1. Sun Sound

From the recording Eat Your Heart Out (2018)

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"Sun Sound" is another surprise favorite. So sad, so lonely, that wistful bleating sound like a sacrificial goat and the drum beat hung out to dry like a rattling skeleton over and over before the song continually refibrillates. I have always felt there is a sadness at the heart of the expressive endeavor, something that goes all the way back to the first lonely cell in the lifeless sea, the first atomic spark of solar godhead, a loneliness in being tasked with its legacy, the dark side of the joy captured in "Three-Ring Circus" or the reckless necessity of "Seen My Soul," and this song captures that perfectly. In my own work I personify the sun as the source of all semiosis, all divine expression; the image of the poet or songwriter following the sun, like Phaethon, down is so powerful, and profoundly captures the poignancy and sacrifice at the heart of the expressive call. I love the lines "I will let the silence speak," and "set my history free." When I turned fifty, a pleasure that yet awaits you, I told myself I would release my narratives, my mostly bitter narratives, an ideal in which I have not been wholly successful, but I get the notion. This is a great, great song. - Ethan

Written & Produced by Billy Webster
Recorded at The Jersey Dream
(c) Shampoo Girl Music, 2018


I’m going south. The sun is warm. Soon to melt my present life. I’ll make new friends then I’ll ignore them all. I won’t eat them ‘til they’re ripe. I’ll go south. I’ll go south. I will not force. I will not try. I will let the silence be. I will not say what I cannot defend. I will set my history free. Sun go down. Sun go down. I will. I will follow you. And when I’m south, what will you say? Will you wonder if I’m dead? Or will you stand on a memory band and let the music fill your head? The sun sound. The sun sound. I will. I will follow you.