Turn Off Your Phone

by Ion Bodi & Kathleen Martin

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[Dedicated to our true heroes—classroom educators—and to parents around the globe!] Ion Bodi's wonderful guitar instrumental inspired me to write a set of lyrics based on his very relatable title. When I sent them to him, he asked if possibly we could make it a pop piece together. So here is its earliest incarnation. I'm battling a wonky microphone situation and an even noisier recording environment than usual, but Ion has worked some magic with his mix here. He has mentioned adding other elements to this, perhaps his own music students, whenever he can find the time. I suggest it also might make a great visual piece down the line, and maybe someone will be inspired to create a 3-minute video for it (to watch on our phones of course ;). Thanks for your 3:17 attention time to listen!

Guitar composition / mix: Ion Bodi soundcloud.com/johnbodi
[Ion's as equally talented on piano as on guitar, so please give a listen to his work]
Lyrics / vocals: Kathleen Martin soundcloud.com/kat330/tracks

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Turn off your phone
Take a look around you.
Get out of the zone
It just might astound you!
Turn off your phone
Take a look around you.
Hey, turn off your phone!

Turn off your phone
Soak in what surrounds you
And seek the unknown.
Find out what confounds you!
Turn off your phone
Take a look around you.
Please, turn off your phone?

Life in two dimensions
Puts blinders on your vision.
Lift your eyes up from the screen.
See what a 3rd dimension can mean.

A slave of your own devices,
You're heading for a virtual crisis.
Break free from your pixelation
And leave behind your alien-nation.

Turn off your phone
Take a look around you
And see what is shown.
It just might astound you!
Turn off your phone
Take a look around you.
Turn off your phone!

Yes, turn off your phone
Soak in what surrounds you
And seek the unknown.
Find out what confounds you!
Turn off your phone
Have a look around you.

Forget the latest fad.
Lift your eyes up from your pad.
See what a 3rd dimension can add—AND

Turn off your phone
Take a look around you.
Get out of the zone.
It just might astound you!
Turn off your phone
Take a look around you.
Please, turn off your phone.

Turn off your phone
Soak in what surrounds you
And seek the unknown.
Find out what confounds you!
Turn off your phone
Take a look around you.
Hey, turn off your phone!
Please, turn off your phone
C'mon, turn off your phone!
Please, turn off your phone
Please, turn off your phone
Please, turn off your phone?

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released May 24, 2016
Cover art design: JT Lindroos www.pinterest.com/jtlindroos

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Kathleen Martin New Albany, Indiana

For music fans who think outside the boxy confines of genre labels, find here my original work arranged for and performed on a variety of instruments for sounds ranging from sweet to sassy and reedy to brassy; from lofty to lowdown and soulful to hoedown; from serious to silly and urban to hillbilly. I urge you to click on my production notes/lyrics before or as you push play. ☼♥ ... more

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