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Make Your Move

by Ali Handal

Guitar Player Magazine describes this record as "a melange of riff-fueled rockers that could stand up to anything broadcast on The Midnight Special in the '70s, dreamy singer-songwriter fare, funk workouts, and ballads spritzed with Beatles essence."
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4. You're Worth More
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5. Really Really Really
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6. You're Still With Me
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7. Shut Your Mouth
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8. Need More Time
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Thank YOU, _________________ (your name here)!
By purchasing this album, you’re officially a patron of the arts (at least in my book), and you make what I do possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you're curious to read my lyrics, I've included them below.

This record is everything I dreamed it would be, due to the exceptional creative contributions of:

Seth Atkins Horan, Bob DeMarco, Steve McDonald, Orlando Sims, David Leach, Christopher Allis, Steve “Shag” Aguilar, Tony Franklin, Scot Coogan, a girl named jaen, Jay Gore, Jamie Green, Austin Willacy, Michel Ryther, Berton Averre, Doug Fieger, Chris Pierce, Gavin Lurssen, George Leger III , Sam Edwards, and Chris Mercer & Bev Pervan at Campaign Against Canned Hunting. Thank you all so very much!

Thank You for your ongoing support of me and my music:

Bill Cummiskey, Alex Perez, Richard McDonald, Jennifer Burton, Billy Siegle, John Dreyer, Jeff Owens, & my whole Fender family, Bob Borbonus, Taylor Guitars, Peter Leinheiser, Steve Foldvari at Sony Creative Software, Seymour Duncan, Evan Skopp, Danica, Dennis & Harvey Levy at Levy’s Leathers, Rusty Membreno & OnBoard Research, Scott Uchida & Jim Dunlop, Michael Molenda & Guitar Player, Turner Kirk & Smule, David Lienhart at Dean Markley, Scott James at Scott James Web Design & IndependentRockstar.com, Neil Rapaport at PikCard, Brad Angle & Guitar World Acoustic, Mike Mueller, Tom Land & Monster Cable, Dusty Wakeman, Sean Devine & Mike Todd at ASCAP, Tony George & J.W. Johnson at BMI, Brian Austin-Whitney at Just Plain Folks, Madalyn Sklar & GoGirls Music, Peter Lacey, Merlin David, Loolwa Khazzoom, Michele McManmon, Wayne Pacelle & The Humane Society of the United States, John Tu, David Liu & my whole Kingston family, Greg Tutweiler, Jerry & Rita Fiore at Bumpskey.com, DJ Will at KNAC.com, Paul Gordon & Indieclectic.com, Donald & Danny Passman, Randy Spencer, and Triple Scoop Music.

An Extra Warm Thank You to my extended musical & creative family, who have been there for me in SO many ways:

Bob DeMarco, Roy Ashen, Jennifer Herbig, Bryan Beller, Bob Malone, Dennis Stafford, Kris Feldman, Dr. Jim, Patty & Erica Turrell, Paul & Mariana Williams, Tippi Hedren, The ROAR Foundation & my Shambala family, Ray Gutierrez, Amy Engelhardt, Alex Stein, Paul Zollo, Gregg McBride, Phyllis Toney, Faith Rivera, Nolan Hee, J’Nae Fincannon, Raya Yarbrough, Christa Gates, Felice Schaeffer, Ilene Bergelson, Ernie Halter, Gary Luck, Adam Gust, Daniel Brecher, Gerald White, Steve Valentine, Phyllis Toney, Greg Watermann, Laurence & Hope Juber, Bryon Holley, Jason Buck & my Sunday Skool family, Mona Tavakoli & Raining Jane, Draco Rosa, Brian McKibben, Cindy Alexander, Bob Leggett & Chelle Stipe, Nafeesa Monroe, Michael Silversher, Jennifer Corday, Mara Hitner, Michael James, Susan Sheller, Jamshid Arjomand, Marc Maron & WTF Podcast, Fred Coury, Lonny Brooks, Jeff Silbar, Derek Sivers, John & Kim Hornbacher, Tony Moore, Cary Beare, Benjamin May, Arlene Kole, Jono Brown & Pervadelic, Shark, Ruta Sepetys, Glenn Morgan, David Levita, Eric Schwartz, Gary Stockdale, Gary Shapiro, Maggie Rowe, Jaclyn Lafer & the Sit ‘n Spin family, Chris McClure, Bob Terry, Joe Buissink, Kevin Kubota, Bambi Cantrell, David Beckstead, Jerry Ghionis, Chris Dugdale, Paul Liszewski, Doug Wilson & Jason Helvey, Dave Isaac, Jay Tinsky, Amanda Thompson, Barry Smith, April Love, Andi Scarbrough, Ricky Whitman & the Pasadena SPCA, Paula and John Wehmiller & my whole WesFest Family, and Wes Wehmiller (you’re still with me every day).

Many Thanks to those who I haven’t yet met, but whose work continually inspires me:

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, ani difranco, Alanis Morissette, Patty Griffin, John Frusciante, Joe Perry, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Alan Rabinowitz of Panthera.org, Steven Colbert, John Stewart, Seth MacFarlane, Ira Glass, Terry Gross and Mel Brooks.

Much Love and Thanks to my family:

Mom & Sev Marsted, Dad & Karen Handal, Barbara & Richard Goldenhersh, Jennifer & Michael Poole, Sarah & James Campbell, Grandma Handal, Doralice Handal, Dick Handal, Gary Handal, Sally Bursch, Larry Bursch, my extended Bursch, Handal & Goldenhersh families, and my favorite little rockers Aidan, Kate, Dorian & Leyton.

Extra Fuzzy Thanks go to: Indy & Pumpkin, my constant companions, and the two most awesomest cats on the planet!

I’ve saved my biggest Hugs and Kisses for Andrew Goldenhersh, my magic man, who encourages and supports me at every step of the way in this crazy life we share. Words cannot express how grateful I am for your love, support, and affection...

Also Available: Dirty Little Secret (2000) and Breathing Underwater (2004)

LYRICS:

All The Way

Guitar slingin’ my soul starts singin’
I’m back with my boyz in the band
Gonna rock you right, stay all night
Your wish - our command
Comin’ up through the clubs
Feelin’ the love everybody keeps sendin’ our way
Headed straight for the top, no we ain’t gonna stop - listen to what I say

We’re gonna go
All the way

Hard to get the first night we met
But I couldn’t play for too many days
Your bedroom eyes had me hypnotized
Oh yes - make me stay
Take-out Thai nine stories high
Made out under the stars
Had a way with your hands made me understand
Oh yeah - you’d take me far
C’mon, take me far

We’re gonna go
All the way

My Sharona

Pin Me Down

Well I thought I’d kicked the habit the last time you left town
But now you’re back - temptation’s gonna try to drag me down
You strut your stuff in front of me just to sell your merchandise
And it’s takin’ all the strength I can muster up to keep myself from buyin’

But we’ve been down that road too many times
And your body is the best drug that I know
Though it’s time for me to go clean and you don’t love me no…

Pin me down and fill me up
I need just a little taste of another dose from your cup
Breathe you in - I’ll blow your mind
And I promise I’ll quit usin’ you tomorrow

Well last night was the last time your poison needle sticks me
And I feel the rush of you into my veins
But I can’t take the shakes I feel every time that I come down
I need my fix and it’s gettin’ hard to breathe

But we’ve been down that road too many times
And you’re cravin’ me the way that I need you
Though it’s time for you to go home and you don’t love me no…

Pin me down and fill me up
I need just a little taste of another dose from your cup
Breathe you in - I’ll blow your mind
And I promise I’ll quit usin’ you tomorrow

I know that you’re no good for me
But what’s good for me don’t feel as good as you
Though it’s time for me to let go
I just can’t say no

Pin me down and fill me up
I need just a little taste of another dose from your cup
Breathe you in - I’ll blow your mind
And I promise I’ll quit usin’ you tomorrow

Pin me down and fill me up
I need just a little, a little, a little, from your cup
I’ll break you in I’ll wear you out and I promise I’ll quit usin’ you tomorrow
Yeah I swear, I’ll quit usin’ you tomorrow…

You’re Worth More

*for Jamie*

He has a certain knack for making you feel two feet tall
Yet you insist that he’s the only reason you’re still standing up at all
He likes to keep you locked in his gilded little cage
To protect you from yourself and make sure his every command is obeyed

And I can’t stand to watch you swallow the scraps he feeds you as you hold your nose

Cause you’re worth more
You’re worth more
You’re worth more
Don’t you know you’re worth more than that

His compliments all slide from the back side of his hand
Yet he pays just enough to keep you coming
Running to comply with his demands

And I can’t stand to watch you wallow, drowning in the drama that you chose

Cause you’re worth more
You’re worth more
You’re worth more
Don’t you know you’re worth more than that

But I can see the day you set yourself free
And I believe that one day you will see
The strength I see in you

Cause you’re worth more
You’re worth more
You’re worth more
Don’t you know your worth
Don’t you know you’re worth more than that

Really Really Really

*for Andrew*

Silly grin stuck on my face
Sponsored by your sweet embrace
Now I know we’ve just met
And no one knows where we might get

I believe I believe I believe I believe
everything is possible
I believe I believe I believe I believe
anything at all can happen

in you
there’s nothing to undo
I really really really like you

There’s magic in the air tonight
You & me & candlelight
When you gaze into my eyes
All my dreams are realized

I believe I believe I believe I believe
everything is possible
I believe I believe I believe I believe
anything at all can happen

in you
there’s nothing to undo
I really really really like you

I treasure each moment we share
No expectations yet still I dare to believe…

in you
there’s nothing to undo
I really really really like you

You’re Still With Me

*for Wes*

All that’s left of you is love
You’re still with me every day
I hold you in my heart and I give you away

It hasn’t hit me that you’re gone
I’ve been far too busy staying strong
How can I believe
All that’s left of you is love?

Where has the rest of you gone?
And what’s it like to feel so free?

Are you floating in the clouds, watching over me?
Resting in the earth, the ground supporting me?
Rustling the leaves, whispering to me?

We didn’t get to say goodbye
But I still hear you all the time
Such a mystery
Now all that’s left of you is love

Where has the rest of you gone?
And what’s it like to feel so free?

Are you skating on the moon, beaming down on me?
Singing with the birds, serenading me?
Harnessing the wind, drying my tears?

Shut Your Mouth

*for Mike, who never liked this song anyway*

You say you wanna make time for me but tonight you have to work late
And you say you wanna lose ten pounds while you butter the bread on your plate
That cigarette you’re smoking is sure to be your last
Oh but I can’t even count the times that you’ve quit in the past

I’m tired of hearing you
Why don’t you try something new?

The ones who talk the loudest always have the least to say

You claim I’ll be a household name if I sign on your dotted line
And you claim that you’re the only game I can play to make my star shine
Oh you’ve got big plans but you never follow through
And the only one believing the hype that you create is you

I’m tired of hearing you
Why don’t you try something new?

The ones who talk the loudest always have the least to say

Shut your mouth and do something
Promises they don’t impress me
Talk is cheap and way too easy
I prefer to wait and see

The ones who talk the loudest always have the least to say

Need More Time

Weaving through traffic lanes
Blood is pounding through my veins
If I’m late just one more time
I’ll be waiting in the unemployment line

In-box papers overflow
Blind ambition can’t say no
Hunting for my holy grail
Running always chasing my tail

‘Cuz the minutes and hours they slip away and still I need more time
I try to keep up with each passing day and still I need more time

Dishes piled three feet high
The garbage screams to go outside
Loads of laundry left undone
Suddenly I’m overcome

‘Cuz the minutes and hours they slip away and still I need more time
I try to keep up with each passing day and still I need more time

Uphill battle to get where I’m going
But there’s always something more
I run myself ragged to prove I am worthy
Isn’t there something more?
I want more!

It’s Up To Me

Are you hangin’ on for dear life, are you squeezin’ your eyes shut tight?
Are you resistin’ every hair-pin turn with all your might?
Unwrap your hands from the safety bar
Relax your grip or you won’t get far in this life

I know how it feels to wanna let go

It’s up to me
How do you wanna ride?
It’s up to me
I’m gonna make me feel alright

Are you holdin’ your tongue and waitin’ for your turn?
And are you tyin’ your gut into knots as you silently burn?
Sing out your truth - don’t play it down
Step out of line and grab that crown with both hands

I’ve gotta be brave and pave my own way

It’s up to me
How do you wanna ride?
It’s up to me
I’m gonna make me feel alright

Are you sayin’ yes when you wanna say no?
Are you workin’ overtime when it’s time to come home?
You can blame your job, your industry
But that won’t get you where you want to belong

Stand up for yourself and say it out loud

It’s up to me
How do you wanna ride?
It’s up to me
I’m gonna make me feel alright

Canned Hunt

What is canned hunting?

Let’s get the definition right: The cruel exploitation of wildlife

Such a sweet pastoral scene (buried in the heartland)
Green expanses deceiving (surrounded by the chain link)
They feed me everything I need (to keep my coat shiny)
Till they’re ready to receive (their guaranteed bounty)

Ooh yeah
Such a peaceful place and you’re paying to play
Winner of the game
Ooh yeah

Born and raised in New York City (on the wrong side of the tracks)
Confiscated when they found me (guarding a million dollar stash)
Sold me into slavery (wannabe with a ring of fire)
He got his kicks by whipping me (into a frenzy)

Ooh yeah
Turning all your tricks
Beat down all the wild ones
Master of the ring
Ooh yeah

For all your profits
And all your progress
Your technology
Where’s your honor?
Your compassion?
Human decency?

And how does my beauty provoke you
To exploitation and degradation?
And when will your cruelty choke you?
Where’s your reverence?
Where’s my justice?

Beneath the jungle canopy (back in the homeland)
Majestic creatures roaming free (predators instead of prey)
They’ll live their lives out naturally (no bullet in the back)
A coward’s trophy they won’t be (no that privilege lies with me)

Such a good sport
I’m home, home on the range where we aim to entertain
Ooh yeah

For all your profits
And all your progress
Your technology
Where’s your honor?
Your compassion?
Simple decency?

And how does my beauty provoke you
To exploitation?
Extermination?
And when will your greed finally choke you?
Where’s your reverence?
Where’s the justice?

CREDITS

Produced by Seth Atkins Horan
Recorded & Mixed by Seth Atkins Horan
Assistant Engineering by Sam Edwards
Additional Recording by Steve McDonald

Guitar Gear Guru: Bob DeMarco

Recorded at: Phantom Vox Studios, Hollywood CA, Nurviwop Studios, Camarillo CA, Mad Dog Studios, Burbank CA and SuperCatKingPin Studios, Sherman Oaks CA

Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering
Assisted by Reuben Cohen

Art Direction and Design: Gregg McBride
Photography: Ray Gutierrez at Strange Beautiful Art
Styling: Phyllis Toney
Hair/Makeup: April Love
Hair Cut/Color: Andi Scarbrough
Cover Photo shot at Pasadena SPCA

1. All The Way
(Ali Handal)
Published by Rock Kitten Music (BMI)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars
Tony Franklin – Bass
Scot Coogan – Drums
Seth Atkins Horan - Programming

2. My Sharona
(Doug Fieger/Berton Averre)
Published by Eighties Music (ASCAP)/Small Hill Music (ASCAP)/Wise Brothers (ASCAP)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars, B-3 Organ, Background Vocals
Orlando Sims – Bass
Christopher Allis – Drums
Chris Pierce – Background Vocals

3. Pin Me Down
(Ali Handal)
Published by Alivibe (ASCAP)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Rhodes
Steve Aguilar – Wurlitzer, B-3 Organ
Seth Atkins Horan – Bass
Christopher Allis – Drums

4. You’re Worth More
(Ali Handal/Austin Willacy)
Published by Rock Kitten Music (BMI)/None More Black Music (BMI)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Rhodes, Mini Moog
Orlando Sims – Bass
Christopher Allis – Drums

5. Really Really Really
(Ali Handal/Michael Ryther)
Published by Rock Kitten Music (BMI)/289 Music (ASCAP)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars
Steve Aguilar – B-3 Organ, Thomas Organ, Mellotron
Orlando Sims – Bass
David Leach – Percussion, Brushes
Seth Atkins Horan – Programming
Chris Pierce – Background Vocals

6. You’re Still With Me
(Ali Handal/a girl named jaen)
Published by Rock Kitten Music (BMI)/Qua Qua Qua Music (ASCAP)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Rhodes, Mini Moog
Steve Aguilar – B-3 Organ, Capri Jr. Organ, Mellotron
David Leach – Percussion
Seth Atkins Horan – Programming
Chris Pierce – Background Vocals

7. Shut Your Mouth
(Ali Handal/a girl named jaen)
Published by Rock Kitten Music (BMI)/Qua Qua Qua Music (ASCAP)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars
Orlando Sims – Bass
Christopher Allis – Drums

8. Need More Time
(Ali Handal)
Published by Alivibe (ASCAP)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars, Electric Sitar
Steve Aguilar – B-3 Organ, Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Orlando Sims – Bass
Christopher Allis – Drums
Seth Atkins Horan – Programming

9. It’s Up To Me
(Ali Handal/Jay Gore)
Published by Rock Kitten Music (BMI) /Jamgore Music (ASCAP)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars
Steve Aguilar – B-3 Organ, Clavinet
Orlando Sims – Bass
Christopher Allis – Drums
Seth Atkins Horan – Programming

10. Canned Hunt
(Ali Handal/Jamie Green/Jay Gore)
Published by Rock Kitten Music (BMI)/SoulScream Music (ASCAP)/Jamgore Music (ASCAP)

Ali Handal – Vocals, Guitars, Electric Sitar
Orlando Sims – Bass
Christopher Allis – Drums
George Leger III - Programming

Voiceover Used With Permission, Courtesy of Campaign Against Canned Hunting
www.CannedLion.org

© (p) 2010 Dessert First Records


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