By the Window

by Ashley Hamel

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"By the Window" contemplates the journey of a girl searching for inspiration, only to discover it lives within. The songs deftly move from charming and funny, to sensitive and thoughtful, to deeply emotional.

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released August 7, 2014

Words and Music by Ashley Hamel
Engineered by Christopher Reyne
Artwork by Evie Stormzard

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Ashley Hamel Hartford, Connecticut

I write emotionally honest songs, whether they're playful or serious.

"By the Window" is the first part of my journey. Living in Fantasy and coming back to Reality with love and resolve.

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Track Name: Diary of a Fangirl
This is just the diary of a fangirl
Sitting up in her room, putting her heart in a tune

Through your music I know your soul
And in my song I like to put mine
So take a listen and you will find
That they are just alike

But this is just the diary of a fangirl
Eluding reality, challenging impossibility

When we meet at the next big event, you'll tell me
That the cover I did of your song is the best damn thing that you ever done heard, and
My eyes are as big as the moon, and come to think of it my booty is too
There's something about me you can't resist, and would it be rude to ask for a kiss?
OMG we're leaving soon
Let's go upstairs and go back to your room...

But this is just the diary of a fangirl
Who'd like to live in this song, who's writing an auto-fanfiction

We'll write a song, and we'll fall in love
And everyone would want to be us
And every day, we'll sit and laugh about
How I didn't know you but loved you anyway

Anyway...

This is just the diary of a fangirl
Who hates the word, but accepts it for what it's worth
Cause she's just another in his line faceless females
Who will take whatever they can find

This is just the diary of a fangirl
Eluding reality, challenging impossibility
Who'd like to live in this song, the star of her auto-fanfiction
Sitting up in her room, putting her heart in this tune

And how can you ever know
The fantasy that I've created out of you?
The fantasy
The fantasy…
I've created outta you

Will someday come true (someday).
Track Name: The Joy of Painting (Bob Ross)
Bob Ross, you can't teach me how
To paint a portrait of your face

I'd paint your fro and I'd paint your beard
It wouldn't exactly show how I feel
But I can't cause you only do scapes of land

Your shirt buttons down to your navel
In one half hour you are able
To create a masterpiece with your hands

Bob Ross you can't teach me how
To sing and play guitar

I'd write you a song, we'd make happy love
Outside next to a happy little shrub
But I can't cause you don't know music

And afterward I'd ask you to
Paint me wearing this (and only this) in the nude
But you won't cause you prefer mountains

You tell me I can do anything
I can paint a happy stream
We don't make mistakes
We make happy accidents

Oh Bob Ross, you've taught me
With your quiet manner and your voice
That it's the simple things,
Like your paintings, that bring joy
Track Name: Infinity
I sit by my window liberated.
The screens and my dreams
Released to the wind.
Who knew you’d catch them
And hold them in your presence?
Little by little,
You return them all.

I find new feeling in familiar songs.
Changed by perception.
Understood anew.
I thought I knew everything
But I didn’t know myself,
Unchartable,
Virgin wilderness.

I still stare at the stars...infinity,
Their power so strong
It scares you, I know.
The Unknown needn’t bring fear
But bring you closer to me.
The vast galaxy
In infinite eyes.
Track Name: What Will I Do
What will I do
What will I do
If I don't have your love?

At the end of every tunnel,
There is a light
Sometimes you gotta throw in the towel
Sometimes you gotta fight

What will I do
What will I do
If I don't have your love?

The only thing that keeps my heart pumping
Is the thought of you and me
And when I feel the fear of what could be coming
Well you put my heart at ease

What will I do
What will I do
If I don't have your love?

I think it's time to face the music
And I can't refuse it
They say, "That's life.
You'd better get used to it
Oh used to it
Oh used to it...

What about you
What about me
When I don't have your love?

What about us
What will we become
Without our love?