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[track] Nothing / Anything

“Nothing means anything.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

LYRICS
There’s no right and wrong or light and dark
There are only in-betweens
When this world gives you no end
And you know nothing but your means

Nothing means anything

I crossed state lines and changed my name
Twenty years down that way
Still lost in song; still don’t belong
Nothing’s changed nothing’s changed

Nothing means anything

It’s how you end,
not where you start
Life is easy –
it’s living that’s hard

Dispossession, constant rejection
A world designed to keep you low
So the smartest thing you can ever do
Is let go

Nothing means anything


[track] Since I Heard The Sun

processing darkness with the sun works wonders. may your futures be full of light.

It’s been so long
since I heard the sun
call my name.
It’s been so long
since I had the power to
light my way.

Dreams left me high
and lovely,
(but) in darkness
with life undone.

It’s been so long
since I heard the sun.

It’s been so long
since I became
a forgotten one.
It’s been so long
since I started spinning
into oblivion.

You can still be a refugee
in a place you can’t escape,
running ahead as lights turn red,
trying to duck fate.

It’s been so long
since I had faith
in future plans.
It’s been so long
since I had faith
in a promised land.

Dreams left me high
and lovely,
(but) in darkness
with life undone.

It’s been so long
since I heard the sun.

track was developed from a piece of expository writing from this past october.
http://westyreflector.net/2015/10/words-since-i-heard-the-sun/


[track] Through The Looking Glass

This track grew out of a poem written in August.
Man, sometimes this world…
:^D

We’re surrounded by people
Who can’t think for themselves
They fear loneliness more than they feel hell
Then take comfort that they can’t even tell
Say goodbye to the world it’s just as well

We’ve gone through the looking glass
Nothing’s left up ahead we haven’t already passed
Now we’re so alone
We don’t need to turn our backs
We’ve gone through the looking glass

We’re surrounded by people
Who don’t learn for themselves
They buy into the bullshit they turn around and sell
Then take comfort in the lies they tell
Say goodbye to the world it’s just as well

We’ve gone through the looking glass

But you and me
come from a place beyond time
in the company of love
we live outside the lines

We’re surrounded by people
Who only live for themselves
They drink all the water but can’t dig a well
They say they make love but it’s just a shell
Say goodbye to the world it’s just as well


ursula

In February 2002, I met two of my long-time FM DJ heroes, Vin Scelsa and Pete Fornatale, though a producer with whom I was working, Bill Kollar. Pete hosted the radio program “Mixed Bag” and Vin hosted “Idiot’s Delight,” first on WNEW and then on WFUV in New York City. Vin told Pete that he wanted to put together a show where he would play a song about a woman’s name for every letter in the alphabet, but that he was “stuck on the U.” Pete told Bill, who suggested a) the name should be Ursula and b) that I should write the track.

I wrote a little tribute to Usrsula Andress from “Dr. No,” conjuring myself as a former-kid-with-a-crush discovering her action figure at auction. Bill loved the demo, but Vin’s show never materialized and I never recorded the track for real. As fate then turned, things got real quiet for me on all fronts right after that, friendships vaporized into the ether and the demo sat in a hard drive on a shelf in my studio for 11 years.

After Pete Fornatale passed away last year, I decided to lay this down once and for all. This is dedicated to him, and to Vin and Bill, who are still around doing what they do, all of us forever connected by these sound waves.

ursula, i can’t be in love with you
even though you’re famous now, even though I knew you once, just as

ursula, you were such a lucky girl
got paid to collect shells, you were never gonna fail

but you’re just a reflection
of everything
we used to be

you’re a figurine, a die-cast figurine
who made the men blue and all the women green
and now you’re up for bid as a figurine

ursula, you were not from my time
but you were more than a tight bikini, in the middle of a spy movie starring

ursula, i can’t love you anymore
even though you stole that scene, even though you’re a pin-up queen

[ch]
[solo]

ursula, i’ve grown away from you
that was another me, you’re not a woman to call my own

you’re just a reflection
of everything
we used to be

you’re a figurine, a die-cast figurine
you made the men blue and all the women green
and you’re covered in cinema sheen

you’re a figurine
‘cause all the men are blue
and cinema’s so sheen
so now you’re up for bid as a figurine
you’re up for bid


fire in the arcade (the reflectors)

I recorded and released records as The Reflectors from 2000 to 2010 (most of the band’s catalog is on Spotify, iTunes, CDbaby, Bandcamp, etc…). Arcade Fire co-opted my homonym this year and has been touring as “The Reflektors.” So I’ve resurrected my Reflectors to return the favor. Big HT to Lee Rosevere at @happypuppyrecords for the idea.

There’s a fire in the arcade
It’s never going out
A cold war never ending
A whole world cast in doubt

Just remember I’ll be easily found
‘Cos you lit the place on fire, but never burned it down

You blacked out Coney Island
And shorted out the games
You left the Cyclone to the ocean
And chained me to your name

Now I’m the lone Defender
A dream that never fades
And today became forever
Inside these arcade flames

Now you’re dancing on my ashes
I’m dispersed into a cloud
You got everything you wanted
Locked me in from without

Just remember I’ll be easily found
‘Cos you lit the place on fire, but never burned it down


soma

“Take a holiday from reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology.”
– Brave New World (Aldous Huxley, 1932)

i blow my mind
almost every night
with my early girl
and a couple transient lines

it’s not that i
have too much time
it’s just that i
make time to fry

i am slipping in and out of time
watching as my neighbors fly
out their windows way up high
every time i close my eyes

but this mass hallucination
is just a restless indication
that we can’t deal with
how really real all of this
really is

you can take a holiday
from reality
whenever you like

i go offline
anytime i have time
with my early girl
and a couple other close friends of mine

you say you want to feel real
why do you want to feel real?
there’s no need to feel real.
you shouldn’t have to feel real.

you can take a holiday
from reality
whenever you like