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Laughing Over Storm Clouds

from 12 Songs, 12 Weeks by Buckman Page

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Laughing Over Storm Clouds
Written by Marcus Lohrmann and Matt Cefalu
Performed by Buckman Page
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered by Stark Naked Records
Artwork by John Williamson (Photo taken by Ross Stephens)


Thanks for listening. It's been quite a week of recording, but we've made it.

This song falls outside the realm of usual BP tone and rhythm. That said, it feels great to release this one. We're trying to explore the reaches of our songwriting through the 12 song project, and I don't feel like we've been here quite yet. 7 songs down, 5 to go.

About the song: The character (narrator of the song) goes through a transition from anger to frustration, to acknowledging his own shortcomings and finally giving way to a bit of reality. I was listening to a lot of Weezer when I wrote and conceived of this song. You can hear that in the thumpy riffing guitar in front of the laid back yet delightfully heavy drums. It had been a tough week beforehand, and traveling between the west coast and midwest on a bumpy airline ride, there was a lot to think about. Somewhere in there we passed over a major storm system that really shook me up - (Mr. Cefalu can tell you, I'm not the greatest airplane passenger --- my palms sweat a lot). After awhile the turbulence became worse, but, when looking over the storm system, I giggled a bit at my own fear and frustration. There are two sides of fear - reality, and perception of reality. The realization seemed to speak to a larger problem in my own troubles.

By the time my plane landed at O'Hare, I had written part of this song, the rest to be completed on the blue line (CTA) ride back home.




I'm looking over storm clouds, laughing -
I see, maybe I'm stacking ashes.

But you wanted more
Contentment seemed a whore -
A cheap wish
An easy score.
You are what you please,
But not what you need.

With gratitude lost
Despair became your boss
Contagious hating -
Your courage gone.
You are what you please,
But not what you need.

No matter where I go
I'm left with myself
Alone in my head
So like it, or just go to hell.

But someone got you thick
It make me kind of sick
To see you be a dick.
A broken soul,
A weak myth.
You are what you please,
But not what you need.

I'm looking over storm clouds, laughing -
I see, maybe I'm stacking ashes.

I'm looking over storm clouds, laughing.


from 12 Songs, 12 Weeks, track released May 25, 2012


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From belting vocal presence to passionate lyricism, from rhythmic precision and elegance to powerfully sweeping guitar solos, BP presents an engaging sound both in their recordings and live performances that is straight forward, charming, and alive. Their music is raw, clear, and full of hope. ... more

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