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The Vulture and the Sun

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The Vulture and the Sun or what I did with my summer 2013 vacation.

In the middle of grad school I made a paramount decision. I was not, in any way, shape or form going to go to school in the summer of 2013. No way. I had been working 40 hours a week plus taking on a full course load through my master’s program.

I was going to have the summer off and I was determined to complete a musical project.

The oldest track that I decided to put on the EP was “Who Bought the Sun” from April of 2013. I originally had a version that I recorded in my car like the tracks off of the Roma EP. But while I liked the song, the drums really bothered me. They weren’t real (they were programmed midi files) and it slowly drove me crazy. In addition, I’ve always felt weird about putting a bunch of instruments into my recordings. The reason is that when I perform live it’s just me and the guitar.
I could’ve gone the laptop-looping route, but it’s just not my thing. Some people can really pull it off but I’m not one of them.

I was also just too busy to get a band going. Not too busy to write, but definitely too busy to coordinate with other people and conform to varying time schedules and demands.

After going back and forth, bothering all of my friends, doubting myself and going crazy, I made my decision. I was just going to be as accurate as possible to my one man, one guitar, live performance.
So that was it. This recoding was only going to contain vocals and guitar. Vocals, guitar, satanic click tracks, spite and a healthy sense of self-loathing.

Equipment list:
Tascam DP-24, a Shure 58 mic for vocals, an R144 on the guitar and a DI from the guitar into the Tascam. Oh yes, and a cloud lifter to help boost the levels from the dynamic mics.

There were originally ten tracks that were going to go onto the album but I decided to just take the five favorites and put them out on an EP.

My idiot resolve to record, mix and master everything myself led to a cheap yet intensely frustrating experience. I won’t lie. Tantrums were thrown. Luckily I was the only witness. Still, at the end of the day, I’m pretty proud of this thing. I learned a lot and now I’m ready to shamelessly promote the music to others.

I hope you get as much out of these 17 minutes of music and lyrics as I got out of the summer trying to create them.

All the best-
Richard Guinn

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released August 31, 2013

music, lyrics, production, performance and mistakes all by Richard Guinn

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Track Name: Death Woke on Saturday (Vulture of Man)
Death Woke On Saturday (Vulture of Man)

I woke up today
Came off my cloud

I rose up through the flames

You’re all like a rooster
Crows so loud

I get the best motels
I get the best bouquets
I get the best motels

I get the best of everyone
and everything…

No bed of roses
No take your hand
I am the vulture of man

I’ll steal your love
And then I’ll steal your plans
I am the vulture of man

How you wanna go?
Fast or slow?

Do you wanna meet with the angels?
Play chess with devils?
Hope someone understands?
Do you wish things were different?
Always “more time”
Always “more time”

They say they wish they had….

Okay, okay….

How about one more minute?
How about one more hour?
How about one more moment?
How about right now?
Right now?

No bed of roses
No take your hand
I am the vulture of man

I’ll steal your love
And then I’ll steal your plans
I am the vulture of man
Track Name: Wait a Minute
Wait a Minute

To be there
Be there when it hurts
To be there
Be there when it hurts
To be there….

An honest accounting

The more you learn the walk
The more that you keep talking
Wait a minute
A minute gone
Wait a minute
It won’t come back

Wait a minute
A minute gone
Wait a minute
It won’t come back
Wait a minute
A minute gone
Another….

I promise now and through today that
I will never let you go
I promise now and through this hour that
I will never let you go

I promise now….

To be there
Be there when it hurts
To be there
Be there when it hurts
To be there…….
Wait a minute
A minute gone
Wait a minute
It won’t come back

Wait a minute
A minute gone
Wait a minute
It won’t come back
Wait a minute
A minute gone
Another….

It won’t come back
It won’t come back
Track Name: Mesa Town
Mesa Town

I walked through the front door and saw a
Time machine
It’s best if you don’t ask too many questions
About these things..
To nineteen-ninety-whatever

There’s the church where I kissed the girl
Who told me to put my hand somewhere else

There’s the morgue where we laid the dead
Cancer, choking on a belt, I know
What methods I know
What methods I know

Here we go
Lost and Found
Treasure precious lessons now
Cake for cake and
Pound for pound
The fat kid rides on his own this round

Water it drown
Dry up in Mesa Town
Water it drown
Dry up in Mesa Town

My god, my friends
They were the best there is

So pale, always inside

Oh yes, and someone’s speeches
Oh yes, and Someone’s speeches…

Of how we’re all gonna die
We’re all gonna die
The Anti-Christ coming
The Apocalypse nigh

Heard gin blossomed on the radio
Jimmy went and ate up the world
Refreshing time on some TV show
Take me time machine somewhere else

Here we go
Lost and Found
Treasure precious lessons now
Cake for cake and
Pound for pound
The fat kid rides on his own this round

Water it drown
Dry up in Mesa Town
Water it drown
Dry up in Mesa Town
Track Name: Singapore in the Rain
Singapore in the Rain

Once upon a time
When whatever was

All life was dead and gone
All sailors lost in the storm

Glitter smoke and fortune
Under a light

Smooth words
Built on lies

Say anything to get by..
It’s an old man’s story
Broken heart
No glory

Singapore in the Rain

Do you want to be with me
After the money is all gone?
Do you want to be with me
After the money is all gone?

No.

It’s an old man’s story
Broken heart
No glory

Singapore in the Rain
Track Name: Who Bought the Sun
Who Bought the Sun

Well it’s not like I can complain

Shiver Red
Cold Blue
To Green Again

Words are hollow
Sound is close but

Now as ever
Truth Escapes

Gripping water
Trying harder

Struggle
Effort, effort, effort, effort, effort effort…end
Who bought the Sun?
Who gets the rain?

Did you trade time for
Somewhere in space?
And who’s got a deal
On the stars these days?
Watercolors
Bells and hollers
Oil and
Six and simple strings

Jewels and eyelash
makeup powders
Never rich but
Always vein

I don’t know but
See the clouds?
Yeah?
Where’s the
Effort, effort, effort, effort, effort effort…yeah and…

Who bought the Sun?
Who gets the rain?

Did you trade time for
Somewhere in space?
And who’s got a deal
On the stars these days?