Music Demos 2019

Release Date: 2020-01-01
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These tunes are just a snapshot of recording sessions and ideas being passed to the musicians & recording engineers I work with.  Once these works are properly mixed and Mastered, links will be made available.  All of the music below is pre-mix and pre-mastered demos that have been registered with ASCAP under US Copyright law.  Mastered Mixes will be available to purchase through CD Baby in fall 2019 early 2020 and available on all major streaming services.

© All rights reserved ODSoul, Inc 2019 | All songs written and recorded by the Ram | Distributed by OD Soul, Inc

 

Lyrics & Backstories

Love is a Terrible Thing to Waste

November 2018 was a tough month.  I landed the week before my 50th birthday with news that a good friend’s father had gone into hospice, and knowing my mom was about to undergoe serious bone cancer procedures that I had to be there in person for.  I was terrified, but i realised i couldnt phone it in from California.  I’m glad I went home, my friends & family needed me.

I had just cut this demo and wanted my brother to hear it, he picked me up from Philadelphia Internantional and we listened to it all the way back to the farm.  It was unlike anything I had been recording, so I chose to make this song the start of an entirely new body of work.  The hookers and hustelers point references my listening audiences when I busked in NYC and Phialdelphia.  I once got chased my a pimp in Camden for god knows what.  I love anyone that listens.

= Verse 1-4

Take to the street to play music
got my amplify open guitar case

All of the hookers and hustlers
gonna make em move where they congregate

Prostitution’s illegal
but ya’d never know by the look of this place

Mind you I’ve got no problem
cause I tell you LOVE is a terrible thing to waste

= Chorus

Ask me where Im goin
Im a going way down to the dirty side of town

Ask me what I’ll be up to
I say Im a gonna spread a little love around

= Verse 5-8

Playing myself some guitar
a big old smile right on across my face

I’ve been out here for 3 hours
I think its time to smoke a little jay

Inspiration she finds me
on crowded sidewalksjust about any place

When Im with her I hold her so closely
cause I tell you LOVE is a terrible thing to waste

= Chorus

Ask me where Im goin
Im a going way down to the dirty side of town

Ask me what I’ll be up to
I say Im a gonna spread a little love around

Keep Me Warm

I write my best songs when spending time with family and loved ones.  Love is eternal, it keeps us warm into old age through the coldest of nights. I read that once, perhaps Herman Hesse years back when I was a kid. Many things around us inspire, none quite like love. Written on Dec 25, 2018 while visiting the family farm back east in the great state of Pennsylvania. A place saturated with love and family. The times we spend in love, are the times that last forever…

= Verse 1-6

Looking down on the Rocky Mountains

on a jet plane flying over

peering out the window clouds pass me by

Well I must have been crazy

to love a wild fire

a wildfire explodes then its gone

 

= Chorus 1

And a change in the weather

the winds changes direction

just a strong signal that the fires gone cold

the times we spent in love

are the times that last FOREVER

so gonna miss them when they’re gone

 

= Verse 7-12

wishing you were here with me

drinking my bourbon whiskey

just one kiss of your lips would light up the sky 

Streets of Philadelphia

Golden Sun of California

freedom sings her song, the greatest gift of all

 

= Chorus 2

Well Ive been around this world

this old world a few times

One thing I’ve learned I will explain

the times we spent in love

are the times that last FOREVER

so gonna miss them when they’re gone

Looking at the Moon

Last year, October 22, 2018 to be precise, I bought front row tickets at the Hollywood Bowl to see the Outlaw Music Festival, with Sturgill Simpson, the Nelson Family, Phil Lesh, and Margo Price. Micah Nelson’s set was the opener and it floored me. I’d never heard his music, and two songs stuck with me. Hell the entire set stuck with me. A few days later after surfing, the phrase “One Solitary man…” came to me in the water, actually I thought it started with “One Solitary Tree, looking at the moon” I jotted it down and thought nothing of it. Fast forward a few months, after listening to Particle Kid’s discography on a road trip on the east coast I came home and the song just came out. Amazing how influential the Nelson Musical family still is, and will be for another generation. 

= Verse 1-4

One solitary man

looking at the moon

looking at the moon

One beaten down dream

had the guts to stand

stand tall through it all

I saw her run

run into the night

run across the dawn

One single rose was thrown

it fell into my hand

it fell into my hand

 

= Chorus 1

I will ride

across the midnight sky

I see you look up

with your starlit eyes

 

= Verse 1-4

Sleep paralyzed dream

I couldn’t even move

I could barely move

= Chorus 1

= Verse 5-8

= Chorus 1

I Can't Find My Way

This songe talks about my struggles with being both extremeply extroverted and naturally introverted.  Makes no sense whatsoever you say?  I know, I get it, but there is a part of me that is a homebody, and another that goes out and wants to raise hell.  Maybe its temporary controlled madness, perhaps is just search for experience and topics for new art & music.

= Verse 1-2

baby I cant find my way back home

I cant find no air to breathe

I cant find my way outta here

Lord it might be the death of me

Lord I know that you need me home

the wheel in the sky’s on fire

gonna say to me its just a lie

when that something calls me out in the night

= Chorus 1

Gone are the times away

gone are the nights alone

I can see your light shine

it brings me back from the call of the wild

= Verse 3-4

Neon light burn holes in my eyes

moon screams out my name

lord Ive been like a moth to the fire

Im tuned into the call wild

Baby HELL YES i know

hard living’s not where I want to be

the price of what I think is being free

I don’t know what calls me out into the night

= Chorus 2

Gone are the times away

gone are the nights alone

I can see your light shine

it brings me back from the call of the wild

= Verse 5-6

Now I know that Ive always been home

Im now awake from that lucid dream

the one that took the breath outta me

the one that scared the death outta me

Lord I know that you got me home

I see love in your eyes are on fire

I know that you are my burning light

your beauty called me back in from the night

= Chorus 3

Gone are the times away

gone are the nights alone

I can see your light shine

it brings me back from the call of the wild

Ode to My Sisters & Brothers

This song just started with a lick on my es 335 that was infectious. Rolling bass string riff, add bombastic bass and it didn’t take long till I put down a vocal skat track to hone in a melody. After the skat track, I wrote full lyrics, cut a finished track but it DID NOT resonate like the original stream of consciousness track, so I muted the bitch and mixed in the original take.

As far as the video shoot, well it’s a place I surf so I’m not saying shit. I will say that I had given up on the idea of filming because I woke to a fogbank and just started drinking with my buddy, as the sun came out and I got food in my stomach, we took a bunch of beers up the beach and filmed bu a shipwreck that happened the day before. That coast EATs sailboats, and that my friends is all I am at liberty to say.

 

Intro

My guiding light
brothers & sisters tonight
I’ll tell you one thang

play some guitar sweet
baby move your feet
lord we’ll get this whole place swingin

—————

kiss of love to my sistaaahhhas
a shout out to my brothers right now

—————

tell you right now
if it all went south
happy to be right here with you  BABE

Chorus 1

This road is heavy
but I’ll find my way
Nothing but Dangerous Highway

Come Easily

This song is both a love song to my wife and kids as well as a testament to the concept of home.  For years, I always felt like an outsider, uncomfortabel in my own skin.  Surfing, work & songwriting helped me experience the wor;d and find my place in it.  Home was never just a place, thats why I never found it.  It was on the inside, it was the work of surrounding youself with the ones you love the most so you can have a good life.  Home is freedom.

= Intro

= Verse 1
Makes no difference where I’m going
doesn’t really matter where I’ve been
When I feel her eyes upon me
I know, I’m exactly where I need to be

= Chorus 1
Home is where you make it
Sweet home should come easily
Could be on some distant beach where Im a lying
Could be neath shade of my baby’s tree

= Verse 2
I spent six years in NYC
like living in a penitentiary
Stole a motorbike rode it to the ocean
My broken heart finally came on back to me

= Chorus 2
Home lord you’ve got to go out and take it
Sweet home should come easily
Could be on some highway that I’m riding
Could be left behind in those city streets

= Verse 3
I came to reside in California
Spend my days rolling at the beach
All the pretty girls there they let their hair down
they’ve got nothing on my sweet beauty

= Chorus 3
Home feels just like my woman
Does it fell good?! Lord you’d better believe
She comes & joins me anywhere Im lying
She gives me shade beneath her tree

Album Review

The Ram is My Spirit Animal
- Abel Perez