28 Days of Fun 2: Sick of the Sound of My Voice

by Alex Berkley

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Written and recorded in February 2014 as part of the fun-a-day project.

The project was split up into four parts:
Week 1: Daily 30-60 seconds of music to be tied together as one piece
Week 2: Daily variations of "In His Hands"
Week 3: Daily diary songs about the previous day
Week 4: Daily 30-60 seconds of music, which ended up being much more than 30-60 seconds sometimes, to be tied together as one piece

Go Bills!
Go art!
Go Shea Brode!

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released 08 March 2014

Written, produced, and performed by Alex Berkley

"In His Hands" was only somewhat written by Alex Berkley, obviously

That one part of "In His Hands" with the hand-holding was written by The Beatles

"We Never Open" features an adapted selection from "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury

Artwork by Jory Berkley
For more artwork, please visit retaeluos.deviantart.com

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Alex Berkley Buffalo, New York

Alex Berkley writes songs in his office at home and then sometimes plays them to the good people of Buffalo, NY, home of Ani DiFranco, the Goo Goo Dolls, and the Buffalo Bills, who won a whopping 6 games last year. Great job gentlemen! Alex has been writing, recording, and performing actively for, like, 12 years or so. Once he recorded a Christmas/Haunukka album about pirates and ninjas. ... more

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Track Name: We Never Close
Break out of the house
Steal forward
Feel your cold feet sink

I'm gonna lie down dying in the place I was born
I'm a sad sorry sucker for the world I adore
I'm gonna fish through the photos of a crystal clear age
It's a nuisance but it's prudent in a blistering cage
I've got time to kill and a murderous rage

Take the field by storm
That's the only thing you're living for
Take the field by storm
That's the only thing you're for

Climb up the oak tree and let it frame
You in its branches against the day
So close so far
It's starting to stay
So close so far
I'm falling away
Track Name: In His Hands
He's got the whole world in his hands
He's got the whole wide world in his hands
He's got the whole world in his big ol' hands
He's got you and me in his hands

He's got your mama and your papa in his hands
He's got your sons and your daughters in his hands
He's got your brothers and your sisters in his hands
Our bodies soaking in the sweat of his hands

He's got the trees and the gasses in his hands
He's got the minerals and molasses in his hands
He's got vomit and malaria in his hands
He's got the whole world in his hands

He's got the Cold War in Korea in his hands
He's got the brain of Albert Einstein in his hands
He's got the breathe of the coffee bingers in his hands
He's got it all in his hands

He's got the clouds in the sky in his hands
He's got the drones in the sky in his hands
He's got the buzzards flying by in his hands
He's got it taken care of with a clap of his hands

He's got well-informed prophecies in his hands
He's got Orwellian policies in his hands
He's got Edward Snowden's bravery in his hands
He broke his fall with the blisters on his hands
He broke his fall with the blisters on his hands
He broke his fall with the blisters on his hands

She's got the whole world in her hands
I wanna hold her hand
I wanna hold her hand
I wanna hold her hand

You've got the whole world in your hands
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand
I wanna hold your hand

She's got the whole world in her hands
She's got the whole world in her hands
She's got the whole world
In her hands
Track Name: My Daily Diary 2/15/2014
I woke up early to move the car
I can't afford another ticket
If you haven't moved by 9am
It's 30 bucks out of your pocket

We went to Coffee Culture for breakfast
Egg and cheese on everything bagels
We weren't up for much
But we decided to try
To half-nap and half-watch Return of the Jedi

I recorded a song and you went to work
Then I walked down to an art gallery
It was cold, but I saw some pretty good art
Watched The Observers and hung out with Sonny

Some jerk almost hit me
On Elmwood and West Ferry
Had a cheese stick and two donuts for dinner
Then I fell asleep while I was trying to watch
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Track Name: My Daily Diary 2/16/2014
The chilly morning air
Light snow in February
We drove downtown
To the public library
Three short weeks
Then return your books here
I couldn't get through this stack
If I had a whole year

She got books on weddings
Paris, crafts, and cooks
I got four CDs and three comic books

Subway for lunch?
No, we're not in the mood
We're going to Allentown
For cheap Mexican food
Does Record Theater have
The new Sun Kil Moon?
We should've gone early
For the discount before noon

At the Steak & Cake party
I missed most of the show
But I hung out with Mac and he gave me a ride home

I didn't have a car
So I missed Colin's party
Instead I ate two dinners and I watched cartoons with Addie

Season one of Home Movies
While I waited for Kayleigh

While I waited for Kayleigh
Track Name: My Daily Diary 2/17/2014
Lying on the pillows on the floor
Under the blanket fort
Romantic movies playing on TV
All day, you and me

Brunch and too much coffee
Morning mimosas and bloody Mary's
Avatar, wine, and sushi
When Harry Met Sally

Under the blanket fort
We get to celebrate
Our own private Valentine's
A few days too late

Under the blanket fort
We get to celebrate
Our own private Valentine's
A few days too late
Track Name: My Daily Diary 2/18/2014
You know it's going badly
When I'm sick of the sound of my voice
I'm sick of singing backwards
Revelations with no points

You know it's going badly
When I'm sick of the sound of my voice
I'm sick of singing backwards
Revelations with no points

Work all morning for something to say
Take your guitar and throw it away
Coffee, X-Men, a nap in between
The Young Turks on YouTube and Mom's mac &cheese

You know it's going badly
When I'm sick of the sound of my voice
I'm sick of singing backwards
Revelations with no points

Walk down to Nietzsche's to sing a few songs
Carson and Mikey and I sing along
Josh is the host, but he wasn't there
I miss Inventory Mondays at Hardware

You know it's going badly
When I'm sick of the sound of my voice
I'm sick of singing backwards
Revelations with no points

You know it's going badly
When I'm sick of the sound of my voice
I'm sick of singing backwards
Revelations with no points
Track Name: My Daily Diary 2/19/2014
Fresh snow by the door
When I let the dog out
I'm so tired of waking up tired
Three cups of coffee
And some serious doubts
Feeling bored, unfettered, and wired

I'm checking my watch
At Casa while we eat
Checking Olympic Hockey
On every TV
Some guy couldn't pay
For his food and Hennessy
He got chewed out by his waitress
Then she asked him to leave:

"Come back when you have the money"

Biking to work
Through the slush on the street
Helping some kids
Play bowling on the Wii
When she came home from work
Watched The Shield with Kayleigh
And we cuddled with Addie
And ate some ice cream

"Come back when you have the money"
Track Name: My Daily Diary 2/20/2014
The Sun was out for the first time in days
So we walked to the end of Ashland
Getting muddy feet
Earning doggy treats
Buffalo as a midwinter dreamland

My computer crashed three times today
That makes forty times this month
And it's getting late, I wanna turn it off
But I'm not ready to give up

But I guess
This is getting ridiculous
And my word
This is getting absurd

At 9pm I log on to Skype
For Colin's and my podcast
From across the state we talk about
The pilot episode of SeaQuest

But I guess
We are getting meticulous
And my word
Is this going to be heard?

And I guess
This is getting ridiculous
And my word
This is getting absurd
Track Name: My Daily Diary 2/21/2014
Jeff Miers posted a pretty nice blurb
About the show I'm playing at Buffalo Iron Works
Opening for Rhubarb and Lazlo Hollyfeld
A solo set that went fairly well

My friend Shea Brode came to hear me play
He drove from Syracuse and now he's gonna stay
Eating crap at Jim's following the show
Watching TNG when we get home

Home...
Track Name: We Never Open
90 West has eyes bugging out in the backseat
They're tired, paranoid pistols aimed for the sky

Time well wasted is time in the bank
Brain-damming beavers keep the lost minutes safe
Pinching our pennies
We save and save

Save and save all day

(See the last few pages of "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury for spoken word section)

I won't let your secret out
It's locked behind this door
All of them can scream and shout
Not knowing what they came for

Don't forget to come back
To remember what you gave
Your interest might be waning
But it never pays to save

Outside is a mystery
We've never cared to solve
The air we breathe is made of dust
The spit we drink will revolve

Don't forget to open up
And come out of your cave
Your history is over
But we still have time to save...