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Roma was a snapshot of my life in 2010.

Of particular note is that 4 out of 5 tracks were recorded in the back of a 1989 Cadillac Deville. I wasn’t able to practice inside my apartment and so I would drive around my car until I found one of my special “secret” places where I could practice and record. There were a few close calls with security guards but I made it out in one piece.

The tracks were recorded with a Zoom Handy H4 and then edited at home with Logic and a keyboard. The only cringe worthy moment for myself is the track Pieces of the World. It was originally instrumental and I think I should have kept it that way. I thought I was being artsy with these glossolalia inspired vocals but looking back on it now I feel a little embarrassed. Really, two vocal tracks singing slightly off improved lyrics? But hey, one should document the uncomfortable stuff as well I suppose.

My two favorite performances are definitely Grey Skies and Caligula.

The most magical moment was when recording Loom. I had just finished writing it. I was in the backseat of my car by a dumpster. It was probably around 11PM and the rain just started to poor down over my car. So, see if you can hear the rain in the background. Even if the performance wasn’t as good as Grey Skies, it still holds a special moment for me. I quickly turned the guitar over and recorded some tapping “percussion” for the song. It’s a little off but adds a little something. The line “sticks and leaves” comes from one of my professors who kept referring to sticks and leaves as the means of humans trying to puff themselves up and impress each other.

The arrangements are pretty sparse but it bothered me that I couldn’t quite play live what I had recorded. For example, every time I play Caligula live (without the synth horn) it just feels strange. And I don’t want to add loops or god forbid, actually work with other humans. Who’s crazy enough to try that out?

At any rate, I hope you enjoy the recording. It was certainly an experience for me.

All the best-

Richard Guinn

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released March 10, 2010

Music, Lyrics, Production, Recording and Fault all attributed to Richard Vine

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Track Name: Grey Skies
So sell me now this future
On your branded block of wood
Rising steeples breathing fire
Captains of Industry admired

And the engine that thinks it can
but not if it should

You’re wounded and you’re hungry
Staring right into my face
Your eyes are tired but your will is strong
Sisyphus roll that stone along

And pray to hear the chatter say
Gimmee, got to get me, gotta get it today

Oh grey skies
Owe my world to me
All these grey skies
Owe my world to me

So sit beside the fire
We’re burning up the past
Burning everything that lasts

You won’t listen, so it’s embers
And chambers
And hope someone will rise
Who can take us six feet
So the smell won’t rise

And grey…
Oh my, oh my, oh my God
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh my God
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh my God,
My God My God My God My God I…

Oh grey skies
Owe my world to me
All these grey skies
Owe my world to me
Track Name: Hours Away
They paint their faces
And walk amongst themselves
And try to convince me and everyone else

That the paint is so thick
That that what’s underneath
Is just caked with rot
That stings and bleeds

I hate this place
These circus clowns
I am trapped in here
And I need out

They love their tent
Want me to stay
But all I want is hours away

Angry and awnry
Misplaced souls
Taught by the liars
All that they know

That to live without wonder
is to live without hope

Yeah, suck in despair
And die alone

I hate this place
These circus clowns
I am trapped in here
And I need out

They love their tent
Want me to stay
But all I want is hours away
Track Name: Pieces of the World
Mother Mary Gave me
The pieces in the world
She said not to do damage
To all the pieces in the world

[The rest was my odd gibberish, soft glossolalia inspired stuff
all riffed over two competing vocal tracks.

I had the basic tune but I thought it would be “cool” to leave it as weird dissonant, conflicting vocals.

In 2010 I thought this was “artsy”. In 2013 I feel that I should have either left the whole track in its original instrumental form or come up with definitive lyrics.

Either way, it what it is. ]
Track Name: Loom
I see paper build up to debris
I see truth is not just sticks and leaves

And we’re faking it all
You, me, the whole world

So you would think
Sometimes..
Even works out
Not always..
But I’m back on the loom
Never over it now

I see people turn into debris
And the truth is just more sticks and leaves

And we’re building it all
You, me, the whole world
So you would think
Sometimes..
Even works out
Not always..

But I’m back on the loom
Never over it now
Track Name: Caligula
Hello, Caligula

Did you love the taste
of newborn baby’s flesh?
And equestrian tablemates?

Oh checkerboard, oh scimitar
Save us from no lonely plight
Too many mouths that make a mountain

And simple gods may keep you warm
But I prefer my antichrists
Bowie, Crowley and Nietzsche

May I go further?