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It's All About Me

by Billy Webster

It's all about Billy, the greatest singer-songwriter of all time.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Brother Billy
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2. It's All About Me
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3. Blink
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4. Don't Wake Up
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5. My Hour Has Not Come
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6. Working For A Living
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7. Baby Daddy
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8. Second Chance
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9. Playing Along
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10. You Belong To the Earth
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11. Unfit Penny
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12. Walked Away
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In the fall of 2007, Carl and I recorded a song I had written in Argentina called “Baby Daddy”. It was our first stab at recording something on our own, and we were pretty thrilled with the results. Over the course of the next year and a half, we laid down eleven more songs, recording on a laptop - in bedrooms, living rooms, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, closets, offices, theological seminaries, hallways, and vaults. We had no idea what we were doing. This record is the result.

SIDE A - 1) Brother Billy: written after I officiated a friend’s wedding in Portugal. My fellow guests were unsure what to call me. Reverend Billy? No way. Father Billy? No, not yet. Someone suggested Brother Billy. It stuck. It made sense. And when it came time to write my own theme song, Brother Billy seemed like the perfect title. 2) It's All About Me: written on Christmas - one of those odd numbers (for me) where the title came first. It may seem like a song about self-obsession, but it’s actually a love song to God. 3) Blink: A song about chance meetings, coincidence, and fate vs. destiny. This was the first song Carl and I recorded after the birth of my son. True story…I wrote this song after a party where some random girl shot me in the eye with a rubber band. 4) Don’t Wake Up: You know how when you first fall in love you have this feeling like, I can’t believe this is really happening and I hope this isn’t a dream that I am going to wake up from? Well, that’s what this song is about. Dig Carl Basler on the E-Bow. 5) My Hour Has Not Come: I wrote it as a duet, inspired by the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. For some reason, I always pictured P.J Harvey and Thom Yorke playing the roles. But for the purposes of this recording, I inhabit both characters. And any of you who know me personally know how much I love playing drums, so MY HOUR HAS NOT COME was a particular joy to work on. 6) Working For A Living*: a song Carl and I wrote the chorus to while we were sound-checking at one our shows last year. Later that month I had a dream that I was performing live in some arena somewhere. When I woke up I was still singing the song - which became the verse.

SIDE B - 7) Baby Daddy: I wrote this one in Argentina, one month before Erica got pregnant. Am I a prophet? I don’t know. 8) Second Chance: celebrates new beginnings, fresh starts, maturation and wisdom. I wrote it around the time I met Erica. I had recently made the decision to finish my studies at the Princeton Theological Seminary, despite having suffered some devastating personal setbacks, and Second Chance was my statement to the world…I am back, I am strong, and I am bringing my A-game! The song feels as relevant to my life today as it did ten years ago. 9) Playing Along: there was a time in my life (about eleven years ago) when I was awesome at writing break-up songs…scathing indictments of hypocrisy, dysfunction, and betrayal. These types of songs have been more difficult to come up with since I met Erica. So when I want to write a good break-up song these days, I do it through the eyes of people I know. I’m not going to reveal whose ordeals inspired this one, but I can tell you that he’s played on a lot of my records. 10) You Belong To The Earth: another one of my “dream” compositions. Last year I woke up in the middle of the night having dreamed I was watching Sting and Paul Simon perform a song on SNL. Sting was playing a classical guitar and singing the higher melody, while Mr. Simon was picking a standard steel string acoustic and singing the lower harmony. It was about 3am when I woke up. I had the entire song in my mind…both parts…and I ran downstairs to record them. The only lyric that I could recall was the title, “you belong to the earth”…the rest of the lyrics were written in Buenos Aires. Personally, I think that the guitar work on YOU BELONG TO THE EARTH is some of Mr.Basler’s most beautiful playing. 11) Unfit Penny: every so often, this rock singer needs to remind the ladies that he’s going home with one woman. His wife. 12) Walked Away*: came about when I was listening to some of Carl’s guitar pieces on his Myspace page. He had a little ditty called “Acoustic Finger Picking”. As soon as I heard it, I immediately started humming a melody and coming up with lyrics. Instead of my usual obtuse “poetry”, I wanted to write something very straightforward, something that captured a moment in time, a snapshot instead of a story. And I wanted to sing it in a way that was devoid of any bombast, without vibrato, and without sounding like a rock singer.

Written by Billy Webster, except *by Carl Basler & Billy Webster. Recorded September 2007 thru July 2009, at GTS & UWS, New York City. Produced & Mixed by Billy and Carl. Mastered by Brandon Flatley. Billy Webster - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar (Tracks 7, 8, 9, 11), Drums, Bass (Track 4). Carl Basler - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Harmonies (Tracks 2 and 7).

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