Brad's Blog – “Fade (Dark Days)”

Brad’s Blog – “Fade (Dark Days)”

Without givin’ too much away, “Fade (Dark Days)” will be featured on:  ‘Ghosts!’

I’ll never forget sitting in a hotel room in Ocean City, MD in 2006 and scribbling out the lyrics to a track called ‘Dark Days.’ All I wanted to do is drink and hide; the summer parties and whole energy was very contradictory to how I was feeling. I was essentially going through a mental breakdown, while the rest of the world seemed content to go about their vacation – couldn’t they see I was slipping down the rabbit hole and needed people to share my misery with? [Note: Sarcasm].

I spent an entire week obsessing over this particular tune; Lissy was helping me through a very dark time in my life, while I was desperately searching for the right words – they were everywhere (napkins, receipts, texts t’ self, etc.). The song was inspired by an explanation or diagnosis she presented to me, referencing St. John’s ‘A Dark Night of the Soul.’ In hindsight, I think that particular poem speaks volumes about my psychology. I felt it then, but I know it now – if that makes sense.

We spent the entire week attempting to be social and animated, but more often than not we were discussing my obsessive thoughts and trying to figure out a lot of deep/philosophical things that were devastating my mind [all while loaded on drinks]; shellin’ crabs was a mere distraction. I’m not necessarily sure she had as much to figure out that week, but I did and she was there to listen.

Lisa always wanted to be a psychiatrist; lucky for her, she found me. She has always been very instrumental in the process, which I’m grateful for; she has always been there to keep me from losing it entirely. Were the drinks necessary? Yes – at the time, they very much were.

To say the least, it was a huge transitional period in my life. When I felt the song was finally written, I was already beginning to emerge from the psychological hole I’d fallen into – I wanted nothing to do with the song, but still carried the lyrics around in my guitar case for years. A couple months later I played it for Gary who thought it was really something people would connect with and needed to be recorded, which was odd to me because it was usually I whom was rallying to ‘record this’ or ‘record that.’

We would tinker around with it from time-t’-time, but it never got wings until this year. Timing is everything – I had noticed a lot of friends transitioning and going through a lot of difficult times. Some of these people I would have liked to have helped in some way; the major roadblock was figuring out how to do it – delicately. Lately, I’ve also felt as if I’m transitioning/transcending [again]; luckily, I’m all too used to how it feels. Needless-t’-say, it felt right to convey this particular track at this time.

That said and 5 years later, it’ll be releas’d. I’m proud of it, glad it is finally coming t’ light and hopefully will be a lil’ assurance to someone [out there] who is hitting a low spot in their life.

I’d like to thank Gary Holmes for seeing the songs potential and encouraging me to bring it to life. I’d also like to thank Bryan Holmes for working his ass off to make the guitar parts a lil’ something special – a little more than just the chords and bare bones. He did an excellent job of interpreting it; writing in a more collaborative fashion [on this record] was fun – it’s always a pleasure to share your vision with the friends you consider family!

Ok! So, that’s the blog…not necessarily snarky, as promised, but…onto writing some mu-sick!

Tyler Ingersoll Joining the Sessions!

Former Omnisoul and Skitzo Calypso drummer, Tyler Ingersoll, will be joining the band on November 23rd, 2013 for a studio reunion of sorts.

Tyler will be laying bass guitar for a new Skitzo Calypso track.  We couldn’t be more excited to announce this…

Stay tuned!

Architects: I love meeting new people!

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If I’ve learned anything it’s that each person you meet is a piece in your puzzle; the beautiful picture your mind is slowly assembling with the angels of civilization. A handshake, glance or passing conversation may provide an immediate spark or it may be a gift awaiting postage and cosmic delivery – give it time! Some people are reflections of your past and some will lead by example. As to say, some people are awaiting answers and others are the answer.

As superficial as we’ve become, it’s so easy to categorize, label and discard anyone who doesn’t fit the initial vision, desire or want we have for ourselves, often fleeting and careless.

I’ve always tried to anticipate the impact a person is going to have or is having in my life and vice versa. The truth is, it could all end up being very anticlimactic, yet crucial – a building block to a stepping-stone to anew.

There are some souls we can easily connect with, some we cannot or shouldn’t others we have to nurture and tiptoe around, while others constantly trigger our hearts to invest, knowing ‘Time is on our Side!’ All of these people are the architects of our reality. They are the missing links in our story and our spiritual connectors.

When you’re in the flow and energy of your life, many of the pieces will begin to reveal themselves, almost sequentially, synchronistically and with an unquenchable desire to be known; but, while in wait, it can often seem like a gigantic and torturous game of Clue. The questions mount, aim like missiles toward the sky and fire. Inquisitive residue and entitlement asphyxiate the angels and heavens.

Why did this happen? What did this or that mean? Why did it seem so perfect and not happen? The answers exist, you just have to faith that you’ll live long enough to find out – you will.

With this, it’s probably best to assume your role and responsibility with every connection. Some people you’re drawn to and simply can’t let go of – the gods will not allow it. It almost feels like a dream sequence and can easily be misinterpreted as self-defining fate.

With some, you’ll disconnect. Try as you may, the flint will not ignite. Eventually, you’ll tire and will have to assume the message was delivered, the fire expired and/or it’s time to walk-on. To remain would simply cause galactic unrest. An unwelcome chemical reaction can quickly become a forced, often uncomfortable, yet permanent vacancy.

Growing apart isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is simply a demolition awaiting recreation for both parties. The phrase ‘growing apart’ insinuates that someone is simply not as evolved. This is arrogance. The purpose, or initial exchange was delivered.

The collective wants to live, grow and breathe; we’re all apart of that, building, destroying and rebuilding the cosmos in our own image; we are the Supreme Being we seek and it is within us. God is a reflection – that’s it!

Take the time and make an effort to connect with everyone who opens a door your way and open as many as you can…

We are all architects!

Guns n’ Roses: Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame 2012

Performing in an original band that has often paid tribute to Gn’R by covering “Welcome to the Jungle,” I’ve had a lot of mixed feelings on the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame subject, but now that the dust is settling, here’s how I see it
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