1. Room By Room

From the recording Room By Room

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About Room By Room: One night in the summer of 2019, I had woken up caught in a wave of panic at the state of world affairs - in particular, my own country, the US, and the terrifying path it appeared to be taking. I knew I was not alone in this feeling. I got up, went to the piano, and the song appeared. Writing the song was a reminder to myself that I cannot in fact take on the whole world myself- or better said, that the primary way to affect my world is to keep my own center, my own ‘inner fire,’ alive and well.

I recorded the song in the winter and had already planned on a spring 2020 release- I also already had the idea of creating a video collage of various people with candles to go with it. When the virus and subsequent lockdown hit, a new dimension was added to the song that I had never intended, and my invitation for folks to share clips of themselves took on new meaning. We each have found ourselves self-isolating in our own ‘rooms,’ hopefully each of us tending well to our well-being and aliveness, in anticipation of the light of day returning, for the healing of our country and our world, one room at a time.

Here is the humble result- a cobbling together of various homemade shots from around the planet, including my own. From my "room" to yours - with deep gratitude to the bright ones who contributed clips to the making of this little film, and to all those involved in the making of the record.


B3 Organ by Brother Paul Brown
Strings performed by Pete Whitfield, arranged by Pete Whitfield and Mark Davis
Vocals, piano, guitar, video editing by Mark Davis
Recorded and mixed by Damon Castillo; mastering Panic Studios/John McCaig


Room by room we keep a fire
With all our love we keep it bright
The darkened state it is a lie
There is a way to end the night

Some rooms have just forgotten grace
And they will turn with your embrace
You see and feed the inner fire
There is a way to end the night
Room by room

Hold on to me when you forget
When darkened states get in your head
Hold on to me your inner fire
There is a way to end the night
The darkened state it is a lie

Room by room... we'll build a fire
Room by room... we'll keep it bright
See and feed the inner fire
With all our love...
With all our love we'll keep it bright
Keep it bright
Room by room

words and music ©2020 mark phillip davis/inkling music