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Between the Lines was album #3 for PPTKO. Produced a few years after Contagion, a lot of things had changed. For one, I was actually done with college and married by the time I finally finished btl. Lots of water under the bridge later, I had matured in a few ways, ie musically, emotionally etc. In the process of creating btl I had a few goals, one was to increase the quality of the production. I still didn't have enough money to buy tons of gear so I invested in the most obvious shortcoming: I replaced the Tascam 424 tape recorded with a digital workstation. I actually wrote most of btl while in college and used my computer and "cool edit" to capture the ideas and etc, but I was less then overwhelmed by the quality I was getting. So I was at the time against the idea of using my computer for the actual final recordings. Another goal of btl was to drop the intensity of couple of notches, the anger or whatever was behind the curtain with Contagion was just not real to me anymore, I had other things going on, other views on life, and I wanted to reflect that in my music. But I guess I wanted to replace that kind of negative intensity with a new positive intensity that was every bit as viable. Of course, much art is rooted in emotion, and many times it's the negative emotions that really eat at us and drive us with the need to express it. I find it is much easier to express negative than positive. I am so impressed with the music I hear that has that intrinsic positive beauty in it and I kind of strive to achieve that. It's my personal challenge I guess you could say. I think I at least moved in that direction with btl. A third goal I had in mind with btl was to increase the melodic range of the compositions, and in particular the vocals. I wanted to expand on what I had done in the past and basically just be more variable and expressive with the vocal melodies. In general I wanted the album to be a little more generally "listenable". Less artsy, less hardcore, more lifey, more familiar.

Nailed is a particular song on btl, in that I didn't actually write it all. It started when I heard my nephew play something on his acoustic one day and I asked him about it. Turns it it was just something he had been "playing with". He didn't have any name or home for it. I asked him to record his version of it on a tape, which he did. I took that home and the lyrics just popped out easily. Later on I asked him back to record a higher quality version, and that is the acoustic guitar you hear on this recording. I added bass, drums, the electric, and topped off one of the acoustic solos (he did the other). I think he is pretty happy with the way it turned out. And, so am I. I think Nailed demonstrates some of the stated goals, while maybe not all of them. That's why it's a whole album and not just a song! Albums matter!

Art, by Teodora Taneva was found here:
http://teodoratan.blogspot.com/search/label/surreal%20photos

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Lyrics
she stands at the windowsill
as dusk brings on night
and no-one to cover her eyes
close the blinds on this cold town
there's no blood here
but what's on the ground
there's no living
no light in her eyes

she wants to fly up over these sprawling streets
up to the heavens and back down
with a new soul to start with
a new pair of shoes for her tired feet
but her heart is nailed to this window
and she can't go

he remembers this place
as it was when he was young
the place they all stood paralyzed
it's too hard and black to ignore now
there's no blood here
but what's on the ground
there's no living
no light in his eyes

he wants to fly up over these crowded streets
up to the heavens and back down
with a new soul to start with
a new pair of shoes for his tired feet
but his heart is nailed to this ground
and he can't go
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Uploaded: Mar 04, 2009 - 11:03:54 AM
Last Updated: Mar 04, 2009 - 11:08:47 AM Last Played: Feb 27, 2019 - 02:19:57 PM
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Feter said 3701 days ago (March 4th, 2009)
Nailed
well the quality certainly is cool ..seeking progress and sounding better
is like the never ending dream but we sensed it each day and time we said
I m done with this new project as a new step to the next ...you should be
proud of this one ..the acoustic intro ..the arrangement and the vocal work
just excellent ...good song ..thnx a lot for sharing !!!!
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chronologic said 3698 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
thanks Feter
I'm not totally proud of this honestly. But so many of the issues were out of my control. I think there are some tuning problems at places, though not really bad -- I couldn't get those guitars to ever sound really nice, but I didn't yet have the money to replace them. I've since been able to and YES it made a big difference. Now I can get a much sweeter sound. Some guitars just can't get there. I did like my old trusty equip in many ways but there were qualities inherent that I just got tired of fighting. Thanks for coming.
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ktb said 3700 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
nailed
I'm really enjoying your vocals on this... Lots of melodic, and textured things going on without getting in each other's way....great job

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chronologic said 3698 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
thanks
I was definitely more focussed on the vocal section when I did it. I mean really that was my contribution to this song since I didn't write the main guitar part that made it possible. While not perfect, I am glad you thought I did ok with it. Thanks.
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lengold said 3700 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
All round
excellent.
Cheers
Len

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chronologic said 3698 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Thanks.
And tell your dog he's my hero, even if he didn't get the movie slot. ;)
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TobinMueller said 3699 days ago (March 6th, 2009)
Nice use of acoustic guitar
Very cool guitar duet in the intro. Reminded me a bit of CSN&Y live, stuff I love. What I missed in this, especially leading up to the switch to electric guitars, is an independent voice in the bass line, a round electric bass that starts the drive forward and then lifts into the new chords. Nice track, tho. Nice retro folk rock feel melded with a contemporary alternative rock sense.
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chronologic said 3698 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
constructive
Thanks for taking the time to lend your ear to what I have here. Interesting comments you made, which have given me some thought. I think on this song I actually tried pretty hard to play the bass softly, in some places I can even hear I was so careful I practically missed the note. I think I was afraid of overshadowing the great work of my nephew. I wish we would have had more time for more takes and more development on this.

I can see what you mean though. I guess it's a question of whether the second verse should come in with a real brief attack, or if something should pull it in. I kind of like the attack approach, kind of hits like a wall of water on the beach of a tsunami...well sort of. I think that was what I was going for. But the other approach is just as valid if not ore so. In that case, I think I agree totally. In in my mind the bass would be the right instrument to carry that, with maybe a little accent from the drums. That would sound nice. Thanks very much and I hope to be seeing more of you (over here and over there -- I'll be checking out more of your work).
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mowguy3 said 3698 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Great track!
I am unable to offer advice. Just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed this very much. Thanks. And thanks for the download.
Be well, Russ
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chronologic said 3698 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Awesome
At the end of the day, all I ever wanted was to have people enjoy the track! I'm very glad you did! Thanks!
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sheilad said 3698 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Glad you kept working on this
sounds like a lot of work but a great end result

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chronologic said 3697 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
work
Yeah, for me at least, work is the operative word. I wish I had more time and it came easier. But it's worth it! I am glad you liked the result.
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sheilad said 3693 days ago (March 12th, 2009)
forgot to download
got it now... Thanks!
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PinkFreud said 3698 days ago (March 7th, 2009)
Really good track
I really dig this song man. It is very well written and performed (the vocals are great - wish I could sing that well). When I listen to a song, I'm more concerned with the emotion and feel more than a highly polished product; the production here is good, but the feel is great. Well done.
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chronologic said 3697 days ago (March 8th, 2009)
thanks

I appreciate your perspective on that. I do the same thing. Actually throughout my life I usually liked the more raw tracks... earlier works from an artist, the live albums, etc. The really polished studio works often lost something. Not always! You can still do some great work in the studio! But there is a risk of losing the emotion. I try not to let that happen but I think it happens to me too sometimes. It's actually a huge issue for me when I write something and then want to redo it to improve the timing and stuff, I worry I'll screw it up. Great to see you! Thanks.
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