Songs For The Phonophobic

by Jason Davis

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1.
Rock Is Dead 01:30
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
2.
Redemption Song (free) 03:11
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...
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Lifter 03:31
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
6.
(instrumental)
7.
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
8.
9:35am 02:56
(instrumental)
9.
Alkaline 05:53
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

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 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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