There was nothing I dreaded more in my adolescence than the school year's first bus ride. There are few social situations you can't avoid in middle school. You aren't required to join clubs or sports teams, school dances are optional, teachers rarely call you out if you do your work and don't mouth off…it's easy to get lost in a crowded hallway and coast through the day in relative obscurity. This is not so on a school bus. The giant orange behemoth rumbles to a stop at the edge of your driveway. With a hiss the doors fling open and an ancient creature stares down at you, it's eyes masked by huge tinted glasses. Maybe it doesn't even have eyes! You climb the steep steps, staring at your feet, holding your breath. At the top of the stairs is the aisle--it stretches endlessly to the back of the bus and is bordered by rows and rows of hot brown bus seats, overflowing with wild laughter and crazy eyes. You start to walk, feeling their stares taking in every aspect of your appearance, searching for anomalies. And if they find one…(shudder). Your fervent bus stop prayer has been answered! You spot an empty seat and slide next to the window, unzipping the smaller compartment of your backpack and taking out a cd player and an oversized pair of headphones. And you slip them on and everything is fine. You melt into the sound and you are invisible and invincible and nothing captures and conquers the fears of your racing heart like the music streaming through those tiny speakers. That is the kind of music that has made the most difference in my life, and that is the music I dream of making. Everyone finds solace in song, regardless of age and circumstance. I hope this music serves that purpose for some. Thanks for listening!
Adam Brock lives in Portland, OR. He wrote these three songs and recorded them in bedrooms and studios in Seattle and Portland in the winter and spring of 2013. With a few exceptions (cellos, violins, and some drums) he plays all the sounds on this recording. A huge thanks goes to Justin and Liese Freund, Scott Wilson, Lee Barbara, Tim and Jean Tingwald, and Jon Haas for being such generous and awesome friends.