Love Coma ~ Lost Songs

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Hey yawl,

As I sit here listening to these songs, I realize how long it has been since I last heard this music. I am doing my best to recall the finer details about the recording of these songs from 20 year ago or more. As I recall, this collection of songs is made up of 2 different sessions between The Waffle House Studio in New Braunfels and Edit Point Studio in San Antonio. If I remember correctly, Matt Slocum had not yet moved to Nashville or maybe he had come back to NB for a brief period of time and in that short stay we gathered to lay down the recording you hear now of the material we working on in an effort to release a new CD. Matt had rented out a small room on the second floor of a small office building right near downtown New Braunfels. I must have passed this building a million times en route to any number of venues I have played since that night we recorded in there. Matt also had me come in and play drums on a couple of songs for some other group that was recording some new material as well. He didn't stay in that space very long so I'm not sure how many bands recorded upstairs there, but I was on 2 of the projects during that time. I wish I could remember who those guys were. I don't think I ever got to hear the finished project.

I believe that the Waffle House session happened prior to our booking time at Edit Point and it was at this time that I was really trying to learn how to listen to the structure of the songs that Chris was writing and figuring out how to contribute musically. I wanted be taken seriously as a drummer and I don't think I had quite yet figured out that *rests* count as notes too. I'm a little zealous in some of my fill-ins and I hear my time waver a bit on some of these songs. I don't recall if we tracked with a *click* or not, but I've always been able to play with a click so I'm thinking maybe these were without a click. (Or maybe we did use a click and I wasn't as good as I thought I was. Ha!)

I'm going to offer my take on these songs in the order that you see them here. Seems this is how I remember (roughly) hearing them in song order on a long lost cassette or CD burn somewhere. These remembrances are somewhat selfish in that I recall my own individual parts and what I was thinking and feeling at the time and how I was trying to approach these songs. I'm happy to have these recordings see the light of day in some form but I'm also a little sad that we never were able to put out one more release. Love Coma sort of dissolved without any real resolution and it feels now like it was put on a shelf. Not in a bad way, but almost as if to store it away for a later time. I'd love to have had the opportunity to perform these songs live more than we did.

The memories I have of my years working with Chris Taylor are happy ones I will keep for a lifetime and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to have made the music we did together. We got to play some really fun shows and record some CDs and travel together meeting a lot of great folks and seeing a lot of fun together. I owe him a lot for allowing me to have a platform from which to launch my career. The same can be said of Matt Slocum for inviting to record on that first Sixpence CD. Nobody could have known the kind of success Sixpence would enjoy nor could I ever have imagined that those early experiences would help me to become the player I've grown into today. I'm not sure where these old recordings will wind up or who will hear them, but my hope is that whoever hears them will enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed making them. I hope that at some point in the future that Chris Taylor and I can collaborate on some level and maybe revisit Love Coma where we left off. I'd love for Mattingly to be a part of that journey and hopefully Matt Slocum could find the time to be involved as well. Curtis is still kicking about Central Texas too so I'm sure we could enlist him to be a part of this as well if we can ever find the time to all come together in a room to write and record. With any luck, maybe Mike Roe would also want to be a part of something fresh - I've not yet mentioned him and he was a big part of our band before we ever met him. His music shaped us in ways he will never know. Meeting him and working him and ultimately befriending him is something we are all glad to have experienced. He needs to be involved in some way too. Life happens and we all have jobs and families and responsibilities but the spark for creativity still burns in all of us. Keep your eyes peeled. We may surprise you sometime with some new music after having spent 2 decades apart.

Much love, amigos.

- Doddsy

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released February 6, 2017

Chris Taylor: singer, guitar, lyrics, harmonica
Chris Dodds: drums, percussion, vocals
Matt Slocum: guitar on Heart Wide Open, Empty & Astronaut
Chris Mattingly: lead guitar
Curtis Saunier: bass guitar
Jeff Duncan: bass guitar
Matt Odom: bass guitar
Paul Soupiset: Remix
Donnie Meals: engineer, production
Michael Roe: guitar and production on Spinning Through The Night

All songs mastered by Bruce Neher at Disc & Dat

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My name is Chris Taylor. I play music and create visual art and find joy in the process.

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Track Name: All Along The Watchtower (Bootleg)
WRITTEN BY: BOB DYLAN

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth”

“No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late”

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl

~ Through many dark hours, I've been thinking about this
Jesus Christ was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you, you will have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side


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