This Little Notebook

by Karl Werne

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Karl's most ambitious endeavor to date! An all original CD including "Love & Fear" which won VEER Magazine's Music Video of the Year and both "Flow" and "Monkey Do" which helped Werne sweep all 3 categories in The Fishman National Singer/Songwriter Competition.
The CD has an all-star cast including long time partner, saxophonist Eddie Williams, Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), Dan Martier (TR3), John Toomey (ODU Jazz Professor), Elaine Dempsey (BiG WiDE GRiN) and many more.


released May 8, 2015

Produced by Karl Werne
Mixed by Tom Prasada-Rao

Tracks recorded just about everywhere, including:

Swampworks Studio, Kitty Hawk, NC
engineer: Ed Tupper

Moonhouse Studio, Austin, TX
engineer: Chris Gage

Wildwood Tofu Bar (at Little Lady Studio) Leander, TX
engineer: Tom Prasada-Rao

Lazar Brothers Studio, Norfolk, VA
engineer: Stephan Lazar

Groovy House of Love, Norfolk, VA
engineer: Rich Mossman

Mastered at Wolf Productions, Arlington, VA
by Bill Wolf

Graphic design by Karl Werne
Photography by Eddie Williams

1) How Much Love

Karl Werne - acoustic guitars, vocals
Scott Slay - mandolin
James Adkins - electric guitars
Stephan Lazar - bass
Dale Lazar - drums
Tom Prasada-Rao - piano

2) From Here

Karl Werne - acoustic guitar, vocals, programming
Barbara Nesbitt - harmony vocals
Eddie Williams - sax
Tom Prasada-Rao - bass
Dan Martier - drums

3) I Think I’m In Love

Karl Werne - acoustic guitar, vocals, percussion
Chris Gage - banjo, dobro
Scott Slay - mandolin
Jimmy Masters - bass
Dan Martier - drums

4) This Little Notebook

Karl Werne - acoustic guitar, vocals, piano, programming
Tim Reynolds - electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar
Chris Gage - banjo
Mick Vaughn - bass
Dan Martier - drums

5) Love & Fear

Karl Werne - acoustic guitars, vocals, programming
Vince Zentner - orchestral harp
Scott Slay - mandolin
Jimmy Masters - bass
Dan Martier - drums
Resa Gibbs - harmony vocal

6) Safe

Karl Werne - classical guitar, vocal
Chris Gage - Wurlitzer piano
Tom Prasada-Rao - violins, piano
Elaine Dempsey - heartbeat

7) From This Height

Karl Werne - acoustic guitar, electric guitars, vocals,
piano, keyboards, programming
Tom Prasada-Rao - violin
Mick Vaughn - bass
Dan Martier - drums

8) Flow

Karl Werne - acoustic guitar, vocals, percussion
Chris Gage - piano, harmony vocal
Kristin deWitt, Elaine Dempsey - harmony vocals
JMU Chapter of The Nerdfighters - handclaps (DFTBA)
Jimmy Masters - bass
Dan Martier - drums

9) Brother’s Keeper

Karl Werne - acoustic guitar,
electric guitars, programming
Tom Prasada-Rao - programming
Joe Werne - phone message

10) Monkey Do

Karl Werne - vocals, piano, programming
Eddie Williams - saxes, midi trumpets
Jimmy Masters - bass
Dan Martier - drums

11) Static

Karl Werne - acoustic guitar, vocal, programming
Tim Reynolds - electric guitars
John Toomey - keyboard
Mick Vaughn - bass
Dan Martier - drums

12) Shadows on the Wind

Karl Werne - vocal, electric piano, programming
John Toomey - piano, keyboard
Eddie Williams - sax
Jimmy Masters - bass
Dan Martier - drums

all songs written by Karl Werne


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Karl Werne Norfolk, Virginia

Karl Werne has been entertaining the Hampton Roads area of VA since he was 16 years old as a local favorite with his versatile guitar work and smooth hypnotic vocals.

Karl's songwriting won first place in the national Fishman Songwriting Competition in 2011. He placed third in the Songwriter Serenade National Competition, and he won VEER Magazine's Video of the Year award w/ "Love & Fear".
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Track Name: How Much Love
How Much Love

I can see you standing there
And you are one of a kind
As the sunshine dances through your hair
I wonder what's on your mind

I remember you once told me
What this world has done to you
You said "If someone could just hold me,
Then maybe I could see it through"

I know it's easy to feel broken
When you're tattered and you're torn
But to me you're just as beautiful
As the day that you were born

How much love can one heart take
Let's find it out - let's find it out
How much love can one heart make
Let's find it out - let's find it out

Well, I know, I know, I know, I know
It feels like mountains in your way
And no one knows the rocky road
That brought you standing here today

I don't mean to oversimplify
The healing power of Love
But to one thing I would testify
Whenever a push comes to a shove

The walls you've built demand
A certain level of respect
But they're stifling the very thing
That you are trying to protect

How much love can one heart take
Let's find it out - let's find it out
How much love can one heart make
Let's find it out - let's find it out

There's a new vibration and it's
Spreading through the land
You know the answer is connection
So just take me by the hand

How much love can one heart take
Let's find it out - let's find it out
How much love can one heart make
Let's find it out - let's find it out
Track Name: From Here
From Here

i can feel we're at an impasse
we don't quite know what to do
you can see a storm is brewing
baby, all i see is you

i am overing your borders
can no longer keep it in
there's a wall around your castle
take it down, i'm coming in

i will swim inside your waters
i will climb your mountains high
baby, i will face your army
i am quite prepared to die

you can kill me with a gesture
you can take my breath away
i am dying to be near you
there is nothing left to say

there is only one conclusion i can see
baby you are gonna share yourself with me

i've been standing here a lifetime
i've been waiting for a sign
i believe that you can heal me
turn my water into wine

baby, put your hands upon me
let me feel your gentle touch
let me lose myself inside you
i am wanting you so much

for the chance to stand beside you
there is nothing i won't do
everything i have become i
am now offering to you

take away my polished armor
i don't need it anymore
take my heart, i'll leave it open
you are what it's beating for

cause i know that i can take away your fear
girl, if you could only see yourself from here ...
Track Name: I Think I'm In Love
I Think I'm In Love

I had no plan or place
I needed to go to
But now I find myself here
Standing before you
And there's this place in my heart
I would show you
Do you think, Darlin'
You could let me in?

I had not been in the
Market for romance
Nor did I need someone to save me
Or a second chance
But lately I can see myself
In a slow dance
With a woman I could
Call a friend

So put the water on
For a chai or two
Baby I will build a fire
While I talk to you
Cause there's this undeniable
Place for two
That's been growing stronger
Every day

Now I don't want to change
Or interfere
With any plans you made
Or goals that you're holding dear
But if I could just whisper
In your ear
There is something I would
Like to say

That if you breathe in
I will feel it
And if you call my name out loud
I will hear it
And when you tell me the truth
I'll believe it
You can do anything you wanna do

And if you're lonely
I will be there
And when you need your space
I'll get out of your hair
And when we figure it out
I will be fair
Cause I wanna try to see this through

Darlin' I think I'm in love with you
I think I'm in love
Track Name: This Little Notebook
This Little Notebook

i don't represent the views of any
hidden, unknown sponsors
in fact i can't imagine mass appeal for
anything i'd say

i don't believe i'm jaded or
over-cynical in nature
but surely lessons shaped me to
the man i am today

i have landed safely
between comfortable and cautious
i've even thanked the skies for the
emotional reprieve

that being said, i've stumbled on
a startling discovery
and it seems to be the feint sound of
my heart inside of me

i apologize for the
inconvenient timing
it seems that neither of us can
afford to take a fall

but before you board that plane
that takes you far across the ocean
this little notebook
might just say it all

you told me once it's easier
if my words were less romantic
i'm happy to accommodate
your twisted little ears

i am lost in thought about your
teeth marks on my shoulder ...
your stifled breath, your lower back,
damn, i wish that you were here

what am i to do with all this cat hair on my sweatshirt?
what am i to do with all this bluegrass in my ears?
how do i find hope when it no longer springs eternal?
how do i regroup and change gears?

how do i sleep soundly with no knife under my pillow?
how do i remember all those words to sam mcgee?
what am i supposed to find while reaching for your shoulder?
what am i supposed to do with me?
Track Name: Love & Fear
Love & Fear

i tell you of a time
it was a beautiful time
people dancing everywhere

was never any doubt
to what it's all about
love and music filled the air

and the sound came out like boom, boom, boom
cause their hearts were beating louder than the
troubles that were left behind

and any thoughts to love one another
as your sister and your brother
were the only ones that came to mind

let's talk about the Fear
and how we brought it here
it's something we should understand

it seems that in the name of protection
we have poisoned our connection
to the welfare of our fellow man

where it was thoughtfully in fashion
to be guided by compassion
no one found themselves in need

but when doubt made us scared about
the very things we cared about
we opened up the door to greed

when we take our pride and livelihood and sell it overseas
and we compromise our freedom by a matter of degrees
till the dreams we had believed in are now driven to their knees
what's the game?

you can do the math on what is saved and what is spent
when our sacred holiday becomes a marketing event
seems we cannot pay attention like we cannot pay the rent
who's to blame?

can we talk about a child
born free and wild
with everything to lose or gain

if the future he'll inherit
comes from what our actions merit
maybe we should keep it sane

dr frankenstein's elated
at the monster we've created
cause it paints him as a boy scout

but if Love isn't driving
the system that's surviving
then it might be time to throw it out
Track Name: Safe

and here we stand in this sacred place
with tearful eyes but face to face
we'll wash away without a trace
anything but love

how quickly we have come to this
we've had no time to reminisce
it's not so long since our first kiss
that we were so careful of

admittedly, i'm not the first
and we went in cold and unrehearsed
we've seen each other at our worst
a wonder we're still here

but underneath each moment shared
there's been a safe, respectful air
that's like some favorite easy chair
whenever you are near

you've seen me cry, you've seen me laugh
and after all the aftermath
i can't imagine one life path
that you're not walking on

it's hard to know how to begin
sometimes it feels like i have been
a victim of what might have been
and life had passed me by

but lately i'm amazed to hear
an old familiar song so clear
that melts away each pain and fear
and reminds me i'm alive

so if you say you'll take this chance
to try our version of romance
i think it's time i learn to dance
the honor would be mine

so take my hand and i will lead
i'll also follow when you need
on one thing we are both agreed
this light must always shine

now we will see what we can make
of every day and breath we take
and so i'm clear, make no mistake
your heart is safe right here
Track Name: From This Height
From This Height

an endless night
and then again, it's just a blink of an eye
from this height,
you can hear broken dreams and angels cry

time rolls on
relentlessly, just like its always been
when love is gone
pick up the pieces and move on again

move on

whatcha gonna do with the time you're given?
whatcha gonna make of your word and name?
whatcha gonna make of your situation
when no one is left to blame

where you gonna run when the sky is falling?
whatcha gonna do when your time is done?
how you think we look from another planet?
what if this was all in fun?

whatcha gonna say, did it really matter?
what they gonna say in a hundred years?
whatcha gonna leave as your final answer?
was it worth the pain and tears?

whatcha gonna do when your children call you?
whatcha gonna leave as a legacy?
who you gonna call when you're feeling lonely?
what if it was meant to be?

soul in flight
and then again, that's where it always stays
from this height
you can see healing light and brighter days

time stands still
and with your heart you see the road you're on
stay until
the beating shows you love is never gone

hold on
Track Name: Flow

for once in your life,
your answer is clear
and all at once you do away with
other people's obligated pain and fear

the time is at hand
but time's on my side
i think it's time to take advantage of this chance to take a
brand new day out on a midnight drive

i'm dancing under starlight
i'm howling at the moon
if i never get back to all the pushing and the shoving
it'll be too soon

you can call me crazy
i can let that go
cause only one aim is gonna hold my attention now
am i in the light of ... flow

little baby shakes his rattle
he's just breathing in the zone
oh, if only we could listen to the rhythm of the music
that he calls his own

blind man hears the tapping
of the rain a mile away
must it always be the cost, does it take such a loss
for us to hear that way?

i'll turn off my television
till they broadcast any truth
i will trade my years of wisdom
for the wonderment of youth

i will open up my mind
until there's only room to grow
and find me one path within a promising direction to
put me in the light of ... flow

any power that's guiding me
put me where i want to be
high above where i can see
and shadows don't fall over me

hold me in the healing light
i will not put up a fight
i wish i may, i wish i might
find myself in flow tonight

give it up, give it up, get it off, give it over now
if it don't serve you well
all of us are free to make our own little heaven
or drag this life through hell

if we are authors of our stories, then i know how mine will go
and i will surely dedicate the rest of days
to break through any stagnant haze
take a long, hard look at my old ways
and focus on how i can raise ... flow
Track Name: Monkey Do
Monkey Do

There's a bit of tension rising in the air
Both of us are feeling that the other don't care
Instead of saying something that we need to hear
We're filling up the silences with pain and fear

So you got your jacket and you got your bag
You're shaking off the memory of a dream you had
One foot in the door - guess you're gonna go
I believe there's something that you oughta know

Baby, we may never have this chance again
Turn around, you might just be my only friend
So there's a little game I would show to you
It's called ... Monkey See, Monkey Do

Baby, let's consider where it's gotta start
I can feel the answer in the beat of my heart
You can show me yours, I will show you mine
Anything short would be a waste of time

Can you feel the rhythm when it's driving you
You can just assume that it is driving me too
We can only be who we're gonna be
Never should that call for an apology

Maybe I have not made my intentions clear yet
But as you see, I'm working here without a net
Cause that's the only thing that I know to do
When it's ... Monkey See, Monkey Do

You take one deep breath
And let it out slow
Tell me, pretty baby
Where you want this to go

Take my hand
Hold tight because
It's only gonna matter
Like you say it does

Lean on me
Look me in the eye
Gather all your fears
And kiss them all goodbye

Open your heart
Let Love in
Take it to the top
And do it all again

There's a brighter day that could be breaking through
All of it depends on what the two of us do
Hopefully respectful in the name of Love
And mindful of exactly what we're capable of

Opening your heart was never lost on me
I am thankful for the opportunity
You can feel safe - never on a shelf
I will have your back so you can be yourself

I would tell you something just for clarity
I was hoping you might want to be with me
And we can show the world how to see it through
And call it ... Monkey See, Monkey Do
Track Name: Static

I woke up on the wrong side
Not feeling quite myself
I even thought of knocking
That alarm right off the shelf

Instead I switched it over
To put music in my ears
I spun that dial forever
The only thing that came in clear ... was Static

I feel like I am slipping
And never so alone
Starving for connection
I'm reaching for the phone

I dialed the operator
So that I could place a call
But through that cold receiver
The only sound at all ... was Static

All that's coming through to me is ... Static
In on every frequency is ... Static

There is chaos in the universe
Confusion in my brain
The forecast calls for starlight
I can't see through all this rain

Another wasted search probe
Sent through the atmosphere
I'll monitor the signal
But all I seem to hear ... is SSSSSSSSSSStatic

All that's coming through to me is ... Static
In on every frequency is ... Static
Track Name: Shadows on the Wind
Shadows on the Wind

I recall a time when time was on my side
Life was only shadows on the wind
Now I feel the weight of every mountain climbed
I can't imagine climbing them again

We are at the mercy of some butterfly
Pounding out our fate around the world
Caught between the dark and light of compromise
With every banner waved and flag unfurled

Now tell me how are we to turn this sinking ship around?
And what are we to do with secrets we have found?
Is there but someone who might still have enough love inside
Who can show us what we need to change this raging tide ...
This suicide ... can we survive ... oh my ...

I was just eleven when my father passed
Superhero status still to me
Ain't it strange how all those years go flying past
Never made a difference to me

Now my children look into their father's eyes
Cannot help but wonder what they see
Maybe there's a glimpse into some future skies
Or maybe just a glimpse inside of me

And every generation has the chance to come to terms
With all the choices they have made and lessons they have learned
If it is truly up to us, our future to create
Then we must open up our hearts before it's too late ...
For our doomed fate ... we can't wait ... oh no ...

And maybe somewhere I can find the man I might have been
Before this crazy life had dropped me in the boat I'm in
And if the waters find you sailing on your own way too
Well then maybe we can show this world what we could do ...
Just me and you ... we'll see it through ... in our boat for two ...

I recall a time when time was on my side
Life was only shadows on the wind
Turn this tiny boat into the rising tide
I believe life's calling me again

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