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My Tiny Desk Contest Entry

Having heard whispers for months and hollers for weeks (from fans), I finally entered the NPR Tiny Desk Contest in the eleventh hour. Just in time for the deadline, I hastily posted my video and then went back to rocking my fussy daughter to sleep. New Northbound 🙂

MY TINY DESK CONTEST ENTRY

▶︎ DOWNLOAD BETTER BE US ALL (iTunes)

The hangup was not necessarily procrastination, it was that I spent weeks thinking about WHAT SONG I wanted to stand behind for my lone Tiny Desk Contest submission. It wasn’t an easy decision — I went back and forth between old songs, new songs, upbeat songs, somber songs, catchy for the crowds, poetic for my heart.

In the end, I went with Better Be Us All from Another Gleam. Perhaps there is no better song, for this day and age, than this song of collective hope. Written for everyone, whether you know it or not, enjoy my Tiny Desk Contest submission and be sure to pass it on.

Much love.

BETTER BE US ALL
by tyler stenson ©️ 2006

An interesting man I know
Has the Music in his bones.
He writes the songs
But he can’t stand rock n’ roll.
His name is On His Right Hand
As he hides behind a wall
-Somebody’s gonna make it but you know it better be us all.

Older brother,
He’s the dreamer of some dreams-
He stretched out the gray and made it green.
I can see myself in him
(I’m just a little bit too small).
Somebody’s gonna make it but you know it better be us all.

Little brother,
You are not the only one-
Just don’t get burned in the Oklahoma sun.
You’re trying to get to heaven and
I’m just trying not to fall.
Somebody’s gonna make it but you know it better be us all.

I’m a music maker
Trying to make a dream
But getting there is as endless as it seems.
So, I’m sitting at this Tiny Desk
With the words, but no one to call
Because somebody’s gonna make it but you know it better be us all.

Yes, I’m sitting at this Tiny Desk
With some words I hope you’ll recall:
Somebody’s gonna make it but you know it better be us all.

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