Brainsongs (2017)

by Axon-Neuron

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1.
Ignition Lights spark and lightning flares Over a web of brilliant grey Vivid visions and striking sounds Entwine within my mind Axon, Neuron, Amore Brainwaves coalesce in a synaptic symphony Awash in sensation of beauty, attraction Chemical release, endorphins increase rapidly Cold chills, nervous flutters and stammers and butterflies Overloaded by an electrifying love Axon, Neuron, Amore Brainwaves coalesce in a synaptic symphony Awash in sensation of beauty, attraction Chemical release, endorphins increase rapidly Cold chills, nervous flutters and stammers and butterflies Overloaded by an electrifying love Overloaded by an electrifying love
2.
Boxing 04:46
Today I made a box To place inside my memories The dreams, the hopes The songs, the poems The mementos that remind me of you With each new item I place inside, this collection grows The dreams, the hopes The songs, the poems The mementos that remind me of you I celebrate the past though I grieve to know The past is all that seems will be Even though it's hard to see in the shadow cast by loss I have gained for I have learned from you Today I made a box I slide the box under my bed Not completely gone, though For my hope is not quite dead It pains me to think that in the end it came to this
3.
Snowflakes 06:54
Miles above the earth and sea In the vast, expansive sky Suspended mists so elegantly Shimmer in the night A gathering of water vapor Oh such tiny aqueous drops Drifting, bumping into each other Chaos rules and order lost Amidst the turbulence, amidst the disarray Change is taking shape A pattern forms and clears a way For a shift in matter's state A crystal of ice begins to grow Branching like a tree Gathering the mist to drag in tow Building, bonding a unity A rigid order emerges strong The six-sided structure of snow The mass expands, tall and long And begins to plot its path below Descending faster through the sky A silver snowflake calmly glides As unique as ever there is in life The infinite frozen in the cold ice From nebulous ether it was birthed To live a fleeting life It is not the last, it is not the first To follow this frosty, frozen plight Each snowflake as unique as ever there is in life The infinite frozen in the cold, cold ice
4.
Lighthouse 06:58
Amidst dark waters and darker night Remains my memory of a savored sight She rests along the shore and sea Arresting my thoughts to be of more than me A circuitous route I've traveled through To reach her shores and doors to view For now I am bound to drift and wander Until she's revealed, I'll plot and plan and ponder She's built from hands I've never seen Her past is locked within a dream The glory of her inner workings Were crafted in the minds of gods and kings She's a masterpiece to be revered as art Though her humble placement is far apart Far from those who'd know or care But save for me in this mer de noire Glorious! At last she beams to me! That saber of light imparts tranquility Beyond all measure of brilliant intensity I can now see the path to a passage free From unending struggle and dire uncertainty Of when or where again I may encounter she She's complete as man's defender Bringing a great opening from the clouds and thunder I will find her Trapped in a daze, the moment has passed Her beacon has turned, these rays, brilliant rays, they are her last On to another whose path she'll clear Renewing their hope and quelling their fear Patience, patience, soon she'll return Bringing that blaze back here to burn Or so I hope, for out in these seas I can't be sure of fortune's reprise Shine on, shine on And show your path to me Never turn away Do what you can to stay Remain with me And show your path to me
5.
Ma Belle 05:35
Thoughts lingering from the past Time has moved so fast Long beyond the moment when This closed window was wide open Now, what if I could replay? What could I then say? Could I change the way it went With you here I'd be content But for you, Ma Belle, I can tell It's just as well like this How your path unfolded To a life emboldened With a rich and satisfied mind I will take heart knowing this You've obtained such bliss Unforeseen conclusions Lie beyond our weak vision At the time I thought I knew That 'the one' was you I could not see around me See the forest for the trees But for you, Ma Belle, I can tell It's just as well like this And for me, my dear, this is clear: The next one is always near Thoughts lingering from the past Time has moved so fast Face towards tomorrow Looking for the next window
6.
The fool who sees a flower Sees only one side He claims to deconstruct will make the beauty die Take a step back Or take a step forward Unseen levels of beauty Begin to enter view Tiny little cells Working together in harmony Billions of small pieces Create a beautiful synergy Look up to a grander scale Look at the colors, dark and light Patterns in the petals that exist beyond our sight But all the many insects The kingdom of the small They can see the artwork A flora canvas hanging on nature's wall Do they see beauty like I do? For creatures so small, a love of art? A closer look raises so many questions A depth of wonder hidden from view at the start Knowledge only adds to life's beauty It never takes away
7.
Without cornered edge or seam Casts an unbroken daylight stream A portal This round window Dancing in the beams of light Linger specks of this dusty life And I wonder from where it came This life I see through the windowpane Round window Busy bustle, hustle, run Separate dancers all move as one Immortal Ebb and flow Is this order or chaos? Are we free or just at a loss? From the smallest level is chance Scaling up to this grand romance Round window Looking into the infinite sea Of unsolved questions and mystery Will we ever find out Beyond a doubt The ins and outs Of complexity? Through the window I observe Rhythmic cycles that reoccur The order Yet unknown Strange attraction pulls us in Guides us to equilibrium But this pull is not absolute Break away with a different view Round window
8.
Starlight 04:48
Up above, quite so high Like a diamond in the sky Beaming brightly through the night, solemnly Cast into stellar sea, your light's just now reaching me And I stand and gaze into wondrous beauty Patiently you wait for someone To see you shining and appreciate your light When I look to you In the heaven's blackened hue You're the only light I see, honestly So far away you seem to be from me Far beyond the heaven's end, More than I can comprehend, Through endless space, Through the dark eternity Your light still reaches me It's helping me to see The path from me to you with clarity When I see you I'm at peace

about

"Brainsongs" is the 2011 debut album for the progressive rock band Axon-Neuron, remixed and remastered for this 2017 edition. Lead by guitarist and composer Jeremey Poparad, the group's music is a fusion of progressive rock, jazz, and classical music. The eight songs on this album feature intricate arrangements of shifting harmonies, complex rhythms, and lyrical melodies. Three of the tracks feature a live string orchestra. Axon-Neuron's debut album spends a bit more time in the jazz side of their influences, with the samba beat of "Snowflakes" and the jazz waltz groove of "The Round Window," but the distinctive mixture of sounds that has carried through Axon-Neuron's subsequent releases is clearly on display here. From the complex jazz harmonies to rhythms borrowed from progressive rock and metal, as well as the attention to orchestration and the use of an orchestra, the signature Axon-Neuron sound is woven through these eight unique songs.

credits

released January 28, 2017

Axon-Neuron:
Kelsey Edington - voice
Philip Anderson - keyboard
Jeremey Poparad - guitar
Matthew DeRubertis - bass
Holbrook Riles III - percussion

Strings:
Violins - Margaret Leddy, Walter Prettyman, Joseph Stepic
Violas - Allison Lint, Katherine Young
Cellos - Amanda Corturillo, Mark Alan Schulz
Basses - Matthew DeRubertis, Mike Forfia, Dan Nauss

Words and music by Jeremey Poparad

Artwork:
Booklet, disc, CD tray inside - Jeremey Poparad
CD tray outside - Melinda Green www.superliminal.com

Recorded at Tangerine Sound Studios in Akron, Ohio, on May 4th, 5th, and 8th, 2011. Engineered by Ben Vehorn.

Remixed December 2016, Mastered January 2017 by Jeremey Poparad at Popemobile Studios.
www.popemobilestudios.com

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