Brainsongs (2017)

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"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.

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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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Track Name: Axon-Neuron-Amore
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
Track Name: Boxing
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
Track Name: Snowflakes
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
Track Name: Lighthouse
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
Track Name: Ma Belle
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
Track Name: Feynman's Flower
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
Track Name: The Round Window
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
Track Name: Starlight
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