What Is Kind is a postmodern retro music project combining the lyrics of Suzanne Gee with the music of Eric Lapp. Their first album, "Tangled Tales & Windblown Hair" (2018) features 17 songs, and is now available for download on CD Baby. Hard copies can be purchased by contacting their Facebook page.

What Is Kind's first venture was a recording of "Auntie's Municipal Court" (Nesmith-Allison) that was included in the limited edition CD compilation, "Listen To The Bands: 25 Monkees Cover Versions" released by 7a Records in 2017. The UK based label made a world-wide call for entries, and out of the hundreds received, What Is Kind's version of the classic Monkees deep cut track was one of the 25 selected. 

Excited by this success, Eric and Suzanne began a song writing partnership and their original songs soon took shape in the recording studio. Much of the aesthetic was inspired by their mutual interest in 60's and 70's rock music, but also dipped into other genres such as classical, jazz and Latin. The end result is familiar, yet unique and fresh. What is kind? Listen and find out for yourself! 
Suzanne Gee: vocals, drums, percussion, whistling

Eric Lapp: keyboards, acoustic & electric guitars, bass, mandolins

Produced & Mixed by What Is Kind (ELS Studios)
Mastered by Doug White (Watchmen Studios)
Artwork and cover design by Suzanne Gee
Photos by What Is Kind
Music Always Records

Downloads available on CD Baby
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 1.Look Down*
 2.Whispering Low
 3.Believing In Tomorrow
 4.Blue Eyes
 5.Dependency
 6.Runnin’ Till My Head Is Clear
 7.You Used To Be
 8.Magical Town
 9.Coquí Lullaby
10.Golden Summer Sky
11.Staring At Jupiter
12.My Friend
13.When Our Dreams Take Flight
14.3400 Wilshire Blvd
15.Accidental Instrumental
16.Hopeless Heart Of Min
17.Lost In The Mist

All lyrics by Suzanne Gee / music by Eric Lapp © 2017 What Is Kind (BMI)
*except “Look Down” written by Carole King & Toni Stern © 1963 ColGems-EMI Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Henry Edwards: violins on tracks 2 & 10; guitar on tracks 3, 4 & 6
Cole Lapp: rhythm guitar on track 1; organ on track 12

Suzanne would like to thank Connie Gee, Ed & Missy Gee, Jennifer Gee Mandarino, Chris & Adrienne, Halina Janusz, Blake Jones, Coco Dolenz, Felipe Torres and Tibsy for personal, creative & financial support.

Eric would like to thank Sandra, Carol, Cole, Harvey, Marie, Sarun, Jaymes, Melody, Dylan, Olivia, America, Nick and Zoey Lapp (and more Lapps) for being family. Also thanks to Henry Edwards and Doug White for helping us out. And not least (or best) of all, Lady Hannah.
Lyrics
Whispering Low 

All my dreams
whispering low only to me
only to be so lonely

Everything’s blowing around
There’s nothing to do
‘till the wind calms down
Looking for pieces of old that are new

All my dreams
whispering low only to me
only to be so lonely

People are building me up
I’m bound to come down
running low on luck
Knowing that nothing is real in this town

All my dreams
whispering low only to me
only to be so lonely

Believing in Tomorrow 

I’ve been rolling around never finding a way
feeling all of the pain (feeling all of the pain)
Standing bright in the sun on the loneliest day
knowing nothing is ever gonna be the same

Holding on, believing in tomorrow
Wishes and hopes are sparks of light leading you back
and turning you on 
Away, away, away from all the sorrow

Open your eyes, I’ll give you something to see
making everything real (making everything real)
Searching your mind for a new memory
Living’s the only way that you’ll ever heal

Holding on, believing in tomorrow
Wishes and hopes are sparks of light leading you back
and turning you on 
Away, away, away from all the sorrow

Millions of beaches cover the land
reflecting blue and green (reflecting blue and green)
So it’s been said we’re but a grain of sand
gleaming from the sun and yet unseen

Holding on, believing in tomorrow
Wishes and hopes are sparks of light leading you back
and turning you on 
Away, away, away from all the sorrow

Blue Eyes 

I just thought that this would be another day of nothing new
Find my place then try to act accordingly and right on cue

The room was filled but all I ever saw were your blue eyes
Never thought you saw me until the day you stared into my blue eyes – yeah!

One more day on my feet then turning round I spotted you
A smile so bright it just felt incredibly the thing to do

The room was filled but all I ever saw were your blue eyes
Never thought you saw me until the day you stared into my blue eyes – yeah!

Dependency 

Thinking it over again in my mind
to find a way to see you once more
Staring for hours no way to deny
I’m fixed on you and need an encore

Me my spirit dies whenever you’re not there
to make my life a whole obsession
Me my spirit flies whenever you are there
and give my life a new expression

Calling you now would it be too soon?
Feeling lonely, waiting, hoping
Trapped inside the endless past
Now you’re here and now I’m coping

Me my spirit dies whenever you’re not there
to make my life a whole obsession
Me my spirit flies whenever you are there
and give my life a new expression

I’m breaking down to my knees
and I cry over you
Don’t go away this time
out of the blue

Me my spirit dies whenever you’re not there
to make my life a whole obsession
Me my spirit flies whenever you are there
and give my life a new expression

Runnin’ ‘till My Head is Clear 

Draining me, draining me, draining me of everything
My patience has waned 
yet you go on
Draining me, draining me, draining me of everything
How much can I take 
until I explode
You could choose kindness, but instead you reload
So many times I wish I’d taken another road

Gotta get outta here
Runnin’ ‘till my head is clear
Gotta get outta here
Runnin’ ‘till my head is clear

Draining me, draining me, draining me of everything
You’re calling this love
but I can see you’re
Draining me, draining me, draining me of everything
Life revolves around you
Hurts when I resist
Deep silent pain is often how I exist
Always has to be your way that’s what you insist

Gotta get outta here
Runnin’ ‘till my head is clear
Gotta get outta here
Runnin’ ‘till my head is clear

Gotta get outta here
Runnin’ ‘till my head is clear
Gotta get outta here
Runnin’ ‘till my head is clear

Draining me, draining me, draining me of everything
You should step back
and see how much you’re
Draining me, draining me, draining me of everything
I know you need me
so help me be strong
Otherwise we’ll both wait for love oh so long
We could make it right or leave it ever wrong

Gotta get outta here
Runnin’ ‘till my head is clear
Gotta get outta here
Runnin’ ‘till my head is clear

You Used to be 

Two became one day after day 
Felt sure we’d never lose our way
Changes came, we rolled along
Then I felt we weren’t so strong
I miss the you that you used to be
Lit from within shining ever so free

I was gone
Out of view
Still I hoped for more like dreamers do
You were gone 
Out of view
Still I hoped for so much more like dreamers do

Ours was a love that sang a lovely song
Then came the note that rang out wrong
Someone else would take my place
Another song, a stranger’s face
I miss the you that you used to be
Lit from within shining ever so free

I was gone
Out of view
Still I hoped for more like dreamers do
You were gone 
Out of view
Still I hoped for so much more like dreamers do

Always wished you only the best
But your choices left you distressed
Know my love is here for you
Unbroken and always true
I miss the you that you used to be
Lit from within shining ever so free

I was gone
Out of view
Still I hoped for more like dreamers do
You were gone 
Out of view
Still I hoped for so much more like dreamers do

Magical Town 

Here I am 
Every moment’s perfectly clear
Here we are
Elevation starting from here

High up in the sky 
Make another round for us
and we’ll go out and fly
Steady on ahead

We were changing
Thinking brighter
So engaging

Mini motor racing around
Magic moment, magical town

Watching you
Swaggering and looking at me
Lighting dreams
You and I enjoying our spree

Time to move along
Destination just ahead so
sing another song
The night won’t end

We were changing
Thinking brighter
So engaging

Mini motor racing around
Magic moment, magical town

We are here
Those around are perfectly free
In my mind
you and I are all that I see

Music in the air
Just another way to love
the night and say a prayer
Never will forget

We were changing
Thinking brighter
So engaging

Mini motor racing around
Magic moment, magical town

Coquí Lullaby 

Life was hard (coqui, coqui)
then we met (coqui, coqui)
dropped our guard (coqui, coqui)
no safety net

Both of us, honestly, found the key
Hand in hand reassured, we endured (arrullos del coqui)
End of day lullaby, coquí would pacify
Duermes con los angeles 
Every night my love
Every night my love
Every night my love, love, love
Love, love, love

So much hope (coqui, coqui)
Healing ways (coqui, coqui)
Slippery slope (coqui, coqui)
And stranger days
Moving on (coqui, coqui)
Scotch and gin (coqui, coqui)
Curtains drawn (coqui, coqui)
we’re safe within

Both of us, honestly, found the key 
Hand in hand reassured, we endured (arrullos del coqui)
End of day lullaby, coquí would pacify
Duermes con los angeles 
Every night my love
Every night my love
Every night my love, love, love
Love, love, love

Hints of light (coqui, coqui)
All around (coqui, coqui)
Lovely sight, (coqui, coqui)
peaceful sound
Storm ahead (coqui, coqui)
Trusted fate (coqui, coqui)
Watershed (coqui, coqui)
our fall was great

Both of us, honestly, found the key 
Hand in hand reassured, we endured (arrullos del coqui)
End of day lullaby, coquí would pacify
Duermes con los angeles 
Every night my love
Every night my love
Every night my love, love, love
Love, love, love

Brand new day (coqui, coqui)
Staying strong (coqui, coqui)
We’re okay, (coqui, coqui)
we hear our song

Wishful sigh (coqui, coqui)
Del mar y el sol
coquí lullaby

Golden Summer Sky 

Yesterday faded away
Moving along can never stay
Casting aside all the tears
Can it be worth the troubled years?

If I see clearly 
(clearly golden summer, golden summer sky)
golden summer sky
Now you are with me
(with me never wonder why)
never wonder why

Thought you would always be there
Often the world is so unfair
Hurting I turned from your side
All of the love dried up and died

Now I see clearly
(clearly golden summer, golden summer sky)
golden summer sky
Forever you’re with me
(with me never wonder why)
never wonder why

Sharp and clear as yesterday
Real in memory

My Friend  

Now I see 
this was meant to be 
Close to you my friend 
I’m here again 
Pain is real 
and what we feel 
Close to you my friend 
I’m here again

Run free, run free
Watch the skies above me
Tangled tales and wind-blown hair
Oh run free, my beauty

I was true 
That you always knew 
Missing you my friend 
I’m sad again 
Love is long 
And never wrong 
Missing you my friend 
I’m sad again

Run free, run free
Watch the skies above me
Tangled tails and wind-blown hair
run free …
Run free, run free
Watch the skies above me
Tangled tales and wind-blown hair
Oh run free, my beauty

Find a star 
No matter how far 
That’ll be you my friend 
smiling again 
Angel cloud 
Handsome and proud 
That’ll be you my friend 
smiling again

Run free, run free
Watch the skies above me
Tangled tales and wind-blown hair
run free …
Run free, run free
Watch the skies above me
Tangled tails and wind-blown hair
Oh run free, my beauty

When Our Dreams Take Flight 

Keep things moving forward
See the road ahead 
Moments filled with lost emotions
Words unsaid 
Wasted time or satisfaction
We should know what’s right
When our dreams take flight
When our dreams take flight

Everything is always changing
(Life is changing everything)
Does it make it better?
(Would always like it better going somewhere)
Better going somewhere
get yourself together
Everything is always changing
Does it make it better?
Better going somewhere

Fearing now and later
Restless for the past 
Something new could be the answer
Don’t be the last 
Living doesn’t let you pause
We should know what’s right
When our dreams take flight
When our dreams take flight

Everything is always changing
(Life is changing everything)
Does it make it better?
(Would always like it better going somewhere)
Better going somewhere
get yourself together
Everything is always changing
Does it make it better?
Better going somewhere

Now is like no other
Feel it all the way 
Only comes but once a lifetime
No delay 
Feeling it’s the time for action
We should know what’s right
When our dreams take flight
When our dreams take flight

Everything is always changing
(Life is changing everything)
Does it make it better?
(Would always like it better going somewhere)
Better going somewhere
get yourself together
Everything is always changing
Does it make it better?
Better going somewhere
together

3400 Wilshire Boulevard 

Driving to Wilshire for a twenty-hour day
Glad to see our sweet little bungalow
Running ‘round the grounds in a Hollywood ballet
Finding time to bask in the afterglow
Away, away, we’re being called again
Away, away
Down those halls
with empty rooms
and storied walls

You see me and make me smile
Ice cream cones are just our style
You see me and make me smile
All the way and all the while

Such a curious past
This once was my home
The grand ol’ lady’s dying fast
I’m trying to make it right
We celebrate her beauty
Oasis morning, noon and night
Everyone wants a tour
But the tears drip from the ceilings
Yet there is always some allure

Turning on the lights in the Cocoanut Grove
Meet you in the lobby later on
Then we’ll explore this lovely treasure trove
Enjoy our time before it’s all gone
Away, away, we’re being called again
Away, away
Down those halls
with empty rooms
and storied walls

You see me and make me smile
Ice cream cones are just our style
You see me and make me smile
All the way and all the while

I’ll remember you
Oh yeah, you’ll never fade from my heart
Forever a work of art
Oh yeah, I’ll remember you

Are the stars out tonight?
Raisin’ a glass 
at The Bounty’s alright
I’ll remember you

Hopeless Heart Of Mine 

You promised me 
At last I’d be free
Flying high on a dream 
Crashing down with your scheme
Lofty words that faded in the sun
All that could’ve been was now done
Hopeless heart of mine

Tried my best, but never knew just how to play your game
Far too good to last too long, so who really was to blame?
Up again, and dusted off, but will it always be the same?

Love and loyalty
Left in your debris
Sorting through my old soul 
For everything that you stole
Could be you saw no other way
So it was me you had to betray
Hopeless heart of mine

Tried my best, but never knew just how to play your game
Far too good to last too long, so who really was to blame?
Up again, and dusted off, but will it always be the same?
Hopeless heart of mine

Lost in the Mist 

I could tell you a tale of the times that I’ve had
I could tell you and talk till the sun said we’re through
But all of this would be lost in the mist
I don’t know
You don’t know
No one knows anyone
Maybe, just maybe this time

Come and tell me a tale of the times that you’ve had
Come and tell me and talk till the sun says we’re through
But all of this may be lost in the mist
I don’t know
You don’t know
No one knows anyone
Maybe, just maybe this time, this one

Time to get away from solid ground
Complacency is tryin’ to bring me down
Hear the call in every single sound
Time to get away from solid ground

I could tell you a tale of the times that I’ve had
I could tell you and talk till the sun said we’re through
But all of this would be lost in the mist
I don’t know
You don’t know
No one knows anyone
Maybe, just maybe this time

Come and tell me a tale of the times that you’ve had
Come and tell me and talk till the sun says we’re through
But all of this may be lost in the mist
I don’t know
You don’t know
No one knows anyone
Maybe, just maybe this time, this one

Time to get away from solid ground
Complacency is tryin’ to bring me down
Hear the call in every single sound
Time to get away from solid ground

You and I can see everything as it was meant to be
Cry those tears of gratitude and grow close to me
The waves will gently sweep away 
our slightly used illusions
Waves are rolling, the ocean’s calling
but you can change  
Waves are rolling, the ocean’s calling
Time to tell the tale again
waiting for the stars and only then
the waves will gently sweep away 


© 2018 What Is Kind