Running With The Memories

I am light, and somewhere
Light falls into shadow.
I am love, and sometimes
Love gets lost.

I am free until my
Head gets stuck in a battle.
I alone must bear my cross.

Running with the memories still inside my body.
Talking to the memories still inside my body.
Working with the memories still inside my body.
Sleeping with the memories still inside my body.

Running with the memories still inside my body.
Talking to the memories still inside my body.
Working with the memories still inside my body.
Sleeping with the memories...

I’ll be joy until
Joy loses its meaning.
I am whole until I
Drop one part.

I’ll be truth until the
Truth becomes misleading.
I can only get so far.

Running with the memories still inside my body.
Talking to the memories still inside my body.
Working with the memories still inside my body.
Sleeping with the memories still inside my body.

Running with the memories still inside my body.
Talking to the memories still inside my body.
Working with the memories still inside my body.
Sleeping with the memories...


lyrics by Alek Vila
©2012 Racing Heart Records

“I’m walking down Fremont Blvd on my way to the rehearsal room feeling pretty good, when suddenly I start feeling uncomfortable and a little angry. What caused that? Was it the annoying car that just drove by? Did I have indigestion? It couldn’t find a good reason, and then I realized it was old pain — trauma from another time that was triggered somehow. It’s so easy to let this crap run our lives! I grabbed my pocket notebook and started writing the lyrics. Before I got to the rehearsal room, the song was written.

Drums and bass came together naturally. Moises and Jeff both knew instinctively what to play. Moises has a powerful drum sound that is perfect for this song.

I wanted loud, crunchy, robotic-sounding guitars for the verses, but I didn’t have a clear picture of what we would do for the choruses. I had the arpeggio parts recorded, but they needed something extra. That’s when producer Peter Fosso signed up to contribute his own performance of guitar overdubs.

What you hear during the verses is the two of us playing the same guitar through the same amplifier on different takes. Peter’s attack was stronger and mine was a smoother, and together they create a powerful effect of blurred percussion. For the choruses, Peter had fun calling forth feedback from the amplifier as well as using tremolo effect. I chopped things up and layered them to taste.

The main guitar solo was left for later. I didn’t want a standard rock guitar solo. I wanted something unique for the song, and I put off recording it until I had a better idea of how to acheive my goal. I spent more than a year woodshedding with the guitar so I could improve my musicianship. I walked to work and back with a travel-sized electric guitar plugged into a set of headphones. I may have looked ridiculous, but I was getting 90 minutes of practice every day this way. By the way I finally recorded the solo, I had invested hundreds of hours of guitar experimentation.

In the final version, you will notice that I bend strings a lot and I don’t keep the guitar perfectly in tune. It’s weird and different, and I think it fits the song pretty well.”

— Alek Vila

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vocals, guitars, and keyboards by Alek Vila
drums by Moises Padilla
bass by Jeff Eason
produced by Peter Fosso (+ add'l guitar)
recorded by Scott Ross, Elliot Bay Recording Co.
mastered by Steve Hall, Future Disc Systems

©2012 Racing Heart Records