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“New Heart”

Here I am again, I pour my heart out to you
I believe in you, but do I know you
Cause it seems as if I run, But all I do is fall
It seems as if I try, but it’s getting me no where at all
It seems as if I cry out, but I don’t know if you’re listening
I desire you, but there is something missing

All-access words of life, that rarely make it in my hands,
I read them with my eyes,
And hardly attempt to understand them,
With this rock and chunk of ice
I like to call my heart and mind
Whoa, how much more foolish can I be?
Oh, there is something missing

I need a new heart, I need a new heart…

And this life, and this love
Is such an interesting thing
When I’m born and I’m raised to think that
Everything revolves around me
And I can place you in the corner of my life,
Make you exactly what I want you to be,
But no more than what I’m imagining.
And I know that’s wrong, but I discard and move on,
And nothing ever changes in my thinking,
Oh there is something missing

I need a new heart. I need a new heart.
Give me a new heart. Give me a new heart.

[released 22 March 2011]
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Written By: Jess Ray, with the Rag Tag Army
The Rag Tag Army includes:
John Ray, Daniel Faucette, and Dustin Miller
Engineered and Mixed by: Nathan Walker

Heart Attack

Friends,

We are SO pleased to get to express our less serious side in our latest video, “heart attack.” Here’s the story behind it!

A few days into recording, when listening back to our song “New Heart,” Nathan (engineer/mixer) decided to make the song 2x its normal speed. The Dragon Force speed, catchy guitar riffs, and chip-munk vocals had us rolling. We immediately recognized its potential for an epically goofy music video. Somewhere along the road, it transformed into a crazy dance video featuring Daniel trying to take flight, Dustin impersonating Evil Kenevil, and John bouncing on a ball, looking like Bozo the clown. The video was planned in a night, practiced once, and is captured in one take. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

ALSO, though we fear that no one will ever want the song to return to its normal speed, we ARE releasing the real (studio) version “New Heart” next week. It’s sounding good. Stay tuned!

JR+RTA

Only One

“You know me better than I know myself
Hallelujah
I’m a fist-tight, knuckle-white kind of fighter
And we both know that I won’t come willingly

This could be a suicidal plea, this could be a suicidal plea,
But it’s the only thing that can change me…

You know me better than I know myself
Hallelujah
I’m a fist-tight, knuckle-white kind of fighter
And we both know that I won’t come willingly

This could be a suicidal plea,
this is going to be the end of me,
But it’s the only thing that can change me…

So burn right through me
Fire consume me
I’m not ready
But I’m ready, Oh I’m ready
Glory, glory, rip right through me
I have no idea what I’m asking
What I’m asking…

You’re the only one who can change me.”

[Written by Jessica Ray, with the Rag Tag Army]

3…2…1…GO!

Friends, Followers, Fans, and Family,

Here we go! Rag Tag Tuesdays have officially begun. The core purpose in all of this is to get some brand new music directly from our hands to yours. Making music is a process and a journey. For the Rag Tag Army, our song-building goes much deeper than trying to find a good drum groove and a catchy riff. These songs chronicle the transformations that are occurring in our lives. With each song, we are being amended and moving closer to who we were made to be.

SO, this time around, we want to share this music-making journey with you. This time around, we want to take our time. This time around, we want to put aside the trend of “making a killer album” and promoting the heck out of it. This time, we just want to share our songs, which come straight from the core of who we are. We hope that’s ok with you. 🙂

Blessings,
Jess Ray + RTA