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Black was a labor of love. Finances, timing, travel, last minute song arrangements, technical difficulties were all against me as I began recording. I'd been saving some of these songs for a LONG time. In fact, there's only three songs I wrote somewhat before I recorded the album. Anyway, I'd been saving certain songs from my repertoire for Josh Dooley's production and collaboration. Always respected Josh as a guitarist because we're so much alike in personality and style. I knew he would latch onto these songs and make them sound the way they were meant to be. I was extremely hesitant to use electronic drum sounds again for this album since I wasn't entirely happy with how "Beautiful Liar" turned out. That being said, I loved what Mike Perez did on the albums for Bon Voyage and I wanted that electro/indie/pop sound for my second album.

Recording wasn't always easy but the songs turned out better than expected and the album as a whole contained some of my best work to date. It started with "Mr. C" (indeed, "who listens to your self-deprecation"?) and ended with an empty, reluctant acceptance with "It Is What It Is". Even though I loved every song on the album, I'm most proud of "Black", "Monster", "Two Beautiful Things", and "Beautiful Morning With You". Still..."See You Again" was hauntingly beautiful too.


released September 4, 2009

Jared Colinger: vox, guitar, bass
Josh Dooley: guitar, bass, keys
Mike Perez: programming



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The Enigmatic Foe Knoxville, Tennessee

With sharp lyrics, the playful pop bite of the best of the 70s and 80s, and the kind of self-deprecation usually reserved for a Woody Allen movie, Jared Colinger's lyrics run the gamut from the joy of new love to disillusionment with the old, from wanting to like yourself to being afraid of what we have in our minds. ... more

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Track Name: Black
I'm drinking my coffee black for it matches my heart
and I'm tasting the flavor of the weak
drink in slowly, magnifying lonely
and I'm longing for something better

This is how I like it black: become completely senseless
taking a pill for some focus
I can hear Jesus calling from a distance
but I'm drowning within the white noise

A cinematic fade to black
You're turning out the lights
how I'm craving attention from breathing bodies
In my delusion she's screaming for more
I can hear sirens tempting me further
for one more kiss, just one more touch

I'm falling to the floor, bruises turning blue to black
the mess runs deep
this is how bodies burn, conclusion to end it all
finding it hard to breath i'm grasping at sunken cheeks
fade to black
Track Name: Beautiful Morning With You
Mutual attraction and a fear to move
losing every thought out breath I have for you
words that leave a paper trail into my heart
you spoke and filled me
my mind lingered and wondered if yours did too

Are you aware how it could be?
welling within, escape to save
just dive to drown
purposeful emotion, denying reason just to wake
in a beautiful morning with you

To know the presence, to feel that weight
in dented pillows and crumpled sheets
the knotted vines intertwine
the unity in one diving to drown
dying to wake to a beautiful morning with you
Track Name: It Is What It Is
It's what it is and life goes on and on
every single day you're clinging to
make a simple choice to let it go, let go

I built a bridge since you don't give a damn at all
the ebb and flow is inevitable
you didn't think that it would be like this
you left your friends without a goodbye kiss
now you're lonely, riddled with regret
it is what it is
it is what it is