Covered in Cats

by Abstraction

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Covered in Cats is a contemplative exploration into a slew of genres including solo piano, sampled vinyl, melodic ambient, and upbeat synth pop.

This album is my submission for NaSoAlMo15 (nasoalmo.org, a challenge to create an entire solo album in the month of November).

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released December 1, 2015

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Abstraction Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hi. My name is Ben. I make things, sometimes for other people.

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Track Name: Demons
What drives a creator to create? For some it may be the legacy of fame or the luxury of fortune, but for many, if not most artists, I think they create because they have to.

In the absence of creative endeavors, some broken part of their subconscious wells up and presses against other functions of the mind, disrupting them.

This quickly becomes a curse as the desperate rattle of a painting, or novel, or album drowns out all other thoughts. Days or weeks are lost while plumbing the depths and branching ideas of possibilities. The torturous frustration as the clumsy body fails to recreate into reality the immaculate vision of the mind.

But the highs, oh those highs! When art flows and you are a conduit for lightning! When knowledge, skills, and training finally align into a perfect focus turning random diffuse light into a hot, fast laser beam. That is the feeling of immortality, the feeling that seems to justify this brief, fragile existence.

So open that release valve, just a little bit, and let the demons play for a while.
Track Name: Through the Noise
You faxed me a grainy image
breaking our quiet last night.

Ripped from the nebulous ether
sent in dithered black and white.

== CHORUS ==
Do you hear me
Up there
Can you hear me
Through the noise
Do you hear me
Up there
Can you hear me


I failed to grasp the spirals
printed on that page you drew

But I'll be damned and dead
when I let you know that too.

== CHORUS ==

I couldn't find a voice
for your position

So I hid with easy words
I'm just a musician

== CHORUS ==

My plastic talked with yours
in the gloom of the next eve;

their prattle pulled my feelings
through a crisscross copper sieve.

== CHORUS x2 ==
Track Name: For You
I'm just sittin' here
Watchin' the time go

I'm just sittin' here
Takin' it real slow

Just sittin' here
Wonderin' what to do

Just sittin' here
Writin' a song for you


So I play these keys
and sometimes I pluck some strings

I play these keys
and wonder what it really means

To just be sittin' here
wishin' you were too

Just sittin' here
writin a song for you