Precious Rituals

by Terence E. Jackson

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Precious Rituals is the companion piece to the book "Rituals"
Most of the compositions on this CD find the artist working in the realm of Haiki poetry. After the book was finished the artist realized there were still things he wanted to say and what better way of showcasing that then with beautifully multi-layered vocals.

This recording is as close as you can get to listening to Mr. Jackson in concert. Armed with only his voice, the artist gracefully glides with the melody. Showcasing a vocal range people have called staggering.

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released 07 September 2012

All original songs written, arranged, and performed by Terence E. Jackson, except "God Bless The Child" written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr.

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Terence E. Jackson Atlanta, Georgia

Having studied many different styles and forms of music, Terence E. Jackson utilizes a deconstructionist approach when it comes to creating music. Mr. Jackson doesn't just sing a song as much as he skillfully constructs portals of infinite time and space, that effortlessly transports listeners over a multitude of aural landscapes that are at once arresting and always heartfelt. ... more

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Track Name: Invisible Cities
I am looking at you
Going
Down the street
And yet
You don’t see me
Track Name: A Sip of Wine
The world
Thinking it was James Brown
To a sip of wine
Only to fall down
Laughing in all its beauty
Track Name: Forbidden Room
In forbidden rooms
The sky is crying
For lost were the songs we taught
Your mothers
The songs
That were suppose to have been taught
To you
Track Name: The Ritual
We the men came together
After the hunt
That had lasted all day
Yearning spiritually
To stay loving
Each other as one
And there would be no more wars
Track Name: Woman Song
This is a poem about a woman
The woman
My mother
Who expelled me from her womb
Ripe with the pain
A mother much the woman
Three times over a woman
This woman
Who became my mother

This woman
My mother
Was much a woman
Who suddenly found her-self
A woman trapped in the world
Confined by domesticity
Of having to do the woman’s work
Because men had stolen her work
Fucked up the world
Only too give her back the work
They
The men thought were less then my mother
My mother
A woman
Could do some things
Better than we
Who were the men

We who were their fathers
We who were thy brothers
We who were our sisters
We who wear the articles
Worn by the woman
So this be their lot

For the woman’s work be hard work
Woman’s work be back breaking work
Woman’s work be spirit beating work
Because woman’s work be baby on her back

Beating sun down on we
Picking, washing, scrubbing all day
Then she do the same for the men
Because it starts back up tomorrow
Track Name: To Be Here or On The Nile
I am looking out of someone’s eyes
Standing so close

So still

That my shadow falls
Into another song
Other places
Other stars
Eclipsing moons

I am standing all alone
Wondering
Which is better

To be here
Or
To have stayed on the Nile
Track Name: Run
Run
To your Father
Run
To Your Mother
Run
To your sister
Run
To your brother

Hold them tight
As the storm passes over
And
Just as you are about to take your leave
Tell them

I
Never meant you no harm
Track Name: Paper Doves (I Won’t Be Coming Back Again)
You might not believe me this time
When I say
I won’t be coming back this way again

See
I’ve found myself in this place
That I swore that I’d never go back to again

So I’m putting an end
To this life and this love

It seems we have flown
The last of our paper doves
We’ve had the wine
And
We’ve broken the bread
One too many times
And now
We’re running on phony alibis
So
No
I won’t be coming back this way again
Track Name: Hip Hop
Yes I respond
To the funky break beats
Calling my name
Over
And
Over………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Again
Track Name: The Black (k)Night
Come Down
Come Down

Come down
Black Night

Like a
Sweet
Soul
Singer
Track Name: Closer To The Sun
L-O-V-E
Like a mountain I cannot climb

L-O-V-E
The moon I cannot reach

L-O-V-E
The things I cannot have

L-O-V-E
Parishes
As I draw closer to the sun
Track Name: For You
I
Cried
For You
I
Lied
For You
Done things
I’d never do

Said things
I’d never say

Been places
I shouldn’t
Have gone

For You
Track Name: Coming Up The Hill
It took a car’s wheels
Slowly
Coming up a hill
To send my Mind
Spinning
Back
To you
Track Name: Wish
I Wish
You could walk
This
Burden road
Or
Just once
Sing
This terror song
Track Name: 4 O'Clock and The Women Are Picking Up Their Children From School
4 o’clock
And the ladies are picking up their children from school
Thinking all the while
How life can be so cruel
For an unmarried lady who forgets
The golden rule

This child so young
So innocent
Looks up into a face
That has long since been erased
Unaware of the fires
Those have needlessly been lit
Pushing the button marked replay
The stinking sweetness of a song called
‘The thrill of picking fatherhood’
Cadaver burned out to reveal
The charred remains of a history
Whole in its fatherlessness


Suddenly
You feel something coming over you
Give praise
Tis’ the miracle of a child’s love
Transcending the sins
Of they
The women’s ole men

Look mama
Your baby girls a virgin again
Full to the brim
With hopes and promises
Oh great Jehovah
It is 4 o’clock
And the ladies are picking up their children
From school
And somewhere
Your baby girls a virgin again
Track Name: When Darkness Lay Low
When darkness lay low
Only then do your eyes unmask the truth
Bathing in the cool morning light

Your child is gone

Again
The trap has won
And once more you’ll have to move

Once more
You’ll have to rebuild the home

Prayerfully hoping as you go
Just as once before
You might find the strength
To start to rebuild the nest
Rebuild the family