It’s All In The Family

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For Sylvia, being an artist is not only about singing. It’s also about listening deeply: to herself, to others, and to the stories that want to be told. That’s what first led her to discover her love of music as a child and, subsequently, to enjoy more than two decades of a successful and multifaceted career as a singer and songwriter. But listening is also what brought Sylvia to a crossroads in 2002, when she heard a new call and made the conscious choice to pivot away from music. Since then, Sylvia has enjoyed a successful second career as a certified life and career coach, employing her long-held personal values of compassion, curiosity, and non- judgment to help business executives, artists of all genres, small business owners, and non- profit organizations realize productive self-discovery.

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Yet throughout this time, Sylvia never stopped evolving and engaging in her own process of self-discovery as an artist. As a result, this fall she will release It’s All in the Family, her first album in 14 years and the first ever on which she is a co-writer on the majority of songs. Throughout the album, Sylvia touches on the choices, challenges, and turns in the road that have brought her to where she stands today and delivers her most personal material to date, combining her skill as a vocalist with her heart as a storyteller.

It’s All In The Family is brimming with songs that evoke precise places, times, and emotions. Whether it’s the clawhammer banjo and old-time music influence on the opening track, “Every Time a Train Goes By,” or the Irish tin whistle and strong imagery on “Immigrant Shoes,” listeners are invited into dozens of specific, formative, and intimate moments in the lives of Sylvia and her family. But like all great stories, It’s All In The Family doesn’t feel limited to the bounds of its particular characters, images, and events. Each song touches and builds on a collection of themes that connects the listener with that which is universal.

Perhaps the most pervasive theme on the album is that of family. On the title track, “All in the Family,” one of four songs co-written with John Mock and Thom Schuyler, Sylvia illuminates both the positive and painful ways we are bound to family with a series of simple yet striking images: a wedding dress worn by three generations, a family recipe handed down, a mother protecting her children from hardship, and a family member lost too soon to alcoholism. On “Somebody’s Daughter,” she offers a gentle but compelling reminder that the tenderness we feel for those we love most is neither illusion nor weakness; the ties of love that bind us to our parents and our children are real, and are in fact the very same ones that connect us to our broader human family.

On “Cumberland Rose” and “Hope’s Too Hard,” two songs specifically selected by Sylvia for the album because of their resonance with its themes, she explores another ubiquitous facet of the human experience – the inevitability of loss and grief and the question of how to face them. While the album doesn’t offer a clear-cut, facile answer, it consistently bears witness to the transformative power of acknowledging our wounds, facing our fears, and accepting our past. Sylvia shows that surrendering to what is beyond our control is not the same thing as giving up – it takes profound courage and strength, and it’s necessary in order to realize new possibilities.

As Sylvia recounts these moving stories that span generations, the interplay between the past, present, and future emerges as another strong motif. Sylvia fully acknowledges the irrevocable influence of the past; “Grandpa Kirby Runnin’ the Hounds” features her grandfather’s actual fiddle and banjo in a warm callback to the barn dances he played at in the early 1900s. But at the same time that she honors her roots, she boldly celebrates the beauty of the present and potential of the future. In “Leave the Past in the Past” and “I Didn’t Know What I Was Missing,” two of four collaborations with Bobby Tomberlin, she offers metaphors that illustrate what it would look like to physically overcome that which holds us back. Whether it’s clearing all the
chairs from the kitchen to make room to dance or climbing a mountain to gain a new perspective from the top, through these songs we experience what it feels like not to regret or dismiss the past, but to let it go in order to make room for what is coming next. In several songs, including the powerful closing track “Do Not Cry For Me,” Sylvia embodies the voice of someone who is looking back with a deep sense of peace, gratitude, and all-encompassing love that will transcend time.

Just as Sylvia speaks from many different perspectives and with many different voices from track to track – yet ultimately delivers an album with strong, resounding lyrical themes – a range of musical styles on the album produces a cohesive sound that defies neat categorization. The collaborations on the album – between co-producers Sylvia and John Mock, between co-writers, and between the cadre of other exceptional musicians featured on each track – truly feel organic, with distinct influences of folk, country, bluegrass, classical, and Irish music coming together naturally to produce something that feels both new and deeply rooted in tradition.

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Every Time a Train Goes By

Every Time a Train Goes By

John Mock/Kinvara Music (BMI)
Thom Schuyler/Alrighty Den Music (BMI)
Sylvia Hutton/Family Time Music (BMI)

V1:    Three years old and my sundress on
Golden Book tucked up under my arm
When I suddenly heard that sound
Filled the valley and shook the ground
My body was frozen
Cups and saucers started to shake
Fear on the horizon
Run and hide before it’s too late

V2:    One morning I stood still
Engine rumbling over the hill
Held my breath and I closed my eyes
Feared the worst but to my surprise
A loud whistle was blowin’
Opened my eyes and what did I see?
Right there in my backyard
That conductor smiling at me

CH:   Every Time a Train Goes By
A Train Goes By, my confidence grows
I can face any old whistle that blows
Every Time a Train Goes – By

CH2: Every Time a Train Goes By
A Train Goes By, my confidence grows
I can face any old whistle that blows
Every Time a Train Goes
Every Time a Train Goes By
A Train Goes By, my confidence grows
I can face any old whistle that blows
Every Time a Train Goes By

Somebody's Daughter

Somebody’s Daughter

Thom Schuyler/Alrighty Den Music (BMI)
John Mock/Kinvara Music (BMI)
Sylvia Hutton/Family Time Music (BMI)

V1: Every girl is Somebody’s Daughter
Every boy is somebody’s son
There may be something they’re chasing
Or trying to outrun, what they’ve done
So be kind to everybody’s daughter
And everybody’s son

V2: Every day you’ll hear someone laughing
Every day you’ll see someone cry
You may say hello to a stranger
Or tell a friend goodbye, a sad goodbye
Try to laugh with everyone who’s laughing
And cry with those who cry

BR: We try our best to keep our tears out of view
But there are shadows that we’re all walking through
So put some tenderness in all that you do
All you do

V3: In a world that keeps moving faster
On a planet that circles the sun
We all get lost on the journey
Forget where we come from, everyone
So remember you’re everybody’s daughter
And everybody’s son
Everybody’s daughter, everybody’s daughter, everybody’s daughter

Leave the Past in the Past

Leave the Past in the Past

Bobby Tomberlin/Mike Curb Music (BMI)
Sylvia Hutton/Family Time Music (BMI)

V1: Life is like a candle
It burns out way too fast
And we’ve had all we can handle
So tonight let’s just dance

CH: And who knows what we might find
If we surrender heart and mind
Stay here with me, make this moment last
And let’s just Leave the Past in the Past

V2: We can move the chairs from the kitchen
Make our own dance floor
Play the best love songs ever written
‘Til our hearts can take no more

CH: And who knows what we might find
If we surrender heart and mind
Stay here with me, make this moment last
And let’s just Leave the Past in the Past

BR: There’s no future in what’s gone on before
So, let’s not give our past one minute more

CH: And who knows what we might find
If we surrender heart and mind
Stay here with me, make this moment last
And who knows what we might find
If we surrender heart and mind
Just stay with me, make this moment last
And let’s just Leave the Past in the Past

Adlibs: Leave it in the past, Darling, leave it in the past
And let’s just dance, Honey, that’s all that I ask
Who – oo – oo, whoa – whoa – oh – oh – oh – oh

A Right Turn

A Right Turn

Bobby Tomberlin/Mike Curb Music (BMI)
Sylvia Hutton/Family Time Music (BMI)

V1: Every road I’ve gone down
Has come to a dead end, I’d have to turn around
But there was always a lesson to learn
Now I’ve finally made A Right Turn

CH: Just when I thought my heart was all done
Woke up one day to find that certain one
That makes me laugh, makes me come back alive
Now I realize it was worth every long, hard mile

V2: Caught a wayward wind everywhere I’d go
But I can’t say I took a wrong road
‘Cause every lost highway, every reckless curve
Has led me to this Right Turn

CH: Just when I thought my heart was all done
Woke up one day to find that certain one
That makes me laugh, makes me come back alive
Now I realize it was worth every long, hard mile

V3: After all the rain this old heart’s been in
Wouldn’t change a thing, I’d do it all again
There’s no going back to the way things were
‘Cause I know I’ve made A Right Turn

All In The Family

All In the Family

Thom Schuyler/Alrighty Den Music (BMI)
John Mock/Kinvara Music (BMI)
Sylvia Hutton/Family Time Music (BMI)

V1: That’s your Grandfather and me
On the day I became his bride
With uncles and cousins and aunts
Homemade biscuits and chicken fried
The recipe…
It’s All In the Family

V2: There’s my Mom when we were kids
Hanging laundry out in the yard
If she cried she kept it hid
So we never knew times were hard
She’d say – to me
It’s All In the Family

BR1: You can run but you cannot hide
The Truth inside
It’s stronger than an ocean tide

V3: Here’s a boy you’ll never know
He’d be sixty, my brother Jim
Every time the whiskey flowed
It would steal away a part of him
Will we break free?
It’s All In the Family

BR2: You can run, you can change your name
You’re still the same
A part of an Eternal Flame
V4: I can hear your mother’s voice

See your father there in your smile

Glad you’ll be wearing my dress

When he’s walking you down the aisle

This love you see is All In the Family

This love you see is All In the Family

Grandpa Kirby Runnin' the Hounds (Instrumental)

Grandpa Kirby Runnin’ the Hounds

John Mock/Kinvara Music (BMI)

Instrumental

Immigrant Shoes

Immigrant Shoes

John Mock/Kinvara Music (BMI)
Thom Schuyler/Alrighty Den Music (BMI)
Sylvia Hutton/Family Time Music (BMI)

CH: One old ship in the harbor
One new flag in the air
Seven weeks on the water
We’re finally there
Said goodbye to the Old World
Say hello to the New
We’ll dance to a new song
In these Immigrant Shoes

V1: Feet shuffle in rhythm
As we make our way to the shore
By the lamp lighting our path through
The Golden Door
Poor, tired and hungry
When we left those fields of stone
Now I hear my heart whisper,
“Welcome home!”

CH2: One old ship in the harbor
One new flag in the air
Seven weeks on the water
We’re finally there
Said goodbye to the Old World
Say hello to the New
We’ll dance to a new song
In these Immigrant Shoes
(Instrumental)

V2: Long lines on the island
Every language under the sun
All straining to hear their
Mother Tongue
All that we could carry
In our hands and over our backs
Pots, pans, and hand-me-downs
And photographs

CH3: One old ship in the harbor
One new flag in the air
Seven weeks on the water
We’re finally there
Said goodbye to the Old World
Say hello to the New
We’ll dance to a new song
In these Immigrant Shoes

(Instrumental)

BR: What was far away is in front of me
What was once a dream came true

V3: Quinn picks up his fiddle
And a stranger’s playing the spoons
Dresses swirling in circles
To familiar tunes
Out on the horizon
There’s a new mysterious land
On a couple acres of heaven
We’ll make our stand

CH4: One old ship in the harbor
One new flag in the air
Seven weeks on the water
We’re finally there
Said goodbye to the Old World
Say hello to the New
We’ll dance to a new song
In these Immigrant Shoes

Cumberland Rose

Cumberland Rose

                                                               Craig Bickhardt (ASCAP)

                                                               Jeff Pennig/Almo Music Corporation (ASCAP)

CH: (Sung a cappella):
They call her Cumberland Rose
Where the Cumberland flows
And the sound of her voice lingers on
Oh, the river valley rings
When her broken heart sings
For the love of sweet Cumberland Rose

V1: There’s a bitter wind blown’ off the lonesome plateau
And the sad song it carries is a song they all know
Now the melody mingles with the mockingbird’s cry
And the woman who’s singing has a tear in her eye

(Repeat CH)

V2: It’s a question she’s asking of the angels above
Oh, why have they taken her innocent love
Now her melody mingles with the mourning’ dove’s sigh
And the water that ripples in its endless goodbye

(Repeat CH & instrumental)

V3: There are two shadows standing in that mountain moonlight
Where a husband’s consoling his grieving young wife
There’s a cradle between them lying empty and bare
As her lullaby echoes in the darkness somewhere

(Repeat CH & tag)

Hope's Too Hard

Hope’s Too Hard

Kate Campbell/Large River Music (BMI)

V1: I’ve been chattering all night long
Like a crane or a swallow on and on
I’ve lost my voice with all this cry in’
And my will to sing

CH: Hope’s Too Hard and I’m too weak
I don’t know if I can keep
Holding on beyond my reach
Love could you please sing for me?

V2: If I could I’d fly away
Off into the light of day
But I can’t seem to find the strength
To even lift my wings

CH: Hope’s Too Hard and I’m too weak
I don’t know if I can keep
Holding on beyond my reach
Love could you please carry me?

(Instrumental turn around)
V3: I wish I could see beyond
Far beyond the far horizon
But my eyes are tired from looking up
And mourning like a dove

CH: Hope’s Too Hard and I’m too weak
I don’t know if I can keep
Holding on beyond my reach
Love please don’t let go of me
Hope’s Too Hard and I’m too weak
I don’t know if I can keep
Holding on beyond my reach
Love please don’t let go of me

I Didn't Know What I Was Missing

I Didn’t Know What I Was Missing

Bobby Tomberlin/Mike Curb Music (BMI)
Mark Narmore/Oven Music, Inc. (BMI)
Sylvia Hutton/Family Time Music (BMI)

 

V1: You can’t appreciate the ocean if you’ve never seen it
Or felt the power of the waves if you’ve only dreamed it
You’ll never see the view from the top if you never climb up
So take a chance and jump on in
Who knows where you’ll wind up?

CH: Whoa-ooo, I Didn’t Know What I Was Missing
Till something more than real
I never dreamed I’d feel
Got my attention
What a sweet surprise
To find a love that I never knew existed
Whoa-ooo, I Didn’t Know What I Was Missing

V2: What I thought was love forevermore was just imitation
But a whole lot of nothing much is what I’ve been chasing
What you fear will always hold you back until you face it
You only live this life one time
So baby, don’t waste it

CH2: Whoa-ooo, I Didn’t Know What I Was Missing
Till something more than real
I never dreamed I’d feel
Got my attention
What a sweet surprise
To find a love that I never knew existed
Whoa-ooo, I Didn’t Know What I Was Missing
(Instrumental)

CH3: Whoa-ooo, I Didn’t Know What I Was Missing
Till something more than real
I never dreamed I’d feel
Got my attention
What a sweet surprise
To find a love that I never knew existed
Whoa-ooo, I Didn’t Know What I Was Missing

Here Lately

Here Lately

Bobby Tomberlin/Mike Curb Music (BMI)
Sylvia Hutton/Family Time Music (BMI)

V1: Here Lately, I’m not in a hurry like I used to be
And lately, it don’t take half as much to satisfy me
CH: Just waking up is more than enough
Right here is where I want to be
And for a change I’m learning how to love myself
Here Lately

V2: Here Lately, I feel more like me than I’ve ever been
And lately, life is like a dream and I’m a kid again
CH: Just waking up is more than enough
Right here is where I want to be
And for a change I’m learning how to love myself
Here Lately

BR: This long, hard road that we’ve been on
Broke my heart but it’s made me strong

V3: Here Lately, I’m not living in the past or drowning in regret
And lately, I’m finding what I give’s exactly what I get
CH: Just waking up is more than enough
Rigcaht here is where I want to be
And for a change I’m learning how to love myself
Here Lately

(Repeat CH)

Do Not Cry For Me

Do Not Cry For Me

John Mock/Kinvara Music (BMI)
Sylvia Hutton/Family Time Music (BMI)

V1: When I look in the mirror
Of this life I have lived
I can see things oh, so clearly
Though my eyesight may be dim
Friends and family gather ‘round me
For the end now is near
In the light a voice is calling
But there’s nothing that I fear

CH1: Do Not Cry For Me, my darling
It is time; my work is through
I’ll be near to you, my darling
Ever watching over you
I’ll be closer than the sunlight
Lying soft on your skin
For this love has no beginning
Nor will it ever end

V2: In the full bloom of summer
In the first blush of spring
You will feel me all around you
I will live in everything
There was nothing more precious
Than the love that you gave
It’s your love I am made of
That will live beyond my grave
CH2: Do Not Cry For Me, my darling
It is time; my work is through
I’ll be near to you, my darling
Ever watching over you
I’ll be closer than the sunlight
Lying soft on your skin
For this love has no beginning
Nor will it ever end