The Relationship Odyssey

by Natalie Brown

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These songs, in an electro-soul / R&B / Pop style, represent an odyssey through personal relationships of fictional and real-life characters.This album was 2 years in the making, all recorded in a home studio I built with my writing/production partner in Toronto, Canada.

This was the first time I used “Crowd Funding” as a way to pay for an album. The experience was both exciting and nerve-wracking! Normally my recordings are funded up-front and then I try to sell enough to pay for the album and it was interesting this time to pre-sell it. Even though I felt that having the funds up-front would be helpful, there ended up being a lot more pressure having to guarantee that I would like what was recorded and creating a product that was worthy of release. An artist doesn’t necessarily always like what they create and it’s always nice to have the flexibility to keep recording until you’re happy rather than release on an artificial deadline. The experience was indeed a roller-coaster but I’m glad to have gone through it.

Sharing the songs and giving updates via my YouTube video blogs as they were being written was a great way to get feedback, and the interaction, while it made me feel vulnerable was inspiring and gave me a lot more confidence and strength. Since these songs are about relationships, it’s been good to hear that people are able to relate to one or more of the topics covered in “The Relationship Odyssey’.

Pick up a copy of the album and I’m sure you will enjoy it if you are a fan of Pop/Electro-Soul/R&B music!

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released January 17, 2012

Credits: All songs written by: Natalie Brown and Jeremy Rwakaara. Lead and background vocals by: Natalie Brown. Keyboard and drum programming, recording, mixing and mastering by: Jeremy Rwakaara. Produced by: Jeremy Rwakaara. All songs published by: Zikki Publishing (ASCAP) and natfunk music (BMI).

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Natalie Brown Ottawa, Ontario

Born in Canada, Natalie Brown‘s passion for music was nurtured from a young age by her involvement in theater, gospel music, creative writing and local session work as a vocalist and writer. With a substantial body of recorded work behind her in addition to this latest release, Natalie is working on a new full-length album due in 2015 and is set to hit the road on tour. ... more

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Track Name: Drifting
Drifting
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP

V 1
We used to talk at least once a day
And sometimes twice on Tuesdays
The weekends brought some fun and some games
And laughter shared in our way

Pre-Chorus 1
But now there’s dark clouds heading our way
They’re clouding the horizon
CHORUS
Are we drifting away from what we had
Oooh Oooh
And where are all those sunny days
We used to have, oooh oooh, oooh
V2
When things began we thought they would stay
A certain way forever
We couldn’t have known life would get in the way
And we would turn into strangers
Pre-Chorus 2
What did get in our way?
It’s clouding the horizon
CHORUS
Are we drifting away from what we had
Oooh Oooh
And where are all those sunny days
We used to have, oooh oooh, oooh
Bridge:
So let me ask
Could we go back to a time
To those simple days
When mine was yours
And yours was mine
And nothing got in our way
Track Name: Gotta Let You Know
Gotta Let You Know
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP

V 1
Out of the corner
I’m stepping out on a limb
To let you know
How I feel about you
My thinking is sober
I’d hate to act on a whim
But I finally know how I feel
About you
CHORUS
Even if I make a fool of myself
Believing that there’s some kind of mutual feeling
I might as well try to find the meaning
Of the word love
Gotta let you know
V2
Over my shoulder
I’ve caught your eye once or twice
But it’s hard to tell what you’re thinking of me
But I can’t let go of ya without a try
So it’s now that I’ll make my move
Though I don’t know the ending
So I’ll make my move

Bridge
I’m stepping out on a limb
Don’t know where this is going
Here’s my heart opening
It’s full and overflowing
Track Name: Electricity
Electricity
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP

V 1
No mistaking how I feel, my heart is racing
It’s not my imagination
I can hardly stand the waiting
And I hope I can reciprocate the way that
You go out of your way to show how
You feel about me and I know now
CHORUS
Look at me
Don’t take your eyes away
And you’ll see
What I have for you’s beyond ecstasy
Come baby, baby let’s go deep
Feel the electricity


V2
Let’s go round before you go
There’s some things I’d like to show
If you would like to lose control
And so let’s not fight it
Let’s go down this road and try to find it
That electric zone full of surprises
I’ve just lost control
And I can’t hide it

B-Section
Look at me
Don’t you want to see
Beyond ecstasy
Baby, baby let’s go deep
E-le-ca-tri-ci-ty
Track Name: Can't Leave, Can't Stay
Can’t Leave, Can’t Stay
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP
V 1
Here we are at that same place again
Where we’ve been so many times before
We’re here again, still questioning
If we should be together
It’s so much easier to just pretend
It’s alright, all the pain we can just ignore
I’d like to know, should I stay or go?
There is no easy answer
CHORUS
I can’t leave but I can’t stay
I’m so confused
Cuz it’s so hard to walk away
I can’t believe that I feel this way
My mind’s confused
Cuz I can’t leave and I can’t stay
V2
Can we sit down and talk?
Cuz I just can’t go on like this
I must insist, cuz I’m not convinced
That we can go on much longer
B-Section
Confusion turns us into strangers
Can we work this out and make it stronger?
And in time can we come closer
Can we find the answer?
Track Name: Out The Door
Out the Door
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2011 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP

V 1
Goodbye
We had our share of fun and good times
But there’s something missing here I feel like I
Should be somewhere else instead of here now
So I should let you know
CHORUS
It’s just a matter of time
Before I have to leave
For something I’ve got to find
That fulfills all my needs
I’m on my way out the door
V2
For sure we haven’t got a lot to show for
All the times we spent together, I know
But I’ve stayed as long as I can stay for
I ought to let you know that it’s just
Bridge
There’s not much left to do
To save this
Let’s prepare to go
Track Name: I Apologize
I Apologize
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP


V 1
I never meant to say those words
The look on your face said you were hurt
I apologize
For the tone in my voice
I apologize
For the words of my choice
CHORUS
It’s a longer day that I have to face when I’ve hurt you
And it’s a longer way that I have trace
Back to find you
V2
I know that you say I should speak my mind
The wrong words sometimes sound so unkind
I apologize
For the pain I’ve caused
I apologize
Now I’ll pay the cost

Bridge
I see you’ve taken off
Deep inside your shell you’ve gone now
But I feel bad enough
Can I get you out to talk now
It’s a devastating kind of pain
When you’re completely out of range
So I apologize again
So let’s get back and turn the page
Track Name: Backstabber
Backstabber
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP

V 1
Where were you when I needed you the most
Hiding there in the shadows like a ghost
Just pretending you couldn’t hear me cry
All along when I thought you were there for me
As I gave you the love and support you need
Turned out that you were simply passing time
As you plotted your moves
Cuz you’re a
CHORUS
Backstabber, you backstabber
Spread your lies when it’s over
V2
When I hear things you say behind my back
From your friends who you think will join in your attack
Will you take them back
I don’t think you will
Why do you stay when you feel this way ‘bout me
What’s your plan, what you want to take from me
Like a thief in the night you’re just passing time
As you’re plotting your moves
Cuz you’re a…
CHORUS
Backstabber, you backstabber
Spread your lies when it’s over
BREAK
Backstab
You backstabber
Look back, I see a traitor
Who’s a tough a talker too
And I don’t trust you
CHORUS
Backstabber, you backstabber
Spread your lies when it’s over
Track Name: La, La, La-La
La, La, La-La
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2011 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP
V 1
We fit together
So neatly
Nice and easy
Feels so nice
It’s paradise
And it feels like…
CHORUS
La, la, la la
La, la, la, la-la, la
V2
Ebb and flow
Here we go together
In flight
It feels right
Let’s hold on tight
Cuz it sounds like…
Track Name: Inside Your Soul
Inside Your Soul
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP

V 1
Some days I feel like I’m talking to myself
Even when you’re there
It seems like you would rather be somewhere else
Somewhere far from here

BSection 1: Please open up the door, don’t be afraid to show
CHORUS
You talk, we talk
But you don’t show
You’re devoid of all emotion
You say the words but I don’t know
What’s inside your soul
V2
I can’t be sure that it has to do with me
Cuz you won’t explain
It’s hard to know just exactly what you need
Yet I try each day
Bsection 2: Each time I need you more you shove me out the door
It would be nice to know what is inside your soul
Bridge
Let me in and let’s share together
It’s a shame that you locked me out
We’re a team and we can solve whatever
I just need to hear you shout
Track Name: Fly Bird, Fly
Fly Bird, Fly
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP

V 1
Come and talk to me my sunshine
About the way life can be
There’s many roads that you can travel
But the one you choose should be your dream
B-Section 1
Others will try to shape you
Plan out your destiny
But listen to your voice and fly
CHORUS
Fly bird, fly
Take to the sky
Spread your wings and fly
Fly, fly bird fly
Spread your wings and fly



V2
I didn’t trust my own opinion
Gave up the keys to what became of me
Now looking back on my decisions
It’s a shame I didn’t follow my own dreams

B-Section 2
Fly away to your rainbow
Make your journey your own
Track Name: You're So Into You
You’re So Into You
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP
V 1
You put me down again
You took advantage
Like you do, when you feel low
Seems you have no shame
Switchin’ the spotlight
Back to you
It’s always your show
You’re so into you
CHORUS
You’re so into you
You’re narcissistic, everything’s about you
Can’t you see that it’s true
Uh, oh, and you’re so vain
Everything that you do
It all revolves around you
It’s always all about you
V2
Fail to see that you
Push aside other peoples’ views
Like they don’t count
Just can’t let you do
All the things
That have gotten you through
Up until now

Bridge
Your chains won’t hold me down no more
You’re so into you
It’s always all about you, all the time
And you’re so vain, it’s painful
It probably doesn’t occur to you
Cuz you’re so into you
Track Name: Beautiful Boy
Beautiful Boy
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP
V 1
It’s always special when you call my name
And you ask me to come over
I catch my breath each time you play the game
Of your fingers on my shoulder
B-Section
I am always amazed by you
I feel so complete
I have so much to say ‘bout you
I am never in need ‘cause you’re a…
CHORUS
Beautiful boy
Look in your eyes
And I see your soul dancing
Your heart’s so pure
I realize that your love is amazing

V2
Each day with you is filled with joy
It’s something that I treasure
I simply couldn’t ask for more
You win on every measure
B-Section
I am always amazed by you
I feel so complete
I have so much to say ‘bout you
I am never in need because you’re a…
Bridge
You’re so beautiful and I see
That you’re a part of me you’re my heartbeat
And you fill me with joy completely
I feel down in my soul you complete me
Track Name: What Am I Doing Here?
What Am I Doing Here?
(N. Brown /J. Rwakaara)
© Copyright 2010 natfunk music BMI / Zikki Publishing ASCAP

V 1
I’m up at the crack of dawn every morning
Eager to see what the day brings to me (I’m not sure what’s in store)
I’m looking at the plans I’ve drawn
And I’m really hoping
That things turn out the way
I planned them to be
CHORUS
What am I doing here?
What am I here for?
I’m listening to hear
I’m searching high and low
V2
The doors that are opening
Seem to lead somewhere
And I just go where they take me, away
And it feels like the journey’s long and slow
I’m spreading my energy, putting in my share, yeah
I hope I’m not wasting time or the space I’m in