the​.​broken​.​headphones

by J. Harwell

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about

Picking up where the award-winning Alive in the Fall album left off, the.broken.headphones, dives deeper into the hopes and anxieties a leap of faith can bring. Where "California" (the opening track of Alive) is categorized by a youthful optimism, "Afterfall" finds Jason back in Athens, GA where the story began, three years into a pursuit that changed the very course of his life. Always honest, the.broken.headphones' tone is at times beautiful and poignant, weary and doubtful. It is an authentic milemarker for an introspective musical journey whose ending is still very much unclear.

From the upbeat rock of "Midnight" to the travel-weary "Questions," the.broken.headphones - richly produced by James Gregory and Micah Dalton, and mixed by Alive in the Fall engineer Chris Greely - moves across miles of musical landscape, arriving finally at what matters most - that which is front of us. Jason reminds himself and others in "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and "Flowers" of the importance of the "right now" while keeping a hopeful eye on the future with the prayer that things will get better.

If you liked Alive in the Fall, then you can't be without the.broken.headphones.

credits

released April 21, 2007

Produced by James Gregory and Micah Dalton
Mixed and mastered by Chris Greely
Recorded at the Smoakstack and Wixtrom Studios, Nashville, TN
Paul Moak engineered at the Smoakstack
James Gregory engineered everything else and edited all tracks

Sounds by:
Jason Harwell: acoustic guitar/vox
Paul Moak: electric guitar/steel guitar
Ben Shive: piano/B3/organ/anything with keys
Jeremy Lutito: drums/percussion
Micah Dalton: background vox/claps
Natalie Moon: background vox on "Nothing Gold Can Stay"
Jon Black: background vox on "Afterfall"
James Gregory: bass/electric guitar/claps/everything else

All songs written by Jason Harwell/Run Lindsay Run Publishing (ASCAP), except "Midnight," written by Jason Harwell/Run Lindsay Run Publishing (ASCAP) and Micah Dalton/Roots Tunes Music (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Afterfall
With you I've been waiting
The years have gone by
It's like I've been here before
It's like I've sung that same line
The California sun faded
So I left it behind
I've told that same old story
Like four million times

It's all right I don't mind
I'm not ashamed after all
I'll be fine when the time comes
for my curtain call
Things change if you want it or not
So I'll give what I got
It might not be a lot after fall

Nonprofit? Not likely.
Good luck with that, man
Go climb the ladder -
You might just get paid now and then
Thanks for those kind words
That gets me right here in the chest
I guess I'm destined for failure
If you call that success

It's all right I don't mind
I'm not ashamed after all
I'll be fine when the time comes
for my curtain call
Things change if you want it or not
So I'll give what I got
It might not be a lot after fall

It's not my sparkling charm
That gets me all that I need
Thank God it's not the strength of my song
Thank God, indeed
Track Name: Midnight
You had a lot of bad things happen
All at the wrong time
You don't recall feeling quite this bad
In your whole life
Every night you fall asleep to the light
Of the television
Now you don't want to say it...
You think you can make it alone...

You can call on the phone at midnight
I'll be standing by after all my goodnights
You can hold on and sit tight
Everybody needs a call after midnight

It's like a lot of your day's spent
Trying to be patient
Spending your time drawing chalk outlines
Of yourself on the pavement
When the bed hits your head
You still feel generic
Now you don't want to say it...
You think you can make it alone...

You can call on the phone at midnight
I'll be standing by after all my goodnights
You can hold on and sit tight
Everybody needs a call after midnight

Now you don't want to say it...
You think you can make it alone...
But you really need to pick up the phone now
Track Name: Questions
In the daylight
I've been running myself into the ground
As if there is some honor
In wearing myself out
Always weary for the future
And praying for the faith
That could move a foolish mountain
And calm an angry wave

My father told me,
"Son there is both in every man;
The measure of the goodness
Is the measure of the bad."
That thought begins to linger
In my point of view
I'd like to think I play the angel
But I've been the devil, too

You will meet me in the heavens
If I grow the wings
You will meet me in the depths
If that is where I choose to sleep
You have seen what lives inside me
You know my nervous thoughts
My heart is full of questions
Will the answers ever come?

Will I grow the wings?
Will you meet me in the depths
Where I choose to sleep?
Track Name: Nothing Gold Can Stay
I read that nothing gold can stay
But the good ones never go away
The photos never seem to fade
Sometimes they just need different frames
It's true that you and I will gray
We'll both get old and pass away
My dear, we'll dance until that day
'Til we go softly to the grave

And it's like I've always said
Time spent with you is time well spent
It's time that has no end
It's time that has no end
Track Name: Flowers (for Molly)
I see the leaves blow away as we're passing on by
We talk about things that we cannot explain as we drive
Hope is a curious thing
When it leads you right into the ring
The world won't stop spinning, and I don't feel anything

What will you need to keep warm at night?
In my safest of places I can't decide
To have and to hold
Still I need to let go
What do you do with the best day of your life?

I brought you daisies
Amazingly, they're still alive
I remembered to cut of the stems with a sharp kitchen knife
At least for today they're okay
Inside a nice crystal vase
Suffice it to say, it's the happiest day of my life

What will you need to keep warm at night?
In my safest of places I can't decide
To have and to hold
Still I need to let go
What do you do with the best day of your life?

So rejoice now
I rejoice now
All rejoice now

What will you need to keep warm at night?
In my safest of places I can't decide
To have and to hold
Still I need to let go
What do you do with the best day of your life?

Unable to sleep, we lay closely
Our eyes open wide
While you hold my hand
Underneath the bed covers pulled tight
A new day's upon us and I just grew up tonight
Suffice it to say, it's the happiest day of my life

So rejoice now
I rejoice now
All rejoice now