Yep, by popular demand (OK, two people) I've uploaded The Right Of Way. This was Wayward Sun's second album, and number seven on Justin's list of what it's about darn time for. I'll be putting a bit more history up on my weblog regarding the making of this album later, but for now, here are the songs. Special thanks to Justin Timpane for going through the painstaking effort of ripping, fixing, de-noisifying, and encoding these files.
I've also linked these from Matt's Music Page so people can get two-click access to these tunes.
The Right Of Way: This link allows you to stream the entire album from start to finish. Requires WinAmp, xmms, or compatible mp3 player and a broadband connection.
The links below allow you to download the songs individually; they are generaly 5 to 6 megabytes apiece (You do the math to see how long they'll take to download on your computer). Right-click and "save as" if you want to save it to your hard drive instead of play it immediately.
- Compulsive Fire: "You're telling me lies... so shut up and die!". Yet another rebel tune by Sammy G, master of angst, anger, and attitude.
- All Over Again: Growing up, Matt Barnson's family had a habit of picking up stray people and letting them live with us for a while. Two of them were beautiful girls who, of course, the prepubescent Barnboy got a crush on. This was written for them. The author no longer has a crush on either one :)
- Leave It All Behind: Written by Matthew Barnson, it was supposed to capture the essence of making it big in the music business. It ended up being kind of a lengthy, boring, almost-metal wannabe tune.
- Afterlife: OK, if I recall correctly, this one was by Sam and Ben? Correct me if I'm wrong guys. And after years of only contemplating the meaning of this song when I was really, really bored, I still haven't figured out exactly what it's about. "We float about on pencil tips searching for the end of the torture that we suffer"? Hmm, Ben, you didn't tell us about any psychoactive substances in your high-school years...
- Chica's Rag: Ode to a fangirl of the band. Her real name was, erm, Cathy, I think. She was very nice and quiet, but devoted. The song started as a jam session, with everybody kind of goofing around. Kevin was enjoying a new beat he'd made up, Sam was just barely learning bass and began a pretty simple riff, I decided to play some seventies-style "Wokka-Wokka" on the guitar, and Ben figured out a chord progression. Then one day Sam strutted in with some lyrics, Ben fleshed out the harmonies, Kevin elaborated on the drums, I stuck with the "Wokka-Wokka", and Chica's Rag was born.
- House Of Dreams: The intro is a piano duet that nobody remembers how to play. Another Sam & Ben collaboration, combining Sam's angst with Ben's meaningless but elegant lyricism. It makes for a powerful combination saying... something :) The first of our tunes where the guitar actually seems to be both prominent and reasonably good-sounding. The execrable "Leave It All Behind" doesn't count :).
- Kevin: Obviously, Kevin had no idea this song was going to go on the album until the last minute. Dani Haslam sang vocals, and it was a totally synthesized song. If I recall correctly, Kevin had been going through one of many crises at the time we were laying down this album, and this was kind of a "pick you up" tune. Some love it, some hate it.
- One Man: This song by Matthew Barnson is best noted for the fact it has been remade at least four times. The first time was on Sam's T-1 synth, sequenced in memory. I lost that copy. The second time was this album. The third time was on "No Further Questions", the album the band did after I moved. The fourth time, I did it, and you can hear it elsewhere on this web site. Still not entirely done, though some people think the latest version is fine as it is.
Anyway, I wrote it, as with most my songs, to impress a girl. This girl was named Jenny, whom I hadn't seen since fifth grade. She was a pacifistic-type person, thus the line "Some would say the use of force is letting Nature run its course; they can't see time passing them by". She loved it. Too bad I can't remember her last name.
- Breathless I was goofing around with an introduction that I was trying to make a song from. Sam asked, "Hey, Matt, mind if I borrow that?". Since I hadn't managed to make anything meaninful out of the chord progression yet, other than a noodle, I said "sure", and a few weeks later, Sam came out of the recording study at UMBC with this tune.
- Don't Let The Song Pass You By: Mucho Thanko to Juli Graber for providing the "Aye Aye Aye Aye" part of this tune, the most memorable thing about it :) Ultimately written by Matthew Barnson, but with lots of input from other band members, and a gaggle of partially-drunk party-goers as well.