The Author

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An anthem to dreamers

This was originally all instrumentals. Mark and I were messing around with the idea creating percussion with paper/pencils, and making samples/recordings organically without the help of software. Eventually, we got the instrumental track that we both loved the sound of, but I came to a standstill with lyrics for the first time in a while.

Until I was back in one of my favorite places again after traveling.

I finished writing the lyrics to this in a parking lot in the middle of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, right down the road from the Bethlehem Steel stacks.

I imagined what it would be like had I chose a different path in life career-wise. Would it maybe have been different back decades ago? What if I were a steel worker, or a secretary (very important jobs by the way), but I knew all I wanted to be was an artist of some sort. How painful would it be mentally.

I put the situation into a character Timothy who worked in the offices at Bethlehem Steel, had a perfectly fine life, a job that paid the bills, and a wife that he loved and approved of his job and status in society.

But he went through every day knowing that all he wanted to be was an Author. He'd come back from work every night, throw off his jacket, and head right to his desk, where the weight of the world was released in his writing.

Naturally, the sounds we used in the instrumentals fit the theme of The Author, Timothy. Soon enough, Timothy was writing away his pains, the doubts that others had in him, including his wife who only saw in his writing apathy and negligence for the rest of his life, and his worries about becoming a father.

- The Author

lyrics

Timothy had everything that he'd need
A wife, a job, a home
He worked in a tower spending his hours
Calling and answering phones

His words to a page He screams and he shakes
To watch it go His pen, as a knife
Carves their ink-bleeding lies
Into stone

Starting bright and early
Out by 6:30 Walking into the fire
Returning back in ashes
Rusted steel he crashes
Back towards his desire

His hands grip the wheel of the poetry that heals
His endless grief
The more he drove away from all his convoluted ways
He finally breathed

That's not the only way the story goes
Each word's a double-sided, coded note
And all she sees is apathy
As he's re-writing history
The Author's novel writes the Author home

credits

from Where We Left Off, track released May 11, 2017
Mark Farnum - production, mixing, editing, auxilliary vocals
Anthony Cubbage - All instrumentals including pen and paper-cussion

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Cubbage Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cubbage hails from Philadelphia, but his heart is that of a traveler. With music rooted in pop/folk foundations, his style also seeks inspiration from jazz and soul reminiscent of John Mayer and Jamie Cullum. Traveling across the US in a sleeper van and busking on the streets between gigs, Cubbage has given himself wholly to a life of a modern bohemian musician. ... more

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