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Behind Musicians Legacy: the Making of an Album

February 22, 2017

PART ONE: THE MAKING OF A BAND

This is the story of how a band of misfits and disputants met, tried to start a band, invested  lavishly in recording an album; and accomplished nothing in the process.

It wasn’t all their fault. Their collective objective was to develop a new genre of music; and each had difficult tastes to work with; especially Technical display, constantly developing faster and more intricate sweep arpeggio patterns on guitar. He liked to solo off the chord progression by splicing arpeggio patterns with the modes of the scale.

He was really into his Paganini and metal. His solos would often drift off into space. Other times, he would pound out he solos in epic squiggles of emotion until the drummer fell over from exhaustion.

Of course, this is an exaggeration because Jargon Drummer was an excellent prodigy. Born to play the drums. Growing up in a family of drummers, Jargon’s dad had him behind a set since he was old enough to walk.

His older and younger brothers have also been playing drums for just as long. They were taught by his father’s cousin Benny who was a local legend living within the area. Tragically, he was murdered by Jargon’s father after a drunken dispute.

From a long family line of musicians, Jargon’s mother once told me “that he knows those drums better than he knows how to ride a bike” The man’s a beast behind a drum kit. A jazz master who began early in the marching band tradition before going on to study the ethno-rhythms of traditional music. He was dynamically the most diverse drummer I have ever known. The way he could move across those drums without effort playing the intricate and layered patterns of three drummers.

But, we also had an awesome bass player. Dport Jay was skilled in the R&B tradition. He had a slap funk style that could make even a grown man weep and obsessed with Progressive Rock and Metal.

He wanted to explore the realms of down tuned funk metal. He was also writing songs quite consistently during that period. All kinds of stuff- reggae, blues, funk, pop, jazz, country and even classical. It was certainly an interesting period from a creative perspective. His was the only music in written form that survived the studio fire.

And who am I? I am ML it you didn’t notice. That’s all you need to know. I was the singer and song writer for… I wanted it to be Love Hertz;; but they thought it was corny. We almost agreed on either Love or Hertz as the band name. It was the closest we ever got to actually agreeing on anything.

None of us could agree on anything. We did a lot of jams. We wrote a lot of music in the studio. We recorded bits and pieces- and for seven second tracks- they sounded phenomenal.

But it still wasn’t picking up momentum fast enough; so we started doing the sales ourselves. That’s when we ran into the personal site of a renowned arts patron. We contacted him and he provided us with a grant for half a million dollars. It didn’t matter though, we never did receive the check; and things went to hell.

Technical Display was sued by T.E.D. Talks. Apparently, Tech was going by the nickname Te.D. which is also owned under that copyright.

Jargon Drummer sold his soul to Crossroad Records. They offered him an ungodly amount of money. All he had to do was go through their ritual- being branded in the ass with a cattle prod containing the record’s label.

I asked to join by was ritually scarified by firing after the studio executives walked up to me dressed in black robes and handed me a pink slip. I was later placed in a steel box welded shut and thrown into the Pacific Ocean after owing IRS a large sum of back taxes only to be swallowed by a whale that was harpooned by a Japanese fisherman. The whale corpse would later float onto the shores of Fiji where I was eventually saved by a local witch doctor.

Between the time I was gone and the time I got back, Technical Display had gone insane, living homeless out of an old Cadillac. On one fateful Autumn afternoon, Technical Display lured Dport Jay into an abandoned silo on the outskirts of Bum Fuck Egypt where he murder him by stuffing his intestines down Dport’s throat and making him choke on his own feces.

But upon my return, I Dport Jay rose from the dead with the help of the witch doctor, where he now fights for free rights for zombie vampires.

PART 2: THE MAKING OF A RECORD

Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Metal

Verse 1
The future is uncertain
like the past.
Rain creates corrosion
nothing ever lasts.
The future is uncertain
like the past.
Air creates erosion
nothing ever lasts.

(Instrumental)

Chorus
So now’s the time
to tie it all together-
for the now
for the later
for the better
for the future.
(Repeat x2)

Verse 2

The present is the present
that will persist into the future
now is the moment
that brings forth the history of tomorrow
like how the days of yesterday
is the future of today
like how the days of yesterday
is the future of today.

(Instrumental)

Chorus

(Instrumental)

End on Cadence

Track 2

Island Jam, Reage Instrumental

TRACK 3

Pipe Dreams, Hard Rock

Verse 1
I never sold you pipe dreams
I never sold you out my friend.
(repeat)

Chorus
So why?
Do you?
Wage this war upon me?

Verse 2
I never cut you down friend
I never stabbed you in the back.
(repeat)

Chorus
So why?
Do you?
Wage this war upon me?

Bridge (Instrumental)

Verse 3
I never sold you pipe dreams
I never sold you out my friend.

Chorus
So why?
Do you?
Wage this war upon me?

TRACK 4

Motorcycle Song, Blues

Used as the Bridge in the song.

Verse 1
Get yourself a Harley
ride it all the time.
Get yourself a Harley
ride it all the time.

Chorus
Get up
off your
high horse
get up
on your hog.

Verse 2
Buy yourself an Indian
if it can be found.
Buy yourself an Indian
run it to the ground.

Chorus

Verse
Travel on a Goldwing
you like the way it feels.
Travel on a Goldwing
the Caddie of two wheels.

Chorus

Instrumental Bridge

Final Chorus

TRACK 5

Bottom Dweller, Metal

“Jaws” Intro

Verse 1
I live at the bottom of the sea
tied to the dark abyss
with water over my head.

Chorus
Benthos!
Bottom Dweller.
Benthos!
Bottom Dweller.

Verse 2
I live at the bottom of the sea
tied to the dark abyss
live in to total darkness.

Chorus

Bridge
I live at the bottom of the sea.
I live at the bottom of the sea.

Final Chorus

TRACK 6 & 7

I Know Part 1, Emo Rock

Main Bass line

Breakdown riff

Verse
And I know
I not for you
I’m just a fool.

And I know
I’m just a joke
I’m just a tool.

And I know
I’m no good
I’m just no good.

Pre Chorus
Things will never be
never be the same.

Chorus
And I’m still sick
and I’m still Sick
and you’re stupid.

Break Down

…And I don’t Care Part 2, Folk Rock

Verse
But I don’t care
I don’t care
if we die poor or millionaires.

None of those things
me that much to me.
But if you need me
I’ll be there
I’ll be there
I’ll be there.

TRACK 8

Pretty Baby, Funk Rock

Verse 1
Say pretty baby.
Why don’t you love me?
repeat x4

Chorus
I gave you all of my time.
All of my time.
I gave you all of time.
All of my time.

Verse 2
Hey, crazy girly.
Why did you leave me?
repeat x 4

Chorus
I gave you all of my love.
All of my love.
I gave you all of my love.
All of my love.

Verse 3
Get away lazy lady.
Away from my money.
repeat x 4

Chorus
You didn’t love me in my prime.
You don’t get a dime.
You didn’t love in my prime.
You don’t get a dime.

Track 9

Mystic Valley, Jazz Instrumental

TRACK 10

Strength by Numbers, Metal

Verse 1
I see the lies in your eyes.
Hell bent on belonging.
You take honor in not knowing.

Chorus
Push on.
Keep going.
Strength by numbers.
Keeps growing.

Verse 2
Live the fantasy until the end.
Follow the flock.
The false reality becomes a friend.

Chorus
Push on.
Keep going.
Strength by numbers.
Keeps growing.

Verse 3
Instructed by a Shepard.
To stomp out the meek.
And crush those who don’t believe

Chorus
Push on.
Keep going.
Strength by numbers.
Keeps growing.

Verse 4
Become one with the sheeple.
And follow the Shepard.
As he leads you to the slaughter.

Bridge
With strength in numbers.
It makes it easier to believe.
With strength in numbers.
It makes it easier to be deceived.

Chorus
Push on.
Keep going.
Strength by numbers.
Keeps growing.

TRACK 11

Crooked Smiles and Empty Faces, Grunge Rock

Songs Lyrics
Crooked smiles
and empty faces
smiling back at me
so complacent.

It wave never meant to be
those smug smiles next to me
enough to set me free
ha-ha.ha.ha.ha-ho.

Ha ha scat Jazz improve

Fade Out

TRACK 12

Living by the Ocean, Motown/ R&B

Verse 1
In the mourning.
When the oceans blue.
Such a pretty view.
Then I look over.
And nothing compares to you.

Chorus
Because I love You.
I love you.

Verse 2
In the evening.
When the skies are red.
And I need a friend.
I look at you.
And I smile big.

Chorus
Because I love you.
I love you.

Bridge
I’ve seen you when your happy.
I’ve seen you when your sad.
I’ve seen you without makeup.
And seen you when your mad.

I’ll be their when our kids are born.
Be their when you die.
Even when you put your guard down.
I’ll stand by your side.

Chorus
Because I love you.
I love you.

Verse 3
In the dead of the night.
When the stars are white.
I watch you sleeping.
And think about how happy I am.
For having you in my life.

Chorus
Because I love you.
I love you.

BONUS TRACK

The Bass Player, a Poem recited with bass guitar double tapping chords in the background.

Bass has its place at the bottom.
Where it runs around trying to fix
all the problems. With soloists
all over the place.The rest of
the band is lost without ’em.

So, learn this now than later
by never forget the Bass Player.

 

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