by Richard Stuverud

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annavissi Brilliant, sincere and moving.
A mantra for us all right now - regarding our relationships with others and with the earth and our climate.
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Here is the 2nd song which was recorded alongside Stargazers from the Desert Sessions at Red Barn Recorders in Yucca Valley back in 2011.
I was listening to a lot of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo at the time when I wrote this one and I could hear slide and pedal steel in the back of my mind as the song took form. Gar Roberts @ Red Barn is one hell of a pedal steel player, so I was in good company to capture its sound. I was also fortunate to have some great players on this track as well.
The front half of the tune has a warm sort of melancholy vibe to it as the second half builds into a bit of a shoegaze guilty pleasure of mine.
Lyrically the song is coming to terms with some of the difficult terrain in the landscape of personal relationships. It was about trying to find ways to surrender, waking up to the idea of making transformative changes along the way.
Writing and recording this in the desert seemed to open up more possibilities of expressing this emotion.
The working title at the time was White Flag.

It wasn't until later this year that I decided to add the extra vocal line on the outro of the tune.
In the spirit of the Hawaiian practice of Ho'oponopono, a prayer of reconciliation and forgiveness, it seemed to fit really well with it's message and melody.
A new title was born!
I'm Sorry Please Forgive Me I Love You Thank You.

As I kept singing this line over and over it reminded me of what George Harrison did so well. It became a mantra.
And this mantra started to transcend beyond the original subject matter of the song in a way.
I began to think about applying this prayer to greater situation in which we find ourselves today.
With the pandemic of 2020 and the ongoing damage of climate change,
the song for me personally has become an apology to the earth among other things.
I hope you enjoy the tune.

Come sing it with me!



Think what you want to think
Say what you have to say
Feel the way you feel

I Surrender
I Surrender

No changing what's been done
Should've could've love
Is it over or just begun?

I Surrender
I Surrender
I Surrender

Do what you have to do
Blame if you have to blame
Run away instead of stay

I Surrender
I Surrender
I Surrender

I'm sorry please forgive me
I'm sorry please forgive me
I'm sorry please forgive me I love you thank you
I'm sorry please forgive me I love you thank you
I'm sorry please forgive me I love you thank you
I"m sorry please forgive me I love you thank you
I love you thank you
I love you thank you
I said I love you thank you
I love you thank you... oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh yeah
I love you
Thank you

Music/Lyrics by Richard Stuverud
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released October 16, 2020
Gar Roberts- Pedal Steel, Backing vocals
Neal Walter- Slide Guitar, Lead Guitar (outro solo)
Robbi Robb- Rhythm Guitar
Dino Archon-Bass
Eric Ryan, Slide Guitar, 2nd Lead Guitar
Arupnat Inigaar-Tanpura Raagini
Richard Stuverud-Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Drums, Doumbek, Synth

Recorded @ Red Barn Recorders, Yucca Valley Ca
Produced by Eric Ryan & Richard Stuverud
Engineered by Gar Roberts
Mixed by Eric Ryan
Mastered by Mark Fuller
Graphic Design by Dimitri Mavra

Cover photo by Richard Stuverud during the Bay Area orange sky morning of Sept 9th, 2020, from the California fires.
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Richard Stuverud Oakland, California

Richard is a musician known for his work in the Seattle music scene as the drummer for The Fastbacks and War Babies, as well as Three Fish, Tres Mts and RNDM with Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament. Richard has been working on solo material with his debut Memories In Kodachrome released in 2020, along with various digital singles in 2021.
His follow up, Hummingbirds is set for release on March 20th, 2022
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