ups and downs mixtape

by Twisted Optiks

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Dr. Frederick Martin of His Servant Ministries of Ferguson, Kentucky allowed me to spend a week in Ferguson, with all expense paid, food and shelter and 24/7 access to his recording studio. He even reimbursed half of my flight. All is asked is that I be a blessing to someone the way he was for me.

Of course, this wouldn't have even came to be if it weren't for connecting with Judy Chanthalangsy at the SEAC conference in March of 2010. She told me a little about Dr. Martin and his ministry that serves in the fields of Laos and about his recording studio. I took it as a nice gesture but she held her word and in May I flew to Kentucky.

That's where I had a chance to connect with CD (Judy's cousin) who was also aspiring to record music. He sings, plays the guitar, lead worship and even helped on my tracks. It was a blessing to get to know the brother in Christ.

I also met Maria McNeil, who happened to be in town to visit her family. She helped on the album with incredible vocal talents along with her dad helping out by adding some violins to the tracks.

With only one week to work with, you can tell I had to put in work and sacrifice much sleep. At one point that I can recalled, within 72 hours I had only 7 hour of sleep. But the project did get to be completed and this is the result.

I hope you enjoy it and may it be a blessing to you.

credits

released 10 July 2011

Special thanks to Dr. Martin, his wife, His Servant Ministries, Judy, CD, Maria, Bill, and those that believe in my ministry. God bless yaw! I love yaw!

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Track Name: Fly Higher feat CD
Intro: (Twisted Optiks)
Yea, Twisted Optiks
CD, keep it rocking
Yaw know, we keep it locked in
It's how we drop it
Let's go, yea
c'mon, heyo

Verse 1: (Twisted Optiks)
Got my feet on the ground
And head in the clouds, so now I'm daydreaming
Pondering on thoughts from early morn' to late evening
Beyond cloud nine, I'm on a spiritual high
Sort of like an airplane, ya boy be feeling so fly
Fresh pen, fresh pad, fresh ink, fresh paper
Blessed beats plus blessed rhymes, the best flavor
The best way to elevate us
Pass the top floor to the highest skyscraper
The feeling is so contagious
Far out like the outterspace family, its outrageous
Better than a bowl of Lucky Charms
Where you took one bite and got your bowl swiped by a leprechaun
Who left behind a pot of gold, hershey's
Except to find out it ain't chocolate, dirty
But anyways, let's get back to the subject
I'm higher than a kite on supernatural substance

Chorus: (CD)
Life is an open door, unlimited possibilities to explore
Open your wings, get up and just soar
It's time to fly higher than you have before
And don't you worry about a thing at all
He stayed up by the clouds so you will not fall
Nothing is impossible so get ready for so much more...

Verse 2: (Twisted Optiks)
You are high and lifted up, in true excitement
My eyes are now open into a new horizon
Realize my writing radiates reality
Reproducing rhythms and rhymes that rock radically
Whoo! It'll leave you breathless just like casualties
What goes down must come up, defy gravity
Sharp and on point, you can call it a cactus
So high up feel like I'm walking on an atlas
At last, I'm living life with a purpose
What a beautiful feeling looking past the surface
I am on a mountain higher than Mt. Everest
Surrounded by love in a life that's forever blessed
Wouldn't trade this moment for any amount of money
Life above the physical, no longer am I hungry
You see this is the result of tasting the Most High
Love that fills up my heart, now we gotta let our souls fly

Chorus: (CD)
Life is an open door, unlimited possibilities to explore
Open your wings, get up and just soar
It's time to fly higher than you have before
And don't you worry about a thing at all
He stayed up by the clouds so you will not fall
Nothing is impossible so get ready for so much more... (x2)

Outro: (Twisted Optiks)
Spread your wings like eagles and fly (and fly)
Spread your wings like eagles and soar on high (to the sky yaw)
Spread your wings like eagles and fly (and fly)
Spread your wings like eagles and soar on high (to the sky yaw)
Spread your wings like eagles and fly (and fly)
Spread your wings like eagles and soar on high (to the sky yaw)
Spread your wings like eagles and fly (and fly)
Spread your wings like eagles and soar on high (to the sky yaw)
With the Most High, yea
Track Name: Lonely Road feat Maria McNeil
Chorus: (Maria McNeil)
You're all that I need to help me proceed
To get through this fire and set me free
I've been through it all and only You know
So please hold my hand on this lonely road
This lonely road...

Verse 1: (Twisted Optiks)
Yo I hope You get the glory Lord
'Cause I'm having a hard time trying to follow directions on the story board
Feeling it more and more inside this corridor
Dealing with doubt like what should I even move forward for?
Heavily horrible, and heaven only knows
I'm walking on a path that is leading to a lonely road
Feel like a broken stove, I'm only going cold
Perhaps I lost my chance to advance and now I'm growing old
Opportunities I had could've been wonderful
But now its like cards I'm dealt, I just wanna fold
Hurting and grieving uncertain of receiving
Any person to heed this cry of relief my heart is needing
I'm speaking, but I don't know if You can hear me
I'm reaching out but I don't know if You are near me
I'm nearly out of strength to stand my own ground
Down at rock bottom, all alone up in this ghost town

Chorus: (Maria McNeil)
You're all that I need to help me proceed
To get through this fire and set me free
I've been through it all and only You know
So please hold my hand on this lonely road
This lonely road...

Verse 2: (Twisted Optiks)
You see it's hard to hush the heart and let the spirit speak
But Lord I'm trying, please forgive me for the moments when I'm feeling weak
Seeking You should be my most important priority
Instead I let my thoughts overwhelm me and torture me
I want to find peace
I want to salvage what's left of my spirit and just let my mind ease
Lord I am on my knees 'cause I am honestly
At a point in the road where all I'm hearing is my heartbeat
I need Your guiding hand to lift me up to stand
And help me walk across this valley into the higher land
My knees are buckling, I'm weak and struggling
My tears form a puddle with a reflection of ugliness
Please Father remove my sight im needing blind faith
And most of all remove my pride let me be unashamed
You brought me out of pain, lonliness and heartaches
I am never alone.. You're right here with me always

Chorus: (Maria McNeil)
You're all that I need to help me proceed
To get through this fire and set me free
I've been through it all and only you know
So please hold my hand on this lonely road
This lonely road...

Verse 3: (Twisted Optiks)
Lord I ain't mad at You, You've always been around
You put my feet upon the rock and firm solid ground
But what I don't get is when You put me down
Left me to walk this lonely road alone and in my tears drown
Times I dealt with despair it almost buried me
I looked down those footprints of Yours I would barely see
It took me so long to realize with clarity
The times that I was hurting the most is when You carried me

Chorus: (Maria McNeil)
You're all that I need to help me proceed
To get through this fire and set me free
I've been through it all and only you know
So please hold my hand on this lonely road
This lonely road... (x2)
Track Name: Reign Fall feat CD, Judy C.
Chorus: (CD, Judy C.)
Let it rain, let it rain
Open the floodgates of heaven (x2)

Verse 1: (Twisted Optiks)
Through the thick and the thin, you start to develop the thick skin
In these times that's uncertain if you'll get the win
Fast pace life, your heart rates quickening
Sickening, how everyone is quick to sin
Intimance replaced by lust where living in
Reminisce of days when we used to live for Him
But then again, we are far from innocent
Ladies and gentlemen we are now, here, near the end
Look.... we're here and we're living the last days
There's a price on your head just for living your past ways, and
Can't find heaven, if ain't meeting Him halfway
Getting put out like a cancer stick in smoke ashtrays
On the outside you shining like a glass plate
But inside, your heart's a landfill, where all the trash lay
But don't despair, just know that He cares
The good race that you running, you don't wanna be in last place

Chorus: (CD, Judy C.)
Let it rain, let it rain
Open the floodgates of heaven (x2)

Verse 2: (Twisted Optiks)
Life seems dry, feel like you've been deserted in a desert
Without a drop of water, now you're feeling all the pressure
You really wanna quench that thirst you have in your heart
So far nothing seems to work, and got you falling apart
You went to money and drugs, people with fake hugs
Many who say they are down, but never help you up
Now you running on empty, opposition is plenty
Problems hitting hard, physically, spiritually and mentally
Striving to find a answer, looking for a solution
You needing something better in life, more than you're use to
Well the answer is near, matter fact it's here
There is an abundance of hope, no more drowning in tears
Turn to that living water, you will conquer your obstacles
Even when times are harder, overcoming is possible
The thirst that's holding you down, is now extinguished
Through the blood of Jesus. Welcome to true freedom!

Chorus: (CD, Judy C.)
Let it rain, let it rain
Open the floodgates of heaven (x2)

Verse 3: (Twisted Optiks)
Let it rain, pour down drenched in His love
Overflowing your heart spilling over your cup
Let this river of life flow down in your soul
Bringing joy to your heart, filling these empty holes
Leave you feeling complete, ready to face the day
Nothing feels impossible following God's ways
Nothing is impossible if you living in God
No matter what you're facing, nothing is too hard
Whenever problems come, you now have an answer
The power to be fearless facing any circumstances
Holy Spirit will hold you, help you and heal you
Giving you the truth, bringing out the real you
Makes the lame to walk and blind to see
Open prison doors, set the captives free
Passion inside your heart, God will set the flame
Evil spirits will drown if you Let... it... rain...

Chorus: (CD, Judy C.)
Let it rain, let it rain
Open the floodgates of heaven (x2)
Track Name: Beautiful Love feat Maria McNeil, CD, Judy C.
Intro: (Twisted Optiks)
Ayyy, it's a party over here
So everybody listen clear
It's time to get on down
With the music, let's do it! (ohh oh ohh)
Ayyy, it's a party over here
So people open up your ears
It's time to get on down
With the groove, let's move it! (ohh oh ohh)

Chorus: (Maria McNeil)
I got this beautiful love of mine
And I just can't wait to share it all with you (ohh oh ohh)
It's something wonderful, so divine
And it'll change your life and you'll be renewed (ohh oh ohh)

Verse: (Twisted Optiks, CD)
Love is in the music
Love is getting through it
Love is how you open up your heart
Love is in the spirit
Love will bring you near it
Love will bring the light into the dark (x2) (ohh oh ohh)

Chorus: (Maria McNeil)
I got this beautiful love of mine
And I just can't wait to share it all with you (ohh oh ohh)
It's something wonderful, so divine
And it'll change your life and you'll be renewed (ohh oh ohh)

Verse: (Twisted Optiks, CD)
Love is in the music
Love is getting through it
Love is how you open up your heart
Love is in the spirit
Love will bring you near it
Love will bring the light into the dark (x2) (ohh oh ohh)

Chorus: (Maria McNeil)
I got this beautiful love of mine
And I just can't wait to share it all with you (ohh oh ohh)
It's something wonderful, so divine
And it'll change your life and you'll be renewed (ohh oh ohh)

Outro: (Twisted Optiks)
Ayyy, it's a party over here
So everybody listen clear
It's time to get on down
With the music, let's do it! (ohh oh ohh)
Ayyy, it's a party over here
So people open up your ears
It's time to get on down
With the groove, let's move it! (ohh oh ohh)

Freestyling Outro: (Maria McNeil, CD, Twisted Optiks)
Track Name: Freedom feat Maria McNeil, CD, Judy C.
Chorus: (Twisted Optiks, Maria McNeil, CD, Judy C.)
The time is now, it's time to stand
Time to fight for what we believe in
So raise your voice, and take this chance
'Cause we are crying out for freedom (x2)

Verse 1: (Twisted Optiks)
Now I gotta stand free as a man that is confirmed
To live life for God, and no I won't burn
I ain't letting the world try to bring me in this back
Trying to pull me down having me holding me down that, nah
I'd rather stand strong and keeping in track
Make an impact in life and knowing where I'm at
From the mission fields, I just gotta reach every heart and soul
To know the hearts of God is the way to flow
We gotta just keep it in connected in perspective
Trying to find my way and I'm moving this direction
Is it left or right? But I know when I bless the mic
I better give it to the Lord because you know He blessed it right
In the words that I'm speaking, many times that I'm reaching
Trying to find my place and my time, and now I'm speaking
Into the holy water living 'cause you know its spitting
Better than what I ever could ever give it, Holy Spirit get it!

Chorus: (Twisted Optiks, Maria McNeil, CD, Judy C.)
The time is now, it's time to stand
Time to fight for what we believe in
So raise your voice, and take this chance
'Cause we are crying out for freedom (x2)

Verse 2: (Twisted Optiks)
I stand tall I will let nobody hold me down
I've been through enough struggles, this time around
I'm gonna take my focus and just stay in aim
And rock rhymes for the Lord with the passion in flames
Heart and the soul, when I'm sparking these rhymes it's real
I've been through enough hurt, I know how I feel
I got God in my heart, so now that I can smile
Peace and love is what I feel and Imma show you right now
And these words are not even written upon a paper
It's just God showing me how to download the greatest
Rhymes that I be spitting right now, it'll be the latest
Creative way just to spit it from my heart and now I take it
To an earthly realm, and matter fact beyond
Give it to heaven to feel it, these sounds that are strong
And it's God giving the breath, the life that I have til the death
It's even better than that, I'm gonna wreck yea!

Chorus: (Twisted Optiks, Maria McNeil, CD, Judy C.)
The time is now, it's time to stand
Time to fight for what we believe in
So raise your voice, and take this chance
'Cause we are crying out for freedom (x2)

Verse 3: (Twisted Optiks)
You have a choice to make in life, so understand
Everybody is free, there is a plan
You'll look to the Lord, He will hold your hand
Never letting you fall, you know He can
Anytime that you feel you're in the dirt
Just look to the Lord, 'cause He'll bring you out the worst
And He will only make you, get it in the best
That's the love, that's the life, that's the reason that I'm blessed, yes!

Chorus: (Twisted Optiks, Maria McNeil, CD, Judy C.)
The time is now, it's time to stand
Time to fight for what we believe in
So raise your voice, and take this chance
'Cause we are crying out for freedom (x2)

Outro: (Twisted Optiks)
The world is in need, you have to open your eyes
Give God your heart, He will show you freedom (He will)
He will break the oppression, break you free
From the bond of addiction, of hatred, of greed, of lust
Of the ways of the wickedness of the world
And will bring you to a brighter place
There's so much grace, and all you need to have is faith
The salvation of Our Lord will bless you, and thats real