Left to My Own Devices
Time - Thick harmonies on top of a basic straight ahead rock tune. This melodic song is set to a minor theme and is complete with emotive lead guitar lines. Mixed Perceptions - Could be considered a montage, with powerful lead guitar lines, strings, flute, and horn effects. Variety is this tune's virtue, as it takes the listener on a musical journey through different styles. West - Dramatic rockers with melodic, emotive guitar lines. String effects provide backgound drama while lyrics hint at the spiritual side of life. Tick-Tock - Lyrically, it's an 'Oh baby, you broke my heart' style of song. The tune is a basic rock style song with horn effects providing syncapation and support lines. Guitar lines are very emotive. Children - While teaching I listened to one young man tell be about the virtues of getting high. His interest in this subject at such at young age concerned me, and inspired me to write about guiding children, to a path of healthy thinking. Deception - This country style song features the classic sound of the single coil guitar pickup. The classic two step rythm, on this song, is augmented by twangy guitar, and thick harmonies. I Could - It's a love song. This country style songs relies heavily on pedal steel guitar. Some people have compared it to the early country rock. However, I had more pop in mind when I wrote it, and decided to add the steel guitar. The 6 string guitar lines were played on on acoustic guitar, and feature a major scale sound. Paths - The acoustic guitar sound is features with rich vocal harmonies. Lyically, it uses the four directions of a compass, and generally asks the listener about life's priorities. Moments - A minor style song, this song features melodic lead guitar, and bell like effects. Strings effects augment the melody line and provide a counter melody of sorts. The lyrics in this song are in the 'stream of consiousness' style, where imagry, and it's attached emotional response, are more important than the cohesiveness of a line of reasoning. Reasons For Seasons - This is what I would call a guitar lick song. Vocals are pressed over the top of fun guitar lick. Drums kick out a a standard rock rythm. String effects provide melodic background support, while the twin guitar leads are reminicient of the the rock of the 1970's.