Ponder the Road is a concept album. It is the soundtrack to a journey
Sometimes in a fleeting moment I sense I am Almost Home,
but then the moment fades and it is Beyond My Sight.
The weight of the world presses in and then, again,
I hear the sound of a Rainbird singing its song in spite of the rain…
that little bird is a Lion Tamer.
It is a mysterious sound that only few can hear; in fact not many even try to listen.
The Poet and The Rogue listen and they hear as they take
Positive Steps towards the truth despite the landscape of lies.
They don’t linger too long or stagnate,
they grow Along the Way.
As They Ponder the Road they are on,
they discover a Spring-like Clarity
and The Calm that comes with it.
This peace that passes understanding is in fact,
We are two guys who grew up appreciating concept albums, album art, lyrics and liner notes. In today's digital age some of that gets lost. Our hope is that you will find time to just relax with this album start to finish. The liner notes and lyrics are provided in a PDF if you download the album. It is not the same feel as kicking back on the couch with a 12 inch LP and it's liner notes but it is the best we can do.
This is an organic, mellow album.
It has themes of seeking shelter, hope, truth, trust and peace in the face of a bitter world.
The music and words on this album are about this journey to find peace in spite of....whatever it is that would rob you of your peace.
A different version of "Ponder the Road" was originally hastily released before "Now is Gone" which was a compilation of what we had done in the first 6 months of our playing together.
When we compiled "Now is Gone", a lot of what was on the original demo of "Ponder the Road" was included.
This got us thinking that we wanted to re-create Ponder to be a distinctly different album than NIG. We knew that we could add to it and drop a few of the tunes that went on NIG and re-create this album to poetically tell the story of the road that we ponder. This is what we have done.
We are proud to present the new "Ponder the Road" several months later; just over a year after our first jam session. This is a completely different album. It does include three of the songs that are on "Now is Gone" because they belong in the storyline of this album.
"The Poet & The Rogue" is not the same recording, in fact it has an organic instrumental intro that set's it up with a different vibe than the NIG version. "Spring-like Clarity" and "The Calm" are the only two recordings that, while they are different mixes, they are the same recording
as the last album but again, they have a purpose and shine
differently in this context.
There are 5 songs that are new and the balance of the album
is made up of new recordings of songs that were on the original.
This album feature a bit more multi- tracking than Now is Gone
But there is still plenty of that captured live feel to it.
In fact even most of the tracked parts are tracked live.
We have really worked on this album and we love it.
We hope it provides a soundtrack for you to ponder your own road.
For now , the CD's are only available through personal contact. If you have the original demo version CD with all different content, please shelf it and contact us at the email address below for a free replacement.
Grace and Peace,
released 12 December 2012
Rob Chiavelli - Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
Scott Crawford - Acoustic & Electric Guitars
All Lyrics - Rob Chiavelli
Most songs are Rob Chiavelli compositions with second guitar parts, lead and accent guitar by SC.
Positive Steps and Ponder the Road are Scott Crawford compositions with RC playing accent guitar.
Mixed and mastered by Rob Chiavelli
Album cover photo by Bryan Ulrich
Disc graphics by Rob Chiavelli
Music should be a blessing. The music is here for your free listening. Please download it and share it.
Peace - RC