(the) Parallel Farewell

by Todd Smith

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'(the) Parallel Farewell' is my first concept album, and my third record overall. It was produced solely in my dorm while I was away at school in New York City, and thus is a retrospective of my time there. I like to think of it as a story, where the first track is the prologue, tracks 2-11 are chapters in between, and track 12 is the epilogue. The overall concept of this record has to do with maintaining a healthy relationship while dealing with life's obstacles at the same time, and the struggle to do so. The name comes from a result of a 'unique album name' generator, except with 'farewell' having been changed from whatever the original word was.

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released October 5, 2010

Tracks 1-12 arranged by Todd Smith
Track 13 arranged/composed by Todd Smith, but all rights belong to Maria Mena.

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Todd Smith New York, New York

Logophile with a passion for music.
Melophile with a passion for words.
Recent bookworm.
Inspired by all things everything.

I would describe my sound as a combination of electronic, ambient, experimental, and alternative. There may occasionally be hints of indie and maybe even avant-garde in there somewhere, as well. Maybe.
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Track Name: Rented Personalities
"Kelly" lyrics:

“Kelly”

Kelly says she’s changed her ways
But introverts like her
Couldn’t change the order of my days
Kelly told me to hush
She says I wouldn’t understand
So she can kill me now or save me later
But don’t offer me her hand

But she doesn’t get it does she
I have some stuff on her
And if she doesn’t want the patronage
Mindless games will kill for sure

For all that it’s worth
Getting yourself in trouble
Is not going to help you out
For all that it’s worth
Getting yourself in trouble
Is not going to get you out

Kelly says she’s vented
That nothing’s in her way
But the personality she rented
Has been due for sixty days
She says I wouldn’t understand
So she can kill me now or save me later
But don’t offer me her hand

What doesn’t Kelly understand?
The proof she’s shown
Doesn’t lend an eager hand
Track Name: For Lack of a Better Title (The Parallel Farewell)
"When Will It End" lyrics:

“When Will It End”
t.s.s.
5.10.10

I get lonely in that I feel like I'm alone
In feeling what I'm feeling
I just don't understand, explain this to me please
Why something so unbroken still needs healing

So I said 'when will it end?'
You looked at me and said it never does
So I said 'why isn't it easy anymore?'
You said it never was

My heart is there inside a box
Wrapped in insulation and some socks
So it doesn't break while being shipped
I could have sworn I had this down
But when I'm wrong, I want you around
To make me feel much better and less like shit

I used to be so goddamn easygoing
In that I didn't care what was happening around
I was stupid but having fun, now I jump to work at sound of the gun
Tell me why should it be any different now?

So I said 'when will it end?'
You looked at me and said it never does
So I said 'why am I no longer happy?'
You said I never was

You tell me there's a difference
But there's a difference in what?
I find it hard to make decisions
Without any ifs, ands, or buts
You said it's up to me, but I don't comprehend
So tell me, please, when will it end?