To Owe To One: a song-a-moon from Analog Moon [UPDATED for May]

Analog Moon – To Owe To One (2021)

2021 is here, and so are we… still… somehow. We’re celebrating the year by releasing a song per moon. We’ll release a new song on every full moon of the year. Go count them. (I already did – there are twelve.) And to honor that moon, we’ve named this album To Owe To One. In 2017, we did a similar project called To Owe One’s Heaven, and had a lot of fun with it. We hope to build on that idea but with more cohesion this time around.

Songs will be available to stream at analogmoon.bandcamp.com/album/to-owe-to-one and some may have additional media/material available elsewhere. Watch Analog Moon’s social media outlets for announcements:

(instagram.com/analogmoon, twitter.com/analogmoon, facebook.com/analogmoon)

Wolf | Snow Moon | Worm | Pink Moon | Flower | (June) | (July) | (August) | (September) | (October) | (November) | (December)
 

Analog Moon: Wolf (January 2021)
#1 (January 28, 2021): Wolf

He was a centaur, moon-eyed and wild of name, torn apart with hunger for the golden world.

-Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel

⁣⁣Tonight is the Wolf Moon. And so today we offer you “Wolf” to celebrate our new year’s first full moon. ⁣⁣This song is inspired by the writings of Asheville’s favorite son, Thomas Wolfe, after returning from Europe in 1936.




I… I Have a Thing to Tell You
And it won’t sound nice
So close your eyes
Back before we crossed
On the snow and ice
I heard the cries

I always run alone
But I’m always looking home for you
If the world has passed you by
Run away and hide; 108 in time

I always run alone
But I’m always looking home for you
If the world has passed you by
Run away and hide; 108 in time

Oh I have a thing to tell you
And it’s sound advice
Open your eyes
The world has lost direction
And it can’t be right
I run in the night
Nun Will Ich Ihnen ‘Was Sagen
You must hear my call
There’s no time at all
So cry, cry at the top of your lungs
‘Cause you run alone
And you can’t go home

Released January 28, 2021
Words and Music by Todd Britton
Todd Britton: Synth Drums, Synth Keys, Guitars, Vocals
Josh Sullivan: Keys, Backing Vocals

Analog Moon: Snow Moon (February 2021)
#2 (February 27, 2021): Snow Moon

The way a crow⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Shook down on me⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
The dust of snow⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
From a hemlock tree⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Has given my heart⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
A change of mood⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
And saved some part⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Of a day I had rued.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

-Robert Frost, Dust of Snow

⁣⁣Tonight is the Snow Moon. It’s been a hard year, and the winter has been particularly rough. The distance between us seems like an ocean as of late. Reach out to one another. Encourage one another. Don’t forget to tell the people in your life that you care, and if they should need inspiration, give them a gentle nudge.




Let’s have an honest discussion about ambivalence
You know I would love to see you move
And this riding the fence has gotten so old to you, I know
Even when you’ve got nothing to prove

Take a breath and put one foot in front of you
The calculation is written in your eyes
It doesn’t matter what’s going on, the noise that blocks the song
Rise above it and focus on the prize

It’s no move to sit and wonder
It’s no move to play it snug
It’s no move to hide behind your fears or surrender to the drug
It’s no move to lie beneath the heavy pressure of the day
Steal yourself and move, this is the way

You’re inhibition will be your last undoing
Lying down in the safety you hold dear
What will you do when you’ve lived a life of ordinary plans
Maybe you shouldn’t focus on your fear

It’s no move to sit and wonder
It’s no move to play it snug
It’s no move to hide behind your fears or surrender to the drug
It’s no move to lie beneath the heavy pressure of the day
Steal yourself and move, this is the way

It’s no move
It’s no move
It’s no move
Surrender to the drug
It’s no move
It’s no move…

Released February 27, 2021
Words and Music by Todd Britton
Todd Britton: Synth Drums, Synth Keys, Guitars, Vocals
Josh Sullivan: Keys, Vocals

#3 (March 28, 2021): Worm
Analog Moon: Worm (March 2021)

Out—out are the lights—out all!   
   And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
   Comes down with the rush of a storm,   
While the angels, all pallid and wan,   
   Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, “Man,”   
   And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.

-Edgar Allan Poe,
from The Conqueror Worm

Tonight is the Worm Moon, and we’re all crawling out of hibernation, shaking off the flannel and wool to bask in the warmth of summer once again. With a freshly honed appreciation for fresh air, we’ll all be gathering soon, faces covered or not. Our third installment of To Owe To One is a collaboration with a friend of a friend who has become a friend himself. Our occasional bass player, Matt, used to tell us stories of his friend Alex while we procrastinated in the practice space. Alex lives a few hours away and travels even more often than we do, but eventually we met and of course, hit it off. I asked Alex to join us for “Worm” because I thought the subject was ripe for creative interpretation, and what better medium for worm interpretation than the tangle of cables and clusters of buttons and lights found in the realm of modular synthesis. So from our own devices and across the void of the internet, we volleyed ideas back and forth until one had traction. Alex’s initial creation was originally intended to be chopped up, reconfigured, and arranged, but in the end was left almost entirely unchanged. It writhes below the surface of the song like worms, bringing life from the decay. Too much? Listen and be the judge.⁣

Special thanks to Alex (@alexmaiolo) for his worms and to Manue (@mnlsps) for her invaluable help with the French translations for Josh’s verse. Collaboration is all the rage this season.⁣⁣

When I wake up, so do the worms, rising to the surface of my mind
When I lie down they rest, casting all their ruin close behind
I do not so much see them, but I know they’re there
And it is mutual, of me they are aware
I and the worms working toward an end; In the darkness we’re all blind

Ooh, reciprocate my love
You never fall short of 
A specimen devine

When I emerge so does the man; C’est notre rendez-vous du jour
He takes his seat, I take my place; Je le reagarde toujours
We are not friends or foes, but we share a goal
Each of us serves our task; Each of us plays our role
I and the man, we are dismantling his delusions of

Released March 28, 2021
Words and Music by Todd Britton, Josh Sullivan, and Alex Maiolo
Todd Britton: Synth Drums, Synth Keys, Guitars, Vocals
Josh Sullivan: Keys, Vocals
Alex Maiolo: Modular Synth

#4 (April 26, 2021): Pink Moon (words and music by Nick Drake)
Analog Moon: Pink Moon (April 26, 2021)

There all the borders, trimmed with box, were filled with favourite flowers, with phlox, with lupins, pinks, and hollyhocks, beneath a red may-tree; and all the gardens full of folk that their own little language spoke, but not to You and Me.

-J R R Tolkien
from The Little House of Lost Play (Mar Vanwa Tyalieva)

April 26, 2021. It’s said that the Pink Moon is so called for the pink moss phlox that blooms in early Spring. It’s hard for me to hear the words without thinking of Nick Drake. I’ll admit that my first memory of his song, Pink Moon, was from a Volkswagen commercial I saw on television while I lived in Charleston in the late 90s.  In the more than two decades since, it hasn’t left regular rotation.  Certain seasons bring it out, and strangely enough not particularly Spring. But for this occasion, we’re paying homage as best we can.

Saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get ye all
And it’s a pink moon
Hey it’s a pink moon
Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon
Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon
I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get ye all
It’s a pink moon
Yea, it’s a pink moon

-Pink Moon by Nick Drake

Released April 26, 2021
Words and Music by Nick Drake
Todd Britton: Synth Drums, Guitars, Pedal Steel, Vocals
Josh Sullivan: Synth, Vocals

#5 (May 26, 2021): Flower
Analog Moon: Flower (May 2021)

It bloomed and wilted
And with it went my sorrow
And also my joy

-Todd Britton, Flower Haiku

May is my birth month and also brings us the Flower Moon. As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” or as the saying went before, “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers,” or as the saying now goes, “Analog Moon’s song-a-moon album brings May Flowers.”

The last time we did this serial-style album format we did a song per month. It was in 2017, and in May, as a gift to myself for my birthday, I cowrote a song with my two dear friends and bandmates, Josh Sullivan and Matt Gentling. We called it Mayday, and we all shared the duties of singing and playing instruments on the recording. It never made it into our regular live rotation, and in fact, we never actually played it together again. But I still go back and listen to it on occasion, and it means a lot to me.

For this album, I took a different approach for May and wrote and recorded a song by myself. If nothing else, it helped me realize how much I like working with my friends to make music and how much of a social and therapeutic exercise that is. But there’s something to be said for spending time with yourself as well. And in songwriting and arranging, you get to stretch muscles that don’t always get stretched. Things move more quickly, and you can be more accepting of some things and more critical of others. As it were, I procrastinated on this one and packed the whole activity into about half of a day, from concept to mix, so pardon the demo-esque nature of it. It’s more evident in this one than even the others. But it grew quickly and bloomed, and in a day or two, I’ll be on to the next. Don’t be afraid of a flower.

God, please look at my hands
They are open to you

Don’t be afraid of a flower
Don’t let it rule your life either
Pick just what you need
And pass it on to your lover
Don’t be afraid of a flower

Don’t let the world go by you
See it for what it means to you
Follow when you lose your way
And lead when you can’t follow
Don’t let the world go by you

Don’t live another’s wonder
Find a journey just for you
Trust in solitude when you can
Until you find another
Then share your bed with your lover
And don’t be afraid of a flower

Released May 26, 2021
Words and Music by Todd Britton
Todd Britton: Guitars, Vocals, Percussion

#6 (June 24, 2021): Strawberry Moon

Ugh. The name of this one…very un-Analog Moon. Stay tuned?