Artist: Craig Relyea Album: Revolutions Year: 2006 This CD was written and recorded by Craig Relyea. All lyrics and music were written by Craig Relyea. All album artwork was done by graphic designer, Jason Capello. Mastering was done in collaboration with Tim Lynch at the Recording Company. Thanks for your support! If you are fan of the music, do it a favor and recommend it to others. This concept album tells a story as the CD progresses. Essentially, it deals with the events and circumstances one faces in life and the decisions made throughout. My belief is that there is a reason for every decision we make. If one is not careful in the process of making decisions, it can affect you in time. Hence the name of the album: Revolutions. It stems from the idea "everything that comes around, goes around". Life is full of tests, some more subtle than others. But in the end, ones actions define who they are. Cause, choice, and effect are all interwoven throughout life. A further description of the album follows: 1. "In the Beginning," the first song of the CD, introduces the concept behind the album. The story begins as one's life does. The basic message is that life is a thing of beauty and one is to be aware of things that will attempt to jeopardize it. Your time on this earth is limited and it only takes the slightest thing to take that away. The song itself is somewhat of a disclaimer to the dangers and temptations that will emerge throughout life. 2. "Blinding Light" poses the question that drives everyone; what is the truth? What is going on behind the scenes? What is the meaning of life? Although this question can become confusing, one's answer to the question should be simple. How ever you address the question; philosophy, religion, etc., the answer has to be something you can relate to and find truth in. The second track exemplifies this struggle. 3. "Sunrise to Sunset," which is actually the first song I ever wrote, is where life becomes complicated. One questions why things happen the way they do, specifically in times of trouble (I'm intentionally being vague. Everyone has had different experiences which they could relate to.) At times it can seem like the 'sun is setting for the last time' and that nothing good will ever result, hence the name of the next song. 4. "Darkness" is actually an instrumental but it has purpose in terms of the concept for the album. There is a point in life when things seem to spiral out of control and one can easily lose a grip on what is important. The song sets up "Visions" (track 5) well because the mood of the piece gets darker and a little more haunting as it progresses. 5. "Visions" is the breaking point and by far the most chaotic song on the album. It is about giving in to the pressures and uncertainties of life and becoming delusional as a result. At this point, decisions and actions are vital in determining who one really is. If one is not careful at this stage in life, it can haunt you at a later time. Essentially the song is about hitting rock bottom and being convinced that there is no way out. 6. "The Flame" is a message of hope, a light beyond the darkness that one can identify with. It's about finding out (albeit the hard way) what is truly important and latching on to it. Despite any unfortunate circumstance(s) in life, there is always something to pull you through, whether it is faith, a particular person, or even just a memory. 7. "This Passing Time" is almost like a narrative in the sense that it is an outside presence that it watching overhead reminding those who may have gotten lost along the way that life is what you make of it. It echoes the same chorus of track 2 in attempt to restore one's perspective on life. 8. "Paralyzed" is probably my favorite song on the album. I had to make a decision at this point in the "story" whether or not to make the rebirth in the subject's life a worthwhile one. Like anyone else, I enjoy a happy ending, but that's not what I wanted to convey through this CD (it's always more meaningful when the character dies at the end, right?) I went the direction I did at this point to emphasize the entire meaning/suggestion of the album, that if you are not careful with the life you live, it can be taken from you (prematurely). I've personally seen the effects of addictions and how they can take a life over. It hurts to see it. So I wrote "Paralyzed" not so much to say, "I told you so," but rather as a message to those that may not see things so clearly, don't cover insecurities or imperfections with smoke and mirrors. Be true to yourself and you can find truth. As for the song in relation to the rest of the story, this is the death bed. 9. "The Edge" is the point in the album when the life being observed is to pass away. However, I did not seek to make this as morbid as reading it may sound. Quite contrary, this is probably the most peaceful song on the album. The words paint the picture of becoming one with God. And although the life described throughout the album had learned the errors of their ways too little too late, this song gives one the impression of a peaceful death. 10. "Flight" is the last song which is a continuation of "The Edge." It is the last scene as life becomes one with it's creator. So as the story concludes, it suggests that life is cyclical; it continuously begins and ends. The CD is called "Revolutions."