The Real Thing

by Kenny Wesley

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Kenny's debut, full-length album, The Real Thing, basking in a warm reception from both pop and soul worlds, was recently featured on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” with the tune "Won't Let It Go" and has been heralded as a progressive, groundbreaking effort. Wesley and his co-writer/producer Noah Lifschey have managed to successfully fuse the grit and funk of the 70s with a contemporary, progressive aesthetic. Bravo!

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released 15 May 2013

THE REAL THING (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley) #
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)
Beatboxing, Vocal Percussion: Butterscotch
BGVs: Lai-Si Fern

FEELS GOOD (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)
Trumpet, Trombone: Mitch Manker
BGVs: Lai-Si Fern

THE WINDOW (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)*
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)

CLOSER (N. Lifschey)
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)

WOMAN (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)
Upright Bass: Dan Lutz
Obligato, Ad-Libs, BGVs: Wayna

TANGLED (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)

SOPHISTICATED (D. Berry/N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)

MISSIN' YOU - INTRO (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)**
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)

MISSIN' YOU (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)
Guitar: Chris Bruce

SO SUBLIME (N. Lifschey)
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)
Hammond B3: Jeff Babko
Bass: Patrick Morgan
Trumpet, Trombone: Mitch Manker

WONT LET IT GO (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)**
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)

TAFFY (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
Ring Mountain Music (BMI)/Generous Aardvark Music (ASCAP)/Es Musica Real (ASCAP)
Live Scratching: Kid Koala
Guitar Solo: Chris Bruce


All songs produced, recorded and mixed by Noah Lifschey at Generous Aardvark, Santa Monica, CA

Kenny Wesley: Lead Vocals, BGVs, Arranging, Vocal Arranging

Noah Lifschey: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Programming, Percussion, Keyboards, BGVs, Arranging, Vocal Arranging

*Vocals Recorded by Poncho French at The French School, Silver Spring, MD

**Vocals Recorded by Brian "Gizzmo" Freeland at District Entertainment Studios, Alexandria, VA (#Vocals Partially Recorded by "Gizzmo")

Mastering: Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA
Photography: Sunchasemedia.com
Styling: Tramaine Lavin
Hair: Namon Mitchell
Art Direction & Graphic Design: Todd Googins
Sketch Art: Sheen

Executive Producers: Noah Lifschey, Kenny Wesley

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Some call him a paradox: The soulful nerd with the huge voice. His name is Kenny Wesley. Known for his impressive vocal range, his music has become a fan-favorite of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance". With an acclaimed EP, numerous collaborations and features, and a slew of high-profile performances under his belt, Kenny has firmly placed his stamp on the burgeoning modern music movement. ... more

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Track Name: The Real Thing (feat. Butterscotch)
REAL THING (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
©N. Lifschey/K. Wesley 2012. All Rights Reserved.
VERSE 1
When ya gotta keep movin’ you got no time to look inside
When ya gotta keep conquerin’ you’ve got no life to live ain’t right
When you need to make everything look just like the make believe
Then you’re just pretendin’ that you’re not alone

Moments they don’t hang around ya know you blink and then they’re gone
Pushin’ deep into the heap and you don’t see what’s goin’ on
Spinnin in your phantom ride I know that ain’t no place no place to be

HOOK
What I feel I’m bright I’m breakin’ open
What I got is the real thing
Write it down in your bank book it don’t mean nothin’
What I got is the real thing
Stuck inside there’s a storm that’s close to breakin’
What we’re leaving ain’t the real thing
So I hook straight into the sound that keeps me kickin’
What I’ve got is this real thang

VERSE 2

Everyday you’re workin’ you skip around at double time
Got it on repeat, yeah, you start to buy it double blind
Yeah, you’re trippin’ on everything, but it’s all just in your mind
It’s all just in your mind…

The bird it perches on your stoop and all you do is close the door
You see the things I got to give and you just layin’ on the floor
Spinnin’ in your phantom ride I know that ain’t no place no place to be
There are options infinite, baby this I guarantee

[HOOK]

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

[HOOK]
[HOOK]

VAMP
[BGVs: ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh; ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh]
All I want, All I need is this real thang
All I want, all I need is this real thang
Track Name: Feels Good
FEELS GOOD (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
©N. Lifschey/K. Wesley 2012. All Rights Reserved.

VERSE 1/2
It feels so good I ain’t gon’ lie
Momma won’t like it
It feels so good just livin’ my life
Not apologizing naw
It’s my heart to blame, not my mind, aw naw
It feels good

It feels so good I ain’t gon’ try
To make a big announcement, naw
They keep on naggin’ me
When I wanna just be free
It’s my heart to blame, not my mind, aw naw
It feels good

B-SECTION 1
What you wanna say
Don’t you let nobody get inside yo’ groove

VERSE 3/4
It feels so good I ain’t gon’ lie
Papa can’t take it
It feels so good in this grind
Ain’t gonna be stopping, naw
It’s my heart to blame, not my mind, aw naw
It feels good

It feels so good I’m gon’ fly
Straight into the floodlight, yeah
You keep on my pushin’ me
You’re settin’ all my shadows free
I ain’t got no time fo’ games
Got love on the brain, oh yeah
It feels good

B-SECTION 2
What you wanna say? What you wanna do?
No one can rule you
Got words to scream? Got plans? Got dreams?
Got funky little inclinations…

Don’t you let nobody take yo’ freedom
It’s all about liberty, your autonomy
So release your fears and fly…

VAMP
(Bg Vox:) It feels so good to me, it feels so good to me
It feels so good to me, it feels good, yeah, yeah, yeah
It feels so good to me, it feels so good to me
It feels so good to me, it feels good, yeah, yeah, yeah

[B-SECTION 2]

(Bg Vox:) Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Track Name: The Window
THE WINDOW (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
©N. Lifschey 2011. All Rights Reserved.

VERSE 1
Tell me a secret, I know you feel it
I know you wanna change your history
Just so you can be
Connected …to all the madness throughout the universal galaxies

Take just a minute so you can listen
To all the ghosts awaiting your release
I know you know what I mean
Just do it, take a moment, we can make the world so calm and free

HOOK
Look at my face
Look at my eyes
Look at the sun that will always rise
Look at the years
Look at the days
Look out the window

VERSE 2
Our past is empty evaporated
Like a molten vapor of the sea
But this ain't scarin’ me
It's expected…with every second of every minute lies a vacancy

Just share the secret, uncovers years of
Of all the pain and scorn and misery
That we don’t care to see
Just do it, so take a moment, we can make the world so calm and free

[HOOK]

BRIDGE
When I’m falling down
When you’re falling down
Just remember that the sun is always shinin’ on ya
When you’re falling down
When you’re falling down
We’ll make the world go around…

[BREAK/HOOK]
Track Name: Closer
CLOSER (N. Lifschey)
©N. Lifschey 2012. All Rights Reserved.
VERSE 1
Closer to the time it takes me forget and move on
Closer to the fall got my face on the ground
And it hurts me still, yeah
I think about all the things that I needed
The things I crave, yeah, they still escape me
I think about breaking out but I’m tied up
I need you closer to me

HOOK
‘Cause one day
I’m gonna break
I’m gonna split right down the middle
And one day
You’ll need to be there…
When I find myself in need

VERSE 2
Closer to the day, smell your flowers one more time
Oh, my eyes are wide open
Closer to the hour, you’re the glue that holds my spine
It keeps me straight and right (straight and right)
I think about all the things that I’m missing
It’s like a game I keep throwin’ just to lose
I think about better days and I’m smilin’
I need me closer to you

HOOK 2
‘Cause one day
I’m gonna break
I’m gonna split right down the middle
And one day
You’ll need to be there (you’ll need to be there)
When I find myself in need

(find myself in need…)
You’ll need to be there
You’ll need to be there
You’ll need to be there, ooh ooh
(hum… oh, oh…)

VERSE 3
I’m closer to the edge
Time is whirlin’ in my head
Oh, you’re smile it sends me over
I’m further from the end
Can’t keep ev’rything in step
But I ain’t fallin’, fallin’, fallin’ yeah
I think about all the times that I hold ya
I feel you breathe and know that ev’rything is right (it’s, alright baby)
Now I just need some of your consolation
I need you closer tonight

[HOOK 2]

[HOOK 2]
Track Name: Woman (feat. Wayna)
WOMAN (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
©N. Lifschey/K. Wesley 2012. All Rights Reserved.

VERSE 1
Every time I start contemplatin’
About what you mean to me
I get a rush; I can’t contain this passion burning deep inside
And when you are around me girl I,
I reminisce about the joy, the love, the light,
The happiness…
You’ve brought into my life

You’re my mother, you’re my sister, you’re my girlfriend
So careful with my fragile heart
You are the grace and wisdom
Shines through my darkest hour
You give life to the nations
Your energy is like the sunshine
Warms me like the mornin’ dawn
Girl, you’re a work of art

HOOK
Woman… inspiration
Woman… you keep my feet on solid groud
Woman… inspiration
Woman… and I’ll never turn around
Woman… resilient power

VERSE 2
Light that envelops the earth like springtime’s warm embrace
You create the pain the pleasure
Flood to this empty place
Give me something that I’ve been missing
You’re sensitivity
You are the blue behind my clouds it’s perfect chemistry
You burn me up then build me higher
And you never pull me down
Irreplaceable…Yeah, you’ll always be around

[HOOK]

[HOOK]
Track Name: Tangled
TANGLED (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
©N. Lifschey/K. Wesley 2012. All Rights Reserved.

VERSE 1
I’ll see you today like any other
And we’ll smile just like we do
We’ll laugh about life and share a drink with two
“So tell me, what’s new with you?”
And we talk about life,
How the sun is shining bright on a perfect day
Every word that we say has been said
One million times in different ways
You’ve got no clue what I’ve been holdin’ in
It’s time that I share the news….

HOOK
I wanna tangle with you
Can I get tripped up in your web
Yeah, let me tangle with you
Let’s try…
I wanna tangle with you
Yeah baby, we could be in love forever
Tangle with you, alright?

VERSE 2
I’ve known you for years
This much is certain
We’re as close as friends can be
If honestly means that we share ev’rything
Well that makes a fool of me
If we go on and on like we do
Ev’rytime we meet it’ll never change
Well I need to share everything now
It’s time to say what’s true

[HOOK]

B-SECTION
Tangle baby yeah
Ooh ooh
Tangle baby yeah
Alright…

VERSE
I’ll see you today like any other
And we’ll smile just like we do…

[HOOK]


HOOK 2
I wanna tangle with you
I wanna trip up in your web
Yeah, let me tangle with you
Let’s try…
I wanna tangle with you
Yeah baby, we could be in love forever
Tangle with you, alright, alright, alright, alright…
Track Name: Sophisticated
SOPHISTICATED (D. Berry/N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
©N. Lifschey 2012. All Rights Reserved.

VERSE 1
The way she walkin’ got me trippin’ on
Every false hope I’m stumblin’ through
She got style, but every killer knows
The heels punch deeper when you’re dancin’
I gotta play this game right, but I fumble through
Hours after hours thinkin’ of you
But I’m lost and I just can’t do
Another hundred-yard dash can’t run that fast

HOOK
But somehow, I gotta see this through
Sophisticated girl, she’s the bane of my truth
Somehow, I gotta see this through
Sophisticated girl like you, like you

VERSE 2
Hey now, I feel obliged to say
I’ve been pushing for the sugar, but the salt came
I got no complaints, ‘cause I hitched the chain
A wreckin’ ball pullin for ya ev’ryday
Shame on you girl, that’s the truth
A five-letter word for the things you don’t do
Shame of you girl, still I’m the fool
Flyin’ to the flame like the other men too

B-SECTION
Woo ooh ooh
Still they tell me I should really take the reins, yea
Man up; control my wicked lady
Domesticate her ways and put her in the right place
But, they don’t really know my baby

[HOOK]

So sophisticated
Yeah girl, I know ‘bout you
Chill me to my bones, yeah, I can’t lie your (so sophisticated)
So sophisticated
Yeah girl, I know ‘bout you
Chill me to my bones, yeah, I can’t lie your (so sophisticated)

[B-SECTION]

[HOOK]

[HOOK]
Track Name: Missin' You
MISSIN’ YOU (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
©N. Lifschey/K. Wesley 2012. All Rights Reserved.
HOOK
I’m missin’ you baby
Just call me, baby
I’ll be right there by noon
I’m missin’ you baby
Don’t worry, honey
I’ll take good care of you

VERSE 1
Got me jumpin’ inside how can this be
Early morn’… I’ve got you on my mind
You came in my life
Like a leaf into the autumn air
Both our hearts intertwined
Now I wait for the time
When your shadow covers mine

[HOOK]

VERSE 2
I’m standing in this empty place
It sighs for you…A blissful sweet rendezvous
I hear the knocks
I answer and there’s no one there
Just my deep solitude
Is it real or my dream
That you’ve flown away from me?

[HOOK]

BRIDGE
Time can capture visions of the past
And has it way to kind of always make them last
So if I can grasp the hope of love before it fades…
It will not be erased
Babe, come fill this space

[HOOK]
Track Name: So Sublime
SO SUBLIME (N. Lifschey)
©N. Lifschey 2012. All Rights Reserved.
VERSE 1
So sublime, yeah I’m flyin’ right beside your shadow
So sublime, yeah I’m floatin’ high above the people

I’m pushing through the clutter and I’m seein’ everything
Like I never saw before
The skies turning colors
And I feel every flutter
In my blood and I want more
So sublime I don’t need to be with any other

HOOK
Whoa, whoa
Nothing you can say or do can make you fall from grace
‘Cause every day I spend beside you takes me to a sweeter place
So sublime, you’re so sublime to me

VERSE 2
So sublime that I can’t imagine days without you
With love so fine my addiction needs to feed
What can I do?

Do you ever wonder why I kick and scream and shudder
If I cannot get my dose?
It’s ‘cause your words are drugs
Your hands pull me closer
You’re the thing that I need most
With love so high I don’t need to be with any other
You know it (you know it baby)

[HOOK]

BRIDGE
This is like a recipe for madness and gold
I’ll take what it’s given me it’s bonded to my soul
Hey, hey, hey

So sublime you’re so sublime to me
So sublime you’re so sublime to me
So sublime you’re so sublime to me
So sublime you’re so sublime to me
Track Name: Won't Let It Go
WON’T LET IT GO (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
©N. Lifschey/K. Wesley 2012. All Rights Reserved.

VERSE 1
Another step, another cry, another hilltop scattered
And the sun it smiles the same
Another hope, another song, another mountain higher
And the sun it smiles the same

HOOK
I won't let it go
The world surrounds me
There's so much to say
In so many ways

I won't let it go
The world is colliding
There's (just) so much to say
Let's put it all away

VERSE 2
The time is then, the time is now, yeah we stay ever-reaching
And the sun it smiles the same
The lilt of rain, the seething pain, a fallen cinder glowing
And the sun it smiles the same

VAMP
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh…/Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

HOOK
VAMP
Track Name: Taffy (feat. Kid Koala)
TAFFY (N. Lifschey/K. Wesley)
©N. Lifschey/K. Wesley 2012. All Rights Reserved.
VERSE 1
There’s something I’ve been feelin’
Man I gotta say
Just somethin’ gnawin’ at me it won’t go away
Been flowing in the crowd, yeah
It ain’t feelin’ right
Can’t breathe with all this clatter chewin’ on my mind

The sheen of the suicide screen
Is shakin’ my memory
It’s drippin’ into my skin and jammin’ up my dream
Take all of your toxic toys
They tuck you into the void
Can’t spend another minute watchin’ plastic taffy noise

HOOK
If this is the way, if this is the game
Then I don’t want in
If this is the play I don’t want no part
Lemme say it again
No, I don’t want in

No longer can I spend my nights stuck to a wall
No pullin’ all my aspirations off the floor
Collectin’ a pocket of grit it cuts me to my veins
I just want freedom
I don’t wanna stay the same
Take all of your glowin’ toys
They tuck you into the void
Can’t spend another minute talkin’ – plastic taffy noise

[HOOK]

RAP
Brothas loosin’ sync
Sistas outta step
Find your soul cat
Find that groove
Don’t let your light, your music, your laughter… be in vain

B-SECTION
Take all of your toxic toys
They tuck you into the void
Can’t spend another second stuck
It’s all plastic taffy noise

[HOOK]

VAMP
Somethin’ gnawin’ it ain’t feelin’ right
Somethin’ gnawin’ at me just ain’t feelin’ right
Somethin’ gnawin’ it ain’t feelin’ right
Somethin’ gnawin’ at me just ain’t feelin’ right
Somethin’ gnawin’ it ain’t feelin’ right
Somethin’ gnawin’ at me it ain’t feelin’ right