To Win


To Win
(for Lucas)

To see from this new height
Embrace things so long desired
To be sure, and know you are right
To feel calm and alive
To fight when you are down
To work and turn it around

Burning inside you
A passion that drives you
Inspires you to reach for the stars

And to win

The vision clear
The time is here
There is no doubt
That triumph is near
You know when you know
Then you never let go
Learn to be tough
Don’t give in
And never give up

To win

There’s no try, just do or die
No fear, only power of mind
In the zone, feel the motion now
Feels like nothing can slow you down
And the plans you carefully choose
Leave no option to lose

Burning inside you
A passion that drives you
Inspires you to reach for the stars

The vision clear
The time is here
There is no doubt
That triumph is near
You know when you know
Then you never let go
Light up the fire in your heart
Let it burn
High and bright

C 2011, Joanne Jolee, Pinnacle American Records, LLC

Break Ground

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It’s a tough one Baby
Some say it can’t be done
It’s not for the weakhearted
But we are all in and we’re starting
We have the drive and desire
To go higher

And we’ll stand at the Peaks
Looking out across the valley
With you next to me
It will be
So lovely

We’re going to break ground
We’re going to move the earth
We’ll have to work hard
But we’ll do something amazing, together

It’s a risk we’re taking
It could all wash away
Who knows for sure what will happen
But we’re jumping in to this challenge
And if we have to start over
We start over

©2016 Pinnacle American Records, LLC, Joanne Jolee (BMI)


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Kindle to a flame
The spark that had almost died
Wake from your sleep
Open your eyes
And be revived

Press away from the shore
The sea has not run dry
Set the sails
Catch the breeze
Fair winds, Godspeed the tide

See the world
All over again
Through the eyes of a child

Bud to bloom
Error to right
Low to higher
Embers to fire


It’s not hard
To drift off course
To find you’ve lost your way
All the cares
Will harden your heart
Age your soul
Make love grow cold

© 2016 Joanne Jolee, Pinnacle American Records, LLC

The Night Will Be Filled With Music

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Day is done and the darkness falls
From the wings of night
A feather is wafting down
From an eagle in flight

I see the lights through rain and mist
I feel a sadness my soul can’t resist
Come sing to me a heartfelt lay
And banish the thoughts of the day

The song shall quiet
The restless pulse of cares
And come like a benediction
After a prayer

Let the song gush from the heart
The same way tears from the eyelids start
And every care that infests the day
Will silently steal away

And the night will be filled with music

© 2016 Joanne Jolee, Pinnacle American Records, LLC (BMI)

The Day is Done


The day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village
Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o’er me
That my soul cannot resist:

A feeling of sadness and longing,
That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,
Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.

For, like strains of martial music,
Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life’s endless toil and endeavor;
And to-night I long for rest.

Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
Or tears from the eyelids start;

Who, through long days of labor,
And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music
Of wonderful melodies.

Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
That follows after prayer.

Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
The beauty of thy voice.

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.

Bird of Paradise

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Dear Friend,

Such a beautiful metaphor – the Phoenix rising from the ashes to new life. To the early Christians she represented the resurrection, and across centuries and cultures she has been a symbol of enduring hope and rejuvenation.

I’m proud to present Bird of Paradise along with a new artistic rendering created by my daughter, Leiticia Pestova (also the woman in the photo).

To continually transforming our lives!

Bird of Paradise
A thousand shades of gold
Brilliant colors of the rainbow
A wonder to behold
So full of life, of love
She’ll fall only to renew
To be reborn

Fools, to have thought
She could stay in the ground
It’s the cycle of life
And it’s coming around
The song that she sings
Best not be ignored
She’s coming in peace
Carrying a sword

Up from the flames

She flies
Bird of Paradise
Strong free proud
Bird of Paradise
Spread your wings
Light up the world

A vision of beauty and grace
She is love replete
And fragrance sweet
A Spirit of truth and fire
There’s no way it can die
It will always rise

Commanding the storm
Calm in the gale
A force on your side never failing
The longing, lonely
And empty from pain
Will fill up with hope
And live again

Up from the flames

She flies

Bird of Paradise
Strong free proud
Bird of Paradise
Spread your wings
Light up the world

Make me an instrument of Your peace*
Death to life

From death to life
She flies

© 2016 Joanne Jolee, Pinnacle American Records, LLC (BMI)


Bird of Paradise Liner Notes:
Composed, orchestrated and performed by Joanne Jolee
Cover image concept by Leiticia Pestova
Photography by Jason Hahn
*Prayer for Peace
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Francis of Assisi

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