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Song Lyrics: Arrival

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

Arrival

Lyrics by Chris Klimecky

Come on in, the water’s fine
Let me pour your glass of wine
Kick off your shoes
I’ve got some news for you

Now don’t be shy, come on let’s go
I’ve got your ticket for the show
You’re a VIP
The one for me tonight

I’ve been holding your breath
For my survival
I’ve rolled out the red carpet
For your arrival
Welcome back again!

Check it out, it’s all brand new
Cleaned and polished up for you
Pick it up and
Raise a cup or two

We’ll make it last, we’ll take it slow
Hang on through the afterglow
Play it loud and
Tell the crowd it’s true

I’ve been holding your breath
For my survival
I’ve rolled out the red carpet
For your arrival
Welcome back

I’m dreaming of the day
When we can both just stay
Wrapped in this sound of success
Don’t go away

I’ve been holding your breath
For my survival
I’ve rolled out the red carpet
For your arrival

I’ve been holding your breath
For my survival
I’ve rolled out the red carpet
For your arrival
Welcome back again!

Song Lyrics: This Journey

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

This Journey

Lyrics by Cait Rosellini and Chris Klimecky

The sun burns on my back but I keep going down the road like nothing’s wrong
Over and over in my head plays this long forgotten song
My past is looking younger, the headwind gets stronger
I don’t know if I’ll hold out much longer

I strive to reach the top until I hear you say stop
And I know you won’t give up on me too soon
You’re my partner in this journey, do or die – it’s not too early
Take my hand, together, we will make it through – me and you

My legs are all scraped up and I can’t feel the hard steps pounding on my feet
Aching in my head but I’m finally feeling my heart beat
Lately it’s been racing – this goal I have been chasing
Seems impossible with all the hills I’m facing

I strive to reach the top until I hear you say stop
And I know you won’t give up on me too soon
You’re my partner in this journey, do or die – it’s not too early
Take my hand, together, we will make it through – me and you

This Journey…This Journey…This Journey…This Journey

This journey let my soul come out
This journey keeps me believing
This journey taught me how to love
This journey is deceiving

This Journey…This Journey…This Journey…This Journey

This journey let my soul come out
This journey keeps me believing
This journey taught me how to love
This journey is deceiving

This Journey…This Journey…This Journey…This Journey

Song Lyrics: Sunshine and Misery

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

Sunshine and Misery

Lyrics by Chris Klimecky

Can’t blame it on the weather anymore
Inside it keeps on rainin’
Stayin’ cool for the change of season
Long shadows still remainin’

Try to soak it up
Feel the burnin’ light upon my skin
Can’t shake it off
Can’t heal the fracture deep within

This wind feels strong enough
To blow it all away

Can it be tragedy?
Bittersweet memory?
Hard to see what’s good for me
Sunshine and Misery

Stop living on the edge of sorrow
Start gettin’ this life together
Sweatin’ out all the indecision
Strainin’ hard to make it better

I’ve had enough
Running hard but getting nowhere fast
Out of my head
Shine on, but living in the past

This wind feels strong enough
To blow it all away

Can it be tragedy?
Bittersweet memory?
Hard to see what’s good for me
Sunshine and Misery

Can it be tragedy?
Bittersweet memory?
Hard to see what’s good for me
Sunshine and Misery

Oh Sunshine
Oh Sunshine

Song Lyrics: The Age Old Story

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

The Age Old Story

Lyrics by Cait Rosellini and Chris Klimecky

How young were you when you saw your first star?
It’s like angels called your name from afar
They aren’t just happy accidents awaiting your reply
How many times have you ignored that beautiful sky?

It’s the wind that steals your breath
It’s the lights that shine up high
It’s the age old story
Precious time will pass us by

Many years ago I never thought of such things
but then I looked through the lens and started to believe
I stared for hours but no one ever asked me why
I could read the pages written in the night

It’s the wind that steals your breath
It’s the lights that shine up high
It’s the age old story
Precious time will pass us by

Don’t falter now, you know how, how to watch and wish and just hold tight
Remember now, you know how, they’ll be waiting for you every single night

The sunrise breaks and the wonder fades
The glowing of the cycle fast invades
This humble pause won’t last for long
They’ll still remain way after we’re gone

It’s the wind that steals your breath
It’s the lights that shine up high
It’s the age old story
Precious time will pass us by

Don’t falter now, you know how, how to watch and wish and just hold tight
Remember now, you know how, they’ll be waiting for you every single night
Don’t falter now, you know how, how to watch and wish and just hold tight
Remember now, you know how, they’ll be waiting for you every single night

Every single night
Every single night

Song Lyrics: Lap of Luxury

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

Lap of Luxury

Lyrics by Chris Klimecky

Hiding in the light, you can see right in plain view
All the damage done, what a scene, what we’ve come to
Try to close your eyes, bite your lip, stop and listen
Hear the rumble of feet growing fast in the distance

What the future holds, I don’t know
Better pack up and go
But watch the money in your pocket
It’s gonna slow you down
Slow you down

The lap of luxury
Gold plated history
Lost opportunity to lead
The lap of luxury
Fortune and revelry
Wasted energy we need
We get nothing for free

Hold your pennies tight, or they’ll slip through your fingers
While the warmth of the blood on your hands ever lingers
Try to justify all the years of destruction
Hear the whispers of excess are sweet cold seduction

Feed the limousines, drama queens
And the corporate machines
Don’t save the money for a sucker
They’re gonna take you down
Take you down

The lap of luxury
Gold plated history
Lost opportunity to lead
The lap of luxury
Fortune and revelry
Wasted energy we need
We get nothing for free
We get nothing for free

The spoiled and the rotten have quickly forgotten
Or maybe they never knew
The treasures of greed are never guaranteed and
When you leave, you can’t take it with you

The lap of luxury
Gold plated history
Lost opportunity to lead
The lap of luxury
Fortune and revelry
Wasted energy we need
We get nothing for free
We get nothing for free

Song Lyrics: Energy

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

Energy

Lyrics by Chris Klimecky

I love how you run
Running circles ’round my life
You never tire and I can’t find
How you light your fire so bright
It’s burning like the sun

Run like water down the mountain side
So full of…

Energy
Oh…Energy

I love how you go
Flying off, don’t wait for me
Racing visions I can’t see
Angels ain’t got wings like you
You’re powered by very different fuel

Blast like rockets in the open sky
So full of…

Energy
Oh…Energy
Boundless Energy
Oh…Energy

Infinitely chargeable, anything is possible
Dance until the night is through, wish I could keep up with you
Jump n’ fight n’ find your way, laugh n’ dream n’ love n’ play
The best is what you have inside, so full of life

Flash like lightning on a summer night
So full of…

Energy
Oh…Energy
Boundless Energy
Oh…Energy
(I love how you run)
Energy
(I love how you go)
Oh…Energy
(I love how you run)
Boundless Energy
(I love how you go)
Oh…Energy

Song Lyrics: Water Colors

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

Water Colors

Lyrics by Cait Rosellini and Chris Klimecky

Smooth sailing to the captain and his crew
Safe waters and a prayer that the fair winds blow through
Before setting off they looked to the sky
It would be their only constant as these waters passed them by

Painted blue and pink, the faith we may re-think
The fire eats away as our senses go astray
Water colors in the sky bring it all back
From the stillness in our souls to the patience we lack

The waters rolled on gaining strength as days passed
They wondered if this hollow ship could really last
When times proved hard and no one saw the silver lining
They looked up to the sky and one by one started finding

Painted blue and pink, the faith we may re-think
The fire eats away as our senses go astray
Water colors in the sky bring it all back
From the stillness in our souls to the patience we lack

Red sky at night sailors’ delight
Red sky in morning sailors take warning
Red sky at night sailors’ delight
Red sky in morning sailors take warning

Painted blue and pink, the faith we may re-think
The fire eats away as our senses go astray
Water colors in the sky bring it all back
From the stillness in our souls to the patience we lack

Water colors in the sky reflect in mystery
Riding out the endless tide, destination at sea

Song Lyrics: Not Your Hero

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

Not Your Hero

Lyrics by Chris Klimecky

An emergency call is going out tonight but no one’s answering
Our chance of getting through the night is quickly lowering
Like an island, we’re on our own
It’s the last chance for the final boat and
We can’t miss this ride, so I’ll carry you outside

This wasn’t supposed to happen
You shouldn’t be here at all
Your heart should not be breaking
You weren’t supposed to fall

I am not your hero
I’m just next in line
I am not your hero
Would you catch me next time?

Runnin’ through the dark with the guiding light of the full moon
Slippin’ off the edge, gotta hang on tight, we’re gonna be there soon
But I fear that it’s all too late
We’re connected, we can’t escape and
Once we’re on safe ground, I won’t put you down

This wasn’t supposed to happen
I shouldn’t be here at all
My heart should not be aching
I’m not supposed to fall

I am not your hero
I’m just next in line
I am not your hero
Would you catch me next time?

Hold this moment
when feelings are so strong
Don’t forget
Heroes are made when things go wrong

I am not your hero
I’m just next in line
I am not your hero
Would you catch me next time?

I am not your hero
I’m just next in line
I am not your hero
Would you catch me next time?

Song Lyrics: Ride the Wind

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

Ride the Wind

Lyrics by Chris Klimecky

Say it ain’t so, gotta go
It’s a long way home
Red skies, sunrise, so low

Good times that we leave behind
Gotta start something new
The memories I take with me, so true

Gonna find another town far away from here
Gonna call it home for now and let the path appear

Like a fish in the water, catch the tide out to sea
This is how it was always meant to be
Like an eagle from the mountain, ride the wind across the countryside
Wanna see this world in front of me

Really gotta run, it’s done
Been a whole lotta fun
Hold you, hold me, last one

Deep sighs, those long goodbyes
Never helped anyone
Cut ties, dry eyes, and I’m gone

Gonna find another town far away from here
Gonna call it home for now and let the path appear

Like a fish in the water, catch the tide out to sea
This is how it was always meant to be
Like an eagle from the mountain, ride the wind across the countryside
Wanna see this world in front of me

Like a fish in the water, catch the tide out to sea
This is how it was always meant to be
Like an eagle from the mountain, ride the wind across the countryside
Wanna see this world in front of me

Like a fish in the water, catch the tide out to sea
This is how it was always meant to be
Like an eagle from the mountain, ride the wind across the countryside
Wanna see this world in front of me

Song Lyrics: Afterglow

All song lyrics from the album This Journey

Afterglow

Lyrics by Chris Klimecky

Season’s end, my friend
Party’s over, time to send
You all back home, nothing here will stay

Make it last a little more
Take a picture, time to store
These memories before they fade away

Now whatcha gonna do?
Where ya gonna go?
How ya gonna be?
Take this heavy heart
Right back to the start
Find out what it means

Oh…Afterglow
Just fade out slow

Try to keep it warm and bright
Feed the flame of dying light
And fill the silent echos in the wind

A cold and empty place
Losing grip on the last embrace
That keeps us from the path we must begin

Oh…Afterglow
Please don’t go
Oh…Afterglow
Just fade out slow

Let it all go down
Shatter on the ground
See if you can breathe
Say it all again
Won’t prevent an end
Will you find peace?

Oh…Afterglow
Please don’t go
Oh…Afterglow
Just fade out slow
Oh…Afterglow
Please don’t go
Oh…Afterglow
Just fade out slow
Oh…Afterglow
Please, please don’t go
Oh…Afterglow
Just fade out slow

- This Journey Has Officially Arrived!

Cover art for the album "This Journey"

Hooray! It’s celebration time – This Journey is officially released! It’s been a huge endeavor of heart, soul, and effort – a dream project to have the time to realize my vision as best as I possibly could. In songwriting, performance, and production, this is a new high bar that I am thrilled to share with you! In celebration, I’ve posted the opening song “Arrival” for you to preview on Reverbnation (check the mini-player on my sidebar here, too).

Over the course of the next few months, I’ll be sharing stories about each song, lyrics, reviews from the press, and more, as news about the album’s release gets out to more and more people. Thank you so much for supporting me and sharing with your friends. This is a critical part of helping an independent artist promote their work, as I have neither the time nor the budget to do a significant marketing campaign on my own. I need rock fans telling other rock fans that This Journey is worth their time and money to check out!

The whole album is available for digital download from iTunes, Amazon, Reverbnation, here on my website, and CD Baby, with the high quality hard copy/CD available only from CD Baby. If initial feedback holds true, this will be a disc that becomes part of your permanent collection, not just a charity purchase from an indie artist that you pass to a friend after one listen. In fact, I’m so confident you’ll enjoy it, if you buy a hard copy/CD from CD Baby, I’ll give you a personal money back guarantee – if you really aren’t happy with it, contact me, send me the disc, and I’ll Paypal you the purchase price in return.

Thanks in advance for your support and I hope to hear your feedback (like the comments below) soon!

“This Journey is an amazing album. ‘Michael W. Smith meets Queensryche.’ I have spun it about five times now and it keeps getting better…an altruistic display of chops and songwriting prowess!! ~Raymond Hayden, Maurice the Fish Records

“Chris, the album is AMAZING! Listened to it the past 3 days in my car. AWESOME STUFF!” ~Jeff Ross, The Aquarium Radio Show (nwczradio.com)

“Wow, your new CD is MAGNIFICENT!!! I’ve spent the last three days listening to it non-stop, and I must say, you’ve outdone yourself this time. Really an amazing piece of work. I think you’ve grown considerably as a songwriter and a vocalist. Your guitar playing was always pretty smoking, and that’s on display here, too. This is definitely going to be one of my ‘summer soundtrack’ CDs over the next few months.” ~Aaron Cohen, Public Radio New York

 

 

 

- Choice Quotes From Market Research Feedback

Cover art for the album "This Journey"

It’s always fascinated me to hear what people think about my music, especially outside the generally protective realm of family, friends, and known fans. In any random and anonymous large group there is going to naturally be good, bad, and ugly responses. It’s important to me to try and get some sense how the songs from my new album, This Journey, would hold up against the mass of music releases the market is constantly assaulted with. Is it actually as good as I think it is? Specifically, which songs are getting the best responses and should thus be put forward to make a good first impression of the new release?

I used a professional music market research firm through Soundout.com to try and get some answers. For each song submitted, I not only received some good market comparison stats, but also the actual unedited comments from the 80+ listeners (who generally seem to have somewhat of a discerning ear and thoughtful comments, though it’s not clear if they are music industry related somehow or not – regardless, it’s completely anonymous).

So here are some of the best quotes that made me smile – maybe some time I’ll share the worst ones (and in some cases, just plain confusing ones) for a laugh. Got to let those roll off the thick skin, y’know…but for now I hope you’ll enjoy some of the warm and fuzzies along with me. Note: not all songs from the new album were submitted, and these were submitted separately over the course of many months, so it’s not just the same person/people all down the line at the same time.

Out of these, can you guess which song got the highest marks?

 

Arrival

- This song definitely has the making of a classic rock song. I love the elements of the guitar and the drums. I also love the fact that this song has a background chorus; a lot of newer songs don’t really have that anymore. This song is awesome.
- It is fantastic how much energy is in this song and how well it is transmitted. This is an engaging song and very fast paced, which would do a party a lot of good, because it would make the attendants dance and have a blast. I think that this is what I can call a real rock ‘n roll song, because I felt fantastic while listening to it.
- This song has an interesting 80′s vibe going on. Mixing Irish Punk with 80′s rock. The singer is really good. The instrumentalists are loose yet somehow remain in the pocket which I don’t think I’ve ever heard before. But it does sound really good this way. I like how it works out. It’s definitely a fun song with cool melodies. The chords and rhythms used are funky and have a ton of groove. Love it!
- This song is really good and the impact of this song is just really solid and the fast paced beat is very lively and energetic. The loud sound of the instruments is also working well in this song – it’s complementing the strong voice of the singer so well. The humming sound in the background really enhanced the main singer and I just loved that harmony. It’s really adding power to this song as well.
- Real rock n’ roll here! This has a great feeling to it. Solid musicianship on the instruments and this singer has a classic rock voice. Sounds like old stuff from the 1980s when music was much more entertaining and well constructed compared to music today. This song rocks! I really like this song and I am putting it into my playlist! Great vibe and awesome backup singers. It just really flows well!

 

Sunshine and Misery

- Strong intro with the song kicking in quickly. Good use of 2 guitars. Good guitar tone. Very good use of dynamics with guitars going from clean to distorted and with instruments dropping out and coming back in. Drums steady throughout. Good vocals and lyrics nice screams at times. Very good structure and arrangement.
- Really nice start to the song made me really intrigued what was going to happen next. The male lead vocal really had a smooth voice and had a wide and clear vocal range. The sound effects were epic. Listening to this song was a quite emotive song for me which music is meant to do. This piece was well composed and has that dramatic feeling it would get cooler and cooler. I applaud the vocals kudos.
- Dude, this seriously rocks. The guitar was crazy strong. The lyrics fit well with the music. I love the voice. It sounded like something I would listen to all the time with my friends. It has an awesome beat too. Thanks for sharing it with me. I’m putting it on my play-list right now!
- Groovy song here, very fascinating to listen to as this song stands alone because it is a unique melody and is a song that is like a rock song but is also relaxing at the same time. Great tune.

 

The Age Old Story

- I think that the song is amazing and really makes you want to have a good time. I think that this song is sexy. The vocals are good. The vocals are unique in that the song is folky but sexy and cool at the same time. The musical composition is really good because the song slows down at the perfect parts. The beginning and the ending is on point and strong. Overall, the vocalist has a good range and is strong and the musical chords are awesome.
- This is an amazing track. It starts out rocking, then makes me feel at peace. It sounds calm, joyful and enjoyable. I really do love the band, and the voice is awesome! I would buy this, I love it and hope to hear more.
- Instrumentals are spot on. The background harmonies blend well with the main singer’s vocals. The lyrics are very well written and go well with the melodies. The singer has an interesting sound and style. The flow of the song is interesting and moves along well. This song could potentially become a hit with continual play.
- I love a song that has a wide variety of transitions in delivery, dynamics and intensity….this song has it. The instrumental movements and vocals move this song as one. This is a clear indication of the level of talent and diversity of the songwriter, recording artist, and production quality in the studio. This is a very well put together piece of music. I can easily see this song being done in a packed arena, and people singing along. Watch the charts!

 

Lap of Luxury

- Ooh, the intro guitars really caught my attention. The first verse brought in the electric guitars and vocals, which actually weren’t bad. First good song I’ve heard all day. The lyrics are interesting and have a message. This is something I’d definitely consider buying to add to my music library.
- This is a great song and performance. The melody is strong and quite tuneful. The singer has an attractive vocal tone and the voice is very attractive too. The vocals come out really expressive and I just love the conviction in them. Instrumentally the song has this full and quite engaging accompaniment which complements the vocal flow really nicely. I think the song has a great commercial potential.
- Cool rock song fast paced and full of energy. I liked the powerful lyrics about taking someone or something down. This song is good because it is motivating and influential!
- Very uplifting and lyrical guitar stringed introduction on this track. The melody was natural and easy going with male vocals that rode with the flow of the music. It was an exceptional performance.
- There’s a flamenco feel to the intro of this song. It almost comes as a surprise that the song changes gears and turns into a rock song. The melodies are cool and the chord progression shows that these guys have paid their dues as far as musical theory goes. There’s a lot to enjoy on this song, and it’s the kind of song that can make many guitars players (and arrangers) envious. The backing harmonies sound great, the guitar melodies are great and there’s idea behind the songwriting also. It’s a rare thing that a song manages to pull all of these elements together. I could say that the song would appeal to fans of artists like Yngwie Malmsteen, but I could as easily say that this appeals to the fans of Queen or REO Speedwagon. You’re putting a lot of influences into one song and manage to make it into something of your own. The playing performances and singing are all handled with style. A great song and band.
- I loved this right from the start. It had this perfect catch and so much energy that made me want to get up and dance. The guys were holding strong and gave their best to charge this piece. It was excellent and so full in all the instrumentals.

 

Energy

- This song excited me while I listened to it. It was energizing because it kept a good beat and mood throughout the whole song. The song made sense and words weren’t just thrown in for the sake of just being catchy. I sure would listen to this song anytime and I would also recommend it to tons of my friends.
- Omg I love the instruments playing at the beginning a lot and I like the singer as well. The song itself is great actually and it filled all of my requirements. I am an addict when it comes to instrumental music and this one is no exception. Filled with energy and filled with spirit as the song itself says.
- This is a great track as it is bold and stands out in a positive way. I love the vocals as they are strong, sharp, and bold which also adds to the greatness of this track.
- The way this song is performed is almost like being at a concert outdoors because the music is created in a way that gives you this happy warm feeling inside yourself.
- The guitar at the start is brilliant, and when the drums kick in, makes it so much better – but when the vocalist starts, that is just pure brilliance. Definitely recommend this song to anyone into indie music – definitely a must listen! Love it, guys!
- I like this. I felt it was well arranged and well balanced. The performance quality was high and the music as a whole came across with style and conviction. The melody was tuneful and it’s the kind of tune that’s easy to recall. Overall, I think it has strong commercial qualities and could do rather well if given the chance.

 

Not Your Hero

- I LOVED the intro for sure! I also enjoyed the lyrics very much. “I am not your Hero” … is now stuck in my head, but it’s a good thing! I enjoy for lyrics to have a memorable line, as all good songs have. The music in the background was well made. I loved the work with the guitars, and the drums, it really made the song very well made!
- Amazing. I like this. Almost reminds me of the OLD Rise Against. I love the beat, perfect melody. Great vocals, I could listen to that voice for hours. I love the emotion put into the lyrics. I love the way the instrumental areas of the song tell a story, put that much more into the meaning. The guitarist is doing very well, percussion is great, overall I think it is great.
- I love how the electric guitar started the song. It matches well with the drums and bass. When the vocals kicked in, the song still had a good melody going. The lyrics also had a good tune to the words. The band is able to harmonize well with each other and the hit potential for this song seems relatively high. This song would appeal to the vast younger audiences. There is also a very rocking tune to it and has a nice rhythm to it.
- Wow intense rock song here very enjoyable to listen to. I think this song is good ’cause it has a lot of passion and energy. I think this band really knows how to play good rock music!
- Right off the bat this song delivers with a rocking guitar beat which is a perfect way to start a rock song in my personal opinion. The band continues to rock on as the track progresses which is very good and I like the lyrical as well as vocal style that the singer is using. It’s a wonderfully edgy and aggressive kicking song.
- This song has a really great story in the lyrics. The instruments such as the guitars are a bit heavy. I would class this as modern rock. It has that kinda Green Day feel. Good song all around with outstanding vocals. Hit.

 

Afterglow

- Strange and beautiful. It’s difficult to find a song like this, with this nice between all the instruments. The voice is special, never boring. At the moment of the guitar solo is spectacular, because there is all the energy of the song.
- What a great rock song this is. The lead singer sounds like Axl Rose to me which is cool. I think this band is good ’cause the band seems to play with all their heart and soul and they know how to make a rocking song!
- I love the music of this song. It is really pretty and engaging, the rhythm let me dance and I’ll listen to it many times in the future. The singer’s voice is strong and penetrating and the words are original.
- This song reminded me lots of old school rock songs, which I was a huge fan so I liked this track from the beginning especially the drums are making this melody and beat very effective and exceptional, The voice of the singer is matching and getting along perfectly with the instruments.
- This track has a great intro that grabs your attention right from the get go. The band performs together well, the song is well structured and remains compelling to the end. The singer has quite a unique voice which makes the track even more remarkable, I’m a big fan of this track and will happily promote the track to anyone I can.

 
 

- The Art of This Journey

I am thrilled (and relieved!) to announce that the new album is officially done! It is at the replicators now and should be ready for distribution, both in hard copy and electronic forms, within a couple weeks. I am so proud of how this came out, both musically and visually, I can barely contain myself! Huge thanks goes out to David Cook of OriginWest, who did all the graphic work and re-design of my visual presentation. While I assume you’ve seen the cover art he did (which I’ve already plastered all over the place), I would like to take the rest of this post to show you more of the album artwork that he did.

First, here are some 3D estimation renderings of what the artwork will look like in the final package:

Approx. 3D rendering of the CD package cover shot

Opening up the tray reveals the back of the insert and the disc itself

A closer view of the disc and the image underneath the clear tray

The back of the jewel case

 

Here are some higher res images that should allow you to read the text on the back of the insert and the back of the jewel case:

Click for a closer look at the credits and thank you's

Click for a closer look at the back of the jewel case

More stories to come about the making of the album and next steps – stay tuned for exciting times ahead!