It's Your Fault, is the first track on my debut EP release. This song explains my thoughts on beautiful women in the world and how men get caught up with them. Every song that I write includes a story that I was once involved in that leads to the outcome of the overall situation. In today's society beautiful women are everywhere, literally. As I said earlier, each song does involve some of my own instances, while others are fiction, but that’s not to say that a situation has happened to someone else.
It’s Your Fault, talks about a man, a hard working man, who comes home one day only to find that his woman is no longer there to greet him as he walks in the door, from a long day of work. Now, the man is a hard worker, but he also has some infidelity issues. Basically the “main” girl that he was with, gets fed up, and decides that it’s OFFICIALLY over. Now the man realizes that he had something good, as a matter of fact he had something really good, but he doesn’t realize that until she is gone. Deep down inside, the man knew that she would probably leave, but in the instance she stays gone.
Low Flying Planes' song, "Pea Soup" was one that we just recorded in the studio and it's all about how the band has come together over the years. The song talks about our lead singer, Devin (he wrote most of the song) and how all that he needs "is to live by the h.." He talks about how he listens to the radio, and plays Nintendo but the only way that he'll ever really understand the world is if he can play music. So, the chorus explodes with "What I need, what i need are the answers to come to me; this is what I want and who I want to be. Because it builds me up, starts it over and over again" His soul is 100% into the song at this point, This song is truly about what it means to be a musician. It has everything to do with being willing to go through whatever it takes. And it has nothing to do with giving up.
It sounds cheesy, but this song is really a crowd favorite. Finally, after a heart-wrenching solo by Fitch (our lead guitarist), Jenna (female vocals) jumps into a key change and brings it up to a B Major with an even more powerful chorus. The song ends with a run that is so awesome it feels like it was not performed by anything less than a full blown recording studio (Jenna has that effect on people!) AND IT'S OVER! The song ends, we end the set with it too. We want to remind people how much we appreciate them coming to see us perform and that we want to do it for the rest of our lives. Music, even though it's nice to get fans and tours, would be absolutely nothing without the passion, and that's what "Pea Soup" is all about (PS Just like music, Pea Soup only tastes good if it has a lot of love in it, that's why this song has it's name!)
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Most of our songs are made up narratives about things we think are interesting/funny/amusing. Most of our music is pretty light hearted and fun. But, one of the songs from our new album is actually based in real experience. (It's sort of the closest thing we've ever done to a battle rap).
The song is titled Suntan Charlie vs The Hurricane and its loosely based on the interaction that our lead singer, Ostrich, had with the former governor of Florida Charlie Crist. A little while before they met Charlie Crist had gone around the state of Florida claiming that Florida had not been hit by hurricane while he was governor because he wrote prayer letters and stuck them in a wall in Jerusalem. Ostrich did not think that this was a very good policy for dealing with hurricanes in a state that has seen pretty heavy hurricane damage over the years (in fact he lost a job in the Florida Keys due to damage caused by Hurricane Wilma). So, when he happened to run into Charlie Crist, who was campaigning for senator, at the time Ostrich asked him about it. During their brief conversation on of Crist's aids put a campaign sticker on Ostrich's chest, which Crist ripped off upon finding out that Ostrich was non-religious.
The song "Colonie" was written when I was 19 years old. My family had moved away from my childhood home town, and went to the town of "Colonie". I was so upset about leaving behind my friends and all the things and memories I loved so much that it drove me to write. The song morphed into this song with multiple meanings. First, the song is about the actual leaving behind my childhood and growing up in this town called Colonie.
The Colonie is the song can also be like a colony itself. The song talks about not wanting to be stuck in a colony also. The colony can be a group of people that always bring you down and make you feel terrible and by leaving behind that colony, makes you happier in the process. It also can be placed in terms of a relationship where you don't want to be stuck with someone because they are a negative thing in your life. The song really allows the listener to take their own interpretation, but it all stems from leaving behind a childhoood and not wanting to be surrounded by people or a place that feel wrong to you.
Life has a way of racing past one's own consciousness without leaving any trace or connection between what has happened, and the current moment. The individual is left with the unsettling feeling of not remembering a portion of the journey; such as the feeling one gets on a long drive alone when there is suddenly an awareness of location, but no recollection of even thinking about driving for ten or fifteen minutes. What just happened? How could my thoughts drift so freely? How did I stay on the road?
This phenomenon came into play when I wrote the song 'No Radio' by The HickoryTown Ruckus. I had taken a part-time job outside of the city to help get through school and I could barely afford a $400. Dodge Shadow to get back and forth to work. The car ran fine but only had the essentials. Life had become very busy for me and there was always some force managing the capacity of my thoughts; school, work, or the cares of this life. When the radio gave out in that old rusty Shadow, the silence was redemptive. In a moment I was given clarity and transported to my earlier years. Back then I used to drive around just for the sake of driving. I had no agenda for the night or my life, just a road. Now, the green Shadow became a refuge, and every weekend when I drove to work, the rides gave me a necessary time of reflection and prayer. All of the worries and burdens I had assumed as a 'responsible adult' took a back seat. Many of the lyrics for this song came one night as I was driving home and instead of taking a left turn towards my house I went straight and drove through the city in no particular direction.
For me this song is about the beauty of loneliness, the energy that is released by spontaneous living, understanding that who I am is is purer than the limits my thought processes place on my soul. It is about rejecting the conformity that you have submitted to by finding moments of freedom, staying true to the ideals that made you who you are. For me the song is adventurous, uncontrolled, mysterious; it celebrates a faith that once burned so strongly that even as the flame dwindles, the mere memory of it is enough to rekindle thoughts of truth, revolution and life changing experiences. When its just me alone in the car and there's no radio, there is a catalyst for finding "another moment I can't repeat."
In the fall of 2004, I was back home in New Hampshire, getting ready to return for a second year of grad school, and head over heels in love with Cecile, a French exchange student that I'd met the previous year.
The only problem was that Cecile was back in France and I was stuck in New Hampshire, with a grueling year of research and writing ahead of me. The future was uncertain. I had no plans for after I graduated. Should I go back to Philly and get the band back together, and struggle to pay the rent? Or should I keep heading down the boring but comfortable path that academia seemed to be offering?
The song "Cool Blue Fire" came from conversations I have had with people who are facing the end of life.
We spend so much time building walls that are designed to keep others away from our vulnerability. But when the end comes it is impossible to maintain the illusion of strength. How a person responds to this event is determined by how much they can let go and trust others to help them through their fear of dying. I have sat beside 3 people who are going through this event, and it always gives me a renewed perspective on living. Mostly they feel that "lifetimes are catching up" with them. They suddenly realize how much they need to give and receive all the love they held back through their lives. Everything else falls away and they call out to their loved ones for comfort, and to let them know how much they are needed.This process is both heart-breaking and inspiring, and I'll never forget it.
"Read my feelings, wrong the rights, distant dealings, fear into fright, I want you, you want me, let's make this happen, drift into the sea" is the opening line to my song DIVE IN DESTINY.
I tend to write from the side of contradiction in that we can't possibly control our destiny but we sure try to. The chorus says "and I won't let destiny get the best of me, destiny ain't got nothing on me, destiny can take the rest of me"
The song "Best Friends" is the title track off of our debut record, which we released this past August. I personally really like the placement of the song, since it comes right after the song "glow brighter", which in contrast is much more lamenting and dramatic. "Best Friends" started as a joke between myself (Sean), the guitarrist (Mike) and my roomate at the time Aldean. I heard Mike playing the chord progression that would ultimately become the song, and the words just came out of me. Lyrics are certainly the hardest part of the writing process for me, and as a result many of my lyrics do have an abstract, "come up with your own premise" type of aura. However, "Best Friends" is one song that everyone can grab the same meaning out of, and needless to say it has been a real hit on the record as well as on our live gigs.
When Mike and I finally showed the song to Paulie (Keyboards) and Sam (Drums), the song pretty much completed its self in one rehearsal. All of a sudden, we had this jazz-meets-randy newman type of song that we knew had potential to really grab people. I find that the song has a very abrupt, yet relieving impact when we play it live, especially because we often surround it with material that sounds NOTHING like that song. The contrast of our live set really comes full circle when we play it.
When the record "Best Friends" reached its labor stages, it was obvious that the record should be named after this song, particularly because the record literally could not have been done without some of our best friends. We are so thankful to all of the people who made the record possible (our engineer did ALL of the work for free, artwork was done by our close friends, friends always coming in and out of the studio as we pulled all nighters), that we even asked many of our friends to contribute to the shout chorus at the end of the song, so that they could help contribute to the love we felt towards them, and to the friendships that surround us everyday.
The song "Crystal Fire" off of the album "Vaca Money" released on 9/30/11 was written by Adam Brown of Mosey West. The song was written in April 2011. After a rough night at the bars, Adam woke up to the smell of smoke in his home. The smell of fire was actually coming from the Crystal fire, a wildfire in the foothills west of Fort Collins. Adam stared out the window at the smoke as his head pounded from the night before. Snow fell lightly on the ground and Adam picked up his acoustic guitar and wrote the song about his experiences over the past few days.
We were a little surprised as producer, Adam Levy chose "Flower Girl" to be the first single released off of the record.
While the song was danceable and seemingly lighthearted, the content and inspiration behind the tune felt like the opposite of celebration.
"Flower Girl" is the first and only political song I've ever written. It's not party driven or even one-sided. It's more or less a look at the United States from an outside perspective, all laid out in the spirit of "American Woman" by The Guess Who.
The Randy Vera song: “Here Made of Gone,” was a finalist for the John Lennon Songwriting Award (Jazz category) is a song about “The Gardner Heist” in Boston, MA. The robbery remains the largest property theft in recorded history.
What’s significant about this song is how it positions the Art thief in dialogue with “Aesthetics” itself. It questions the very laws of perception and beauty. The musical framework is full of meanings. Examples here are too many to mention. Some are the “creeping” and “tip towing” Bass lines which represent the thief and his accomplice. The flute and oboe nervously whisper a woodwind conversation. This represents the two tied and gagged night watchmen. Many of these subtleties were composed by Producer Anthony J. Resta (Twilight Films Soundtrack, Elton John, Collective Soul). Resta, 14 times Platinum and Gold, was living in Boston during the time of the storied heist.
Could any of us live without our cell phones? IPADS? Laptops? Have you ever stopped to think about how reliant we are on our digital devices for communication, information, connection, etc. A lot of people think that these devices connect us on a broader and more global scale, but I firmly believe that they disconnect us to reality. People seem to be losing the ability to have real, human conversations with each other in public. Kids text so much that their ability to emote and grow socially seems to be blunted. Now I may seem like a pessimist, but I'm not! I'm just stating my observations.
"Bomb in the Backseat" is a satirical rocker that shows how far we have really come to relying on technology and the endless amount of information that is available at our finger tips. The chorus states
"I got a bomb in the backseat waiting to explode, I learned how to make it from an app on my phone."
Though it may seem like an act of terror, the character is actually a symbol for the negative aspects of what can happen to us when attached to the digital world. it's a play on the fact that there are apps for almost anything these days, and why not a "bomb making app"???
Rock n' roll is without a doubt the most powerful vehicle to get a message across about society. Artists like The Stones, The Who, Guns N Roses, have all written songs about their views, and this is mine. Not to mention the song is really catchy!
I titled my latest album, LIBERTY, because I decided that I'm going to live and do music not bound by anything and found out that's what I want to do.
"I AM FLYING IN THIS SPACE UNLIMITED. I AM REACHING THE SUMMIT ABOVE THE SKY. I AM BREATHING THE AIR THAT'S TIMELESS. I AM FLYING IN THIS SPACE UNLIMITED."
I'm from Seattle, WA, originally, but currently living in Japan. Upon the mega earthquake and tsunami last year, so many precious lives were lost. And, we realized that the fact is that there is not always tomorrow and everything is so fragile and irreplaceable.
"So did you waste it?...."
That's pretty much the question I was asking myself at the time. I'm pretty sure we all come to the point sometime in our lives where we stop and ask ourselves "What the hell are we doing?...and why? There's definitely a moment where things change, and we go from being passive and reactive to everything that occurs in our lives, to when we grab a hold of the reins and actually start living it.
Odd Wounds is one of our favorite songs.
David wrote most of it in his head while he was working at a deli, and business was slow. Andrea helped him smooth the ruff edges lyrically while they were walking their dogs. Who plays what is lost to time.
The cool thing about Odd Wounds is its a country song. All band members were born in Kansas, and old school country music is always around making it a tradition to write at least one country song; We accomplished this via Odd Wounds.
The meaning behind the song? Well being a country song its simple lyrics is suppose to help the listener unravel the complexities in their life via introspection BUT it can be used for anything. In my experience Odd Wounds makes for a great dog bowl.
I wrote "London-town" for a friend I knew back in college. She had studied abroad, and I imagined her in London during a snowy winter and missing her boyfriend back home in the States. Having been in London myself several years ago, I drew from the various places and overall charm of the city I remembered.
After putting "London-town" on the album, I called my friend to let her know I had written the song for her. She called me back not long after to tell me she loved it! Only...she hadn't been in London, she had been in Limerick, Ireland. And she wasn't there in winter; it was in the spring. And...she wasn't dating anyone at that time.
I still wrote this song for you.
O, Be I Your Bluebird is a love song between two birds. Sadly, the love didn't stand the long distance between Montreal, Canada and NYC, but the feelings are still true today. As an American living in Montreal, Canada in the summer of my 24 years, I met a Métis (half Native American - Cree, half Anglo) guy, and fell for his honest music and dashing looks. His last name was Cardinal, and I, always flighting around from this country to that (US, Canada, France, Germany), found someone whose eyes I wanted to see through. He was a Rocky Mountain countryman, a whistler, writing of tall trees shaking the hands with this God-given sky. Not that either of us were religious. It was an all-encompassing understanding of the divine quality of time and distance.
When we were living and loving long-distance, he wrote a poem for be, talking of staying by. I wrote in turn for him, andThe song starts out talking of whistling trails and round rump tails. Intimate times with each other.
Let the Rain Fall was penned in the backyard of my apartment in the Spanish Harlem section of New York City. One of my best friends was going through a difficult breakup at the time and I wrote the song for her. The verse talks about those final moments of a relationship when you know it’s about to sink but you just can't let go.
While the song began as a "break up song" it quickly turned into a song about letting go and starting fresh. Rain is often associated with sorrow but I find it can be cleansing, beautiful and pure. In the hook "let the rain fall down on me, let the water wash my pain away, goodbye sorrow and hello to a brand new day" that's the idea I was hoping to convey.
Musically the songs structure is fairly simple. The challenge for us was to bring in other elements to give the song a unique sound and feel. The addition of the pizzicato style plucking of the cello strings adds subtle color to the background that for me simulates the falling rain of a passing storm. The Tabla dictates the rhythm at the beginning of the song and represents a beating heart. Towards the end of the song the full drum set kicks in, adds intensity and drives the song from what initially began as folk based, singer songwriter tune into a rock ballad.
This song begins in the incomplete philosophy I lived by in my youth. There were two things that made me happy: writing songs and being there for the people whom I cared about. When you are young, your "friends" are decided by proximity and social chemistry. You make a lot of decisions without ever knowing who people are, including yourself.
I found out that someone very close to me, someone I thought I knew best, had attempted suicide. I found myself holding the girl’s family together with every waking second after the unexpected event. I made myself available to the girl at all hours of the night because she did not come out of her shell until then. Someone had to, right? So time ran together for 37 days and 37 nights until I had nothing left. There was no patience in me anymore.
Right when I was sure it could not get any worse, the former boyfriend of the woman I was dating killed himself and blamed it on us in his note. All of the woman’s "friends" turned against her. The woman’s family, not knowing how much it hurt her, cracked jokes about her being "to die for" all the time. Between her friends and her family, I had a lot of fights on my hands. (At the time, I was boxing. It wasn't how I solved everything, but it wasn't a last resort as it should have been). It was lost on me at the time how selfish of a thing suicide is if there are those in life that truly care about a person.
I couldn't figure out how to be the woman’s lover and her friend through this, so we split. I became like a big brother (or a guard dog) to her instead, making myself available to her no matter what. The universe must have let everyone know that I was available to lean on again, because everyone called during the next few days with pleas, cries and yells of, "I need this," "I need that,” and, "I need you." I kept showing up until one day I ended up at my former lover’s house to resolve some issue between the woman and her brother. I walked in, kicked him in the balls, and started wailing on him. I didn't say a word, just let all of it out on him. I was breathing steadily, yet tears were flowing. I continued to rain blows down until he stopped fighting back. Apparently, the offense against her was bad, because she said thank you as I left. (He was in prison the next time I heard anything.)
I left without a word, proud for a moment. Then I realized, as messed up as he was, I didn't even know what he did. What did that say about me? I tried not to let it get to me. The next day I showed up at the gym, but it hurt my hands to wrap them up in tape! So, I skipped boxing and went to school. After school, the baseball team started taking batting practice. I hit one ball and throbbing pain went through my hands as I dropped the bat. So I went home. Then I picked up my guitar to write the pain away as I did when everything was a little bit more than I could handle. . . but my fingers wouldn't move the way they were supposed to.
I had to settle for just lyrics that day because I was being punished by the universe. After 17 years on the planet, I had not yet realized - if you are going to be a good friend, family member, or just there in general, you have to be able to stand on your own two feet first. Until you are, you will not be ready to be there for anyone else.
The music came six years later as I stumbled upon one of my first song books. The "Nightmare" of my youth was simply too important not to finish.
Catch My Breath
The lyric, "I'm trying to catch my breath, but I haven't caught it yet" says it all. When an important relationship comes to an end, people don't seem to feel the emotional repercussions it brings at first, but when they do, its like getting the breath knocked out of you. This song touches on how a broken relationship can bring you to your knees.
"Catch My Breath" is mostly about a breakup I went through with my current girlfriend. When she broke up with me, at first, I didn't feel anything - I was cold. Then, after a few days, I started to feel the impact that our breakup had on me. Emotions flooded my body and I was left lonely with no one to talk to. I missed her very much, but didn't have a clue how to tell her.
After a month of hardly any contact with my, at the time, ex-girlfriend, I heard about how our breakup took a toll on her. I was told she missed me just as much as I missed her and finally, I realized what I had to do - I had to catch my breath. Soon after, I reconnected with her and we're now we're happier than ever. This song is dedicated to her.
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