Space Traveler - The Orion Syndrome

Space Traveler was intended to be the band's debut album, but it was never actually released and promoted, until now!
Most of the tracks on this album ended up on Spacetime. As on Spacetime, live studio musicians were used throughout,
with elaborate synth sequences using some of the time's most advanced synthesizers, including the Roland D-50.

Most of this album was recorded and mastered in professional studios throughout Central Florida.
Over 100 hours were spent in the original 16 track studio creating some of the tracks found on this album.
The first three tracks below are essentially the Spacetime outtakes, but they are all excellent songs.

Space Traveler

Song Story & Credits

The title track deals directly with the heavy subject matter of a lonely man who is escaping his world, on the brink of a full thermonuclear war.
You can tell this entire album was produced in the 80's, when the world was a much more dangerous place than it is today.
Several plaintive Sax solos add emotion to this somber soundscape. This is one of my favorites - my first fully produced original song!

Music, Lyrics, and Sequencing: David Hearn. Drums concept: Henry "Skip" Flower. Drums performance: Mark McKenzie. Bass: Lowell Teasdale.
Copyright 1993, David Hearn

Lyrics

The Space Traveler, he travels,
from galaxy to galaxy
So alone in his Starship
He's adrift on the Cosmic Sea
*
The Space Traveler, he's tired
He lives in Desperation's Time
'Cause the Planet that he's lived on
has exploded into Nuclear Fire.
*
(Sax Solo)
*
The Space Traveler, he's not Happy
'Cause he sees what his Brothers have done
He tried to stop them, but,
They were Crazy
Some day the will Destroy the Sun
*
How we should Fear the Space Traveler
Because in him, Ourselves we see
He can Flee this place in his Starship
he's not Earthbound, like You and Me

Premonition / Acid Rain

Song Story & Credits

This song was inspired by Pink Floyd's "Momentary Lapse of Reason" album in 1987. This song got left off of Spacetime because it was too long and wouldn't fit on the cassette. But now in the golden age of Internet & CDs, you can hear it! The last guitar solo is incredible - it took 15 takes in the studio! This is truly my closest approximation of Pink Floyd - the intro itself is truly cosmic.

Music, Lyrics, and Sequencing: David Hearn. Drums: Mark McKenzie.
Copyright 1993, David Hearn

Lyrics


(Premonition Intro)
*
An Acid Rain falls on the Land
And Penetrates the Ocean Sand
The Trees are Blackened from a Fire's Flame
Forever Banned to Grow Again
The Lightning streaks across the Sky
Should warn intrepid Passers-By
The Sky a fiery yellow-red
Illuminates a Landscape, Dead
*
(Guitar Solo)
*
The Bitter Fruit has now been Tasted
The Home we Knew has now been Wasted
It seems this Fate is well Deserved
A Death Row Sentence to be Served
The Race was Lost, The War was Won
Earth passed into Oblivion
A Legacy for Future Minds
The Epitaph of Humankind
*
(Bridge)
(Guitar Solo)
*
This Picture that is so Darkly painted
Is Looming in the Road not far Ahead
And Living in a World Forever Tainted
Is Giving up our Sacred Home for Dead
*
Our Trials and Tribulations must be Ended
We know this Dreadful Fate all too Well
The Future of Our World must be Extended
or the Future will become a Living Hell
*
(Guitar Solo)
*
(Sax Solo)
*
Along the Beach the Dolphins Lie
The Birds no longer Fill the Sky
A Requiem for a Time Gone Past
Negated by Atomic Blasts
This story should be never Told
When Times like these are Times of Olde
We must have much more Self Regard
This Acid Rain is far too Hard

Desperation's Time

Song Story & Credits

This song started out as a rough demo, and it lived in that state for over 10 years! In 2000 I added the rhythm parts to it. The vocals and guitar leads have a unique sense of pain of the desperation felt by the Space Traveler before he leaves his homeworld. Interesting, too is the fact that this was written during a rough time in my life, and that kind of comes out in the playing and singing, which is why I like it. This song does have a kind of a desperate feel to it. This song is either Progressive Rock or Folk Rock. I decided that the tambourine from the original track gave it a bit of a Folk feel, so here it is.

Music, Lyrics, and Sequencing: David Hearn.
Copyright 1993, David Hearn

Lyrics


I'm Alone again
In the Vacuum of Space
Far from Home again,
Feel my Life's but a Waste
*
I can Try so hard and get Nowhere
I sure love to Spin my Wheels
But Luck's dealt me a Deadly Blow this Time
I got Nothing left that is Real
*
(Guitar Solo)
*
Life is Sad again
As I Fly along my Way
Feel so Bad again
Nothing Positive to Say
*
The Consequence was too Great this time
I had no Choice but to leave
Their last Card was an Ace
But it was Trumped this time
What a Wicked Web they Weave
*
(Guitar Solo)
*
Should I Try Again?
What Futility!
How many times must I Run this Course?
My Patience... has long passed away
Desperation is the Driving Force
*
Will I ever find my Country Home
Where Peace and Tranquility Reign
Oh to Sleep in a Golden Hayfield Bed
Far Away from this Darkness and Pain
*
If I make it there
And this Trial is Through
Celebration will Rule the Day
I would give Anything to Pass this Cup
If I could only find a Way
*
But Now is Desperation's Time
In it's Dark, Black Cellers I Lay
Let me Climb the Steps
Let Me Leave this Hell
And Witness the Light of Day
The Light of Day...
Witness the Light of Day...
*
Yes, Until that Day
I'll feel Incomplete
My Spirit is only Half There
I must Summon all of my Courage
To Fight out of Desperation's Cold Dark Lair
Desperation's Lair...
Desperation's Time...
*
(Guitar Solo)

One Light Year at a Time

Song Story & Credits

The Space Traveler has just abandoned his home world, which is on the brink of self destruction. He'l looking for another home as he winds his way through space. He must have had some jazz CDs (or MP3s?) to play along the way!

Music, Lyrics, and Sequencing: David Hearn. Drums: Mark McKenzie. Bass: Lowell Teasdale.
Copyright 1993, David Hearn

Lyrics

Well I'm Cruisin' along
and I'm singin' my Song
and I'm Lookin' for a Home along the Way
As I'm flyin' through Space
Well I feel quite Misplaced
and I don't think I can stand another Day
'Cause I'm Travelin' Alone
and I'm so far from Home
It's a Feeling that I never could Embrace
If you can spare a little room
I'll be stoppin' by real soon
'Cause the Earth looks like a restful kind of Place
*
(Guitar Solo)
*
Well those Stars shine like Diamonds
'Gainst that Black Velvet Sky
and they're Tellin' me the way this trip should Flow
But I'm gettin' pretty Tired
and my Patience has Expired
and the Hourglass is runnin' pretty low
So I'll just Ease on my Way
until I find a place to Stay
and the Stars will Calm my Soul
and Ease my Mind
It's a Solitary Road
but to shed this heavy Load
I'll just take this trip
One Light Year at a Time
*
(Sax Solo)

Earthbound Man

Song Story & Credits

Do you have a desire to experience outer space? Unfortunately you never will, but very probably your children will. This song is about lamenting the fact that we're all stuck on this Earth, and will never get to experience outer space. Unless you're going to be an astronaut! But that's a very lucky few.
A Moody Blues inspired melody and a great lyric make this the most hopeful song on the album.

Music, Lyrics, and Sequencing: David Hearn. Drums: Mark McKenzie. Bass: Lowell Teasdale.
Copyright 1993, David Hearn

Lyrics

When the summer moon floats westward
and the Milky Way fills my eyes
I watch the glow of ten thousand suns
in their tracks across the sky
Let me gaze upon this tiny star
from a distant planet's sun
Let me contemplate the universe
before this human's race is run
*
The stars and planets beckon me
to myself I cannot lie
I want to leave this planet
This EarthBound man must fly
My dream is probably futile
An EarthBound Man I'll be
This cosmic scene will be substitute
by the Earth, the Sun, and the Sea
*
This life on Earth, I must admit
is a cold reality
Our children are the lucky ones
they'll sail on the cosmic sea
We older ones are Phoenixes
We'll give Rise to a Billion Score
The chosen ones, who'll live in space
They could ask for nothing more

Castles in the Void

Song Story & Credits

Sometimes we just need to be alone. Solitude! Sometimes we hate to be alone, but in other instances we truly crave it. A digital delay on the guitar shows the Gilmour influence.

Music, Lyrics, and Sequencing: David Hearn. Drums concept: Henry "Skip" Flower. Drums Performance: Mark McKenzie. Bass: Lowell Teasdale.
Copyright 1993, David Hearn

Lyrics

When life is getting too intense
You need a place to hide
A room that's far away from here
You'll lock yourself inside
Escaping from your daily life
Some mental fresh air
Do what you wish
don't be afraid
Because you're almost there!
*
Now you're alone
where are you Man?
At last you have arrived
Don't wait outside the Castle gates,
Go on and get inside
The Castles, cold and dark as hell
A place that some avoid
Your mind's alive, you're now inside
A Castle in the Void
*
The Castles are Infinity
The next dimension of the mind
You'll spend your live away there
Do nothing but unwind
The Universe is vast and free
the largest of its kind
But it don't hold a candle
to the Castles of our Mind

Slow Boat to Centauri

Song Story & Credits

This one is about the Space Traveler, fleeing his world that is about to undergo the throes of a full nuclear exchange,
essentially the ultimate escapism concept. "Rigil" is Rigil Kentaurus, the closest multiple star system to Earth, in the constellation of Centaurus.
The title of this song came from an Astronomy magazine article about future starship design.

Music, Lyrics, and Sequencing: David Hearn. Music concept: James "Hoppy" Taylor. Drums concept: Henry "Skip" Flower.
Drums Performance: Mark McKenzie. Bass: Lowell Teasdale.
Copyright 1993, David Hearn

Lyrics

Well I'd love to fly to Rigil
I hear it's four light years away
and the moment that I get there
I may just decide to stay
I've heard the women there are friendly
They love to take you by the hand
They wear intoxicating perfume
with powers no men understand, Yeah
*
Would you like to come along with me?
It's a long, long trip alone
You have no reason to stay here
because the Earth is doomed to burn
You know the Men that we call leaders
They really love to play with fire
and you know someday we'll soon see
the Earth become a funeral pyre
*
(Guitar Solo)
*
We'll see our star in the rear viewscreen
Yes, it will slowly slip away
We'll be awfully glad we left it
Rigil's better anyway
They say that Proxima is closer
but I have no real need for time
This frozen sleep will melt the years away
We'll wake in 2099

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