Unguarded Heart Demo

by Jonathan Brinkley

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Unguarded Heart is the title track of my next album, due to be released in 2014. It's all about the magic that can happen when we unveil what is true in the moment. This demo is unmastered and still fairly raw, but I still enjoy it! Hope you do, too.


Unguarded Heart

You ruined my plans to have a plan for every word
the game that I played was a song you'd already heard
A new way of thinking, and my thoughts put to the test
Now nothing holds water, but its weight is off my chest

What is a fight, but the playing out
of the silent hurt behind what we shout about?
The radical beauty of the unguarded heart:
We come together when we're blown apart.

Dreams I discarded because they never came true
I barely got started and of course I never told you
Now, no one can blame you for so kindly agreeing
Yeah, what it comes down to is, I bet everything on one human being

I'm strong enough to stuff it down
not brave enough to risk defeat
I follow rules but not the sound
of the beat of my unguarded heart

My program of defense is:
fencing off my old pretenses
My reward for all my strategies is:
I am half awake and on my knees.
It's a constant, every day
compromise the dream away
If I can say, though I shake and stumble
I'm willing to have it all quake and crumble
To feel at peace, to have release
in my unguarded heart


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Jonathan Brinkley - Acoustic guitar, vocals, backing vocals
Sean Flora - Producer, engineer, electric guitar, bass guitar
Joe Trump - Drums of thunder



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Jonathan Brinkley Portland, Oregon

Portland-based artist Jonathan Brinkley travels a lot to share his music around the world. When not traveling, he's lived and worked on organic farms. The themes of growth, death, motion, and regeneration heard in his songs are influenced by both stillness and wandering. An undaunted dedication to truth-telling earns him a following of fans who connect to his music on a very personal level. ... more

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