Chris Curtis | Songs from the Edge of the Bed

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Songs from the Edge of the Bed

by Chris Curtis

The madness, serenity, foolishness, and wisdom of intimacy captured in a melodic, lyrical windstorm. As Goethe said, if you feel no one has ever loved as you do, then you are in love.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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1. Always Known
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2. Metairie
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3. Haunted
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4. The Vessel
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5. You
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6. Viola Jean
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Album Notes
You were never intended to hear any of this. These songs were literally written on the edge of the bed. I was too embarrassed to perform anything this intimate. But over the years, Viola persisted, and, with the encouragement of close musician friends, convinced me to let it sprout.

In my head I heard choirs and orchestras, but in the hands of very gifted collaborators Jim and Michael, we gave birth to a bewildering array of both soulful and at times downright erotic, driving pieces. One is fanciful and pokes a little fun at gender roles, one deals with maturation and reflection, another describes the steamy sensuousness of just making out, and still another delves into that intoxicated state of absolute surrender. The final song is a marriage proposal.

I tried to be as lyrically honest and accurate as possible. All writers with healthy pretensions hope to avoid cliches, a goal never entirely achieved. When I say "I'll take you away" and "you steal me away" in the same song, Always Known, I am mocking my woman's childhood fantasy of chivalry as well as my own pompousness for trying to be that guy with all answers. "Stand" was an important idea in Metairie; love takes courage. In Haunted, the line "I feel your mouth where I can't see" was so candid it scared me. I've considered editing it dozens of times. But no way. The "land of poets ... where our fathers kept their dreams," in The Vessel, alludes to the passing of our dads within 4 months of each other and how we all must face the finiteness of life, yet, if we are fortunate, experience love as infinite. The song You was inspired a bit by Rumi, and I allowed myself to get as "irrational" as I could. Love can be an altered state.

Lastly, in Viola Jean, I really did not want to say "I need you." Neither of us like the notion of neediness and love in the same sentence. Yet love can be so crazy, it will pry your pet rules clean out of your frontal lobes. I must confess need is relentlessly and shamelessly present. "Collision of souls" is a phrase I wrote almost 20 years ago. It is on the inside of Viola's wedding ring.

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