@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY The National Park was started during a trip I took to Africa with my cousin Harland Williams in 2010. It was Inspired by the way so many of us have become disconnected from nature. It felt like nature itself was on exhibition. KH
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY Sadly, it is often the tourism and safari industry that is keeping many species alive. Otherwise their habitat would be completely destroyed. KH
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY This is the song that was stuck in my head the most throughout the recording process. That piano Melody just kept grabbing me over & over again. I always found the rhinoceros line funny. ER
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY What animal looks like a rhino but in not a rhino?! Haha. Is that a snake?? Yes… that’s a snake. ER
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY "Now nature’s like a work of art, an exhibition in the National park” This line struck me. I feel the loss and the beauty at the same time. I gave some hope in the bass melody at the end. JC
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY I was honoured to have my friend Fernando Saunders (from Lou Reed’s band) sing some background vocals on this. I really love when Tyler’s drums kick in after the bridge. KH
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY This was the first song we recorded for the record. It really set the tone. MAN MADE LAKE was the top contender for album title for some time. KH
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY Man Made Lake came from a discussion with Donovan Woods about the idea that something being “Man Made” cheapens it for some people. ER
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY My cottage is actually ON a man-made lake. It was flooded over 100 years ago though, so it looks completely natural, and you’d never know it was once a cedar swamp. ER
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY One of my Favs from Ed. I concentrated on finding ways to suspend the song, like the picture that it paints. An open space with a question mark. I pedaled at times and waited to harmonizing the guitar line till the end. JC
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY I was on a retreat on the island of Lanai in Hawaii. They kindly rented me a piano and guitar so i could finish my songs. i had the guitar parts, but no lyrics. In the daily paper I read an article about the moon’s internal dynamo. KH
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY I was right by the ocean, looking up at the moon, and wrote the lyrics. -KH
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY I love what Michael Ray (from The Sun Ra Arkestra and Kool and The Gang) played on this. You can hear his beautiful trumpet playing on Roll Out and Bylaw as well. KH
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY As the song evolved, I realized it was an opportunity to go on a prog rock journey and have all the voices in the band take the spotlight. -KH
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY If you are into prog rock, check out how the bass catches Kev’s winding guitar line in the middle. It emphasizes the down beats will catching the line as it passes. Proud of that business! JC
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY What a trip! Thanks Kev for being the truly psychedelic member of the band, and thanks for letting me let loose on the vox. Someone’s in the kitchen… IT’S TYLER!!! TS
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY If you are into prog rock, check out how the bass catches Kev’s winding guitar line in the middle. It emphasizes the down beats will catching the line as it passes. Proud of that business! JC
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY Internal Dynamo is a JOURNEY. Playing drums on this one was a blast. That guitar riff that Kev wrote in the bridge is BONKERS. I'm glad I’ll be on the drums when that happens!! on the record I think I play guitar AND Drums… that would be tough to pull off live! ER
@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY And that's how it ends....

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@Tim_Burgess @LlSTENlNG_PARTY Flip was a song I had written early on with @kevinmgriffin . I really had forgotten about it. Maybe I wasn’t sure about it?! I don’t know. Perhaps I thought it was a little TOO Pop?? For whatever reason, I never presented it to the guys until we were deciding what to record. ER
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