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TRACK NOTES

 

1. GENERATIONS Simply put, people are products of their environment and you learn about stuff by experiencing it. This is a letter to the Generations.  Working in the entertainment industry for many years, B2 had always had a lot of contact with people of all generations. This song comes from a wish that people could connect with each other from their hearts more. When we are in our teens we live the high life than in our 20's & 30's we spend so much time in our heads trying to figure it all out - some people spend all their lives trying to figure it out - but the truth for me is that you can think all you want, but the really good, truest stuff always comes from the heart.  You got it figured out yet?!  

 

The phrase in the chorus, "Truth and Method" came from a 1960's philosophical work by Hans-Georg Gadamer. He rejects as unachievable the goal of objectivity, and instead suggests that meaning is created through intersubjective communication. With all of the broken homes and the high divorce rates the way they have been the last decade or two now have created some real disconnects in our society.  B2's wish is for people is to connect with each other from their hearts and no so much their heads. Musically this song features Frank Martin on keys, Art on rhythm guitar & bass, Mike Vanderhule on drums and Richard Michos on on the lead. Special Thanks to Randal Blair for his suggestion on the verbiage here.

 

Lead Vocals: B2/ Keyboard: Frank Martin/ Guitar Solo: Richard Michos/ Guitar: Art Khu/ Bass: Art Khu/ Drums: Mike Vanderhule

Written by: B2 & Richard Michos/Lyrics & Arrangement: B2  CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

2. KEEP IT SIMPLE is a message about how life can be simple if you just let it be.  Keep it Simple - just Bauhaus it. Kind of a Buddhist message here too. CC wrote this one- it just kind of fell into her head in that amazing way that good songs do. She wrote the lyrics in response to a stressful job that made her realize that she had a choice about how she could react to it - she could be made crazy or just Keep it Simple. Its  what CC about is just keeping it simple.  If she had a Zen Kohn it would be that - Keep it Simple.  This track features Bob Kinney on guitar and he really let the rock monster out of the box on this one. Art Khu added some really great airy keyboards on this one as well. 

Lead Vocals: B2/ Keyboard: Art Khu/ Guitar Solo: Bob Kinney/ Guitar: Art Khu/ Bass: Art Khu/ Drums: Mike Vanderhule/ Background Vocals: B2, CeCe

Written by: B2 & CeCe/ Lyrics & Arrangement: B2, CeCe  CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

3. EXCESS IN MODERATION is about Wars and what is going on in the world with terrorists and corruption - big money and oil and dancing in the desert.  Richard Michos plays guitar all over this song. Doug Garza is the drummer . Dougie was a former band member from 20 years ago who is no longer with us. This track is relevant now. Its kind of like the way of the world is the way of the world - kind of like Ronald Regan is no different than Barak Obama. Once these guys put on suits they just become suits. Its like dealing with what’s relevant and guess what  People are the same!

 

Think about it - we all came from Africa in the first place. Science is starting to prove that all people originally came from Africa. Its TRUE!  We really ARE ALL THE SAME. 

 

Deep down inside I see myself in everyone. Being bullied as a kid can make you kind of vicious as an adult, believe me. I was bullied hard core when I was a child. So for the first years of my adult life I was a bully because I didn't trust other people  because I got my ass kicked so much as a child. Some of these songs come from that place for sure. Then later I started taking care of myself and I learned that I wasn't so bad. 

 

So first you are bullied, then you become the bully, then you realize that you are being a bully so you learn how to be differently and change -and the people who are the true bullies will hold you to your past because that’s what they do. The fact is we are all the same. 

 

So when you are making fun of someone else you're really just making fun of yourself. Because everyone is just a projection of everybody else.  I’m not talking about deep choices - like whether or not you want to be married or your political choices.  We all make different choices through out our life that shape our existence and you get to be honored for the choices you make, but at the end of the day we are all the same - may as well hold hands because we're all marching to the same fuckin place man, period!  

 

Its kind of a healing message, kind of a fun message. That’s what these records are about Even the PPL Inside Us - THEY ARE ALL THE SAME. The sub personalities make up the whole person and its about coming to peace with all of those different parts and creating something beautiful with them - or at least honest. 

 

Lead Vocals: B2/ Guitar: Richard Michos/ Keyboards: B2/ Drums: Doug Garza/ Background Vocals: B2

Written by: B2/ Lyrics & Arrangement: B2  CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

PRODEDURE & RAPIDLY are both part of a two part piece that actually segues into each other and go together. 

 

4. PROCEDURE is about coloring inside of the lines. So this song is an invitation to just have some fun with life and the 24/7.  Artists have value and music has value. Now everyone with push button app things that they are an artist or an entrepreneur. It takes away the value of working at something and building a craft. There’s a place in the middle where we all have to meet. The corporate dance- tech right now. There’s no live drums on this because its all about mechanics and a lack of love or absolute procedure, “Are you following procedure? Did you get to work on time?” Everyone’s a CEO.  Its the flip side of the blue suits. Its so weird - its like the intention of things - this intention to DISTRUPT. Is it really moving things forward? I say YES Its kind of punk - kind of like an FU-  it was about changing the world together - they are all about just changing the world.  Intent is a new world. Richard Michos is the king of the world now isn't he!  

Lead Vocals: B2/ Lead Guitar: Richard Michos/ Keyboards: Richard Michos/ Drums: Doug Garza/ Background Vocals: B2

Written by B2 & Scott Condos/ Lyrics & Arrangement: B2  CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

5. RAPIDLY co-written by Scott Condos who co-wrote several of these songs as well.What it is about is did you ever have that horrible boss who is always having an emergency - or even that voice in you head that always says “Get it done now” - well that’s what this is about. That voice that can run us for so many years. All those judging voices in B2's head - in all of our heads. The sound effects were kind of a by product of all the documentaries B2 has watched over the years. There Bam at the end, I come crashing in through the voices.  CC plays the guitar on this one. 

Lead Vocals: B2/Guitar: CeCe/ Acoustic & Bass: Richard Michos/ Sound FX: B2/ Drums: B2/ Background Vocals: B2

Written by B2 & Scott Condos/ Lyrics & Arrangement: B2  CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

6. SHOUT IT OUT is a dance groove and the voice in it is this guy screaming out - frustrated, feeling like he can’t make a living anymore. It’s really about where B2 was at when he wrote it. That struggle of not being able to pay your bills.  As B2 drives through SF now seeing these homeless people - displaced people - who have lost their jobs their homes and no one seems to care. They drive around and complain about them.  All these people and corporations that have moved in on SF in the last 10 years and raised the rents. Our society is so split right now - you have your millionaires and you have the destitute and then the rest of us in the middle getting squeezed from both ends. Jon Steiner on Piano. Richard Michos on lots more.

Lead Vocals: B2/ Guitar: Richard Michos/ Keyboards: John Steiner/ Drums: B2

Written by: B2 & Scott Condos/ Lyrics & Arrangement: B2  CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

7. POSING is about that feeling that maybe you are going nuts - that feeling of objectivity - about not knowing what’s real and not real. Kind of a punk tune. The words never change, because when you are crazy you just kind of keep doing the same thing over and over again. The other title for it is “Letter From A Straight Jacket” and it was inspired by something B2 saw written on the bathroom wall at SF State when he was a student. He's a punk at heart really.  Doug Garza drums here!  There’s great guitar work by Richard Michos on this track. 

Lead Vocals: B2/ Guitar: Richard Michos/ Keyboards: B2/ Drums: Doug Garza

Written by: B2 & Scott Condos/ Lyrics & Arrangement: B2  CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

8. SUMMERTIME BLUES when the war started in the desert B2 wanted to have a song for the service guys and that’s why he covered this tune. We put a sitar on it. It’s a whack a mole thing over there because we don’t even know what we are fighting half the time. Its for these kids who go over there to fight these crazy wars and this song is for them to make them smile. Doug Garza drums. There’s great guitar work by Richard Michos on this track. 

Lead Vocals: B2/ Keyboard, Sitar, Tamboura, Guitar, Bass : Richard Michos/ Drums: Doug Garza

Arrangement by: B2/Written by Eddie Cochran And Jerry Capehart, Copyright Warner-Tamerlane Pub Corp. - Used with Permission   CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

9. REAL WILD CHILD If there’s someone to be put on a pedestal for me its John Rowe - just a great player and a great guy and a great producer too. Brilliant fucking guy. He’s B2's roots. Him and his brother Pete Rowe. B2 didn’t know shit until he met those guys and they taught me pretty much everything he knew about music and how to put it together and stuff. They were the first ones that accepted me. I was a misfit and they were like the Rolling Stones of Contra Costa County. They were the pirates.. B2 is so proud to have known these guys and to have known John and to have worked with them. B2 says, "Don’t mistake this for some kind of weird thing - cause that’s what John will do, I can hear him now - don't be a weirdo now. I’m just really grateful to him."  this cover features Brain from Guns and Roses and the Limbo's, Bass by Dick Stone, Richard Michos and John Rowe shine on the guitar.

 

Lead Vocals: B2/ Keyboard: Richard Michos, Dick Stone/ Lead Guitar: John Rowe/ Guitar: Richard Michos/ Bass: Dick Stone/ Drums: Brain

Arrangement: B2/ Written by  Dave Owens, Johnny O'keefe, and Johnny Greenan

Copyright Wren Music Co - Used with Permission  CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

10. HIGH SOCIETY  Ever feel like you are not good enough only to realize that its all a game, a mask - a put on..  That is the character of High Society-  keeping up with the dangerous Jones'.  A social mess, a disaster- people are talking about me!  Whatever in the end we re all the same.  Judging about another is merely a living mirror as we are all mirrors of each other-  all the same..  Rich Michos on Guitar & Bass.  B2 on drums and programming.  

 

Lead Vocals: B2/ Guitar: Richard Michos/ Keyboards: CeCe/ Drums: B2

Written by: B2 & Scott Condos/Lyrics & Arrangement: B2  CLICK FOR LYRICS

 

A MEGA BIG THANKS to all of the artists above who contributed their artistry to these tracks and who's positive energy and amazing talent keep us coming back for more! Special thanks also to Scott Condos, Tom Size, Alan Rosen, Tom Sawyer, and Randal Blair for their support, guidance and encouragement.