As I See It

by Michalangela

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released May 31, 2019

As I See It - (4:37)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson & Alex Milsted
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Backing Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson & Paul Creighton
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Keyboards: Alex Milsted
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Brian Foxworth
Violin & Cello: Amy Hakanson

Against - (6:29)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson & Alex Milsted
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Backing Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Keyboards: Alex Milsted
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Tyrone Hendrix

Mixed Messages - (4:18)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson & Alex Milsted
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Backing Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson & Paul Creighton
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Keyboards & Percussion: Alex Milsted
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Tyrone Hendrix
Violin: Amy Hakanson

Anjali - (4:30)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson & Alex Milsted
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Backing Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Piano: Alex Milsted
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Tyrone Hendrix
Violin & Cello: Amy Hakanson

Un-Mute Me - (4:30)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson & Alex Milsted
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Backing Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Violin: Amy Hakanson
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Tyrone Hendrix
Piano: Alex Milsted

No Destination - (5:41)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson, Steve Watkins, & Lindsay Burke
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Backing Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson & Paul Creighton
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Organ & Clavinet: Steve Watkins
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Tyrone Hendrix

Where’d I Go Wrong - (4:30)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson & Alex Milsted
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Backing Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson & Paul Creighton
Violin & Cello: Amy Hakanson
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Piano: Alex Milsted
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Tyrone Hendrix

My Name Is Not Michelle - (4:48)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson & Alex Milsted
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Backing Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Keyboards,Percussion, & Saxophone: Alex Milsted
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Tyrone Hendrix
Trumpet: Farnell Newton

Mediator - (5:12)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson, Alex Milsted, & Trent Baarspul
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Backing Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Keyboards: Alex Milsted
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Tyrone Hendrix

The Same Moon - (5:05)
Written by: Michal Angela Wilson
Lead Vocals: Michal Angela Wilson
Guitar: Trent Baarspul
Piano: Alex Milsted
Bass: JP Downer
Drums: Tyrone Hendrix
Cello: Amy Hakanson

Produced by Alex Milsted
Mixed by Gus Berry
Mastered by Kevin Nettleingham
Piano tracked at Falcon Recording Studios, engineered by Mark Kaeder
Vocals, Strings, & Horns tracked at Falcon Recording Studios, engineered by Alex Milsted
Drums for “As I See It” tracked at Falcon Recording Studios, engineered by Dennis Carter
Drums for all other songs & Bass tracked at Nettleingham Audio and engineered by Kevin Nettleingham
Guitar tracked at Aletheos Recording and engineered by Chance Diaz
Keyboards tracked at Alex’s House and engineered by Alex Milsted
Organ & Clavinet tracked while on tour and engineered by Steve Swatkins
Photography by Yeran Terzian
Makeup by Tabiba Styles
Logo by Micah Bowers
Funding for this album recording project provided by my generous backers on Kickstarter!

I want to thank my wonderful band, and all the musicians who gave up their time and hearts to this project! Alex, I don’t think I would’ve been doing this if you hadn’t asked me to start writing, what a gift you’ve been to me. Thank you to my best friend, Lindsay, for always encouraging me to keep going. Thank you to my family for being supportive of this career choice, and supporting who I am. Thank you to my Kickstarter backers who have given me the opportunity to make this music in this way, I am humbled by your generosity. And I want to thank God for blessing me, for opening doors for me, and giving me this opportunity and gift to create beautiful music for people. Love you all!

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Over her 17-year musical career, Michalangela has worked alongside countless numbers of the NW’s best musicians such as Farnell Newton (Jill Scott/Bootsy Collins) and Saeeda Wright (Prince), becoming a staple in the thriving Portland music scene.

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Track Name: As I See It
(Verse 1)
I’m livin’ paycheck to paycheck
But I’m provided for
It used to make me feel a little stretched
But it doesn’t anymore
I’ve got what I need
And really way much more
Life is what you make of it
When you’re grateful for it all

(Chorus)
And it’s true this life can hurt
But I can see through it to the end
I’ve got a lot more ‘round this bend
I won’t let obstacles divert me
From the joy I truly feel
I know through Him I’ve been healed

(Verse 2)
I’m livin’ a single woman’s life
And it’s a good fit for sure
I’ve never been asked to be a wife
But I’m still, I’m feeling secure
No matter how long I remain the same
I’ll always have this love
The kind of love that I can claim
It comes from heaven above

(Chorus)
And it’s true this life can hurt
But I can see through it to the end
I’ve got a lot more ‘round this bend
I won’t let obstacles divert me
From the joy I truly feel
I know through Him I’ve been healed
And it’s true this life can hurt
But I can see through it to the end
I’ve got a lot more ‘round this bend
I won’t let obstacles divert me
From the joy I truly feel
I know through Him I’ve been healed

(Bridge)
I don’t mean to brag
But this life is just fine with me
You won’t see this in a magazine
Perfection ain’t real and price ain’t free

(Chorus)
And it’s true this life can hurt
But I can see through it to the end
I’ve got a lot more ‘round this bend
I won’t let obstacles divert me
From the joy I truly feel
I know through Him I’ve been healed
And it’s true this life can hurt
But I can see through it to the end
I’ve got a lot more ‘round this bend
I won’t let obstacles divert me
From the joy I truly feel
I know through Him I’ve been healed

(Outro)
As I see it
As I see it
As I see it
As I see it
Track Name: Against
Contention’s made a wreck of me
I’m fighting a fabrication of my entity
The time is now to settle the score
To end these battles and finish the war

Because I know a lie when I see one now
And I know the truth can turn this around
So you better watch out

You are going down I don’t have time for another round
Oh and the best part of me is winning you see
And I still believe that the truth will set me free

Perfection’s not reality
I can’t expect this life to be pain free
The war keeps raging but I’m not shaken
I’ve got this solid rock as my foundation

You are going down I don’t have time for another round
Oh and the best part of me is winning you see
And I still believe that the truth will set me free

You are going down I don’t have time for another round
Oh and the best part of me is winning you see
And I still believe that the truth will set me free

This inward fight keeps me from outward life
Your truth is the prize
And now I see the lies
Track Name: Mixed Messages
(Verse 1)
Waitin’, wonderin’, why I can’t be with you
Debatin’ my judgment of your strange attitude
The first time I saw you everything was natural
It wasn’t much longer to find out you were unavailable

(Chorus 1)
I’ve got this fever
It keeps me on my feet
You pass by me
But you keep actin’ sweet

(Verse 2)
Spelling words and truth will start conflicting
The stories and feelings making me the victim
Can’t you see I’m not the other woman
Who would seek to lead you into sure collision

(Chorus 2)
I’ve got this fever
It keeps me on my feet
You pass by me
But you keep actin’ sweet

(Bridge)
My sense of integrity
Will not be wasted, won’t be misstated
Your shifty scheming
Will not be trusted, I don’t have time for this mess
You need to find your own place to grow
Don’t make me, don’t make me
A part of this variety show

(Chorus 3)
I’ve got this fever
It keeps me on my feet
You pass by me
But you keep actin’ sweet
I’ve got this fever
It keeps me on my feet
You pass by me
But you keep actin’ sweet
But you keep actin’ sweet
Track Name: Anjali
(Verse 1)
Your eyes tell me that life is sweet
Your little hands can hold my heart
I won’t feel them until we meet
I won’t know what it’s like since we’re apart

(Verse 2)
The world is blessed to have you here
And I am ready to see who you are
I say these words to make this clear
That you are truly loved

(Chorus)
Anjali, my dear, sweet pea
Don’t fear, you belong, where you are
In my heart

(Verse 2)
The world is blessed to have you here
And I am ready to see who you are
I say these words to make this clear
That you are truly loved


(Chorus)
Oh, Anjali, my dear, sweet pea
Don’t fear, you belong, where you are
In my heart

(Bridge)
In my heart
In my heart
In my heart
In my heart
In my heart
In my heart

(Chorus)
Oh, Anjali, my dear, sweet pea
Don’t fear, you belong, where you are
In my heart
Oh, Anjali, my dear, sweet pea
Don’t fear, you belong, where you are
In my heart

(Outro)
In my heart
In my heart
In my heart
In my heart
In my heart
Track Name: Un-Mute Me
(Verse 1)
Struck from behind
Spinning into barbed wire
Screaming for my life
Walked away just fine

(Pre-Chorus 1)
Back into life the same old way
I feel my voice begin to fade
What is this change and why so hard
To make this song I can’t even start

(Chorus)
Un-mute me I’m trying to sing
Please let me be a part
Un-mute me I’m dying to share
What’s on my heart

(Verse 2)
I’ve made this new choice
To hold back my voice
Expressionless and afraid to feel
Pushing down all that’s real

(Pre-Chorus 2)
I know in this short time I’ll heal
But I still fear the worst for me
What will my life be in the end
What have I done how can I mend

(Chorus)
Un-mute me I’m trying to sing
Please let me be a part
Un-mute me I’m dying to share
What’s on my heart
Track Name: No Destination
(Verse 1)
I had a dream that I was running
Transcending time and speed
The forest thick and everlasting
An endless sea of green
The chorus resounded sweetly
Serenading with your grace
The bridge rang with adoration
Despite this self disgrace

(Pre-Chorus 1)
I dreamt that I was running
The wind upon my face
Careless and free as ever in an unfamiliar place
My lungs expanded boldly
My feet firmly beat the ground
My hair wild and flowing
Your song the only sound

(Chorus)
No destination
It was just you and I
Deaf to all destruction
Transfixed upon your eyes
No destination
It was just you and I
Deaf to all destruction

(Verse 2)
I woke from this dream still panting
Lying motionless consumed
Euphoria resonating
Your presence tangible in the room
Infatuated by Your melody
Perplexed by disbelief
Deciphering this comprehensible illusion
Absorbed in soul release

(Pre-chorus 2)
In this dream I was running
The persistence of the mind
The resolution mounting
A love of the purest kind
My lungs expanded boldly
My feet firmly beat the ground
My hair wild and flowing
Your song the only sound

(Chorus)
No destination
It was just you and I
Deaf to all destruction
Transfixed upon your eyes
No destination
It was just you and I
Deaf to all destruction

(Bridge)
Liberated from this oppression
I abound in Your steadfast truth
I will pursue myself abandoned
Propelled only by You

(Chorus)
No destination
It was just you and I
Deaf to all destruction
Transfixed upon your eyes
No destination
It was just you and I
Deaf to all destruction
No destination
It was just you and I
Deaf to all destruction
Transfixed upon your eyes
No destination
It was just you and I
Deaf to all destruction
Track Name: Where'd I Go Wrong
(Verse 1)
I don’t even know myself anymore
The pain and the hurt I can’t ignore
And it goes on
Where’d I go wrong
I don’t wanna be someone you tolerate
I wish I was someone you loved out the gate
And it goes on
Where’d I go wrong

(Chorus)
What’s so difficult to understand about me
How can I translate my heart so you could see
That I care for you
That I care for you
That I care for you
That I care for you

(Verse 2)
Something in me feels like a child
Searching for a friend in this land of exile
And it goes on
Where’d I go wrong
There’s no need to defend me for who I’ve been
When who I’ve been has been so hard to take in
And it goes on
Where’d I go wrong

(Chorus)
What’s so difficult to understand about me
How can I translate my heart so you could see
That I care for you
That I care for you
That I care for you
That I care for you

(Bridge)
Someone help me change the way that I am
I need to make things right that I’ve wronged
Please tell me so that I can reprogram
I wanna find a place that I belong

(Verse 3)
Lately my mind’s been laid to waste
There’s always something I haven’t faced
And it goes on
Where’d I go wrong
Track Name: My Name Is Not Michelle
(Verse 1)
My name is not Michelle
Can’t you see how it’s spelled
It’s always been, I’ve always been Michal
My name is not Micah
Oh it’s definitely not Micah
It’s always been, I’ve always been Michal

(Chorus 1)
I love it when you call me Mike or Mikey
It shows me you know how real I am
And just how comfortable you are with me
I love it when you call me Michalangela
Cuz that’s my first and my middle name
Feel free to introduce me this way to anyone you know

(Verse 2)
My name is not Mickle
It doesn’t rhyme with pickle
It’s always been, I’ve always been Michal
My name is not Angela
Angela’s my middle name
I don’t care if your more comfortable calling me that
Oh it’s just not what I go by

(Chorus 2)
I love it when you call me Mike or Mikey
It shows me you know how real I am
And just how comfortable you are with me
Don’t feel bad if you said it wrong
Just don’t say it wrong again
But if you do I just maybe a little passive aggressive with you

(Outro)
It’s Michal, Mike, Michalangela
It’s Michal, Mike, Michalangela
Track Name: Mediator
(Verse 1)
See me I’m only a child
So quickly rejected for small discrepancies
Hurting In this cruel new reality
Why can’t you see that I am just like you

(Pre-Chorus 1)
Never mind
I’ll make this distance bigger
I’ll work to find my new space
I’ll just grow much stronger
I’ll leave and get out of this place
I’ll find those who’ll love me
I’ll make a way for myself

(Chorus 1)
I need a mediator
To take my hurt away
A mediator
So I can forgive and love today

(Verse 2)
Talking without anyone really knowing
The real truth behind the cover story
Losing the friends I thought I had
What do they say behind my back?

(Pre-Chorus 2)
Never mind
I’ll make this distance bigger
I’ll work to find my new space
I’ll just grow much stronger
I’ll leave and get out of this place
I’ll put up a wall between me and you
A defense no one can get through

(Chorus 2)
I need a mediator
To take my hurt away
A mediator
So I can forgive and love today
I need a mediator
To take my hurt away
A mediator
So I can forgive and love today


(Bridge)
This wall I’ve built
Is just keeping my hurt inside
Maybe I’ll be free from it all someday
I am ready
to love without fear
I am ready
to forgive through the

(Chorus 3)
Mediator
To take my hurt away
A mediator
So I can forgive and love today
I need a mediator
To take my hurt away
A mediator
So I can forgive and love today

(Outro)
A mediator
A mediator
A mediator
A mediator
Track Name: The Same Moon
(Verse 1)
Clear the area
I need to breathe for a while
Is there a part of you here
My darting eyes keep searching
Did you know I was here
I probably forgot to tell you
Is hope just a beautiful lie
A lie I fight to make true

(Chorus)
And gravity can’t hold me down
Hold me down, hold me down here
Baby don’t you know we share
The same moon, the same moon
The same moon, the same moon

(Verse 2)
Counting midnights
Meaningless numbers
Familiar shadows
Home is no home for me
I find no peace
Retreating to my room
Waiting for the day
A day I can’t even see

(Chorus)
And gravity can’t hold me down
Hold me down, hold me down here
Baby don’t you know we share
The same moon, the same moon
The same moon, the same moon




(Bridge)
My shaking arms
Cannot reach that far
I would pull you in
Never let you go
But the water’s wide
And I’m terrified
For something so uncertain
Honey give me a sign
I would meet you there
I would meet you there
I would meet you there
I would meet you there

(Chorus)
And gravity can’t hold us down
Hold us down, hold us down here
Baby don’t you know we share
The same moon, the same moon
The same moon, the same moon

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