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Back to the End

by Chuck Vermette

Reflective, ecletic rock in the tradition of the 60s
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Back to the End
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2. Another Monday in Stamford
2:42 $0.99
3. Olly Olly All in Free
3:41 $0.99
4. While Louisiana Burns
3:04 $0.99
5. Iqaluit
3:13 $0.99
6. Something Bigger than My Shadow
3:23 $0.99
7. As the Leaves are Tumblin' Down
3:16 $0.99
8. 'Till the Time is Right
3:47 $0.99
9. Midway of the Trail
2:38 $0.99
10. I've Seen the Lion Lay Down with the Lamb
3:01 $0.99
11. To See Beyond the Veil
3:20 $0.99
12. A Whisper in the Cave (and a False Alarm)
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13. Least I'm Not What I Used to Be
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Album Notes
"I hate talking about myself in general", Chuck Vermette laments, "but I especially hate having to label my music. To quote [Aerosmith Lead Guitarist] Joe Perry, 'Let the music do the talking'." What Vermette will say is that “the music of the 60s didn't require you to pick a label to your sound - you did what you did and were true to yourself. The great 60s acts all were allowed to experiment, to change and to grow."

Back to the End, Vermette's latest effort, clearly evokes the spirit of his idols, with an eclectic mix of Classic Rock, Traditional Folk and Jazz compositions, along with the reflective lyrics that have become his trademark. Included are songs of social commentary in the Dylan tradition (While Louisiana Burns, As the Leaves are Tumblin’ Down), Traditional Folk (‘Till the Time is Right), Adult Contemporary Ballads (Back to the End, Olly Olly All in Free, Iqaluit), Traditional Jazz (Another Monday in Stamford, Something Bigger than My Shadow), Jazz Fusion (Midway on the Trail, To See Beyond the Veil), and Contemporary Christian (I’ve Seen the Lion Lay Down with the Lamb).

Several of the cuts deal with approaching middle age and coming to terms with it. “Least I’m Not What I Used to Be”, the CD’s Closing number, is a rocker where Vermette discusses middle age in a wistful and self depreciating manner. (I’m in the dark but I’m seeing the light/I stumble forward choosing faith over sight/I am the least but at least I’m aware/no longer longing for a what isn’t there/not what I ought to be/not what I’m going to be/least I’m not what I used to be).

Vermette proves with this effort that while he has found some peace and perspective, he has by no means become complacent. When asked about the album title, he launches into one of the extended metaphors he is noted for. “There’s a “Rubber Sheet Theory” of the Universe [derived from Einstein’s Theory of Relativity] that says that matter bends space and time. The common analogy is of a rubber sheet holding a heavy ball – the ball curves the sheet. The universe is not a expanding in a straight line in infinite directions, it is curved around itself. If you were to go in any direction, you would eventually return to where you started – you’d be ‘Back to the End’”. With more self deprecating humor, he observes that “my long suffering wife Teresa puts it more succinctly – you get in trouble when you forget where you came from. You can’t escape it anyway.”



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