Posts

 

“We Will Rise” was born from a jam session with Ryan and Anthony (along with unofficial 5th member of The Ganic Adam Jarrett). The tune was originally slated for inclusion on the Acoustica project, an EP of stripped down originals and re-imaginings of the band’s previous work, to be heavily influenced by the sounds of Kaki King and Rodrigo y Gabriela. As we jettisoned that idea and moved through the Equilibria recordings, though, “We Will Rise” began to have new life.

The original sketch included just the verse and hook parts, but the bridge was hard to come by. That is, until the ultra-talented Cory climbed that mountain. Then, based on the subject matter, we wanted to bring in some more members of the Soulganic Family to complete the anthemic feel. Our original idea was to bring back our Soul Brother #1 ML Caldwell and Anthony’s long-time mentor (and sister to boot) Myra Ferrell to flesh out the coda. Due to scheduling, ML wasn’t able to join in, but Myra’s soulful crescendo brought the song home in the right way.

Interestingly enough, we had three versions of this one: a slowed down groove, a keyboard-based take, and the finished product.

Side note: Cory kept the beat super tight, and eschewed any toms for most of the recording process of Didactic Interstice. We struggled with that decision, since what we love about his playing is his melodic and balanced approach on the drums. But, after hearing this bare bones approach, we felt everything bounced a bit more, and we quickly came around. His playing here is a funky combination of ?uestlove and Soulive’s Alan Evans, but drenched with Cory’s trademark detailed and nuanced approach. Good stuff.

 

Lyrics:

I believe
your roots dig deeper when you bleed
your leaves reach higher when you weep
though you tend to deny your possibilities

i believe
your shoulder’s stronger day by day
as the path less beaten is your way
though you tend to deny all that you can be
I believe

that we will rise
into the sun
spread your wings
before everyone
we will rise
together

i can see
your struggle’s equipped me to be
a truer version of their reality
and time has proven our victory

I can see
that hand in hand we’ll have a sky more blue
and hand in hand we’ll have a clearer view of so many better things
for you and me
cuz I can see

that we will rise
into the sun
spread your wings before everyone
we will rise
together

through the darkest of my days
your strength has shown me the way
and though we may fear
I know that our clouds will clear
and our trials will disappear

cuz we will rise
into the sun
spread your wings before everyone
we will rise
together

 

 

The concept of Didactic Interstice is to honor the philosophy articulated by classical pianist Artur Schnabel: “The pauses between the notes…that is where the art resides!” Taking the listener on a sonic journey that highlighted the spaces between the music while still conveying our trademark aesthetic: real, raw, live musicianship.

“Spaces Between” is a primer of sorts, as well as a Soulganic retrospective: a sound collage built upon random sounds designed to create a swirling sense of space, interspersed with clips from the opening and closing tracks of our previous two albums, along with bursts of recordings from our live shows. With this, we wanted to present a feeling of vast chaos before settling into what follows.

Our goal with the Equilibria recordings was to be concise, tight and focused. The instrumental track “In Time” is the direct result of that approach, and born of Ryan’s & Anthony’s sessions during Soulganic’s downtime. In retrospect, we can really hear the influences of DJ Shadow, Morcheeba and even Luscious Jackson on the track (bonus points if you feel us on those references).

 

Lyrics:

None this time, sorry. This one’s instrumental. 🙂

 

 

It was years ago that this journey began, with the band at a crossroads – perhaps at the end of our rope. We had poured everything into performing, writing, recording for four straight years – squeezing blood from a stone to create sounds that were true to us, and appealing to an audience that was willing to buck the norm. Yet, we were tired. Especially after the crucible that was From the Storm to the Sun.

So, we rested. We went off in different directions, embarked on different phases of life, unsure of where, when (or if!) this thing would continue.

Lucas dove into performing traditional Latin music up and down the east coast with his ensemble. Cory (ever the humble genius) was on call across the country to write, produce and record for an array of independent artists.

Ryan and Anthony (with unofficial 5th member of The Ganic, Adam Jarrett), jammed and wrote and spit-balled writing and producing ideas. It was these sessions that gave birth to what would become the Equilibria recordings.

This is not to say that the vision was so clear initially. We explored doing stripped down recordings of songs old and new. We tinkered with adding more electronic and programmed elements into the music. We (momentarily) played with the notion of recording the way we did on our debut, All Directions Forward – a marathon session, one song after the next, all the way live.

After the dust settled, though, so did we, and we turned our attention to the demos, jam sessions, and snippets that we had accumulated during the interstice. We came together again and began pouring ideas into the seedlings. Eventually, we were happy enough to let them blossom.

The first collection of these recordings, Didactic Interstice, has now been given to the universe. To aid it in its journey, we’ll be posting (semi-regular) notes and lyrics on each of the tracks from the record. Our goal is to give a little insight into the process, concept and execution of each song, along with the lyrical content, so you can fully enjoy this project.

As always, thank you for your energy and support – your general awesomeness is what keeps the groove alive.

Peace & Luv

 

From the 2009 Album “From the Storm to the Sun” (buy the CD or download from: itunes | amazon | bandcamp)

it’s true that all things return
to what we’ve been through before
and I suppose that I won’t be the last
to feel like it’s been told

still there’s no denying that there’s more of you in I
that I don’t wish to claim
so I put up the fight to believe my own lies
that color reality

looking in the mirror of my soul, of my soul
seeing you in everything
let me go, let me go

we never had the chance to be
you never got to see what I would grow to be
you never had the chance to show me
what I was supposed to be

still you linger and haunt and stain every breath I take
and your darkness resides deep inside
where it ought not
threatening to break

looking in the mirror of my soul, of my soul
seeing you in everything
let me go, let me go

won’t you let me be
won’t you let me go

looking in the mirror of my soul, of my soul
seeing you in everything
let me go, let me go

From the 2009 Album “From the Storm to the Sun” (buy the CD or download from: itunes | amazon | bandcamp)

seeking wisdom, insight deeper than my age
old man talking, but not about the things he’s seen
young girl crying, wants someone to feed her pain
through it all you’ve been there, as the center of my being
my gravity
you’re a part of me

with you here my flower child
I’m shining
and we’re rising
cuz you’ve shown me, flower child
what love is
when it touches your soul

loving easy, dissipating all my rage
making easy investing in eternity
there is no place I’d rather be

with you here my flower child
I’m shining
and we’re rising
cuz you’ve shown me, flower child
what love is
when it touches your soul

and though the world may chatter
may try to pull us away
we’ve created all our future
in our present, babe
let’s live it out today

with you here my flower child
I’m shining
and we’re rising
cuz you’ve shown me, flower child
what love is
when it touches your soul

From the 2009 Album “From the Storm to the Sun” (buy the CD or download from: itunes | amazon | bandcamp) check out the track here

though I’m a common man
I can feel in your hands
little things that lift my wings
and make me better

I know you’ve been hurt and scorned
been through too many wars
you need a soul to make you whole
that’s what I’m here for

and if you only knew
how I see you
with all that you’ve been through
I’m gonna make you beautiful

it’s more than just the physical
though you are a sight to behold
you’re even more if you look below
your pretty surface

your trust hasn’t been taken lightly
I treasure your integrity
I respect you and all you do
you’ve brought me dignity

and if you only knew
how I see you
with all that you’ve been through
I’m gonna make you beautiful

it doesn’t matter ’bout the preconceived
the restraints of society
they can’t tell you what to be
they can’t define
just look on the inside

just look inside
you’ll see what I see
you’ll know what I know
I’m gonna make you beautiful

and if you only knew
how I see you
with all that you’ve been through
I’m gonna make you beautiful

From the 2009 Album “From the Storm to the Sun” (buy the CD or download from: itunes | amazon | bandcamp)

Sunday morning breakfast
lazy afternoon
watching you sleep
your peace giving me mine

in my memories
your joy is everlasting
and happiness is what you’ll always have
without me

since I left you all behind
I’ve forsaken my shelter
responsibility
is a shadow behind me

and in all my memories
your laughter brings the sun
and the innocence of our carefree times
with my beautiful ones

and though you don’t understand it
can you carry on?
can you carry on?
just know I tried to be a good man
can you carry on?
can you carry on?

I’m at peace with what I’ve done
begging for forgiveness
praying for you
that it will make you stronger

in all my dreams
your laughter brings the sun
and happiness
as I fade away I see you carry on

and though you don’t understand it
can you carry on?
can you carry on?
just know I tried to be a good man
can you carry on?
can you carry on?

From the 2009 Album “From the Storm to the Sun” (buy the CD or download from: itunes | amazon | bandcamp)

we die, no one hears the cries
we cry, you don’t realize
we give our lives for your cause
living in these four walls
in the city of forgotten ones

we try to rise above
we rise, only to get no love
we give our child to your wars
trapped inside your four walls
in the city of forgotten ones

and oh
is there a reason, is there a reason?

we lie, only to find a way
we find deception through the light of day
we have only so much to give
living what you give
in the city of forgotten ones

we strive for a better life
our life is what you decide
the choice is not ours to make
living without what you take
in the city of forgotten ones

and oh
is there a reason, is there a reason?

From the 2009 Album “From the Storm to the Sun” (buy the CD or download from: itunes | amazon | bandcamp)

he was eighteen
just tasting life, sacrificing
for the exotic rhetoric
and glory

but he died
with his guts in his hands
begging
not knowing that his blood
would bring them money

how does it feel
to purchase their pain
how does it feel
to brandish their blood
how does it feel
to be killing your brother

keeping your image iced
is at the cost of his life
this is the village raid, the darkness
the 120 days

is this what they fought for
is this what they died for
keep on spending that blood money

From the 2009 Album “From the Storm to the Sun” (buy the CD or download from: itunes | amazon | bandcamp)

If reality was just what you perceived
More like what you prefer it to be
Would you accept me
Or even claim me

This is the moment of truth
This is the moment of truth

If you were to trade places with me
And battle the scars deep inside of me
Would you see things differently
Or even let me be

This is the moment of truth
This is the moment of truth

If you were to place all the blame on me
For the wayward paths taken by your seed
Would that be my responsibility
Or if i gave it back, would you receive

This is the moment of truth
This is the moment of truth

Is the rafter so large that you just can’t see
That there’s better places to spend your energy
Whatever happened to mercy
Am I not worthy?

This is the moment of truth
This is the moment of truth

What you feel about it
Do you dream about it
Is your scheming, lying, my sacrificing
Validating it

What I feel about it
I can do without it
When it’s all said and done I will become
So much more than this