"Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost."
- Dante Alighieri
I once had a conversation with a friend. She is Alive. I asked her about a song I wrote and she told me what she thought of it. It was a fine conversation and her definition of the song that I had written was better than mine, so it felt good. But then the conversation got a little deeper.
We began to talk about Life. And when you talk about Life with a Dead person in the room, the conversation gets a little heavy. I was feeling Dead at the time. (Now that I think of it, maybe that knowledge of Death showed that I was, in fact, somewhat Alive too. Nevertheless, I was feeling Dead and I knew it.) I had also once felt Alive.
But she described my previous Alive-ness like a box. And this was a beautiful box. And in this box I put many things that were precious to me. But as I learned new things, I built a sledgehammer. And eventually I decided to take that sledgehammer to my box because, as beautiful as it was, my box was getting heavy.
She said that she had once destroyed her box too.
And then she told me that she put it back together. But this time her box was a little more open and her arms were spread wide. I said that I wanted my box to be more open and my arms to be spread wide.
She said that that was what made her Alive.
- Shepard Martin, October 3, 2015
released January 1, 2016
All songs written and performed by Shepard Martin
Recorded between October 2nd and October 16th, 2015
Track 1 recorded on June 30, 2014
All drum samples from 99sounds.org
Except track 4, which features an 808 drum machine
Album cover made by Evan Dillon
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