Soliloquy

by Reason's Edge

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Although he is known more for instrumental works these days, with Reason's Edge, the former keyboardist from Crystal and Giant Shadows revisits his rock roots. Lush harmonies, strong melodies and influences ranging from classic and progressive rock to jazz and R & B are all hallmarks of the songs here. Stir in lyrics with a bit of social commentary and some necessary sarcasm and you have the debut Reason's Edge album.

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released August 24, 2016

Bill Cornish - Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Bill Ray - Drums
Will Jones - Drums
Ron Wikso - Drums
Mike Hackbert - Trumpet
Javier Perez - Percussion
Jon Attel - Saxes

Mastering by Sven-Erik Seaholm

All Songs Copyright © 2016 by Bill Cornish, ASCAP.
Published by Athanasia Music. All Rights Reserved.

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Reason's Edge Chicago, Illinois

From the early 80s through the mid-90s, keyboardist / composer Bill Cornish spent twelve years touring throughout the western United States, Alaska and Japan with the San Diego-based band Crystal. During that time he opened for artists such as Kansas, Steelheart, Joan Jett, Steppenwolf, Firehouse, The Romantics, Pat Travers, and many others. ... more

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Track Name: Soliloquy
Soliloquy

No conversation do we need to have
It's only a soliloquy

I'm only looking for a soundbite
Something snappy while I stuff my face
Not too deep, not too demanding
Two sentences or less I'm sure would be just right
Just right

Dont' confuse me with the details
Just give me something I already believe
I don't have the concentration or the need to understand
Don't have the need to hear, to think, to see

No conversation do we need to have
It's only a soliloquy
If I can talk a little louder you won't need to be heard
A simple line in the sand separating you from me

Stop your yelling and concede that I'm right
It's been passed down through generations
No need to analyze or think it through for yourself
Just give me familiarity

No conversation do we need to have
It's only a soliloquy
If I can talk a little louder you won't need to be heard
A simple line in the sand separating you from me

Red state, blue state
Primary colors
Left state, right state
What more do you need?
Liberal, conservative
Labels make it easy
With us, against us
That's how we play the game

No conversation do we need to have
It's only a soliloquy
If I can talk a little louder you won't need to be heard
A simple line in the sand separating you from me

Words and Music copyright 2016 by Bill Cornish
Track Name: Far Away
Far Away

The heart never stops it yearning
No matter how hard we try to quell the voices from deep inside
The world never stops its turning, the days and years spin by
Just a grain in the hourglass, faster and faster you can't deny

Far away
You're so far away
Say goodbye to yesterday

It's been years since I've seen your smile
Heard your laughter ringing out
Seen the world through the filter of your eyes
But in my head you're still here beside me
I still know what you'd say
You can still make me smile, light up my day

But you're faw away
Far away
Say goodbye to yesterday

Far away
You're so far away
Say goodbye to yesterday
There was still so much to say
Well I'm missing you today

Words and Music copyright 2016 by Bill Cornish
Track Name: Changes
Changes

Eight to five
Feeling like I'm half alive
Trying to pretend
That I can see the end
All I want to do is see...

I don't know when this feeling started
When the walls started closing in
Don't want to be one of the broken hearted
Just need to get my eyes open again
What I've got to do is see...

I'm going through changes
Surrounding me
Changes
Breaking free
Changes
You've got to see this life
It ain't no fantasy

Connected without
Connected within
Don't need to know what it's all about
Just need to groove on where I am
What I've got to do is see...

I'm going through changes
Surrounding me
Changes
Breaking free
Changes
You've got to see this life
It ain't no fantasy
Changes
Breaking free
Changes
Got to see
Changes
Surrounding me this life
It ain't no fantasy
It's life

Words and Music copyright 2016 by Bill Cornish
Track Name: No Place to Hide
No Place to Hide

Eyes closed tight
You can't see
Head in the sand
You can't breathe
I know you're thinking
You can hide from it all
No use in slinking away

Fist clenched tight
You can't hear
You think it's anger
But it's fear
No escape from it all
What you're feeling inside
It's your curtain call
No place to hide

Your heart is pounding
And you're set to explode
For all your expounding
You can't crack the code

Windows shut, doors locked
No one's here
Lights off, curtains closed
Feel your fear
Don't look in the mirror
You won't like what you see
It's getting clearer

No place, no place to hide
No place, no place to hide
No place, no place to hide
No place, no place to hide

Words and Music copyright 2016 by Bill Cornish
Track Name: Voices
Voices

Voices calling
Across the years
No sense of falling
Drifting away
Time stands still
Voices calling

I stand alone
Facing the darkness
Facing unknown
The past lies in shadows
A warm cacophony
I stand alone

Voices calling
Across the years
No sense of falling
Looking forward
Bouyed by the past
Voices calling

And there's nothing I need
And there's nothing to fear
And there's nothing I need

Drifting away
Time stands still
Voices calling

And there's nothing I need
And there's nothing to fear
There's nothing I need
No mistakes
There's no reason to hate
No reason to waste
And there's nothing I need

Words and Music copyright 2016 by Bill Cornish
Track Name: Snake Oil
Snake Oil

You smile your plastic smile and prattle to the masses
Hoping that no one is listening too close
Step up one and all - we're here to save your asses
Twenty-first century shaman you're the host with the most

Just sign the dotted line as if it made a difference
Haven't needed your approval for quite some time
But it's always good to have someone inside the crosshairs
Someone to play the figurehead
Someone to save the day

Snake oil
Makes my blood boil
Makes me recoil
You know you're going to pay
Snake oil
Makes me recoil
Makes my blood boil
You know you're going to pay

You can't always see the figures hiding in the shadows
But we've always been here and always will be
Would you rather see the puppet or the puppeteer?
Keep that self delusion
Land of the free

Snake oil
Makes my blood boil
Makes me recoil
You know you're going to pay
Snake oil
Makes me recoil
Makes my blood boil
You know you're going to pay

Words and Music copyright 2016 by Bill Cornish
Track Name: Reflections
Instrumental
Track Name: Angry Man
Angry Man

Angry man sitting alone in his room
Typing furiously
I found this picture
It says what I think I feel
Click Like if you agree
Been here all night refreshing this page
I'm slowly going out of my mind
The things I see are cutting me deeply
Much more of this and I'll go blind

I'm sending you this video
That you're not going to want to see
Decapitations, conflagurations
It's just my duty
I think you'll agree

I'm an angry man
Trying to find a plan
The walls are closing in
Can't you see the shape I'm in?

Angry man sitting alone
Alone in his underwear
I should be out
I should be sleeping
But I'm pissed off that you just don't care
Moral decay is eating away at my soul
All around me is apathy
So many strangers so many points of view
Overwhelmed got no empathy

I'm sending you this video
So that you'll understand our plight
Persecution, insurrection
Why do we not get to say what's right?

I'm an angry man
Trying to find a plan
The walls are closing in
Can't you see the shape I'm in?

I just want things to be comfortable
I just want everyone to see
How much better life would be now
If everyone was just like me

I'm an angry man
Trying to find a plan
The walls are closing in
Can't you see the shape I'm in?

Words and Music copyright 2016 by Bill Cornish
Track Name: Gone Too Long
Gone Too Long

Well you watch your evening news
Branded packaged and approved
Celebrity fashion, police action
Riots in the streets, you know we've got the product for you
Our little blue pill will give you a thrill
Everybody's doing it you don't want to be left out
That's what it's all about

Is this reality?
I've been gone too long
Is this reality?
I've been gone too long

Life doesn't count if no one is watching
Everybody hungers for their fifteen of fame
It's going to take some time for this to go viral
But I can't keep on waiting so I'll do it again
They pass in the streets
Heads down no eye contact to the people that they could meet
It doesn't matter anyway

Is this reality?
I've been gone too long
Is this reality?
I've been gone too long

Words and Music copyright 2016 by Bill Cornish
Track Name: Mystery
Mystery

All your yesterdays
They all seem so far away
And all those memories
All you were going to be
A shadow play
Faded photographs
And all those things that couldn't last
And all you've left behind
It's all inside your mind

And now you're on the path
Faces watch behind the glass
To make sure that you obey
But you just turn away
You turn away
Just close your eyes and feel
Each moment of the day
Only you can make it real
Each second of the play

And now you're on your own
But you don't feel alone
You know you've got to dream
If you want to swim upstream
You're not alone
Inside your mystery
You see the way the world should be
It's for you to be the change
Up to you to rearrange

You know it's true somehow
No illusions now
You're on your own

Words and Music copyright 2016 by Bill Cornish