Germination

by Mac Randall

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From seed to full-grown plant. From short chord sequence or melodic fragment to finished recording. For three out of the four songs gathered here, the germination process was epic: 18 years for "Follow the Signs," 22 years for "On the Line," 28 years for "Category." They all date back to the time when I was compulsively recording demos on my TASCAM Porta One four-track cassette machine, hours and hours of music that only a handful of people ever heard. There I am caught in mid-project on the front cover, probably 20 years old, preparing to lay down yet another vocal in my bedroom at 22 Concord Ave. in Cambridge. I still have a great fondness for a lot of what I came up with back then, and these three songs in particular kept re-entering my head over the years. The time never seemed right to fully commit to them, though. Yes, I liked them, but were they really...you know...good? Finally I decided I couldn't worry about that anymore. It was time to revisit them, revise them where necessary, and let the world decide. Add one more number, "At an End," a relative whippersnapper that took only three years to complete, and you have Germination. I hope you feel it was worth the wait.

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released December 2, 2016

Produced by Mac Randall and Tom Beaujour
Recorded and mixed at Nuthouse Recording, Hoboken, NJ, February-August 2016
Engineer: Tom Beaujour
Assistant engineer: Gabriel Bento
Mastering: Geoff Chase
Cover design: Robin Lee Malik/shootrlm.com
Photos: Janice Randall (front cover), Robin Lee Malik (back cover)

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Mac Randall New York, New York

Mac Randall is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who lives in New York City. He has been a member of various Boston- and New York-based groups, including Bedsit Poets, who released two acclaimed albums on the Bongo Beat label, The Summer that Changed (2005) and Rendezvous (2008). Mac has also been a professional writer and editor for 25 years, specializing in music and related subjects. ... more

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Track Name: On the Line
What’s the point after all of the written word?
It only reaches where we dare
Stretch it out and twist it around
You won’t show, I can’t speak
You won’t hear me on the line
On the line

Features change in the haze of memory
But what about your true face?
The lights are moving faster
Shining down on my hiding place
There’s no doubt this luxury is mine
On the line

You made your point, but it soon was lost in the wind
And left alone behind the screen door
If you like, you can hang me out to dry
But you can’t take me off the line
Off the line

Words and music by Mac Randall
© 1994, 2016 Grandiosity Complex Ltd. (ASCAP). All rights reserved.
Track Name: At an End
At one end there lies another
The ends multiply, like jilted lovers
“Don’t leave us here,” they say, “please linger”
But the bee has lost its stinger

It spirals down with useless wings
A life that’s fair, there aren’t such things
The only recourse as time extends
Is to stand and face our many ends

(Write the words)
One after another
Do they follow?
What is following?

As the pickings get slimmer, we all grow grimmer
But I was always grim

In the theater of our middle age
We wait for a sign summoning us to the stage
The sign never comes, though the light descends
Leaving us all at the loosest of ends

Words and music by Mac Randall
© 2016 Grandiosity Complex Ltd. (ASCAP). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Follow the Signs
He rode off the rails just to show his worth
Left for a moment, gone for good on return
A truth expressed in the palm of his hand
I tell you now this will not stand for long

Ten years in charge, but of what he’s not sure
So many times he’s almost walked out the door
But the lure of security wins every time
Even though he knows his mind is owned
By another

Follow the signs, follow the signs, follow
Will you ever see them?
Do you get the sequence?
Then follow

Even though he knows his mind is owned
By another

Follow the signs, follow the signs, follow
Will you ever see them?
Can you learn to
Follow the signs, follow the signs, follow
Follow the signs
Will you follow?

Words and music by Mac Randall
© 1998, 2016 Grandiosity Complex Ltd. (ASCAP)
Track Name: Category
Flashing ambulance lights
Reflected on the metal
Sliding up and down the metal
The cold, hard metal
The blade was finally put to use
Lies there on the pavement
In the gutter by the corner
The cold, hard pavement

There’ll have to be a new category
To divide experiences

Say what you will, it'll never do

Wave goodbye to your friends on the boat
Blow the horn in the car to be sure
Out on the open sea, how estranged we can be
This may be the last time, you might not be happy
Anymore, anymore, anymore
There’ll have to be a new category
To divide experiences

There’ll have to be a new category
That’s what they’re telling me
Wave goodbye for the last time
You can’t live your own life anymore

No more, no more
(Wave goodbye to your friends on the boat)
They want, they want
To divide everything
Don’t you let them do it

Words and music by Mac Randall
© 1988, 2016 Grandiosity Complex Ltd. (ASCAP). All rights reserved.