Walk with Me


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Being There 02:13
[instrumental music plays]
Sleepy 02:27
messing around without being out bent emptying out my fears doing in cases, things I’ve been wasting wasted round all these years wait that’s too easy, I take it all back when you discover this inchoate mass diving in deep deep, past all the meanest deepest me you’ll know skirting on guidelines, believing in side-lines pan and scan and do lots of blow wait that’s too heavy, I take it all back when you discover this senseless attack be disengaging, words are parlaying the tenderest of things to know calling on bullshit, pretending it’s not hip hippest of the hip you know wait I’m a cynic, a miss and a comfit dress me in wisdom and help me get well lit oh, what do we know in most ways, we’ll never know I don’t want to go, go to sleep tonight I don’t want to know, know a way or why
Blind 02:16
i am blind, are you wrack with ruin i don’t mind i’m in a quitting mood commonplace attitude don’t tell me that I’m not insane help me walk right out of here hold my hand it will be so dear when I needed you so near me one more time I don’t mind, desperate you wrack with ruin I don’t mind Imagine-ate behind, tell me when you think it’s time a newfound state of perfect being let me hope there’s something true la-di-da get right back with you time to lose insouscience and spread my wings and fly with you: do you trust me to will you want me to oh, I am blind are you, wrack with ruin I don’t mind
Santa Cruz 04:21
[instrumental music plays]
Yen 02:14
there’s no love here je te veux, mais tu ne me veut pas envisager moi stay by my side, I swear I’ll be alright and I’ll make it home to you tonight am I blue? mais oui, but you know too better you than me ha ha ha
Baby Steps 01:29
taking baby steps will I say one thing?
Bob Furlong 02:48
You know more than anybody I know more than anybody will ever know, baby who knows, thoughts inside another human, dream our dreams together whoa baby, please baby In the Dream all along you were there all alone you offer your hand “Won’t you please come along?” Belong, don’t be-long You hold everything together two-fold, space inside an atom hold me, my baby but loose though, enough to breathe a little control is what’s after losing candor and peace all around In the Dream all along you were there all alone Instead of your hand you offer your swan song Belong, don’t be-long Tell me what we’re fighting after sell me for now and ever-after held in perpetuity- tea time oh gather round companions please God last a littler longer love for all to see In the Dream all along you were there all alone You offer your hand “Won’t you please come along?” Belong, don’t be-long
Save Us! 01:00
I ain’t saying what you don’t already know All the pundits they are saying “Let it go” But for me I can’t deny my cover’s blown I ain’t saying what you don’t already know I say won’t you save, I say won’t you save us Through time and decay Where the women No obligation to stay
Enemy 01:50
My mind has turned you into an enemy You’re the one who still seems to be loving me I remember the time though I can’t be sure A happier mind, you know that star-kissed one I can’t make out the truth that was surrounding me Raised by wolves or mother influence runs deep I swear I didn’t overthink the simple things I swear I was more stable while still digging deep Left and right and center mean nothing to me I just keep on slipping down beneath the lowest me Was it always this way I have no standing now It’s reductive, full of cliché, expired now Like the clownfish tries to avoid sea anemone I’m circling round the drain incomprehensibility With twenty of the closest friends you’ll ever have One by one they disappear, isn’t that a drag Bring it on I’ll take it, wait god damn I’m wrong The weight is fifty times more heavy than they had let on Don’t buckle now they’ll point and laugh they’ll prove you wrong Cast into the lower class to be pissed upon My mind has turned you into an enemy Flush with riches sell-out season becomes me Ethics without God is rotten so you say But you know truth is rotten too it’s all the same
Bardo 03:33
[instrumental music plays]



On August 9, 2016, Penn Bryce completed preparations for a studio recording project, to begin the next day. The following morning, on bicycle, he was struck by an SUV. Physically, the damage was overwhelming. Among other things, he could not hold a guitar for months, let alone play.

Rather than abandon the recording project, Bryce transformed it. Convalescing in bed, he recorded there. In the new context, lyrics accrued new meaning or were revised to fit the new context. Trauma reduces a life to its simplest element, existence. Accordingly, the music reduced to its barest elements in recording.

For most of human history, music only existed in its performance. Early sound recordings were entirely captured performance. Only with the development of magnetic tape could could musicians use editing and multi-track recording as expressive tools, distancing musical product from musical performance.

Bryce’s project serves to remind of the centrality of performance in a musician’s art. Each track is a complete performance. Some tracks remain entirely as performed. Tape echo was used in recording, not after. This is how musicians make music: they hold an instrument, play it, and sing.

-Bill Foreman


released May 2, 2019

Walk With Me

recorded & mixed at home 2017-2018
mastered by Benjamin Price at studilaroche, ATL
copyright 2019 studilaroche productions

cover art/portrait: André Paraguassu
photography: Brock Scott
liner notes: Bill Foreman

Mary LaRoche, Stella LaRoche, Julian Grey, Thelonious Ingram, Babs, Ricky Keller, Mark Harper, Mignon Simson, André Paraguassu, Kim Madsen, John Gregg, Chris Stalcup, Keith Leslie, Brock Scott, Ben/@simplepartial, Hypnic Jerk Tapes, Jody Hasty, John Searson, Bill Foreman, Libba Parsley, Dr. Moore, Mom, Dad, Andy Price, Mary Ellen & Betsey, Andy Ditzler, Bret Hartley, Jared Pepper, David McClatchey, Dan Bailey, Dr. Michael, Ali Akbar Khan, Amir Perlman, Grateful Dead, Harry, Henry Parsley, Grady Hospital, Kenny, LaDonna, Todd Reese, Christian Shepard, Chris Yonker, David Gray, Chris Childs, Peter Webb, Nurse Macintosh, Ben Shirley, Maria, Jeff Holt, Casey Hood, Bob Furlong, Spencer J Greggo, Daniel Clay, Emma Gies, the Earl, Mammal Gallery, Broad Street Visitors Center, 529, the Grange, Lincoln Metcalf, Faun and a Pan Flute, Hello Ocho, Little Tybee, Parsons Rocket Project, Chase56, Chew, Bhagavad Gita, Swami Sivananda. equipment utilized: goya guitar, space echo re201, 520SL, 414, 57, fathead, telecaster, ps3, fifty112, duet, bed.


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