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Joe Creel "Stay," "Wings Of A Dream," and "Prodigal" are three songs that moved me most the first time through. I expect to have additional favorites as I continue to listen. Lyrics and music are emotionally raw, edgy, powerful and real, and it rocks! Another great socio-musical accomplishment for Mychael John Thomas! Favorite track: Stay.
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I began this album wanting to return to my heavy rock n roll roots. So the emphasis was on heavy, dirty guitar as much as possible. But I have so many other influences and love so many different genres that what came out was a nice blend of my musical "life"...This may be my new favorite album. And it still ROCKS from start to finish!!!

The title came from Larry Hart, our sound engineer on the "Neon Dreams" tour in 1979. He measured our stage level one night at 130 dB and asked, "How are you guys still hearing?!" Miracles do happen...I still have all my range...And I still like it LOUD!!!

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released July 1, 2017

MJT - All instruments and vocals except:

Jeff Lopez - Alto Sax on "Stay" and Tenor Sax on "Prodigal"

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Mychael John Thomas Alabama

Mychael is originally from Nashville, TN. He has been in the music industry for 40 plus years as recording artst, songwriter, musician and producer. He composed, performed, engineered and produced all of his solo bandcamp releases.

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Track Name: Rockin Out Loud
ROCKIN’ OUT LOUD
By Mychael John Thomas

I play my music till 2 in the morning
Loud enough to cause the neighborhood pain
I know it’s working when I hear the cops comin'
To tell me somebody complained

Some people tell me that my attitude is hostile
Well these days I guess I fit right in
I’m a believer in the hard rock gospel
Now let the sermon begin ‘cause I’m

CHORUS
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) I like my feedback
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) From my big stack
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) Just have an ear full
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) A hundred thirty decibels

I get pleasure from a big crunch rhythm
Feel the vibration like a body massage
It’s total therapy in real time livin’
Like crankin’ up in the old garage

Don’t wanna lose the inspiration of the moment
Pure emotion in a massive chord
The snare cracks and the kick drum’s thumpin’
It’s a thrill beyond words when I’m

CHORUS
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) I love to dive bomb
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) Until I’m brain dumb
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) Need more cowbell
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) A hundred thirty decibels

BRIDGE
I’m down to the bottom of the barrel
A rotten apple in a ruined bunch
Bad seed in righteous apparel
Placin’ my bet and I’m playin’ a hunch

Just BITE ME!!!

SOLO

I see no reason to be changing my position
I got freedom and I’m using my voice
I’m real sorry if you don’t like my opinion
I’m exercising my choice when I’m

CHORUS
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) It ain’t no fantasy
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) Maybe you laugh at me
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) It ain’t political
(Rockin’ Out Loud!) A hundred thirty decibels
A hundred thirty decibels...HUH!

I NEED THE ROCK! (A hundred thirty decibels) I NEED THE ROCK!
I NEED THE ROCK! (HUH!)
I NEED THE ROCK! (A hundred thirty decibels)
I NEED THE ROCK! (I'm rockin out loud!) I NEED THE ROCK!
I NEED THE ROCK! (HEY!!) I NEED THE ROCK!
I NEED THE ROCK! (HUH!)
I NEED THE ROCK! (A hundred thirty decibels)
I NEED THE ROCK! (HUAH!) I NEED THE ROOOOOCK!!!
ROCK 'N' ROLL!!!

©2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Tour De Force
TOUR DE FORCE
By Mychael John Thomas

Like an electric wave…The sun came up
Beginnings of a perfect day
I met the Mayor…Got the key to the city
And everybody knew my name
Jim Squire had played my record for two full weeks
I was toast of the town…On a neon eve
We hit the first chord everybody started singing
The words right along with me

CHORUS
A tour de force in the spotlights glowing
All that I was hoping for
Livin’ the dream with my eyes wide open
I couldn’t have asked for more…Tour de force

I took a leap of faith and jumped in the crowd
Jammin’ for some happy faces
Lost in the moment…So I wasn’t thinking
How would I get back on stage?
That’s when I saw the trail boss waving his arms
Larry said “come on” with a helping hand
I dove thru the air as I felt him reaching
He flew me back into the band

CHORUS

BRIDGE
A night of nights…The pinnacle
The memory of a lifetime
On the same wave length…Hearts of us all
Making music as if one mind

SOLO

Well we played every single note that we knew
At the end they were still screamin’ one more song
I said good night and we love you all
But they’re tellin’ me I’ve played too long

CHORUS
A tour de force in the spotlights glowing
All that I was hoping for
Livin’ the dream with my eyes wide open
I couldn’t have asked for more

CHORUS
A tour de force…Famous for a moment
And feeling it to the core
Up to the skies on a cloud we were lovin’
And jammin’ forevermore…Tour de force

©2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Watchers
WATCHERS
By Mychael John Thomas

The human conscience is dying another day
It’s sanity versus greed
We hold a mirror to the faces of all hate
An unappreciated need
So many voices…Too little insight
Each one screaming, “You know my way is right!”
Still we choose to fight

CHORUS
We are…The watchers of every age
(Guarding the eternal flame)
We are…The watchers of every age
(Visions of the truth proclaim)

We’ll take the high road…Never looking back
We will suffer for the art
When rational thinking is a target for attack
Then we play a wild card
So many meanings…For listening ears
Not understanding the full impact for years
Laugh beyond the tears

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Our mere existence can be no less
Than an up hill struggle at it’s very best
A fiery Hell or a Heavenly bliss
It’s one or the other…And that’s just the way it is

SOLO

CHORUS

©2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: I Drive
I DRIVE
By Mychael John Thomas

I’m watching lines…Killing time and counting miles
I see the sun come up…The morning sky starting to smile
An endless lane filled with questions on my way
And tho I don’t know now I hope to have answers someday

CHORUS
Till then I drive…I got this burning inside
I got the fever for a thrill
Ain’t nothing gonna fill me this time
And so I drive

A vicious chain…Of all decisions that I’ve made
And once my mind’s made up I’m livin’ it down every day
A blind man’s view of everything that I been through
I get a hind sight mirror an’ take a look at half of the truth

CHORUS
That’s when I drive…Never seem to arrive
Sometimes I think I’m worse for the wear
But I just can’t decide
And so I drive

SOLO

I see the sun come up…The morning sky starting to smile

CHORUS
I got to drive…As long as I am alive
There may something yet down the road
That can help me survive
So I just drive…I just drive

I drive…Gonna drive it home (repeat)


©2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Next
NEXT
By Mychael John Thomas

He’s got a band and they jam in the garage
He’s got a plan and a musical homage
A statement from a time long past
And I’m hoping his resolve will last
‘Cause there’s song in his head…A rhythm in his drive
He’s gonna pound it out…Just to feel like he’s alive

CHORUS
Could he be the next in line?
With anointing to the next big thing
Bringing the message from a different time
That may cause us to reopen our minds…
To the next in line

She digs the eighties and sings her heart out
Pretends she’s on T V and laying it down
She wants to bring that raw sound back
And she dresses it in classic black
With a dream in her heart…She’s determined to win
When they tell her give it up…She ain’t never giving in

CHORUS
Could she be the next in line?
With anointing to the next big thing
Bringing the message from a different time
That may cause us to reopen our minds…
To the next in line

Open our minds to the next in line…(repeat) SOLO

CHORUS (Could you be…)

Open our minds to the next in line…(repeat)

©2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Philosopher
PHILOSOPHER
By Mychael John Thomas

You can run from the truth for so long
Till you have to look inside…See the right and wrong
(Then you) Take a look at yourself in a different light

‘Cause there’s so many people with hate in their heart
And the best you have to offer still don’t get far
(And it) Seems all you can do won’t end the fight

CHORUS
All of us are actors…The world is a stage
We choose a part and the lines that we say
Life is a story…Our time is a script
But we are the writers every day we use the gift…

You can lie to everyone till you die
Even lying to yourself never asking why
(Even so) One power in charge who will always know

There is Universal justice…Believe it or not
So deny it all you like…You can’t make it stop
(Just believe) That a reckoning comes before we go

CHORUS

BRIDGE
I don’t really wanna think about it
But thoughts keep rollin’ round in my head
All this confusion…I can do without it
But wondering until I’m dead…

SOLO


You can follow every clue that you find
But there’s just another question waiting in the line
(Everything) All depends on your personal point of view

We can have a deep discussion…Dissecting it all
And philosophize problems that we’ll never solve
(But the) Paradox carries on no matter what we do

CHORUS

©2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Stay
STAY
By Mychael John Thomas

Stay…Don’t leave me standing alone without love
Stay…Though it looks hopeless but don’t give it up
Please let’s talk it over again
I’m just beginning to see I was wrong
Love can be strong if you stay

Play too many games and your heart could be lost
Pay heartbreak the winner the terrible cost
Please don’t deal me out of your love
Give me enough to break even again
We can both win if you stay

BRIDGE
Maybe you’ve forgotten…What loneliness is like
Try to remember and then tell me goodbye

Stay…Let’s try to make it the way that it was
Pray…Maybe His love will be shining on us
Please don’t let me down like before
Give it one more chance and baby you’ll see
How good it will be if you stay…
If you stay…If you stay…
Stay


©1978/2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: When Heroes Fall
WHEN HEROES FALL
By Mychael John Thomas

From the time I heard your ringing bass my life was not the same
I never met you face to face…You didn’t know my name
But with every loving note you played I felt a kinship grow
Comrades in a cosmic world that few will ever know

Put the needle on the record…Your magestic voice would soar
Enthralled with every story...We always begged for more
The experience was sacred in the world you chose to give
And when we shared the love and joy…It seemed easier to live

CHORUS
Now it seems that all our heroes are falling in the war
Those troubadours of progress who led us searching for
A pure and higher consciousness…A purpose for us all
And a little part of each of us goes…When heroes fall

In the heat of your moment…Found our passions realized
The love of youth remembered…We saw with different eyes
We may meet in our forever when the rainbow bridge we cross
We'll never cry those lonely tears or feel the pain of loss

CHORUS

©2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: The Basement
THE BASEMENT
By Mychael John Thomas

Dropping to the depths far beneath the guts and blood
As real as it gets when you wallow in the mud
Far beneath the torment of the jailor in your mind
Give up all pretension…Ain’t no telling what you’ll find
Have you lived there till you’ve lost
All that freedom that’s been granted to us all?

CHORUS
You can sense something wrong
But ignoring when it hurts
Don’t you want to learn the song
Of a healing universe?
Reach deep into your cellar
And bring out a new content
Come out of the basement

Something happened long ago that caused you to decide
To settle to the bottom and the safest place to hide
Where feelings all get murky and truth becomes obscure
No one asks you questions…You don’t really want no cure
You’re not fooling anyone
Do you think the time to face the truth has come?

CHORUS

SOLO

Keep on living in the dark…
You may never know it when you’ve gone too far?

CHORUS

©2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Wings Of A Dream
ON THE WINGS OF A DREAM
By Mychael John Thomas

I hear the calling once again
Another great adventure is unfolding in my hands
The sound is color in the artist’s mind
Paint the universe with the love of all time

CHORUS
I can fly on the wings of a dream
Through the astral plane to the meaning of all things
All I have imagined comes to life upon my strings
On the wings of a dream

I’m reaching farther than before
To beyond creative limits I have placed upon myself
Our full potential has yet to be realized
Ignore the pointless rules and drink from a different well

CHORUS

MUSICAL BRIDGE

BRIDGE
Reach for the star of your choice
Don’t live in fear of infinity
Sing out to Heaven with your voice
Embrace the healing of serenity

CHORUS
I can fly on the wings of a dream
Through the astral plane and the meaning of all things
All I have imagined my reward without the strings

CHORUS (full)

©2017 Mychael John Thomas, BMI
Track Name: Prodigal
Instrumental