I'VE GOT TO FIND MYSELF

ALBUM SUMMARY - This album really marks the journey of finding myself…as an artist, developing my craft over the course of this career, learning to hone my skills on guitar and as a lyricist. It’s also the journey of finding myself through my relationships…learning to fill them with quality, making sure those I love know how much they mean to me.  And finally the journey with my wife...having celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary recently, it has been the journey of finding
who we are to each other and who we are as a couple. My desire is
that these songs might help others find themselves as well!


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FAIRYTALES COME TRUE



My wife and I have been married a very long time. I actually wrote this song for her not long ago for one of our anniversaries. Time got away from me and I failed to buy her an anniversary card, something that’s a big deal in our house. So instead, I wrote her a song. We have weathered many a storm and shared countless joyful memories together. I can truly say that my life with her is a fairytale come true!

HAPPY EVER AFTER


This is the second in a series of three “anniversary cards” that I wrote for my wife in lieu of getting her a card. I guess this is the way I see us down the road after many years on this journey together.
SLOW DOWN




A complete remake of the title track from my first CD, I think I wrote this song some ten years before I actually heeded its words. I was at the height of my prior career, extremely stressed, working too hard, and loosing focus of what truly matters in life. This is a reminder for all of us to slow down and enjoy every day, not allowing any more important moments to slip by unlived.
MORE



Not long ago I reached a point in my life where I looked up and realized I no longer belonged in my surroundings. I desperately needed a change - new scenery, new endeavors and new adventures. I was finished with all of the superficial stuff and keeping up with the status quo. I yearned for so much more.

I'VE GOT TO FIND MYSELF



This is a very introspective song for me. The majority of my songs are written from personal feelings or experiences, but this one reaches a little deeper than most. It reveals that constant struggle within to let go of all of the hurts, disappointments and failures, embracing the future and becoming all that we are meant to be.


TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR






When our girls were little, it was my gig to put them to bed. I would rock them to sleep, singing songs and nursery rhymes. As they got older, we played bed-time games, told stories and shared about our day. I was reminiscing about those precious times and this favorite nursery rhyme that we all know so well popped into my head. It’s really only one main verse we sing and to me, for a children's song, it almost asks those deeper questions: "who are we?" and "why are we here?" I decided it needed a story , so I gave it a new song structure with verses and choruses, as well as a new arrangement. This is the John Tracy version of this popular nursery rhyme.
VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS




I remember my first days after having moved to Virginia. It was so incredibly beautiful! I had never seen so many bright colors, beautiful vistas and the wonder that four seasons bring. I had heard the Virginia State Tourism slogan “Virginia Is For Lovers." Now that I live here, I understand it. I love it and this is my anthem to my new home state.


IF YOU WEREN'T A MEMORY




I have two daughters. When they were in their teens there was always drama, especially where boys were concerned. I wrote this for them, realizing that sometimes the best way of getting over heartache is learning to let go of the memories.



SOMEONE




I wrote this for my eldest daughter, specifically after a teenage heartbreak. I remembered all of those heart-crushings I endured as I was in search of the one that was meant for me. I wanted to encourage both of my girls, and anyone else who hasn’t found their special someone, to have faith, believing that person is out there and they will find each other.

IT'S A MIRACLE




This began as a love song, expressing my amazement that it’s a miracle how much my relationship with my wife has grown and how deeply we are in love. It then evolved into one of those songs that seeks a deeper significance to our existence, to the reality that we do make ripples in the sea of humanity. It is a call to make those ripples count.

THE ESSENCE OF YOU



The third in the “anniversary card” series. This reflects who she is to me – or in other words, it’s about the essence of who she is.



THE BUTTERFLY & THE BUMBLE BEE
(A Day In The Meadow)





Through the years, I have had many people express to me how much they love my guitar playing, asking why I haven't written an instrumental. I never really thought that was my thing. I finally let go of my apprehension and decided to give it a shot, but I wanted it to tell a story with the notes. In the process of putting the pieces together, I had this vision of a butterfly and bumble bee going through their day in a meadow, carrying out their work, interacting with each other, then settling down at the end of the day for rest. I encourage you to sit back, close your eyes and let this song take you there!



ALBUM CREDITS

THE MUSIC
John Tracy - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Ashley McMillen - Backing Vocals
www.ashleymcmillen.com
Butch Taylor - Keys, Backing Vocals
Stuart Gunter - Percussion, Backing Vocals
Rusty Speidel - Electric Guitar
Trip Faulconer - Electric Bass,Blues Electric Guitar
Andy Thacker - Mandolin
Jay Blincoe - Banjo

THE STUDIO
Ravensworth Studios, Scottsville VA
www.ravensworthstudios.com

ENGINEERING/PRODUCTION
Trip Faulconer, Teri Wilson, Butch Taylor,
John Tracy

MIXING/MASTERING
Kevin McNoldy, Cphonic Mastering
www.cphonicmastering

 

 

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"John Tracy's new CD 'I've Got To Find Myself' is an excellent album in all respects - songs, recording quality, production, vocals, talent - you name it." - Al Kniola, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio, Elkhart, IN

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"This CD is perfection. Absolute perfection! And I am especially grateful you recorded 'I've Got To Find Myself.' I hum it all the time. It's my absolute favorite, not just of your songs, but of all songs in the history of ever!" - Marc M, Fan

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"Finished mixing and mastering John Tracy's new album...he's a fabulous songwriter and has such an amazing voice. Look out for this album, it's a great one!"
Kevin McNoldy, Cphonic Mastering

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