First Five Albums

The lyrics to Michelle's first five albums can be found along with several interview questions in a book titled "Modes of Being." 

The songs from this era have a mental health focus instead of a history focus.  Her lyric book is distributed online through Amazon.

If you would like to listen to these songs, please check out the Our Music page.

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Below is a sample of work from the album "Without an Outline."

Arrive (but Never Stay)

one makes a lot as it unfolds

in several levels

paint yourself a window

seeing from all angles

no pacing no retracing

but a vague feeling

I've been where I'll be

the past present and future

all under one roof

holding hands with eachother

though opposite rooms

no backway no entryway

but a staircase

that circulates up

we became one without being the same

arrive but never stay

change

flexible as water

to seep inbetween

from higher planes

into modes of being

rediscover all you came to offer

is the loudest whisper

ever conjured up

we became one without being the same

arrive but never stay

change

 

Tracks

why search for you with the circumference of my stare

I turn around

you're not there

inside with nothing to guard

we've climbed both sides of this wall before

every ladder encountered here is a one way

staying off is the escape

as I brace for the day

when I am no longer me

I hope to meet you there

we journey so far

in the spot right where we are

I simplified all my supplies

ran through the fields to follow your cry

creatures of will

full of potential

up on your hill I saw you spy

I saw you spy

so what am I

the kind of tracks you leave are like a flying bird

circling the predator

you know your damage control

and you're so close

you're invisible

 

Automatic Thoughts

to stay to remain

to review how I came

to aim to relate to this place

to rise to fall

to be here at all

feeling is part of these

longing to be where all moments meet

feeling is part of these

I like to be where I can stay in one piece

to seek to reach

to return and repeat

to merge with the blur

to return and move forward

to serve over and over

I will until my thoughts

grow farther and farther apart

 

Up and Out

everything we are not

keeps us in our shape

we are only in your blind spot

we are never out of range

outsmart all danger on impact

if it's hard to relax

recall how you can bounce back

flying past where you started at

all those premonitions of living

say go and know you never go it alone

designed with a sense of distance

we hope you don't forget

when it's time to switch direction

bottoming out helped turn the whole person around

no going down always leaves up and out

all those premonitions of living

say go and know you never go it alone

fly or crawl

welcome both

 

Land

water rising

and nobody coming back for me

a stranger a favor

a sudden change in the weather

a hand on my shoulder

a hand on the shoulder they're looking over

near a saddle a gun barrel

two tin cans and a lost paddle

now and then we'll trespass on your land

I looked east I looked west

I stood there shaking my head

they lead I said yes

I didn't know what I was agreeing with

traders or invaders

or settlers on the move

make room for more room

they say move where time moves you

now and then we'll trespass on your land

nothing to defend as all we see depends on

where we stand

stranded almost as if I'd planned it

never abandoned

 

Fleeting Formations

overstimulation is equal

to no movement at all

I'm a small piece in the puzzle

making myself comfortable

tidying up on distraction

because there's always one

on the verge of about to happen

fleeting formations lock together in a bind

lost forever all sense of time

can't get back the same way twice

holes in space peaking through lately

nothing seems all that crazy

solar wind ions from on high

shedding light where it's hazy

saw you there soon as I didn't

things are not quite what they're called

could I be your favorite phantom

fleeting formations lock together in a bind

lost forever all sense of time

here in different densities

of the same waking dream

I see you but you don't seem to see me

keeping you company

in between your seen and unseen

 

Vultures

you can be anywhere

are you straight ahead

everything is closer than I think it is

close up you're close

we all sow our current

then we reap it's ocean

we're all taken for a spin

and then asked where we've been

so long astral vultures feeding on me

so long the plots to do me in failed

leave

you're done

all gone

very clearly every time you perch near me

my frequencies fly into a frenzy

we clash and then we match

like emotional pitch

busting out of this skin

we are all we surround ourselves with

so long astral vultures feeding on me

so long the plots to do me in failed

leave

you're done

all gone

again you'll call to me

again you'll come to me

soon to go right through

still I will be unmoved

 

Step Lightly

it appears all of our probable scenarios

are about to unfold

as we gravitate to the ones we like

it helps create the ones we find

renovating for a better cage

never did take the cage away

there's far too much to speculate

and every idea to decorate only hangs in the way

while waiting for patience

nothing is in the way

it is finished

while debating the pros and cons

we've seen enough to know the favorite one

letting go of what props us up

we discover no back and no front

we're in it all and it's all in us

without an outline even

step lightly while falling into place

behind leave the figure eight

you'll find me in close proximity

separate ways to the same place

the walk there is always longer

than the walk back

remember this earth as a blender

there's a big picture

and it's in here somewhere

as shattered patterns

come here to gather

faster and faster

one after another

steps lightly while falling into place

behind leave the figure eight

you'll find me in close proximity

separate ways to the same place

 

Centers and Limits

worlds open up all around you

have I been magnifying the myth

finding myself in it

these days

worlds open up inside of you

have I been the stranger to my own land

tunnel vision in the wide open

plane

slowly our travels changed

slowly our travels changed their aim

still I am one foot out for one foot in

a challenge in balance

centered in limits

the time's come

you know what to do

worlds opened up all around you

 

Homeostasis

we move each other

we move each other along

everyone gets on when they want

show me some ropes

where to hold when to let go

it is as it always was

it just took awhile to notice

tame or be tamed

is only one way to play

when I hesitate

they feed me to the bait

we catch all we can

then we turn it lose again

it is as it always was

it just took awhile to notice

we move each other

we move each other along

everyone gets off when they want

 

Down and In

now happens

everything's in everyone

now is one version of

everywhere all at once

right when I was I gave it up

right when I stalled I gave it my all

light and sound turned inside out

flights here

how am I upside down

nowhere to be found

all around

all in now

all is allowed

turn in turn out

swimming in 3D

in a knot called the body

time sits beside these

spaces above these

signal you on

 

Reality Spell

it all exists always to exit

into a new entrance

sunrise for somebody’s sunset

earth red with both birth and death

all were calling us here

with the call to color us in

the whole of existence on the edge

building a bridge

I found you

changes all worth going through

never did add up to an excuse

forgive me life

I declined

what the mind wants and what all life needs

let's never make it two separate things

bird songs and territory are surely reconciling

whispers of the jaded jester

who on earth are you working for

what are you going to do

choose your door one two three or four

I found you

changes all worth going through

never did add up to an excuse

forgive me life

I declined

So do you chose

once you know that you do

what will you chose

all those opposing pursuits

narrow in on the few that guide to

release from the reality spell

it isn't wrong if it isn't even real

all of these people mean well

whenever it's hard to tell

who here has been harmed

who here has been helped

copied keys to the cell

of secrets I keep from myself

I found you

changes all worth going through

never did add up to an excuse

forgive me I

 

Go-betweens

vivid new days begin

with nothing lacking

we always give

all we came to get

and we're leaving gifts

out in the open

or hid in the areas you frequent

we used to leave hints

in the dream exhibits

now seeming to wish direct experience

you keep connected through detachment

viewing all things in motion

the spiral's wound until it soars out

following a route

hollowing you out

forms sing into your mouth

straight through to the clouds

eagerly go-between close within reach

consult the source

free your entity

shedding the shadow

like losing it all

things you outrun in a free fall

grant permission to be how you are

don't act a life to live your part

If my life is your fast ad-lib

don't think too hard

just think ahead

we won't finish all in one breath

and it's such a relief to be nothing I've said