ZEN FUSE BOX
Steve Davis/Rich Marcil/Peter Preston

Story

More of an audio collage and seque to the remainder of Zero Down Time, this track contains elements of several other tracks from the album.  Rich's ebow tracks come from "In the Twilight," Peter's trombone burst comes from "Silly Stuff," and the brief lyrics come from "Greenhouse Blues."  Steve patched these together with an original bass, drum and rhythm guitar track in 7/4 time. 

This song asks the important question, "What about the slide thing?"

ZEN FUSE BOX
Peter Preston

Story

This song dates back  to Peter's days with the band The Ignatucks.  With Rich and Steve manning the intrumental portion of the tune, it was brought to the next level.  The ending contains an audio "Easter Egg" of Pete's voicemail message to Steve, reviewing and approving the final mix of the song.

ZEN FUSE BOX
Music by Rich Marcil / Lyrics by Peter Preston

Story

With music written by Rich Marcil, Dreamland appears as an instrumental on The Forefathers' album Aurora, which was released around the same time as ZFB's Zero Down Time.  While The Forefathers' version turned into a driving instrumental track, the Zen Fuse Box arrangement is much more atmospheric and eerie, due to the absence of percussion and the addition of Peter's spoken word performance. 

ZEN FUSE BOX
Rich Marcil/Peter Preston/Steve Davis

Story

Greenhouse Blues was originally an instrumental track which was a mainstay of The Forefathers' live set.  (The Forefathers are Rich's "other" band - check 'em out)  The Forefathers never got around to recording Greenhouse Blues, so ZFB got to pick it up and made something rockin' and markedly more aggressive than it had been previously.  GHB features the guys on bass, harmonica and guitar solos and has a roots-rock vibe to it.  After the main recording was complete, Steve noticed that the lyrics really had nothing to do with the title of the song, so a quickie intro was concocted and recorded, which contains the only reference to the titular subject matter.

ZEN FUSE BOX
Peter Preston

Story

Written by Peter, who says that "this tune should have felt right at home going UK national on a "roots rock" show. I hesitate to call myself a fan of country because these days that seems synonymous with "pop-country" which ain't my thang. I learned guitar chords from a Hank Sr. songbook and I'm a fan of rockabilly and roots country: Jimmy Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Buddy Holly, and his old bassist, Waylon Jennings...that kind of thing. Split-Lip Rayfield, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rocket 88, Bela Fleck, and many others are keeping the sound snowballing like a house of fire. Basically, I wrote "Roses Red" after overdosing on a double live album of Patsy Cline. I tossed in some folksy witticisms for the lyrics, and then went high-brow by lifting that last line from Edmund Spenser's "Faerie Queen", which gives the song its title. I couldn't be gladder if I were twins at the final product that emerged through the zen-like fuse-ing box we call ZFB."

ZEN FUSE BOX
Steve Davis

Story

Written by Steve, this song "started as a question regarding traditional belief systems and the thought that salvation doesn't necessarily require an adherence to any arbitrary rules.  Originally, Twilight was a character in the narrative, but once Peter started singing the phrase as In the Twilight (which sounds better melodically), the meaning of the lyric changed somewhat."  In terms of the music, Steve says "I wanted to write something to feature Rich's e-bow playing, so the intro of the song is all e-bow, and the outro contains a cool section of several e-bow parts playing at once."

ZEN FUSE BOX
Rich Marcil / Peter Preston

Story

Rich wrote the guitar part to this song as a kind of "rocking chair on the porch" kind of piece.  "Back Home" took a decidedly different turn with the addition of Steve's bass, drums and keyboards and Peter's harmonica and didgeridoo parts.  The lyrics include a mashup of Shakespeare's finest prose, and the end result is one of the most diverse tracks on the CD.

The track was chosen by Anna Preston & Dancers for their National Dance Week 2011 performance, and we were pleased to travel to Stuart, Florida to perform the song live with them.  Video of the performance can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i_3zXu_yaE 

ZEN FUSE BOX
Peter Preston

Story

According to Peter, "Strollin' was the debut song for my young 
songwriting skill talents.  An old acquaintance told me when I
learned guitar that I should work towards writing my own stuff at once.  
The feel is alt-country and the lyrics are semi-surrealistic. Old "Green
Acres" episodes come to mind as an influence. Lines like "I can't see
her the time that she's away" are either deeply existential or perhaps
merely idiotic statements of the obvious."

 

ZEN FUSE BOX
Written by Steve Davis

Story

Steve says, "After the initial writing session for Zero Down Time, I thought that we needed an up-tempo opening song to kick off the album.  I've always wanted to write a song to dedicate to my wife, but I what I come up with is usually too saccharine, or too cliche.  So instead, I wrote the song about how I couldn't come up with a good song.  So, it's a song about a song that doesn't exist.  I decided just for fun to add a little FM radio flip intro to set the mood, and as an extremely inside joke, the first sound you hear on the track is an excerpt from the song Surf Punks From Hell, a punk recording that I used to obsess over in my college days."

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