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Altruistic Phonones

by Steve Kusaba

The style is Omni which is an a broad connection to all types of music.
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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1. Birds in your mind
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2. You're the one
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3. Ecstasy
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4. Mama Laria
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5. So sad it hurts
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6. Autograph
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7. Utah
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8. Doo doo doo doo doo
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9. Utopia
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10. 59 in 2009
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11. Run away with me
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12. You
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13. My girl
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14. The cat
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15. Love and the skull
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16. Duellum
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17. Apoii 2
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18. I am the King
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19. Moving in Sand
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20. Simple song
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21. Give a little sympathy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
An Amazing thing happened to me while I was Googling. It became clear that Altruistic Phonones brought up absolutely NO hits! I said to myself, "This must change".

The latest in the Steve Kusaba world is that a backlog of large material is being refined to be ready for release.

This 21 song mixture covers a wide range. Many pieces were intended for other groupings but were added

for the shear desire of getting them out sooner rather than later.
The Steve Kusaba blog will talk about this project soon. (Blogspot.com) Altruistic Phonones (a phonone being

the smallest possible music entity) is not connected thematically the way The Tunnel was. (The superb remix

"The Tunnel 2007" is coming soon) AP is not connected stylistically the way Love is Real was. (The magnificent

remix "Love is Real" 2007 is coming soon) Altruistic Phonones is a compilation of redone older material that was

written decades ago and songs that were created just recently. This project is different from most previous Steve

Kusaba CDs in that there were a large number of guest artists participating. Jason Mielke, Emilie Jansen, Adam

Mielke, Devon Brown, Howard Horwitz, Lorraine Szczesny, Bella Schwartz, Jackie Schwartz all played roles of

varying sizes.
The plan is to build a reasonable electronic presence in several forms to then be gradually followed by

promotional efforts that dovetail into each other. One of the promotions will be to have two of the ancillary band

members undergo a human head transplant on camera. Excitement will be the mode of the day and in the

background the larger Omni pieces will be moved forward, as difficult as that might be.
Fan response so far has been fantastic. Pre-orders of Altruistic Phonones has exceeded all previous releases including the 1984 Album Pappy and the pud maker.

Drop an email if you would like to participate in future head transplants so as to promote the band.

Here are lyrics and ideas about some of the songs

The Birds in Your Mind

In the past your were clear and so sharp
Granting genius, the gods were so kind
Lord, like the wind you could play
Left the players of the day far behind

While viewing the past
Precious moments can’t last
The ship has set sail
At half mast

I can see the birds in your mind
A clock and spring were meant to unwind
Oh so free, free is the part
That you play in the sadness of heart

Unclear turned the theme of your will
Fantasies of the girls kept you thrilled
What to do when the train leaves the rails
Now the mast is all burned as you sail

Leaving this world
In search of the Pearl
The Pearl might turn into a Snake

I can see the birds in your mind
A clock and spring were meant to unwind
Oh so free, free is the part
That you play in the sadness of heart

The Gods were amused
They laid out the game
They were so cruel
They called you insane

How the notes that you played were so strong
All the trust that you put in your songs
It was you, betrayed by the birds
Was it they who spoke all your words?

Silver linings are poor
Yet the birds helped you soar
To the sky so divine
Is this Faustian design

I can see the birds in your mind
A clock and spring were meant to unwind
Oh so free, free is the part
That you play in the sadness of heart

The song about a person with a mental illness.He is a genius who is compelled to leave his medicine to enter into the fantasy world while his standing in the real one erodes. While seemingly clear, the aspect that appeals to the heroic subject is also implied.

The song is based on a real person who was one of the best pianists in the country and was offered a contract with a major label. Slowly however his disease got worse and he lost connection to reality and throughout the years suffered much from behavior when he did not take his medicine. The reason that people with that disease quit their medicine is that they get unusually high during the euphoric part of the cycle even though the crash from that is very horrific. The person is currently doing OK.


Utah

Utah, this is a haven from Satan
Utah, this is the mother of God

Looking for a sweetheart to add to the others
Looking for a sweetheart hopefully she’s blond
Need a pretty lady for the Tuesday fun time
Friday was a nice fit, gets the laundry done

Utah, this is a haven from Satan
Utah, this is the mother of God

Utah Oh--------- this is a haven from Satan
Utah Oh--------- bring me my beautiful plaything

Utah, this is a haven from Satan
Utah, this is the mother of God

Looking for a Brunette to add to the big pile
Looking for a cook who makes a nasty pie
Looking for a fresh one who can wiggle pretty
Looking for a honey who can wash the tub

Utah, this is a haven from Satan
Utah, this is the mother of God

Utah, Oh-------bring me the girl in the maid suit
Utah, Oh------- bring me some more welfare loot

Short Description of Song
A folk-pop song with an amusing eye towards polygamy

Long Description of Song
A tongue in cheek look at the topic of polygamy, the construction of the song presented the usual dilemma that the instruments and song were better served by a faster speed while vocals always work better at slower speeds so that the long notes can allow the singing to dig into longer notes. I usually relent and favor the singer and slow things down as in this case but not always.



Story Behind the Song
A student asked me to show him the procedure for writing a song and while explaining that there were infinite ways to write one I showed him one quick method. Very quickly a complete song appeared. The chorus had words attached to it that made little sense, or meaning but they were the perfect word sounds for the melody. Not wanting to cobble together lyrics built around things like "mother of Satan" which I really thought might erroneously lead people to think I meant what the words said, I vowed to go to the Salt Lake Tribune to find a real topic. When I went to the web site there was a big old story about Warren Jeffs. True to my methods I made that the topic and some of the bizarre syllables stayed in the song.



Utopia

Leave for Utopia, reach for the light
Farewell to Kilrush and hunger at night
Taking a glance at the field
Blight making barren the yield
Farewell to home

Utopia, Utopia

I love the water and cliffs far above
it's a magnificent sight
All of the beauty rings hollow to me
Famine from political strife

Come to the nation of hope
Promise seen in this strong land
It says to me welcome home

The ocean is menacing its furry portends
A difficult journey that never will end
We play a game its a game of pretend
Losing our fears in the warmth of our families love

Utopia, Utopia

Crowded and burgeoning deep is the line
As we set foot on the ground
The air smells of fish and a sweaty mankind
Break into a Gaelic round

Utopia, Utopia

Father will start a farm in New Hampshire
Its cold and barren but free
Michael's in Gettysburg, he lost his life
They say for liberty

Sacrifice in this great land
All of us wants to be free
Independent we'll be in our new home

Utopia, Utopia


59 in 2009

A mission in the fall goes bad
In Southwest Kyrgyzstan
Then a flight to Istanbul at night
That was never in the plan

Things had never gone so bad for agent 59
Things would never be the same for agent 59
She forgot her little friend
But remembered the wine

Is 59 lucky for Jan
And will her cat find Spain again
We knew that she was still alive in 2005

The powerful behind the scenes
Are bending all the rules
In matters of the heart the state
Regards us all as fools

Things had never gone so bad for agent 59
Things would never be the same for agent 59
Betrayed by them and by herself
On her bones they tried to dine

Is 59 lucky for Jan
And will her cat find Spain again
We knew that she was still alive in 2005

Things had never gone so bad for agent 59
Things would never be the same for agent 59
They outed her as CIA
The press had quite the time

It made her miss her little friend
It made her hit the wine

Is 59 lucky for Jan
And will her cat find Spain again
And now her cat leaps through the door
She had walked from Kyrgyzstan
In 2009, in 2009

A fast tempo song that is about multiple stories
ocurring over the same lyrics simultaneously.

Powerful drumming drives the urgency in the message as well as the Political story of the day that is the first of the three superimposed stories. Is Valery spelled Valeri?

Every time I would submit songs to the Broadjam song listing they would ask is this a one word song title? Is this about a cat, number, date etc. etc.
Every time I uploaded a song it seemed like I seldom got to check the circles so I wrote a song and began the chorus/hook with everything that could be checked included so I could select them all!! With much head scratching and pencil twirling I finally put together the story that would make sense of the hook/chorus and actually wrote 3 stories over the same lyrics. The first one should be easy, for people that know about me the second should be easy and the third should be a bit challenging!
And it also shows if given the opportunity I would do a good job of promoting Broadjam and Taxi should this song every see the light of day!

Ecstasy

Ecstasy
You caught me dreaming where I wanna be
Passing through towns
Laying down sounds
Playing these notes and we’re in ecstasy

Ecstasy
The envelope we breath incessantly
Plug in the crowd
Turning up loud
We will be heard and we’re in ecstasy

We got a message from the back
To go another hour for the big reward
But then the money wasn’t there for just that day
Only thing left is the joy to play

Ecstasy
You caught me aiming where I want to be
Passing through towns
Laying down sounds
Playing these notes and we’re in ecstasy

Ecstasy
The envelope we breath incessantly
Plug in the crowd turning up loud
We will be heard and we’re in ecstasy

We got a message from the back
To go another hour for the big reward
But then the money wasn’t there for just that day
Only thing left is the joy to play

This is a chromatic song about musicians coming to a town and conquering it.

The musical is very mysterious which augments the themes of power and strength in regards to a bands relationship with an audience during a performance. The song was meant to enhance a live performance.

Here we have another remake that greatly improves the effect of the song from the original that had the idea but not the production to back its ambitious aims. The solos take advantage of production possibilities that were available. It was a great joy to work on this song.

Autograph

We’re looking for a man, the center of attention
We want to get his autograph
We’re looking for a woman, so very special
To yield that golden autograph

Chase down the alley-ways where weaker folks are broken
Only the rabid ones can get through
Keep up the pressure so they know that we’re not joking

It’s an autograph, it’s an autograph just for you

We’re looking for a piece of history
And it aint you, cause you’re not famous
We want to walk through Camelot and take the bath towels
Or maybe the soap containers

Scream towards the limo with your poison pen and papers
Rocks and Scissors broken glass won’t stop you
Sniff out the trail of the Bruno Magli footprints

It’s an autograph, it’s an autograph just for you

Run towards the hippo with your venom darts and vapor
Smothered with the praise of a fool
Sniff out the droppings that the Paparazzi passed on

It’s an autograph, it’s an autograph just for you


I Am the King

I am the King
I will rule and decide over everything
You can sing… if I say so, loyal subjects

Ride a golden horse to Persia
Burn your kingdoms grain and fiddle play
Come with me

Armageddon calls you in a dream
Six sided scepter as you play
Come with me

I am the King
I will rule and decide over everything
I’m the King… you must always love me

Riding backwards from Potomac
Raze the Karkheh, Savage Mira
Empire comes to lay waste Changjin
Lord of rubble legacy of pain
Anyway
I am the King
Will rule and decide over everything
Now the ring helps the King to control you
I am the King I will rule and decide over everything
I’m the King
You’re the thing that must love me

MAMA LARIA

Mama Laria will come and call you by name
Mama Laria will raise the heat in your brain
Mama Laria brings dreams to drive you insane
I feel those chills are coming over me
And taste the throes of death and misery

Mama Laria will come and call you by name
Mama Laria will cause your muscles to strain
Mama Laria will live to cause you much pain
I feel those chills are coming over me
And taste the throes of death and misery


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Maria Anton

Altruistic Phonones
The scope & breadth of this work is astonishing. Twenty one songs is a most generous offering and to keep the quality so high over so many songs is amazing! I love it!!!