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Adrian West | The Human Touch

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The Human Touch

by Adrian West

Acoustic rock with tasty grooves and a philosophical bent. Think Paul Simon meets Talkingheads, with Dave Matthews playing cowbell. Songs about nature, unrequited love, evolution, social justice and points in between.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. There There Now
4:07 $0.99
2. Close Your Eyes
4:54 $0.99
3. Senses
5:02 $0.99
4. The Human Touch
4:01 $0.99
5. Safe Streets
3:22 $0.99
6. In My Heart
4:57 $0.99
7. The Dry Spell
4:10 $0.99
8. Wallbanger
4:02 $0.99
9. Random Serenade
4:01 $0.99
10. D.I.Y. Song
3:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Human Touch is my second album. It's coming out seven years after my first album, Chameleons and Butterflies. That's a long gap! What can I say? I was busy! It takes me a long time to get a song to where I feel good about it, and I don't want any mediocre music on my album. I'm pretty sure my next album won't take this long because I'm getting better and faster at writing.

During those seven years I went down a number of intellectual rabbit holes which show up in these songs. I became interested in what scientists call abiogenesis, the study of how life began. I spent a lot of time reading articles and papers and watching videos on this subject. What I learned changed my outlook on life. It made life, and mine in particular, feel unimportant. Life is, by its very nature, lacking in direction or purpose or meaning, and that's OK. In fact it's very liberating. It allows me to take myself less seriously. To not care too much about what others think of me or my status in life. To not worry about the legacy (or lack thereof) I will leave when I die. To not be surprised that life has both ups and downs. To cherish the ups and weather the downs. This philosophy shows up in several songs: The Human Touch, Senses and Random Serenade.

I also became interested in certain social justice issues: police brutality (Safe Streets), climate change (Even Now), and discrimination on the basis of looks/appearance (Close Your Eyes).

Rounding out the album are a song about unrequited love (In My Heart), a breakup song (There There Now), one about punting on songwriting (DIY Song). and an upbeat instrumental (Wallbanger).

I'm very proud of this album and grateful to the many people who worked on it. I hope you enjoy it!



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