Compulsion's Widows (feat. The Well Tempered Players)


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Recorded live in the studio by Totter and The Well Tempered Players.


from PIVOT, released July 2, 2012
Totter Todd~voice, saxophone
Jeb Eagle Bows~violin
Reverend James Calvin Thompson~bass
Ryan Jalbert~guitar
Alan Ward~drum kit

Mixed and Produced by Totter Todd
Mastered by Oz Fritz

"Compulsion's Widows". Therefore it could be said, it is about that which is left behind once compulsion is dissolved, as well as the journey to get to this point. Amongst other explicit lyrics in this song, the one that would most likely stand out to the average listener is: "I'm wondering through the cold alley ways, in search of a child to curb my hunger." To clear the air, I am speaking metaphorically here. In this case the metaphoric meaning could be said to be as such: "On what I believe to be my journey towards losing my compulsions, therefore my sense of self, and becoming one with all things light and dark, I hit a supremely lonely and honestly quite scary place of realization; that nothing here is new and singular. Upon this realization a mad frenzy arises in which I am desperately grasping for something new and of its own. I am yearning for something not connected to or controlled by the seemingly whimsical movements of the celestial bodies, something not made from that which has come before it, something fresh, younger than youth, something timeless, something not made by its nature or nurture, so to speak." In this song the child is the symbol of this, which I am hungry for and striving after.


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