Side One

Back In Time

Composers: Richard Elkerton, Jerry Baiden
Drums: Lance Dresser
Bass: Daniel Parenti
Keyboards & Bass Pad: Don Turney
Lead Vocals: Jake Morgan
Backing Vocals: CaiNo
Percussion: Michaelle Goerlitz

Verse 1:
There’s a figure in my mind, it takes the shape of you
For the hundredth-second time, I can’t see through
Days of walking in the rain we didn’t even care
So impervious to pain when you were there

Chorus:
And once again, I’m falling Back in Time our time
Can’t help myself from falling back

Verse 2:
There’s a fragrance in the air, the scent of which is you
Can’t help wishing you were there to hold on to
Days of feeling like a child, walking like a man
Only you could drive me wild the way I am

Chorus:
And once again, I’m falling Back in Time our time
Can’t help myself from falling back

Bridge:
I’m sinking from thinking
You want me back
Still out there in mid-air

Verse 1 repeat:
There’s a message in the wind that’s telling me the truth
Time will rust a man of tin that lost his youth
Days of feeling like a child, walking like a man
Only you could drive me wild the way I am

Chorus:
And once again, I’m falling Back in Time our time
Can’t help myself from falling back

Memory Of You

Composer: Jerry Baiden
Drums: Lance Dresser
Bass: Chris Beveridge
Lead Vocal: CaiNo
Backing Vocals: CaiNo; Jeff Kolhede
Percussion: Matt Boudreau

Verse 1
In the darkened streets of town
Some memory stares back at me
We were riding in a brand new car
You looked like a dream to me
With the glow of bright sunshine from your smile
We would build our castles cruisin’ the dial

Chorus:
All in a memory of you
All in a memory
All in a memory of you
All in a memory of you

Verse 2
In around a corner bend
I hear your voice say to me
“Don’t be foolish and go tempt your fate
I want you right here with me”
We would lay by the fire, disturb the dark
Through the night together igniting that spark

Chorus:
All in a memory of you
All in a memory
All in a memory of you
All in a memory of you

Bridge:
Red blue lights like screaming art
No dagger found
Someone stole your beating heart
Without a sound

Verse 1 repeat
In the darkened streets of town
Some memory stares back at me
We were riding in a brand new car
You looked like a dream to me
With the glow of bright sunshine from your smile
We would build our castles cruisin’ the dial

Chorus:
All in a memory of you
All in a memory
All in a memory of you
All in a memory of you

Heaven Help Us

Composers: Jerry Baiden; Richard Elkerton
Bass: Chris Beveridge
Drums: Lance Dresser
Keyboards: Don Turney
Lead Vocals: Jake Morgan, David R, Chris Hodges, Ben Botfield
Bridge Vocals: Richard Elkerton, Ben Botfield
Percussion: Jeff Kolhede

Verse 1
There’s a house I know too well
It’s along the pathway to hell
In a cage full of pain cries a child without name
That we can’t stand and face anymore
So we walk on, we just walk on by

Chorus
Heaven Help Us if you can
The world’s gone crazy in our hands
But the light out in the darkness
Is the same thing that you’ve known
You can find it in your heart and let it show

Verse 2
There’s someone you know too well
For his toll his sorry death knell
Like a church full of flames
Walls engulfed blood from veins
Don’t we have another choice anymore
So we go on, we just go on through it

Heaven Help Us if you can
The world’s gone crazy in our hands
But the light out in the darkness
Is the same thing that you’ve known
You can find it in your heart and let it show

One Kiss

Composers: Sigmund Romberg; Oscar Hammerstein II
Piano: Don Turney

Red Neck Rock N Roll

Composer: Jerry Baiden
Drums, Percussion: Lance Dresser
Bass: Chris Beveridge
Piano: Don Turney
Lead Vocal: Jake Morgan

Verse 1
I woke up and it was 6 AM
My head was pounding like ol’ big ben
Grabbed my keys falling out the door
Promising I ain’t doing this no more
But my first love won’t be denied
It’s always been there like a true love of mine

Chorus 1:
I want that red neck rock n roll
And don’t forget about my Seminoles
I need that red neck rock n roll
Go on and get it
(and) put it in your soul

Verse 2
I got divorced about four years ago
Where I’ve been ain’t what you want to know
My best friend I’ve ever had is gone
Not sure where I’d be without a song
But my first love won’t be denied
It’s always been there like a true love of mine

Chorus 2
I want that red neck rock n roll
It ain’t nothin’ ‘bout gun control
I need that red neck rock n roll
Go on and get it
(and) put it in your soul

Chorus 3
I want that red neck rock n roll
The kind that gets down in my soul
I need that red neck rock n roll
The kind that stiffens my fishing pole
I want that red neck rock n roll
Come on and get it

Reality Garage

Composer: Jerry Baiden
Lead Vocal: Ben Price
Bass Pad: Don Turney
Ukulele: Jerry Baiden

Verse 1
Got a jet propulsion launcher in our station south of Maine
With a few clouds in our sky near zero chance of rain

Chorus 1
We did it on our own
and built our dream right here at home
This love’s no mirage
We got our Reality Garage

Verse 2
Our communication systems are always on line
and if we somehow lose touch we’ll stay up all night

Chorus 2
Everything we own
was built straight from our harvest home
This love’s no mirage
It’s just our reality garage

Bridge:
As a team of two, we relied on clues
and our sacrificial ways
Even through hard times as our years go by
May we sing our humble praise
This love’s no mirage
It’s just our reality garage

Verse 3
A radio announcer says we’ve done it again
And what it took us to fly so high is no special science

Chorus 3
We love this cubicle space that we’re living for
This love’s no mirage
We got our reality garage
It’s just our reality garage

Side Two

Destiny

Composer: Jerry Baiden
Bass: Joe Lofaro
Drums: Chris Sepulveda
Basic Tracking Studio: Sound & Vision Studios: San Francisco, CA. 1988
Lead Vocal: Scott Foster Harris
All guitar tracks: June 2019 at Studio: 25th Street Recording Studio, Oakland, CA.

Verse 1
It’s coming to me in a vision
It draws me in like possessions
Somehow forgot where I came from
Spinning about in a steel dark drum

Verse tag
Wading trying not to drown
It’s in the message meant to be
that I found

Chorus
Just believe it’s destiny
Your time has come, it’s meant to be
They’ll tell you what you ought to be
Above it all it’s your destiny

Verse 2
In my dreams like walls of voodoo
I’m dying to run and flying won’t do
In night scenes again drawn to you
But it seems to be just de ja vu

Verse tag
Standing waiting patiently
Can’t help thinking where I’d be
without you

Chorus:
Just believe it’s destiny
Your time has come, it’s meant to be
They’ll tell you what you ought to be
Above it all it’s your destiny

Verse tag
Standing waiting patiently
It’s in the message meant to be
that I found

Chorus:
Just believe it’s destiny
Your time has come, it’s meant to be
They’ll tell you what you ought to be
Fuck ‘em all it’s your destiny
Just believe it’s destiny
Your time has come, it’s meant to be
They’ll tell you what you ought to be
Above it all it’s your destiny

Windsong

Composer: Jerry Baiden
Drums: Lance Dresser
Acoustic Upright Bass: Daniel Parenti
Keyboards: Don Turney
Percussion: Ami Molinelli

Love Turns Its Back

Composers: Richard Elkerton; Jerry Baiden
Bass: Chris Beveridge
Drums, Tambourine: Lance Dresser
Hammond B-3: Don Turney
Lead Vocal: Ben Price
Backing Vocal: Jeff Kolhede
Brushes & Laughter: Ami Molinelli

Verse 1
In this world, in our time
Seems like love is hard to find
Mrs. Right for a song
Always morphs to Mrs. Wrong
I would give anything for the one to share my dream
But the Gods are not smiling down on me

Chorus
Someone up there has it in for me
It’s getting harder to believe in Thee
Every time I think I’m finding my destiny
Love turns its back on me

Verse 2
Same ol’ line same ol’ play
Just the actress is replaced
Closing night I must say
It ain’t worth the price I’ve paid
I would give all I own
For that beauty on the phone
But the Gods always turn her into beast

Someone up there has it in for me
It’s getting harder to believe in Thee
Every time I think I’m finding my destiny
Love turns its back on me

Verse tag
I would give all I own
For that beauty on the phone
But the Gods always turn her into beast

Final chorus
Someone up there has it in for me
It’s getting harder to believe in Thee
Every time I think I’m finding my destiny
Love turns its back
Red turns to black
Love turns its back on me

Still

Composers: Jerry Baiden; Richard Elkerton
Drums: Lance Dresser
Bass: Chris Beveridge
Keyboards: Don Turney
Lead Vocal: Ben Botfield
Backing Vocals: CaiNo

Still…think of you. Yes I still…

Verse 1
Let me walk across a bridge to your garden
And plant the dreams that you have forgotten
Give the whispering wind some attention
And hear the words that I cannot mention

Chorus
‘Cause I still think of you
Yes I still think of you each day of my life
You’re on my mind
Still I think of you
Still I think of you

Bridge
Now that you’re gone, it’s clear
I need to have you near
Now that you’re gone…

Verse repeat
Let me walk across a bridge to your garden
And plant the dreams that you have forgotten
Give the whispering wind some attention
And hear the words that I cannot mention

‘Cause I still think of you
Yes I still think of you each day of my life
You’re on my mind
Still I think of you
Still I think of you

Step Down From Love

Composer: Jerry Baiden
Bass: Chris Beveridge
Drums: Lance Dresser
Hammond B-3: Don Turney
Lead Vocal: Jake Morgan

Chorus:
Step Down From Love
Step down from love
Gotta step down from love
Step down

Verse 1
Well I’ve been hurting, feeling the pain of
the emptiness of love’s hard road
Loneliness deep and so severe now
‘cause your no longer by my side
Every time I see you, I wonder if you’ve found someone new
Every time I’m near you, the hurts starts again
That’s why I’ve got to…

Chorus
Step down from love
Step down from love
Gotta step down from love
Step Down

Verse 2
Every place, everything we’ve lived through
Reminders don’t fade fast enough
I can’t sleep, I can’t even eat while
You walk all over me in my dreams
Every time I see you my world starts spinning around
Every time I’m near you the hurts starts again
And that’s why I gotta…

Step down from love
Step down from love
Gotta step down from love
Step Down

Bridge:
Did you really love me
While you filled me with your tenderness
Well did you really love me
Or did you just…just need me?

Step down from love
Step down from love
Gotta step down from love
Step Down
Step down from love
Step down from love
Gotta step down from love
Step Down

Main Vain

Composer: Jerry Baiden
Guitar Solo: Performed on the guitar I learned on: a 1968 Sears Silvertone Acoustic Archtop/Archback

Recording Credits

Basics/Overdubs, All Guitar Tracks & Editing Engineer: Jeff Kolhede
25th Street Recording Studios, Oakland, California
May-September 2019

Basics Engineer (Back In Time & Windsong): Gabriel Shepherd
25th Street Recording Studios, Oakland, California
May 2019

Keyboard Overdubs Engineer: Don Turney
DKS Productions, Hayward, California
June-July 2019

Scott Foster Harris Lead Vocal & Engineer
Hollywood, California
June 2019

Jake Morgan Lead Vocal Engineer: Patrick Olguin
Velvet Tone Studios, Sacramento, California
June 23, 2019

Michaelle Goerlitz Percussion Engineer: Jeremy Goody
Megasonic Sound, Oakland, California
June 29, 2019

Ami Molinelli Percussion Engineer: Dan Feiszli
Feiszli Recording Studios, El Cerrito, California
July 1, 2019

Ben Price Lead Vocal Engineer: Charles Goodan
Burbank, California
July 20, 2019

Ben Botfield Lead Vocal & Engineer:
Manchester, Great Britain
July-August 2019

CaiNo Lead Vocal & Engineer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August-September 2019

Mixing Engineer: Matt Boudreau
Lafayette, California
September 2019

Mastering Engineer: Gentry Studer
Nashville, Tennessee
September 2019

All Guitars:
All Songs Arranged & Produced by

JERRY BAIDEN

ABOUT THE SONGS

Back In Time

Richard Elkerton and I wrote this pretty-much, face-to-face at his kitchen table. I had the main riff (at the beginning), and he had the chorus riff idea laying around. Rich is a big fan of the “Back To The Future” movie trilogy. This tune could be considered a nod to that masterpiece (the movie). I would love to go back in time if I could.

Memory Of You

I was living at my parents’ home at the time. Unfortunately, a lady that lived across the street and about three houses down was murdered by a stabbing. There were the police, ambulance, and news reporters at the scene. It was surreal. Along with that time, I was searching for things to write about. I decided to make this incident part of my consciousness: I imagined being called to be informed of this woman’s murder. I imagined that I knew her when we were younger and how her death reminded me of my experiences with her. The song wrote itself.

Heaven Help Us

I dreamt the “hook” as-is with chords and melody. Went to Rich (Elkerton) with it and together we came up with the rest. This is a rather timely song (even though it was written over 20 years ago). I did re-write some of the lyrics, with Rich’s blessing. If anybody is wondering about the second verse lyrics, “someone you know too well,” is a rather sarcastic line that reflects all too well knowing about an individual mass-shooter that is hell-bent on ambush killing others because their own life is not to their own liking. “Like a church in flames” is a reference to the Notre Dame church fire and that reference being used to increase the harsh reality of the next line: “walls engulfed blood from veins.” I have never seen the after-scene of a mass shooting, but I would assume there is a lot of blood everywhere. I do believe something must be done to limit access to guns, especially military grade weapons, i.e. AK47s, AR15s, any semi-automatics, explosives, ETC.

One Kiss

This is a Sigmund Romberg-Oscar Hammerstein II song. I learned of it by being a Barbra Streisand fan. Her “Color Me Barbra” album featured this song. It has got to be one of the most beautiful songs ever written, and the version on her album one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded. By the way, One Kiss has nothing to do with gender. The emotion and devotion invested in this love-relationship is the same regardless of gender.

Red Neck Rock N Roll

I just had this idea laying around so when it came time to do this album, I wanted to include this idea. There have been previous tunes of the same title. I just wanted my own. And, I get to play slide!

Reality Garage

I dreamt that my “wife” and I were building a spaceship in our garage. It was perfectly symbolic of the teamwork and love within our relationship, or any relationship for that matter. “This love’s no mirage, it’s just our reality garage” is what I heard in my head as I was waking up. Not sure how I came up the main riff (intro), but I do like it.

Destiny

This tune should make your hair grow because I had a lot at the time I came up with this. However, I did write the lyrics in 2019. For some reason, it was very difficult to get the lyrics on this. It was a song whose lyrics that I had to labor over for months. The process was like giving birth. Of course, I do not know what it is like to give birth; however, I understand it is painful, laborious, and finally rewarding. Hope you like it; it’s all I got for it.

Windsong

Jim Bonevich was a GREAT friend of my mine since I first met him way back. He unfortunately, tragically, and prematurely passed away in 2016. His passing has left a void that will never be filled. I wrote this at the time we were working together and just having a great time playing and jamming together. My tribute to him.

Love Turns Its Back

I went to Rich with the very beginning of the tune: “In this world, in our time, seems like love is hard to find…” and that’s all I had. Like most of our songs, we wrote this one head-to-head at his kitchen table. He came up with the hook so he gets “front billing.” It is a favorite of mine because of the “Lennon-McCartney” vocal harmony at the chorus. I would be nowhere, and definitely not even here, if it were not for The Beatles.

Still

Another Richard Elkerton collaboration. I brought this to him with the chorus intact and the verse’s chords and melody. Rich wrote the lyrics for the first verse, and I think we wrote the second verse together (?). I omitted the second verse on this version due to the lyric of “By a lyrical brook in your slumber, let me cast a spell for you to be under. Then I’ll sing every song of love to you in a dream that I hope comes true.” At this point in “modern history,” it kind of sounds like Bill Cosby was giving us instructions.” And, I just want to say that Rich and I do NOT know Bill Cosby.

Step Down From Love

This is a “good time tune” about being fed up over being brokenhearted. Yeah, I know it sounds like the a Black Crowes tune. They “ripped off” others, so I should be allowed to “rip them off,” right?

Main Vain

This is just a little thing that makes my left hand cramp (in the bridge). Those chords are a bitch. The solo is on my 1968 arch top & back Silvertone acoustic that my parents bought at the local Sears, Roebuck And Company. This guitar is the guitar that I learned on and took my first lessons with. It is therefore very fitting to feature this guitar on the last track of my album. No, it’s not for sale.

Baiden Format:

Digital format without conventional incrementation, simulating the traditional analog method of “sides,” where you have about 15-20 minutes of songs in a particular sequence. For my album, the only incrementation is at the beginning of “song 1” and “song 7,” and the end of “song 6” and “song 12.” And, that’s it. If you were to buy this album, the only way to buy it is to buy “Side 1” or “Side 2,” or both sides.

It is time for the artist to take some control back in how the consumer buys and listens to their work. There is meaning in sequence: order of a list of songs. All live performances are journeys, as are albums (mini-journeys): therefore, songs are micro-journeys. Depending on the situation, the place within which a song/track was placed has purpose & function.

I suggest this format for the initial release of an “album” or “collection of songs.” Then, after a “bit of time,” (maybe six months) release all of the songs as individual items to be bought.

This format is created at the mastering stage, with the “skip function” as needed. ISRC’s (International Standard Recording Codes) are still embedded in each of the tracks, and there are ISRC codes for each side. Therefore, it is “unnecessary” to increment tracks. Albums, collections in sequence add to the appreciation of specific tracks. It is about context. A song is given its place, its place within the entire order. Just like life itself, there is meaning in sequence.

Things I think and say:

The Album’s Paradigm:
Sonically Big & Fat
Emotionally Poignant & Stressed

  • The main purpose of an artist is to take you away from all the shit you have to deal with then artistically bring you back to it.
  • As an artist, you cease to be one when you become predictable.
  • When it’s right, it’s right; until then, it’s not…
  • If I run out of ideas, I just go to sleep.
  • Why not have two bass parts?
  • Let it go and let things speak for themselves.
  • With the musicians on this thing they really get what’s going on. So, after they understand what to do, I just let them do their thing, and when they feel that whatever they did was right, rest-assured it’s right.

Density:

Modern recording technology has increased the dynamic scope and range to where sonic density is for the first time virtually “unlimited.” This “huge” aspect has crept up on everyone, to where this is all we pay attention to; and, it is easily achieved. We have forgotten that “density” can exist within every aspect of music production, i.e. harmony, melody, structure, lyrical content, instrumentation, background vocals, ETC… Where artists of yesteryear (and many are still here) “were forced” to innovate and create denser chord progressions, more complex harmonic , melodic content in order to sustain interest/attention; however, these artists are a bit miffed (understatement) by the current state of pop music (2019). One reason: it is easy to impress consumers/listeners with sonically loud passages featuring extremely repetitive chord progressions; melodies; lyrics; instrumentation; and structure. With that, we have become “slaves” to the modern recording machine, as musicians and listeners. It is time to break out of this “modern music” prison, but you must earn it.

ANYONE can achieve the huge sonic, dynamic range of modern music. Maybe the reason that “no one” is buying tracks or albums is because these “works of art” are so easily replicable. Would you buy anything you thought you could do yourself? The difference is in the other aspects of music production: melody, lyrics, chords, progressions, structure, and instrumentation (which require real musicians). We need to create greater density within those other areas of music production. Let’s do this!
THERE IS MEANING IN SEQUENCE
Understand the place within which a song/track was placed.

THANKS!

my Mother, my Sister, & Haru-sama

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Los Gatos, California

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Los Gatos, California

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