Steps

by Monique Barrett

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STEPS is the debut EP from Portland, Maine-based singer-songwriter Monique Barrett

Check out a review of the EP here - www.pressherald.com/life/go/CD_Review__Monique_Barrett_uses_the_power_of_her_voice_and_feelings_to_stir_soul_.html

And here! - portland.thephoenix.com/music/157846-whistling-past-the-graveyard/

LIKE Monique on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moniquebarrettmusic

ONLY digital copies are available through Bandcamp! For a physical copy visit any Bullmoose Music location, order online at www.bullmoose.com, or come see me at a show! You can also email me at moniquebarrettmusic@gmail.com if you'd like to order one directly! So many options! :)

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released 10 March 2014

All songs written and arranged by Monique Barrett

Produced by Geoff Zimmerman

Tracking by:
-Eric Bettencourt at Shadow Shine Studios (www.shadowshine.com)
-Seth Kearns at Tidal Sound Studios (www.tidalsoundstudios.com)
-Jayson Whitmore at Penumbra Recordings (www.penumbrarecordings.com)

Mixed by Jayson Whitmore at Penumbra Recordings

Mastered by Steve Drown at The Studio, Portland, Maine (www.thestudioportland.com)

MUSICIANS:
Monique Barrett – Vocals, Guitar – Tracks 1-5
Eric Bettencourt – Banjo – Track 3 & Bass – Track 4
EAB Bidwell – Backing Vocals – Track 5
OWB Bidwell – Backing Vocals and Beatbox – Track 5
Sorcha Cribben-Merrill – Backing Vocals – Track 5
Jeremy Fink – Keys – Track 2
Robin Jellis – Cello – Track 1
Seth Kearns – Drums – Tracks 2 & 4
Charlie Sichtermen – Drums and Percussion – Track 5
Lauren Snead – Drums – Track 5
Geoff Zimmerman – Bass – Tracks 2,3,5 & Percussion – Tracks 3,5 & Electric guitar – Track 4 & Backing Vocals – Track 5

Photography by Amazing DJ Music - Sound and Photography (www.amazingdjmusic.com)

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Monique Barrett Portland, Maine

The impact of Monique's music can perhaps best be described by a fan – “There’s something about [her] voice that reaches deep into my core and pulls my heart out through my ears". With a unique soul-folk sound, a powerful voice, and an organic, yet well-honed, songwriting style she has firmly established herself as a force in Portland, Maine's flourishing music community. ... more

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Track Name: For The Best
Well, I can wrap my head around it, but my heart is not quite there yet.
Oh, I do what I must and I just need to trust that
these choices I make are for the best.
Yeah, these choices I make are for the best.

Oh, my dear baby boy, you fill my heart with joy,
every time you look at me and smile.
And my dear sweet girl, you are my whole wide world,
so I’m sorry I won’t see you for a while.

Sometimes Mama has to do some things that make sense to me
but maybe not to you
Well I promise you this, it is my heart’s true wish, that you understand I do it all for you.

So, I can wrap my head around it, but my heart is not quite there yet.
Oh I do what I must and I just need to trust that
these choices I make are for the best.
Yeah, these choices I make are for the best.
Track Name: What Would You Do
I’m sittin here by the fire, got my eyes on that door.
Oh I’ve been waiting here all night long
But I know he ain’t coming ‘round no more.

Oh and it’s times like these, when I feel so all alone,
My thoughts they drift to times with you
And I want to pick up that phone…
And say if I asked you today to come and take me away
What would you do? What would you do?

Oh and it’s times like these
When I feel so all alone in my own home
Yeah my thoughts they drift to times with you
And I want to pick up that phone…

And say if I asked you today to come and take me away
What would you do? What would you do?
Say if I asked you tonight to lay right down by my side
What would you do? What would you do?
Track Name: Steps
I don’t need to tell you why I take the steps I take
I know I’m responsible for every move I make
And I don’t need to explain who I really am to you
Fact is you know much less about me than you think you do…

And I don’t need to tell you why my heart does what it does
Can’t it be enough for you that I am so in love?
And I don’t need to explain why I feel the way I feel
I can just assure you that its every bit as real…

I know I don’t need to but I might if you’d just ask me to my face
But instead you choose to judge me from a far off place
So I don’t need to tell you…

I don’t need to tell you why I do the things I do
Why do you care when they’ve got nothing to do with you?
And I don’t need to explain why I am the way I am
You’ll just have to trust I’m always doing the best I can…
Track Name: Take Your Name
Oh I did my best to make this less hard from the start
And though mine was breaking all along I tried to spare your heart
But I can’t hold all this blame
Here, you can have some back, and with it take your name

When I told you we need help you told me it was me
That if I could get right with myself we’d live in harmony
So I took your advice
Didn’t turn out quite so nice, but now I

Thank you for finally showing me you don’t deserve my heart’s energy
I spent too many nights praying you’d be alright
When it’s clear you don’t care about me
Oh it’s clear you don’t care about me

Oh, it’s taken me this long, but I’m ready to move on, and now I

Thank you for finally showing me you don’t deserve my heart’s energy
I spent too many nights praying you’d be alright
When it’s clear you don’t care about me
Yes, you’ve made it clear you don’t care about me.
Track Name: Make It Better
There’s a sadness in her eyes that only time can take away
And no matter how you try you know there’s nothing you can say
To make it better, no you cannot make it better

And there’s a method to her sadness only she can understand
She is grappling with the fact that she just does not need a man
To make it better, she herself must make it better

Well, she’s now free, and there’s no doubt in her mind that
this is how it’s supposed to be
Though she’s on her own, she knows deep in her heart that
She’ll never walk alone

She’ll make it better.

And she takes it day by day ‘cause that ‘s all that she can do
And she knows she’ll find a way she can safely sail through
And make it better, yeah she knows it will get better

And when all is said and done she will have dealt with all her pain
‘Cause she knows that once she does she can be happy once again
And she’ll be better, but it takes time to make things better

Well, she’s now free, and there’s no doubt in her mind that
this is how it’s supposed to be
Though she’s on her own, she knows deep in her heart that
She’ll never walk alone

She’ll make it better.