lo-fi dreams in stereo: vol. 2 (2007)

Credits and Production Notes:

here is the second volume of "lo-fi dreams in stereo"
it has been a few years since the first one was released in 2000
but, as with the first, this one is
another outlet, another mindset, another media
with the focus on songs over sound.
some of these were demos,
some of these were out-takes,
some of these were b-sides (or would-be b-sides)
some of these were even final mixes...
from 2001 through 2006...
that somehow just didn't seem to fit anywhere else
... at the time
as with the past, other incarnations of these lo-fi dreams
might even resurface
... someday
... in other shapes, colors, and sizes

All performances by Tony Romanello except drums on “Breathe Like the First Time,” “Cocoons,” and “The Shelf” sampled from Mike Friedemann during the August 2006 “Rock ‘n Roll Fairytales” sessions, and from Steven Drozd during the March 2001 “Counting Stars” sessions (engineered by Trent Bell, Bell Labs, Norman, OK). Drums on “Arkansas River Waters” sampled from Mike Friedemann during Jarrod Major’s June 2004 recording sessions. "Everything (Live @ KRSC 91.3fm)" recorded live and engineered by Jay Pitts on-air at Roger State University, Claremore, OK - February 2002. Otherwise recorded, produced, edited, mixed, and mastered at Genesoma Studios, Tulsa, OK and Waco, TX January 2001 – January 2007. Additional artwork layout by Mark Bahlinger. All songs (C) 2006 Tony Romanello [BMI].

Lyrics:
1. Idyllic Sunrise: Thinking now that all I've got is time. It's the blessing and the curse - it's a fine fine line, When all your wishes sink to consequences and your wants outweigh your needs. You can't see right. But today I'm gonna make up my mind to brave the raging ocean with forward eyes. But I've sailed right through that Idyllic Sunrise to find We're all a little jaded sometimes, We're all a little faded and blind to the world that we've evaded and defied. At least right now I've finally realized... and I don't know why. I've wait for the chance to reveal. Anticipated for the right kind of "ideal." You know that timing is everything, so whats the deal with fate, choice, love, and hope - its all surreal. But today I'm gonna make up my mind To hit the open road and just ride. But I've glided through that Idyllic Sunrise to find we look at life and we prioritize in different ways and maybe none of them are right or wrong in this world that we've defined. At least right now I've finally realized... it might not be alright. No, not all the time. But we're gonna survive. We're gonna survive.

2. Streets of Tulsa: On the streets of Tulsa it was just after 3am and I was feelin down to the corner open the car door thinkin what if you were around these streets and lights dim down its 3am no one on the streets of this town of wonder town of might pulled me under kept me thinkin everything's gonna be everything's gonna be alright. I know the names of these streets and I know these bands and their beats I've seen the signs on the ground I've seen the clubs and played these crowds and I know what day it is and I know the age I am but I just don't understand - I just don't know where I am... on the streets of Tulsa. Hold these places quite familiar of all these faces I remember her eyes of lightning, eyes of stars the freeway lights and runaway cars that pass by wondering are they on their way in or are they leaving days another pass and I just sit here and keep on wishin that we could o we coulda made it last. I know the times I know the place and all these roads I know the race I've heard the rumors run around and know which doors have been knocked down know where I'm lost and where I'm found some say I know too much for this town but I just don't understand - I just don't know where I am... on the streets of Tulsa. I know the times I know the place and all these roads I know the race I've heard the rumors run around and know which doors have been knocked down know where I'm lost and where I'm found some say I know too much for this town but I just don't understand - I just don't know where I am... on the streets of Tulsa... on the streets of Tulsa.

3. Cocoons: The little man ends up laughing. He watches us babble and fight about a fast food culture, pop, and liquor stores, diamonds and pearls, paper or plastic... He never needed a cent, always steady and true, took what the world threw at him and his butterflies changed the rules. Someone asked him a question: "just how do you live without these things?" They teased him over and over again, but calm and collected he remained as they jested him. He never needed a cent, always steady and true, took what the world threw at him and his butterflies changed the rules. They were changing rules... He had a hidden companion - a little butterfly in his hands. "When times are bolder you'll forget this place" and it whispered a secret and fluttered away from him. He never needed a cent, always steady and true, took what the world threw at him and his butterflies changed the rules. They were changing rules... And then he floated away.

4. The Day the Stars Fell Down: Oustide the window sill the wind is still breathing through. And on the edge of the morning the horizon's gleaming don't you know its true? But the days are the same, its like the stars fell down and left us to rearrange them. But they say today the world has forever changed so I pray we'll change it all in a better way. You know i've said it before but never meant it until now, I feel today. How Do you look at the sky its eyes so mesmerizing? They see through. And have you ever noticed the smile of the sunset retiring? But its always been there, its like the stars fell down and we just noticed them... But they say today the world has forever changed. So I pray we'll change it all in a better way. You know I've said it before but never meant it until now, I feel today. And they say we'll change it all in a better way.

5. No Regrets (acoustic) Again - The same pictures running through my mind again. The same images of yesterday remain you can never change the past. My eyes see the photographs like scenes shot through the lens - the mementos of the best and the worst days combine into today and thats why. I will not regret any word I've said, that I may not have meant but thats why I am who I am. I am just a snapshot taken at any one time just a portrait sketched of all i've ever done and all i've ever said at once. My Life - it might seem crazy but its funny how time flies - Feel i'm racing and sometimes the edge is rough but you live and you forgive. I will not regret any word I've said that I may not have meant but thats why I am who I am... I am...I will not regret any word I've said that I may not have meant but thats why I am who I am... I am...

6. Breathe Like the First Time: Sing out loud like no one can hear a sound. Don't say your leaving and I won't have to whisper goodbye tonite. What if the heavens could only defy fate and give us one more night. Maybe we could try... Yea, I'm lost and found up here. Yea, I'm breathing the air again. So breathe in... Once, like the first time. Dance about like no one else is around don't say goodnight and I won't have to wake up tomorrow and sigh. What if the heavens could only defy fate and give us one more night. Maybe we could try... Yea, I'm lost and found up here. Yea, I'm breathing the air again. So breathe in... Once, like the first time you tried. Yea, I'm lost and found up here. Yea, I'm breathing the air again. Yea, I'm lost and found up here. Yea, I'm breathing the air again. So breathe in... Once, like the first time you tried.

7. Headlight Shine pt. 2 (reprise):You don't have to worry though thoughts are burning at a thousand degrees. Don't be sad, don't be sorry. Just try and make it all work out. Headlights they shine. Headlights they shine down these very streets where the people that you find, some were not what they seemed. And goodbyes are always lonely but this road gives another chance. Headlights they shine. Headlights they shine. Headlights they shine... shine on to the break of dawn. Taking courage from the dashboard where the hearts are to the glass and the pedal's to the floor. One held breath to make this fast-forward. I know we can make it all work out. Headlights they shine. Headlights they shine. Headlights they shine... shine on til the break of dawn.

8. The Shelf: Look at that notebook on the shelf. Its cover dirty and the words have run out. Pages like the weights upon my neck holdin me down with all these pages til I figure it out. Tearin out pages. Tearin out pages. I'll keep tearin out pages til I find the one that lets it all out. Look at that book upon on the shelf. Its dusty pages and contagious frown. Faces that are starin back at me holdin me down with all these phrases til its figured out. Tearin out pages. Tearin out pages. I'll keep tearin out pages til I find the one that lets it all out. Tearin out pages. Tearin out pages. I'll keep tearin out pages til I find the one that lets it all out. Look at that weight upon on the shelf - Turnin me upside down and inside out. Can I exchange these chains for guidance from a muse? And let it all out and i'm throwin out pages - And let it all out i'm liftin these weights up because I'm tearin out pages. Tearin out pages. I'll keep tearin out pages til I find the one that lets it all out.

9. Arkansas River Waters: Hey... you know that you're the only one. And when I see your face... sunlight shines right through me, it reminds me of a time when I sailed my dreams down Arkansas River waters. I laid my thoughts out for everyone. How could I have known then that you would be the one who sheltered them and carried me? I smile now when i see your shining face. Oh... far away from higher ground. And down that river flow... into your arms surrounding me, I'm reminded of once when I sailed my dreams down Arkansas River waters. I laid my thoughts out for everyone. How could I have known then that you would be the one who sheltered them and carried me? I smile now when i see your shining face. I watched those days remain unchanged the same old song on and on... til I finally saw the reason why. I ran the river banks that day a world away, down that flow and then thats when i met you there... and i smile now when i see your shining face... I sailed my dreams down Arkansas River waters. I laid my thoughts out for everyone. How could I have known then that you would be the one who sheltered them and carried me? I smile now when i see your shining face.

10. Everything (Live Acoustic @ KRSC 91.3fm):How can I speak these words out right to an angel in the night? with words unspoken such as these that lie behind facades of dreams? With words unspoken inside dreams? So if I take the time to open will you show me? She seems like everything to me but what's inside her eyes, is it glistening? And Will she ever be with me? I've tried to sing this out at last and hide behind this music mask. Don't say that this isn't for real. Because to me this is how I feel with words unspoken inside dreams? So if I take the time to open will you show me? She seems like everything to me but what's inside her eyes, is it glistening? And Will she ever be with me? Am I asking for too much? Just listen to my song's touch. But I feel this should be told so before you, before I unfold... She seems like everything, She seems like everything, she seems like everything to me... How can I speak these words out right?

11. Picturebook (the pointilist goes mad):People remain though the faces they may change and a picturebook stays there for you to see them. All is fair who plays either by love or war's games though the picturebook proclaims it differently. High above the ground, I'll help you dial in the sound. I think I believe I've found what I've hoped to see. Beauty's all the same, either genius or deranged at least the picturebook sang out for me to hear. High above the ground, I'll help you dial in the sound. I think I believe I've found what I've hoped to see. People remain though the faces they may change and a picturebook stays there for you to see them...

 

 

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