These songs-which span from early 2014 to early 2016-are an attempt at encapsulating some of my feelings regarding the world beyond Vernon (1998-2016). As I write this I am planning a move West and then...well...indeed. Then.
These are rare songs for me-as most of them are, to some extent, topical (where political sentiments are fodder) and perhaps a bit "on the nose." I wrote them to cope with some persistent feelings brought on by a general sense of ambivalence and/or social impotency.
Never heard of it?
With hardly any data getting in from the wider world (don't count the echo chamber o' internet or books ) the senses here are turned inward-insularity increases and the imps of the mind go sinister. They all chime "apathy! complacency! lethargy!" Oy!
All is not doom and gloom-for within each song I've sprinkled enough hope, dope, and rescue rope (careful not to accidentally hang yourself now) so ya might nab yourself a smile...might you even twerk? if so-maybe you can teach me.
Seeing as this collection reckons with the crabs of self doubt and the sand castles of self hood -this is, in a sense, Island Music. Not as pretty as the stuff with the slack key guitar but I do hope you find something here to take back home with you. Did I mention these songs were a bit tropical?
Vernon, New Jersey
“I bear the wounds of all the battles I avoided.”
- Fernando Pessoa
"Gruesome, isn't it?"
- Daffy Duck
released April 1, 2016
words, voice, guitar, piano, synthesizer- J. Stanton
track 2 sample - T. Evangelist
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