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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Born in Australia in 1950, Phil Cheney lives with his wife, Manu, and her daughter in Toronto, Canada. Phil has two beautiful daughters and three grandchildren living in Australia. A published poet, Phil Cheney has traveled to over forty countries, and worked as a CEO, software programmer, Director, IT analyst, soldier, policeman, consultant, international marketer, music producer, builder, composer, and university lecturer.

    In 2013, Phil Cheney completed the first book in the 'Bion & Freya Trilogy', novels about timeless courage and love. His personal adventures have led to joint business ventures in Africa and Europe, which are locations included in other novels in this trilogy. In his abundant life, Phil Cheney has successfully written/produced two musicals, 450 poems, 250 songs, over 20 Enterprise software modules, five paintings, seven prior books (so far), and many short stories, some of which are on his blog.

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This is a collection of quite different styles, with a single theme of positive hope and optimism. It is a collection of all the types of music that Philosofree loves to write.

We had a great time recording it, as you will hear!

Enjoy the results as much as we did making it!

Genres (if you care about knowing which tracks are which!)
Hot AC: All the tracks
Soul: 02 Soul Doubt
Rock: 10 You are My Inspiration, 09 Afloat on Red Water
Blues: 07 Nothing is stopping Me. 04 Judgmental Blues
Country: 01 Arms of Love, 05 Zirconium Band
Pop: 11 Plasticup, 02 Optimistic
Jazz: 08 Green Light
Soft Rock: 12 Fragrances
Alternative: 06 Gratitude

Philosofree 2016
Recorded at Iguana Studios, Toronto
Engineer and compatriot, Nick Lobodycz did the mixing and mastering.
www.iguanarecording.com

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released June 25, 2016

All songs written by Philosofree (c) philcheney.com

Lead Vocals: Philosofree, Mirian
Lead Guitar: Sam Shark
Backing Vocals: Ioana, Leilani and Keona Aboumitri, Manuela Cheney, Livia Alonzi
with thanks to all the session musicians who contributed!

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Philosofree & Optimysts Toronto, Ontario

Philosofree, Adam Versanov, Mi Cha ('Chami') and Bob Legare are Optimysts!

Philosofree is from Australia, Adam and Bob are Canadian, and Chami is from Japan.

Together they perform an eclectic mix of harmonic songs written in a range of genres.

Optimysts love music as their way of expressing joy and giving back!
Their website is www.philcheney.com/music/
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Track Name: Arms Of Love (Philosofree)
I’m trying not to moralise,
I know I’ve done things wrong,
I let them go, I try to pray
Thinking things over, I realise
I’ve made mistakes
start anew each each day
so long I have made some way
In loving and being loved.

I am no superstar
I am broken
You can see my scars when you turn away
I bleed real tears…
So please don’t turn too far
When all is said and done - meaning only comes
In the calm arms of love.
bridge:
You can question, you can criticise,
You can argue or even sympathise…
Just let me know that you once found that there are rainbows shared
That can touch your soul…

So I will no longer moralise,
I’m over, yes I'm over blame.
Each word I say
And every choice each day,
Plant a new seed,
Grows more in me
help me to make some headway...
bring me to the arms of love
loving and being loving and being
loving and being loved.
Track Name: Optimistic (Philosofree)
I'm gonna quit :
I'm so over bad news ,
media's full of disaster promotion givin us a negative vibration
let's empower our concentration on what's goin' right!

Let's look for the optimistic
find all our hope and print it
If I can be opti-mistic the east you can do is a Lip sync
To hope is just realis-tic; we can do bet-ter than survive, (we can thrive)

Let's walk together towards what we don't know
-don't be afraid to go with the flow.
smile at the forecast, but do what we can,
live in the moment, don't forget to plan
live together in harmony, and peace!
yes we can be opti--mistic
find all our hope and print it
If I can be opti-mistic the east you can do is Lip sync
To hope is just realis-tic; we can do better than survive, (we can thrive)

repeat
Track Name: Soul Doubt (Philosofree)
Destiny took her chances, put her life on the line
She wanted to trust she could fly on her own;
not be stuck in the mud all the time!
had everyone sold out, their dreams of authenticity?
She heard a voice that spoke hope for her heart to be free;
she heard;
Look at your innocence, in pools on the floor
Let go of instructions that you don't believe, choose for yourself,
you can have more!
when you have doubts, /and you will, I am sure...
Listen inside for the strength to be true to what's inside your core.

For when you have soul doubt, (it's what hope's about),
self-confidence comes with accepting your value at birth,
Hold on to soul doubt, (it's what growth's about),
don't be sold out; have faith in your worth!

Destiny took her chances, lived life in truth,
She found that the more she believed in herself,
that others did too!
now she is a woman who stands up and fights against conformity,
she tells of a wisdom that helped her believe that she could be free;

For when you have soul doubt, (it's what trust's about),
a plant that is blooming gets all that it needs from the earth,
Hold on to soul doubt, (it's what hope's about),
don't be sold out; have faith in your worth!
so Hold on to soul doubt, (it's a sign of growth,)
self-confidence comes with accepting your value at birth,
Hold on to soul doubt, (it's what growth's about),
don't be sold out; have faith in your worth!
don't be sold out; have faith in your worth!
Track Name: Judgemental Blues (Philosofree)
Just started therapy, trying to clear up my history
I thought I was messed up, but it seems we all are...
Learnt during therapy, my guilt ain't no mystery
I'm just suffering from the judgemental blues.

started in the family, darker in high school
everyone knew better, thought I was just a fool
learnt during therapy, they had no mastery
I was just holding onto their judgemental blues

Lord, let me be see, how to be free
from all the blame that's stalking me

Instrumental by Sam

don't allow opinion, to change into dominion
of your dreams to be the best you can be
just keep right on growing, questioning more than knowing
and don't let judgement take away your liberty

take away the put-downs, burn the images of bad
run away from everything that stops you being proud,
like the judgemental blues

Still doin' therapy, trying to clear up my history
I thought I was messed up, but it seems we all are
Learnt during therapy, my guilt ain't no mystery
It's just a reaction to judgemental blues
Track Name: Zirconium Band (Philosofree)
I once asked for a kiss, and you granted my wish with a thousand all over my body
I put on your hand, a zirconium band and your smile lit the whole of the lobby
I remember the time, coming home; too much wine, when we laughed and got wet in the rain;
over the years we faced fears with joint tears, but our hearts were entwined all the time
I was yours, you were mine, though it was a tough climb we still shared joy, we still shared joy, we still shared joy oh so sublime.
(Instrumental memory refrain)
You know I love you.

you have so much to give,I prayed that you'd live, and I thought that we'd beat this one too
now I guess I can say, though I miss your sweet ways, that I know that you haunt all I do

I asked for a kiss, and you still grant my wish with the breeze on my face and the sun on my skin
I ask for your hand, and then ]in mine I find
your zirconium band...
and I dance with a smile once again.
I once asked for a kiss, and you granted my wish with a thousand all over my body
I put on my hand, a zirconium band and your love dances with me again
(Instrumental memory refrain)

and your love dances with me,
forever
Track Name: Gratitude (Philosofree)
My heart is beating, I got a choice
My eyes can see, I breathe without thinking 'bout it
I hear your voice, I can feel your pulse
About my health, I got the attitude of gratitude.

Food on the table, water on tap.
My blood is warmed by doing what I love to do
I am a dance, and I take the chance
to appreciate - the attitude of gratitude!

I've got lots of stuff, I can do without
I've got enough money and a bank that's lookin' after it
I have my home, a love that's true,
I see love as the mirror of my attitude of gratitude

Instrumental

Best of all, I got friends who care
We've got love we share, (you have a sexy aptitude)
I've got self respect, and I love me too,
that's the base of an attitude of gratitude.

My life is good, I've got a choice
your perfume, I breathe without thinking bout it
I hear your voice, I can feel your pulse
for all I see, I have the attitude of gratitude.
Track Name: Nothing is Stopping Me (Philosofree)
The chains of the past are broken
They were all inside my head, now
The chains of the past are broken
They were all inside my head, now
Delusions

gonna live with compassion
I’m gonna live
Gonna live my life
shining light ;
cause nothin’ is stopping me
nothin’ is stopping me
nothin’ is stopping me
anymore

I was brainwashed by the system
To believe in punishment, now
Brainwashed
To believe in God’s punishment
Like God wanted to hurt me now....
(Chorus)

My life was obligation
I wanted so much to be me, now
My life was obligation
And I just wanted to be free,
To make my own mistakes

I was told I was a sinner, I was labelled no good,
I was washed up and hopeless, then I received love,

I believe I have value
shining self-confidence, now
I believe I have value
self-confidence is the difference, oh yeah
mmmm


gonna live with compassion
I’m gonna live
Gonna live my life
shining light from GodIsLove
cause nothin’ is stopping me
nothin’ is stopping me
nothin’ is stopping me
anymore
Track Name: Green Light (If She Can, She Will!) (Philosofree)
Before I met my woman I spent nights alone in bed
My life was like a traffic light always stuck on red.
But now I get the green instead, cause she opens up her..
(don't presume!)
she opens up her heart with her magic will,
she's got that magic skill
but what really gives me the biggest thrill
is that if she can, If she can, she will!

Stopped. now I go,
Unsure. Now I know
That until red becomes green,
If she can she will, If she can,she will

Blue, red, orange, green
Prettiest woman I've ever seen
I love who she is, and my biggest thrill
is that if she can, - she will

Before I met my woman I spent nights alone in bed
My life was like a traffic light always stuck on red.
Now I love that she lights up the green instead
well, if she can, she will
if she can, she will
Track Name: Afloat On Red Water (Philosofree)
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Moonlight on the verandah, Your head is on my lap
the gun in my holster is ready to fire, Now what do you think of that?

Afloat on red water, purple clouds in the sky
Lightnin' strikes where it hit before, and all that you can do is sigh?
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Ride the warm waves of my mystery
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Read the pages of the ink that I paint on your thigh,
paint on your thigh ...

Morning sun on our pillow, birds calling in a field of yellow wheat,
You tell me that the the only meal you want is me, well how the hell can I sleep?
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Ride the warm waves of my mystery
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Oooh, I, Oooh, We...
Read the pages of the ink that I paint on your thigh,
paint on your thigh ...
Track Name: You Are My Inspiration (Philosofree)
I love your body moving, I follow every step you make
I love your body breathing, I thrill with every breath you take,
and every time I touch you, you fit me like a glove
so now its time to party, come and teach me how to move
You are my inspiration, now come out on the dance floor
You are my inspiration, come out on the floor

You inspire me,
You inspire me,
You inspire me
come out on the floor

You are my inspiration, now come out on the dance floor
You are my in-spiration, come out on the floor
Shake your hips (nice)
twist to left and right
now raise your arms, and show off all your charms, (Oh yeah)

You are my inspiration, now stay here on the dance floor
You are my inspiration, stay here on the floor
You are my inspiration, now stay here on the dance floor
You are my inspiration, stay here on the floor
Track Name: Plasticup (Philosofree)
Hey, there, don't look so sad,
you're life's not gone, an' you'll get another chance
Oooh oooh ooh
We, will, ne-ver give up, catch all our dreams, put them in a plasticup
When, we, need lif-ting up, just take a sip, you can taste the sweet in it
Love, fill, the cup with sun, it o-ver-flows, spills out on to ev-ery-one

Plasticup dis-pos-a-ble, at first glance,
but it is replaceable, an' you'll get another chance

Collect each drop of your dreams
from your soul they flow in streams
Life holds more than gold
more than being young or old

Don't ignore your plasticup,
our goal is to fill it up,[
never give up, fill up- your Plasticup
Hey, there, don't look so sad, you're life's not gone,
an' you'll get another chance
and you'll get another chance
and you'll get another chance
Track Name: Fragrances (Philosofree)
Through our open window the breeze is soft and warm
in her gentle hands she brings a gift, the perfumes of love's home.
OOooh the breeze is soft and warm
in her gentle hands she brings a gift, the perfume of the dawn.

Inhale the citrus of the morning, the cedarwood of hope,
the spices of your passion, the spices of your passion,
the frankincense of your love

Fragrances I'm grateful for, the taste of who you are,
peppermint of kindness, chamomile of care
patchouli of your laughter, the beauty of foxglove,
marjoram of energy, aroma of your love.

Fragrances, fragrances

In the bergamot of your peace I rest, with notes of eucalyptus,
It's hard to adjust to the sweet musk of your trust,
but I know I must, cause I am intoxicated with your perfume

Fragrances I'm grateful for, the taste of who you are
peppermint of kindness, chamomile of care,
patchouli of your laughter, beauty of foxglove,
the marjoram of energy, aroma of your love.

Fragrances, fragrances
Fragrances, fragrances

You're my peppermint, patchouli, my musk and chamomile
cedarwood and citrus infused with sex appeal
Fragrances, fragrances
Fragrances, fragrances
She loves you!
Got to be optimistic!

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