Volume Vs. Voice

by Chris Page

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Liner notes for Volume Vs. Voice:

Admittedly I’ve always wanted to make an acoustic record.

And for a long time now I’ve toyed with that cliched artist dream of isolating myself in a secluded cabin surrounded by bottles, pens, guitars, paper, Christmas lights doing summer duty. I could feel the river beach sand in my old Vans. I could hear the welcoming cricket chorus. There would be no internet, TV or phone, though there would be a radio to keep some loose tabs on the outside world.

And there would be a recording device hooked up to a microphone or two.

As the vision goes, I slowly take a breath, a sip, then reach across the acoustic guitar cradled in my lap to hit record. From there, I let the fates, the muses, the local ghosts take over.

The result of living out that little fantasy over 5 days is my new LP “Volume Vs. Voice”. These numbers all came to life in the crisp mountain air, on a few summer evenings in a dimly lit cabin in rural Quebec, Canada.

The songs and the way they are recorded here are meant to be as cozy as that old coveted cheap guitar and as fragrant as the warming tubes of your parent’s old gramophone.

Companions for quietly contented, lonely evenings.

It was a soul satisfying thrill to get this out of my system.


released April 21, 2015

This record is 100% independent, so thank you for your support!

All songs written and recorded by Chris Page.

Recorded in a cottage on a mountain, overlooking a majestic river in rural Quebec, 2013.

Bandeeto Colin and Morgan sing back up on "Calling All Kids Reunion", "Hunker Down", "My Focal Point" and "The Persuasive Injury".

John Higney plays pedal steel and slide guitar on "Rocket + Savings" and "Disappointed A Few People".

Mixed and mastered by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn Prods. in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Special thanks to Dawn Loucks, champion of the karma economy.


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Chris Page Ottawa, Ontario

Songwriting for indie garage bands Expanda Fuzz, The Stand GT, Camp Radio, and all these folk songs I strum quietly to myself, just below the din.

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Track Name: Rocket + Savings
When I buy a rocket with my own savings
Take it to the river the first sign of Spring
Shoot it for the stars and hang out where the space junk flies

Can I hoist the moment in a world we trust
Thank our lucky stars until our engine’s rust
Capturing the moment until I can barely see

No one is so sure about this stage in life
All I try to do is make it home alive
Counting on the hopes and the prayers
You may want to drive

Can I fix your motor if I swear I’ll sing
And shower all around you with these promise rings
Listening for the sun as it dips beyond our range
Track Name: Calling All Kids Reunion
Keep your antenna up
With any luck, we’ll kill off this farewell
One ticket for the train
Enduring pain and one room cheap hotels
My hair is almost dry
Without a lie, I can barely see
I never use a comb
Its left alone but I’ll let you cut it for me
You promised me you’d stay
For the pleasure bike rides to the art cafes
And I’m following a reunion

Oh countless needs escape
You coughed and started to hallucinate
And I’m following a reunion
If you keep your radar up
With any luck
We’ll kill off this farewell.
Track Name: Hunker Down
Daylight seemed so simple
When it came back to me
The prospect didn’t phase me
So I fell back asleep
Though the whole wide world is here with me

You looked rather smashing
When you leaned in to kiss my cheek
I captured all those memories
Though the vision’s incomplete
And the whole wide world agrees with me

And I ache to have you closer
Like a promise made to order
As I shield myself from exposure
Track Name: Chaise Lounge
Speak to the man tell him that I’m worried and I’m tired
He’ll understand I’m sick of being young and uninspired
But I won’t back down off this old chaise lounge
To retire
Speak to the kid tell him that there’s merit in being wasted
It was bad what we did
Gave up on a dream before we chased it
I’ve got false hope now
So I should show you how

To hide your smile
Before it’s broken
I won’t lie
If you don’t notice
Take your time
Don’t lose your focus

Speak to the man
Tell him that the medicine expired
He’ll play his hand
To stay forever young was what transpired
Well I won’t back down
Off this old chaise lounge
Track Name: Treatment Burns
The city’s claimed our hands
To guide us as the light dies
So hold me where we land
On concrete under night sky

The ghosts that dragged you home
On Magnetic Fields fireflies
A favourite of our friends
Who power through these lullabies
Track Name: My Focal Point
Don’t leave me here
Don’t sell me short
My focal point

Take my temperature
If you’ve found a cure
To harness all this noise

Sit alone by the radio crackle
Tuned in to our song
The frequency leaves a hole in the dial
If you’re already gone
Like a flash in the pan you held my hand

Lend me power tubes
And let me work this through
Volume versus voice

It’s just you and me
With zero guarantee
My focal point

Stop by, say hey
If you’ve lost your way
My focal point.
Track Name: SOS For Sonny Rey
I hate to see you go
Bring you down from the mountain
Before it snows
Rescue effort underway alone
From a cozy room and disconnected phone

I know the paint is worn
Newer windows stabbed in walls
Won’t keep you warm
I can almost hear you calling out
From that shoreline
Where we both waste the coolest time

The promise bulbs in the ground
In the springtime we’ll light fires
And release your sound
But for now neglect just flows
And I don’t ever need to know
I hate to see you go.

And though we hate to see you go
Who will get you to the show?
Track Name: The Persuasive Injury
Save me from going down to the water
Cause I can’t tell if I should stay
On this hill a little longer

You wade and I’ll sink a little farther
Let the sun kiss your face
As I learn to tread water
Track Name: Disappointed A Few People
Will you ever have a worry?
Will you ever live a lie?
Will you ever drown in comfort
Under long lost rural skies?

Her face lit up to tell a story
Around the time the Reverend died
We had camped out by the river
Under long lost rural skies

But now they’re gone
Victory laps withdrawn
And disappointment lingers on

If I told you that I loved you
Would you take that to the bank?
In the mows they’ve loved that story
But there’s no one left up there to thank

Because now they’re gone
Victory laps withdrawn
The disappointment lingers on
Track Name: Time To Dispel
When I asked you ‘Would you dance to this?’
I might have come a bit unglued
Or did you notice?
That I fade through the swells
The drummer dumped on us.

If it offends you, let’s try a cigarette
I hoped to share the evening moon
But now I’m over it
As we cave to the sound
When the music stumbled in.

Forget I asked you if you would dance to this
Because when I framed
It was no accident
So it’s time to dispel
Yeah it’s time to dispel

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