Stay Happy

by SunnyShading

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about

A 6 song album. Originally, this album's tracklist has been spurred around a lot from 7 to 10, to 14 and to even a crazy number of 20!

This is a little safer of a number, allowing you to listen to each track individually and I hope you do like each track individually.

Each track is a story on something in my life, which goes into the album name. Which also goes into the name of "SunnyShading."

Stay Happy should really be called, "Stay Strong." Cause that's virtually what this album is about. Throughout all misfortune, to find that optimistic voice inside of your head that says you can make it through everything. That's the lesson I was going through when writing, recording and playing this album throughout everywhere I could on the east coast. Some days were great, some days were not, and other days I was practically in hell.

After going through a car crash, I thought this album would never see the light of day but I remember to "Have Hope." To push forward and understand that all things have purpose.

And that's what SunnyShading is about.
The N's are backwards because it's about moving forward in your life when things are moving backwards. It's about understanding, accepting the negatives but also knowing full well to keep moving forward. For purpose, for love, for peace and all things we move along with.

I'm happy. And it's funny that coming out with this album was more of a journey to reach happiness. To find my "Pursuit of Happyness."

Well I'm fucking happy.

I hope you enjoy these songs. And I hope you can find a way to pursuit your dreams, passions despite all things that come and block your path.

Life will challenge you, and I encourage you to fight back. Only good can come from it.



Stay Happy.

credits

released July 5, 2013

Credit goes to Soundmine Studios for recording 5/6 of the Album. Including The "Pick-Up" Song, unfortunately the version recorded in the studio couldn't be used. All tracks would've been recorded in studio if not for cost issues. Major props nonetheless to Soundmine for being incredibly cool and working with a small town musician like me! It was an amazing experience.

Props to my amazing friends who stuck by me as I went through the writing process and the ups and downs throughout this year and last year. Coming to my shows whether they be all the way out in Philadelphia or Ohio. And of course listening to the tracks and coming to the studio with me to give critic and listen though. Major credit to Lance Francois, my amazing cousin, for being the one to get my foot into the studio, virtually starting this album up. If not for him, this album may never have existed.

Major credit to my Family for sticking by me and having faith in this album. For my Mom for giving me the idea for the album title because of difficulties we were going through. To Have Hope, to Stay Happy, and not to be struck down in tough times. Staying Strong. To Raymond Smith for quickly converting this little symbol I drew on car windows on my trip to Philly for a show with Plastic Harmonicas, so I could use it as album artwork.

To Ronald Bogart for being the sickest drummer ever. Like seriously, me and my friends joked that we might as well rename SunnyShading to just Ron. I think that's more catchy either way haha. No but seriously, you just with me despite how difficult I've been and how difficult life has been shooting curve balls and coming back to record with me each time. I'm sorry we couldn't get Faker out, and soon we will! I know we will and it'll be badass as fuck once the time comes. You've been an amazing contribution to this album!

For Steven Allen and Brandon Broschart for playing Bass. For Thomas Detrick for coming in to play Bass on one show. Seriously, those experiences were amazing and it later got me into actually picking up a Bass. One of these days soon I'm gonna buy one, now that I can concentrate on myself as a musician and expand my skills on all instruments. I swear, I'm picking up a Violin next haha!

For Jesse Morales for reminding me that as a musician I have full power over my music, not the funds required to make it fully possible, and allowing me to step back and actually fully finish the album after working on it so long. I hope to see how far both of us, along with everyone in the stroudsburg family, can go in this crazy and hard world.

To God for giving me the hands, the voice, and the feet to craft my creativity into one piece. For giving me the experiences, whether good or bad, that I could work upon and create something out of. I am but a Catalyst for these songs to transfer them through, what happens to them next is ultimately up to the Universe and God and I ultimately give myself up to both. A lot of things came in the way of this album and said, "You will not come out." Thank you for all those walls, thank for you giving me the ability to say,
"Yes it will."

Because it did.

Dan Malsch - Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Editing
Mike Villegas - Recording
Jonathan Francis - Recording
Ronald Bogart - Drums, Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Steven Allen - Bass on Sun~Girl, Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Brandon Broschart - Bass on BumbleBoyzz
Anthony Santana - Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Dave Orlando Cook - Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Pedro Ordonez - Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Lance Francois - Helping in Studio Costs

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SunnyShading Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

My name is Theomar Chakey (Pronounced "Shockey") Francois. I live in Bushkill, PA and I've been expressing myself in this way for quite some time.

So here's my music and I hope you enjoy them.

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Track Name: Heartbreak Anthem
[Verse 1]
The distance's longer,
And you're asking harder,
But my heart gets colder
As I'm getting older.
Though my hair gets longer,
My feet get stronger
My heart gets weaker
As you get further away.

[Chorus]
And if I knew it was so easy to walk away I'd go too.
Cause I've broken my share of hearts too.
So maybe I'm just karma's tool.
Until I learn to get away from you.

Do do do.
Do do.
Do do. Do do~

Do do do.
Do do.
Do do. Do do~

[Verse 2]
And you're getting cooler,
You say I'm a loser
But you're just getting crueler
And I'm a fool for
The concept of love, the one that I grew up with.

[Chorus]
And if I knew it was so easy to walk away I'd go too.
Cause I've broken my share of hearts too.
So maybe I'm just karma's tool.
Until I learn to get away from you.

Do do do.
Do do.
Do do. Do do~

[Bridge]
But now I'm on my own.
Yes, I am.
So I'll just sing.
Cause that's just what I do.

Do do do.
Do do.
Do do. Do do~

[Chorus]
And if I knew it was so easy to walk away I'd go too.
Cause I've broken my share of hearts too.
So maybe I'm just karma's tool.
Until I learn to get away from you.

Do do do.
Do do.
Do do.

Do Do do,
Do Do,
Do Do, do.

The distance's longer and you're asking harder but my heart gets colder as I'm getting older.
Track Name: Pomegranate & Honey
[Verse 1]
I'm there on your call,
And that got me wondering
If I shoulda saw
These feelings coming to me
And I question if I could be this type for you.

Though I'm losing this fight,
To see who can keep each other down
Yet with all of my might
You flawlessly move me around
It's weird being without you so leaving would be quite cruel

[Pre-Chorus]
So I'd write you a catchy song
To see if I could get you to sing along
But it's filled with a bunch of complicated words that only serve to remind me of how far I am from you.
Besides no words can describe just what you

[Chorus]
Do, Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do. Dadadada.

Do, Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do. Dadadada.

[Verse 2]
And I'm a wreck
But you caught me at my best
Though you leaving town is making me a darn mess
Baby this lack of deception is really scaring me cause I'm new to it.

Though I'd move distance just to see that little smile
That you brought out when you're with me
Though I can't hold these miles that you're making between us.

[Pre-Chorus]
So I'd write you a catchy song
To see if I could get you to sing along
But it's filled with a bunch of complicated words that only serve to remind me of how far I am from you.
Besides no words can describe just what you

[Chorus]
Do, Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do. Dadadada.

Do, Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do. Dadadada.

[Bridge]
So lemme be serious with you,
About the little things you do.
I wanna fall in love with you.
But I can't cause it's complicated.
It's always complicated.
But we've all been there
And I'm always too late and I'm always there.

[Pre-Chorus]
So I wrote you a catchy song to see if we could stay and sing along on your kitchen floor.
But you don't the words and maybe I don't them either.
So with the silence we'll get close and ask each other.

Do, Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do. Dadadada.

Do, Do do do do do do do do.
Do do do do do do do do.
Do you think that you could fall for me the way I fell for you?
Track Name: The "Pick-Up" Song
[Verse 1]
Well if you know the truth then you don't have to prove it
Or else you'll live your whole life trying to break off of lies.
Just hide your breathe and turn your cheek
There's power in silence

And there's a little more to you

[Chorus]
When it's not about what you wear
It's not about how you look
It's all about what's in there
And if you decide to put it outside for us to see
That there's a different part of you
Cause it's not about what's outside it's all about what's inside of you.

[Verse 2]
Well see I know the truth
So I won't get struck by lies
When people tell you off don't be surprised
Cause they can't understand your life and your plans
They haven't lived it,

And there's a little more to you.

[Chorus]
When it's not about what you wear
It's not about how you look
It's all about what's in there
And if you decide to put it outside for us to see
That there's a different part of you
Cause it's not about what's outside it's all about what's inside of you.

[Bridge]
You're shinning, shimmering, you're the sun. You just don't know it yet.
So if you smile yeah you've won. You just don't know it yet.
No money sure won't buy you happiness, so try to find it somewhere else.
Just be yourself and it will all work out.

[Chorus]
When it's not about what you wear
It's not about how you look
It's all about what's in there
And if you decide to put it outside for us to see
That there's a different part of you
Cause it's not about what's outside it's all about what's inside of you.

Do do do do do~.
Track Name: Sun~Girl
[Verse 1]
Do you even know who I am anymore?
You haven't looked in this way for four years.
It's like I don't exist.

Yet somehow you break me down,
Like no one has before.
I mean do you even remember what I said to you,
When I said, "I haven't felt this way before?"

But you didn't think of me that way,
Am I singing like you want me to?
Or am I not as rash as you prefer.

[Chorus]
Cause you gave up on me.
Though what if I said to you,
that I am still in love with everything you do.
But you don't care, no you don't care anymore.

Cause you gave up on me,
Though what if I said to you,
That I am still in love with everything you do.
But Highschool beat me to the point with you.

[Verse 2]
And you're acting kind of strange,
I think you wanted to go away.
So I'll shout it out loud
Till everyone in this town knows my name,

And you'll find me someday
And you'll apologize for what went down
But I hope I didn't change cause I wanted to hear you say,

That "I don't want to grow up!"
But you didn't want to stay young.
When all the cool kids hated your style,
So you changed mindsets so I thought I'd let you go away.

[Chorus]
But you gave up on me.
Though what if I said to you,
that I am still in love with everything you do.
But you don't care, no you don't care anymore.

Cause you gave up on me,
Though what if I said to you,
That I am still in love with everything you do.
But Highschool beat me to the point with you.

[Bridge]
You were just a girl,
And I was just a boy.
I can't impress a thing as long as you're in this scene.
Though you were losing time to finally be with all your friends so I thought you would come back to me.
I thought wrong.
Cause I guess I'm just a tiny part of your memories.

Cause when you gave up on me,
You seemed to take the sun away.
Why was it so hard for me to make you crack a smile?
But girl, you know I'd go the extra mile to fix our years.

[Chorus]
But then you gave up on me
But what if I said to you
That I am still in love
With everything you do.
But highschool beat me to the pulp for you.
Track Name: Safe
[Verse 1]
It's safe to say that I was wrong
And you can hear that in all of my songs.
And I was on my guitar wondering where you had been without me.
And it's safe to say that just being strong
Was silly to fake along
And I'd apologize everyday for this man I couldn't be for you.

[Chorus]
But now I know that through everything you've put me through
That this was right and the universe wanted this
So I break down and everyone can see that the best part of me you seemed to take for free.

[Verse 2]
It's safe to say that I was only strong.
I lacked personality in all these right places.
Yet still I stay up all night just to find, just to find
A reason why this love couldn't stay.
And maybe I'm not the one who should say
That everything has problems, I mean I know that we have problems but I wish we didn't.

[Chorus]
But now I know that through everything you've put me through
That this was right and the universe wanted this
So I break down and everyone can see that the best part of me you seemed to take for free.

[Bridge]
And I had a problem.
I couldn't find a reason to suffice as to why I was just your problem.
I had to find a way to survive in your mind.
Cause I had plans to be there in your future and you had plans and you didn't want me in yours.
So now you'll see this irony.

La da da, da da da da da.
La da da da da da da da.
La da da da da da da da da da.
Ooooo.

And I've got a problem with telling people the truth and I can't bring myself to cry cause if I got sad even just for a second I'd die.

And you would too.

[Chorus]
If you were wrong about dreams and fantasies
And I was on her wrong side
So I break down so everyone can see that I am letting go
Though I grow old so now I see

That I was right
You see love could have a future
Just we were wrong
We didn't work together
And maybe someday I'll find this happiness I'm looking for.
Even without you.

It's scary to be caught in the dark, but no one really knows just where to start.
But if there is darkness that means somewhere there's a light. You just have to find it.
Track Name: BumbleBoyzz
[Verse 1]
Heaven made a reason for everything in nature but I can't seem to find my way home.
Cause I live without reason so I'm not apart of nature so maybe I don't have a home.

[Pre-Chorus]
Cause I, I'm not the type
I wasn't designed to be treasured.
Yeah I am different, (But not better)
I am different, (But not better.)
Yeah I am different from you.

[Chorus]
So what's the point if I am just a boy
To young to know that there's no point.
But everything is strangely wrong for me yet everything is strangely right for you.

[Verse 2]
And I know everything will go away if I just want it.
I just gotta believe it and feel like I could receive it.
Or maybe my heart's way too small for this town.
Cause I could scream and shout really loud but nobody's listening.

[Pre-Chorus]
Cause I, I'm not the type
I wasn't designed to be treasured.
Yeah I am different, (But not better)
I am different, (But not better.)
Yeah I am different from you.

[Chorus]
So what's the point if I am just a boy
To young to know that there's no point.
But everything is strangely wrong for me yet everything is strangely right for you.

Yeah we're all different.
We're all different.
We're all different.
We're all different.

So what's the point if I am just a boy to young to go out in this world.
But I can make it there.
Not for you.
But for me.

Oooooooooooo~.