If I Drown (Demo, 2003)

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Recorded in Paul Macek's high tech digital keyboard and computer, piecing together this multi-track demo helped Redding arrange the song more 4-dimensionally than would otherwise have been possible. The drums were MIDI-programmed on the keyboard, the instruments were multi-tracked by hand into the keyboard, and the vocals were added on top.


Learned how to swim in the shallows
Dived off the dock from the gallows
Taste like a dream, so elusive
Earn your respect, so abusive

Would you put your arms around me?
Would you pick me up and ground me -
Will you breathe some life between these lips
And tell me it's alright?
I'm on my last concession
Coming up from so much compression
And I've just got one more question
Will you tell me it's alright?..

If I drown, if I sink, fail to rise (oh, Sarah)
If the wind beneath my wings slowly dies (oh, Sarah)
Would you tell me it's alright?

Drunk on a glance from a shadow
Pray, beg a smile to remember
Smoke from the stream, autumn embers
Drift to the depths...let it burn


from Lost and Found, released May 29, 2013
Words and music written by James Tristan Redding. Drums programmed by Redding and Macek. Instruments keyed in by James, vocals performed by Redding and mixed by Macek. 3575 Oakland, 2003. Words and music copyright 2012 by James Tristan Redding. Registered with BMI. All rights reserved.


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Union Pulse Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded by singer-songwriter James Tristan Redding, Union Pulse was an idiosyncratic icon at the intersection of Americana, roots rock, and alt-country. The band embodied James Redding's soul bound lyrics and leg bending rhythm. In their decade of recording and touring they released five original albums (and one live EP) and delivered over 700 performances throughout the lower 48 states. ... more

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