lyrics: i don’t mind: the mind reels

I don’t mind – what you said

Yesterday’s – still playing back in my head
If you love – the way you move
I’m pretty sure…

I don’t know – what this means
Feelings now – and the in-betweens
What I want – and what you need
How do we…

Baby I don’t mind
You’re still in my mind
I don’t know
But I know just how you fee-eel
And what I fee-eel

Resting here – beside you now
Things unsaid – and things unknowable
We’ve just arrived – in this new life
Take me in…

There is nothing here to be afraid of
There is no one else as close as you
There is all this wanting we’ve been hiding
There is me now, there is you


This is the initial capture of the idea as it’s being formed. I came up with a chorus and bridge part without even knowing it. Once you have your capture, the songwriting part begins. Words. Recording the full pass of the song so you can teach it to yourself and others. — buzzie

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lyrics: wandering around: the mind reels

i’ve been wanderin around
hoping to find
someone who’ll take me away
and out of my mind

and i – know – you
and i – found  – you

i’m sick of wanderin around
and feeling alone
that’s what you said to me
not so long ago

and i – know – you
and i – love – you

that say it’s too hard to find
this love that we have
hold back and wait for the time
don’t rush ahead

and i – want  – you
and i – know  – you

if you stay
if you give your self away
if you love
if you realy realy love
this could be
a moment

i’ve been wanderin around
but now i am found
by someone who says they will stay
not just hang around

and i – have – you
and you – have – me  – too



lyrics: if we should fall: the mind reels

i found her
she found me
what we found
astounding we

and if I should fall…
what will become tomorrow
and if we fall…
break away from the sorrow

nothings free
this we know
letting go
has its costs

i hold on
to what I think
makes me happy
keeps me high

and if I should fall…
what will be come of me
and if we fall…
Nothing breaks in me

how can we
learn to fly
holding on
to what we’ve lost

i let go
she let’s go
we become
something everyday

if you’re falling
you must be learning
if you’re hiding
you will be alone
if you’re loving
keep on trying
let yourself dream
and the magic begins



lyrics: we take chances: the mind reels

we take chances – we walk alone
looking for love
we can look forever – without finding
something real

we think we know what we need
we think we’ll figure it out

but i’m here baby, by no chance
baby i’m here by design
designs i’ve been dreaming up
all of my life – all my life

we think we know what we need
we think we’ll figure it out
someone taking chances
someone loving you
someone longing for one thing
and you might be it

we take chances, we bet everything
even when we lose
we might want forever
what we no longer
believe is there

we lose our chances
and are afraid to try
as we close down
but you’ve found the key
to the equation of me
and we’re on our way

big love – more than i’ve known
big life – standing besides you
big love – is all we asked for (all we wanted)
big life – to never go away



lyrics: i feel it too: the mind reels

i want you to know
how and and what you’ve given me
when i stare into the night sky
it’s the bright stars we’ll see – together

this love, this life
i want you to know
i feel it too
this time, this place
i want you to feel
the big sky up above – and know
i feel it too

i want you to know
i’ve never been here before
i’m upside down without you
all the places we’ve yet to see – together

now i’ve found my truth
and the truth is in you
so we get to fly away
to all the loves we’ll be – together

i feel it too – this love, i do (this love we do)
we’ve tapped some heart (within us two)
most people search for forever (we’ve found our whole)
and we’re here – together (to have and hold)
and i feel it too



lyrics: here she is: the mind reels

here she is
a conductor for your symphony
a passion to your anarchy
a breakdown in your melody
a hurricane of ecstasy

here she is
and your world’s turning upside down
for your fears to go underground
there’s nothing left to hold us down
with a breath of her I’ll never drown

she’s around me now – she’s around
she surrounds me now that she’s around
she’s around me now – she’s in my mind (she’s all I see, she’s in my head)
she surrounds me now – she surrounds

where do we go – when something real
opens the flame – pours on the feel
what do we fear – are we letting go?
how far the love – how will we know?

here she is
while she’s dancing next to me
we lose ourselves in energy
to surrender what we used to be
a broken man I’ll never be

john mcelhenney ©2016 all rights reserved
(ascap) happy mac tunes

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lyrics: higher than anyone


get up, get away
gotta keep it down
before I start lying
get out, find a way
if I write it down
then I’ll start trying

I’m higher than anyone
Swinging from the sun
Higher than anyone

shut up, move away
I’m gonna let you down
with all my lying
get out, get away
gotta go right now
because I’m flying


bridge: until I’ve fallen – can’t you see I’ve fallen

get up, another day
you can’t hold me down
today I’m flyin
this time, find a way
they won’t run me down
though they keep trying

chorus outtro

john mcelhenney ©2016 all rights reserved
(ascap) happy mac tunes

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Write a Song With Buzzie

buzzie-writewmeI don’t have any expectations that this experiment with get a huge response. BUT… If you don’t put these things out to the universe, you never know. Here goes:

I wrote a song progression yesterday. I’d like you to help me finish it. I have no expectations about what you send me, lyrics, recordings, your own videos. Whatever you have in mind, let’s collaborate. If we do end up joining forces on a song you will get songwriting credits and (heh heh) royalties when the track goes viral on Apple Music.

Let’s do this.

Feel free to send me your content here john.mcelhenney at gmail dot com, or post things in the comments here.


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RADIOHEAD: Royalties and Digital Distribution Rights

Well, my inclusion on the Radiohead tribute record in Germany (Retransmissions) appears to have caused a slight problem.


Turns out my German release is administered by a German rights management organization in Germany called Kontor New Media Music. Now this is not my first rodeo at having one of my own tracks be disputed by an online rights management company. Often these claims are bogus and the scam artists are just trying to attach their advertising to other’s videos.

Okay, that’s interesting. Kontor is claiming management rights of my track via the Retransmissions track. Well then, let’s get an accounting of the sales of that CD from them. As the disc came out in 2012 I’m sure some royalties have been collected. And I have a 5-year contract to share in the proceeds of the sales. I have contacted Kontor directly to release my YouTube video and provide me with a full accounting of royalties collected on that CD as well as my track.

I also contacted the record label, ESC Germany, to see if they had any accounting of sales to date. See, after the CD was released, with 25 tracks, iTunes showed my track and one other as selling 10 – to – 1 over the other tracks. So, Kontor and ESC, where’s my money? And have you paid Mrs Radiohead for their publishing as well.

Let’s see where this rabbit hole leads.

Listen Louder,

John McElhnney – Buzzie – doing Last Flowers (the disputed video)


The Trouble with Music Sales

I’m a music pirate. There I’ve said it. I’ve downloaded mp3 files for years. I’m slowing down, I’m paying for 90% of my music today. And ANY music I love, I buy. Immediately. But… There’s a problem with the music business, and it’s not me. It’s streaming.

One of my friends, also a musician, asked me the other day, “Why would I ever buy an album again?” He was waxing poetic on Spotify. YUK.

So here’s the problem. The digital distribution process for streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and others, allows them to pay only a fraction of a penny per stream. Sure, they have started a PR campaign to let you see how much they are actually paying overall, but here’s the rub with that. 99.5% of all those royalty payments are going to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, et al, major players with huge catalogs and huge legal teams to protect their client’s income streams.

Yes, Spotify would’ve made Taylor Swift whole if she’d allowed them to stream her new disc, but she knows better. They are killing the financial opportunities for all but the biggest bands. The idea of the democratization of the music business, with the collapse of BIG MUSIC was to allow the indies to sell direct to their fans. Well, that’s not quite how it’s turned out.

Two big points about my participation in this process.

1. I’ve never intended to make a living playing music. I have a career, a house and two kids, and a life style that does not involve extended time in mini-vans and crappy hotel rooms.

2. I have only marginally successful tracks on iTunes and other online outlets. Yes, you can still by my physical CDs from CDBaby, but that market has all but gone away.

Still, I should be able to build on my catalog, my small but growing fan base, and continue to grow my income stream from my music. IF, AND ONLY IF, I disallow Spotify and Pandora from streaming my tracks. Here’s a recent accounting page from my digital distribution dashboard on CDBaby.

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See all those $0.00 sales? Here’s how one of the stream sales looks in the details.

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Let’s see, that’s 0.0005 per stream. 100 streams and I’ll make a nickel. Um, that’s not going to pay for guitar picks.

I’m sure the Rolling Stones are making fine dough off streaming with Jumpin Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil, and the rest of their hits. But new indie bands are NOT making jack shit.

Okay, I hear you, that’s fine, you say, the money has always been in the touring. Even when majors broke new acts, the bands almost never saw any money from the record sales, they made money on-Tour. The record labels supported the tour and the artist would WORK their asses off, and make a descent living. This is major label artists.

This is also why musicians like Prince took a hiatus and became “the artist formerly known as…” because he was tired of giving all of the cash to his label. And that’s why bands you knew and loved often go away. They must give up their band name and start again, or be forced to buy back their catalog from the labels.

So, if Apple Music is about to revolutionize the streaming music business, let’s hope they get the royalty portion of the equation right. They’ve got a killer instal base of paying customers with the iTunes store. And the word is Apple Music is going to kill iTunes Radio.

Let’s see your hand, APPLE. The indie artists of the world as well as the future are waiting for you to lead.


  • Apple Music: US$9.99/month or US$14.99/month (Family plan for six devices)
  • Spotify: £10/month (£30 for five people)
  • Google Play Music: £10/month
  • Tidal: £10 for 320kbps, £20 for 1411kbps
  • Pandora One: $4.99 per month

John McElhenney / aka Buzzie

Reference: Apple Music – Can They Get Streaming Music Royalties Right? –