Life is Better at Home(Hestia’s Song)

You feel safe inside
Lying by a fireplace
Where you can hide
Far away from everything

Out there in the world people can abuse you
Take all that you’ve earned and try to undo you

So rest a while
In a castle made of blankets you feel
Like a child
Close your eyes and fall asleep

It’s a great escape that relieves your sorrow
Isolate yourself to avoid tomorrow
Because you, oh you, you are home

Home
Where you should be
Deep in a slumber
Away in a dream
No one will hurt you
They can’t even try
Life is better at home

When you arise
Reality sets back in and you’re
Paralyzed
Scared to leave the fireside

Out there in the world people can abuse you
Take all that you’ve earned and try to undo you
But you, oh you, you are home

Home
Where you should be
Deep in a slumber
Away in a dream
No one will hurt you
They can’t even try
Life is better at home

“Life is Better at Home(Hestia’s Song)”
From God Complex
Words and Music by B.A. Monk Turner
Chad Bloom: Soprano Sax
Tiffany LaBarbera Palmer: Vocals
Monk Turner: Programming
Recorded at Terrace Studios (Highland Park, CA)

Young Lovers for Every Occasion (Aphrodite’s Song)

I’m really not the type
To to be alone on a Friday night
I need
I need constant attention
I’m not looking for the one
One is not enough
I need I need a dozen or more
I’m a libertine, that will not be ignored

I keep lovers for every occasion
To satisfy my every desire
I’ve got them in heavy rotation
So they can do all that I require
Eternal life needs a little distraction
And sometimes I need to feel human
Tonight I’m adding to my collection
Young lovers for every occasion

When you’re out there on your own
You don’t want to feel alone
And I don’t I don’t want to be alone
Some people need their space
They don’t want to suffocate
They push you away when you want to get close
So I keep my distance and spread my love around

I keep lovers for every occasion
To satisfy my every desire
I’ve got them in heavy rotation
So they can do all that I require
Eternal life needs a little distraction
And sometimes I need to feel human
Tonight I’m adding to my collection
Young lovers for every occasion

One for the day
And two for the night
Three to my left
And four to my right

I keep lovers for every occasion
To satisfy my every desire
I’ve got them in heavy rotation
So they can do all that I require
Eternal life needs a little distraction
And sometimes I need to feel human
Tonight I’m adding to my collection
Young lovers for every occasion

I’ve got
Young lovers for every occasion
I’ve got
Young lovers for every occasion

“Young Lovers for Every Occasion (Aphrodite’s Song)”
From God Complex
Words and Music by B.A. Monk Turner
Chad Bloom: Sax
Nicole de Jesus: Vocals
Jonathan Wandag: Background Vocals
Monk Turner: Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Shaker, Programming
Recorded at Terrace Studios (Highland Park, CA)

Let Me Heal You (Apollo’s Song)

 

If you’ve got aches and pains
broken bones that leave you constrained
If you suffer from a disease
Well come on over and let me give you some relief

Let me heal you
Let me heal you
Let me get my healing hands on you
Let me heal you
Let me heal you
Take a sip of this and you’ll be cured

Dr. Robert, what a phony, I’m the man you need
I’ve got everything you want and yes I take credit card

Science can only do so much
What you need is a healing touch
All of your pains will be released
Well come on over and let me experiment..

I mean
Let me heal you
Let me heal you
Let me get my healing hands on you
Let me heal you
Let me heal you
Take a sip of this and you’ll be cured

Let me heal you
Let me heal you
Let me get my healing hands on you
Let me heal you
Let me heal you
Take a sip of this and you’ll be cured

Dr. Robert, what a phony, I’m the man you need
I’ve got everything you want and yes I take credit card

“Let Me Heal You (Apollo’s Song)”
From God Complex
Words and Music by B.A. Monk Turner
Chad Bloom: Clarinet
Nicole de Jesus: Backing Vocals
Monk Turner: Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, SK1, Programming
Recorded at Terrace Studios (Highland Park, CA)

Oh Yes You Will!!! (Zeus’ Song)

Ahhhh..

You will call me high and mighty
And you will do what I say
Oh yes you will!!
Oh yes you will!!
Oh yeah you will!!

You will learn to bow before me
And you will let me have my way
Oh yes you will!!
Oh yes you will!!
And you should be afraid of what I can do
Your just a little spec of dust in the palm of my hand

Sometimes people wanna doubt me
Some say I’m not the only one
Oh yes they do
Oh yes they do
They foolishly do

Some want to create a savior
And others worship the sun
Oh yes they do
Oh yes they do
But soon they’ll be afraid of what I can do
When I pour out my wrath upon them those heathens will drown

I am the god of every god, I am Zeus that’s my name
Up in the sky, looking down I keep an eye on my domain
Planet Earth down below, I decide who lives and dies
I spare the ones who genuflect, go out and proselytize

Tell the world

Ahhhh..
I rule everything
Ahhhh..
I rule everything
Ahhhh..
I rule everything
Ahhhh..
I rule everything

“Oh Yes You Will!!! (Zeus’ Song)”
From God Complex
Words and Music by B.A. Monk Turner
Jonathan Wandag: Vocals
Nicole de Jesus: Backing Vocals
Monk Turner: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass , Programming
Recorded at Terrace Studios (Highland Park, CA)

Introducing God Complex

God Complex will feature twelve of the Greek Gods of Mount Olympus singing you their greatest hits. This album will be different from past albums in that I will be releasing one song at a time. In addition to this, I will also be releasing a video series that will give a behind the scenes look at the album’s creation.

This is Your Brain on Music

Rockin' my Kraus Labs attire.

Rockin’ my Kraus Labs attire.

Back in 2011, I briefly mentioned a project I was starting on with The Harmony Project and Northwestern University regarding the impact of music instruction on the brain. In addition to coordinating the study, I was also the primary music teacher for almost all of the 40-something kids involved. The scientists measured various brain and speech recognition functions of the students before and after my music classes. At the time I was optimistic that the results could get some press but I didn’t really think it would go beyond the academic and neuroscience community.

Boy was I wrong.

In the last month, I’ve come across articles from The BBC, NPR, Huffington Post, PBS, ABCScience News and many more about the study. It seems like every other day yet another article appears which highlights the findings of the scientists which has been reminiscent of the press flurry back when “It’s Your Birthday” dropped. One of my favorite things I’ve come across is a before and after gif that shows the brain development that took place over the course of the two years. Pretty amazing stuff.

I am forever grateful to the Harmony Project and Kraus Labs for this opportunity. There are so many teachers out there that would love to have this kind of rich data on the impact of their classroom instruction. I feel so lucky to have been selected. More importantly, I hope that this study helps to fund other programs that offer music instruction to those students that wouldn’t otherwise have the ability to afford it.

Swimming Upstream

Image by Patricia Anne

Since releasing my first digital album back in 2002, technology has played a crucial role in the distribution of the music I create. At that time, CDs were still the way folks listened to music but sales were definitely well in decline. Napster had scared the crap out of the music industry and was shut down for good. Mp3s were all the rage and there were these things called iPods that were changing the way people consumed their favorite songs and albums.

Thanks to archive.org and Creative Commons, I was able to distribute my music free of charge to my listeners without fear of the music being used for commercial purposes. I’d release a concept album that could be downloaded and enjoyed around the world. At the time, this was a novel idea for an independent artist.

MySpace came along a few years later and allowed a platform for album release announcements and other bits of information that helped in increasing downloads. I would eagerly check the statistics each day and be amazed that people were downloading this music that I had created in my bedroom.

Then along came Facebook which didn’t have quite the music friendly interface, but did eventually lead to more promotional opportunities than I could have ever imaged. Later Bandcamp entered the scene allowing a format that was more user friendly and offering better statistical information.

But a change is underway.

In the last few months, I’ve come to realize a major shift has happened in not only the music landscape, but also the social media landscape. With Facebook’s new algorithms, friends are only able to see things that have a significant number of likes. This has led to a mass exodus away from Facebook. It was time to once again change strategies. I’ve set up accounts on TwitterTumblrPintrest, and Instagram. While it is great to know that everything I post will be seen on these other services, I do miss the interface of Facebook.

There has also been a major shift away from downloads to streaming music. With services like Spotify, no longer is it about downloading an album. To be heard on a streaming service you have to participate in a digital distribution deal which can be costly for artists. But if you aren’t streaming with one of the big players, you’re losing potential listeners. Add to that, artists are seeing their royalties from these providers get smaller and smaller.

On the user side of things, Cloud technologies have moved people away from downloading a bunch of files they would have to keep on their computer. I can see this trend in the recent decline in downloads and uptick in streaming plays of my own music. So the challenge is how to keep listeners engaged with a full album of songs in a streaming hit single-oriented world. Perhaps releasing albums one song at a time is the way to go? Offering something extra special for downloading the album?  Or perhaps it is about a more interactive creation experience?

I’m sure once I find the answer to these questions, it’ll be time to shift gears again. Such is this business of music.

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