The Johari Window

by The Singular

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The Johari Window is an album about experiencing trauma and dealing with its aftermath. It is The Singular’s third, and likely final, full length album. Shortly after recording the album the band decided it was time to move on to other projects. They remain open to working together in the future.

The Johari Window was recorded in The Singular's practice and recording space in Kent, Ohio. It was written with a collaborative process that involved lead singer and primary songwriter, James Pequignot, recording a rough acoustic track, to which he sung a melody with mumbled gibberish words. Members of the band would try their hands at interpreting these incoherent mumbles. The interpretations were edited by Pequignot, used as inspiration, and incorporated into the final lyrics. Unlike the bands previous releases, this lead to most members having a hand in the songwriting process. While guitarist Miles Cobbs was not involved lyrically, he was a prolific collaborator musically, and helped craft interesting musical turns for the songs to take.

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released June 7, 2019

The Singular is:
James Pequignot
Mark Bradbourne
Terry Mortensen
Nichole Catalano-Miller
Miles Cobbs

All songs were produced and arranged by The Singular. All songs were engineered, mixed, and mastered, by James Pequignot.

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The Singular is a band that holds high the value of music as an experience and strives to make a good one for anyone who cares to listen. As a modest four piece rock band they produce a sound that can be described as cavernous and overwhelming. They triumph the art of storytelling through song, and always invite their audience along with them on a musical journey. ... more

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Track Name: Blood
Time was thick yea I could feel it
Around the edges where the skin had become visibly faded
A moment of clarity knocked me off my feet
I could see the world but I couldn’t see myself in it

The light behind my eyes grew quiet
As helpless I witnessed the death of my rebellious youth
Did the machine we raged against really exist?
Impossible to tell if now we are a part of it?

I want your blood
I’m just so bored with mine anymore
A cow that hates the chewing of her cud
I’d give anything to let you climb inside

The voice inside my head fell silent
As I experienced a rare and fleeting moment of peace
The numbers in my bank account and things I own
Stopped their endless screaming out for me

I want your blood
I’m just so bored with mine anymore
A cow that hates the chewing of her cud
I’d give anything to let you climb inside
Track Name: Collecting Cans (For Fun and Profit!)
Burned
Burned by the words as old
As the scribes who penned the histories we’d prefer
Just like the old man
Just like the sea

And when you fall from the bottom I'll be there
Collecting old cans
Like a drifter on the square
I’ll wait for my old friends
To take me away
Yea…

Hold
Me in your perfect arms
When I blather on you’ll listen like a fool
Just like in Network
And on the West Wing

Yea when you fall from the bottom I'll be there
Collecting old cans
Like a drifter on the square
I’ll wait for my old friends
To take me away
Yea…

Just like the best of 2003
And when you fall from the bottom I'll be there
Collecting old cans
Like a drifter on the square
We’ll wait for our old friends
To take us away
Yea…
Track Name: Deer in the Headlights
I could hardly blink for days to know you're wandering through the world
Like a deer in headlights were ya?
These are not the only thoughts I ever drove into the ground
Now they're bringing out the worst in everyone I know
I know

I'll be home by 10
Withered old infirm and silent
In my idle mind
Finally confess
I only wanted to see and be seen in return

I could smile a million teeth and still be scared as fucking hell
Like a deer in headlights I am

I'll be gone by then
The urn and dust contained therein
And the dust goes on
And the world moves on
I only wanted to touch and be touched in return

If I could find the strength of this immeasurable ideal
Could I suffer with a smile?
Humor me and tell me lies though honest in intent
And I’ll get over it

When I heard your sadness songs I knew your blood was on my hands
Like a deer in headlights we are

But I’ll be on the mend
Broken pieces glued back in
With the hope to rise
With the will to rise
I only wanted to know and be known in return
Track Name: When Love Was Like a War
Will we burn
When we tempt our wooden features
In the coming age
A slick facade
For concealing true emotion

Buried deep
In a chrysalis of laughter
Was a promise made
Out of hope
With the very best intentions

When love was like a war
We fought for it

Falling home
Like some sad and drunken stranger
Feeling 'round
In the dark
For the white flag to unfold
Track Name: I'm No Different (A Harsh But Common Realization About The Nature Of Existence)
I know I’m no different
I'm just waiting for the numb
And if you’re still looking for trouble well
It might find you yet
No one can escape their coin toss fate

I'll be your lady if you want it
I can do the things the others won't
And if your ire is any indication of your warm regard
I'll be your best one when I get my due

I know I’m no different
I know I’m no different
Track Name: Self Medication and Daily Affirmations
I tend to get so morose
Have mercy!
Don’t think twice
Just pass the knife
All week long I’m going off on innocents
Small, like a child

The way it gets sometimes like I might get it right
Sinners masquerading as saints just for one night
I’ll break one off and try a little just to make it through another day
I’m okay….

Fill me up with all my mental medicine
There’s no other way
The old way’s broke
Tear down all my walls and tell the world I’m done
A prison for everyone
A heaven of hell.

The way it gets sometimes I’m too low or too high
Like a serial killer desperate to get it just right
I’ll break one off and try a little just to make it through another day
I’m okay….

My body is healthy
My mind is brilliant
And my soul is tranquil
I forgive all those who have harmed me
And peacefully release them
A river of compassion washes away my anger…
Track Name: The Greater Fool (Sincereity and Optimism as Faults to be Avoided)
Please don't
Don’t worry about truth
Don’t think about what’s real
Just smile and take a bow
We all wait for fallen flowers
To take us round the rainbow
Where we’re all lovers
We’ll walk on water when we go
And if you told me that you thought you knew better
Then I’d be the greater fool

If you think
Think you know what you are
Consider what you’d carry
Just to carry on
We all pine for fallen flowers
To take us round the rainbow
Where we’re all lovers
We’ll walk on water when we go
And if you told me you thought you knew better
Then I’d be the greater fool

Funny
You’d force a million strangers
But not your sons and daughters
To walk the road laid down
I’ll take you round the rainbow
Where we’re all lovers
We’ll walk on water when we go
And If you told me you thought you knew better
Then I’d be the greater fool
Track Name: Self Portrait Autumn Twenty Sixteen
When you were
The statues on the beaches
The rain it fell in pieces
To fill you when you’re numb

You overflowed
With sentimental nonsense
An existential process
To keep you upright

There
In the fall
When you felt the weight of things to come
Holding fast to the strings that could all come undone
In your head
Did you know that there was something
Something that was changing

If you were
If you were a good man
She wouldn’t have to work
So hard to find your bed

In the fall
When you felt the weight of things to come
Holding fast to the strings that could all come undone
In your head
Did you know that there was something
Something that was changing

Reality remained dark
In the void was a masterpiece of love
The bird spoke
"Everything is veiled until it’s not"

Oh
In the fall
When you felt the weight of things to come
Holding fast to the strings that could all come undone
In your head
Did you know that there was something
Something that was changing
Track Name: Stick the Landing (How to Make up for Messing up the Beginning and Middle Parts)
I fell on my face I stuck the landing
Thanked my audience for understanding
I was 30 seconds off again
It was only for a minute
Out of phase then in it
Trying hard to feel myself again
Who's that chump inside the mirror
Choking on his tears
Was he hugged too much or not enough as a child?

When you push me around
I swear I’m feeling something
Yea I’m feeling something
When you kick me down at least I’m feeling something
Yea I’m feeling something
Now I’m feeling something
Yea I’m feeling something I feel

I stuck out my neck I was surprised when
The blade came down and gave me fresh perspective
I walked into a warm and healing light
All of my dead pets were in it
Giving me forgiveness
Watched as my life flashed before my eyes
People charging me for bullshit
Giving me the business
I can’t believe I stuck around for this

When you push me around
I swear I’m feeling something
Yea I’m feeling something
When you kick me down at least I’m feeling something
Yea I’m feeling something
Now I’m feeling something
Yea I’m feeling something I feel

Have we only
Imaginary
Fast and fleeting
Shades of meaning
…ah heck!

When you push me around
I swear I’m feeling something
Yea I’m feeling something
When you kick me down at least I’m feeling something
Now I’m feeling something
When you push me around I swear I’m feeling something
Now I’m feeling something
When you kick me down at least I’m feeling something
Now I’m feeling something
Yea I’m feeling something I feel
Now I’m feeling something I feel
Track Name: Life After Space Time (Falling Back to Earth With Dignity and Self Respect)
I can’t wait for the day we come home and hang around
Waste our scarce and brilliant sounds on vapid talking
When the clouds start to break we’ll feel like everything’s okay
So we'll open all the graves and kiss the coffins

But I know what it’s like to be at home and in your head
When every penny saved has been spent
And I know what I found
What was buried underground
When I fell back to the earth and
They told me to go home
But I won't

Will they fall to the floor like so many times tonight?
Will they dry their swollen eyes and tell your orphans?
Once they know, will they go, with all their darkest thoughts confirmed
Sing their songs that never were; about your father

But I know what it’s like to be at home and in your head
When every penny saved has been spent
And I know what I found
What was buried underground
When I fell back to the earth and
They told me to go home
But I won't
But I won’t

When the hammer falls I’ll make myself a nail
I will serve her without fail
I will be strong
And when god comes back I'll punch her in the ear
Scream the names of all my fears into her lungs
Until there's none
Until there's none

But I know what it’s like to be at home and in your head
When every penny saved has been spent
And I know what I found
What was buried underground
When I fell back to the earth and
They told me to go home
But I won't
Track Name: The Story of a Zombie Feeling Existential Dread (And Other Metaphors for the Modern World)
I'll bury the lede inside this unmarked grave I'm digging
To be reborn in dirt and darkness no fucks given
I feel like a zombie
The slow destruction of my body
And an emptiness I’ll never quite fill
Condemned to walk the earth in thoughtless fashion
Until the end times make us still

What if it turns out there’s nothing in it for you?
Voices crying out “There’s nothing in it for you!”

Three sheets to the wind and two to sleep away my feelings
A fetal cocoon to hide from all life’s dirty dealings
I was given over to the spirits in the moment
And I won’t be made to feel it’s wrong
For everything the muse has given to me
I will sing her songs

What if it turns out there’s nothing in it for you?
Prophecies predict there's nothing in it for you

We’ve got a lot of road to go
People will say "I told you so"
As if there’s something that they know
That makes them better

There was a verse I heard one time
That spoke my feelings
It feels like a dream
Too beautiful to be believed in

What if it turns out there’s nothing in it for you?
Skywriters spell out “There’s nothing in it for you!”

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