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1. I am the ocean

Welcome to the SONGblog for Journeyman. This album was originally conceived with the title Dream Vessel, and about half the songs from that project were retained for Journeyman. Many friends have supported the recording through a Kickstarter campaign. I appreciate you all so much.

My inspiration for naming this project is rooted in the themes of travel and different ways of experiencing partnership, with others and with myself. A journeyman is one who is still learning. Inspired by one of my favorite albums, Joni Mitchell’s Hejira (1976), Journeyman traces a series of adventures that take place on external highways and internal pathways of the heart.

We can always lean a little further…

Album coverThe first track, "I am the ocean" [listen here], came about after I took a long run through the city of Santa Monica, CA. In the cool dawn breeze, I jogged to the end of the Santa Monica Pier, and as I slowed to meet the guardrail, I imagined what it would be like to continue, sailing out over the westbound water, bringing the same integration of peace and joy I was enjoying during my run. I have always dreamed of being able to fly.

Then, the moment shifted. As I looked down again, I had the silly thought, “If I fell into the water, my iPhone would get wet and I wouldn’t be able to listen to music anymore!” So instead of flying over the waves, or falling into the sea, I took up the idea that I *am* the ocean. We are all greater than we seem. And the song came out of that.

Anna Huckabee Tull sings soaring harmonies on this track, and Nick Venturella added a cool electric lead guitar to producer Michael Mood’s drums ’n’ bass backbeat. This song is dedicated to my longtime friend, Vicki.

“Nothing could be greater than the love we’re made of.”

Tuning: DGCFAD, 1/2 capo at 4th fret. Key of D. 

Keith Hampton: voice, rhythm guitar
Michael Mood: drums, bass
Nick Venturella: electric guitar
Anna Huckabee Tull: harmony vocals

Dedicated to Victoria Amari

(c) 2014 Keith Hampton/BMI

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well i know from luck
and this is better than lucky
something's going on--it's not quite clear
but there's a meaning in motion
like i could pick the Powerball
stand up and rise above it all
and lean a little further
out into the ocean

i am the ocean
so i lean a little further
fear can't stop the winner
of the next love lottery

walking down in the muck
i can always look up from here
something has to give
the cracks are crucial
where the light comes in
and maybe it's my job to be
standing still, peacefully
and to lean a little further
out into the ocean

i am the ocean
i can lean a little further
setbacks are the comebacks
in a great love history

i make it up as i go along
making light is making right
with no such thing as wrong
i feel so strong inside

we are the ocean
we can always lean a little further
nothing could be better
than the love we're made of

you and me
we are the ocean
you and me