A Year Can Change a Lot

from by Chris Velan

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    Chris Velan recorded this album - over many burritos - at Mission Bells studio in San Francisco and released it in 2008. It was produced by the one and only Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips - an incredible songwriter and performer as well as a gifted producer. David Simon-Baker, aka DSB, engineered it at MB and mixed the hell out of it at Laughing Tiger in Sausalito. Chris had such a blast making this record and was joined by an illustrious gang of Bay Area/SoCal musicians: Adam Topol (drums), John Hofer (drums), Paul Hoaglin (bass), Jackie Greene (piano, organ), Dan Lebowitz (guitar), Nicki Bluhm (backing vocals), Sara Johnston (backing vocals), Tim Bluhm (guitar, backing vocals) and Dave Ralicke (horns).

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No flights out of Paris
The new year’s almost here
The old one’s on its last legs
And I may disappear
‘Cause lately I’ve been thinking
You’re going the wrong way
Going the wrong way
You’re not where you expected
The dreams you collected
Might cost more than you can pay
And I almost fell on St. Michel
‘Till I found what I forgot
A year can change a lot//

There is no language to catch the beauty
Of the moon over Montparnasse
And I can’t explain for the life of me
How this could come to pass
That a family was torn
And your first child born
All the people that we’ve become
I’ve given up predicting
It’s leaving me conflicting
And wondering where it all comes from
Why a friend was lost
And another one found
Some lessons they can’t be taught
Oh, a year can change a lot//

A year can change a lot
You’re worried ‘bout the end
But you’re missing all the plot
One moment you are freezing
And the next you are red hot
A year can change a lot//

It looks like I’ll leave on standby
This airport is like a heart
It pumps me out with a million souls
To make a brand new start
And wars will rage
Then turn the page
And fortunes will rise and fall
The old ones will leave
And I do believe
That I’ll surrender to it all
‘Cause the best laid plans
Unfold like fans
Then snap tight on the spot
And a year can change a lot
Another orbit around the bright star
Guess I’ll give it another shot
‘Cause a year can change a lot//


from Solidago, released April 1, 2009


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