Release Notes

July 31, 2016
Digital & CD
Mark Ruester
Mark Ruester
   & Greg Teresi

Keyboards, Electric Bass,
Acoustic Guitar,
Percussion and Vocals

Electric Lead Guitar

Flute

Alto Saxophone
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Copyright 2015 - Mark Ruester & Greg Teresi - All Rights Reserved
Rock it! - is by far Mimes On Rollercoasters™ most unusual album release to-date.  The cover art features a 1960’s style “spacesuited” mime, standing on planet Mars next to a metallic rocking chair, staring hopefully out into space.  The ominous backdrop displays the magnificent power of our own Sun with a tiny spec of the Earth off in the distance behind.  What does it all mean?  Well that’s for you to decide!

Drawing our influence from the great Prog Rock masters of the 1970’s, Mimes On Rollercoasters™ music delivers something for everyone.  Tagged as Classic Style Prog Rock, Rock it! boasts catchy melodies, intriguing lyrics, and rich vocal harmonies.  You will be hard pressed to find a similar comparable album.  Mimes On Rollercoasters™ music truly is unique.  And for that, we make no apologies!

As with all Mimes On Rollercoasters™ albums, Rock it! is best enjoyed from start to finish, without interruption.  Preferably, one would wear a good grade of studio headphones, plugged into a high quality amplifier attached to any brand-name CD player, with the Rock it! CD spinning in the tray. And, to avoid distractions, turn out the lights!  Okay, I know that’s likely a bit unrealistic, but a good set of earbuds plugged into your MP3 player should suffice.  But definitely turn out the lights!

Although not specifically billed as a concept album, one may argue that many elements of Rock it! would seem to suggest such intent.  Perhaps that’s due to our past concept album history.  Rock it! - centered around the plight of the middle-class, middle-aged American, holds the futuristic hope that one day humans will venture beyond the “home turf” and explore new worlds.  But at the same time Rock it! remains well grounded in the reality of life on planet Earth.

Cover Art

Rock It! - CD Cover
Rock It! - CD Cover
Rock It! - CD Page 1
Rock It! - CD Page 1
Rock It! - CD Page 2
Rock It! - CD Page 2
Rock It! - CD Page 3
Rock It! - CD Page 3
Rock It! - CD Back Cover
Rock It! - CD Back Cover
Rock It! - CD Face
Rock It! - CD Face

Lyrics


Countdown

Ten-Nine-Eight-Seven-Six-Five-Four-Three-Two-One

The countdown is on.

It’s almost eight, I’m running late,
I grab my coat, I grab my bag,
Slip on my shoes and hurry through the door.

Forgot my keys, go back inside,
Look everywhere, I must be blind.
Don’t think that I can take it anymore.

It’s twelve fifteen, I’m feeling lean,
I feed my face, and back to work,
The boss won’t let me have a minute more.

Got kids at school, yeah I’m no fool,
I do my job, play by the rules.
Don’t think that I can take it anymore.

The whistle blows, it’s time to go,
I grab my things, run for the door,
Another day, another dollar earned.

I pay my dues, I bide my time,
Retirement is on my mind.
I can’t help feeling like I’m getting burned.





Copyright 2016 Mark Ruester






Breathe

Driving impossible dreams in an everyday world
I drink only the finest of wine and have the most beautiful girl
Wearing the finest that money can buy my kids are all Ivy League
I’m drowning in debt, I’m barely alive, I carefully plan what you see

They’re telling me to breathe, just breathe in the air
Well I’m trying to breathe, can you hear me out there?
All I got to do is breathe, just breathe in the air
I’m fighting to breathe; I’m suffocating in here!

I can’t drive just any old ride, only the fastest will do
My boat and my bike are in storage now, I just needed the room
Hiding the truth, living the lie, it’s my American dream
The payments are high, the credit is lean, I’m coming apart at the seams.

They’re telling me to breathe, just breathe in the air
Well I’m trying to breathe, can you hear me out there?
All I got to do is breathe, just breathe in the air
I’m fighting to breathe; I’m suffocating in here!

They’re telling me to breathe, just breathe in the air
Well I’m trying to breathe, can you hear me out there?
All I got to do is breathe, just breathe in the air
I’m fighting to breathe; I’m suffocating in here!








Copyright 2016 Mark Ruester






Weightless

Weightless, drifting, silent, and hopeless.
On my way home, I find myself searching, looking for something I may have already found.
I'm not sure, I can describe it, I just know I want it, and still I remain homeward bound.

Startled awake, it's another useless day,
I don't know why I even bother getting out of bed.
I drag my ass to work, and I face that stupid jerk,
I waste my life for pennies on the dollars that they make.
When the weekend comes around, I try to hold my ground,
but there's always someone, somewhere wanting more from me.
All my life is spent in sacrifice, it's costing me a hefty price;
Heaven knows there's got to be a better way.

Weightless, drifting, silent and hopless. Why don't you rescue me?
Stuck in this tin can, trying to find my way. Why won't you rescue me?
I've just got to find my way home again.

Startled awake, it's another useless day,
I don't know why I even bother getting out of bed.
I drag my ass to work, and I face that stupid jerk,
I waste my life for pennies on the dollars that they make.
When the weekend comes around, I try to hold my ground,
but there's always someone, somewhere wanting more from me.
All my life is spent in sacrifice, it's costing me a hefty price,
Heaven knows there's got to be a better way.

Weightless, drifting, silent, and hopeless.
On my way home, I find myself searching, looking for something I may have already found.
I'm not sure, I can describe it, I just know I want it, and still I remain homeward bound.



Copyright 2016 Mark Ruester






All Systems Down

The soft orange glow in the western sky signals the end of the working day.
One by one the lights come on.  Faceless zombies find their way home.

I take off my hat and hang up my coat then warm my hands by the fire.
Dinner smells especially good tonight.  My wife greets me with her smile.
An old routine repeated millions of times.  Tonight it’s just not the same.
I don’t really know what’s come over me.  Maybe it’s just middle age.

All systems are down the best years are all behind me.
All systems are down now I feel the whole world is mocking me.

Give us this day our daily bread, deliver us from all evil.
For now, and forever, amen.  That’s how the prayer goes.
It’s hard to find what matters the most, especially when there’s no time.
The years eventually catch up to us and bring it all to mind.

All systems are down the best years are all behind me.
All systems are down now I feel the whole world is mocking me.

Na-na-na-na-na….

All systems are down now.










Copyright 2016 Mark Ruester






Near Earth Orbit

So long, when you realize that your dreams won’t come true.
So long, when you finally notice what life’s given you.

As a boy, I once thought I’d set the whole world on fire.
A lifetime has gone astray in a cruel, cruel world.


So long, drifting in an orbit out here on my own.
So long, staring down the muzzle of a loaded gun.

My life has passed me by in the blink of an eye.
The years have filtered out truths from all of the lies.

This doesn't seem to be working, maybe I should take some more.
I don't even feel sleepy.
What good is this stuff, what good is this stuff, what good is this stuff?
I'm so tired.  Where did you go?  I can't see you.
Sigh.














Copyright 2016 Mark Ruester






Differing Worlds

They travelled to the new world aboard their tiny ship
With faith their god would see them safely through the perilous trip
Abandoning the old world in search of something new
Risking all they had for they were the chosen few

Differing worlds - In - Differing times
Differing dreams - For - Differing minds!
Differing reasons - And - Differing lives
Differing truths - Form - Differing lies!

They settled where they landed and were finally left alone
Shedding all their baggage from the world they left behind
Eventually the word got out to the masses back at home
The others came in droves seeking a new and better life

Differing worlds - In - Differing times
Differing dreams - For - Differing minds!
Differing reasons - And - Differing lives
Differing truths - Form - Differing lies!

It’s been generations since we settled our new land
Ironically it has become what they’d left behind
Looking to the stars now we’re plotting our escape
With faith our god will see us safely through the perilous trip

Differing worlds - In - Differing times
Differing dreams - For - Differing minds!
Differing reasons - And - Differing lives
Differing truths - Form - Differing lies!



Copyright 2016 Mark Ruester






Old Mountain Train

It’s time to relax on the old mountain train
Riding the rails an adventure awaits

Never a care, come along for the ride
Pour another drink.  Let the train be your guide

It’s hard to see how anything could go wrong
With you here by my side singing along

Never a care, come along for the ride
Pour another drink.  Let the train be your guide.

Imagine our life’s like this bumpy old train
Our terminal journey with stops along the way

Never a care, come along for the ride
Pour another drink.  Let the train be your guide.















Copyright 2016 Mark Ruester






Beyond The Solar System

Relaxing under, a big autumn sky
No moon tonight, pitch black, only stars
Pondering who's out there, we cannot be alone
Orphans in a universe that’s void of other life

Cautiously, I observe our ever changing world
A realist by nature, with an optimistic view
Predictably retreating, back to my comfort zone
We discover nothing, when we stay at home

So let's go, and explore, what's beyond, the solar system
Won't you fly me, far away, out beyond, the solar system

At times I ponder, from northern hemisphere
Constellations, artifacts, compelling evidence
Cryptic clues were left behind, just waiting to be found
Maybe our ancestors, really had it figured out

So many questions, many still remain
Are we just the product of an alien world?
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who holds this view
It’s time we leave our planet and discover worlds anew

So let's go, and explore, what's beyond, the solar system
Won't you fly me, far away, out beyond, the solar system

So let's go, and explore, what's beyond, the solar system
Won't you fly me, far away, out beyond, the solar system

Let's go, and explore, what's beyond, the solar system
Won't you fly me, far away, out beyond, the solar system

Copyright 2016 Mark Ruester





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