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Dan: My son lives in Japan and we are used to our relationship being stretched across lands but the pandemic gifted us 18 months together. Once the restrictions were lifted it was time for me to return to the UK to play concerts and that’s when I wrote Ten Steps.
It’s a song about gathering inner strength and bravery to take a big step when necessary.
I stood on the edge of the pier staring out to sea - My next move felt as impossible as walking out on the water in front of me
Max and I had been sent me a new piece of music he was working on and this on my headphones as I stood at the bay, gathered my strength and wrote this letter to my son. I see a sparse, beautiful solo dance and feel the rhythm
Max: It’s an Armenian rhythm called the Jurjuna in 10/8 and according to legend it was actually originally in 9/8 but its a rhythm for dance, and often the dancers would drink...like a lot, and they’d stumble a little bit and slowly throughout history, musicians started to add a beat at the end of the phrase to compensate for the little stumble


You must not fear these steps
let me hold your hand
one foot in front of the other
don’t count - don't look down
10 STEPS surround you
let the rhythm guide you
step into your power
you powerful man
let go of what doesn’t serve you
let go never doubt
your sweet feet
your hands
your strength
I’m with you every step
I could die and not feel a thing
your power
your love
your heart
there is no end
we are the people standing here
those worshipping the sun
it was us all along
10 steps
we could hold hands, no need to look down
you’ve got eyes on the souls of your feet
you’ve got eyes on the souls of your feet
I don’t remember the start
I could die and not feel a thing x2
10 steps
10 steps
let go……..
You must not fear these steps
Let me hold your hand


from Ten Steps, released September 8, 2023
TEN STEPS Written and Produced by Max ZT (ASCAP) & Dan Whitehouse (PRS / MCPS)

Lyrics by Dan Whitehouse

Mixed by Max ZT

Mastered by Mark Freegard

Dan Whitehouse - Vocals, Guitars, recorded in Yokohama, Japan

Max ZT - Hammered Dulcimer, Percussion, Synthesizers, recorded in New York, USA

Ösp Eldjárn - Background Vocals (Ten Steps)
Gustaf Ljunggren - Synthesizers (Ten Steps)

Art & Design – Martin Hyde
Photos - Peter James Millson 

dan-whitehouse.com & maxzt.com 

P+C Max ZT & Dan Whitehouse 2023
Want To Know Records


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