Michael Cialdella

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released October 6, 2009

Written by Michael Cialdella
Published by Cialdella Songs (ASCAP)

Produced by Michael Cialdella and Chris Brooke
Recorded and Mixed by Chris Brooke
Mastered by Chris Bellman

Piano, Lead Vocals: Michael Cialdella
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
Percussion: Rafa Padilla
Bass: Leland Sklar
Guitar: Michael Landau
Organ & Other Keyboards: Arlan Schierbaum
Cello: Larry Corbett; Viola: Matt Funes
Violins: Charlie Bisharat, Joel Derouin
Trombone: Ryan Porter; Saxophone: Corey Hogan
Trumpet: Fernando Pullum
Background Vocals: Tricia Battani, Michael Cialdella, Elisa Dease, James Tormé
Strings arranged and conducted by Matt DP
Horns arranged and conducted by Fernando Pullum

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Michael Cialdella New York, New York

Honorable Mention, John Lennon Songwriting Competition

Best New AC/Hot AC Artist, New Music Awards


"Michael is the real deal! It’s so refreshing to see an artist writing and producing songs that tell a positive story. Michael is a true talent who understands the craft of songwriting."

-Matthew Della Polla, Music Director/Arranger (David Foster)
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Track Name: Finally Free
FINALLY FREE
-M. Cialdella

Warm sunny day, drivin’ through town
the radio up and the windows down
Feelin’ lucky I’m around
To see such a day like this

The wind in my hair blows the clouds from my heart
A perfect day for a brand new start
A feelin’ in the air
That’s pointless to resist

So long I’ve been tryin’ to
Make a break and start anew
Now with the dawn of day
It looks like I’ve found my way

Out of the dark and into the light
Once was wrong, now is right
I’m feelin’ strong as I can be
Oh, I’m fine…finally free

The darkness now has gone away
Mere shadows in the light of day
I hope this me is here to stay
For now I’m on the move

I’m headin’ on, leavin’ town
Grateful for the peace I’ve found
Nothing’s gonna keep me down
For now I’m in a groove

So long I’ve been tryin’ to
Make a break and start anew
Now with the dawn of day
It looks like I’ve found my way

Out of the dark and into the light
Once was wrong, now is right
I’m feelin’ strong as I can be
Oh, I’m fine, finally free

Yesterday I couldn’t know
Just what would come from letting go
Now with the dawn of day
The road is clear, and I’m on my way

Out of the dark and into the light
Once was wrong, now is right
I’m feelin’ strong as I can be
Oh, I’m fine…finally free
Track Name: You're the Only One for Me
YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE FOR ME
-M. Cialdella

I remember the day, like it was this morning
Hit me like a shot, was fired with no warning
A bullet into my heart from out of the blue

You entered my life, just radiating beauty
Oh what a sight, no ordinary cutie
And when our eyes embraced I instantly knew…that

You’re the only one for me
You’re the only girl I see
Right from the start
You captured my heart
Hope you never set me free
‘Cause you’re the only one for me

Before there was you, there were several others
But they were just friends, never really lovers
I guess all the while I must have been waiting for you

And then you appeared, a shot in the dark
And lit up my world with your magical spark
A million whispered dreams finally come true

You’re the only one for me
You’re the only girl I see
Right from the start
You captured my heart
Hope you never set me free
‘Cause you’re the only one for me

(Instrumental)

You’re the only one for me
You’re the only girl I see
Right from the start
You captured my heart
Hope you never set me free
‘Cause you’re the only one for me

You’re the only one for me
You’re the only girl I see
Right from the start
You captured my heart
Hope you never set me free
Lock it up and toss the key
Baby don’t you set me free
‘Cause you’re the only one for me
Track Name: Just Another Day
JUST ANOTHER DAY
-M. Cialdella

I’m lyin’ awake here, just thinking of you
I know what you said girl you think that we’re through
But something about you I can’t seem to shake
When we’re not together my heart starts to ache

I can’t believe that this is the end
How can we go back to just being friends?

Oh give me…Just another day with you
No more of these nights alone
With just another day
I know we’ll find our way
Just another day with you is all I want

I’m blinded by love, but why can’t you see?
I’m perfect for you and you’re perfect for me
We’ve had our problems, but everyone does
I know we will make it if only you trust that

This will never happen again
How can we go back to just being friends?

Oh give me…Just another day with you
No more of these nights alone
With just another day
I know we’ll find our way
Just another day with you is all I want

C’mon girl I’m down on my knees
One more chance I’m beggin’ you please
C’mon baby let’s try it again
We’ve got to be so much more than just friends

Oh give me…Just another day with you
No more of these nights alone
With just another day
I know we’ll find our way
Just another day with you is all I want

Oh give me…Just another day with you
No more of these nights alone
With just another day
I know we’ll find our way
Just another day with you is all I want
Track Name: Chasin' A Dream
CHASIN’ A DREAM
-M. Cialdella

Day after day being stuck in the gray is startin’ to grind me down
It’s hard to see where all this leads, ain’t so merry on the merry go round

So I’m thinkin’ that I’m gonna leave it all behind
Head on out and see what I can find

Maybe I’ll head for New York City
If not there, then New Orleans
Who knows where this road will lead me
But wherever it goes is fine with me
‘Cause I’m chasin a dream

I know it’s not the conventional way, but I guess that’s part of the fun
If nothing’s ever ventured, well, then nothing’s ever won

Some may think I’m crazy for tryin’
But I”ll take the chance to save my soul, save my soul from dyin’

Maybe I’ll head for the City of Angels
If not there, then Tennessee
Who knows where this road will lead me
But wherever it goes is fine with me
While I’m chasin a dream

(Instrumental)

Some may think I’m crazy for tryin’
But I”ll take the chance to save my soul, save my soul from dyin’

Maybe I’ll head for New York City
If not there, then New Orleans
Who knows where this road will lead me
But wherever it goes is fine with me

Maybe I’ll head for the City of Angels
If not there, then Tennessee
Who knows where this road will lead me
But wherever it goes is fine with me
Wherever it goes is fine with me
I’m chasin a dream

Chasin’ a dream…
Track Name: Wherever You May Go
WHEREVER YOU MAY GO
-M. Cialdella

I know there are nights, when you’re tossing and turning
Sleep seems far away, and it’s hard to even pray
The storm inside blows on, your strength is almost gone,
And even if you cried, there’d be no one there to hear

When you think there’s nothing there for you to hold onto
When it seems like no one cares and the world is against you
Just close your eyes and know, wherever you may go
There will never be a time you’ll walk alone

I know it’s hard to share, it often seems it’s easier
To lock the hurt away, and pretend it cannot stay
But please have faith in me, on my shoulder you can lean
When you want to shut me out, that’s just the time to let me in

When you think there’s nothing there for you to hold onto
When it seems like no one cares and the world is against you
Just close your eyes and know, wherever you may go
There will never be a time you’ll walk alone

Just reach out your arms and let me be your shelter
If you hold me close I will never let you go

When you think there’s nothing there for you to hold onto
When it seems like no one cares and the world is against you
Just close your eyes and know, wherever you may go
There will never be a time you’ll walk alone

Just close your eyes and know, wherever you may go
There will never be a time you’ll walk alone
Track Name: Does It Matter?
DOES IT MATTER?
-M. Cialdella

I gaze up at the stars tonight
I see them in a different light
I wonder, will they ever look the same again?

I can’t believe that this is real
The things I’ve seen, the way I feel
I wonder, will we ever find our way again?

Does it matter? Does it matter anymore?
Does it really matter like we thought it did before?
Does it matter anyway?

I’m not sure how to go on
A part of me forever gone
Is there any way, any way to see the good?

It’s hard to see around the bend
It’s hard to know how this will end
I wonder, would I want to even if I could?

Does it matter? Does it matter anymore?
Does it really matter like we thought it did before?
Does it matter? Does it matter anyway?
Does it really matter like it seemed to yesterday?

As our walls fall to the earth
They sow the seeds of our rebirth
Watered by a salty rain
No more shelter from our pain

As our walls fall to the earth
They sow the seeds of our rebirth
Watered by a salty rain
Will we ever love again?

For love is all that matters anyway
I pray, I pray that love will lead the way
Love lead the way, lead the way, lead the way

And as our walls fall to the earth
They sow the seeds of our rebirth
No more shelter from our pain
But love will see us through the rain

For love, love is all that matters anyway
I pray, I pray that love will lead the way
Love matters still today
I pray…love matters still today…
I pray, oh I pray
Track Name: All About You
ALL ABOUT YOU
-M. Cialdella

All the things you’ve said and done
Always lookin’ out for number one
Only in hindsight has it become
As plain as day to me

I fought the urge to jump the gun
And draw an incorrect conclusion
But given all the deeds already done
Now I really see

That…

It’s all about you
It’s sad but it’s true
It has nothing, girl, to do with me

Many people not surprised
Must have seen with my heart, but not my eyes
So many truths, now are lies
Or at least that’s how it seems

Sick and tired of the alibis
This time though they ain’t gonna fly
There can’t be a good enough reason why
You’d abandon all our dreams

Except…

It’s all about you
It’s sad but it’s true
It has nothing, girl, to do with me

I can’t believe that after all we’ve done
We could fall apart so fast
But now at least I’ve opened my eyes
I’m saying goodbye
You’re quickly fading into my past

I wanted it to last…yes I did, yes I did
Well, now the time is for moving on
Since all that we had is all but gone
Whatever it was it’s over and done
And this is how it has to be

Looking back at the setting sun
I’m thinkin’ that the time has finally come
To pick up my pieces and make a run
For you have set me free

To…

Forget about you
And that’s just what I’ll do
For this time girl, you see
It ain’t about you
That’s no longer true
‘Cause this time girl, it’s all…it’s all about me
Track Name: My Love No More
MY LOVE NO MORE
-M. Cialdella


Wish I could’ve loved you better, that’s for sure
Wish I could’ve stayed forever, forever yours
Wish I could’ve loved you better, my love
My love no more

Wish I would’ve held you closer than I did
I can still taste the memory of our tender kiss
Wish I would’ve held you closer, my love
Your love I miss

I have to make my peace
With so many memories
Deep within my soul
But it’s hard, I know you know
How can I just let go
Of all you are to me?

Wish I could’ve dried the tears in your eyes
Wish we could’ve given us another try
Wish I could’ve dried your tears, my love
My love goodbye

(Instrumental)

And now it seems to me
I somehow have to set you free
From deep within my soul
But there will always be a part
Of you that rests within my heart
Forever

Wish I could’ve loved you better, that’s for sure
Wish I could’ve stayed forever, forever yours
Wish I could’ve loved you better, my love
My love no more