tape

by lights.on

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Tape represents my appreciation for the antique, the brand new, and the naked. It follows this appreciation in three movements. The first eight songs are meant to give the feeling of ye olde cassette tape and a garage sale piano with broken keys. This is the most mixed of the movements because the songs aren't entirely sampled from cassette recordings but rather include a lot of electronic instruments. I love old dusty dirt decorated with laser and strobe lights.The second movement (songs nine through eighteen) are, for the most part, clean and "new". The last four songs represent the "naked". What I mean by that is I'm sitting at my parents' house playing the piano completely uninhibited, with only my two dogs as an audience. I learned a lot working on these songs and it was the first time I felt good enough about a collection of songs to release them together as an album. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them, although I sincerely doubt that's possible.

credits

released January 9, 2007

Tape is dedicated to Zach Johnston, Michelle Vita-Sipe and Estee Schwartz.

Zach provided not only the original idea for Tape but was also the only one holding me up to higher standards than my own and without him not only would there be no Tape album, but half the songs would be half as good. Michelle has been my closest friend for the longest time and without out her sincere friendship - which I put to the test all too often - and overly-zealous, almost religious appreciation for the texture and cuteness of Tape I never would've finished. I'll never thank her enough. Estee provided me with a surprise friendship at the time I needed it most as well as a third person sincerely interested in what I was doing. If it wasn't for her I would still be hibernating, convinced I had no more music to write. I almost forgot what it was like to talk to someone.

I'd also like to thank the following people: Dick, Sue, and Perry Govier, Alex, Laura, Jimmie, Todd, Grace, Connor and Nathaniel over at IGIF, and Twisted NZ. Last but not least, my two dogs Oliver and Gracie provided me with the best live audience a musician could ask for. The level at which these two canines understood the higher purpose of Tape and empathized with everything I was trying to do will never be explained by science.

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Track Name: Two Fawns
I don't know much,
I don't know much,
I don't know much,
But I know this,
I don't know much.

There's a deer in my garden,
And there's a fawn... trot- two fawns!
Two fawns trotting, beautiful.
Track Name: Bandana
My heart was taken away by the forces of gravity,
And given to a girl not of my choosing,
So for an undisclosed amount of time,
I'll be out reach, I'll be out of my mind.

If you're going to wear my heart,
Please wear it as a bandana for me,
and as you're massacering the masses,
I'll pinching all the asses around me,
Trying to stay as busy as busy can be,
Busy busy busy busy busy busy busy busy,
Busy busy busy busy busy busy busy busy,
Busy busy busy busy as I can be.

I've seen the skirts flying,
I've seen the fingers grasping,
I've seen the mouths reaching,
I've seen the eyes close,
But there's no love here my heart,
My heart is a bandana,
For the girl who plays with wax,
And likes my glitched piana.

Woo.

If you're going to wear my heart,
Please wear it as a bandana for me,
and as you're massacering the masses,
I'll pinching all the asses around me,
Trying to stay as busy as busy can be,
Making my songs,
Trying not to be lonely.

Woo.

I'll say everything that I don't mean,
But what I really mean to say is don't forget about me.
Track Name: Slippers
My armpits smell, my armpits smell, dedluededluebowlow;aoihg

No one told her to leave but she'd lost all her friends there,
With her face in her hands she ran right down the stairs,
No where to go and no way to get there,
Then he came out the door and said "Hey, are you doing ok?"

It's soaking wet out here,
Here wear my slippers,
Your feet are drenched,
Come on, let me give you a ride home.

Then he took her to the moon and pointed back towards the Earth,
Look at how small they are from up here,
But we're still big,
And that's how it will always be.
Track Name: Phoebe Calfield
Old Phoebe Caulfield,
She's ten years old,
But she's got an old soul,
She's got an old soul.

I snuck into her room once,
Late at night,
To say goodbye,
I said goodbye.

She asked to come with me,
And I had to say no,
She's only ten years old,
So she couldn't go.

I said goodbye,
And she started to cry,
She ducked under her covers,
She was trying to hide.

Don't do that please,
It's hard enough for me,
She came out then,
And said she hated me.

I put on a record,
Her favorite song,
Told her please come dance with me,
She flew right along.

In the middle of our dancing,
I swear she started to cry,
But I tucked her back in bed,
And said it's time to say goodbye.

I gave her a kiss on the forhead,
And I left that place,
And I started to cry,
I'm going to miss that face.

Old Phoebe Caulfield,
She's ten years old,
But she's got an old soul,
She's got an old soul.