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December 7, 2012
CD and Digital
and Greg Teresi
Keyboards, Electric Bass,
Acoustic Guitar, Percussion
Copyright 2012 - Mark Ruester & Greg Teresi - All Rights Reserved
Lyrics & Music:
Well hello and welcome!
Living in the suburbs of Chicago, occasionally brings me downtown into the heart of the city. It’s on those occasions that I am struck by the number of homeless, who spend their days (in summer and in winter) aimlessly wondering about the city. This image has inspired me to compose In The Morning Sun. I can only imagine the emptiness and perhaps fear, they must feel as evening turns to night and the rest of us leave the city, leaving them cold and alone.
As a child, I was a big science fiction fan. Reading all of the standard sci-fi novels of the time, I noticed that the general theme was gloom and doom when it came to the human race. And how one day, machines will be our masters. Again, this inspired me to compose more music. Enter the song, Machine Maker. It’s a retrospective of sci-fi from my childhood.
The Time We Knew is perhaps one of my favorite works of the entire collection. Inspired by the realization that our lives are merely cycles that repeat themselves from generation to generation. One day while sitting in my studio staring at some old photos hanging on the walls, I noticed the pattern. I saw grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren, all apparently doing the same things. All being babies, growing up, going to school, getting jobs, getting married, having children, growing old together, retiring and eventually passing on. Sounds depressing, but it really isn’t. Each one of us gets our own life and can enjoy or suffer every moment. It’s our choice.
In the Spring of 1987, my mother passed away after battling cancer. It was a dark period in my life. At the time, I felt as if life was treating good people very badly. The experience was inspiration to write The Brighter Side. Every time I perform that song, it reminds me that good and bad things happen, but usually there is a bright side. Sometimes it can be difficult to see it, but we should always be searching for it.
On The Thin Edge Of Insanity is where we all balance the busy schedules and responsibilities that make up our lives.
Everyone should meet a soul-mate during their lifetime. It’s the single most important experience we all need to have. I met mine 30 years ago. I still remember the feelings of infatuation that have matured into feelings of love and deep respect. She is my love, my best friend and The Girl That I Adore and so inspired me to write a little song about her.
I’m sure everyone has experienced the drifting apart that occurs when old friends become nothing more than memories. It has happened more than a few times in my life. And as such, I drew inspiration from that for the song Old Relations. What makes it an especially interesting story for me was observing how I felt on the few occasions where I had the good fortune to get back in touch with a friend of years past. You would think it would be a wonderful and energizing experience, but often it’s not. Often, both of you have changed and neither really can relate to the other any longer, which makes for this kind of awkward longing to go back to the time when you were close friends. The moral to the story folks? You can’t go back. We grow and change every day. Let it go and move on. Remember and cherish the experiences you once had and open your self up to new ones everyday.