Album Profile: "Quantifiable Nothingness"


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"Quantifiable Nothingness" is the second album from Sun Holes. Recording began in November of 2012 and was completed in January 2015. It includes 10 tracks, and has a variety of styles.

The first track, "Quantifiable Nothingness" opens the album as an instrumental piece. If you're a fan of The Alan Parsons Project, this song might remind you of the instrumentals that begin each of his albums. Alan Parsons was a huge musical influence on me in the 80's, and in fact, I actually had the opportunity to tell him so. He played in Ottawa at Bluesfest in July, 2009. My wife and I volunteer as artist transportation every summer for Bluesfest, and I was lucky enough to pick him up at the airport and take him to his hotel. If you didn't know, Alan also engineered albums for The Beatles and Pink Floyd, two other major influences of mine. This is also one of a few songs on this album that feature two drum kits.

The second track, "Ahead Of My Time" is the story of a man who feels that he just doesn't fit in anywhere. The lyrics are written like puzzle pieces, which is meant to give the impression that our subject was never able to finish the puzzle.

The third track, "Shiv" is written from the point of view of a convicted felon who rules the roost in prison with his weapon of choice. I think it's a funny song, and I wrote it because I thought it was about time that someone wrote a song about a shiv.

The fourth track, "Troubadour's Song" is about the heavy responsibility that singer/songwriter's have to tell their stories in song, and the vulnerability that they feel in doing so.

The fifth track, "Asshole" was my attempt to write a peppy, rocking tune about... well... an asshole. Maybe someone you know? Maybe not. I wasn't thinking of anyone in particular when writing this one. It was more of an experiment than anything, but I'm very happy with how it turned out. A bit of trivia here... the first line of the song is intentionally similar to my favourite ELO song.

The sixth track, "A Walk In The Park - Part 1" is another instrumental piece. I wrote this song on guitar a few years ago, and I liked the melody so much that I used it twice. You will recognize it at the beginning, and during the bridge of "Half-Baked".

The seventh track, "Half-Baked" is the fictional story of a father who suspects that his son is on drugs. I repeat... this is a FICTIONAL story! As an aside, my son has agreed to be the subject in the music video for this song, which we will shoot in the summer of 2015.

The eigth track, "Where Do We Go From Here?" is the fictional story of a stalker. Actually, this is my second song of this nature. The first was "Nothing Is Alright" from the first album, "Uh No". I've never had a stalker, so I guess I write stalker songs out of envy.

The ninth track, "Nice Guys" was written back in the 80's, which I recorded on my analog multi-track machine. I wrote it at a time in my life when I felt like I would never meet "the one". I since have of course, but I had always wanted to re-record it, as I feel it is relatable to everyone at some point in their lives.

The last track, "A Walk In The Park - Part 2" is a variation on Part 1. Simply put, I was fooling around with some effects and liked what I heard, so I added a few things.


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