If you act out independently

    I don’t know you
    But I see you in the flame
    And when I look into
    Your burning eyes
    I need someone to blame
    I can’t imagine the life you live
    But is it for me to think
    What I think
    Is it for me to be looking
    Behind the veil
    To be looking behind the veil
    Looking behind the veil
    Behind the veil

  • 04:06 Story Lyrics
    Attitude

    Break down, feel blue
    Then pick yourself up
    And get over it soon
    'Cuz life’s this way
    And dreams fade too
    Nothin’s gonna change
    Until you change you

    Waste time, waste energy
    You’ll find someone to blame
    You can complain
    If it makes you feel better
    But I don’t think it does
    'Cuz you keep changin’
    Like the weather

    You look at me, you ask me
    Will it always be this way

    It’s how you look at what you see
    It’s what you choose
    What you believe
    It’s what you do, it’s what you got
    It’s sayin’ "no" to what you’re not
    It’s about honesty, tenacity
    Takin’ responsibility
    Show some intent
    Show you mean it
    It’s about attitude

    You say it’s over, it’s done
    You want the world
    To prove you wrong
    You set yourself up so you can fall
    Just so you can say
    Hey, I told you so

    Now don’t get defensive
    Don’t you run
    'Cuz you’re all grown up
    And this is comin’ from love
    You don’t want to hear it
    But you know it’s true
    No one’s got their back to you
    Except you

    You look at me, you ask me
    Will it always be this way

    It’s how you look at what you see
    It’s what you choose
    What you believe
    It’s what you do, it’s what you got
    It’s sayin’ "no" to what you’re not
    It’s about honesty, tenacity
    Takin’ responsibility
    Show some intent
    Show you mean it

    There’s no future
    In shutting down
    Let your imagination
    Turn yourself around

    Be brave, don’t cave in
    Tomorrow’s a new day
    And it’s worth savin’
    'Cuz with what you got
    You gotta celebrate
    Open your mind
    Your heart will find the faith

    You look at me, you ask me
    Will it always be this way

    It’s how you look at what you see
    It’s what you choose
    What you believe
    It’s what you do, it’s what you got
    It’s sayin’ "no" to what you’re not
    It’s about honesty, tenacity
    Takin’ responsibility
    Show some intent
    Show you mean it

    It's about Attitude
    Attitude
    Attitude
    It's what you choose
    It's what you do
    It's attitude

  • 04:04 Story Lyrics
    Damage

    She didn’t mean to
    She didn’t want to
    It wasn’t ‘bout you
    It’s all she knew
    That was then, this is now
    Don’t do what’s been done to you

    You’ve been injected
    With words that stung
    You’ve been infected
    By things she’s done
    But you’re not her and I’m not you
    And our love is overdue

    Let’s stop the hurt
    Break the cycle
    End the damage
    Damage will damage
    Damage will grow if you let it grow
    You gotta let it go
    Hold on to your soul

    You say you’re chained
    To the flesh of another
    A sentence for life
    Your heart’s in the gutter
    Are you addicted to the anguish
    Calm the tempest
    Why fuel the damage

    Let’s stop the hurt
    Break the cycle
    End the damage
    Damage will damage
    Damage will grow if you let it grow

    You don’t mean to
    You don’t want to
    You don’t know you
    Damage me

    You accuse me
    Of things untrue
    You abuse me
    Then deny what you do
    I’m feeling twisted
    My heart is drawn
    Do you love me
    My heart’s in your palm

    Let’s stop the hurt
    Break the cycle
    End the damage
    Damage will damage
    Damage will grow if you let it grow
    You gotta let it go
    I’m gonna let it go
    I’m holdin’ on to my soul

  • 05:25 Story Lyrics
    Strangers On The Earth

    You don’t talk like me
    You don’t act like me
    You don’t think like me
    You do things differently
    Some won’t let you be their friend
    Make it tough for you to fit in
    They only like what they know
    They’re just blind
    To a beautiful mind

    You’re a stranger on the earth
    Making your way
    In an unfamiliar world
    Feeling things differently
    Living by your perspective
    And your creativity
    You’re a visionary man
    Standing alone since birth
    Thank God for the
    Strangers on the earth

    Newton was a man of high intellect
    Einstein was a genius
    Great music from masters
    We respect
    While unknown strangers
    Breathe among us
    Doing other than
    What’s expected of them
    They walk alone
    They dare to be different
    Some rise to glory
    While others fall in shame
    Let them shine
    All the beautiful minds

    You’re a stranger on the earth
    Thinking your way
    In an unfamiliar world
    Seeing things differently
    Living by your observations
    And your originality
    You’re a visionary man
    Standing alone since birth
    Thank God for the
    Strangers on the earth

    Always someone’s got
    Something to say
    Trying to persuade
    Your thinking their way
    Don’t they know
    The harm they say
    You can't confine
    A beautiful, beautiful mind

    You’re a stranger on the earth
    Finding your way
    In an unfamiliar world
    Doing things differently
    Living by your perceptions
    And your individuality
    You’re a visionary man
    Standing alone since birth
    Thank God for the
    Strangers on the earth

  • 03:39 Story Lyrics
    Solitude

    I'm always searching
    For a quiet place to be
    Where voices may be many
    But they don't affect me
    Where spirits sing
    In a corner of a room
    By a window with a
    Pocket of light shining through

    Solitude
    Solitude

    And in the stillness
    I listen to my thoughts
    Open my mind
    Breathe heaven's love
    Wisdom in my heart
    Brings me closer to home
    Free and strong, one with God
    Radiance fills my soul

    Solitude

    Tranquility flows through me
    Alone with beauty
    Here in this silence
    No sound intrudes
    I grow in the glory
    Of my solitude

    I'm always searching
    For a quiet place to be