Songs For The Phonophobic

by Jason Davis

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about

As a whole, Songs For The Phonophobic is a collection of songs that I composed (except for one song) and recorded in 13 days over a 13 month period (Jan 2012-Jan 2013). Yes, it took that long. Between me being a husband and father, a professor at a local college, and live performances with my band, things take precedence within a 24-hour day. I guess I could have spent time in my studio instead of taking that one nap or playing a few games of Temple Run. The fact, however, is that spending time with my family is the most important, and recording happens when it does. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The luxury of recording at home allows for such a schedule to exist. I can work as time and inspiration permit within the comfort of my own home without the pressures of getting things done in a timely manner just because the clock (and meter) is running. While I’m not opposed to using an outside studio, this setup works best for me and my creative process.

Except for the song “Lifter” (which was written approximately 10 years ago when we lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area), the songs on this album are a snapshot of where I was musically in the year twenty-twelve. There is no real theme or connection from one song to the next, so it really is a compilation of song styles and musical ideas. The songs were also written separately over a period of time, thus each had its own unique creative, recording, and mixing process. Some songs were written with guitar in hand while sitting on the couch watching TV with my wife. Others were composed as they were being recorded, one part at a time. Even a few were written while in the shower followed by me scrambling for notation paper and pencil so not to lose the idea. Songs present themselves in a variety of ways, and as musicians we need to be ready for the moment when they choose to be revealed.

Originally, I planned on making a very experimental album. My initial idea was to write a number of songs on acoustic (similar to a singer/songwriter approach) and then take them into the studio where I would deconstruct and reconstruct them in completely different settings while keeping the integrity of the musical work (i.e., the melody) intact. Then, I would release two separate albums: the reconstructed “experimental” album and the acoustic-only version of each song. That didn't happen. The songs that appear on Songs For The Phonophobic came instead. Ah, the best laid plans…

(Incidentally, I still want to do that idea. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it will happen when it happens.)

Why the title? It is a nice play on the nature and aggression found in the songs as a whole. The definition of the word phonophobia is the abnormal fear of noise or a morbid fear of sounds including your own voice. That idea just stuck with me: the fear of loud noises or of one’s own voice. Thus, this album is the bizarre-o world version of lullabies used to sooth those with this affliction. Cute, eh? PLAY AT MAXIMUM VOLUME!!!

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released March 13, 2013

All compositions and sound recordings created by Jason Davis © Spinning Axis Music (ASCAP)

Recorded in 13 days over a 13-month period between Jan 2012-Jan 2013

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Jason Davis New York

"Jason is a great guitar player who knows how to serve the song and still hang ten. "
- Reeves Gabrels, (solo artist, David Bowie, The Cure, NIN)

Davis' guitar styling and "left-of-center" musical disposition has led to artist relationships with Reverend Guitars, Randall Amplifiers, & Lava Cable.
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Track Name: Rock Is Dead
Animatronic redundancy
Infantile auto-tuned virtuosity
Drive the ice pick into my forehead

Wall Street tone deaf manufacturing
The s&*t they're feeding is nauseating
Frank is rolling in his grave

Eulogy
Rest in peace
Rock is dead
Track Name: Redemption Song
World of weight crashing down
No time to waste
No hesitating

Falling face flat on the ground
Watching, wait
Anticipating

When I said
I'm sorry
Hardly a day
So starry
Turned it all around

Bury me alive
I am caught
Undertow
Swept away in the tide
I'm going down
I am going...
Track Name: Time To Waste
Passing time
Holding on to all the things you left behind
What is mine is yours but is what yours now mine?
Take my hand
There is no more time to waste

Chasing life
Place all your bets
It's time to roll the dice
Take my hand
There is no more time to waste

All I want to say
Don't let the words get in the way
And if it is today
I won't let you get away
Track Name: Flood (Eta Carinae)
Let the stars fall away
Blinding, streaming
Waiting for time to fall asleep
Tell me I'm dreaming

Forever drifting
Swept away
Endless surrounding
Engulfed in eternal slumber's wave
Hopelessly drowning
Track Name: Lifter
She's lying quietly
With nothing to say
She's crying openly
And she's swept away

She's trying thoughtlessly
To not face the day
She's dying honestly
And she's swept away

She's flying higher than the sun
Track Name: Transmission 2073
(instrumental)
Track Name: Nothing Left To Say
Someone said there's better days
Not sure I believe them
Someone said that there's a way
But they're not the reason

Some said if it's the same
Then you'll go crazy
Don't go losing your way

If you want the world to change
You better pray
You gotta want the world to change
When there's nothing left to say
Track Name: 9:35am
(instrumental)
Track Name: Alkaline
Animate
I ignite
Obscuring
I am the light

Tenure of hand
Persist of time
Awaiting
Alkaline

Blind as the day
Black as the night
Sure as the grave
Wide as the tide

I am alive