CHERISH ALEXANDER Meet Me Where You Are

Written & produced by
Cherish Alexander

Inspiration / Meet Me Where You Are

The power and inspiration behind Cherish Alexander’s eighth album and third solo effort MEET ME WHERE YOU ARE came pulsing out from deep within her very veins. In 2016, the accomplished LA-based singer-songwriter found herself “teetering on the edge of the invisible world” when she battled through a difficult diagnosis and surgeries for a rare and life-threatening medical condition. During this dark time she received signs from the universe guiding her forward, including that surreal moment when she was pulled over by a cop flashing his lights and blaring sirens only to be told that, “God wanted him to tell her that she was going to be ok.”

Confronting this painful health crisis triggered an emotional and spiritual reckoning which forced her to unpack a lifetime of all the stories and hurts that she had been holding on to. Since she was 7, Cherish has recorded songs in many kinds of studios but for this more-intimate-than-ever healing journey home to herself she piled into her Mt Washington home studio armed with only a laptop, her instruments and her singular voice. She knew she was fundamentally changing, not by her own choice she admits, “but by God’s perfect timing.” Cherish shares, “I knew that this was not a dead-end but a doorway. I was also aware that your biography is reflected in your biology.” Thus began the real work.

ALBUM CREDITS

Written + Produced by Cherish Alexander
Co-Produced by Paul Roessler + Jano Janosik

Recorded at Poodle Pop Studios in Mt Washington
Engineered by Cherish Alexander & Jano Janosik
Additional recording at Kitten Robot Studios in Los Angeles
Mixed by Cherish Alexander + Paul Roessler + Jano Janosik

Piano, Bass + Guitar played by Cherish Alexander
Drums + Percussion by Jano Janosik
Keys by Paul Roessler
Additional guitars + vocals by Frank Lee Drennen (Dead Rock West) for Just Be, Blue Blue Heart, Art of Happiness, Meet Me Where You Are
Additional guitars by Gregg Stewart (Stewboss/Mazarines) for Blue Blue Heart, Little Girl, God Everywhere
Mixed at Kitten Robot Studios in Los Angeles
Mastered by Dave Donnelly for DNA Mastering

Cover concept by Cherish Alexander
Cover + Vinyl design by Aimee Stuart for Foxfires Art
Cover Photography by Renee Faia

VIDEO CREDITS

Directed by Chris Dane Owens
Produced + Created by Cherish Alexander
Edited by Jennifer Barlow for Rebel Girl Films
Additional footage by Cherish Alexander + Jennifer Barlow + Jano Janosik
All shot on iPhone 7 Plus

Just Be by Cherish Alexander
Heart Open by Cherish Alexander
Blue Blue Heart by Cherish Alexander
Little Girl by Cherish Alexander
God Everywhere by Cherish Alexander
Gone Too Soon by Cherish Alexander
Art Of Happiness by Cherish Alexander
There is Here by Cherish Alexander
Parting Is A Sweet Farewell by Cherish Alexander
Meet Me Where You Are by Cherish Alexander

JUST BE / Meet Me Where You Are

Directed by Chris Dane Owens
Edited by Jennifer Barlow for Rebel Girl Films

Just Be

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

If it comes just let it come, If it goes just let it go
If it fades just let it fade, If it stays just let it stay
If you’re a dreamer than just dream
If you’re a screamer than just scream
If you’re a doer than just do
If you’re a loser than just lose

*Just Be

Just like the birds in flight, The stars up in the sky
Just like the sun & moon, Just like the flowers bloom

If you’re a runner than just run
If you’re a lover than just love
If you’re a liar than just lie
If you’re a crier than just cry

*Just Be (oh Lord help me be)

Cause I am not you, you are not me
I am not here, you are not there

Heart Open

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

Love more when there’s no love to give
Keep going when you’re giving up
Forgive them, they know not what they do
Spend some time in their shoes

*Keep your heart open & a change will come

Seek elegance, not luxury
Refinement rather than style
Remember it’s best to forgive
Have faith when there’s so much doubt

*Keep your heart open & a change will come
(don’t close your heart, keep it open)

Stay when you want to run
Smile though you’re down
Show up though you don’t care so much
Listen when you’re talked out

Blue Blue Heart

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

Seasons come, Hearts go
It’s ok today you’re not that strong
Compass broken, Lost inside a right or wrong
Break another piece of this heart, then maybe you could feel
Not what it used to be, don’t know how to heal

*Blue Blue Heart

Ran with lions when you were just a black sheep
When you tried to fit in it only just makes you weak
Trying to win their love is just a losing game
They’ll never understand so why do you explain

*Blue Blue Heart
(Know this feeling, heart is feeling blue)

Little Girl

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

Illusions, illusions
Make me crazy, make me cry
Make me sometimes lose my mind
Remove this blindfold from my eyes
I can't see anything but you
I can't see anything but you

Distractions, distractions
Make me lazy, make me high
One day to get off this ride
Comfort in this cigarette
I can't smoke anymore tonight
I can't smoke anymore tonight

*There's a monster hiding in the closet
He wants to take away my freedom
But you never had freedom anyway
When you are your worst enemy
When you are your worst enemy

Abandonment, abandonment
Nowhere to run, no where to hide
This story has become a lie
Can't live like this another day
This time it's safe to go home
This time it's safe to go home

There's an Angel standing by the bedside
Must have listened to your prayers
Pretend life is only make believe
Little girl it's time to be grown
Little girl it's time to be grown

God Everywhere

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

In the wind when we’re saying goodbye
In a whisper when you think you’re alone
In the falling apart
In the winding road to home
In the hunger of a child
In a gun who kills a man
In the heart of the people protecting their land

In a war we don’t agree
In the fighting for our peace

*To be someone who looks for God Everywhere

In mistakes we never should make
In the faces of anger and hate
In the homeless women & men
A diagnosis that could be the end
In another broken heart
Desperate to find love again
In the arms of a stranger
In the loss of a good friend

In the dark, in the light
In the wrong, in the right

Gone Too Soon

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

There was leaves on the ground
A crisp in the air
It was Spring in the Fall
A fire in the fields
There were birds we could watch
Streets lined with trees

There was never any fear
We were taking the time
With keys to your car
Learned how to drive
There was hope in the air
Hearts in the breeze

*Hard to believe we turned out to be wild
Watched over us for awhile
Coloring all of the memories blue
When the good ones are gone too soon

Wrote a note in a dream
Calling for you
Writing this song
Feeling you near
There are pictures to hold
Your voice I still hear

*A price to believe that your youth will not die
Your life can change overnight
Coloring all of the memories blue
When the good ones are gone too soon

Art Of Happiness

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

Holding onto you tighter than I should
Many days I've worried you away
Even though your here
Don't know how to let you go
All the weeks I've imagined you gone

When you can't see the way out
Why don't you jump anyway
Drowning in a sea of your clouds
Only what remains is change

Accompany your fear, try to make a truce
Cuz you know it's a race you'll never win
Found without a map with you by my side
A true companion of the heart

Now you can't find your way home
You were always lost anyway
Guided by a compass of goodbyes
Only what remains is change

*The Art of Happiness, The Art of Happiness

Waiting for the shoe anytime could drop
All the good things you know never last
Faces in the crowd, noone just like you
I know there never will be

When you can't run anymore
Why don't you walk anyways
Broken in the way of looking, glass
Only what remains is change

There is Here

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

Crawling through the trappings of a discontent wanderlust
Stuck inside the wrong direction
Nothing is ever good enough
Plenty of reasons to point a finger
To fall into a childlike state
You could honor the season, be grateful for freedom
Hold up a light in your cave

*Here is not there, There is here

Almost there to happiness
It may be something you could buy
Bring the future, past to present
God forbid you won't arrive
You've tried to be something, now try to be nothing
Learn lessons you don't understand
Don't give it meaning, there's always a feeling
That you've lost the upper hand

Be here now, Be here now, Be here now, Be here now

Parting Is A Sweet Farewell

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

You're here again
Thought you had gone
Been lying in wait
Turning sadness to hate
By now you should know
You're here to grow
Still holding on
Have to let go

Welcome back my friend
Won't you please come in
Sit down with me converse
This temporary curse
La, la, la, la, la, Leave

A ray in the light
In a white butterfly
A song that comes on
A sunrise at dawn
Grace to move on
Wishing you weren't gone
You are still are mine
On the other side

Meet Me Where You Are

Music & lyrics by Cherish Alexander

I don't care if you've lost the way
I don't care if your late, gay, straight
I don't care if your love runs out
I don't care if you're full of doubt
I don't care if your low or high
Don't believe in a God for your life
I don't care if you stay or go
I don't care if you've lost all control
Just Meet Me Where You Are

Pick up a mirror I believe
It all begins & ends with me
Another lost that can't be found
Time to stop another round
Neverending end in sight
Only to begin inside
Pick up a miror to perceive
Everything you could not see

Some are hurting a little so try not judge
Some are grieving a little so try not to cry
Some are losing a little so try not to take
Some are crazy a little so try to be sane
Some are loving a little so try not to hate

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