Happy In A Melancholy Way

by Emily Riddle

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HAPPY IN A MELANCHOLY WAY is a first album for singer/songwriter, Emily Riddle (born Dec 3, 1991).

The project began in May of 2008 when Emily and her co-producers (her mom and two friends) took off to Longview, Texas for the summer at the invitation of an area church (New Heights) that generously offered use of equipment, church pews to sleep on, and general run of the facilities at the most extreme hours.

The remaining tracks were cut the summer of 2009 in Emily's family home (bathroom, living room, office) with every guest room occupied by musicians who stayed up all hours tracking while her father attempted sleep.

The album is aptly titled and reflects the personality and philosophy of this artist both in the lyrical content and song arrangements.

The songs are comprised of all live instruments with the exception of the organ/piano on tracks 2,5,7,13 and 14



SPECIAL THANKS (from Emily):

DARRIN RIDDLE for your patience with all the noise in the house at all the crazy hours, for letting mom drag so many musicians in and out, for working so hard every day so that I can become all that God wants me to be. I love you so much, Daddy.

JENNIE LEE RIDDLE for all the years of training, encouragement, direction, and critique...for loving me and believing in me, for all the instruments lying all over the house, for managing this project and bringing all the fragmented pieces and processes into completion, for letting me do 'Blue Eyes', all the resources, sleepless nights and long hours it took to get to this point. I would be nowhere without you, Mom, I love you.

RANDY COCHRAN for your genius ideas, mad skills, long hours, randomness, the 1 1/2 year labor of love and finished product that is more than I could have ever wanted. You are one of the most creative people on the planet and your ideas brought the tracks and mixes to a whole new level. Thank you for working so hard.

Jordaaaay: for your amazing talent, the array of instruments you carry around that bring songs to life when you get them under your fingers, your dedication and professionalism, and the confidence you give to all who are privileged to work with you. You could have spent all this time on your own music, and you spent it on me instead. Thanks so much.

NEW HEIGHTS CHURCH (formerly Rose Heights Church) in Longview Texas: Your mind-blowing generosity and investment will never be forgotten. The talent and heart of the people at NHC has set a permanent example for me and for so many others. Thank you so much for your outpouring of love and the best summer ever: Tim Wiseman, Phil Briggs, Mark Rasberry, Chris Cook, Aaron Klein, and Mallory and Nikki Reynolds; you guys are awesome and I love all of what each of you contributed.

LUCAS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY and COMMUNITY LIFE CHURCH for being such a safe and encouraging place for me to learn and grow as an artist and as a leader. Your love and support has changed me.

TY YOUNG: I too now wish to be one with the Cello.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS you have given me the courage to actually release my music. Thank you for believing in me.

credits

released 12 August 2009
All songs were written by Emily (except for track #8, Blue Eyes, written by Jennie Lee Riddle)

Executive Producer/ Project Manager: Jennie Lee Riddle

Co-Produced and Arranged by: (alphabetical order) Randy Cochran, J.Andrews, Emily Riddle, Jennie Lee Riddle

Engineering: J. Andrews
Mix Engineer: Randy Cochran
Mastering Engineer: Nolan Brett
Recorded at: New Heights Church in Longview, Texas (tracks 2,4,5,7,10,13,14) and the living room, bathroom, and office at the Riddle's home (tracks 1,3,6,8,9,11, 12)

Piano - Emily Riddle (tracks 2,5,7,9, 11, 13, 14)
Piano- Randy Cochran (track 4)
Acoustic - Emily Riddle (tracks 3,4,6,8,10,12)
Electrics- J. Andrews (tracks 6,8,11,14)
Electiric- Mark Rasberry (track 5)
Drums- Randy Cochran
Percussion- Randy Cochran
Bass - Phill Briggs (tracks 2, 5, 14)
Bass- Tim Wiseman (tracks 7)
Organ- Tim Wiseman (tracks 2, 14)
BGV's - Emily Riddle (tracks 3, 7, 13)
BGV's- J. Andrews (tracks 3, 11)
BGV's- Jennie Riddle (tracks 2, 3)
Cello- Ty Young (tracks 4,7,13)
Glockenspiel-Randy Cochran (track 7)
Banjo- J. Andrews (track 12)
Mandolin- J. Andrews (tracks 3, 12)
Ukulele- J.Andrews (track 3)
Melodica- J.Andrews (track 3)
Trumpet- Chris Cook (track 5)
Trombone- Aaron Klein(track 5)
Clarinet- Mallory Reynolds (track 2)
Flute - Nikki Reynolds (track 2)
Childrens Choir:
Rebekah, Matthew, Sarah, Hannah, and Michael Johnson (track 2)

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Emily Riddle continues to delight an ever growing fan base, and she has raised the bar with sophomore album "Let It Shine". With whimsical, folksy arrangements and innocent, buttery vocals Emily once again proves she is an ongoing wellspring of great music as her smart, honest, heart-grabbing themes continue to captivate a very diverse audience. Her lyrics are wise beyond her years. ... more

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Track Name: Happy In A Melancholy Way (The Shower Song)
HAPPY IN A MELANCHOLY WAY
(The Shower Song)
by Emily Riddle 2009

I like to sing, I like to sigh
I think that it is because I
naturally tend to be happy
I naturally tend to be happy
happy, happy...
I'm happy in a melancholy way
Track Name: Smile and Sing
Smile and Sing
by Emily Riddle

You taught me how to smile
you taught me how to laugh
you taught how to sing through
every circumstance
and i laugh and i try
to always find the things
that make your heart happy
and i smile and sing

even when i don't
feel like grinning and bearing
you say isnt there just something
you're forgetting

I taught you how to smile
I taught you how to laugh
I taught you how to sing through
every circumstance
and you laughed and you tried
to always find the things that make My heart happy
so smile and sing with me

you make me smile
you make me laugh
you make me sing through
every circumstance
and i laugh and i try to
always find the things that make your heart happy
'cause the things that make your heart happy
make me smile and sing
Track Name: Lazy Summer
Lazy Summer
by Emily Riddle

Lets take a walk my dear
down a sunny street
We'll find a song to sing
and we'll sing it like we're happy
We'll buy some lemonade from a child on the corner
We'll find a parkbench in the shade
and enjoy the lazy summer

and we'll sing la la la la la
Track Name: Don't Let Me Go
Don't Let Me Go
by Emily Riddle

Don't let me go:
Don't let me go
Don't let me go
Don't let me try to take control
Don't let me go
Don't let me wander
Don't let me squander what i have in you
Don't let me walk away
Don't let me walk away
Don't let me go

Draw me to you
Draw me to you
Your voice forever will ring true
Draw me to you
Wrap your arms around me
Gently confound me
Ruin me for you
Don't let me ignore you
Don't let me ignore you
Don't let me go

Teach me to pray
Teach me to pray
Teach me to love to obey
Teach me to pray
Join me with your spirit
Let me be a mirror of who you are
Don't let me be afraid
Don't let me be ashamed
Don't let me go
Track Name: Helplessly In Love
Helplessly in Love
by Emily Riddle

My Hero
has shining armor made of gold
My Rescuer
has a steed as white as snow
And I am helplessly in love
Iam helplessly in love

He lives on sunny street
the roads are paved with gold
He's got power over my enemies
but He's gentle as a dove
And I am helplessly in love
I am helplessly in love

He loves with greater passion
than any man would know
And He's chosen me
to be His own
His love will not grow cold
and I am helplessly in love
I am helplessly in love
Track Name: Marvelous Day Today
Marvelous Day Today
by Emily Riddle

Take my breath away
it's not worth much without you anyway
Sweep me off my feet
on the ground is nothing that i need
Make me fall in love, in love, in love with you
Because Your love, Your love, Your love, Your love
is something so beautiful

do de bop bop hey
do de bop bop hey
I'm having a marvelous day today
do de bop bop hey
do de bop bop hey
I'm having a marvelous day today
Track Name: Puddles
Puddles
by Emily Riddle

Rain is dripping
on my windowsill
I am watching
and it makes me feel like dancing
...dancing in the rain
Like dancing
...dancing in the rain

Clouds are moving
across the sky
The gray is singing its lullaby
and i am dancing
...dancing in the rain
I am dancing
...dancing in the rain

Twirling spinning
joy spills from my laugh
I feel Your pleasure every time
that i splash in Your puddles
...puddles of love for me

Drip drip drop drippity drop and pitter pat
Drip drip drop drippity drop and pitter pat

I pause to listen
the thunder's clapping
the wind is whistling
the water's drumming and i am dancing
...dancing in the rain
I'm dancing
...dancing in the rain
Track Name: Blue Eyes
Blue Eyes
written by Jennie Lee Riddle

My baby's got blue eyes
smiling at me
bright colored blue eyes
as clear as can be
They're as blue as the oceans deep
they sparkle like the glaciers peak
my baby's got bluer than blue eyes
my baby's got bright clear blue eyes...
Track Name: My Beautiful Love
My Beautiful Love
by Emily Riddle

On this beautiful day
I become your love
You become mine
Forever to hold
Intoxicated by your eyes
I will never leave your side
I've got you completely memorized
My darling...
What a beautiful day

And we will dance together
We will laugh forever
You and me
The world will see
That we are one
My beautiful love

Your the tune in my head
The petal on my forget me not
The arrow through my heart
I know we will never part
And we will dance together
We will laugh forever
You and me
The world will see
That we are one
My beautiful love
Track Name: Eloise
Eloise
by Emily Riddle

I had a horse named Eloise
I got her from a guy from New Orleans
New Orleans

We used to run and we used to play
We ran and played every day
Every day

And we became the best of friends
We used to race we used to win
Even though sometimes we'd fall
We always always had a ball

She was always kinda fat
But so what who cares about that?
Who cares about that?

She was brown and had big round eyes
They were the color of a stormy sky
A stormy sky

And we became the best of friends
We used to race we used to win
And even though sometimes we'd fall
We'd always always have a ball
Me and Eloise
Me and Eloise
Me and Eloise
Track Name: Hear My Cry
Hear My Cry
by Emily Riddle

I know I didn't ask You to come
but my spirit's screaming louder than my tongue
From Your throne You hear my cry
Come to stand by my side

And I'm kind of dry
Almost dry enough to spark a flame
I'm kind of dead
and i long to want to live again
I'm kinda tired
Tired of my fear to be unashamed
I need something higher
Higher than the standard of my ways

Hear my cry
Hear my cry
Hear my cry
Hear my cry
Hear my cry for a fire for a flame
Hor the end of restlessness in Your name
Track Name: Jealous
Jealous
by Emily Riddle

I am the Judge
and I hold justice in My hand
I am the King
and My people don't go hungry
I am the Maker
and idolatry makes Me angry
and I am jealous
I am jealous for your attention

I could have anything I want to
oh but I want you
Yes I want you My Bride
You took one step to Me
I took two towards you
But I guess it seemed to you like eight
'cause it scared You away
I want you because I love you
Why can't you just return the affection
Affection that is bursting out of Me
I made you for only Me but it seems to be that
you have found others
And it's made Me very jealous
Oh I'm so very jealous

Darling why wont you speak to Me
Oh please just speak to Me
I love Your voice
It's not that I need you
It's just that I made your hands so soft
So I could hold them
up against My face
You and Me it's plain to see that
we've got some sort of chemistry
if we could only try it out

Oh dear can't you see I'm longing for you
to look My way
Just glance My way
I gave so much to you and I'll give you so much more
Just speak My name
because i want to be famous
in your eyes

I am the Judge
and I hold justice in My hand
I am the King
and My people don't go hungry
I am the Maker
and idolatry makes Me angry
and I am jealous
I am jealous for your attention
Track Name: Baby Doll
Baby Doll
by Emily Riddle

Baby doll
Baby doll
can you tell me whats going on
I've got a crazy feeling inside my heart
and it grows even more when we are apart

Baby doll
Baby doll
I've never felt this way before
This feeling must be from above
I think its what the philosophers call love
I think its love
Baby i'm in love
Track Name: A Note From Me To You
A Note From Me To You
by Emily Riddle

A wise man once told the world
If you are weak I'll make you bold
If you are low I'll lift you up
And if you thirst I'll fill your cup

Wherever you go I'll walk with you
I'll stay right there to help you choose
I'll grow you up and make you strong
And i'll cover you when you are wrong

And what you do could make or break you
And who you choose could strengthen or take you down
And dont give up when things get hard
Dont give in when you're running hard
and when your strength gives out
and you don't have a friend
Trust the One who made you last this far
Trust the One who made you last this far

And on that note I think I'll pray that
God would lead you in every way
He'll light your path and give you words to say
And I pray He blesses you in every way
I pray He blesses you in every way