ABOUT RESTLESS WORLD
Restless World Music is music without boundaries.
Just like the constantly-evolving mix of different cultures in the world around us, songs by Restless World Music blend different musical elements, styles, and genres.
Additionally, in Restless World songs, melody resides not only in musical notes, but in the sounds, syllables, and shades of meaning of each word in the lyrics.
Songs by Restless World have been described as "smartly crafted" (see Press page).
Curious? Listen to the music and see what you think. If you like what you hear, get in touch (see Contact page).
Why "Restless World" Music?
The name is inspired by the world around us, in which an ever-moving ocean of events, people, and beliefs shape each day.
We sail like ships on this ocean, trying to navigate the waves that each day brings.
On good days, we glide through it all with ease and feel alive. On not-so-good days, we fight the waves to stay afloat.
Songs can tell this story, and in telling it, can take us on a journey – through joy, sorrow, and a thousand emotions in between.
Hopefully, we listen, hear something that moves us, and feel alive.
Words for the journey
The best songwriters chose words that take us on a journey and stay with us – long after their songs have ended.
Here are a few favorites:
“Tears in my eyes burn, tears in my eyes burn
While I'm waiting, while I'm waiting for my turn”
– Bob Marley, “Waiting in Vain”
Sends me in a fever
My blood pressure high
Yet I don't want no doctor”
– David Hinds (from Steel Pulse), “Reggae Music”
“The days roll by like thunder
Like a storm that's never breaking
All my time and space compressed in the low pressure of proceedings”
– Ben Watt (from Everything But The Girl), “Five Fathoms”
“Back on the train
I ask why did I come again
Can I confess
I've been hanging 'round your old address
And the years have proved
To offer nothing since you moved
You're long gone
But I can't move on
And I miss you
Like the deserts miss the rain”
– Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl), “Missing”
“And it’s hard for me to take a stand
When I would take her any way I can”
– John Mayer, “Neon”
“So forget it
You're feeling lyrically energetic
So I sentence you to death
by use of poetics”
– Kurupt, verse from “Sooo Much Style”
“I don't want another night
of trying to find another you, another rock bottom
I don't wanna wear another mini dress
to impress a potential problem”
– Ali Tamposi, Emily Warren, Carl Rosen, watt and Louis Bell (for Rita Ora), “Only Want You”
“But listen carefully to the sound of your loneliness
Like a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering
What you had
and what you lost
and what you had
and what you lost”
– Stevie Nicks (from Fleetwood Mac), “Dreams”
“Never to be wrong
Never to make promises that break
It's like singing in the wind
Or writing on the surface of a lake”
– Sting, “Be Still My Beating Heart”
“Sink like a stone that's been thrown in the ocean
My logic has drowned in a sea of emotion”
– Sting, “Be Still My Beating Heart”
“I may have lived a thousand lives, a thousand times
An endless, turning stairway climbs
to a tower of souls”
– Sting, “A Thousand Years”
“And underneath a bridge of stars
we dream in safety's keeping”
– Sting, “When the Angels Fall”
“Would your eyes, like midnight fireflies
Light up the trenches where my heart lies”
– Sarah McLachlan, “Train Wreck”
“Here’s a simplification of everything we’re going through:
You plus me is bad news”
– Sara Bareilles, “Love On the Rocks”
“One more Hail Mary
But you don't really know about such things, now do you
Does the sound of my voice still carry
Any kind of message still important to you”
– Michael McDonald, “Hail Mary”
“Trying to light a match in the rain
Like flying a kite in a hurricane
Like riding a bike with no air or chain
on a broken road, it’s a losing game”
– Alec Benjamin, Alex Hope and Scott Friedman (for Alec Benjamin), “Match in the Rain”