Light Horizon

by Adam McLean

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This is the trial run in a collaboration that is over 25 years in the making... two artists on opposite sides of the country hurling their imaginations via technology at each other...

The titles repeated in bold have vocals from GREGORY.

It is an honor to work with GREGORY!

Thank you for finding my little corner of the digital world... There are several albums of material here, each with it's own voice, own sound and feel...

My music is primarily improvisation with my imagination, my instruments and the computer to capture the work as I go. I do refine, but mostly I let what comes out stand as is.

I strive to make the music that I want to hear... the music that isn't out there... the music that I am desperate to be a part of... it's raw and visceral as I think art should be... I'm a firm believer that if you aren't making art somehow, someway, then you are dead already and not helping others learn how to live...


released December 31, 2011

Adam McLean all instruments... Gregory Francis all lyrics and vocals. As ever, All Rights Reserved, SEIZURE RIGHTS MUSIC, ASCAP.



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Track Name: Hand of God
I have no idea if there are lyrics... Gregory?

(BE HERE NOW… be here now…)
Alone now I wait as shadows through a curtain
Taunt me with a glimpse of what we had
This abbreviated rendering fails to compare to the emotive lust for life we shared
We were afraid to take that fateful leap, to take what life could give
So we waited for a perfect chance to live
And so we waited and time was no stranger

I never really felt the way they described this cold sensation
I never could relate to their claims of emphatic boredom
Feeding on alluring scraps of enigmatic fantasy
Crushing through our lifelong dreams we forged a new theology

(BE HERE NOW… be here now…)
For we are alive
But for a short time

An antagonistic nightmare paling through the years
Merely enduring - my deepest fear
There are no second chances; no way can we reclaim
Decades wasted hoping for a better aim
Nothing but shadows of memories and it is done

Music and Sound: Adam McLean
Lyrics and Voice: Gregory Francis
Track Name: THE GOD WAVE
A quiet universe of vacant stars
No chance of knowing sentience
In this particular eternity
A sterile iteration never self aware

A Goldilocks universe – everything prepared
Nothing is independent - Cause cannot circumvent it
Reality is drowning in the God Wave

Another Kingdom bearing down on me
Consumed in high complexity
I sense a grand presence washing over me
I am cleansed in the essence of friable probability
I integrate into the local state
All creation devoid of life - bereft of memory,
No machines, no animals - stillborn causality
Baryonic consequences - Reality so ostentatious
Transcription errors in the God Wave

Universal constants rearranged into a perfect coincidence
With no one to crucify we seek another alibi
Time and Space are an inflammatory lie
Reverence is circumstantial - Absolution preferential
Trolling through the wavelengths of the God Wave
Deviling details in the God Wave

Selfless perturbations in the God Wave
Oscillating reason in the God Wave
Ripples through eternity - Subject to random brevity
Emotion ripples through the God Wave
A final kind of tunneling - Frame dragging eloquence
Washing away in the God Wave
Destiny is nonexistent - Entropy is inconvenient
A Universe canonized - Heaven re-initialized
In our ways, we are set and change is so hard to believe
Artificial eyes scan the cosmos revealed in full spectrum relief

Vector orientation and increasing velocity
Prove that something is headed our way
On an intersect course, faster and faster and Doppler agrees

Science leads the way as we grow to understand who we are
Revelation is hard to accept: sentience among the stars
It is a numerically impossible to have the only planet alive
And given the vastness of space it was only a matter of time
There is a reason we have gained their attention

There is a direct correlation between Heaven and Hell
As the Eyes of the Nation turn to the sky
We verify that something is on its way
Something is coming our way

Trajectory set and verified
Something traversing the cosmic sea
Apprehensively we scrutinize
Stars changing directions impossibly

All of this was hypothesized
In prophecies hard to deny
Still having trouble believing our eyes
A blue shifted light in the sky

A new Heaven intruding, we are undermined
From our station of earthly supremacy
A divine iteration, who is to say?
But something is headed this way
Cherished relics entrusted to me crumble in the wake of time
Histories erased forever reduced to dreams of lies

Altered perspectives awaken in us a reason to deny
Things believed so far above us burnt offerings falling from the sky

I believed every incremental lie
And thus deceived, my faith so denied
Fables lure with haunting fascination
Pressed upon my childhood’s imagination
Now I choose to revoke my inspiration
I refuse to invoke my inclination to believe once again

Even in our grand disorder structure still implies
A frame exists onto which we hang our favorite dream of lies

Everything we know has an ending, only nothing can remain
Prodigious efforts yield to cold and futile disdain

Stunning choral patterns break into a rapturous demise
Opposing harmonies disintegrate upon a fractured dream of lies

Atonal constructs rupture into a haunting dream of lies
Harmonic transgressions struggle beyond a chaotic dream of lies

Music and Sound: Adam McLean
Lyrics and Voice: Gregory Francis
Twisting together
We were recombinant
Feeding each other
A symbiotic resonance

Entangled viral hearsay
Yields eventualities
Destined to populate
The here and now

If time was not a twisted arrow
Perhaps I would not lose my aim
The tomorrows for which we harrow
Will never be the same as the last time

Conspicuous and oh so narrow
The progeny of life is sufferance
So I listened…
And in that moment I could hear the future screaming back at me
And to the past I plead for another chance to be (again)

I preface everything through finality
And pray for tomorrow’s eventuality
Time changes everything
Even you and me
The future mutates constantly
Looking back you’ll see the end

Stalking History, we fortify our timeline
In dreaming quantum harmony, our fragments align

I know that you know, ergo we go
Forgo tomorrow we know what’s been
You know that I know, ergo we go
We loathe time’s flow forestalling the end
I know that you know, ergo we go
The future behind us re-writes the end

The fallacy of intuition is the lack of subtle recognition
Causality has limitations hacking into precognition

Duality is mitigation of past and future translocation
The totality of limitations is that nothing ever changes

Feeling between the lines of code, I hear the Light
Screaming from the future, “You were right.”

Music and Sound: Adam McLean
Lyrics and Voice: Gregory Francis
Now I remember wanting to forget
Those golden times with you
Our temporary immortality
Should I ever pass this way again
I will remember this day

Sunlight glistening through the windshield speeding by
Our eyes alight in laughter
We were immortal
Endless opportunities spread out before us
As the limbs of an aging lover
We turned away

And now I sit alone
Wondering when I settled for this
Calculated solitude - safe and confined
Impervious to new pain - no fear of loss impending
And now I know what little I control is worthless alone

I’m lost in these latitudes - no formal restrictions
Complementary platitudes of grand indecision

Now I believe that memory
Is all we have and all we’ll ever need
To relive the moment time and time again
Reiterated feeling – endure it again?
Can you come out and play
Before this day slips away?

Whatever you want from me is yours for the taking
No social complications, just memories in the making

I was begging for permission
I needed you to show me
All of life’s temptations
You took me inside

Now I’m seeking permission
Before I confide in you
Perhaps some things are better left denied

Encircled by our best friends - laughing until we cried
Then we turned away and said goodbye for the last time

As best I can recall
We truly lived in the golden age
Love and life were almost free

I remember the reflections in your eyes full of possibilities
I was honored that you would even listen to someone like me
Now in total resignation, I pull the blinds
I don’t need this anymore

Music and Sound: Adam McLean
Lyrics and Voice: Gregory Francis