still echoes

by westy reflector

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recorded march 2012-january 2013. among the tracks are a few culled from my 2012 work with the disquiet.com junto collaborative music-making space.

the disquiet junto presents weekly composition challenges around constraints, which are met by a vibrant and inspirational collective of musicians and sound artists around the world. the growing junto continues to fascinate and reward, breaking down conventions and genre walls, and this record is a tiny celebration of what the group did for me in 2012. for more details on the junto, head here: soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info

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released 26 January 2013

all tracks written, performed and programmed by westy reflector.
(c)2013 sock drawer records

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The Reflectors New York, New York

rock.pop.
ambient.beyond

location: #brooklyn
style: #janglecrash
mission: #peace

"a cloud fitted with an iron scaffold…
in stereophonic splendor."
- disquiet

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Track Name: crystal never hurts
crystal, I was truly blessed by that
necklace prism rainbow
splashed across your breast.

now look at the sky we made
and all the stars we named
they're just goodbye songs.

what you never know never hurts
if we never meet again, rest assured.
don’t waste time between the lines
of everything you learned.
what you never know never hurts.

that was the best of me
back in two thousand three.
shelter + safety.
i believed we’d have

a life beyond the rave.
we could curtain the world away.
but nothing works that way.

what you never know never hurts
if we never meet again, rest assured.
don’t waste time between the lines
of everything you learned.
what you never know never hurts.
Track Name: she still echoes (like a summer)
summer songs endless skies
a lifetime in each other's eyes,
but that wave crashed on a midnight drive.

time never meditates
rivers never hesitate,
every choice tempts the fates
and opens up a door.

she still echoes thru my world
but she's an echo of that girl
who still echoes thru my world

faded paper photographs
washed up on the beach we laughed
as we ripped them all in half,
and traded them for days.

i've carried one for all these years
the image's all but disappeared
faces are just empty spheres
and all those shades of gray.

she still echoes thru my world
but she's an echo of that girl
who still echoes thru my world

she said, "with you i'd never live a quiet life."
but she just couldn't sleep over the marquee light.

time never meditates
rivers never hesitate,
every choice tempts the fates
and opens up a door.

she still echoes thru my world
but she's an echo of that girl
who still echoes thru my world
Track Name: 66/55
shirley got electricity back in 1939
kept the milk from spoiling and rotting right there on the vine
just so happened when i drove through
shirley said she didn’t but i knew that she knew
all that power wasn’t flowing through the lines

normal had its heyday back in 1945
almost ½ the town had made it back ½ alive
and there was a house or two for every boy and girl
they had all just beaten back the enemy of that world
and all that government money made it easy to survive

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
66 became 55

mclean didn’t care for kennedy back in 1959
still, they circled chicago with a highway and called it the dan ryan
shirley & normal thought they’d never need another road
‘cause they said that 6 lane highway could carry any load
and shirley and normal forgot what it meant to stop at a light

66 became 55

they put a cyclone in the center of town
they fought for all those parking spots from miles around
seventy-five feet high and a mile and a quarter around
all that light, all that color, all that sound

now shirley went all l.a. and normal wants to be las vegas
so jackpot boats float down the river where huck finn said “big jim saved us.”
and there is a coin or two for every girl and boy
if you think you earned it, it could not have been a ploy
you know that story. it's old. ’cause history never changed it.

the straightest shot became a straighter line
when 66 became 55
you can see it every time you go for a drive
hey, 66 became 55

66 is off to the side
because it’s the service road of 55
½ the town
is ½ alive
Track Name: like these chords
we’re stronger than this day - that’s all I know all along
and your distant night flight voice - is just the prettiest song

you left this life for the myth - you’ve been gone a while
fall into a trance with me - travel the stars

we’re like chords that ache to play
and open doors on sunny days
we’re like these chords

we’re the keepers of the truth - we never tired of the world
and now you’re coming back to me - with everything that you’ve learned

got the sun on your back - heading east racing clouds
fall into a trance with me - under night flight stars

we’re like chords that ache to play
and open doors on sunny days
they’re all I got, when you’re far away
we’re like these chords

we’re like chords when you’re far away
and open doors on sunny days
they’re all I got and they ache to play
but we’re like these chords
we’re like these chords
Track Name: sliver of sky [disquiet0019-rojiura]
sliver of sky
where planes streak
birds fly
guide me to my dreams

hvac hum
rainfall drum
basement guitar practice strum
white noise cardboard pillow

face flashes in windows,
light strobes and mortar shadows
in an updown walldance
as homework ends,
as bills are paid,
as security makes rounds,
as embraces lead to encounters.

orion's belt appears in winter
three hours into the night
his rodeo champion buckle
scrapes across the fire escapes
clanks against the risers
says farewell disappearing
behind the southern cornice.

3rd floor cigarette smoker
7th floor cool down
5th floor dinner burn,
crack the window.

2nd floor she always looks down
to make make sure i'm safe.
she knows i would save her,
if i did not need saving.

dawn crawls

to leave me to the light,
to fall from the darkness
of my offgrid alleyhome unrooftop

white noise

sliver of sky.
Track Name: the 12th step
I hear noises outside my door.
They’re the kinds of noises you can’t always ignore.
Drunken lovers stumblin' to their floor.
Ain’t it funny when the everyday becomes such a chore...

The stairwell speaks of their arrival,
creaking slowly up they spiral,
held up by one another’s lurch.
Mr. Christ himself never had such a church

They're openin' up that side door again,
and they're crawlin' up those side stairs again.
It’s just funny, until one of us walks in
to find them trippin' up that 12th step again.

I hear the wandering echo of a gull
Misjudgin’ the water, scrapin’ itself on a shell.
I close my window to cut out its calls,
and listen to the drunks as they knock into my walls.

They're openin' up that side door again,
and they're crawlin' up those side stairs again.
It’s just funny, until one of us walks in
to find them trippin' up that 12th step again.

I light one up and splinter the match in three.
And with that window closed, the smoke is all I breathe.
Track Name: i must have love
Lyrics / Chords:
(downtune guitar 1/2 step, play in open C form. B=C, F#=G, E=F)

B Bsus4 B Bsus4
Walk down the street, it’s easy to see
B Bsus4 F# E
All those lonely people looking at me
B E
With envy in their eyes. I’ve ruined their day,
G#m C#7sus2 F# (walkdown)
But I think I know why they stare and feel this way.

B Bsus4 B Bsus4
Walk down the street, clear my head,
B Bsus4 F# E
just as those hollow people rise from bed.
B E
Off to face their groundhog days,
G#m C#7sus2 F# (walkdown)
they won’t see me starin’, ’cause i’m always wearin’ shades.

B F# C#m E
They want what I got.
B F# C#m E
They fear what I got.
B F# [break] C#m E
They want what I got.
E Em
Don’t turn it on its ear – it’s perfectly clear,
B B/A# B/G# G#m
They would die for what I got.
C#7sus2 Emaj7 B Bsus4
I must have love!

G#m D#7 G#m D#7
I must have love – don’t know what else this could be
G#m D#7 G#m C#7sus2 F# (walkdown)
I must have love – that’s why they all stare at me!

Walk down the streets of the living dead,
Surrounded by loneliness for blocks ahead.
But I don’t worry – I just while away
‘Cos my baby's at home & she sings to me every day!

They want what I got.
They fear what I got.
They want what I got.
Don’t turn it on its ear – it’s perfectly clear,
They would die for what I got.
I must have love!

Let’s go!