Foray

by Scott Martin

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Josh Donald Scott has a release that is such a joy to listen to! Excellent riffs. Great classic structure. You can tell he has been influenced by many wonderful artists but has found a way to use that influence and turn it into his own.

Buy this! It will be worth your listening time.

Thank for the tunes Scott! Favorite track: Breaking Up With Lady Luck.
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1.
We could talk until we’re breathless You can tell me what we ought to say You pretend that you’re not restless I’ll pretend that I don’t notice In your eyes I See your hidden agenda What I mistook for love Was camouflaged in lies So go ahead and say you’re sorry (Say you're sorry) Yeah everyone makes mistakes There's always someone to blame Just say what you want to say And now it's all coming down But is it making a sound When no one's listening You keep on saying you're right But no one said you were wrong It's just the same old song And when it's all coming down It's such a beautiful sound You live as if you’re blameless Your indignation clearly shows I can see that nothing changes You can lie out loud but we both know You came here To hear your own confession As if I am the one to grant you absolution Go ahead and say you’re sorry (Say you're sorry) You left me bitter and angry But I pulled through These days I’m smarter and stronger I’m over you
2.
We hit the jackpot for a while We were inseparable - I loved her winning smile But lately she's been cold as ice She won't answer calls, and I'm afraid to roll the dice I can't let it ride I'm breaking up with Lady Luck She's foolin' around, I'm calling her bluff (So) lose or win I'm going all in I'm breaking up with Lady Luck When stakes were high I dropped my guard She was my queen - I thought our love was in the cards Now I can see I was naive Played what I was dealt while she kept aces up her sleeve I still can't believe I wish I was wrong And we could work it out 'Cause I've really been missing you lately But when the odds are long and the chips are down You're never around when I need you baby
3.
Black Box 04:10
Bobby likes to get high every night Likes to watch Tee Vee until he can’t remember what His real life was like Suzy likes to date a lot of guys Likes to take them home and make them watch as she uncrosses Her smooth, stockinged thighs She likes to look into their eyes Me, I’ve traded in my gavel and my robe I just could not sit in judgement knowing what I know Let’s step in the big black box and disassociate We’ll break down, we'll all just go to pieces Let’s decide not to decide, we’ll leave it all up to fate 'Cause this is not a game someone can win In the end you’re back where you begin No one comes out quite like they went in the Big black box Jack and Jill sneak off to cheap motels Catch a thrill by playing dirty, then they sneak on back To their new white house up on the hill Someone cleans up the mess and sends them a bill Me, I’ve given up on blaming someone else I could not pass judgement without sentencing myself
4.
Quitter 02:52
Found a dollar in the pocket of an old dress shirt Kept the buck - tore the shirt up and threw it in the dirt Stare at me like I'm crazy but my feelings ain't hurt I ain't worried 'bout a thing 'cause I don't have to go to work I quit my job It was sucking the life out of me Let me tell you how it feels to be free I'm broke but I'm happy as can be It wasn't worth the agony I did it Read the paper every morning and savor every minute Play the lotto every Thursday and hope to hell I win it Deep down you want to do this though you might never admit it I ain't worried 'bout a thing just don't tell my girl I did it [spoken] Hey buddy...missed you at the big meeting. Are you doing okay? You look a little green around the gills. Did you get the big email? It's really important. There's gonna be a big, big meeting next week. Didja get that? Thumbtacks toner paper clips Legal pads and message slips Corporate climbing politics All those jerks can suck on this: I quit!
5.
You and your reflection Such a pretty pair Models of perfection White teeth and shiny hair To you your life's a movie And you're the superstar The rest are only extras But they all know who you are If only you could pry your eyes away If only you would take a look around You might see me sneaking up behind you To remind you that Narcissus drowned The center of attention Better than the rest Monopolize discussion You deserve only the best But on the day you're lonely You'll be left with no one else And when the mirror cracks my friend You can't hide from yourself Do you remember when you had it all Before you let it go straight to your head They say that pride goes before a fall You're going down with no one to catch you
6.
Set Me Free 03:12
I've signed my life away on your dotted lines You've made me a prisoner, though I can't recall my crimes And I know if things stay this way I'll remain locked up in these chains I'll never see the light of day Well I've got one demand to make Set me free It's not your endorsement that carries all the weight It's my breaking back beneath the pressure you create Now I grow old before my time Boxed in by a white chalk line While you pretend that you are blind To the pain I cannot hide Set me free I never heard you latch the lock and throw the key away You took advantage of my youth and my naiveté I've closed my dusty book of dreams, forgotten yesterday Now it's all academic
7.
Unwound 04:42
I think I heard her say It's time to go outside and play Now take my hand Come down the hall These same old walls Outside this door Is where the sun is shining Forevermore Whatever it is I was looking for I don't think I can find it here Just Let Me Out I'm checking out, I'm breaking down Just Let Me Out I've come undone, I am unwound Just Let Me Out I'm checking out, I'm breaking down I am Unwound I've come undone, I am unwound I think I heard her say It's time to put your toys away Now take my hand Come down the hall Old plaster walls Try to ignore The sound of TV static Behind every door Whatever it is I was looking for I don't think I can find it here I think I heard her say You'll live to fight another day Now take my hand Come down the hall I've been here before Always the same thing waiting Behind every door Whatever it is I was looking for I don't think I can find it here
8.
Big Sky 03:46
Under a big sky you can see every star Sometimes the sun and moon both share the same stage You’re left to decide what size your troubles really are Faced with eternity, a long unblinking gaze Under a big sky a man can feel so small Wondering how he fits into it all And on the desert floor mountains rise from scarlet sand Wind whispers history in confidential sighs Your consciousness expands but still fits on the head of a pin What seems a lifetime is just the blink of an eye And when you think that you know everything Puzzle pieces won’t fit anymore And if you blink the picture changes again And it leaves you wondering
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10.
Rewind 04:35
Did I tell you I know everything? Did I tell you I was wrong? While these ravens gather at my feet My misery gets deep A hundred miles away from anything I can only argue with the moon Though I myself am feeling none too bright Is this same light shining on you? If I could go back in time and find that precious moment my friend I'd undo the thing that brought us to this bitter end I guess we all might like just one more chance to try again A chance to try again There's a dream I have most every night You up on a mountain top And above the sun is punishing I keep climbing and never stop If I could go back in time and find that precious moment I swear I'd undo the thing that brought me here but left you there I guess we'd all like one more chance to show how much we care Or a chance to try again I can't take this heat I see things where there's nothing to see Face in the clouds Looks like yours to me [guitar solo] CHORUS If I could reverse the flow of this ruching reality I'd rewind 'til I could find a place for you and me I guess we'd all like just one chance to live our fantasy Or a chance to try again Or a chance to try again Another chance to try again

about

Foray (ˈfôrˌā,ˈfärˌā) n.: an initial venture; a brief excursion or attempt especially outside one's accustomed sphere

Despite making music for quite a while (with a variety of groups including drunkdude69, Foonspeeders, Thomas Reed Smith etc) I have really never made an album that had my name on it front and center. As the definition above says, this is my first time - be gentle.

There is another layer to the name of this record. Ray Leonardi, one of my closest friends, passed away unexpectedly not long ago. He was an avid music fan, and we spent countless hours listening to music, drinking adult beverages, and going to see shows.

We used to get together with friends and play a game in which everyone got to add some songs to the playlist and you'd have to guess who added which tunes. Ray always loved him some classics: Ramones, Iggy Pop, the Clash. He dug modern acts too, like Metric, Silversun Pickups, and Foals. Occasionally he would surprise us with a left-field, highly secret pick - like Paula Abdul.

Sometimes, if Ray had a pint or two over his limit, he'd be less than polite if he thought your musical selections were crap. "Play something GOOD!" he would intone. He couldn't always articulate exactly what was "good". But we all knew.

His enthusiasm for the beginnings of this set of songs was unbridled. He loved the rock guitars and the amazing drum tracks laid down by Jim Evans and Steve Renko. He was very much looking forward to helping me out with his promotional skills once it was done.

I initially wanted to keep the instrumentation to guitars, bass and drums in an effort to do something different from DD69 and the other projects I've worked on for years. Ultimately, though, I felt like something was missing. When I started to add some synth tracks to flavor things I realized that was the puzzle piece that I had wanted to find.

So the final product may have veered a little more into pop territory than Ray would have liked. I wish he was still here to hear the final product.

Even if he would have listened to it and said, "Play something GOOD!"

*** I am donating part of any money made by this album or these songs to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Ray. Thanks for listening ***

credits

released May 1, 2017

Additional Musicians:

Steve Renko (drums on 1,2,4,5,6,7,9)
Jim Evans (drums on 3,8)
Scott Haumesser (drums on 10)
Jeff Endemann (guitar on 10)


All songs written by Scott Martin except * written by Joey Gallo, Leon F Sylvers, Marquis Dair

Songs published by Snoozeking Music (ASCAP) except * published by Portrait Solar Music, used under license

Recorded in Cleveland, Ohio at Snoozeking Studios, Lava Room, and Closer Look

Additional engineering by Chris Ebbert at Lava Room (lavaroomrecording.com)

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Scott Martin (scottmartin.rocks)

Mastered by
Chris Graham
(chrisgrahammastering.com)

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