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  • Zo Tobi - Small Sweet Step (official lyric video)

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    “Small Sweet Step” is a song to keep you moving — especially when you really want to give up. STREAM & BUY: https://zotobi.com/small-sw...
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    VIDEO BY: Jake McBride // Animind Studio
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    LYRICS

    VERSE 1
    When you wake and feel the day's already gone
    The sun is rising but your faith is going down
    And you’re losing hope a change gonna come
    You gotta tune your station to a higher sound

    PRE-CHORUS 1
    When the way seems blockaded
    And you just don't have the might
    Give some praise that you're frustrated
    You ain't wrong, you're on the edge
    of something right

    CHORUS 1
    Take a small sweet step, give it all you got
    Just a small sweet step, moving forward
    You don't know what's next, and nevertheless
    Take a small sweet step, moving forward

    VERSE 2
    When you're riding
    and the fog has got you blind
    Remember you're the sky that holds the clouds
    Born with a hero's heart and a monkey mind
    On the planet of commitment, there is no doubt

    PRE-CHORUS 2 & CHORUS 2

    BRIDGE
    And you know you've got to be crazy,
    To look at the game and think you're OK
    You're in the very last minute, the very last play
    Scoreboard’s not on your side

    But inside your heart is a beat
    It's the song on your tongue
    and the dance in your feet
    You came here to bring to the game
    what you got
    Win or lose ain't never the prize!

    CHORUS 3
    You’ve got to take a small sweet step
    Give it all you got
    Just a small sweet step, moving forward
    You don't know what's next, and nevertheless
    Take a small sweet step, moving forward

    Take a small sweet step, give it all you got
    Just a small sweet step, moving forward
    You don't know what's next, and nevertheless
    Take a small sweet step, moving forward

    OUTRO
    Oooh… Just take a step… Oooh… Keep moving forward! (3x)
    Oooh… Just take a step… Oooh!

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    LINER NOTES

    “Small Sweet Step” is a song to keep you moving — especially when you really want to give up.

    The chorus came to me on an early morning run. I’d woken up in a bad mood. I thought a run would help. It didn’t. I was on my way home, but still further to go. I was exhausted and cranky, and I just needed something, anything, to keep me going.

    That’s when I remembered this beautiful phrase from my teacher and mentor, Maria Nemeth
    (check out our work together through the Academy for Coaching Excellence: acecoachtraining.com).

    Maria uses these three simple words as a way to remind us how all great things are accomplished: Small actions, taken over time, with a quality of ease.

    Ease isn’t about not working hard — it’s about working hard, but focusing on what’s in front of you, taking one step at a time, celebrating as you go.

    It reminds me of being a teenager, working with my dad, painting houses. When we got to that first exterior job, I remember looking up at this massive house and feeling totally overwhelmed. How could we possibly do this? My dad answered: “Pick one side of the house. Set up your ladder on the very end of that side, so you can reach the top. Paint the top row as much as you can reach. Then the next row down. Then the next. Then move the ladder and do it again.”

    This is how all great things get accomplished. And we all need a reminder of it sometimes.

    I hope this song inspires you to remember how truly capable you really are… to face that obstacle you’ve been worrying about… or to finally do that thing you’re really meant to do.

    And I hope this song inspires all of us to keep moving forward together, to build the world we want to see.

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    ABOUT THE VIDEO

    Here's Jake McBride's artist statement:

    "As an animator who specialises in music videos, it’s integral that the music inspires me. Bridging the gap between sound and visuals is where I have found my greatest sense of fulfilment; and this project reminded me of that.

    "With a roster of songs from his heart, I’ve felt compelled to create work reflective of Zo’s goals and my own. A strong working relationship, illustrating the merits of collaboration, has helped us in creating videos and designs we shall cherish for life."

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    STUDIO CREDITS

    Inspired by and dedicated to MARIA NEMETH
    Written by ZO TOBI
    Produced, arranged, and mixed by JEFF BOVA

    Recorded and mixed in Fall 2015 at
    BOVALAND – Hollywood, CA
    bovaland.com

    Background vocals recorded in Fall 2015 at
    STUDIO CITY SOUND – Studio City, CA
    studiocitysound.com

    Engineering
    JEFF BOVA, STEVEN VALENZUELA

    Mastering
    HOWIE WEINBERG MASTERING
    Los Angeles, CA
    howieweinbergmastering.com

    Background vocals arranged by – LINDA McCRARY, JAMES McCRARY

    Vocal Coach – KELLY WOHLFORD

    A&R — BONNIE MILNER
    LONG VIEW ENTERTAINMENT
    longview.bonnie@gmail.com

    Lead Vocals – ZO TOBI
    Keys, Programming – JEFF BOVA
    Percussion – RAFAEL PADILLA
    Electric Bass – ABBY TRAVIS
    Guitars – TIM PIERCE
    Background Vocals – LINDA McCRARY, JAMES McCRARY, & MARKITA KNIGHT Show less
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