Right Now For Now

by Casey Dinkin

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Casey Dinkin's long-awaited debut album, funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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released 28 July 2013
All songs written by Casey Dinkin*

Produced by Dan Siegler

Casey Dinkin: Vocals and background vocals on all songs. Acoustic guitar on 2,7,8,10
Dan Siegler: Keyboards, acoustic guitar on 1,3-6,9,11,12; electric guitar on 1-4,11-12; bass on 2,9,11-12; percussion on 4,8,11
Rob Heath: Drums
Ron Moore: Bass on 1,3-6
Alexander Sovronsky: Ukulele on 5; Violin on 2,9
Drew Broussard: Electric guitar on 6-7
Joseph Wallace: Bass on 8,10
Denise Barbarita: Background vocals on 3,5
Valerie Tabak: Background vocals on 12
Gemma Siegler: Background vocals on 13

Recorded by Dan Siegler at Saturnfoot Studios and Bowery Digital, NYC
Mixed by Jesse Gladstone at Saturnfoot Studios
Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios, NYC
*People Tend to Stay co-written by Dan Coffey (ASCAP)

Album photography by Shervin Lainez. Design by Meredith Brenner.

© 2013 Casey Dinkin (BMI)
www.caseydinkin.com

This album is a dream which came true thanks to many people.

Thank you to everyone who generously pledged to my Kickstarter campaign. You made this possible.

Additional thanks to: Dan Siegler, who poured his heart and tremendous talent into every song, and took me more seriously than I have ever taken myself; to the performers and engineers who lent their talents to the production of this record, with special thanks to Vic Anesini for contributing the mastering.

Thanks to my family, for their support of me and my music pursuits, always: Mom, Dad, Aaron, Grandma Lil, Aunt Maggie, Uncle David, Hugh and Victoria; the Falbs and my extended family; my “aunties” and lifelong family friends who have been with me every step of the way.

To David Reynolds, my soul brother from another mother, for unwavering belief in me and endless encouragement: Just keep heading toward the light! Wes, for carrying me through the past year and a half, in so many ways; Adam, Ron, and Drew, for sharing in my songs and giving me my first home in NYC; the Gabriels, the Foxes, Becky, Kate, Mary, Linda, Jenny, Emilie, Marissa, Suzanne, and Theresa, for your friendship and steadfast excitement about my music, always.

To all the friends I have met along the way – in Guilderland, Geneseo, Albany, DC, NYC, and the other places life has taken me – for bringing me so much joy, and giving me a reason to write songs and play them; to those who have supported my musical journey by coming to shows, “liking” my Facebook posts, offering words of encouragement, and showing love in too many ways to name. Also, gratitude to my fellow musicians, for the music that has enriched my life and inspired me, and whose examples of bravely following their bliss, has inspired me to follow my own.

Thank you to everyone who listens to these songs. It is a gift and an honor to be added to the soundtrack of your lives. I hope they bring you some of the joy and comfort they have brought to me. I hope they reinforce your understanding that none of us are alone in what we feel, and that we are all connected, and part of one another.

Love,
Casey

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Track Name: 8 Days of Waiting
Day 1, last night was so much fun
Day 2, haven't heard from you
Day 3, starting to worry
Day 4, same as the day before
Day 5, are you still alive?
Day 6, better get over this
Day 7, will I see you again?
Day 8, it's too late, I can't wait

8 days of waiting for your call, guess I was too quick to fall
8 days of fretting, now onto forgetting, cause after 8 days your silence says it all

Maybe I was just naïve, I let myself believe
Something was there, you cared for me
Looking back I guess, it was only loneliness
Clearly it wasn't reality

8 days of waiting for your text, wondering when I'd hear from you next
8 days of checking, my nerves it was wrecking, but after 8 days I'm no longer perplexed
I guess that was your plan, but you could've manned up and told me we were parting ways
'Stead of letting me dangle here for 8 days, and I'm wondering...

What did I do, what did I say?
Is it because I went all the way?
Am I too fat, should I be thinner?
Should I have offered to pay for my dinner?
Am I too strange, am I too funny?
Is it because I don't have lots of money?
Am I too plain, am I too pretty?
Is it because I live in Jersey City?

Maybe it's okay, maybe I didn't like you anyway
It just felt that way, after all the cabernet
Any other day you'd be just another fish in the sea
Plenty of others out there who'd never dream of leaving me

8 days of waiting for your call, guess I was too quick to fall
8 days of fretting, now onto forgetting, cause after 8 days your silence says it all
8 days of waiting for your call, why was I so quick too fall?
8 days of waiting, yes, 8 days of waiting, after 8 days what am I even waiting for?
8 days of waiting
8 days of waiting
8 days of waiting
8 days of waiting
Track Name: Right Now For Now
I guess since this is where I am, this is where I am supposed to be right now
I'm wearing last year's styles, that's as fashionable as I can afford to be right now

Breathe in, breathe out, that's what life's all about
Not as complicated as our senses
Lead us to believe, but if we just breathe
It will all be okay, by the end of the day, right now

Any love you have to give is the best reason you have to live, right now
Any good you have to do is the best reason there is for you, right now

Breathe in, breathe out, that's what life's all about
Not as complicated as our senses
Lead us to believe, but if we just breathe
It will all be alright, by the end of the night, right now

And with each breath I'm sorry for the wrongs committed
The good I could have done but didn't
I'm sorry for grudges kept and opportunities declined
For love I didn't seek and love left behind

But I guess since this is where I am, this is where I am supposed to be (right now)
Someday I'll look back and understand why this was best for me (for now)

Breathe in, breathe out, that's what life's all about
We're all vying for the same redemption
If we forgive ourselves and everyone else
It will all be okay by the end of the day
It will all be alright by the end of the night
It will all be okay and it will all be alright right now
Right now, for now
Right now, for now
Right now, for now
Right now, for now
Track Name: Beautiful You
I met you the summer I was 18 when love was just a game
Went back to college and you didn't call me, since then I've never been the same
But then you came back to me again, tried to rectify what you'd done
A different man with different plans, a new life had begun and

Years later and beautiful you
Never did anything you said you were gonna do
Standing on the same street with another cigarette
Breathing in another night of reasons and regret
Oh, years later and I can finally admit it's true
I always loved beautiful you

Our paths collided time and again, the years went by as they often do
Took great pains to never let you figure out how much I cared for you and
You kept on telling me you loved me, you could have been saying “The sky is blue”
I guess the pain of years gone by wouldn't let me admit I loved you too and

Years later and beautiful you
Never did anything you said you were gonna do
Standing on the same street with another cigarette
Breathing in another night of reasons and regret
Oh, years later and I can finally admit it's true
I always loved beautiful you

Spent so many nights wandering lonely streets, hoping to see you
But I didn't want you to know
Everywhere I went, every tall dark silhouette
My heart skipped a beat for the moment I believed it was you

But then I saw you standing there on the same street, outside of the same bar
It's such a shame being so beautiful didn't get you very far
There's nothing really much to talk about anymore, nothing really left to say
The common ground we held each other on so long ago has slipped away and

Years later and beautiful you
Never did anything you said you were gonna do
Standing on the same street with another cigarette
Breathing in another night of reasons and regret
Oh, years later and I can finally admit it's true
I always loved beautiful you
I always loved beautiful you
I always loved beautiful you
Beautiful you
Track Name: Brass Heart
I need a man with a brass heart, who'll never let a girl like me rip it apart
A guy who takes love with a grain of salt, so when we go our separate ways it isn't my fault
A cool cold pretender, a sweet love ender, a man of mystery who's unimpressed by me
A smooth operator, a love alligator, he's keeping up his guard so the leaving won't be hard

A hard hearted man, one that I can't break, cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake
A hard heart, one that I can't break, cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake

I need a man with a heart of steel, who'll never let a girl like me make him feel
A guy who thinks that love affairs are all the same, so when we go our separate ways I'm not the one to blame
A sweet talking mister, a love resistor, he'll hold me in his arms so unenchanted by my charms
A Don Juan apprentice, he's so relentlessly keeping up his guard so the leaving won't be hard

A hard hearted man, one that I can't break, cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake
A hard heart, one that I can't break, cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake

Cause I've broken the heart of the sweetest man I've ever known
So all I deserve is a man with a cold brass heart, or a life alone

A hard hearted man, a hard hearted man
Because I can't have silver and I can't handle gold
And Lord knows I'm never gonna find love before I'm old
So give me a man whose heart is cruel and cold
And he'll never ever love me, only leave me alone
And he'll never want me, and he'll never care
And he'll leave me on the ground, stranded, anywhere
But this is exactly the man that I want
Cause when we go our separate ways it won't be my fault

A hard hearted man, one that I can't break, cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake
A hard heart, one that I can't break, cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake
A hard hearted man, one that I can't break, cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake
A hard heart, one that I can't break, cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake
Cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake
Cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake
Cause I can't make another ache for my own mistake
Track Name: People Tend to Stay
People tend to stay
Even when it's best to go
It's easier to stay
Than to face a life you don't know
And staying has a comfort that you really can't explain
Things will change eventually, sometime, someday

People tend to stay
Maybe they're afraid
To leave what they have behind
To make a mistake
So they dance around in circles never meeting in between
Believing what they want to, saying words they don't mean

And it doesn't even really seem to matter how many people tell you, “You ought to have left already.”
There's something that's holding you, clutching you, keeping you here; is it fear?
What if your life never gets better than this?
What if nothing is better than this?

People tend to stay
It isn't right or wrong
You just hold on for as long as you can
Until it's just too long
And when it's time to leave and your decision has been made
You'll try hard not to look back, and you'll try not to be afraid

And you never meant for things to end up this way
Maybe someday you'll leave, but not today

Cause staying has a comfort that you really can't deny
No one wants to be alone and no one wants to say goodbye
No one wants to say goodbye
So people tend to stay
Oh people tend to stay
Track Name: Stupid Noah
So I met this guy at Cafe Hollywood
They say people that you meet at bars aren't any good
But I looked at him and the whole world went away
And that's how I met the guy I'm singing about today
It was a night I had consumed an awful lot of alcohol
I gave my contact into and I soon received a call from

Stupid Noah, Stupid Noah

Noah played guitar in a band
They played music that I didn't understand
And Noah didn't even drive a car
So I had to drive if we went anywhere that was far
And anytime I needed him, he was never there
But in my dreams at night that jerk was absolutely everywhere, he was

Stupid Noah, Stupid Noah
I don't know-ah why I liked Noah

Noah never called me very much
The computer was his favorite way to keep in touch
He never sent me cards or sent me flowers
But he'd send me instant messages for hours
But every time I saw his name on my computer screen
He made me very happy, my romantic cyber dream, he was

Stupid Noah, Stupid Noah
I don't know-ah why I liked Noah

He's angsty, moody, 23, working on a two-year art degree
Part time job, so he's got no money,
My friends think I'm a dummy

Then one night I bumped into stupid Noah
I went up to him to say hello-ah
He was with this girl he referred to as his “friend”
And this is how my story sadly ends
'Cause stupid Noah and his quote unquote “friend” started making out right there in front of me
And in that moment I realized, he's just not that into me, he's just

Stupid Noah, stupid Noah
I don't know-ah why I liked Noah

So let this be a lesson to all you men
Pull a stunt like that and I'll never talk to you again
And let this be a warning to all you girls
If you meet a guy named Noah with blue eyes and blond curls
But the moral of this story which is evidently true
If you piss me off enough I just might write a song about you
(And then you'll have something in common with...)

Stupid Noah, stupid Noah
I don't know-ah, why I liked Noah
Stupid Noah, stupid Noah
I don't know-ah, why I liked Noah
Track Name: The Light of NYC
When I was eight years old I tried out for a play in New York City
If I'd a got the role I would have got to live in New York City
But I didn't so instead I stayed where I was in Albany
Mother said “Don't worry, it's not going anywhere. It'll be there when you're ready.”

NYU cost too much so after college I was gonna move to New York City
But I got wrapped up where I was and life it got away from me
Didn't want to leave my band, didn't want to leave my man or family
But New York it kept on whispering in my ear, “I'll be here when you're ready.”

Thought of every reason I could justify a move to New York City
Law school or business school I'd go there for a graduate degree
But 50,000 dollars in the hole didn't sound like opportunity
Especially to keep pretending to be who I thought I should be

So I changed my course, I moved down to Washington, DC
Made a lot of good friends there, but it never really felt like me
Maybe all the business suits, not enough music pursuits or creativity
And New York's whisper turned into a shout, it said “Come out! I'm here and you're ready.”

So I left the city of all smarm and no charm for the city of tragedies and miracles
Don't know what took me so long to get here, the first place I've ever felt I belong

I don't close the blinds at night, I sleep so peaceful in the light of New York City
It reminds me I'm alive, it reminds me I've arrived in New York City
Will the wonder ever fade of the magic made in New York City?
Each songwriter writes their song of how they came along to New York City

I don't close the blinds at night I sleep so peaceful in the light
I don't close the blinds at night I sleep so peaceful in the light
Track Name: Line in the Sand
And you won't call it love or anything
But I see it in your eyes when you look at me
And you're always looking at me
And you won't call it love or anything
But I feel it in your heart when you're near me
And you're always, always near me

You draw your line in the sand, then reach across to take my hand
And it's alright, whatever it is
Like waves crashing up on the shore, over and over you come back for more
And it's alright, whatever it is

And you say you can't give your heart away
Not to me and not to anyone, and it's okay
As long as I'm not just anyone
And you quit the game of love, that's what you're saying
So what have we been playing this whole time?
In dark rooms with red wine

You draw your line in the sand, this won't last forever, so for now, take my hand
It's alright, whatever it is
Like tides washing up on the bay, coming in close and then slipping away
It's alright, and it's alright, it's alright, whatever it is
Track Name: Miranda
He loved a girl and she was beautiful
She didn't want him but he was at her feet
For five long years he waited there
Until one fateful day she let him into where he had to be

Oh Miranda, beautiful Miranda
With the loveliest face you ever did see
And oh Miranda, gave all he had to Miranda
And he just didn't have quite enough left for me

The years went by and trouble crept into
That sacred love he tried to keep
He loved her so he would not let her go
Until she hurt him so he had to, and that's when he found me

Oh Miranda, beautiful Miranda
With the loveliest face you ever did see
And oh Miranda, gave all he had to Miranda
And he just didn't have quite enough left for me

Oh and I wish I could have been what he needed, though I know I was for a while
But nothing gold in the heart of the man could stay
Little by little, day by day, I felt him slip so far away
I think his mind was in her arms again

Oh Miranda, beautiful Miranda
With the loveliest face you ever did see
And oh Miranda, gave all he had to Miranda
And he just didn't have quite enough left
No he just didn't have quite enough left
No he just didn't have quite enough left for me
Track Name: La Media Naranja
La media naranja
I need ya, I want ya
Hang with me, happily
On the branch of our orange tree
La media naranja
I'll never need more than ya
Cause you love me for real
Even under the peel

You're vitamin packed
Doctor recommended
Nutritious, refreshing and splendid
Orange you the sweetest one I know
But if they make cocktails with you
They better squeeze me in there too

Intoxicating and delicious
Are your orange flavored kisses
What a wonderful life this is
With you, my better half

La media naranja
Let's roll on down to Florida
Visit our families
In the groves of the orange trees
La media naranja
I can't get enough of ya
The one that I adore
I keep coming back for more

And nothing compares to good times with us
When we're together, nothing even rhymes with us
Two halves of one whole, chillin' in this old fruit bowl
But if they make juice out of you
They better squeeze me in there too

Then into the compost our peels will go
Turn into dirt and help things grow
I'm sure it's lovely down below
As long as I'm with you, my better half
My better half
My better half
My better half
Track Name: The Best Part of Now
If this ends
There'll be so many places I can never go again
There'll be so many things I won't be able to do
Simple things like a bowl of cereal will remind me of you

See I'm far too quick to fall
This I know but even so
I think I love you most of all
More than anyone before and
Heaven knows how my heart's been broke
By those who weren't even close

Let me let go of yesterday, yesterday and tomorrow
Make more room for the best part of now
Wrapped around each other, the ties that bind are forming
Underneath one blanket watching night turn into morning
The best part of now

With everyone who came before you I could always say
I'm better off without him, when we went our separate ways
That was the truth
But it wouldn't be with you

See you're a different caliber
You're a cut above
Every fiber of your being
And the fabric of your love is
So much better than I'm used to
But it's easy to get used to

Let me let go of yesterday, yesterday and tomorrow
Make more room for the best part of now
Wrapped around each other, the ties that bind are forming
Underneath one blanket watching night turn into morning
The best part of now

Spent so many years playing the games
That people play when they're afraid
But when I met you I threw out the directions

The first thing I see in the morning is your precious face
No matter how close I look there's nothing I want to replace
Nothing I want to erase
Cause I'm wrapped around you and you're immersed in me
Our smiles reflect one another and I can see we're
Happy together
Could this be, finally, love that lasts forever?

Let me let go of yesterday, yesterday and tomorrow
Make more room for the best part of now
Wrapped around each other, the ties that bind are forming
Underneath one blanket watching night turn into morning
If I can let go of everything besides love
I'll have more room for the best part of now
More room for the best part of now
Track Name: My Dearest Love
I leave today
Time to say goodbye to you
My dearest love
A new life to find, a life left behind
And you, my dearest love

My dearest love
Goodbye is not the end
So hold me in your heart
Until we meet again
Be well, my friend
My dearest love

And I thank you
I thank you for helping me
Unbury the dreams
Hiding deep inside of me
And even though they're taking me
So far away from you
We both know
It's what I have to do

The wheels are turning
Valleys to mountains, fields to streams
As the road goes on
Days turn to nights, so you can visit me in dreams
Now that I am gone

My dearest love
Goodbye is not the end
I'll hold you in my heart
Until we meet again
Be well, my friend
My dearest love

My love, be well, my dearest love
My love, be well, my dearest love
Track Name: Just Keep Heading Toward the Light
It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day
Things that people do and people say
And sometimes it's hard to find the right thing to do
That's when I close my eyes and remind myself to

Just keep heading toward the light
Keep going where my heart knows is right
Let go of fear, let go of doubt
Those are things I can live without
When I'm heading, I'm heading toward the light

Spent so many years being afraid of
Making the wrong move, not having enough
To get the things I needed in life, to be secure
Lately I've realized I'll always be provided for, if I

Just keep heading toward the light
Keep going where my heart knows is right
Let go of fear, let go of doubt
Those are things I can live without
When I'm heading, I'm heading toward the light

When I speak my truth, some won't agree
Not everyone's gonna love me
And that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with me
But when I listen to the voice inside my soul
It's the truth of who I am
And I won't go wrong if I follow it and

Just keep heading toward the light
Keep going where my heart knows is right
Let go of fear, let go of doubt
Those are things I can live without
When I'm heading, I'm heading toward the light

Though I try most of the time to live peacefully
Letting go of emotions that don't serve me
When regret, sadness, and loneliness are real
I'll get through if I let myself feel, and

Just keep heading toward the light
Keep going where my heart knows is right
Let go of fear, let go of doubt
Those are things I can live without
When I'm heading, I'm heading toward the light

Let go of fear, let go of doubt
Those are things I can live without
When I'm heading, I'm heading toward the light

When I'm heading toward the light, when I'm heading toward the light
When I'm heading toward the light, when I'm heading toward the light