Closer to Home

by Aisea Taimani + Minor Islands

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about

I spent my younger days trying to
run away from home.
Now I want the world to know the
place where I come from.

The ocean in my melody,
the island in my strum.
The place I cannot seem to leave
the land that calls me son.

The far away inside my name,
the stranger in my gown.
The tupenu around my waist
it makes my father proud.

The things that used to bring me shame,
I wear them like a crown.
The home so far away from here
is deep inside me now.

I see it in my mother's eyes,
I hear it in her tongue.
I feel it when a stranger wants to
know where I come from.
There is a golden kingdom in a
place you cannot see.
There is a golden kingdom living
deep inside of me.

The praying hands before the feast,
the hymns in mother tongue.
Amazing grace i can't escape
though far and fast I run.
The hope I cannot seem to leave the
God who calls me son.
The savior and that rugged tree
where my shame came to none.

The doubts that live inside of me won't
seem to go away.
The doubts remind me that I believe,
Lord, grow my humble faith.

I wont wait 'til the pearly gates to
walk the golden streets.
I work and pray for peace on
earth as in eternity.

I see it in my mother's eyes,
I hear it in her tongue.
I feel it when a stranger wants to
know where I come from.
There is a golden kingdom in a
place you cannot see.
There is a golden kingdom
living deep inside of me.

credits

released November 23, 2018

Album Artwork: Lindsey Taylor

All Songs Recorded/ Engineered & Mixed by: Cody Fuentes // Rapture Recordings
All Songs Mastered by: Mike Kalajian // Rogue Planet Mastering
All Music Produced by: Aisea Taimani
(except "Addicted" & "Neomai's Wisdom")



"Malo 'Eiki"
Written by: Haileni Penisini
Arrangement by: Aisea Taimani & David Kaisa
Acoustic Gtr: Aisea Taimani
Upright Bass: Chris Balderas
Drums: Sam Fineaso
Trumpet: Jon Ailabouni
BGVs: Vaka Taimani Jr. // Barry Taimani // Vaka Taimani Sr.



"Jahmekya"
Written by: Aisea Taimani // Chant by: Jubilee Fohe
Acoustic Gtr: Aisea Taimani
Bass: Chris Balderas
Drums: Sam Fineaso
Electric Gtr: Michael Teixeira
Trumpet: Jon Ailabouni
Rhodes: Twaunce Price
Organ//Synths//Rhodes: David Kaisa
Additional BGVs: Kate Lamont



"Addicted"
Written by: Aisea Taimani
Produced by: Mo Music
Drums: James Small
Bass: Tyler Harlow



"Take Your Time"
Written by: Aisea Taimani
Acoustic Gtr: Aisea Taimani
Bass: Jared Milos
Drums: Sam Fineaso
Electric Gtr: Michael Teixeira
Rhodes/Piano/Synths: David Kaisa



"Mai's Wisdom"
Written by: Aisea Taimani
Keys: David Kaisa
Niece: Evangelia Neomai Taimani



"I Can't Love (feat. Stephanie Kirkman Bell)"
Written by: Aisea Taimani
Bass: Jared Milos
Drums: Sam Fineaso
Electric Gtr: Michael Teixeira
Rhodes: David Kaisa



"Gone"
Written by: Aisea Taimani & Matt Jennings
Bass: Ted Gould
Drums: Sam Fineaso
Main Keys: Twaunce Price
Strings: David Kaisa
Additional Keys: Tyler Thompson
Main BGVS: Britney Jackson
Spoken Word: Vaka Taimani Sr.
Tongan Hymn Sung by: Liana Taimani



"Golden Kingdom"
Written by: Aisea Taimani & Micah Bournes
All Percussions: Leon Mobley
Bass: Ted Gould
Piano: David Kaisa
Trumpet: Jon Ailabouni



"Keep Your Eyes On The Prize (feat. Ron Werner Jr.)"
Cover: American Folk Song
Additional verses written by: Aisea Taimani & Ron Werner Jr.
Bass: Chris Balderas
Electric Guitar: Nathan Miller
Drums: Sam Fineaso
Organ: David Kaisa
BGVS: Kate Lamont, Marie Kaisa
Kid BGVS: Kiarra Taimani, Liana Taimani, Evangelia Taimani, Mia Taimani, Kalina, Kelesi Taimani
Rap: Ron Werner Jr.



"Gravity's End"
Written by: James Schoensiegel & Aisea Taimani
Acoustic Gtr: Aisea Taimani
Bass: Jared Milos
Drums: Sam Fineaso
Electric Gtrs: Nathan Miller
Trumpet: Jon Ailabouni



"Building Me A Home (feat. Ron Werner Jr.)"
Cover: Negro Spiritual
Additional Verses by: Aisea Taimani & Ron Werner
Acoustic: Aisea Taimani
Bass: Chris Balderas
Drums: Sam Fineaso
Electric Gtr: Nathan Miller
BGV's: Kate Lamont



"Neomai's Wisdom"
Produced by: David Kaisa
Mother: Neomai Taimani



"Soon and Very Soon"
Written by: Aisea Taimani
Piano: Twaunce Price
Percussions: Aisea Taimani
Bass: Chris Balderas
Drums: Sam Fineaso
Additional Keys: David Kaisa
Lead Vocalist: Kiarra Taimani, Kate Lamont
BGV's: Marie Kaisa, Barry Taimani, Vaka Taimani, Joyce Ting, Courtney Peterson, Joleen Wang



"Ngata'anga"
Piano: David Kaisa
Pops Prayer: Vaka Taimani Sr.

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