The Year Of Steinbeck

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Gave me a common ground
A talking topic with my dad
Joints and joists we made
From ideas forged close to the heart
It's better to know
Blood is still more than a will
It's a way to fill
Gaps and gorges.

This is the year of Steinbeck
How to be good and how to be new
It's important to you
Understand that you can comprehend
This is the year of Steinbeck
When I arranged to enrage
A past of adolescent thought
And didn't even know it
This is the year of Steinbeck
Communications are blocked
We've got to open up
Or the siding will fall.

Oh, teach me to.....

Cringe my teeth
Buckle my coat
We're moving on
Taking any whisper
Any inkling for
The gleam of hope
To dig our feet in
Make roots out of toes.

This is the year of Steinbeck
How to be good and how to be new
It's important to you
Understand that you can comprehend
This is the year of Steinbeck
When I arranged to enrage
A past of adolescent thought
And didn't even know it
This is the year of Steinbeck
Communications are blocked
We've got to open up
Or the siding will fall.

What I'm doing has lungs behind it
The more I take in, the more I exhale
This isn't a test for what's next
The more I believe it, the more I live
If there isn't a second bloom, I can't miss the first watering......
And I'm okay to be what I may.

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from The Year Of Steinbeck, released March 9, 2016

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Build Us Fiction Cincinnati, Ohio

These songs were written in Santiago, Chile. They are from a time of learning, exploring, teaching English, adventure, and growing up. Many moments are about coming to the realization that I wasn't as strong as I thought I was, mentally and physically. The rest is about finally taking the steps to migrate towards what I'd imagined.

Jon Coontz and Jon Delvaux joined on drums and Rhodes/bass.
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