Music Box

by Eichin Schmeichin

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about

After working hard on my last album, I decided to take a bit of a breather before taking things seriously again. This project was all made mostly in June and with a very casual attitude. Some of the songs are unfinished. So I would not recommend expecting much while listening to this....My next release will return to the style of Senioritis (i.e. not a tossed off effort).

"Valze" is by Ferdinando Carrulli, with some minimal changes by me. "Christie Quits Film School" has an uncleared (!!) sample from "There Will Never Be Another You" as recorded by the Four Giants of Swing. "Infinity Room Blues" is a ripoff of "I Am Sitting in a Room" by Alvin Lucier.

The cover photo is a snapshot of the carnival when it came to my town.

(This album originally had many field recordings from the House on the Rock on it, but I ultimately decided that it ruined the sanctity of that place.)

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released July 17, 2016

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Track Name: Namby Pamby
A dog's eye view of summer days plays dead as a door mouse
Little ones are playing house
Hours and stations and con graduations run this town

Ooh, I've been trying, try-yi-yi-ing, trying to get on to your wavelength,
but I don't know if I have the strength
Ooh, I've been trying, try-yi-yi-i, trying to get on to your wavelength, my friend, but I don't know I have the strength

Ooh, I've been trying
Track Name: Mushy
Love and acceptance are important things
and she wants to be protected by a horse with wings
Like her long-gone bedroom, it is light pink
Just like the room, it is only there when she thinks it up
Think it uh-uh-uh-uh-up

Out on the street, decay sinks into soil
Days of slow smiling slowly start to spoil
After a while, she does not watch any more
Back to the horse and the room with the creaky floor
Think it up, think it uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-up
Track Name: Daytime Emits You
Doo doo doo
Doo doo
Doo doo
Ooh
Doo doo doo
Doo doo
Ooh-ooh ooh

Daytime emits you
Sunshine will kiss you
Worlds away and wishing you well

Daylight above you
Sunlight will love you
Worlds away and wishing you well
Track Name: Two Hue Man
Positive man, such a diplomat
Here's my vomit bag
I'm sure you'll appreciate that

Lost like an aeroplane in a hurricane
Gone like an aeroplane in a hurricane

Oh schadenfreude, I've got no time in my heart for you
I'm building tulpas and I don't want to lose my views

Lost like an aeroplane in a hurricane
Gone like an aeroplane in a hurricane
Track Name: Elephant Omnipotent Set Up
I met the ghost of a classical composer
Marie-Juliette Olga Lili Boulanger

Oh Lili, you're my favorite classical composer
That's what I said to her gho-ost
I think you're really pretty
Would you like to go out with me?
She told me no, she was a ghost and ghosts don't do that

On an unrelated note:
Elephant omnipotent set up
Elephant omnipotent set up
Elephant omnipotent set up
Elephant omnipotent, nipotent, nip-p-p-p-puh
Track Name: Kittle Lids, Pt. 1
Little kids are walking home
We were young once too
Now you know how, how bad you are
Track Name: Kittle Lids, Pt. 2
Little kids are walking home
We were young once too
Now you know how, how bad you are
Track Name: Christie Quits Film School, Pt. 1
There is an edge that you can't cross
when you're being your own best friend,
when you're being your own boss

Maybe something will give
She'll take it all back
Maybe something will give
She'll take it all back
Maybe something will give
She's gonna take it all back
Gonna give it all back
Sacrificial lambie
Help your hopeful family
Gotta take it all back
Track Name: Old News
The past will laugh at the future
and the present may never be opened

Open now, you gotta open now, you gotta go

The past may laugh at the future
and the present may never be opened

Walking, I'm walking, it's nice to see you smile
That evening of grieving is go-o-one
This morning, no mourning goes o-o-on
La la la, la la la, la la-a-a
Track Name: Benign City
In a giant idea
From the tops of buildings
People make a killing
People make their killings

Lean the language
of street signals
We're just going further and further
and further, you and I

are doing this
separate from the pack
But there's always this place
since Day One

There's always this place
since Day One

Get upset, get obsessed
Try to see, try to sleep, it's alright
I cannot hear myself think
I cannot see myself blink

Fold that papier-mâché
Stay inside today
You have the responsibility
to be happy

We have the goal
to be happy

So sit up straight today
We'll light all of the candles
in this place

Since a couple of days,
this place
is a part of the earth

This place has a normal name
This place has a normal name
This place is perfectly
This place is perfectly healthy

Shuffle through a troubled crowd
Puzzles befuddle me now

You always wanted to be a dolphin
Would you settle for a fountain?
I'm not even so fond of the ocean
Too much silence, not enough commotion

Stars are where they are
We're way off-guard, caught of course
Wayward ward for us
Oxygen is apparently complex

I wouldn't have wanted
to take a guess
It's a myth that you
can't get fresh air out here

So lights sing
Life brings every memory
Hey we live out the same amount
I have a car parked, keys, school, road, home, brain, you, photo, phone

This place is named Illinois
Caterpillar construction site
That's one side of it

Chicago, that's where I went
when I wrote it about
It's a myth
It's a myth
It's a myth
It's a myth
that you can't get fresh air out here
I am a myth and I am so prepared
Track Name: Rambunctious Youths
Young and kicking
Tripping over milestones
They skip across the sea, feeling free, glad to be experimental

Full of nothing but intentions, oh no
It's such a shame if he doesn't reach one sixteenth of his potential
His potential, mmm hmm

And what about all those other people
They are so unlucky, unlike me
This one's free, just confused, how may I help you
Track Name: Valze
No more being reckless
Got myself a checklist

All the things I have to do
All the things to pull me through my life
Track Name: Call It As You See It
Slow down, my syndrome symptoms
Sun's down, I've got to see it

Calling out a name familiar
Once then, it's always nearby

And it's clear my hands are dying
but my eyes are softly trying

to wipe away the blurry windows
Rain wind blows within my throat

I wrote you all those notes
so that I could speak

I sang so sleek once in a dream
I guess the way I've primped and preened

was useful in its own way
It was okay; I did it all for you

How I adore you
You little ghosts, you

The identity was a blank slate,
so I drew the most beautiful thing I could

It was clearly based upon your face
and now I see it worked out good

It's gone there for good
It's here to stay

It's okay; I don't tremble
I go with dignity sometimes

I called out back towards the name
I have to see out a silly game

It's meaningful
to me; of course it is
Track Name: All The Things (Unfinished)
No more being reckless
Got myself a checklist

All the things I have to do
All the things to pull me through
my life
Track Name: Infinity Room Blues
Heavy metal never settles down
Rambunctious youths are running this town
Heavy metal never settles for less than it bargained for
Rambunctious youths are painting the door
Track Name: Kittle Lids, Pt. 3
I'm in a bummed mood
I'm eating junk food
This is what I've come to now

I'm in a numb mood
I'm feeling dumb, too
This is what I've come to know

I'm in a glum mood
I cannot hug you
I still love you though, please know

Not enough lifeboats
That's the way life go-o-oes
It was just too cold to swim

I can't help
but be sad that I can't help

He played the violin
It was too cold to swim
It was just too cold to swim

Oh, you silly aardvark
Can'tcha see the hard part
is heading your way right now