Chris Taylor - Brand New Acoustic Album

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Chris Taylor's new acoustic album is now available on CD. He reimagines many of his favorite songs from 1995 to the present with lush acoustic guitars, electric guitar swells, hand percussion and background singers. A must have for people who love intimate performances.

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CD + Handwritten Lyrics of Your Choice

CD + Handwritten Lyrics
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CD + Handwritten Lyrics

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What’s your favorite Chris Taylor song? Does your family member, friend or spouse have a favorite song? Whether for you or as a gift, Chris will handwrite the song lyrics of your choice on 11x15" 140 lb Canson watercolor paper (ready to frame). Chris will email you after your purchase for your song preference. Each one is one-of-a-kind and takes about a week to make & ship.

This package comes with the Chris Taylor acoustic CD & a free download of a Down Goes The Day outtake of Seahorse from 1998.

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Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

I spent a few days in July of 2018 recording stripped down, mainly acoustic (with a few exceptions) versions of songs I’ve written all along the way.

Some date back to the Love Coma days right on up to just a few years ago.

I wanted to set these songs in a new light. Strip them to their musical core with a guitar and some vocal melodies. I left all the imperfections you might get from an acoustic performance. I'm not too precious about it all - if it has "the vibe".

Several songs have a shining electric guitar played by Mitchell Connell because it’s so good... why not let the notes ring out?

Most everything was recorded in one or two takes. Some of these songs I haven’t played since shortly after recording them.

I recorded the background vocals because if you've ever seen a solo or duo show of mine... then I want you to hear what I hear inside my head while I'm playing these songs.

Bruce Neher mastered this album so it wraps around you as you vibe out through your car stereo speakers.

I love this set of songs and I hope you will too!
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  1. 1 Here's To The Losers (Bless Them All) 04:25 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Worthless Pursuit 03:47 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Clear Blue Goodbye 04:34 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Laughing at the Universe 06:47 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Going For A Swim 03:59 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Not So Easy To Set Free 07:25 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Wednesday 04:33 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Electric Mind 06:29 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Higher Ground 04:03 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Jesus & the Baby Elvis 04:22 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Better 03:45 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Goodnight, Goodnight 03:25 Info Buy
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Digital Albums:

Into The Impossible (Feat. Nadirah X)

Chris Taylor

This three song "Digital 45 R.P.M." is a collaboration between Chris Taylor and Nadirah X.

Side A: Into The Impossible
Side B: All Stressed Up (No Place To Go).
Bonus Track: Beautiful Hurt

I love colliding worlds and making music with people that cause us to come together, break borders, defy what can be done with our gifts and talents.

If you’re not familiar with Nadirah... she is a brilliant, intelligent and amazing woman. Deepak Chopra said of her, “Her words are direct. They come from the street and hit you in the gut.”
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Down A Dead End Street / Bob Dylan Tribute Album

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Down A Dead End Street (Tribute to Bob Dylan)

Chris Taylor

I've been a mega-fan of Bob Dylan since 1989. I came to his music late in the game but it was Oh Mercy that caught my attention and since then I've purchased just about everything he's released and have dozens of bootlegs and have heard studio session tapes from different albums throughout the years. I've been playing 2-3 hour shows of nothing but Bob Dylan songs... just as a whim. So it only seemed a natural next step to record them and release them to you. It was impossible to pick only 9 of my favorite Dylan songs, so I just started recording and these were the first 9 I finished. There are way too many songs I didn't choose, I figured they were best listened to by the master himself. Here are nine of my favorites & hopefully soon to be nine of your favorites too! If, for some reason you've never been a fan of Bob Dylan but like my music... don't miss this opportunity to see what I see in his music. It's just a glimpse but oh, what a picture he paints! Oh... in case you're wondering, the title of this album came from a song on his Down In The Groove album, Ninety Miles An Hour (Down a Dead End Street) written by: H. Blair and D. Robertson. It jumped out at me...

Check out this recent interview with myself and my favorite Irish Wiseman, Steve Stockman, all about the making of Down A Dead End Street:

https://stocki.typepad.com/soulsurmise/2017/10/living-in-the-songs-of-bob-dylan-chris-taylor-talks-to-soul-surmise-about-his-dylan-covers-record.html
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  1. 1 What Was It You Wanted 05:38 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Things Have Changed 06:25 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Man Of Peace 06:28 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Simple Twist Of Fate 06:09 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Gotta Serve Somebody 05:02 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Ballad Of Hollis Brown 06:49 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Blind Willie McTell 05:06 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Man In The Long Black Coat 03:40 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Pressing On 04:30 Info Buy
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Down A Dead End Street Credits: 

Chris Taylor: vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, percussion, drum loops 

Mitchell Connell: electric guitar 

Jeff Elbel: fretless & fretted bass guitars (recorded on location) 

Anthony Gravley: drums on Man of Peace (recorded on location) 

Val Cronk: pedal steel on Blind Willie McTell 

Produced & Recorded by: Chris Taylor at Creative Space 2017 

Mastered by: Bruce Neher at Disc & Dat 

CD Duplication: Deni Gautheir  

Art & Design: Chris Taylor

A Review of Down A Dead End Street from Ireland

28/10/2017 

CHRIS TAYLOR - DOWN A DEAD END STREET 

My friend Lesley hates anyone covering Bob Dylan songs. Now, she is from Northern Ireland and we are what we call thran, an Ulster Scots word that means we will stand firm, irrationally if need be. She grew up in a conservative Church so maybe that has helped her thranness! Whatever, she will not budge in her bigoted prejudice against anyone who dares sing Bob songs other than Bob! 

Now, there are rational reasons to not like covers of Dylan. Lesley’s evidence of Cliff Richard and The Nolans singing Blowing In The Windvia YouTube was a strong argument. Others have taken the attitude, punk and protest out of our Nobel prizewinning genius’s work for sure. 

You see there is something about the terrain of a Bob Dylan song. The road of his rhythms and preposterously brilliant rhymes is never the smooth surface of a German autobahn. There is unique eccentricity to his craft. A voice that is smooth, even if fantastically good, can glide over the nuanced bumps and gaps, losing the grit and grime of the poet’s earthy realities. Cliff and The Nolans can just never work! 

Chris Taylor really really works. Why I am setting this record up as one of the best ever Bob Dylan covers albums is because the voice and the artist that is Chris Taylor perfectly fits such an ambitious project. His voice has a strong rough hue that makes traction in Dylan’s quirks. That gives him the sensitivity to eek out the yearning and deep soul searching going on. 

He chooses fascinating songs too. The opening What Was It You Wanted hooks you in. Taylor allows you to get caught with the brawn of the conversation immediately. Things Have Changed - oh my! The psychedelic guitar rage of The Ballad of Hollis Brown - phew! Blind Willie McTell is ghostly. The Man In The Long Black Coat is chilling storytelling. Pressing On has the spiritual resilience of a pilgrim weary but keeping on. 

As a collection it is captivating. You cannot turn it off or skip tracks. Only nine songs and questions need asked about another volume but Chris Taylor has taken his favourite songs from his favourite songwriter and created the most artistically satisfying Dylan covers record that I have ever heard… and one of my records of the year! Lesley... only irrational thranness can keep you away!

Steve Stockman 

Chris Taylor ~ Complete Albums:

Never Ending Now

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In a world where everything is a click away, fast paced and immediate. I made a double album full of rich songs that in some epic way, begged you to slow your life down and give a deep listen.
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  1. 1 Electric Mind 06:30 Info Download
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  2. 2 Take It All In 04:54 Info Download
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  3. 3 Cruel Is The Usual Punishment 04:06 Info Download
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  4. 4 Never Ending Now 03:07 Info Download
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  5. 5 Black Swan 04:57 Info Download
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  6. 6 Medicine 05:44 Info Download
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  7. 7 Strange Phenomenon 04:56 Info Download
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  8. 8 Don't Know What This World Is Coming To 05:13 Info Download
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  9. 9 Come Back To Me 04:38 Info Download
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  10. 10 Sunshine 05:06 Info Download
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  11. 11 I Don't Care 04:27 Info Download
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  12. 12 Not So Easy To Set Free 07:28 Info Download
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  13. 13 Arise & Shine 05:12 Info Download
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  14. 14 Love Is Less 05:10 Info Download
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  15. 15 Unforced Rhythms Of Grace 03:45 Info Download
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  16. 16 Some Kind Of Love Song 04:45 Info Download
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  17. 17 Stay Wild 04:59 Info Download
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  18. 18 Heartbreak Girl 04:27 Info Download
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  19. 19 The Digital Age (Closer Than Ever) 05:25 Info Download
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  20. 20 One World 05:29 Info Download
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  21. 21 The Invisible Ones 04:17 Info Download
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  22. 22 Crazy Wholesale 03:48 Info Download
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  23. 23 Let Yourself Move On 04:44 Info Download
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Like what you hear? Below is my virtual Tip Jar!”

— Chris Taylor

USBlues

Chris Taylor

USBlues was written in troubadour fashion of observing the insane political climate our country, The United(?)States, is going though. I've never been a political person and remain an outsider in a country ready to build a wall. But I couldn't help but write and sing about my observations. Call it poetic, spiritual, protest music!
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Daylight

Chris Taylor

I just finished my new album called Daylight. It's a very personal record for me, as far as lyrical content goes. It's not trying to sound like anyone or be like anything. It's 10 songs, recorded in my living room with my live band in San Antonio... The music was made underneath white Christmas lights and a blue light sparkling mirror ball throwing shapes all over the walls. We used acoustic and electric guitars, djembes and percussion, fretless bass and we sang our hearts out. It was meant to be whispered in your ears through headphones or pumped through your car stereo on road trips. And at its best, Daylight is meant to give us some hope in the form of sound and melody... Into your ears, through your veins and straight into your heart. ~ Chris Taylor 10/14/14
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  1. 1 Every Little Thing 05:38 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Little King Of Everything 04:23 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Dogtown 04:33 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Set Our Sail 03:55 Info Buy
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  5. 5 (Find Joy) Whatever The Day Brings 03:41 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Same Way Twice 04:33 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Ragamuffin Song 04:31 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Daylight 04:39 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Slide 03:16 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Goodnight Goodnight 03:39 Info Buy
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Travelers Hotel

Chris Taylor

Just before I passed by the Travelers Hotel sign here in downtown San Antonio... I was telling myself that I don't want to write and record songs anymore. It just seemed silly. I have so many records for you to pick and choose from... so why do you need one more?

Then, I saw the sign: Travelers Hotel.

By the time I got to the car, I had all these characters in my head... these sounds and ideas of sounds. I knew I had to start recording and writing. Oh well.... I guess giving up making music is NOT in the cards for me.

I realized that even though I love you guys.... my fans, friends, supporters, encouragers.... I wasn't writing this music for you. I was writing it for me! It saves my own life, my sanity, my heartbreak and my own internal struggle in this life.

But the rewarding part of it all is the fact that you guys are right with me and for that - I am so grateful!

This album is officially 12 songs - ending with Forgiveness
But for the digital version I've included 3 Bonus Tracks for you as well!
The original 12 songs clock in at 1 hour and 1 minute.... so you are definitely getting the grand tour of Travelers Hotel.

All the lyrics and guitar chords are included here as well.
Download away.
Crank up the car stereo.
Slip on your headphones....

Sha la la la la
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  1. 1 Travelers Hotel 07:23 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Flip Side of Love 04:01 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Lovestory for the Brokenhearted 04:00 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Three Sixty 04:55 Info Buy
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  5. 5 I Love You 05:26 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Hallelujah What's it to Ya? 03:56 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Laughing at the Universe 06:55 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Yes 04:46 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Gotta Press On 04:03 Info Buy
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  10. 10 One in the Spirit 04:03 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Words of a Woman 04:50 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Forgiveness 05:58 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Burn The Night Away (Misty Jones Mix) 04:03 Info Buy
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Re:imag:ine (Remixes & Night Music)

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  1. 1 Out Of The Blue 06:51 Info Download
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  2. 2 In My Dreams 03:12 Info Download
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  3. 3 Emotional WiFi 04:54 Info Download
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  4. 4 Heavy Duty Soul (Remix) 05:03 Info Download
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  5. 5 Just Another Angel 04:15 Info Download
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  6. 6 Broken Promise 04:40 Info Download
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  7. 7 Gossip 04:11 Info Download
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  8. 8 On My Way (Remix) 06:15 Info Download
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  9. 9 Drowning On Dry Land (Remix) 05:26 Info Download
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  10. 10 Hands Untied 06:22 Info Download
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  11. 11 Heavy Duty Soul (Band Version) 04:05 Info Download
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  12. 12 Twist 09:09 Info Download
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Chris Taylor Presents: Creatio Ex Nihilo

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Creatio Ex Nihilo

Creation From Nothing

This album is meant to be listened to with headphones or while driving in your car with no interruptions. Psychedelic Meditation. Poetic Soundscapes. Guitar Vibes and Chaos with Beautiful Melodies underneath.

It was my vision to use this down time in my life to create a record full of instrumentals and soundtrack pieces for movies that have not been made yet. I was to create these tapestries of music for others to play over. I was to be the Mad Conductor, singing and humming the melodies for Mitchell's guitar or Onel's saxophone to play. But I also let them run freestyle over parts of songs and that made them even more three dimensional.

Before there was any music for this project, there was silence.
In the midst of silence, there was creation.
Creation was born from nothing... or was there always something within the silence?
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Worthless Pursuit of Things On The Earth

Chris Taylor

Recorded in Nashville, TN with the Ragamuffin Band. It was one of the best times ever with such a creative team around me. Rick Elias and Mark Robertson produced this record. And I was ready to throw down & not make any excuses for my vocals or my lyrics. I know - the album title is a mouthful - but man... it packs a punch!
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  1. 1 worthless pursuit (version 1) 03:19 Info Buy
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  2. 2 accidental charm 03:59 Info Buy
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  3. 3 wonderful thing 03:44 Info Buy
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  4. 4 hole in my head 03:05 Info Buy
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  5. 5 bleeding hearts club 05:01 Info Buy
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  6. 6 secret of the universe 04:18 Info Buy
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  7. 7 thirty three 05:51 Info Buy
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  8. 8 the river 04:36 Info Buy
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  9. 9 sad day in heaven 04:43 Info Buy
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  10. 10 higher ground (featuring kevin max) 03:54 Info Buy
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  11. 11 thirty three (live) 07:51 Info Buy
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  12. 12 bleeding hearts club (live featuring Mike Roe) 05:29 Info Buy
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down goes the day

Chris Taylor

It was 1998. I was in Nashville making my first "solo" record. But I had some of Nashville's finest musicians at my disposal. So I played them Bob Dylan's Time Out Of Mind and Radiohead's OK Computer before we started to record. I knew they were in a different league than me... so I was going for similar textures, vibe and feel. Like if those two records collided and got mashed together. Listen to the end of Deep Reasons Why and you hear Radiohead vibe... Listen to Jesus Is Alive and you will hear the groove and texture of that Dylan record... Then add me and my vibe and perspective to the mix and out comes Down Goes The Day. Don't mistake this for a "Jesus Frees Us" record. This has got more questions than answers, more doubt than praises... but when I DO praise - I really mean it.
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  1. 1 down goes the day 07:42 Info Buy
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  2. 2 another witness 05:38 Info Buy
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  3. 3 god only knows 03:54 Info Buy
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  4. 4 jesus is alive 07:00 Info Buy
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  5. 5 deep reasons why (it just is) 04:00 Info Buy
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  6. 6 the right shoes 00:46 Info Buy
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  7. 7 learn to pray 06:26 Info Buy
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  8. 8 what do you want? 04:22 Info Buy
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  9. 9 seahorse 05:59 Info Buy
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  10. 10 already forgotten the name 05:12 Info Buy
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  11. 11 salt of the earth 15:37 Info Buy
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  1. 1 twist 07:48 Info Buy
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  2. 2 surrender 04:45 Info Buy
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  3. 3 going for a swim 03:53 Info Buy
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  4. 4 mean ol' world 03:00 Info Buy
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  5. 5 belly of a big fish 04:21 Info Buy
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  6. 6 burn the way 04:32 Info Buy
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  7. 7 messed up for you 04:27 Info Buy
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  8. 8 upside down 03:57 Info Buy
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  9. 9 step of faith 03:37 Info Buy
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  10. 10 it's alright 05:56 Info Buy
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  11. 11 twist (reprise) 01:26 Info Buy
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Love Coma ~ Lost Songs

Chris Taylor

Hey yawl,

As I sit here listening to these songs, I realize how long it has been since I last heard this music. I am doing my best to recall the finer details about the recording of these songs from 20 year ago or more. As I recall, this collection of songs is made up of 2 different sessions between The Waffle House Studio in New Braunfels and Edit Point Studio in San Antonio. If I remember correctly, Matt Slocum had not yet moved to Nashville or maybe he had come back to NB for a brief period of time and in that short stay we gathered to lay down the recording you hear now of the material we working on in an effort to release a new CD. Matt had rented out a small room on the second floor of a small office building right near downtown New Braunfels. I must have passed this building a million times en route to any number of venues I have played since that night we recorded in there. Matt also had me come in and play drums on a couple of songs for some other group that was recording some new material as well. He didn't stay in that space very long so I'm not sure how many bands recorded upstairs there, but I was on 2 of the projects during that time. I wish I could remember who those guys were. I don't think I ever got to hear the finished project.

I believe that the Waffle House session happened prior to our booking time at Edit Point and it was at this time that I was really trying to learn how to listen to the structure of the songs that Chris was writing and figuring out how to contribute musically. I wanted be taken seriously as a drummer and I don't think I had quite yet figured out that *rests* count as notes too. I'm a little zealous in some of my fill-ins and I hear my time waver a bit on some of these songs. I don't recall if we tracked with a *click* or not, but I've always been able to play with a click so I'm thinking maybe these were without a click. (Or maybe we did use a click and I wasn't as good as I thought I was. Ha!)

I'm going to offer my take on these songs in the order that you see them here. Seems this is how I remember (roughly) hearing them in song order on a long lost cassette or CD burn somewhere. These remembrances are somewhat selfish in that I recall my own individual parts and what I was thinking and feeling at the time and how I was trying to approach these songs. I'm happy to have these recordings see the light of day in some form but I'm also a little sad that we never were able to put out one more release. Love Coma sort of dissolved without any real resolution and it feels now like it was put on a shelf. Not in a bad way, but almost as if to store it away for a later time. I'd love to have had the opportunity to perform these songs live more than we did.

The memories I have of my years working with Chris Taylor are happy ones I will keep for a lifetime and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to have made the music we did together. We got to play some really fun shows and record some CDs and travel together meeting a lot of great folks and seeing a lot of fun together. I owe him a lot for allowing me to have a platform from which to launch my career. The same can be said of Matt Slocum for inviting to record on that first Sixpence CD. Nobody could have known the kind of success Sixpence would enjoy nor could I ever have imagined that those early experiences would help me to become the player I've grown into today. I'm not sure where these old recordings will wind up or who will hear them, but my hope is that whoever hears them will enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed making them. I hope that at some point in the future that Chris Taylor and I can collaborate on some level and maybe revisit Love Coma where we left off. I'd love for Mattingly to be a part of that journey and hopefully Matt Slocum could find the time to be involved as well. Curtis is still kicking about Central Texas too so I'm sure we could enlist him to be a part of this as well if we can ever find the time to all come together in a room to write and record. With any luck, maybe Mike Roe would also want to be a part of something fresh - I've not yet mentioned him and he was a big part of our band before we ever met him. His music shaped us in ways he will never know. Meeting him and working him and ultimately befriending him is something we are all glad to have experienced. He needs to be involved in some way too. Life happens and we all have jobs and families and responsibilities but the spark for creativity still burns in all of us. Keep your eyes peeled. We may surprise you sometime with some new music after having spent 2 decades apart.

Much love, amigos.

- Doddsy
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