Archive for the Music Category

Mad Dashes – Trio Version

Posted in Music, Other Media on April 17, 2012 by Kontra

Some folks I’ll be playing out with soon.

Cassi Raye on the Banks of North Branch Potomac

Posted in Music, Other Media on December 1, 2011 by Kontra

self portrait


I ran into artist/musician Cassi Raye wandering the banks of North Branch Potomac River and asked if she would play me a song. So she did.

Old Song Found

Posted in Music on May 12, 2011 by Kontra

Just found this old song I recorded. Co-written with Alex McCallum of Gills and Wings. Bass by Jeff Nelson.

So I Say…

Posted in Music on November 17, 2010 by Kontra

A new song I just finished tonight. Thanks to Marisa Rosenberg for her work on cello!

Lyrics

I’m steeled against the night that I am facin’
The TVs on, but nothing’s on the station
The static’s white and warm
We never cared enough to set the table
I’ll drown these memories if I am able
I am the quiet storm

[Chorus]
I could never make you stay
I still feel you runnin’ away
The distance of your body doesn’t matter
I don’t need you anyway

So I say…

I’m rollin’ cigarettes like I am careless
I’m drinkin’ like some rich and spoiled heiress
With everything to lose

[Chorus]

I could never make you stay
I wouldn’t have it any other way
The distance of your body doesn’t matter
I don’t need you anyway

So I say…

Mad Dashes

Posted in Music on September 19, 2010 by Kontra

A new song by Kontra and Rameysaurus. This was the first time we’d ever sung this together.

Listen:

Lyrics

We were the fire, they were the ashes
Burnin desire, you were workin those lashes
The bars in the city were the place to go
Wasting our money but we didn’t know
The world was too slow
We were making mad dashes

Pedal to steel, ignoring the traffic
Spinning the wheel, we were born again in those mountain passes
Never a minute for what the people say
Never a limit, we’re dying anyway
Every day
We were making mad dashes

I think we took it overboard, oh my lord
We shook the ceiling to the floor, rest assured
(x2)
We just didn’t know what there was in store

Looking Away

Posted in Music on April 20, 2010 by Kontra

Lyrics
If we shall be known by the things that we choose
What shall we know now that I’ve chosen you?
Am I strong or defenseless, humble or proud?
Should I answer myself or just answer out loud?
And how did you come to be lost in this crowd?

I opened the door with a scream
You come runnin’ down
By then there was nothing to see
Just what was expected of me?
I’m just a man
One hand in the city, the other stretched out toward the ground

I’m playing your heartstrings like 4, 5, 6, 7
Like dorm room guitarists play Stairway to Heaven:
So loudly and proudly, with feeling, but never quite right
I’m fucking us up by delaying the mention
I see it unfolding like a friend’s intervention
There’s yelling and screaming and crying, but never in spite

Tell me I’m wrong
Tell me I’m right to keep all of these ghosts in the corner at bay
Tell me I’m wrong
Tell me I’m right to keep all of these ghosts in the corner at bay

There is no room for the weak underneath all these banners we’ve raised
I spent the week going over and over the things I could say
Even the seasons come wrapped in the guise of a cold cabaret
There is no reason for all of your pleas to be seen ending up with me looking away

Looking away

Near

Posted in Music on April 19, 2010 by Kontra

Lyrics
Peace with you now
She will not forget your face
She will not forget your ways
Trees split the ground
They have shown us how to pray
They have shown us how to give ourselves away

Are we learning here?
Are we honest with ourselves?
Are we more in love with living every day?
Are we changing here?
You can swim out to the ocean
And she will know no matter where she is you’re near

Peace with you now
You have taken what you wanted
You have taken what you wanted
Please turn around
I will tell you why I’m coming home
If you tell me why I’ve run so far away