A Hopeful Endeavor

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    A signed and printed copy of the album Of Lions and Liberty. The artwork was done by yours truly. The inside cover contains a special poem, written almost as a riddle to describe the theme of the album.

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While in the process of recording the album, I realized that a piece I had been playing on the piano months prior to recording was about a theme that eventually lead to "Without You". I knew this was where it belonged. Originally just piano, I needed something to help it sway back and forth like emotions do, and that's where the guitar and heartbeat came in.

The heartbeat that can be heard throughout this track and a few parts in the second track is me knocking on a laundry basket I had flipped upside down and covered with a blanket. The EQ was then extremely distorted to make it sound underwater, or inside someone's chest. I felt like a little kid making art out of scraps of paper and glitter, but it gives the song just what it needs. When you're nervous or excited, you can always hear your heartbeat a little harder than normal.

The song was originally in 7/8 timing, but I decided I preferred it to have an extra count making it 4/4. Nevertheless, while recording I accidentally miscounted a measure. There is only one measure in 7/8 time. Or maybe I put it there for a reason...


from Of Lions and Liberty, track released May 1, 2010
Josh Keas - Piano, Electric Guitar, Heartbeat
Jay Barnings - Double Bass




apollo and Lacuna Nashville, Tennessee

Definitively progressive with use of odd time signatures and key changes, apollo and Lacuna's music takes blues-rock in a whole different direction, taking on the carnal folk style of Iron & Wine, the subtle whispers of Simon & Garfunkel, the beautiful oddities of Sigur Ros, and the blues infused pop of John Mayer. It's clear that apollo and Lacuna reaches for a more evolved musical experience. ... more

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