Take it Forever

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"Beat Radio are a band formed upon the notion of art as an undying passion." - Jon Doyle, Wake the Deaf

"The thoughts, notions, and feelings that connect the art and the audience are contained here in the latest Beat Radio song cycle that provides music for meditative moments and endless eras of thoughts and cascading perspective." - Simon Gompers, Impose

Liner Notes:

You return once more to the summer lawns, recently turned golden. Though, now there's a little more September in the sunset. A few more ghost stories to tell your friends. Maybe drinking beers from time to time. Equal parts stardust, fools, and nonsense. You laugh at a few inside jokes. Realize that you're still alive. Still susceptible to falling in love. And so, you replace the strings on your guitar. You stumble through your 9 to 5. Still taking the train from Bellmore. You see the best minds of your generation destroyed by the internet, starving, hysterical naked. You watch your friends move away. Their letters go from blue ink to cell phone screen to nothing. Some nights you ask yourself: Whatever happened to the girl with the tattoo sleeves? Whatever happened to the bloodless revolution? Searching for somewhere that feels like home. This is the irreverent mission. The fireworks illuminating the night sky. The abyss and the wonder. The fresh air in your lungs.

There was a moment when you went from asking the question to finding the answer. And you know it when you close your eyes. Death isn't the remedy. You enjoy the neon letters when you walk down the street. The colors of the hometeam. The comeback story. Written in spray paint and compressed in mp3s. Every minute is a testimony. Every word matters. This is your humble declaration: Take it. From the stage to the bedroom to the street corner. Take it. From the hospital room to the midnight concert venue to the teenage diary. Take it. From heart beat to sunrise to elegy. Take it, forever.

-Vince Bauters, November 2015


Advice For Artists/Footnotes to Take it Forever (by Brian Sendrowitz)

1. Don’t wait for permission.
2. Always seek out things to be inspired by. If you’re not excited about something new, it’s game over.
3. Make your peace with the capitalist yardsticks that you thought would signify creative success.
4. Celebrate your successes.
5. Born to Run, Motherfucker.
6. Don’t sit around waiting for inspiration.  Make yourself accountable for a work routine.
7. Be on the lookout for kindred spirits
8. Stay humble always // believe you’re the best
9. Nothing matters // everything matters
10. Take it forever

credits

released January 29, 2016

Beat Radio is:

Brian Sendrowitz - guitars, vocals, keyboards
Dan Bills - bass, keyboards
Paul Reardon Rovira - drums, percussion

Maia Macdonald sings on "Invisible Cities"

Cover art by Bryan Bruchman (bryanbruchman.com)

Produced by Beat Radio. Songs by Brian Sendrowitz (miracle flag/ASCAP) except: track 7 by Brian Sendrowitz and Timothy Lannen, track 8 by Drew Danburry and Brian Sendrowitz

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Track Name: Take it Forever
sometimes it feels like nothing matters
sometimes it feels like everything matters

so we invent a separate self
for all the secrets we’ll never tell

we take our stories from television
we’re haunted by our own ambition
and no one’s looking out for each other
when everything is a competition

everyone is casting spells
building myths around themselves

and all we want is everything
and all we find is suffering

the point of everything i guess
is “don’t give in to bitterness”

because you and i are here right now
and nothing matters anyhow

so take it easy
take it forever
i hope this song
makes you feel better
it’s been a good year
and we’re together
so take it easy
take it forever

i suppose
i should be clear
i am indifferent
to exclusive premieres

on someone’s website
or wherever
it’s in the ether
it’s lost forever

cause everyone
just stays at home
with seven tabs
of google chrome

and we’re nostalgic
for cross bones style
i’ll look for you left of the dial
left of the dial

but i heard your band
on NPR
I hope that means
that you’ll go far

i hope it matters
a little more
maybe it does
but i’m not sure

either way
let’s raise our glass
drink to the future
and to the past

drink for all the songs we missed
when no one payed a publicist

and take it easy
take it forever
i hope this song
makes you feel better

it’s been a good year
and we’re together
so take it easy
take it forever
Track Name: Lost in the World
so we never got famous
and we never left home
there were times when i was lonely
i was never alone
and all my friends got tired
everybody moves on
i always seemed to find a reason and i 
i kept singing songs
some were borne of imitation
of the people i admired
some were borne of pure ambition
others borne of desire
some were borne of a compulsion
or an irrational fear
that if i didn’t get it all down i would somehow disappear

sometimes it feels like it takes all that you’ve got
just to keep from unraveling
sometimes it feels just like you won the whole goddamned thing

i used to want to make a record
just to know i was alive
it took a while for me to figure out my own way to survive
the only virtue is irreverence
claim your own authority
and never let yourself get bitter
don’t forget that you are free
take a moment to remember you’re alive and you’re awake
take your time to look around you
take your time to make mistakes
there’s something infinite inside you
that no one else can ever know
there is is stillness and a silence
a place where no one else can go

sometimes it feels like you get lost in the world
and you’re tired of wandering
sometimes if feels just like you won the whole goddamned thing
Track Name: Losing Time
I’ve been losing time again
seasons get away from me
trying to chase away these blues
singing in a minor key

i was such a fatalist
build it up and tear it down
the moon is following the tide
is it the other way around?

you could open up your heart
to people that you’ve never met
a poet for the modern age
famous on the internet

i could teach the world to end
you could paint the front door red
yeah i’ve seen your video
and i’ll love you till i’m dead

I remember all the things you used to say
In the evening just before the light was gone
Now I'm on the outside
And I'm far away
From that feeling I was chasing all along

happiness will come in waves
i just had that dream again
someone shut the whole thing down
now it’s hard to find your friends

what’s the point of all of this?
is there a meaning to this game?
what is it we’re fighting for?
I don’t think I caught your name?

build it up and watch it all come crashing down
when its over start to build it up again
Even if its not the life you dreamed about
everything you did was worth it in the end

celebrate the things you love
this is where you’re meant to be
try and keep an open heart
dream a little dream of me
Track Name: Art is a War, There are Casualties
We made our own world

and it’s only a dream
but we’re in it together

when you’re fighting a war
sometimes you lose
the thing you love the most

and i know i’m alone
i know that i’m older
and it feels like forever

i was trying to go back
to the way that things were
i was chasing a ghost

I’m a million miles away
stumbling through my 9 to 5
I’m not sure what happens next
But it feels good to be alive

you were banging the drum
i was ringing the bell
we were full of ambition
i was playing it cool
you were casting your spell
we were doomed from the start

at the end of the day
we did all that we could
not to burn down the mission
we had nothing to prove
except to ourselves when it al came apart

Lately I’ve been losing sleep
Writing letters to myself
I’ve got promises to keep
And a dream too long to tell

I’ve been trying to get across
changes i’ve been going through
i wanted this to mean something
even just to me and you
Track Name: Song For Camden Power
it was all a dream
I used to read tape op magazine
pavement and neutral milk hotel
tube amps and reel to reel machines

close the bedroom door
get tangled up in tapes and cords
and plug the 58
into the 424

i had no plans and no ambitions
except maybe to forget the world outside
because if i could forget the world outside
i’d feel ok

it was a most irreverent mission
i didn’t have anywhere else to go
it was a place to put things i didn’t know
I had to say

Later on I had a band
Camden Power was a fan
what was that line that says “Freedom is to be understood and to understand”?

He did some covers of our songs
We traded emails off and on
One night he tells me he saw God
then 3 weeks later he was gone

I don’t know why these things happen
Maybe no one is meant for anything at all
Maybe all of this is only meant to pass the time
but yeah i’ve always been that singer
who sang the words like they meant too much
and that’s because the words always mean too much in my mind
Track Name: We'll Be Forgotten
i wanted everything and nothing
maybe i’m never sure of anything
i was just searching for a feeling
something to keep me from unraveling

i was just following the changes
i was just listening for the chords i’d known
searching for something that’s familiar
trying to find somewhere that feels like home

i know
one day
that we
will be forgotten
maybe this was all just meant to pass the time a way and if it’s good then in a way it makes us feel a little less alone?

i never cared about religion
i only wanna to sing a righteous song
i was just looking for a good time
i wanna find a way to get along

i didn’t need to know the reasons
for all these changes we’ve been going through
I only wanted this to matter
even if only just for me and you

i know
one day
that we
will be forgotten
maybe this was all just meant to pass the time a way and if it’s good then in a way it makes us feel a little less alone?
Track Name: Invisible Cities
See there's something that's wrong with my heart

I never knew who I was

I've been stumbling along in the dark
Looking out for your love

And I'm out on the edge of the world
Waiting for you
Looking out for your love

Got away from myself for a while
I didn't know where I was

In invisible Cities at night
Looking out for your love

And I'm out on the edge of the world
Waiting
For you
Looking out for your love

I was in the basement of a bar
I was at the end of a subway car
I was falling asleep on a silver cloud
I was wondering where you are now
And I'm out on the edge of the world
Waiting for you
Looking out for your love