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Avenoo Blues – Song 2

My second song is about Indiana Avenue, and the music

scene during the early to mid 1900s. Blues was one of

the popular genres during the Avenue’s heydays. The

song is written from the perspective of someone who

knew the saloons, bars, and juke joints during its golden

years, which is why they are singing the blues. They miss

the greatness that once was. I also did my darnedest to make

it sound as if it was recorded during that time period. Give it

a listen here.

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Victory – Song 1

I can’t believe this is my first post of the new year.

On the other hand, I’ve been living my life more in

the real world instead of online, so I guess I can believe

it.

 

My most recent and exciting endeavor is my 10-week

music residency at the Harrison Center for the Arts. I’m

in the middle of my third week, and I have to write and

record one song per week. Each song must be placed-based,

so it has to be about Indianapolis in some way. My first song,

which you can listen to here, is about Lady Victory atop the

Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

 

This is my first attempt at recording all by myself, so it’s

not perfect but it’s a great learning experience. With that

said, it turned out pretty good. I definitely have a greater

respect for sound engineers. Make sure to give it a listen

and stay tuned for the next 9 songs.

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Song 5 and 6 “Boss Angeles” and “LAX

I figured I would combine the last two songs

into one blog post just to keep it brief. I won’t

say much about “Boss Angeles.” It’s similar

to “City of Angels” but slightly different. “City

of Angles” is meant to be ironic, and “Boss Angeles”

is meant to be satirical. That’s all I’ll say about it.

Go ahead and listen to the songs, and you’ll see what

I mean.

 

“LAX” is the most uplifting, happy, and resolved song

on the EP. Every other song is full of questions, doubt,

darkness, uncertainty, and ends on an unresolved note

musically. This song has no questions or uncertainty,

just a sense of longing and waiting. But it’s not the kind

of waiting that causes doubt, uncertainty, strife, and

uneasiness. Like when you go to the doctor to have major

tests done, and you’re anxiously waiting for the results

for the results. It’s a waiting filled with trust, certainty,

rest, and patience. Like when you’re sick and tired of winter

and you long for spring. You know spring will come, the

snow will melt, the sun will come out, and the temperature

will rise.

 

This is the kind of longing found in this song. It’s the

resolution we’ve been waiting for the whole EP. The

peace we’ve been seeking for the previous five tracks.

Just as the first five songs long to be resolved and the

tension dismissed by the sixth, so to do our souls long

to be resolved, the tension dismissed, and wholeness

ushered in.

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Song 2 – “Los Angeles I”

My hope for writing about these tracks is to give the average listener

a peek behind the curtain, but not to tear the whole curtain down. I’m

a detail-oriented person by nature, so I’ll try to change my ways for this

post.

Is there a building in your town that you go past regularly, and you think

to yourself, “What a dump! How is that business still surviving?” Every

time you drive by it, the same thoughts come to mind. After many months

or even years, you cave in and decide to check it out. Once you step foot

inside, your bitter thoughts vanish, and turn to regret. You wish you would

have gone in earlier. It’s great! What a diamond in the rough!

Or maybe you experienced the opposite, where you thought something

was going to be gem, and it turned out to be a bag of coal.

Relationships can be the same way. You meet someone and gather your

first impressions. Those impressions expand and change over the next few

months, and after years of knowing that person those impressions will be

confirmed or repealed. Those impressions have been transformed along the

way into character traits, at least in your mind.

If the other person knows themselves at all, they know the highs and lows

of their character. With technology and the way relationships are managed

these days, we can easily leave people in the “impression zone” for a much

longer period of time before texting and social media came along. We’ve all

been informally trained in PR, marketing, sales, and photoshop. Our best

foot is always forward, and our blemishes have been clicked away with the

healing tool.

What happens if we slip? What happens if we face plant it, and we miss a

spot? How will people respond with the ugly truth of who we are? Will they cast

us out? Will we continue to be friends, dating, or whatever the relationship

may be? We’re going to have to end the relationship. Won’t we?

This is romantic love. The idealized kind of love we read about and see in the

movies. The kind where you feel good all the time. What if love is hard though?

What if we disagree more than we delight? How can love continue?

I would argue that these are the times when love is truly shown. It’s

not hard to love someone when they make you laugh, give you gifts, are easy

to talk to, and always see eye-to-eye. You can easily say, “I love you.” Do you

really love them, or do you just love the feeling you get from being around them?

The way to know if you truly love them, is how you react and deal with the hard

times. Do you still treat them with kindness and respect? Do you still serve them

and talk to them? Do you make attempts to right wrongs and see eye-to-eye?

That’s love.

I didn’t quote any lyrics or mention anything from the song, which might make

you think I didn’t explain the song at all. I did, I swear. I simply expounded on

the themes and thoughts that inspired the song. There’s your peak behind the

curtain. It was more of a long gaze, but I’m fine with it. I hope you are too.

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Song 1 – “Lost Angeles”

The first track on the EP is titled “Lost Angeles.” It acts as

an intro, and helps set the stage a bit. Since this EP is meant

to be a cohesive project and to stream together, it seemed fitting

to give an introduction. If you come into this EP not knowing the

first track is an introduction, you might think I’m a shut-in without

electricity, because the first line is, “Los Angeles, where are you?”

The next line is similar to the first, and these lines appear a bit

code-like. As the song continues the key is given to crack the code

of the first two lines, and ultimately the rest of the EP. You’ll see

what I’m saying once you listen. It’s still a bit mysterious for everyone

else at this point.

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Lyrics – “War in the Sky”

I thought I’d post the lyrics to “War in the Sky” just in case you’re like me and get curious from time-to-time.

 

A clear night for a war in the sky;

lying in wait for shots to fly.

Magazines of stars in every gun;

a civil war that’ll never be won.

A civil war that’ll never be won.

 

The land below provides a soundtrack

to the film above in white and black.

Rustling of trees; breaking of waves

are the limbs of men who fought and gave.

Are the limbs of men who fought and gave.

 

The clouds form from the bonfire wood,

and the fog looms where men once stood.

The outer space and the countryside

seem to be one; a seam that’s been tied.

Seem to be one; a seam that’s been tied.

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