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Halo(s) – Lyrics

Posted by Jason On August - 1 - 2009

Halo(s) (EP2)

White walls
For blackened rooms
But no one ever sees inside
Lock and key
A mirrored we
Always reflect the light

Outside
The wheels of progress
Everything is spit and shine
The friends we keep
Never see
All that’s outside the light

Halos, on our heads
But heartache in our souls
How long will we keep hiding
How long until we show
Broken and named
We are the same

Hidden
Any signs of weakness
Systematic rights and wrongs
Life on stage
The script unchanged
Hidden inside the walls

Halos, on our heads
But heartache in our souls
How long will we keep hiding
How long until we show
Broken and named
We are the same

Wake the dead
Raise up all the casualties of youth
Remain unsaid
Let what we do
Speak the truth

Halos, on our heads
But heartache in our souls
How long will we keep hiding
How long until we show
Broken and named
We are the same
We are the lost
We are the shamed
Like the blood in our veins
We are the same

Shades of Postmodern Gray – Lyrics

Posted by Jason On August - 1 - 2009

Shades of Postmodern Gray (EP2)

Maybe I over think
Then I overreact
To anyone, or anything I don’t understand

Seeing the relative
Serving the absolutes
Where black is white and white is right
Of the things we do

I don’t think I understand or comprehend
All the different ways of man

Suffer the rationale
Caught in a culture war
The new, the old, the yet untold, battle-born

And I’ll become
What I become
A casualty
Nothing less, and nothing more

But I’m caught here in the gray
Stuck on things that never change
And I fear what I’ve been told
Fear what I may never know

Am I the modernist?
Have I been left behind?
The good, the bad, the things we’ve had
Never die

They live and breathe
And have their being inside of You
But is that inside of me?

But I’m caught here in the gray
Stuck on things that never change
And I fear what I’ve been told
Fear what I may never know

Release me from this cage I’ve made
The pessimist, the naturalist
Hold my chains

Come on, release me from this cage I’ve made
Some things you just can’t explain away

Tell me how
Tell me why
We tie ourselves under roof
And not under sky

But I’m caught here in the gray
Stuck on things that never change
And I fear what I’ve been told
Fear what I may never know

Let the Color Return – Lyrics

Posted by Jason On August - 1 - 2009

Let the Color Return (EP2)

Release me from this cage I’ve made
Release my from these thoughts
That hold me slave

Release me from this cage I’ve made

Some things you just can’t explain
Some things you just can’t explain
Some things you just can’t explain

Action/Reaction – Lyrics

Posted by Jason On August - 1 - 2009

Action/Reaction (EP2)

If I move, does it pull the strings?
All the strings that are tied around me
Is this decision?
Or is it fiction?
Some kind of pre-made destiny

If I speak does it make a sound?
Or are these words pulled from my mouth?
Words are diction
Like they were written
Long before I spit them out

With all, without
I am still right now
My hopes, my doubts
One and the same

If I think, therefore I am
A hapless thought in the closest realm
Like an action
With no reaction
The bitter end of consequence

With all, without
I am still right now
What is, is how
The ever-present here and now
My hopes, my doubts
One and the same

You see the end as we begin
You see the end as we move within
You see the end as we begin
You see the end as it is

Pull the wool over my eyes
But I still see that we’re trapped inside
All that’s vision
Is what we’re given
Either way you control my life

With all, without
I am still right now
What is, is how
The ever-present here and now
My hopes, my doubts
One and the same

Behind EP2 – Shades of Postmodern Gray

Posted by Jason On July - 8 - 2009

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Behind EP2 – Shades of Postmodern Gray

“Shades” is a bit harder to explain than Halo(s).

Musically, the riff was an idea I’d had on the back-burner for probably two years.  We even had the general structure of the song completed months before ever thinking of recording it.  It’s a pretty basic song.  Nothing crazy going on with it.

Lyrically, this song is a bit harder.  Basically, I feel I’m caught between the idea that things have absolute answers, and the idea that things are relative.  I don’t feel that I’ve fully resigned to either idea, but am out in this ocean of thoughts and ideas, no where near the shore.

It’s a strange place to be, especially as someone who believes in God, or considers themselves a Christian.  I grew up in a culture where things were black and white, right and wrong.  Creation had to be the exact account that occurred in Genesis, or it was just wrong.  There had to be a great flood, and Noah had to build an Ark.  These types of ideas.  Let me say, these ideas were not indoctrinated into me by my parents, but more so, the overall culture that I lived in.

When I moved to Austin four years ago, a lot started changing in me.  For the first time, I really started facing ideas, and situations, outside of this old culture.  While that is a good thing, it’s also quite a scary thing.  You see, I moved to Austin because I felt God had told me to come here.  It sounds completely crazy, and I don’t expect anyone to understand, nor do I really care if you understand.  I knew it more than anything else in my life.

At the time, I was in a band that was doing some cool things in the midwest, so I felt this move to Austin was going to be some kind of great launching point into a music career.  Pretty selfish of me.  Now that I’m in the middle of it, I don’t think that was the case at all.  I think it was something that needed to happen for me to really deal with some philosophical and spiritual issues.

A lot of difficult things happened upon moving here.  My previous band, that we had worked so hard to build, quickly dissolved, largely in part to my doing.   I dealt with two Grandfathers passing away, and a friends suicide.  My life had been pretty picture-perfect until then.  I had to deal head on with how God interacted with the bad times.

The song “Ships on the Sea” from Kingdoms, and really all of Kingdoms, deals with these things.  It’s the Problem of Pain.  Where was God when His chosen people, the Jews, were being killed by Hitler?  Why do children starve to death? How could God have allowed my friend to kill himself when he was reaching out for God?

Ultimately, it’s easy to let the why’s overpower the knows.  If that makes any sense.  I wept for my friend, but through it all I have to rest in the fact that I trust God, through the good times and the bad times.  I know that God provides for me.  I’ve seen it a million times.  I know that God loves me.  I know that God forgives, I’ve felt it at the core of my soul.  It makes no sense to my brain, but it’s something I know in my heart.  I can’t explain it.

I’ve had many friends, and people I look up to, cast their faith aside through analyzing every item they are unsure about.  The fact that they can’t find the answers they hope for eats away at them until they become bitter at God and just want out.  I can’t blame them.  Sometimes I feel like that could happen to me.

The more and more my faith becomes about what I understand, and less about my relationship with God, the further I feel from God.  It’s the same way with my wife.  I can know everything there is to know about my wife, but that doesn’t make me love her, but  I can spend 10 seconds with her and I immediately know why I married her.

I have to remind myself of my limitations.  I got a C in college calculus.  If I can’t figure out calculus, I don’t trust that I can figure out the  “whys” and “why nots” of who God is.

I don’t know that this explains “Shades of Postmodern Gray,” but hopefully you can see some of the ideas that were floating in my head when I wrote it.

Behind EP2 – Halo(s)

Posted by Jason On July - 2 - 2009

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Behind EP2 – Halo(s)

My friend Jon commented on the EP2 page asking me to give a little background on the EP2 songs, so I thought I would begin with Halo(s).

Halo(s) got it’s start after a long practice where we worked on a “trouble song.”

By “trouble song,” I mean a musical idea that we just haven’t been able to complete.  This little piece of music has been on the back burner for nearly a year.  We’re actually working on a little mini-documentary on the development of the song.

As usually happens with this “trouble song,” we came to a standstill during practice.  Sometimes when we’re stuck  I’ll just ask Corbin to just play a cool beat, or give us a good groove so we can just have a clean musical canvas.  So he did, and the creative juices got kicked started again.  About an hour later we had the basic skeleton for Halo(s).

Lyrically, Halo(s) is about my frustration with Christianity, or more so, popular American Christianity.

I am a Christian.  I will not deny that.  I know some who believe what I believe, but try to avoid the label Christian because of the weight or preconditions that come with it.  When it comes to my personal faith, I can’t separate myself from the wake of destruction I feel a lot of Christian groups have caused because it’s my problem.  I am part of that group, whether I like it or not.

So what are my frustrations?

Really, there are a lot of them.  Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that instead of being renewed and transformed through a relationship with Christ, the American church has diluted Christianity down to a list of rules, practices, and political alliances.

In the church there is a lack of transparency, so much so, that it’s much easier to hold the line and appear as if everything is okay, than to be transparent about your insecurities and struggles.  As a result, Christians become great actors, but horrible reflections of Christ.

The public generally believes that Christians hate homosexuals.  They get this impression because our actions show that the evangelical church does hate homosexuals.  Divorce rates within the church are no different than divorce rates outside of the church.  A lot of Christians will fight to the death to make sure abortion is banned, but do little, if anything, to help single mothers, or women who are in situations where abortion is the easiest option.  I can go on, but I think you get the idea.

I’m ready for Christians to start living what is required of us, and start making a difference through compassionate action, rather than pushing for mindless, self-gratifying legislation.

I apologize that these have been such harsh words, but they are my frustrations.  I feel that I can voice them because I am as much to blame as the next Christian.

The general idea of Halo(s) is that we (Christians) are no different than those who are not Christians, except that we have accepted grace through Christ.  We should not hold ourselves on a pedestal, but should instead, be humbled and understand the responsibilities that come with the acceptance of our faith.

EP2 Now Available

Posted by Jason On June - 30 - 2009

EP2 is now available for free download!

What are you waiting for?  Hurry over to the EP2 Page to get your free music!

EP2

Posted by Jason On June - 23 - 2009

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EP2

Released June 30, 2009

Tracklisting:

1. Halo(s)
2. Shades of Postmodern Gray
3. Let the Color Return
4. Action/Reaction

Produced and Mixed by:
Jason Poe

Mastered by:
Oran Thornton

Only Available in Digital Format

Click Here for Free Download

EP2 – Halo(s) Preview

Posted by Jason On June - 23 - 2009

Head over to our Myspace to check out the first song on EP2: Halo(s).

The song, along with the rest of the EP, will be available for free download on June 30th.

Check it out:  www.myspace.com/jetsunderfire

EP2 Coming June 30

Posted by Jason On June - 9 - 2009

EP2 will be available for download on Tuesday, June 30.

It will be free, as always!

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