I'd like to say a little about this album. Released in the beginning of February, well... this is the first time that I've tackled the subject of what this album means, and how it was created. In fact, it wasn't until the whole project was finished that I looked back and considered what songs fit and which should be hacked off of my debut.
Compared to the concept albums that Jake Kuderski and I recorded together, this seemed disconnected. The only real central notion was that I wanted it to be contemplative, complicated, but blatantly honest. "A Brush with Death (Condom-Nation)" is the album's shining example of it. Those lyrics have been around since 1995, but when they met with the music it was lust at first bite.
I went back and forth, over and over the lyrics for "Imagination, Mind, Soul, and Heart" until I just threw them out all together and pasted in a little piece that is only four lines long. It evolved from a charity account on Instagram. Each photo you shared had a filter that raised awareness for a specific charity. Then Johnson & Johnson donated a dollar to the cause that you chose. My choice was a charity that helped fund a college student's education, hence the subject of my post.
So I was writing and composing separately, and kept smashing the two entities together. Yet, somehow the message in the lyrics for each song evolved into something that still has a poetry to it, but especially "Truth of a Soul's Whole (Halloween)". As I have grown, my take on Halloween is more aligned with El Dia de los Muertos or All Saints Day. There's a justice to the chill of Autumn that for me will always be beautiful.
I have my testimonial, my update as to where I am in all of this, but the original forms of lyrics and compositions were slashed, crashed and burned. Again, it was a well orchestrated train wreck of a process. But from what I can sense of it, I'm pleased with my creation, and I have my favorite moments and songs. I hope that it meets its audience and is well-received. I can't wait to see how this turns out.