Catechism

Catechism

(c) 2019

Words and Music by Robert Elessar

Performed by Robert Elessar

Produced by Robert Elessar

 

The day is coming, can you hear it?
Night is falling, do you fear it?
The ship has sailed, now can you steer it?
Do you know what’s going on?
The moment’s passing, do you know it?
What’s your secret, will you show it?
When your chance comes, will you blow it?
Can you be relied upon?
I you can answer all these questions right,
You just might make it through that falling night.
But if these words just serve to turn your head,
The coming dark will bury you with dread.
The world is turning, can you feel it?
The wound is bleeding, can you heal it?
The truth is cloaked, can you reveal it?
I might come along with you.
The picture’s hidden, can you find it?
The tape is jammed, will you rewind it?
I must intrude now, do you mind it?
It’s just that I belong with you.
The world is not so hopeless, is it now?
Is that a statement that you might allow?
Just wipe the tears out of your eyes, won’t you?
To fight the truth, there’s nothing you can do.
The game is set, now can you play it?
The beast is charging, can you slay it?
If all your strength cannot delay it,
Then run away, just run and hide!
The path is clear, but will you hike it?
The cheek is turned, now will you strike it?
The song is over, did you like it?
Forget you heard it, it’s only lied.

Exit Music (for a film) Karaoke

I want to make it clear that this is not, officially, one of my “bad cover” songs.  I did not do any of the background music; there are too many effects and layers and sound effects involved, which are beyond my current resources, or at least my current skills.

This is, however, one of my favorite songs, so I downloaded a karaoke backing of it (which was pretty good, I must say), and I just did the singing.

Of course, this song is by Radiohead, written by Radiohead’s members, originally for “Romeo and Juliet” and also appeared on “OK Computer.”  I own nothing.  I owe much.  The rest I leave to the poor.

Lyin’ Eyes (bad cover)

Okay, here’s yet another of my bad covers of good songs.  This one is one of my favorites, and is one of the first I learned to strum on an acoustic guitar.  There are issues with the mix/recording, of course, but it’s in tolerable state to let other people hear it, at least.

Of course, the words and music are by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, and I do not hold any rights to this.  It is an homage, and I make no money from it, nor will I.

[P.S. I just finished re-creating the lyrics and melody to a song I wrote in college called “Breaking Me Down”.  I plan to arrange and produce it soon.  I think it might even be pretty good.]

Schrodinger’s Head

Words and Music by Robert Elessar

(c) 2019. All rights reserved.

Performed by Robert Elessar


Here it is, the project that’s distracted me for a week or two now.  Don’t expect too much from it.  After all, I had to do all the parts and the mixing myself.  It would have been nice to have had a drummer (with drums, obviously).  I can pull off most all of the other instruments on my own – more or less – but it would have been nice to have had real percussion here.

That being said, I hope you enjoy it.  It is what it is; I make no claims with respect to quality, only that it was a bit of a compulsion – which is to say a lot of a compulsion – and it had to come out.

I have no idea into what genre it might fit.  Maybe you can tell me?

Schrödinger’s Head

Schrödinger’s Head”

To be performed by: What’s in the Box?

Lyrics by Robert Elessar

Music to be written by Robert Elessar

Is the cat alive or dead?
Is the stop light green or red?
Is he awake or still in bed?
Is he hungry or well-fed?

I don’t know
What’s going on
In Schrödinger's head.

Is he in charge or is he led?
Is he below or overhead?
Did you take in a word he said?
You can go from A to Zed

And you won’t know
What’s going on
In Schrödinger's head.

Everything’s divided,
And everything is one.
Your view is so one-sided
But well-done is half begun.

Are you undecided
on what's already done?
The way ahead is lighted
by the blocking of the sun.

Did he charge or has he fled?
Excited now or filled with dread?
Is he behind or far ahead?
We want to know, and yet, instead

We don’t know
You don’t know
I don’t know
What’s going on
In Schrödinger's head.