Music Life (feat. Jeff Parker & Money Mark)

from Music Life by Mia Doi Todd

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lyrics

If you give your life to music,
it opens up the path.
Maybe you didn’t even choose it.
You made the most with what you had.

If you give your life to music
and commune with the unseen,
your brain is like a fuse. It
melts the distances between.

Chances are you’ve got a few friends,
always swimming on the deep end,
chasing dragons and sunsets,
shooting whiskey and hallucinogens.

If you give your life to music,
it might not go quite like you thought.
You find religion in your instrument,
and inspiration is your god.

If you give your life to music,
there’s a certain sacrifice.
The ups and downs, well you get used to it,
but on your psyche, there’s a price.

Chances are you’ve got a few friends,
spread out all over the continent.
You think of them but don’t hear from them
’til they’re just voices inside your head.

And chances are you’ve had a night or three
of which you have no memory.
You’ve looked all over for someone to care,
but then you see they’re always standing there.
You need more room in your head to think
so you reach for another drink.
Years of travel and loneliness
make you susceptible to some excess.
And though you didn’t think much of it,
maybe you went past your own limit.

If you give your life to music
If you give your life to music

Chances are you’ve got a few friends
who burned the candle at both ends
and every day was a weekend
until the dark night came for them
in a hotel or hospital room
and now you’ll be seeing them soon
in dreams and memories bittersweet
and in songs sung so beautifully,
songs sung so beautifully,
life lived so fully.

IF YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO MUSIC
No regret, don’t forget, I loved you, I loved you.
No regret, don’t forget, I love you, I love you.

credits

from Music Life, track released February 12, 2021
Piano, Organ, Vocals — Mia Doi Todd
Keys, Electric Guitar — Money Mark
Electric Guitar — Jeff Parker, Jesse Peterson
Electric Bass — Brandon Owens
Drums — Will Logan
Congas — Andres Renteria

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Mia Doi Todd Los Angeles, California

Mia Doi Todd is a prolific singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, known for her unique voice and emotional songwriting.  Her album, “Cosmic Ocean Ship,” was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top ten records of 2011.  Her new album, due out in early 2021, focuses on motherhood and the life of the artist.  Mia helped to start the music venue Zebulon in the LA neighborhood where she grew up. ... more

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