Extended Moments of Clarity

by Acoustic Fingers

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about

When I started doing acoustic shows again a few years back, I never intended on writing and completing whole records for the cause... not to mention by myself. But after I released "Don't Try This at Home" on a whim, the positive response was inspiring! It made me realize that some of my material is more digestible this way and has the ability to reach a completely different audience. It's certainly a quicker recording process when you don't have to worry about a full band of instruments to track and mix. Consequently, what began as unreleased bonus material, has now evolved into full blown solo-efforts.

This second effort "Extended Moments of Clarity", is a more deliberate record than my first. This time I went for variety, using more of the upbeat side of this instrument, rather than just the mellow side. I kept the lyrics light and fun on some songs while heavy and intense on others. I wanted acoustic songs that would rock and groove along side heartfelt soulful numbers and wanted better dynamic builds within each song.

From incorporating loop beats and synthesizer embellishments to swiping butter knives on grill racks, I infused more rhythmic percussion to the songs, mindful of how one guy could still play them live. The result is a mixture of traditional and electronic instruments all built around the acoustic guitar.

Musically, It's an even combination of modern melodic rock and traditional blues music that manages to stay mostly upbeat. This music was designed for grooving and cruising! That's why there is a car on the cover :)

Lyrically, the whole idea behind, "Extended Moments of Clarity" is to embrace the present tense. To own every single moment we are in because it's the only one that really counts. And all our past experiences just prepare us for who and where we are right now. That there is a much bigger picture connecting all of these moments that is beautiful and benevolent... and we are always adding to it :)

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released December 23, 2014

All songs written, arranged, performed, tracked, and mixed by Rob Roush at ROUSH STUDIOS in Jeannette, PA.

All songs mastered by Ed Jones and Rob Roush in Indiana, PA.

Copyright © 2014. Finger-Licking Music. All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: Late Bloomer
LATE BLOOMER

Like a fine wine
I was saved for this moment
With a wise eye
Only gained from the older

And I don't mind if I
Fall behind
'Cause I was born to take my time

I'm a late bloomer
I'm a late bloomer
I'm a late bloomer
The best is yet to come

I'm like a new flower
Through the dead of the winter
Now at full power
Waking up all my senses

You see the end
And I see a new beginning
You think the worst
And I know my best
Has yet to happen

I'm a late bloomer
I'm a late bloomer
I'm a late bloomer
And my best has just begun

Better late than never
Better late than never
Better late than never
I've just begun (I'm a late bloomer)
I've woken up (I'm a late bloomer)
Mmmm
'Cause I'm a late bloomer
And my best is yet to come
Track Name: Wildfire
WILD FIRE

Mmmm

Well If you wanna be my lover
All you got to do is say the word
And I'm all yours
Yeah

'Cause If you wanna be my woman
All you've got to do is take the bull
Mmm Hmm
Right by the horns

And feed a fever
Don't starve a cold
Stoke my fire
Let your wild wind blow
Oooh

Well if you wanna be my lady
Come stimulate my senses everyday
Oh
And I won't stray
Hey

Come feed my fever
Don't starve a cold
Stoke my fire
Let your wild wind blow
And let it burn
Like wild fire
Out of control
Like wild fire

My wild...
My wild..
Fire!

Feed my fever
Don't starve a cold
Stoke my fire
Let your wild wind blow
And let it burn
Your wild fire
Let it burn
My wild fire
Track Name: Sparkle/Shine
SPARKLE/SHINE
(Roush)

Make a wish
Reach for the sky
I hope you read your name in lights
Keep your focus
On the prize
I hope your dreams are finally realized

Sacrifice
And hold on tight
I still hope you enjoy the ride
And though we never stood a chance
I hope you find a greener place to stand

And shine like a diamond
In the moonlight
And sparkle like water
Under warm sunlight
'Cause you know it's your time to
Sparkle and shine

Like a bird
Who's meant to fly
I never would have kept you tied

But you my dear
Need to be free
You never would have let me say goodbye

Now shine like a diamond
In the moonlight
Sparkle like water
Under warm sunlight
'Cause you know it's your time

Sparkle and shine
Go change the world
With your light
But I'll never lose sight
Of the world
When you were just mine

Sparkle and...

Shine like a diamond
In the moonlight
And sparkle like water
Under warm sunlight
'Cause It's your time
To sparkle and shine
It's your time
Go shine
Track Name: Damn Good Woman
DAMN GOOD WOMAN
(Roush)

There's nobody better than my lady
She's an honest soul
Nobody who is more trustworthy
With a heart of gold
Got the compassion I need
I'm not too blind to see
That she's the one
Who really loves me

Through hard times
She's by my side
Through dark nights
She always shines
There's one thing
I can't deny
She's one damn good…

Uh Huh
Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh
Uh Huh
Uh Huh Uh Huh
Uh Huh
Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh
She's one damn good woman
A damn good woman

She's somebody I can always run to
And rest my head
Somebody I can always count on
To make things better
She's got the good sense I need
Believes in spite of me
That we can take this
All the way

Through hard times
And happiness
She'll always bring me her best
There's one thing
I must confess
She's one damn good…

Uh Huh
Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh
Uh Huh
Uh Huh Uh Huh
Uh Huh
Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh

She's one damn good…

Uh Huh
Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh
Uh Huh
Uh Huh Uh Huh
Uh Huh
Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh

She's one damn good…
Lord I know it
Damn it she's one
Damn good woman
Track Name: Smolder... Still Burning
SMOLDER...
(Roush)

Sometimes I feel so alive...
But sometimes I feel dead inside
And sometimes you're so hard to remember...
Yet sometimes it's like you never left
'Cause sometimes I just have to laugh...
But sometimes I just feel like crying

Somehow after all this time
Way down inside
There still burns a fire...
For you

STILL BURNING
(Roush)

All for one and one for all is fair in love and war is Hell
And Heaven only knows just why we’re apart
These casualties keep showing me how valuable we are
And why I’ll wait to see how things evolve

The truth can set you free
And honestly the flame for you
Has never died in me

I’m burning
Still burning tonight
Ooo-oo-ooo
For you

To be or not to be that is the question left for you and me
And time will only tell eventually

The answer’s in the stars
That shine above you on this very night
Wherever you are

Burning
Still burning tonight
Yearning
Still yearning inside
Ooo-oo-ooo

Don’t ever let your fire die
And don’t you dare let desire die
And I’ll never let my fire die for you

I’m burning
Still burning tonight
Yearning
Still yearning inside
I’m burning
Still burning tonight
Ooo-oo-ooo-oo-ooo
Ooo-oo-ooo
For you
Track Name: Kinetic (You Move Me)
KINETIC (YOU MOVE ME)
(Roush)

(4-3-2-1)

I'm burning out
Lookin' round
But it's all the same

In a faceless crowd
No one's standing out
Through this haze

Then between the obscene
Comes a moment of truth
A moment of clarity
Shining through

You move me
You move me

Well I've lost my way
Drifting out
Of touch again

With a world estranged
Selling out
With no shame

In between the obscene
Comes a moment of peace
A moment of dignity
'Cause honestly...

You move me
You move me
The depth of your sincerity
Gives me a moment of clarity
You move me

In a world of synthetics
You are kinetic
You keep pushing me through
(2x)

You move me
You move me
The depth of your sincerity
Gives me a moment of clarity
You move me
Track Name: Light My Way
LIGHT MY WAY
(Roush)

Out in the dark of night
Under a pale moonlight
When loneliness don't seem to fade
And holiness is out of faith
When I'm tired and weary and so afraid...

Light my way
Won't you?
Light my way
Light my way
Light my way

Out in this barren wasteland
The echoes of desperation
When ugliness has reared it's head
And happiness hangs by a thread
When I'm restless and lonely and need some grace...

Light my way
Won't you?
Light my way
Light my way

We long for the same compassion
'Cause deep down we're all just human
When I'm tired and weary and so afraid
Restless and lonely and out of faith
When I'm hurt and I'm angry and full of rage...

Light my way
Light my way
Won't you?
Light my way
Light my way
Track Name: Baby Blues
BABY BLUES
(Roush)

Hey baby
What cha trying to prove?
Keep telling all your lies
They're catching up with you

Well hey baby
Who you trying to fool?
You're laughing 'til you cry
But the joke's on you
(That's right)

Falling in and out of lust
You're always chasing around your own tail
Revolve around yourself

One look into
Your baby blues
There's an ocean in your eyes
My Baby Blues
You always lose
When it comes to love
You're blind
So blind

Well hey baby
Can't you see what you do?
You tell 'em all goodbye
Before they say it to you
(So true)

Falling in and out of touch
You're always running away from real love
Don't you love yourself?

My Baby Blues
All you're going through
Always written in your eyes
My Baby Blues
You always lose
'Cause when it comes to love
You're blind
So blind

My my my my baby blues...
My my my my baby blues...

Now when I look into
Your baby blues
Your indigo is not so bright
My Baby Blues
How I once loved you
But when it comes to love
You're blind
So blind

My my my my baby blues
Hooo-ooo-ooo-ooo
My my my my baby blues
Track Name: Nine Hours in Van Nuys
NINE HOURS IN VAN NUYS
(Roush)

Looking back it's all such a blur
It's like I'm recalling someone else's tale
And the trouble that started
On that late-summer night
When we took a ride
To Van Nuys...

(Now listen)
While on vacation
In California
Just two friends drivin'
One hour from a bed

Lost direction
And going slowly
When out of nowhere
Lights are flashing red

Nine hours in Van Nuys
I think we're losing our minds
In Van Nuys

A voice behind us
Is CHP
These borrowed wheels are
Ordered to a stop

License checked
Our breath is tested
Apprehended
With one of us in cuffs

(Ah no)
Nine hours in Van Nuys
One's stuck and one's doing time
They took away our rights
Looks like we're spending the night
In Van Nuys

Never could imagine this
Yet here we both sit
With one behind bars
And one left in a car
Whenever this nightmare finally comes to an end
Wake me up my friend

One call made
In desperation
To distant family
And friends are on their way

Bail is met
But we're still waiting
Lunch is served
Now we're free to drive away

...but we will not forget this day

And our nine hours in Van Nuys
Nine more than we would have liked
Now that we've both been released
Well I can guarantee
We're never gonna spend another hour
In Van Nuys

Bye Bye
(And good riddance)
Track Name: Last Call
LAST CALL
(Roush)

Inside of him there is a space
That no one here can fill
In her there burns a flame
For something true
It's...last call

This room is full of promises
As empty as the bottles
Consumed and tossed away
Like yesterday

It's last call
One last shot tonight
Before tomorrow
Last call
One last song tonight
Before the moment's gone

Last call
Last call

If you're going home alone
You are not alone
At last call

How fast the day can steal the night
A blink of an eye
They drink until the dawn
But their thirst is never gone

Last call
One last shot tonight
To kill the sorrow
Last song
One last chance tonight
To wish a upon a star

Last call
Last call
Track Name: Redemption Road
REDEMPTION ROAD
(Roush)

I have walked
Through the valley of shadows
I fear not
I have fought
Through the perilous seasons
To be heard
I have burned both ends of the candle
Held more than I can handle

Just to be here with you

Down Redemption Road
The only road I know
On my own
Redemption Road

I have flown
On the wings of an angel
Through the air
I have sailed
Over oceans of turmoil
To prevail
I have faced the darkest of days
Made my way through the rain

Just to say this to you

Down Redemption Road
The only road I know
We'll have to walk alone
So find your own...

Direction
Contrition
Salvation
Down
Redemption Road

I have crossed through improbable starlight
To be born
I have fought through the chaos and cosmos

Now I sing this for you

Down Redemption Road
It's the only way I know
But we have to walk alone
Such a long way to go
To save our souls
And find our own...
Redemption