The Roots of a Tree Cast No Shadow

by Don Swanson

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These songs originated on nylon guitar, but through the process, I allowed the influences from the other players (in particular Ayo) as well as the programming to alter them into unexpected territory, while still retaining the original emotional intention. - Don


released April 27, 2016

Ayo Adeyemi - Hand Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Charles Udoma - Hand Drums, Percussion
Rich Bohn - Flute
Don Swanson - Vocals, Nylon Guitar, Percussion, Programming, Production



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Don Swanson California

World Music artist performs with nylon guitar, percussion, ambient loops, and guest artists.
Influenced by New Bossa, African and Electronic soundscapes.

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Track Name: Dream of Ipanema
This is just a little samba written for Jobim
Down in Rio with the Jesus on the cross by the sea
He was drinkin’ straight up Walker not the black but the red
While singin’ Ipanema ‘bout the girl that was said
To have a walk, a talk, a real attitude
Like a feathered Carioca like a bird in the zoo
When she passed every morning on her way to the sand
She would look straight ahead she was tall, she was tan

She was the kind of girl that came from above
A goddess or a little fallin’ angel of love
To wreak a bit of havok on the fellas of man
Who all just wanna taste it, wanna embrace it
Face it she's the one who's making calls
There's nothing more to talk about there's nothing at all
It's tall and tan and young and lovely takin the stand
It's older than a serpent's garden apple in hand
Track Name: Big Empty Moon
we’re all in a play
called, “The Passionate Days”
where we’re all tryin’ find
some peace of mind

and we wanna be free
but we want it for free
you know it’s gettin’ harder to find
that peace of mind

red velvet will fall
the last curtain call
it’s somethin’ to see
for you and me

so fill up your glass
an’ have a big laugh
we’ll shout at the moon
the big empty moon

yeah we’ll fill up the glasses
while it all elapses
we’ll throw stones at the moon
the big empty moon

big empty moon
big empty moon
big empty moon
Track Name: My Favorite MInd
I really gotta take a little time aside
and ask myself, questions that are on my mind
ask myself questions, see what I might find

‘cause we’re never gonna make with this planet, man
if we’re always in a hurry makin’ other plans
besides the one, that’s facin’ us to, understand

still in the dark of night
when everything seems to be alright, alright, alright

a flame is found
and there it lies deep inside
see it dancin’ in the shadows, see it come alive

without a sound
it flares up, yeah it never dies
it’s been dancin’ in the shadows, in my favorite mind
it’s in my favorite mind
it’s in my favorite mind
in my favorite mind
Track Name: Internal Revolution (feat. Ayo Adeyemi)
Track Name: Um Mundo (feat. Ayo Adeyemi)
Water falls down into rivers and streams
to lakes and oceans below
where animals and plants flourish and get by
in their place
a symphony of magic unfolds
with smells and sounds before our very eyes
one planet so perfectly made over such a long, long time
um mundo, um mundo, um mundo
one world one man
one love understand
one love understand

Ayo echoing a similar message in Yoruba