Unfinished Melodies: Demos, Rare & Unreleased 2003- 2013 Vol. IV

by Jason Reischel

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about

The majority of these demos are first takes that were recorded immediately after being written. My songwriting process involves trying to capture a song in a single 1-2 hour session. I have always claimed that I don't write these songs, I just pull them out of thin air and they are already complete. Everything has to come to me within those 2 hours (lyrics, chords, melody, and arrangement) or it is not going to come at all. I never go back and work on a song if it takes longer than 2 hours. I lose interest.

Once I decide the song is done, I record a quick, one-take demo (unless I really mess it up and have to do it again!) These recordings serve to remind me of the vocal melody, the guitar part and arrangement, as well as to capture the mood and the feel.

These demos were never meant for commercial release. They are very raw and some even have wrong notes/harmonies and bad percussion thrown in there for good measure. They are very "in the moment", and that is what I love about them. They sound exactly as I heard them in my head on the day I wrote them. It also is a good collection to see the evolution of a songwriter over a ten -year period. I hope that some of these songs speak to you the way they spoke to me.

Jason Reischel
Brooklyn, NY
March 6, 2014

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released March 6, 2013

All songs written by Jason Reischel (BMI) unless otherwise noted.

Produced by Jason Reischel
Recorded on either a) an iPhone using the "voice memo" app, or b) on Garageband using the laptop speaker as a microphone
Mastered by Danny Wolf at Man Eat Wolf studios
Cover photo by Patrick Eves
Cover design by Naira Ayvazyan for Preillusion Design
www.facebook.com/prellusion


Musicians:
Jason Reischel: guitars, vocals, percussion, ukelele, harmonica
Terry Quire: guitar on 24 & 25
Sam Pettit: guitar on 15
Mike Feinberg: bass on 24 & 25
Russ Flynn: bass on 11
Danny Wolf: drums on 11

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Track Name: Nothing Left For Us To Find [11-9-08]
And I can’t change
And I can’t change the way that you feel
If you’ve given me all the emotion you can feel
It’s just not enough
I need so much more
Don’t take me for granted
I may walk out that door

It would be easier to find if all you left behind
Was a note or two, a card that you left for me so I could see
But it’s easier to find there’s nothing left behind
There’s nothing left for us to find
You hid it all
You’re undefined to me

If you would have given it all, then we could tell
There was always a wall, an excuse
A “wait until the time is just right”
Well, the time is tonight
When we are alone, my attention will be yours alone

It would be easier to find if all you left behind
Was a note or two, a card that you left for me so I could see
But it’s easier to find there’s nothing left behind
There’s nothing left for us to find
You hid it all
You’re undefined to me

Can’t you see that I feel alone right now
That I feel alone

It would be easier to find if all you left behind
Was a note or two, a card that you left for me so I could see
But it’s easier to find there’s nothing left behind
There’s nothing left for us to find
You hid it all
You’re undefined to me
Track Name: Unfinished Melody [2-25-08]
Can I feel you?
Be the sea unto your shore
And rest upon you; give you more
Than you wanted
More than you could ever need
So I won't be forgotten
While you dream
Will you remember if I whisper in your ear
An unfinished melody for you to hear
Over and over
And throughout the day
Then I'll always be near you
Only a thought away
I’ll always be near you
Just a thought away
Track Name: Kidnap Me [Summer 2004]
If you want to kidnap me, let me run and hide
You’ve got to give me a chance, you’ve got to give me time
And if I run from you, I’m really running from the moon
Running from the light

I wasn’t always a simple man; sometimes I like to fight
I wasn’t born with a silver hand; I wasn’t born tonight
And if I’m feeling blue, there’s nothing that you can say or do
Just stay out of sight

Untie my arms, unhand me, no one’s gonna pay the ransom for me now
Untie my eyes, I can’t see, but your still voice is haunting me, haunting me

Untie my arms, unhand me, no one’s gonna pay the ransom for me now
Untie my eyes, I can’t see, but your still voice is haunting me, haunting me

I tried to lie my way out of this, but you take no words
I tried to realign my needs, but my voice can’t be heard
And if I run from you, I’m running from what you’ll do
And if I sit here, stay and be quiet, this is gonna be my last night
My last nig ht, my last night, my last night
Track Name: The Coin Falls [4-2-07]
It’s so sunny outside; I think I will take a ride
I can’t stay inside, for I will never make my mind up
A decision was made from my heart not my brain
It seems so easy to change the way that I feel

So I flip a coin to see what side fate is on
I’ll flip again if I don’t like the side the coin falls
A decision was made, but I am weary of change
It seems so easy to sway my point of view on what to do
About you

You make it harder just by being you
If I followed my heart when it told me what to do
A decision was made, but second-guessings my game
You make it harder just by being you
Never pressured me one way when I wanted you to
Make it easy for me

A decision was made, but I am weary of change
It seems so easy to sway my point of view on what to do about you

You make it harder just by being you
I knew I’d regret it, what you said was true
A decision was made, by my heart not my brain
You make it harder just by being you
But that’s what I love, that is what brings me through
My decision is made

So I flipped a coin to see what side fate was on
I already knew before the coin hit my palm
My decision was made, my heart caught up with my brain
And convinced it to feel the same way that I do about you
That I do- about you
Track Name: Early Morning Snow [12-27-08]
In the early morning light
When the sun breaks through the night
Where we've been or gone doesn't matter now
It's been swept away

Like the early morning snow
I've covered my ways to go
I've left no stone unturned or dry
And in case of mistakes, I just think of your face
It keeps me in line

Won't you please come walk with me while there's light
The day will soon turn to night
And tonight we won't be alone

In the early morning snow
The wind cuts through wool, I'm told
It's never been this bad since long ago
But you're here with me
Have no reason to leave
And in case of mistakes
I just think of your face
It keeps me in line

Won't you please come walk with me while there's light
The day will soon turn to night
And tonight we won't be alone
Track Name: Hoxton Square [3-30-09]
I was drifting on a river I did not know
On any map that I owned
And in the darkness I thought I could hear signs
To let me know it was time

To drop the rope, and pull the sail
To let the wind become a gale
To let the stars decide what I would find

And as I watched the lightening tear apart the sky
The memories that were adrift
Came crashing through my mind

Of walking down near Hoxton Square
The smell of bluebells in the air
The feeling that the time was right
To kiss you goodnight

It’s true, I’ve cried too much
The bitter moon, and sour sun
The breaking waves that keep my mind
Running back to you
For months I’ve watched the sea
Turn from blue, to yellow-green
I feel the changes come to me as I listen for the sounds
That I may never hear

Of walking through Charles Square
With all the ribbons in your hair
At the time I wouldn’t dare to lay a hand on you
Through the splash and ripping tides
I’ve had the time to decide
That if it’s true that I must die
I regret you never knew
What I felt for you

Walking down near Hoxton Square
The smell of bluebells in the air
The feeling that the time was right
Of walking down near Hoxton Square
The smell of bluebells in the air
The feeling that the time was right
To kiss you goodnight
Track Name: Deadline (Live at CB's Gallery) [8-5-04]
I know that I cannot see you anytime
Unless I sign the dotted line
And even though I feel I can call you up anytime
You're leaving me hanging on a deadline
deafening silence passing time

And when you said that you loved the rock and roll
That's when I turned it down and played it slow
Whispering teases, I don't wanna know

What you're doing tonight
It's out of my hands for awhile
But i'm gonna try
To get this clear through to you
Deaf but not gonna give you anytime
To leave me hanging on a deadline
Dead but I am not misused

And when you said that you loved the rock and roll
That's when I turned it down and played it slow
Whispering teases

And in the morning when I close my eyes
I'm stung with pride, it brought no disguise
I've come to realize

What you're doing tonight
It's out of my hands for awhile
But i'm gonna try
To get this clear through to you
Deaf but not gonna give you anytime
To leave me hanging on a deadline
Dead but I am not misused

Without you I'm gonna sell my soul to rock and roll
Without you I'm gonna drink 'til I can't visualize

What you're doing tonight
It's out of my hands for awhile
But i'm gonna try
To get this clear through to you
Deaf but not gonna give you anytime
To leave me hanging on a deadline
Dead but I am not misused

What you're doing tonight
It's out of my hands for awhile
But i'm gonna try
To get this clear through to you
Deaf but not gonna give you anytime
To leave me hanging on a deadline
Dead but I am not misused
Dead but I am not misused
Track Name: Rain Clouds [4-6-09]
All I hear is rainclouds
and I can't see the sun
My tired eyes can barely
Look up from the ground

You woke me up this morning
But you left without a sound
You left without a warning
You were quiet as a mouse
I wonder where you're going
And what you're gonna do

I can hear it raining
And I wonder where you went
This will be the last time
If you break my heart again
I wonder where you're going
And what you're gonna do

I can't remember when you said you would come back
I can't remember if you said anything

I can't remember when you said you would come back
I can't remember if you said anything to me

You woke me up this morning
But you left without a sound
You left without a warning
You were quiet as a mouse
I wonder where you're going
And what you're gonna do
Without
My house
My room
My bed
My arms
My hold
My love
My love
My love
My love
My love
My love

(I won't wait for you, I won't wait for you...)
Track Name: The Color Song (I Saw Blue) [1-4-10]
I don't know how I could take you home
I don't know, but now I know I know
In all my life, I have never met a girl like you
In all my life, I've often thought and hoped and prayed
and never thought I'd see the sun break through

I don't know but I know this for sure
That I can't live the way I did before we met
In all my life, I never knew that all I saw was blue
But now I know
There's white and gold, and red, and pink, lavender
The kitchen sink is overflowing with all shades of hue
from you

To lie away with you until we're grey
There is no other way
To hold you close enough to smell your hair
Nothing could compare to it

Just hold my hand, let's take our time

I don't know but I've been wrong before
I don't want to take that chance no more
In all my life, I have always let the time slip by
In all my life, I have never known the reasons why I was scared
I didn't have you there to hold my hand
But now I do and I will never let you go
Because I now can see white and gold, red and pink, and lavender, and blue

To lie away with you until we're gray
There is no other way
To hold you close enough to smell your hair
Nothing could compare to it
Track Name: There's Only You [9-3-08]
There aren’t days
When I don’t care to think of you
Can you say the same?
Oh, can you?

But am I insane
To want you so much it pervades my thoughts?
It’s meaningless to say I’m not alone

I’m on my own inside my head
There’s only you, there’s only you
You can’t deny I’m not insane
There’s only you, there’s only you
There’s only you

Tonight, when it feels late
It comforts me to see your face
I’ve often wondered if changes too
Like my dreams of you

But how am I to know
How often that you think of me?
Is it passion, or just empathy?

All I know is I’m all alone inside my head,
There’s only you, there’s only you
You can’t deny I’m not insane
There’s only you, there’s only you
There’s only you

I’ve lost my mind
I’m quite I’m insane
Because of you, because of you

There’s only you
There’s only you

You can’t deny I’m not insane
There’s only you
Track Name: Lived To Love Again [12-18-07]
You are such a beautiful flower
But I have to take one night
I’ve been tired since October
Never once enjoyed the ride

You’d think I’d learn to love the time waiting for you
But what you adore soon turns to poison for you
I have lived through love
And I have lived to love again

Your face is not a memory
Your name is not a lie
I’ve thought of you for hours
Nothing else to pass the time

You’d think I’d learn to love the time sleeping with you
But can you enjoy love? Love love? And do what you do?
I have lived through love
And I have lived to love again

Take it
Take it

You’d think I’d learn to love the time spent waiting for you
But what you adore soon turns to poison for you
I have lived through love
And I have lived to love
And I have lived through love again
Track Name: You Hurt Me Tonight [5-19-10]
You hurt me tonight
I'll be better tomorrow
We can make it all right, can we?
I can't believe what you said
What you said to me
I don't know but I will try

To forget what you said
It's playing over in my head
What a wonderful sight
'Til you came through that door and
You swore and you swore to me
That you'd know I'd never find
Someone that's better than you

Maybe tomorrow you'll see I was so good to you
Maybe tomorrow you'll have some regret and that's all
that you'll really need

Someone that's better than you

Maybe tomorrow you'll see I was so good to you
Maybe tomorrow you'll have some regret and that's all
that you'll really need

You hurt me tonight
I'll be better tomorrow
We can make it all right, can we?
I can't believe what you said
What you said to me
I can't believe what you said
What you said to me
I can't believe what you said
What you said to me
I don't know but I will try
I will try
I will try
Track Name: I'll Be There For You (Bon Jovi) [8-30-10]
I guess this time you’re really leaving
I heard your suitcase say goodbye
And as my broken heart lies bleeding
You say true love it’s suicide

You say you’re cried a thousand rivers
And now you’re swimming for the shore
You left me drowning in my tears
And you won’t save me anymore

Now I’m praying to God you’ll give me one more chance, girl

I’ll be there for you
These five words I swear to you
When you breathe I want to be the air for you
I’ll be there for you
I’d live and I’d die for you
Steal the sun from the sky for you
Words can’t say what a love can do
I’ll be there for you

I know you know we’ve had some good times
Now they have their own hiding place
I can promise you tomorrow
But I can’t buy back yesterday

And Baby you know my hands are dirty
But I wanted to be your valentine
I’ll be the water when you get thirsty, baby
When you get drunk, I’ll be the wine

I’ll be there for you
These five words I swear to you
When you breathe I want to be the air for you
I’ll be there for you
I’d live and I’d die for you
Steal the sun from the sky for you
Words can’t say what a love can do
I’ll be there for you

And I wasn’t there when you were happy
I wasn’t there when you were down
I didn’t mean to miss your birthday, baby
I wish I’d seen you blow those candles out
I'm praying to God you'll give me one more chance girl

I’ll be there for you
These five words I swear to you
When you breathe I want to be the air for you
I’ll be there for you
I’d live and I’d die for you
Steal the sun from the sky for you
Words can’t say what a love can do
I’ll be there for you
Track Name: Quiet As A Mouse [1-31-11]
I say, you’ve got to keep your voice down
Lie there and don’t you make a sound
Cause no one needs to know we’re here
On your tip toes, on the tips not on your heel

Be as quiet as a mouse
Be as quiet as a mouse

In the farmstead, everyone’s asleep
And the rooster, he’s no match for me
I can’t stop thinking on the treasures we will find
It’s not stealing, it’s taking back what is mine

Be as quiet as a mouse
Be as quiet as a mouse


In the darkness we will not be seen
If you’re quiet we’ll be thick as thieves
With no warning we’ll take them by surprise
In the morning

Be as quiet as a mouse
Be as quiet as a mouse
Track Name: Quiet As A Mouse (Rehearsal) [3-5-13]
I say, you’ve got to keep your voice down
Lie there and don’t you make a sound
Cause no one needs to know we’re here
On your tip toes, on the tips not on your heel

Be as quiet as a mouse
Be as quiet as a mouse

In the farmstead, everyone’s asleep
And the rooster, he’s no match for me
I can’t stop thinking on the treasures we will find
It’s not stealing, it’s taking back what is mine

Be as quiet as a mouse
Be as quiet as a mouse


In the darkness we will not be seen
If you’re quiet we’ll be thick as thieves
With no warning we’ll take them by surprise
In the morning

Be as quiet as a mouse
Be as quiet as a mouse
Track Name: Not Quite Young, Not Quite Old, Not Quite Dead [3-19-12]
Sometimes you just get what you can
Some nights are just better for that
One day you will just understand
That you're thirty-six
Not quite young, not quite old, not quite dead

Sometimes it's hard to wake
One minute is like an hour more
To lie in your deepest sleep
Where your dreams are born and where most of them still remain

If I can't wake you
If I can't wake you
If I can't wake you
Who will wake me?
Who will wake me?

Sometimes you just get what you can
Your learn and try to learn again
The best laid plans of mice and men go awry
Not quite young, not quite old, not quite dead but alright
Go awry
Not quite young, not quite old, not quite dead but alright
Track Name: Justine (Live at CB's Gallery) [8-5-04]
Eye on the bedroom
And I need one more glass of wine
Strung out for three days and I can’t discern the truth from lies
Who knew Justine would’ve fallen from grace?
No, I don’t think that I can take her place

It’s not all roses when it’s snowing and there’s hail inside
What can I do for you that you haven’t already lied about?
Who knew Justine was just having a laugh?
Sharpens her teeth and steps back for a sneak attack

Waits for her prey to die
But not today,
We saw were she lies

Who knew Justine was just having a laugh?
Sharpens her teeth and steps back for a sneak attack

Waits for her prey to die
But not today,
We saw were she lies
Track Name: Annie (The Levee Song) [8-10-09]
One way or another
I refuse to discover
How long it has been
How long we have left
How long we have tried
To mend fences, that are old and decrepit
And can’t stand the rains
Or divide us from pain any more

Sooner or later, with no change in the weather
The levees’ will break
How will we escape?
Where will we go?
My mama once told me
That I’d never be lonely
If I sang a song
And sang from my heart
And showed you my soul

But I never did
I never did until I met you
And I never will sing again for anyone
No Annie, just you

I’ll love you in the good times
If you’ll love me in the bad times
If you’ll love me today
We must go away
There is no time
The dark clouds, they are coming
Have no fear
But we are running a few steps behind
There’s not enough time
Take what you can’t leave behind
You have to decide right now

But I never did
I never did until I met you
And I never will sing again for anyone
No Annie, just you
No Annie, just you
Track Name: Wintering [7-15-06]
Save it, we can fight another day
I always expected you to be game to play
To play it that way

I was never surprised you were inside my head most everyday
But now that I have had some time
I don't see it your way

Never underestimate my mind
I have never wavered, never savored, never tasted wine
That wasn't as sweet as the feel that walked all over them
Do I need to remind you? Do I need to confine you?
Do I need to let you be?

I have never in all my life felt that I could contribute something new
But then a moment arrives
Like birds in flight wintering
I once knew a man with his bare hands could something beautiful
That I wanted to cry
That I wanted to cry
That I wanted to cry
That I wanted to cry

Do I need to remind you?
Do I need to confine you?
Do I need to let you be?

I was never surprised you were inside my head most everyday
but now that I have had some time
I don't see if your way
I don't see it your way
I don't see it your way
I don't see it your way
Track Name: The Terrible Truth [1-20-11]
In the end nearly everything falls apart
Or comes together, or falls apart

It may not be true that I've thought it through
I just didn't have time to care
The terrible truth is I haven't a clue
Or a thought I could spare
That tells me what I'm doing here

In the end nearly everything falls apart
Or comes together, or falls apart

These feelings I have are driving me mad
Like a Texas wind holding me back
It's hard to believe that it's broken my needs
it's broken my back, and made me lose track

In the end nearly everything falls apart
Or comes together, or falls apart

Or takes away everything that you'd fight to save
Everything that you'd fight to save
And leaves you here, thinking clear

The terrible truth is I haven't a clue
Or a thought I could spare
That tells you what I'm doing here

In the end nearly everything falls apart
Or comes together, or falls apart
Track Name: Inamorata Dialogue [1-9-08]
I’ll hold you together close tonight, baby
We’ve got forever, not just tonight
We’ll put all of our cares and malicious words away
We’ll stay in tonight and look up at the stars

I don’t understand how you can put words to this
That’s not my style- I get by- by my smile
But to hear it put so eloquent
Catches a fire that burns me inside

Maybe today I will try to find a way
Impassion, Persuade, Articulate the way
That I feel- I can heal
The scars brought about by my thoughtlessness

And if you give me a chance to prove to you
I would write a poem that would make Wordsworth blue
It would be filled with heartache
Of never finding the right words to say

Maybe today I will try to find a way
Impassion, Persuade, Articulate the way
That I feel- I can heal
The scars brought about by my thoughtlessness

Tonight- I’m writing away- I’m riding a wave
I’m writing a love song to you
Tonight- I’m writing away- I’m riding a wave
I’m writing a love song to you

I was up all night attempting a song
But I got block, and the words came out wrong
I look at the cards that were sent to you
And wish that I could be as true

But I’ll hold you together close tonight, baby
We’ve got forever, not just tonight
Track Name: When You Walk By [8-26-08]
When you walk by, you never look in my eye
But I don’t care
My mind is somewhere else today
Won’t let that get in my way
Won’t let you out of my sight
We’ll be alone tonight

I’ll have time to hold you
I’ll have time to hold you
I’ll have time to tell you how I feel inside

So when you walk by, you won’t have to look in my eye
To know how I feel
I would have told you it all last night
As you laid in my arms
As we watched the sunlight break through the dawn

I’ll have time to hold you
I’ll have time to hold you
I’ll have time to tell you how I feel inside

So when you walk by, you won’t have to look in my eye
To know how I feel
I would have told you it all last night
As you laid in my arms
As we watched the sunlight break through the dawn
Break through the dawn
Break through the dawn
Track Name: Every Time She Talks [9-26-06]
Every time she talks I have to turn away
And if I see her I won’t hesitate
To do the one thing I can’t hide
To do the one thing I can’t hide

Don’t ask me how but she has found a way
To control my mind and I can’t explain
I want to run but I can’t hide
I want to run but I can’t hide

I want to run
I want to run
I want to run
I want to run but I can’t hide
And knowing this eats me up inside

And when I turn my head she walks away
She pulls me closer and I can’t complain
I want to lie there in your arms
I want to lie there in your arms

I want to lie
I want to lie
I want to lie
I want to lie there in your arms
We’ll stay awake until the dawn

Takes you away, and leaves me waiting in vain
For the day you’ll come back to me
I wasn’t surprised; I knew the look in your eyes
I knew that you would wait for me

Every time she talks I have to turn away
Every time she talks I have to turn away

Takes you away, and leaves me waiting in vain
For the day you’ll come back to me
I wasn’t surprised; I knew the look in your eyes
I knew that you would wait for me

Every time she talks I have to turn away
Every time she talks I have to turn away
Track Name: Broken My Trust (Rehearsal) [4-20-11]
We both have so much things
So much to do
I cannot live without you
I cannot live without you

How could you look through me
And what did you find
In the darkness buried between us
In the shadows covered with lies?

The clouds fall before my eyes
The secrets you tried hard to hide
Have shown today to be deceit
And I hope that I can learn to find the strength
The strength to rise above
What you have done to me
What you have done to us
You've broken my trust

We both have been selfish
Two wrongs don't make a right
If left to share our feelings
Would we go on believing

That silence strengthens what could easily break
No bond or no foundation
Can hold once it is forsaken

The clouds fall before my eyes
The secrets you tried hard to hide
Have shown today to be deceit
And I hope that I can learn to find the strength
The strength to rise above
What you have done to me
What you have done to us
You've broken my trust

What made you think of him not me
What made you think I wouldn't see the changes in you
Although it happened a long time ago
I know, you've said before
I wonder if I'll ever know the truth
Of what happened between you two

And I hope that I can learn to have the strength
The strength to rise above
What you have done to me
What you have done to us
You've broken my trust
Track Name: Bad Mistakes (Rehearsal) [6-9-11]
Now everyone knows that the way that I feel
I mean I haven't been that quiet or confused
I've have looking through memories
And reliving old times
It's like yesterday and we hadn't a clue

Of what was real or where we were going
It didn’t' matter cause we both knew
Bad decisions were made by the dozen
But if we made enough we'd make up for them

Bad Mistakes
Bad Mistakes

Now everyone knows that they way that it is
And I never thought to change it at all
We'll work through our problems
And we'll work for our kids
And we'll work until we can't work at all

Was that the dream when we got going
It doesn't matter cause we both know
Bad decisions are made by the dozen
And we've made enough to be sure of it

Bad Mistakes
Bad Mistakes

You've got your ball and you've got your chain
But you've got the time to do it all
Only you can change the rules of the game

Bad Mistakes
Bad Mistakes