Roadside Reflections

by Travis Norman

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This is my debut full-length as a singer-songwriter. It's a collection of various songs recorded over a three-year period, written about my time as a young person going through life in college and uncertainty of the future. A lot of exploratory instrumentation is used, as well as sampling a variety of styles to present the lyrics. Work is underway on album #2, and you can follow me on the various social media channels for updates and tour dates.

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released March 21, 2016

Production:
Recorded at Red Dragon Studios in Oneonta, NY
Mastered at Red Dragon Studios and Dryhill Studios
Album Artwork by Julianna Pearson

Credits:
All songs written by Travis Norman
Recorded by Alex Sader
Mastered by Alex Sader
Travis Norman: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Harmonica, Trombone, and Accordion
Alex Sader: Synthesizer, Mandolin
Frank Cicciarello: Bass Guitar
Mike Rex: Drums, Percussion
Extra backing Vocals by Kimberly Berg, Alexander D’Urso, Andrew Gilchriest, Alicia Opela, Marie Pierce, Ryan Quinn, Emily Rogers, Amanda Silecchio, Jenna Wiest, Michael Zillioux

Acknowledgements:
A special thanks goes out to Alex Sader, Julianna Pearson, all of the backing musicians, Drake Pregnall, Lauren Laurita, Megan Flechaus, Jeremy Wall, Mike Robinson, Red Dragon Studios, Dryhill Studios, Bluefields Café in Oneonta NY, the Cubbyhole in Poughkeepsie NY, Phil and Don at the Towne Crier in Beacon NY, and my parents.

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Track Name: The Light
It's been four years since
I first sat down and wrote
a song

I could've put them up on the shelf
but I've learned too much about myself
to think that any other place was better
than here

And so I walk away into the night
Until I can no longer use my sight
To look back upon the living that I've done
with reproach

A destination quite unknown
And though I prefer to write alone
These songs will light my way
These songs will light my way
Track Name: Excelsior
I am tired
of the lights and buzz
I am tired
of suburbia because,
there's a yearning deep inside me
because life will pass me by
there's something swimming pools and driveways
could never satisfy

I'm headin' north
its as simple as that
pack my car
there's no lookin back

I'm so sick of seeing people
I don't care about from high school
that I've been hiding from in grocery stores
and I feel like such a fool
Where your identity is crafted
from your khakis or your car
where you're judged upon your smallest things
that don't make you who you are.

I'm headin' north
its as simple as that
pack my car
there's no lookin back

No goodbyes
because I know that I'll see you
but sometime later
and I'll be only passing through

And there's no one that's out there
that can tell me why
sitting safe upon the ground is better
than climbing to the sky
And if there's something I'm missing
from your white picket fence life
then please tell me about your circumstances
that you've made into your wife.

So I won't be around again
No I won't be around again.

'Cause I'm headin' north
no institution's need
I'm headin' north
like the planting of a seed
I'll grow and change
though I might look strange
but I know that I am free
among the trees and breeze and rivers
that go as far as I can see

and if ever you fear
that I am nowhere near
you'll hear me singin'
Track Name: Being a Superhero
Well here we go again
I haven't even ate
Something happened last night
I have to go investigate

The city lights are shining
bright in my eye
as I suit up again and give
this superhero thing a try

And all the people
and all the fights
and all the trouble
and all the lights

Can't they just help themselves?
They can save this place
I want to remove this mask
and just let them see my face

I used to enjoy these superpowers
flying high was cool
but am I role model
or just society's fool?

Now I'm stealing fame
from frustrated cops
in this job I just can't handle
I grew tired of living life
issue to issue
panel to panel

And it's all just comical to you
It's all just comical to you

And all the people
and all the fights
and all the trouble
and all the lights

Can't they just help themselves?
They can save this place
I want to remove this mask
and just let them see my face

I just want to walk in the light of day
and let them see my face
Track Name: Sirens
It's become increasingly difficult
to keep my head clear of confusion
and the difference between then
and now

and I understand
you said some things that you don't mean
but words are just words and we're human
and now it's just history to me

But believe me
if history is right about something
it's that I won't survive without looking
upon myself and being able to call this life
my own

and I can't hear your voice
over the sirens
they may be coming for me
if I take a step closer.
Track Name: Seven Pounds, Fifteen Ounces
This song is about the conversation I had with a good friend over her first child. It had been mulled over for a while, and then it all came out the day that baby was born.
Track Name: August
I was excited
to jump into life and make a brand new start
of the story that I've lived with all my heart
to see the world and all it's faces
to see the world and all it's places

And now we're out
shotgunned into the world
without a doubt
of where we'd rather be
than where we are
and the space between has never felt so far
from dreams we had in May
and life today

But I know that it'll get better
I know that I'll be alright
I've always pulled through
Because I'm usually the kind friend who shines bright

But this year in late August
it's different
Track Name: September
For five years I've been fighting
High school expectations that I've grown to hate
And they've always loomed in the shadows
At times when I felt like that it was too late
To pull myself up by my bootstraps
Because my life wasn't following the script
And all that I worked for came short
That I hadn't lived right; that my wings were clipped

I've been trying to look at it different
And I'll admit: the blame's on me too
For falling in line with the system
I was seventeen. What was I to do?
And maybe those people aren't all bad
I recognize how true this could be
But I don't really care about you now
Because you never cared about me

And so we'll stop in the mall
And both put on a face
Of faked interest and wonder
About where we are in the race

But I don't give a shit about your brand new Volkswagon
and I don't give a shit about your apartment in Brooklyn
and I don't give a shit about your grad school applications
and I don't give a shit about your selfie on the beach
and I don't give a shit about your nostalgia for high school
and I don't give a shit about your Buzzfeed and wine
and I don't give a shit about your Carribbean photos
and I don't give a shit about your opinion at all

It's taken five years to realize
that there is no right way down this road
And the only thing we might ever share
Is an area code
Track Name: 22 and Older
A lot can change in a year
Same body, different mind
365 days in the books
but I'm no longer blind

It's funny how the first birthday
that you're not supposed to wish for
turns out to be the time that you see
it's not just fun anymore

Because I've gotta make my own way
Come up swinging at the day

We're 22 and older
and we can't forget the days
where we were told to dream and think big
and when went our seperate ways

'cause we found
that life isn't all what we thought it was
It'll break your back
That's just what it does

The time for feeling victimized is over
There's only a few people that can save us from ourselves
It's not that we were fooled, we are just flawed
with participation trophies on our shelves

I'd thought I'd finally made it
I was finally old enough to buy a drink
But if you ask me now I'd tell you
I was not yet wise enough to think

Because I've gotta make my own way
Come up swinging at the day

We're 22 and older
and we can't forget the days
where we were told to dream and think big
and when went our seperate ways

'cause we found
that life isn't all what we thought it was
It'll break your back
That's just what it does
Track Name: Neverland
There's no right way
to write this all down

but for now
we look it in the eye
childhood fading with the night
and answers leaving through the curtains

Between the sounds of thought
we might catch something
but the void fills my hand
where sparks once left

It's the feather in the storm
the rain on the window
when I can't tell where we're going
or if we'll get there

You've got your Heaven
And I'm scared of dying
But I'm more afraid
that I won't live at all.

But all we can hope for is to not turn around
because we might miss what lies ahead.

and our story is too long
for pages to hold.
And our story will go on
but change, I am told
is one thing that we must
let unfold
because our bodies may age
but we'll never feel old

So just say
and we'll fly on the wind someday

Let go of the ground
Track Name: Orion
Winter wind
bite my nose.
A jacket's not enough,
to ignore your prose.

Mother nature tell me stories
on this tranquil night.
Campfire tales
under orange streetlights.

We're always seeking,
searching,
with passion burning.
Wishing, hoping
we'll find the way,
to love and laughter,
happy ever after.

How did the stars get
so bright?
How was there a meaning
behind that fight?
On this roadside reflection
my soul will thrive
because I don't just exist,
I feel alive.

On this wet grass
I'll lay down.
I can see the sky so clear
without your telescope of brown.
Footprints in the dust
on a full moon beaming,
how can I party like a rockstar,
when a roof keeps me from dreaming?

Without a rocket
I danced through the sky
I felt the thrill of flight
on this dirt where I lie.
On the red dust of Mars,
I stood tall.
My problems on that blue dot
weren't so big after all.

How did the stars get
so bright?
How was there a meaning
behind that fight?
On this roadside reflection
my soul will thrive
because I don't just exist,
I feel alive.

And I won't need my bloody hands
to feel my warm smile,
as I lie in the shattered glass
and breathe deep for a while.
I'll forget about the crash,
because the stars are bright,
and I'll look up and watch,
Orion fight the bull tonight.
Track Name: Ignition
Turn the key
Start the flame
Fog, heat, motion
In the concrete ocean

Is there a fog outside the glass?
Or fog inside my mind?
I'll watch the clock, I'll watch the sky
but still I won't know why

Now this highway is twisting
like a barber's pole
where you bled me out
but I didn't have a doubt
that everything you did, everything you said
had it's rhyme and reason

I wish I'd stopped but once
to shine the silver platter
I used to show my excuses for you

I wonder if I'd see
my face in the reflection
or the mask that had become my skin?

But now I see clearly
Clear as glass
The only thing keeping the wind
from blowing you out of my head
I took the key out of my back
you won't wind me up again
I won't sing for you anymore
I won't make excuses for you anymore

I put on the same clothes
that I wore yesterday
Because tears dry, and lies die
but the sun it always rises in the morning