Small Sweet Step (digital single & songbook)
Small Sweet Step (digital single & songbook)
Small Sweet Step (digital single & songbook)

Small Sweet Step (digital single & songbook)

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"Small Sweet Step" is a song to keep you moving forward — especially when you want to give up.


Listen anytime you want to:

  • Remember how truly capable you are.
  • Face that obstacle you've been worrying about.
  • Finally do that thing you're really meant to do.
  • Inspire the people around you to keep on moving forward!

What you'll get:

BUNDLE #1: Digital Single (200 MB)

  • High-quality MP3 file (96kHz 24bit - 320 Kbps)
  • High-quality WAV file (96kHz 24bit)
  • High-quality cover art PNG

BUNDLE #2: Digital Single & Songbook (200 MB)

Everything in Option 1, PLUS a digital songbook PDF containing:

  • Lyrics and chords for singing and playing the song, and
  • Liner notes on the story of the song and the meaning of the lyrics.
  • Reflection questions to bring the song's spirit into your daily life.

BUNDLE #3: Collector's Edition (800 MB)

Everything in Bundle #2, PLUS ringtones for your phone, AND all the original master files, including high-quality MP3 & WAV files for:

  • An instrumental version
  • A version with no background solos
  • A version with no lead vocals
  • A version with vocals only

Lyrics

VERSE 1
When you wake and feel the day's already gone
The sun is rising but your faith is going down
And you’re losing hope a change gonna come
You gotta tune your station to a higher sound

PRE-CHORUS 1
When the way seems blockaded
And you just don't have the might
Give some praise that you're frustrated
You ain't wrong, you're on the edge
of something right

CHORUS 1
Take a small sweet step, give it all you got
Just a small sweet step, moving forward
You don't know what's next, and nevertheless
Take a small sweet step, moving forward

VERSE 2
When you're riding
and the fog has got you blind
Remember you're the sky that holds the clouds
Born with a hero's heart and a monkey mind
On the planet of commitment, there is no doubt

PRE-CHORUS 2
So when the way seems blockaded
And you just don't have the might
Give some praise that you're frustrated
You ain't wrong, you're on the edge
of something right

CHORUS 2
Take a small sweet step, give it all you got
Just a small sweet step, moving forward
You don't know what's next, and nevertheless
Take a small sweet step, moving forward

BRIDGE
And you know you've got to be crazy,
To look at the game and think you're OK
You're in the very last minute, the very last play
Scoreboard’s not on your side

But inside your heart is a beat
It's the song on your tongue
and the dance in your feet
You came here to bring to the game
what you got
Win or lose ain't never the prize!

CHORUS 2
You’ve got to take a small sweet step
Give it all you got
Just a small sweet step, moving forward
You don't know what's next, and nevertheless
Take a small sweet step, moving forward

Take a small sweet step, give it all you got
Just a small sweet step, moving forward
You don't know what's next, and nevertheless
Take a small sweet step, moving forward

OUTRO
Oooh… Just take a step…
Oooh… Keep moving forward!
Oooh… Just take a step…
Oooh… Keep moving forward!
Oooh… Just take a step…
Oooh… Keep moving forward!
Oooh… Just take a step… Oooh!

Liner notes

“Small Sweet Step” is a song to keep you moving — especially when you really want to give up.

The chorus came to me on an early morning run. I’d woken up in a bad mood. I thought a run would help. It didn’t. I was on my way home, but still further to go. I was exhausted and cranky, and I just needed something, anything, to keep me going.

That’s when I remembered this beautiful phrase from my teacher and mentor, Maria Nemeth (check out our work together through the Academy for Coaching Excellence).

Maria uses these three simple words as a way to remind us how all great things are accomplished: Small actions, taken over time, with a quality of ease.

Ease isn’t about not working hard — it’s about working hard, but focusing on what’s in front of you, taking one step at a time, celebrating as you go.

It reminds me of being a teenager, working with my dad, painting houses. When we got to that first exterior job, I remember looking up at this massive house and feeling totally overwhelmed. How could we possibly do this? My dad answered: “Pick one side of the house. Set up your ladder on the very end of that side, so you can reach the top. Paint the top row as much as you can reach. Then the next row down. Then the next. Then move the ladder and do it again.”

This is how all great things get accomplished. And we all need a reminder of it sometimes.

I hope this song inspires you to remember how truly capable you really are… to face that obstacle you’ve been worrying about… or to finally do that thing you’re really meant to do.

And I hope this song inspires all of us to keep moving forward together, to build the world we want to see.

Credits

Released December 1, 2015

Inspired by and dedicated to MARIA NEMETH
Written by ZO TOBI
Produced, arranged, and mixed by JEFF BOVA

Recorded and mixed in Fall 2015 at
BOVALAND – Hollywood, CA
bovaland.com

Background vocals recorded in Fall 2015 at
STUDIO CITY SOUND – Studio City, CA
studiocitysound.com

Engineering
JEFF BOVA, STEVEN VALENZUELA

Mastering
HOWIE WEINBERG MASTERING
Los Angeles, CA
howieweinbergmastering.com

Background vocals arranged by – LINDA McCRARY, JAMES McCRARY

Vocal Coach – KELLY WOHLFORD

A&R — BONNIE MILNER
LONG VIEW ENTERTAINMENT
longview.bonnie@gmail.com

Lead Vocals – ZO TOBI
Keys, Programming – JEFF BOVA
Percussion – RAFAEL PADILLA
Electric Bass – ABBY TRAVIS
Guitars – TIM PIERCE
Background Vocals – LINDA McCRARY, JAMES McCRARY, & MARKITA KNIGHT

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