A Million White Stars

by Sara Melson

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It's taken Sara Melson five years to follow up her fine 2008 Nettwerk debut Dirty Mind, but the upcoming April 30 album A Million White Stars is clearly well worth the wait. Intact are the sprightly folk/pop tracks and vocals shaded with tender vulnerability that have made Melson a popular source of songs for TV shows like Grey's Anatomy. But what sets Melson's own particular songcraft apart from the thousands of female singer/songwriters is the palpable strength and honesty that flows through her music. In a cookie-cutter world littered with songs more interested in "marketing" than music, she's simply not afraid to wear her own real emotions prominently on her sleeve.

While many of A Millon White Star's songs are permeated with thoughtful reflection, lead single "What Are You Waiting For" is simply a two-and-a-half minute anthem celebrating the urgency of the moment. It is the aural equivalent of a bright, sunny day: a breezy, uptempo and completely infectious song, propelled by a tender-hooked chorus and insistent hand-clapped rhythms. "My heart is racing, gonna get there soon" sings Sara above a breathless instrumental clip asking, of course, in the end "what are you waiting for?"

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released April 30, 2013

A MILLION WHITE STARS:

All songs courtesy of Song Children Publishing/ Trover Music Publishing BMI
All songs mixed and mastered by Rick Parker at the Sandbox, Los Angeles, California
Photography by Michael Crook
Design by Angela Lau

1) What Are You Waiting For:
Written by Richard Jacques ASCAP and Sara Melson BMI
Produced, recorded, and engineered by Richard Jacques
Sara Melson: Vocals
Richard Jacques: Drums, Bass, Guitars, Keys

2) Kiss Kiss:
Written by Ethan Gold ASCAP and Sara Melson BMI
Produced, recorded, and engineered by Ethan Gold
Sara Melson: Vocals
Ethan Gold: Drums, Bass, Guitars, Keys, Backing Vocals
Rick Parker: Additional Keys

3) A Million White Stars:
Written by Sara Melson BMI, Miranda Lee Richards ASCAP, and Wendy Wei-Jo Wang ASCAP
Produced, recorded and engineered by Lemuel Ignacio, Jr.
Sara Melson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Lemuel Ignacio, Jr.: Piano, Keys
Johnny Polonsky: Electric Guitar
Richard Gowen: Drums
Joe Ayoub: Bass

4) Some Days:
Written by Sara Melson BMI and Yves Lelevier ASCAP
Produced and engineered by Rick Parker at The Sandbox, Los Angeles, California
Sara Melson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Rick Parker: Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion

5) Take Off:
Written by Sara Melson BMI
Produced and engineered by Cal Campbell at Agoura Borealis, Agoura, California
Sara Melson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Cal Campbell: Drums
Cornelius Webb: Bass
Justin Webb: Guitar

6) Rare Find
Written by Sara Melson BMI
Produced and engineered by Rick Parker at The Sandbox, Los Angeles, California
Sara Melson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Rick Parker: Drums, Bass, Percussion

7) Sunday Boyfriend
Written by Sara Melson BMI
Produced, recorded and engineered by Ben Peeler at Studio 9, Los Angeles, California
Sara Melson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keys
Richard Gowen: Drums
Oliver Newell: Bass
Ben Peeler: Banjo

8) Lay You Down
Produced, recorded and engineered by Matt Sherrod at Zod's House of Chrome
Written by Sara Melson BMI
Sara Melson: Guitar, Vocals
Matt Sherrod: Drums
Austin Nicholsen: Bass
Ben Peeler: Electric Guitar

9) In My Dream
Produced, recorded and engineered by Jim Scott at Plyrz Studios, Valencia, California
Written by Sara Melson BMI
Sara Melson: Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kane McGee: Drums, percussion
Austin Nicholsen: Bass
Karl D’amico: Electric guitar
Ben Peeler: Pedal Steel

10) My Own Most Beloved Child
Produced and engineered by Rick Parker at The Sandbox, Los Angeles, California
Written by Sara Melson BMI
Sara Melson: Piano, Vocals
Rick Parker: Guitar

11) Show Me A Rainbow
Written by Sara Melson BMI and Justin Webb ASCAP
Produced and engineered by Rick Parker at The Sandbox, Los Angeles, California
Sara Melson: Piano, Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Rick Parker: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass, Percussion

12) God's Got A Plan:
Written by Sara Melson BMI
Produced, recorded, and engineered by Michael Chavez at The Bunny Ranch
Sara Melson: Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Erik Eldenius: Drums
Sean Hurley: Upright Bass
Michael Chaves: Acoustic guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Organ, Omnichord

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Sara Melson Los Angeles, California

Sara Melson's insightful and inspiring lyrics and unique, distinctive voice led Yahoo Music to choose her as their "New Buzz Artist," calling her "one of the most fearless singer-songwriters on the planet." Her timeless, infectious, songs blur boundaries between folk, rock, pop, and country. Sara's songs have been featured in numerous film & TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy. ... more

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Track Name: What Are You Waiting For
Take me to the forest out into the woods
Out to the mountaintop where we once stood
I need to lie out under the towering pines
Fall asleep under a wide-open sky

Come together, every man every child
Every woman and girl, every boy running wild
Let’s go, what are you waiting for
Let’s go, what are you waiting for

Light, light is all around
Life is brighter than you found

I gotta feel some softness under my feet
I gotta go before I’m hard as concrete
My heart is racing, gonna get there soon
I wanna swim under a big diamond moon

Come together, every man every child
Every woman and girl, every boy running wild
Let’s go, what are you waiting for
Let’s go, what are you waiting for

Light, light is all around
Life is brighter than you found

Take me to the forest, take me to the woods
We’ve almost made it and we really should

Come together, every man every child
Every woman and girl, every boy running wild
Let’s go, what are you waiting for
Let’s go, what are you waiting for
Let’s go, what are you waiting for
Let’s go, what are you waiting for

Light, light is all around
Life is brighter than you found
Track Name: Kiss Kiss
Wipe that grin off of your face, give me your real embrace, or get outta my place
Don’t try so hard to hold all of the cards
I’d rather curl up with some wine in a cup, cuz

No one else will make you want to scream out loud when I do that thing
You know the figure eights, you know you just can’t wait,
I got you hooked like a fish on a bait, so

Swivel my hips and turn me over
Lick your lips, I’ll be right over
Turn me round and meet my eyes
I wanna stretch you half-asleep, tell you secrets you can’t keep, I want to sing

Oh! Kiss Kiss
Oh! Kiss kiss kiss
Oh! Kiss Kiss
Oh! Kiss kiss kiss kiss
Oh! Kiss Kiss
Oh! Kiss kiss kiss
Oh! Kiss Kiss
Oh! Kiss kiss kiss kiss

Come slip and slide and seek and hide, your love is deep inside
And you’re big and you’re strong, and you’re singing my song,
Whatever we do there ain’t anything wrong, so

Got my knees to my chest, there’s no need to impress me, I’ll do the rest
You’ll be able to tell when you’re ringing my bell, yes you’ll hear it perfectly well, so

Swivel my hips and turn me over
Lick my lips, I’ll come all over
Turn me round and meet my eyes
I wanna stretch you half-asleep, tell you secrets you can’t keep, sing with me

Oh! Kiss Kiss
Oh! Kiss kiss kiss
Oh! Kiss Kiss
Oh! Kiss kiss kiss kiss
Oh! Kiss Kiss
Oh! Kiss kiss kiss
Oh! Kiss Kiss
Oh! Kiss kiss kiss kiss
Track Name: A Million White Stars
Take me somewhere perfectly still
Under the trees in the dark
At the top of the hill

Feel the wind blow in the low fading light
Make us a bed in the pines
And I’ll sleep well tonight

Beneath a million white stars
Beneath a million white stars
We’ve come so far

Blow the fire, breathe it to life
Watching it dance in the silent black world
Of the night

Beneath a million white stars
Beneath a million white stars
We’ve come so far

Above the city lights
There are no walls between us
And in the darkest night
The stars will reveal us
Sing me your deepest touch
Ringing through your guitar
Tell me your secrets
I’ll keep them right where they are


Beneath a million white stars
Beneath a million white stars
Beneath a million white stars
Oh we’ve come so far
Track Name: Some Days
The sun rises when we’re sleeping
Sinks while we’re watching tv
Night falls and we’re dreaming
Of what’s past or yet to be

We ain’t dead yet, but we sure ain’t free
We ain’t dead yet, but we sure ain’t free

Oh some days are better than others
Don’t matter where you’re going to
Don’t matter where you’ve been
Cuz this day is like no other
And it ain’t never ever coming back again

The telephone is ringing
All you wanna do is hide
Far away you hear a singing
Birds are calling you outside

Open your door now, go on and see
Open your door now, go on, you’re free

Cuz some days are better than others
Don’t matter where you’re going to
Don’t matter where you’ve been
Cuz this day is like no other
And it ain’t never ever coming back again

Oh it ain’t never ever coming back again
Yeah it ain’t never ever coming back again
Track Name: Take Off
When we take off
And leave the ground
We’ll be high
Above the tiny town
The little houses and their little yards
When we take off, and leave the ground

We’ll be high above the tiny town
Way above the trees
The people in their worlds upon the freeways
So high above the sea

As long as you hold my hand
As we watch the swift receding land, I’ll know no fear
And if my number’s up today
Well then God will take me just this way
‘Cause I knew true peace while I was here
When we take off, and leave the ground

We’ll be high above the tiny town
Way above the trees
The people in their worlds upon the freeways
So high above the sea
The sparkling golden sea
So high above the sea, yeah

When we take off, and leave the ground
When we take off, and leave the ground
When we take off, and leave the ground
Track Name: Rare Find
It’s not every day someone’s laugh makes me high
It’s not every day someone’s voice makes me sigh
It’s not every day someone’s touch makes me cry

It’s not every day someone enters my dreams
Or fits right inside me right up to the seams
It’s not every day
And I’ve waited forever, it seems

Yes you my friend are a rare rare find
Just the right fix for my body and mind
And everyone else is just wasting my time

Who knows the reason we met
But one thing’s for sure and I’m willing to bet
You’re gonna be someone I’ll never forget
Because you make me happy and you make me wet

Yes you my friend are a rare rare find
Just the right fix for my body and mind
And all of those others are just wasting my time

I thought I was done looking for the one
I gave it the best shot I could
But it had barely begun before it just wasn’t fun
This time it’s gonna be good

Yeah it’s not every day someone comes my way
Who thrills me enough to get me to stay
Cuz I’m so used to keeping em safely at bay

But you my friend are a rare rare find
Just the right fix for my body and mind
You’re better than weed you’re better than sugar and wine
You make me write love songs
And you make me shine

Yes you my love are a rare rare find
Yes you my love are a rare rare find
Track Name: Sunday Boyfriend
I don’t need you every day
And some nights another body’s in the way
You’re not the only one who really needs your space
But when you wrap your legs around mine
And press your belly up against my spine
There’s one day a week I’d like to kiss your face

Won’t you be my Sunday boyfriend
I’m not asking you for much
Just to lie in bed when the sun goes down
With a movie and your touch
Be my Sunday boyfriend, oohhh oohhh

Monday morning when you leave with the dawn
I’ll get up and put the kettle on
I’ll walk the dogs, a peaceful smile on my face
You don’t have to call me all week
I’ll save up my stories for when we speak
Oh, I am patient, I can wait


Oh, be my Sunday boyfriend
I’m not asking you for much
Just to lie in bed when the sun goes down
With a movie and your touch
Be my Sunday boyfriend, my Sunday boyfriend, be my my Sunday boyfriend
oohhh oohhh

If you won’t give me your all, then I’ll take half
‘Cause you really turn me on and you make me laugh
And I’m incredibly picky, I only like you
So you better come through

And be my Sunday boyfriend
I’m not asking you for much
Just to lie in bed when the sun goes down
With a movie and your touch
Be my Sunday boyfriend, my Sunday boyfriend, be my my Sunday boyfriend
oohhh oohhh
Track Name: Lay You Down
When your eyes met mine
The room was still
Inside our circle
In the eye of the storm
You ask to be reborn
To lay you down
Well, I will
Lay you down, in silence easy
Yes I will

It’s all right
Later tonight
I’ll lay you down
It’s all right
Cuz later on tonight
I’m gonna lay you down

I love the way you hit the bass
Your eyes turned up into your faraway face
Your mouth was open, and so was mine
You rock my world, you ease my mind

It’s all right
Later tonight
I’ll lay you down
It’s all right
Cuz later on tonight
I’m gonna lay you down
Track Name: In My Dream
I didn’t wanna freak you out this morning
When I heard your voice so far away
So I just listened to you yawning
I didn’t tell you what I wanted to say

See you were in my dream this morning
And it seems I love you still
Yeah, you, you just appear, no warning
It seems you always will

Did I cross your mind while you were sleeping
Did I crawl into your darkened mind
Did I appear in your deepest story
And did your mouth touch mine

Cuz you were in my dream this morning
It seems I love you still
Yeah you, you just appear, no warning
And it seems you always will

I close my eyes and there you are
I can’t get far away from you

Because you were in my dream this morning
It seems I love you still
Oh you, you just appear, no warning
It seems you always will

You were in my dream this morning
And I love you still
Yeah you you just appear no warning
It seems you always will
Track Name: My Own Most Beloved Child
Turned away from the good ones
And I got burned by the bad
I would've done it all over again
If I knew what I had
Now everybody is a mother and a wife
And still I wander through
This lonely gypsy life

I better be my own most loving parent
I better be my own most beloved child
I better be my own most willing lover
And let my spirit run wild

One day soon I will be fatherless and motherless
Each year I reach an age I never saw before
I thought by now that a couple of kids would be playing on the floor
But I made my bed and now I here I lie
With only me to blame
With these old bones and wrinkled freckled skin
And my old maiden name

I better be my own most loving parent
I better be my own most beloved child
I better be my own most willing lover
And let my spirit run wild

I want to watch the world
Through the eyes of a baby
New and beautiful
Mystical and crazy
I want to have a strong man by my side
You know I tried, I tried

I better be my own most loving parent
I better be my own most beloved child
I better be my own most willing lover
And let my tears run wild

I better be my own most loving parent
I better be my own most beloved child
Track Name: Show Me A Rainbow
Been dark and cloudy
Grey all day
Looking for blue in the blackened sky
Seems like nothing’s gonna go my way
But I see you laughing through that crack in the sky

And I know somewhere above the curtains of rain
I see you smiling through the hurt and the pain
And when the storm is over, only you will remain
To paint your colors all across the sky
You show me

Show me a rainbow, I can’t wait anymore
If you can hear me now, send me your sign
Cuz I’ve been dreaming and I’ve been here before
And I know you’re near me now, cuz I see you shine

I know somewhere above the curtains of rain
I see you smiling through the hurt and the pain
And when the storm is over, only you will remain
To paint your colors all across the sky
Oh show me

Show me a rainbow
Show me a rainbow
Show me a rainbow

Just when I’d given up my life to fate
You remind me that it’s not too late
And thank you kindly, it was worth the wait
When you paint your colors all across the sky
A pastel work of art from way up high
You show me

Show me a rainbow
Show me a rainbow
Show me a rainbow
Track Name: God's Got A Plan
God’s got a plan,
God’s got a plan
God’s got a plan, a plan for me

God’s got a plan
I’ll find my man
When he finds me

I’ll do my thing
I’ll play and sing
And whatever will be will be

God’s got a plan
I’ll find my man
When he finds me

And in his eyes, I’ll see so faraway
So faraway, across the sea
God’s got a plan
He’s got a plan
A plan for me

God’s got a plan
He’s got my hand
So I can stand up all of me

God’s got a plan
God’s got a plan
A plan for me

And in his eyes, I’ll see so faraway
So faraway, across the sea
God’s got a plan
So take my hand
And we’ll be free