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Corner Loading (Volume 1)

by Mikel Rouse

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1.
ACTIVE DENIAL Maybe I wanna do it again Pick up the past and always pretend What in the world and where have you been? Leave it to chance or God in the end We got a world that never began We’re takin’ turns for every man Give it a rest and give what you can Active denial America Active denial America America and everyone first Always the best and always the worst Take it from me and take it from her Take it from everyone else in this world We got a way that never begins We got a way of measuring trends We’re taking orders for everyone’s sins Active denial America Active denial America What in the world and where have you been? Active denial and everyone’s friend Ready or not it’s coming your way Pick up the past and always prepay We got a world that never began We’re takin’ turns for every man Give it a rest and give what you can Active denial America Active denial America Maybe I wanna do it again Let’s take a poll to see where we’ve been Bury the gods of war and of man Give an award whenever you can We got a world that never begins We got a way of measuring trends We’re taking orders for everyone’s sins Active denial America Active denial America Maybe I wanna do it again Maybe I wanna do it again Maybe I wanna do it again Maybe I don’t
2.
(Running Out Of Time For) GOOD NEWS Well I’m running out of time for good news My time is running out And see I’m walking; I’m walking side by side With angels all cross-eyed These ghosts that follow me, they mispronounce my name And they won’t let me be I know everyone here Now it’s perfectly clear All our time has run out That’s what this is about Time to bury belief Take a break from the grief Stop that running in place Well I’m running out of time for good news My time is running out And see I’m driving; I’m driving on the wrong side Now I’m crossing the curb And all of my ghosts, they don’t even drive They’re mistakes of mine I know everyone here Now it’s perfectly clear All our time has run out That’s what this is about Time to bury belief Take a break from the grief Stop that running in place Well I’m running out of time for good news My time is running out And the burden of proof, the burden’s on me And all the cross-eyed angels An angel as ghost, a bad memory We made it all up
3.
My Tide 02:25
MY TIDE My tide is waiting around It can’t get off of the ground My tide is waiting My tide is waiting around My tide is waiting around I can’t get up of the floor My tide is waiting And I can’t take it no more My tide is waiting around My tide is waiting around My life is handed to me My tide is waiting And I can never be free My tide is waiting around My tide is waiting around This soul it landed on earth My tide is waiting And it can never rehearse My tide is waiting around My tide is waiting around I cannot drink from this cup My tide is waiting The city swallowed me up My tide is waiting around My tide is waiting around They say a sign will appear My tide is waiting But I don’t see it from here My tide is waiting around My tide is waiting around It can’t get off of the ground My tide is waiting My tide is waiting around
4.
MADE UP, OH LORD I wonder what I save for tomorrow I wonder what’s forever or borrowed There’s meaning in a manner of speaking Depending on who’s doing the bleeding Oh Lord, when are you going to be made up? When are you going to be made up? The miracle ain’t worth the repeating In favor of a spirit that’s fleeting I wonder about that sinking feeling Oh Lord, when are you going to be made up? When are you going to be made up? I wonder what I save for tomorrow I wonder what’s forever or borrowed There’s meaning in a manner of speaking Depending on who’s taking the beating Oh Lord, when are you going to be made up? When are you going to be made up? When are you going to be made up?
5.
Years 02:59
YEARS Of all the dust and drapery And oven coils and trails Of all long lost machinery That rattled down the rails The quiet calm economy The melting and profane Good humor in a shopping cart The army can’t contain Create the glow of afterlife The modern micro-brew The damage and the escapades The jolly can’t undo The disappointed revelry Of all our lives in vain Replace the truth of misery The army can’t contain
6.
BUSY HUMANIST Take a lonely road on the way to amnesia In a country where they let go of all reason It’s like a swan dive into a sea of confusion You better get busy You better get busy humanist And it’s bottoms up in the land of creation For a single shot at the lamb of salvation Unlock the bubblehead of the new sensation You better get busy You better get busy humanist Take a lonely road on the way to amnesia For a short cut to the senses that please ya It’s just a jack knife into the land of extinction You better get busy You better get busy humanist
7.
Be Real Bad 02:05
BE REAL BAD You know I ain’t gonna be real bad You know I ain’t gonna be real bad You know I ain’t gonna be real bad I ain’t gonna be real bad I ain’t gonna be real bad
8.
TROUBLE MAKING Trouble making trouble making trouble making trouble now Trouble making trouble making trouble making trouble now Trouble making in the morning Trouble making through the night Trouble making rules are changing And it’s alright Amen Amen Amen Trouble making trouble making trouble making trouble now Trouble making trouble making trouble making trouble now Trouble making true believers Trouble making for a fight Trouble making rules are changing And it’s alright Amen makin’ trouble Amen makin’ trouble
9.
LONESOME SHOESHINE Hail this magic moment put your hot wings on hold Take this lonesome shoeshine and forget what you’re told Marinate the money ‘till it turns into gold Illustrated man got nothing for what he’s sold Lonesome shoeshine why don’t you find a new line of work? Power pimps agree to always travel in twos Take a load off me and these relief makin’ blues Left and right agree to walk a mile in these shoes Tag team referees with no insurance to lose Well-entitled citizens are payin’ their dues Limit liability whenever you choose Lonesome shoeshine why don’t you find a new line of work? Better homes and gardens can’t be built out of mud Single channel lover crossed with damaging dud Lonesome shoeshine wouldn’t know a rose from a bud Hail this magic moment of the impotent stud Lonesome shoeshine why don’t you find a new line of work?
10.
GREAT ADVENTURE JAIL My soul’s in Great Adventure jail My body and soul’s in Great Adventure jail I’m trapped here in Mono mapped here in And handclapped in Great Adventure jail Joey’s in Great Adventure jail You and Joey’s in Great Adventure jail Can’t get no bail in Can’t get no mail in No love for sale in Great Adventure jail The world’s in Great Adventure jail The whole world’s in Great Adventure jail It’s lost and found in Can’t get around in World’s upside down in Great Adventure jail We’re all in Great Adventure jail You and me in Great Adventure jail We’re all let down in All the same town We’re lost and found in Great Adventure jail We’ll be released in Great Adventure jail We’ll all be released in Great Adventure jail On Judgment Day in We’ll hope and pray in For one more day in Great Adventure jail
11.
HIDE IN THERE Before you pass away what did you want to say? Being that flesh is weak, spiritual hide ‘n’ seek Lucky loves not lost; bury the hidden cost Hide in there I will hide in there I will hide in there Before you pass away what did you try to say? Maybe it’s love on loan, borrow or bring your own Being that flesh is weak, spiritual hide ‘n’ seek Hide in there I will hide in there I will hide in there Before you pass away what did you mean to say? Before the flesh was free what did it mean to me? Being the one to love lonely as up above Hide in there I will hide in there I will hide in there
12.
IT’S HARD TO BE NOBODY It’s hard to be nobody When somebody’s calling It’s hard to be nobody When somebody’s calling It’s on hell of a ride It’s hard to be nobody When somebody’s calling It’s got to be so lonely When markets are falling It’s one hell of a ride Always on the outside It’s hard to be nobody When somebody’s waiting Like destiny you will be Obscurity dating It’s one hell of a ride Always on the outside Lazy boy open wide It’s hard to be nobody When somebody’s better The hope around the corner And you never met her
13.
Ad Man 03:00
AD MAN I am an ad man and I do all that an ad man can I plan a campaign and I sell it to my fellow man I wrote the scriptures I wrote copy for the HBO I am the reason there’s no reason to get up and go I am an ad man and I’m drowning people everyday Making sure every inch of airspace promises to pay Make believe with me and the soothing smell of evergreen Recycle policy and chemicals to keep you lean I am an ad man and I broke the bank to buy more time Packaging children I’ll do anything to make a dime Married or single I can find a way to every home Money to manage leaving well enough to leave alone

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Corner Loading (Volume 1) is a solo vocal/guitar recording that attempts to blend Rouse’s polymetric style of writing with country blues techniques. The title comes from an early method of recording a singer/guitarist facing a corner to naturally “roll off” the high and low end of the recording. Taking up where the blues left off after the so called British Invasion, Rouse imagines what might have happened if the blues hadn’t become absorbed in a traditional 12 bar band constraint. Many artists in the 1930’s were dealing intuitively with micro-tonality and shifting rhythmic motifs. Rouse uses modern tempo canons and cross rhythms between the voice and guitar to create a recording that is both old and new at the same time. Similarly, he takes a subtle humanist approach to the lyrics to contrast and highlight the uneasy relationship between faith and belief and the often contradictory messages in early blues (commonly referred to as “the Devil’s Music”).

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released December 7, 2010

Written, Arranged and Produced by Mikel Rouse.
Written and Recorded February 12-25, 2010 at
Center of the Earth, NYC. Mixed March 3-11, 2010
and Mastered at Center of the Earth, NYC.
Photography by Valerie Oliverio. Design by M&R NYC. Thankss to: Alexia Baum, Lisa Boudreau, Dave O’Donnell, Matt Agoglia, Kyle Kelso, Valerie Oliverio. For Max and Betty Danger Nolte

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Mikel Rouse New York, New York

Mikel Rouse is a New York-based composer, director, performer and recording artist hailed as “a composer many believe to be the best of his generation.” (NY Times 2002) His works include 25 records, 7 films (including Funding and Music For Minorities), and a trilogy of media operas: Failing Kansas, Dennis Cleveland and The End Of Cinematics. ... more

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