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Need to Understand It’s safe to assume no one is coming out of 2020 the same. Amidst a global pandemic, we have experienced chronic racism that has plagued people of color for centuries. Senseless killing of unarmed African Americans by the police has enraged the world. When I created the music for this song, I had no subject matter in mind, however, I was thinking of “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. That pointed me in the direction of speaking on this issue.

Searching Reminiscent of 80s and 90s R&B, this song just fell in my lap one day as I played around with some chords at the keyboard. I recorded the bass line first and everything else just fell in place. I imagined this song as a ‘summer’ song; being played in the car with the top down. My inspiration for this song was a song called “Everything She Wants” by Wham.

You’re a sweet something I was originally treating this song a musical greeting card with just one verse and chorus. I liked the “sweetness” (no pun intended) of the song; and the light-hearted, joyful feel.

Beyond Platonic (Natural Version) Just going for a chill vibe, with this song (as with the original version). I was so blessed to have so many talents on this cut. My dream was to have a true Neo-Soul vibe and Ashley Watkins’s flute brought just that, as did my brother, James Burrell on drums. My wife Courtney gave the song a new dimension with her co-lead vocals. I have always been the proudest of this song, as my son Desmond Jr., co-wrote this song and played the bass! I guess you could say it was a family affair.

A Conversation I wanted to share where I was in the making of this project. My inspirations, my beginning and where I was headed.

The Story I wanted to go for a quintessential R&B feel with the “The Story”. I wanted a ‘Musiq meets Lyfe Jennings’ feel to this song. I created the chorus first and that dictated the verses. Just a play on the act/scene scenarios, like in a play. In the song, I’m asking the lady I have fallen for to give me the words to say and what I need to do to win her heart. From the very beginning, I had in mind Sing Steph to share lead vocals. Steph and I met while performing throughout the Washington D.C. area’s entertainment venues. His voice is so soulful. I had to have him on the track. He rocked it!!

New Kinda Crazy New Kinda Crazy was just a groove I stared on the Rhodes. Lots of times the music is created first. This song was heavily influenced by D’Angelo.


Be My All Day As life has, is, and will be ever so demanding, I needed to re-up on my spiritual strength. God is the source of my strength and I wrote this as a morning prayer/meditation. I am speaking to God, asking Him to be a part of my entire day. Every interaction, everywhere I went throughout the day. This was inspired by Psalm 91.

The New Me The title tune for this project was inspired by just being the best version of myself. What did that look like to me? For most of us, living up to someone else’s expectations can be daunting, leaving us feeling ‘less-than’ quite often. Essentially, this song is a pledge of allegiance to being happy by just being myself.


Need to Understand From the bondages of slavery to dying by the police Trying to figure out how far we’ve really come Is equality for debate? Surrounded by so much hate Somebody help me try to put this thing together cause I need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me Is equality for debate? Surrounded by so much hate Somebody help me try to put this thing together cause I need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me Who would have thought? From birdwatching in the park Could cause dissension to start And we’re talking ‘bout the year of 2020 Even when we try to make a plea To let you know that we can’t breathe Somebody helps me try to put this thing together cause I need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me out In the land of the free (In the land of the free) Of opportunity (Of opportunity) But does it apply (But does it apply) To people that look just like me We gon keep on Marching steppin’ moving towards what is ours ‘Till they get that we deserve the very privilege


They exhaust I need to understand so help me out help me out Need to understand so help me out help me out

Searching In my mind I made you Out to be my lover No need to look for another And I need to you to reassure That you feel the same way And your love is here to stay Don’t leave me here searching For the owner of my heart Don’t leave me here searching For the owner of my heart I wait so eagerly To give you all this loving Plenty kissing and hugging So tell me you anticipate What I have in store Cause I’m ready to give you so much more Don’t leave me here searching For the owner of my heart Don’t leave me here searching For the owner of my heart Don’t make me look Don’t make me look Don’t make me look for love in the wrong places Places places All the kissing and hugging don’t keep me searching and searching Don’t leave me here searching For the owner of my heart Don’t leave me here searching For the owner of my heart


You’re a sweet something I can’t go a day without your touch I can’t go a day without your smile Just thinking ‘bout all the things we do Makes me want to daydream ‘bout you all the time Cause you’re a sweet something you’re a sweet something you’re a sweet something I had to let you know today You’re a sweet something you’re a sweet something You’re a sweet something couldn’t have it any other way You’re so sweet you’re so sweet You’re so sweet, you’re so sweet (You’re a sweet something) No one could ever love me like you do Bet they couldn’t if they gave their best try Cause only you really know me And every day you show me There’s nothing better than you and I Cause you’re a sweet something you’re a sweet something you’re a sweet something I had to let you know today You’re a sweet something you’re a sweet something You’re a sweet something couldn’t have it any other way You’re so sweet you’re so sweet You’re so sweet, you’re so sweet (You’re a sweet something) (You’re a sweet something) Cause I gotta sing about this love I have for you And I gotta sing about all the sweetness that I have in you Cause I gotta sing about this love I have for you And I gotta sing about all the sweetness that I have in you

Beyond Platonic (Natural Version) I’ve never seen such beauty So you’ve got to excuse me If I seem confused distracted out in space when you look at me I ain’t good at sugarcoating, so I’ve got to say it up front Do you need a man a lover a partner friend just tell me what you want I’ll be right here ain’t no question ‘bout the intentions that I have My goals to make you mine and keep you mine with a satisfying love that lasts I suggest we make a trade off, I’ll give you everything I got The only thing I ask in return is to have the key to your heart Give me your heart give me your soul give me your dreams give your love to me give your love to me


(Why don’t you Give it give it give it to me, give your love to me sugar) I know you can’t say you haven’t thought about the same things All the thoughts the questions situations dilemmas possibilities What if we made eye contact from a platonic hug Made us transform like Bumblebee from friends to a point where we fell in love I’ll be right here ain’t no question ‘bout the intentions that I have My goals to make you mine and keep you mine with a satisfying love that lasts I suggest we make a trade off, I’ll give you everything I got The only thing I ask in return is to have the key to your heart Give me your heart give me your soul give me your dreams give your love to me give your love to me (Why don’t you Give it give it give it to me, give your love to me sugar)

The Story Act one scene one it was destiny will it seemed to me It was the first time I laid eyes on you Act one scene two should I make a move Whatcha want me to do I’ll be the star in this scene, and I’ll do anything to be with you How do you see the story playing out will you write the script for me? Tell me where to be what to say what to do Lights camera action it’s on you Act two scene one got to get to know ya ‘Fo I put it on ya I am referring to everything I’ve got to give Act two scene two I like what I’ve reviewed you’ve passed the interview Get ready to in this scene with you and me tell me what to do And I just wanna show you how good I can be for you, oh And you as my leading lady the chemistry will show through and through so just How do you see the story playing out will you write the script for me? Tell me where to be what to say what to do Lights camera action it’s on you

New Kinda Crazy Tell me where they do that Where they treat people so cold Tell me where you are from So I can make sure that I don’t go You must be out your mind If you think a sucker in me you will find


You must have some screws loose If you think I’m gon stay and take this abuse Tell me where they do that Where I got to share your love First you said you love but then you love him Or is it all of the above? You must be out your mind If you think a sucker in me, you will find You must have some screws loose If you think I’m gon stay and take this abuse, you must be (New kina Crazy)

Be my all day From the time I wake up it’s you that I’m thinking of Because I stand in awe of your grace mercy and your love Before I start my day I’ll take this time to say I can’t make it without you I pray you will cover me everywhere I’ll be and in everything I do so Be my morning be my afternoon be my evening be my all day Be my morning be my afternoon be my evening be my all day (Cover me, please Lord cover me) (Cover me, please Lord cover me) No better security than right here in your arms (Security right here in your arms) You said if I dwell on you, you’d keep me from all harm Before I start my day I’ll take this time to say I can’t make it without you I pray you’ll cover me everywhere I will be and in everything I do so Be my morning be my afternoon be my evening be my all day Be my morning be my afternoon be my evening be my all day (Cover me, please Lord cover me) (Cover me, please Lord cover me) In my home with my spouse and my children (Please Lord cover me) In my car on the highways and byways (Please Lord cover me) On my job with the workload and meetings (Please Lord cover me) In the presence of haters and enemies (Please Lord cover me)


The New Me Today just has to different Can’t go back to my old self Today is full of possibilities and it’s up to one else To make joy my residence to make peace a place where I’d like to live And introduce to the world the new me Retire what I thought had to be No more you’re not good enough Realize my being is essential Makes me more than good enough To make joy my residence to make peace a place where I’d like to live And introduce to the world the new me To make joy my residence to make peace a place where I’d like to live And introduce to the world the new me Today just has to be different, can’t go back to my old self


All songs written, arranged, produced, and mixed by Desmond Parson (Except “Beyond Platonic”: written by Desmond Parson and Desmond Parson Jr.) All vocals and instruments: Desmond Parson except: Beyond Platonic (Natural Version) Background and co-lead vocals: Courtney Parson Background vocals: Desmond Parson Jr. Flute: Ashley Watkins Bass: Desmond Parson Jr. Drums: James Burrell The Story Co-Lead Vocals: Sing Steph Mastering: Blue Room Productions, Bethesda MD Photography: Kenya Allen Hair Stylist: Kennedy Truesdale - Tight N Up Barbershop, Bowie MD Special thanks to James Burrell and Christopher John for being my sounding board!! Special shout out to ‘Mindy’, my Rhodes piano for the beautiful sounds, and for making the photoshoot!


First and foremost, I thank my God…my Creator, my EVERYTHING!!!! I would like to thank my family for the support and love …the love of my life, my wife, Courtney, my sons, Desmond Jr. and Joshua. My mother, Anita ‘Diane’ Parson, my second mother, Rev. Roxanne G. Parson, my dad, Rev. Andre Parson, Wilbur Parson, Gail Parson, Momma, Joyce, Angie, Gene, Clyde Jr., Joyce Prentice, Marlene, Lee-Lee, Grandma Boston, Aunt Kathy, Tracey, Candice, Uncle George, Bobby, Chris Harrell, Noel, Wayne, Dee-Dee, Crowder, Aaron, Rebekkah, Kennedi, Lailah, Khloe, Chris, Danielle, Jamaya, CJ, Taylor, Tony, Christine, Bailey, Chase, Nick, Dominique, Jerome, LJ, Berta, Stephen, Chuckie, Crystal, Dashawn, Juanita, Alphonso, Walta, Jonathan, Martin, Ronda, Aunt Faye, Uncle Chick, Tia, Rod, Milan, Aunt Cynt, Roger, Linnie, Kee, Shenika, Zahara, Cousin Lula, Ronnell, BB, Ron Jr., Rubin, Aunt Irma, Rev Ashley Jones, Gene, Tazia, Tamyra, Hannah, Shawanna, Ramon, RJ, CC. Danielle, LB, Ty, Chelle, Yaz, Rev. Guy, Otis, Michelle, Lynette. All my family in Baltimore, Eastern Shore Maryland, Alabama, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Delaware, Connecticut, New York. My crew: Kenny, Joe, Jelani, Sam (RIP), Harold, Kenny G, Thanks to all the people that let me rock stages with them: Kwyet Storm; Bird, Corey, Charles, Maurice. Soulfied Village Band, Jim, Judge, Janet, Cindy, Devone, Dominic, Chris, Judy, Lee, Wanda, Lauren, Liam, Dave Wenn, Dave Casey, Tygressa Jones, BK, Joe, Jerry, Goodie, Robbin Reeder, Davonne D’Neil, Ameka J, Chris Murphy, Riqui, Sing Steph, Sandra Truesdale, DCLM, Mosche, Shelia, TJ, Bobby, Troy, Paul Berries. Pilgrim Baptist Church Family, Hemingway Temple A.M.E. Family My Social Media followers: Thank you for inspiring me!! This album is dedicated to the family who have gone on to Glory in this year of our Lord 2020: Clyde Prentice Sr., Mark Boston, Barbara E. “Babs” Jones.


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