Time To Waste

from Songs For The Phonophobic by Jason Davis

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“Time To Waste”, the 3rd track from my album Songs For The Phonophobic, is probably the “poppiest” song on the album. To my ears, the structure of the song (odd-length verses and choruses, changes in feel, etc) does not make it any less accessible than a regular song in a 4/4 meter with equal length stanzas and the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus order we all love so well.

The lyrics focus on how we all get into situations where we cannot keep our heads above water. Self doubt enters and the potential of drowning in worry, anxiety, and helplessness make it almost impossible to escape. That is when we need someone to be willing to reach out their hand and rescue us. The point of view of the lyrics is one of the rescuer/savior/hero.

I would guess that most would believe the line “don’t let the words get in the way” to be a bit out of place and not cohesive with the rest of the lyrics. I disagree. I think we have a tendency to try to explain to people why they are wrong as we are helping them, but it isn’t the time and place to do it. It’s not even our place to do it at all. When we help someone in need, we should do it selflessly without trying to explain how they messed up (which in essence implies that we are so much better). After all, we’ll eventually be in their situation someday.

There are no keyboards used on this song (or any song on the album for that matter). All of the pitched sounds heard are guitars running through a variety of processors. I used the Xotic Effects Custom Robotalk and a slight flange during the verses to achieve random sample/hold textures while playing simple 6th intervals (heard on the right channel).

The guitar I used for all of the rhythms is the Reverend Reeves Gabrels I Signature Model. It has a Dimarzio FastTrack in the neck position and a custom Reverend humbucker in the bridge. For the throaty fuzz tones, I employed a Way Huge Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz (gotta love the name) and ran it into my Randall RM100 head.

For the guitar solo, I used “Tabby”. She is a modified Reeves Gabrels Signature guitar that was actually owned by Reeves and used live as well as in recordings over a two-year period. The custom Reverend humbucker is still in place, but a Sustainiac system was installed in the neck position. This provides infinite sustain or feedback at any volume level (as demonstrated in the solo). In addition, the tune-o-matic bridge was replaced with a Stetsbar II tremolo system.

The solo itself was completely improvised and captured on its second attempt.


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


from Songs For The Phonophobic, released March 13, 2013
words & music by Jason Davis, Spinning Axis Music (ASCAP)


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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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