Learning Not To Be Perfect

by Wendi Dunlap

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This album consists of a bunch of rough demos recorded for the NaSoAlMo (National Solo Album Month) project in November 2015. All songs (except for one cover) had to be written and recorded during the month of November. As such, these demos are not glossy and polished, and many mistakes were left in. Some of these songs may grow to be something better, and some never will. Please enjoy these in the spirit of creativity and taking a chance.

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Facebook comments about Learning Not To Be Perfect:

"That album rips yer heart out and sticks it on a novelty plastic cocktail sword. And it even has a Christmas single, like an early 80s New Wave band... add ten layers of psychedelia on top of 'Follow' and it would fit on side 2 of Dear 23."

"Catchy little tunes."

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released November 30, 2015

Wendi Dunlap:
Music/lyrics for songs 1-6
Guitar
Bass
iPad instruments
Piano
Vocals

Music/lyrics for song 7 by E and Michael Simpson

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Wendi is a singer / writer / artist / Renaissance woman living in Seattle, Washington.

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Track Name: Follow
The past is a foreign land so this was far away
When we two met by accident and jumped into the fray
He expected to meet someone else and so in fact did I

It was years ago December and the snow was falling down
We laughed and fell together and made angels on the ground
Who needs to take vacation when you’ve got the warmth of two

And soon the rest would follow

Like a downhill racing sled
It might have been predicted
Where this cold snowfall led

It was closer to a blizzard than I ever thought I’d see
We took forever vows among our friends and family
We left together for a honeymoon in sunny climes

And soon the rest would follow

Like a downhill racing sled
It might have been predicted
Where this cold snowfall led

It was snowing hard again on another winter day
I asked him where he’ d been and he didn’t want to say
His body was still here but his eyes were far away

And soon the rest would follow

Like a downhill racing sled
It might have been predicted
Where this cold snowfall led

The year turns round
the snow returns over and again

And soon the rest will follow
And soon the rest will follow
And soon the rest will follow
Track Name: Throw Me Away
I would do whatever it would take me
to pay penance for my sins
even if accusations break me
on my way to breaking in

Give me just one chance to understand it
as you watch me spin out of control
so alone, I must be branded
help me, bring me back my soul

Ch:
This was not what I expected
when we bought our tickets to the show
Don’t throw them away
Don’t throw them away

Maybe there’s an encore to make it better
Maybe there’s a sequel to this play
Don’t throw me away
Don’t throw me away

vs 3
Waiting for the closing of the season
trying to find some cover from the rain
but the forecast gives no reason
the clouds will ever change

And now the curtain call is over
There’s no delaying this I fear
It just takes one to end this story
without even a souvenir

Bridge
I’d beg forgiveness if I knew what I had done
But maybe I should be forgiving you
Track Name: Chance
You never know which dreams will stick around
In the attic of your mind
But sometimes second chances catch you by surprise
when you’d become resigned

I would have thought it was impossible
Expecting anything at all
But the impossible can sometimes turn to real
Unexpectedly you fall

Chorus:

In the story of my life
I expect no certainty
If you told me I would laugh and disbelieve that we could be
A second chance for better memories

I never know which dreams will stick around
Always far back in my mind
I was a doubter, never thought my dream was true
I left that skeptic heart behind

Chorus

A second chance is hard to find

Chorus
Track Name: Second Heartbreak
The second time you broke my heart
It wasn’t cause you left me
It was because I saw your pain
And tears and agony

If only I could make it go - Aaah
But I can’t and we both know

That it can only get better if we both hold on
With all the strength we have
And it’s going to get harder before we get away
Every day going by only serves to mark the time
from the second broken heart


Funny how you find that love
can break you more than anger
I always thought it made you feel
As if the world is yours

If only I could make it go — Aaah
But I can’t and we both know

That it can only get better if we both hold on
With all the strength we have
And it’s going to get harder before we get away
Every day going by only serves to mark the time
from the second broken heart


All is not lost, you know you still
Have me and I still have you and
Next to each other, we’re still strong
Track Name: Christmas Missing You
I’m dreaming of a Christmas that isn’t gray
But I’m not getting that today
All the presents beneath the tree
Don’t mean that much to me
Cause you’re not here
Cause you’re not here

You’re invited and the door is open wide
With food and songs and merriment inside
But i'm missing what would make this Christmas
Mean much more to me
Cause you’re not here
Cause you’re not here

All the family and friends a girl could want
All the joy of a festive Christmas Eve
Wishing for a Christmas miracle
To knock on my front door
"Merry Christmas, darling, it’s me”

Instrumental verse

Repeat bridge

Repeat first verse

Cause you’re not here
Cause you’re not here
Track Name: You = Spring
It’s dark but I can’t see it
Winter but I can’t feel it
‘Cause you’re better than the sun

No cold is gonna reach me
Not when I’ve you to teach me
We two are more than 1 + 1

I feel a springtime and it’s coming from the heart
With you any time of year is fine

So warm your affection
Now it’s the right direction
For me — I don’t doubt anymore

You say we’re gonna make it
This time I believe it’s
True — I don’t doubt anymore

Faith and forgiveness of the past
Makes me sure it’s going to last
Even when we make mistakes

I trust the smile in your eyes
‘Cause you’ve made me realize
You and me are what it takes

I feel a springtime and it’s coming from the heart
With you any time of year is fine

So warm your affection
Now it’s the right direction
For me — I don’t doubt anymore

You say we’re gonna make it
This time I believe it’s
True — I don’t doubt anymore

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