Numinosity

by Shockley

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1.
Health 05:03
Have you ever been totally consumed? By an idea or a concept you soon found yourself at rest On a table meant for one but ya had company the smell of bleach and a paper screen out of frustration 50 cents a half hour of time leave a hundred on the table for so much more you'll get precisely what what you paid for not quite what you though it to be out of frustration what the hell am I doing here she's got a unicorn tattooed on her breast nothings ever been so out of place Turn around your mine from behind Turn around your mine from behind Turn on your side Turn around your mine from behind I don't care what the sign says it's not good for your health In spite of what you just said I'm no superman It's within each of us to heal ourselves It's not good for your health
2.
A vice Around the soul Fingers and palm Turn the handle Oh My God I can't sit still Not for the whole ride Window is hazy However reason so clear The Devil is at work in these idol hands I don't know but I hear he's fast Just keep doing it Don't look back You just can You just can You just can Not not do it You got your fill Takes more and more each time I can't stand to look Can't stand looking at you Wish that I was blind The Devil in these Idol Hands I don't know him but I hear he's fast Just keep doing it Don't look back You just can You just can You just can Not not do it
3.
Attention 04:03
Relief Sunset What hurts at this angle now heals Lithium enters an open green doorway My gaze follows On your back my fingers rest You're made from a rib In a kiss you give it back What's exhaled becomes my breath And only your attention can bring Relief Sunrise Your hand on my side how it burns I learn the most about myself When I'm alone And kisses are a far better fate than wisdom On your back my fingers rest You're made from a rib In a kiss you give it back What's exhaled becomes my breath When I'm with you I'm satisfied Like nothing else in this life The streets melt away When I'm with you I'm satisfied No one else can make my head turn Turn away And I know That no love can ever survive Having said that I still need you by my side If what we are is what we mean to each other I know I said it before I'll say it again I need your attention
4.
All I Have 04:04
Should I choose from What's in front of me Or what I really want I can have any color I want As long as it's black All I have to go on is faith All there is circumstance and change A joy that has no opposite seems vague A woman on my radio Says we suffer from a kind of religious ache I'm not one for religion But I most certainly ache All I have to go on is faith All there is circumstance and change A joy that has no opposite seems vague I keep going Full of fear and doubt All I Have is your hand in my hand As we watch the water wear down the mountain
5.
Koan 03:41
Turn it off Lay form down If all is illusion This is a most painful one So you found a way around Say something about the here and now You bang your stick to the ground Then you tell me not to worry too much cause It's not always so The rise and the fall Separate yourself from it Change is everything Then how come nothing seems to be changing for me Life's no fun without lies If I'm sick of hearing them So what then? So you found a way around Say something about the here and now You bang your stick to the ground Then you tell me not to worry too much cause It's not always so So how to know What to keep And what to let go So how to know what to keep and what to let go If wisdom of found in the heart of the moment My moment seems flawed Where's the higher power Why all the mystery These questions have no Recourse So how to know What to hide And what to show
6.
Open Up 03:49
Since when am I the one with his heart open It's been four long years I waited for Sunday nights with you I've got a hole I'll fill it in with you Open up to me Open up to me It won't come easy Open up to me Since when am I the one with his eyes open Four lonely years I've wasted Sunday nights without you Perhaps I'm much better of by myself I've got a hole Fall in it you will Open up to me Open up to me It won't come easy Open up to me If in two years time I'd know the answer How would I spend the time until then If in two years time How would I spend the time until then Open up to me Open up to me It won't come easy Open up to me
7.
Soldier 03:10
Pull my teeth Let me see Improve the quality of my life It's not my heart I'm wearing on my sleeve I assume your will So set me free let me breath I don't care who's on the trains As long as it's not me I assume your will And I know that we all can be replaced But the old reality is much too hard to face So I raise my arm Until it grows tired I assume your will
8.
Words 04:06
I sit so eagerly Waiting for this trick of mind Just a taste will keep hope alive It takes two to dance It only takes one to hope 7 8 your gone 8 4 I'm waiting You tease and toy with your play thing Only from a safe distance Is there room for me in your house In the attic I'm kept but forgotten This intellectual sex as you call it Is no substitute for the real thing 7 8 your gone 8 4 I'm waiting I can't see or hear you But I know what you've said There'll be no magic kingdom Only a land of ice and words All the words in the word Can never make up for time spent In you arms 7 8 your gone 8 4 I'm waiting Always waiting
9.
Coward 04:32
Waiting, oh to see signs Cover your ears as not to spoil the surprise You're not at liberty To reveal the names of those who hate me How brave of you Thanks for using Your ego as a shield Congratulations You found my pride Yours the same as mine Coward hide I'm the most negative person you've ever met You must not know yourself very well Cause what's remembered does not a person make Congratulations You found my pride Yours the same as mine Coward hide Congratulations You found my vise A frozen lake that is my heart Suicide of my ego Slow suicide of my ego Congratulations You found my vice A frozen lake that is my heart Nobody likes a downer Congratulations You found my pride Yours the same as mine Coward hide
10.
Apology 04:06
I apologize for all the things left unsaid I apologize for all the weight left on your head I apologize Oh Son listen loud My love was too soft Oh Son listen soft My voice was too loud I apologize for secrets and lies I apologize for coming up short in your eyes I apologize did the best I could I tried Oh Son listen loud My love was too soft Oh Son listen soft My voice was too loud I apologize Oh Son listen loud My love was too soft Oh Son listen soft My voice was too loud
11.
What I Mean 02:25
Sent a letter off today Used my turn of phrase To sound so smart About a song I heard Try and figure out your taste Use it to bring you close Gonna make you a mix tape Tricks won't work with you So let the beauty of what we love be what we do And what I mean to do Is kiss you With eyes open I dream away A northern city skies are grey I fall asleep in your house Your the 13th note in my scale And what I mean to do Is kiss you
12.
Ten Things 03:48
Ten things that I believe in Starts with my own confusion A surprise hug from behind Coincidence A 5 and 1/2 hour sunset The salt on my skin after swimming in the ocean That I spend way too much time alone That I am always right, especially when I'm wrong The gravity of someone next to me And pizza That I am lucky you are my friend Ten things that you believe in Primary colors A bad and a good day The pump that makes your heart beat Black beans and rice The bulb of the tulip The thread that draws your line The machine inside your stomach The man that lives on your marble floor And your hands That I am lucky you are my friend Ten things I believe in It's the pump that makes your heart beat
13.
Hitherto 05:12
I feel blocked I feel choked I want to write a song make it good Wish I could write a song and make it true Is what I've learned wrong The things I've known up until this point Are they wrong I feel bought I feel sold Like my dreams aren't my own I only want what I'm told to want Is what I've learned wrong The things I've known up until this point Are they wrong So breath it in Then let it all out What you hold on to holds on to you Is what I've learned wrong The things I've known Up until this point are they wrong

about

Shockley is the musical project of artist, Jeremy Shockley. Shockley was born and raised in the deserts of southern Arizona. Numinosity is his first release.

Fans of Pearl Jam's genre bending rock, Toad the Wet Sprockets' sublime song writing, and Duncan Sheik's introspection, should find Numinosity appealing.

Shockley is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist playing the piano, bass, guitar, drums, and singing. The ability to play many instruments gives Shockley a colorful musical lexicon. In a live setting, Shockley grabs the attention of the entire room giving a heartfelt and honest performance.

Growing up in Tucson, Shockley played in many bands providing the majority of the song writing. He then attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix and moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 1999.

Using his engineering education, Shockley worked as a producer-engineer in one of Los Angeles's top studios, Henson Recording. Under the influence of such talents as Rupert Hine (Duncan Sheik), David Kahne, (Jeff Buckley), and Tony Hoffer (Beck), Shockley eventually self-produced Numinosity for a nominal budget on bartered studio time.

Not satisfied to be just on the production side of music, Shockley played as a supporting guitarist, a drummer, and vocalist. He tested the material that would eventually make up Numinosity at open mic nights and with a three piece group all over Los Angeles.

In May of 2004 Shockley was offered an opportunity to live and work at the Carriage House Recording Studios (Deftones, Pixies) in Connecticut. Extending the invitation was Shockley's friend and Numinosity co-producer, Brian Humphrey (Jane's Addiction, Bruce Springsteen, Instruction).

After making the three thousand mile move in August of 2004, Shockley continued to engineer and produce while collecting the talent for Numinosity. Tim Newton (Duncan Sheik) handled the drums, Josh Dodes (VH1's Band on the Run) was on Keys, and Rich Buckland (Wooden Circus) flew in from Los Angeles to play bass. Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morissette) was tapped to add his bass stylings to the song, "Koan".

Numinosity took shape over the next year. Ten songs were mixed in Los Angeles by Bryan Cook (Gary Jules, Inara George) and the final three were mixed by the artist himself in Connecticut. Mastering was done by Fred Kevorkian (White Stripes, Dave Matthews Band) in New York.

Numinosity is a diverse but cohesive work that begs the listener to engage. Shockley speaks his heart and mind with honesty and intelligence.

credits

released November 30, 2005

All songs and lyrics © Jeremy Shockley / The Emperor Is Naked (ASCAP)
Additional lyrics in Ten Things by Saskia Jorda.
Produced by Jeremy Shockley and Brian Humphrey
Engineered by Brian Humphrey
Mixed by Bryan Cook
∞ Mixed by Jeremy Shockley
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering
Photography - Jeremy Shockley
Art Direction and Design - Francesca Caviglia
Drums: Tim Newton
Bass: Rich Buckland
Keys and Piano: Josh Dodes
Guitars and Vocals: Jeremy Shockley
Bass on Koan: Chris Chaney
Keys on Koan: Chris Coogan
Harmony Vocals on Hitherto: Mariann Marcum

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