The Art of Lights

Album Cover
  1. Street Lights (9:51)
  2. Freedom? (6:08)
  3. Ride (8:23)
  4. The Open Road (7:25)
  5. To Say Nothing (2:53)
  6. Letting Go (12:44)
  7. Unification (2:20)

    From “Schwa – Alive at Wilder”

  1. Freedom? / Ride 9:32
    • Eric Barker – Synthesizer
    • David Meadow – Drums
    • George Milly – Electric Guitar
    • Andy Wellington – Bass Guitar
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During the fall of 2000, my second year at Oberlin, after a few failed attempts at starting a decent concept album, I finally and wrote Glass Reality (later re-named Street Lights). It was by far my most polished and interesting rock tune to date, and felt like the perfect opening mini-epic to a concept album based around the theme of escapism and self-doubt. I took the next semester off from college, and from a small inn in rural Mexico, I planned out the basic map and musical material for the album, although this would change drastically throughout the project's development. My largest concern was in ensuring that it remaining one cohesive whole with an overall musical arc and reoccurring themes and material.

There were eight tracks originally planned for the album, though the seventh track, a 15-minute epic, was partially composed but never recorded. It had been almost two years since the formation of the concept, and a return to the academic world, with increased work loads, slowed the project to a halt. So, clocking in at over 45 minutes, I finished six midi demos. Unification, originally planned to be a final ensemble instrumental, was later recorded in its originally composed form as a solo piano piece. In the end, I was lucky enough to perform Ride as part of the band, Schwa.