lyrics Music ThReE CaR GaRagE

One Too Many

There’s this lady
in my place of business
Fell in love on a whim,
then asked herself, “Who is this?”
Left her crying.
In her mouth, a bad taste.
And a call to the lawyers,
in debt to her waste.

And I don’t blame her
for smoking three packs a day.
You can’t kill yourself fast
if you just fade away.
You can see it in her eyes.
She’s seen one, two,
one too many goodbyes.

I met a woman,
whose abstract fears
told an abstract story
of twenty-six years.
She’d sell her body,
just to get a ride home,
but she’d sell her soul
not to be alone.

But I don’t blame her
for the love she’s looking for you
Because you can’t bet your life
on what’s behind door number two.
You can see it in her eyes.
She’s seen one, two,
one too many goodbyes.

Yeah, there is a saviour.
A place where someone knows your name.
The light’s on the hill,
You can see him he’s real.
And there are angels.
They don’t just live in your dreams.
The truth is in his eyes.
Make this your last goodbye.

There’s a man I know who
no one would listen to.
He walked the earth,
unfollowed and forgot.
Love is all, love is all that he sought.
And now he wants to love you.

Because he don’t blame you
for the love he’s looking for you
he knows you can’t bet your life
on what’s behind door number two.
You can see it in his eyes:
This is your last goodbye.

Image credit: “Photo by Alex Green” (pexels/5700141)

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“Bloom where you are” lyrics

There’s an old man trying to turn left,
and a little boy chasing a brown dog.
There’s a mad man going a little too fast,
and a black and white car, and a man who plays god.

There’s a schoolgirl crossing Broadway at three
and a football game in a vacant lot field.
There’s a poor poet wondering what is it I’m doing.
Well, I’m wondering: Is it for real?

Is it real, is it sane, tell me, what’s in a name?
And, where will you be in five minutes?
Is it real, is it sane, tell me, who’s to blame?
And, I’ll go home when I’m finished.
In five minutes.
Is it for real?

There’s a family wondering what they’ve got left,
and a fireman missing his black and white dog.
And there’s a boy and a girl moving a little too fast,
but not a soul searching for God.

There’s an actress belonging on Broadway,
she’s 33 and she’s wondering how it must feel.
There’s a poor poet wondering, “What is it I’m doing?”
Well, I’m wondering, “Is it for real?”

This is how you felt,
and the hand you were dealt
will never be understanded,
so bloom where you’re planted.

— Rich Williams c. 1997

lyrics Music

“Too long” lyrics

When she’s drinking,
She says things I don’t think I believe,
and I’m not one to practice to deceive.
But I’d be lying if I told you,
That I’m not dying when I hold you.
And the more I get to know you,
The more of me I’ll show you.

When I say, “I love you,”
She reaffirms that I’m a nice guy.
When I say, “I love you,”
She reaffirms how much she likes me,
But, she can’t say, “I love you.”
She can’t say, “I love you.”
It just might take to long.

When I’m angry,
I say things I know I shouldn’t believe,
And one day, I’ll say what I can’t retrieve.
But, it’s been so long since I’ve held you,
And it’s been days since I felt your smile,
And I guess I’ll just get over it for a while.

The curse of remembering,
This concept of dismembering.
What I wish I was,
Why I’m not because:
You said no because you couldn’t
But I know it’s ’cause you wouldn’t.

It just might take too long.

— Rich Williams c. 1998

Charlie and Johanna Music

“Not as close” Lyrics

What makes the difference now is I can feel it comin’ ‘round this time.

She puts her hands on her hips and she moves her lips to a sigh.

What makes it okay now is I can feel it come from miles away.

And if I make it somehow, I’ll find it in myself to stay.

But she’s not as close to Jesus as she is to me.

And she often overlooks it regrettably.

She hasn’t been on her knees in days.

And all she talks to You about anymore is her mistakes.

I made a difference today and I didn’t even see it to know.

My friend remembered something I said three or four years ago.

If I was only profound, as capable as back when I knew it all.

I’d know you’re safe and sound against the fox and hound of this wall.

Just right now, if I can’t love you more than me.

Know me. Show me. Take me. Make me forget about me.

Bass Guitar Music

Under $99 Alternatives to the Electro-Harmonix Polyphonic (Higher) Octave Generator Nano/Micro POG $206-219 & EHX POG2 $358: Royal Blood Bass Sound at 87% Savings

The best way to describe the Royal Blood sound is like a Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pimpkins meets Led Zeppelin or The White Stripes. The key is a single bass guitar split into two signals using a tuner or A/B into a higher octave or chord generator. We send the bass signal to a traditional rock bass setup, but the single-octave, double-octave, or octave-fifth chord are distorted and sent to an electric guitar amp. Without distortion, the setup approximates a 12-string bass.

Guitarists have used “octavers” for years. The pedal produces a lower octave note far simpler than a POG by halving the frequency, say from A440hz to A220hz, which is easily done. The POG artificially generates an octave higher using more complicated math, for example from A440hz to A880hz.

One key is to send the generator a smooth, round note, so there’s as little noise as possible in the octave generation process. Distortion and tubes are happy to restore some noise to the signal once the transition is complete. While killer bass tone is central to the formula, I’ll focus on the higher octave chain.

The Electro-Harmonix POG2 accomplishes this effortlessly. It tracks well, has a million options and tones, and costs nearly $400. A killer investment for Royal Blood, who tours with two on his board with different settings for the double-octave and the octave-fifth setting, which can also be accomplished with a Boss Octave OC-5 (with a new higher octave setting on the model #5) or Harmonist PS-6 ($135–155).

The ZOOM bass and guitar MultiStomp series contain pitch options that simulate these pedals as well as the tuner, splitter, EQ, distortion, and amp-simulation. BUT. These pedals have serious latency issues and do not track well. For around $99 they are indispensable for trying out sound concepts with dozens of stomp and amp simulators, but poor for tracking on account of a significant delay.

The best recommendations below have little or no latency or delay and track basically as well as their Electro-Harmonix and Boss counterparts.


VSN Guitar Octave Effect Pedal For Electric Guitar Precise Polyphonic Octave Effects Generator Octpus Guitar Pedals True Bypass Mini Size

Two higher octaves notes aka 1/2 octaves or 12/24 steps – Nails the classic Royal Blood tone.


Donner Harminic Square

Donner Digital Octave Guitar Effect Pedal Harmonic Square 7 modes

Single generated note alows the chord feature, ideally the 5th which works for most chords.


Ammoon Octa

ammoon Precise Polyphonic Octave Generator Pedal

One higher octave, most expensive recommendation, but best looking and simple.


Zoom MultiStomp Bass

Zoom MS-60B MultiStomp Bass Guitar Effects Pedal, Single Stompbox Size, 58 Built-in effects, Tuner


Zoom MultiStomp Guitar

Zoom MS-50G MultiStomp Guitar Effects Pedal, Single Stompbox Size, 100 Built-in effects, Tuner


Top Independent or Local Albums

These are my favorite independent/local/self-funded albums I can think of today. While I was making the list, I realized that independent and indie are not the same thing. Also, Radiohead’s self-released material doesn’t count. Here they are in random order:

  1. Triple Lutz – Vampire Screenplay* (Dallas, TX)
  2. Centro-matic – Love You Just The Same (Denton, TX)
  3. Pedro The Lion – The Only Reason I Feel Secure (Is Because I Am Validated By My Friends)
  4. David Gray – White Ladder (Self-Funded)
  5. Caedmon’s Call – My Calm, Your Storm (Houston, TX)
  6. galleryCat – Bi-Polaroid* (Dallas, TX)
  7. ENIAC – All That’s Left of Us (Denton, TX)
  8. Spilling Poetry – Invisible (Lubbock, TX)
  9. Mexico – If You Wanted to Go* (Dallas, TX)
  10. Flat People – Flat People* (Dallas, TX)
  11. The Promise Ring – Wood Water (Jade Tree)
  12. Gone Since Five – This Is How You Felt* (Lubbock, TX)
  13. Pedro The Lion – It’s Hard to Find a Friend (Seattle, WA)
  14. Astronautalis – This is Our Science (Fake Four)
  15. Primitive Radio Gods – Rocket (Self-Funded)
  16. Centro-matic – Navigational
  17. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle (IndieGoGo, Murpheesboro, TN)
  18. Spilling Poetry – Microphonic
  19. The Wishlist – Life’s Design of Mind* (Dallas, TX)
  20. Three Car Garage – ThRe3 CaR GaRagE* (Luboock, TX)
  21. Centro-matic – Fort Recovery
  22. Sorta – Strange and Sad but True (Dallas, TX)
  23. TW Walsh – Blue Laws (Boston, Seattle)

* I played on these records.