Pete Christensen | Random Symmetry (feat. Scott Kail)

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Random Symmetry (feat. Scott Kail)

by Pete Christensen

All original songs in a wide variety of musical genres - Rock, Blues, Folk, Acoustic, Country - performed with the love and passion for music.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Summerly, You Don't Know (feat. Scott Kail)
3:07 $0.99
2. What Matters (feat. Scott Kail)
3:27 $0.99
3. Don't Wait for Christmas (feat. Scott Kail)
3:37 $0.99
4. Yours Is Not the Only Way (feat. Scott Kail)
2:53 $0.99
5. Media Star (feat. Scott Kail)
2:58 $0.99
6. I'm Glad to Be Alive (feat. Scott Kail)
2:21 $0.99
7. My Sweet Hailey (feat. Scott Kail)
3:00 $0.99
8. If You Want to Save the Earth (feat. Scott Kail)
0:39 $0.99
9. I Can Change (feat. Scott Kail)
3:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
I actually have an advantage over many other songwriters and musical groups in that I have been writing songs since I was 19 years old, but it took a few decades until I finally began to produce any of them. I didn't intend it to be this way, it's just that the right combination of funding, the right musicians with which to work, and the spare time to do so never seemed to coincide. The result is that I have a large amount of songs from which to choose when I produce an album. Therefore, not only do I have the luxury of choosing the best quality songs (out of the 150 to 200 songs that I have written over the years), but also being able to have an eclectic blend of different musical genres on an album.

In 2011, I produced my first album, Random Symmetry. I worked with a local Santa Cruz musician/vocalist, Scott Kail. I used my lyrics and music, and Scott performed the instrumentation and the vocals, except for the "Save the Earth" song, where I performed the lead vocals. Scott is extremely talented and generally did a good job of following my musical vision for each song. I sold numerous copies of the CD in Santa Cruz County and the San Francisco Bay Area, but this is the first time that I am releasing the album nationally and internationally.

The first song on the album, "Summerly, You Don't Know" was actually derived from a couple of arguments that I had; one with my teenage daughter and another one with a former girlfriend. I was going to use the former girlfriend's name in the song title and lyrics because it fit the contents of the song better, but my daughter (Summerly) insisted that I use her name in the song instead, so I went with it.

I almost didn't write the second song, "What Matters". As I occasionally do, I woke up at around 5 a.m. one morning hearing a song in my head. When I heard the first two lines of the song, "Sorry I moved your garden, Baby I see your agent on the phone," I thought to myself, "What the hell?! Those lyrics don't make any sense! I'm not going to bother to get up and write them down." Then I heard the chorus, "But I loooove you," and thought, "Oooo, I like the way that sounds." So I ended up writing a blues song that is a tribute to all of the nonsensical lyrics that have been written in some of songs from the past. The point of the song, however, is that although this song is filled with many words and phrases that don't really make any sense, what matters is that I love you, I really love you.

I started writing "Don't Wait For Christmas" about 30 seconds after I heard that a close friend of mine had died abruptly of cancer about two weeks before Christmas. I had bought a special gift for her a couple of months before Christmas that I thought that she would really like. Instead of giving to her right away, I decided to wait until Christmas to give it to her. Needless to say, the cancer took her so suddenly that I never had a chance to give it to her, or to even say goodbye. The song lyrics are self-explanatory.

Have you ever had your parents tell you, "If I were you... ." This song came to me a few hours after my father essentially told me that my car had broken down because I didn't have the same religious beliefs that he did. Since my parents had been preaching to me pretty much my entire life, "Yours Is Not the Only Way" was my response to them.

In my early 20s, I was good friends with a talented airbrush artist before he had become successful. That changed over the years with him becoming popular and eventually owning a mansion on the beach in Hawaii and several art galleries there (containing his art), and also a few galleries here in California. It had been about 15 years since I had seen him last when I ran into him in San Francisco many years ago. He had always been a generally good person with a good heart, but he also had a big ego. He was airbrushing a rather large mural in a very public place when I saw him, and his ego was on display, playing to his adoring fans. Although he immediately recognized me and seemed glad to see me, he was obviously more interested in the attention of his fans than spending much time chatting with an old friend. He was also too busy to go to dinner or hang out later. This brief encounter left a bad impression on me, so of course a song came to me that was quite critical of his behavior and attitude, which I call, "Media Star".

"I'm Glad To Be Alive" is one of my many philosophical songs. It reflects my point of view on living, which is generally positive and joyful, with insights drawn from my experience and a number of different spiritual teachings.

Over the years, I've written a bevy of songs about various girlfriends of mine. I was thinking about this one day when I realized that I had never written a song about Hailey and her beautiful blue eyes. I rectified that situation by writing this song, "Oh Hailey". The musical style is a tribute to many of the popular rock songs from the 60s and 70s.

Back in the 90s, I helped to produce a video on home environmental awareness and developing good Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle habits (the 3 Rs). I also written a short song for the audience to hear at the end of the video while the credits were rolling. Unfortunately, the Director had different ideas, so it never became part of the video. Since environmental issues are very important to me, I decided to include "If You Want to Save the Earth" on this album.

I have studied a plethora of diverse religions during my lifetime and read the works of numerous spiritual teachers and philosophers. My spiritual foundation is the basis for my experience of being alive, and it coincides with my extensive philosophical studies. "I Can Change" addresses affecting personal change by letting go of what has been programmed into you by your parents, family, friends, and society and being a purer expression of your true original self, your essence.



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