The Long Wait

by The Long Wait

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We play melodic folk rock that sits somewhere between the old school classic folk rock of Fleetwood Mac and the modern country pop of Brandi Carlile. We'd like to think we play music for anyone who can relate to strong harmonies, rich acoustic/electric guitar blends and popular song structure.

We recorded this album from summer 2015 to 2016. Originally intended to be a quick EP project it evolved into something much greater and more important to us as a band.

It includes our single “Coming Back” about the path we took as we struggled to put the band back together after Alan’s death. We like to think of it as a cathartic closure to a new beginning because if it weren’t for this song none of the other new ones would’ve ever been written. I (Björgvin) struggled with writer’s block for about 3 years after Alan’s death in 2011 and it took this song to bring me out of it. We're really happy to finally be able to put it on an album alongside all of the other songs we've played and written throughout the years.

The final song on the album, "Something (All Around the World)" was recorded with the Tucson High orchestra in the spring of 2016 at Saint Cecilia Studios. I contacted Jessica Breen, one of the conductors on a whim to see about the possibility of getting the kids involved.

Bob Hanshaw) arranged the score for us and we rehearsed a couple times at the high school before bringing them into the studio to record. They had a great time and loved the fact that they could "legally" skip school to go record at the studio (the free pizza probably also helped!).

It was an overall win-win-win situation because the kids got introduced to the possibility of career musicianship, we ended up with a great final song to the album and our donation to the school at the end of the year is eligible for an AZ tax credit.

Thank you to everyone involved with the production process and their talented musicianship who played on the following tracks:

Special Thanks: Nancy and David Rodriguez, Liz Pocock, Eric Schaffer, Steven Lee Tracy, Alan’s family, KXCI, Jessica Breen and the Tucson High Orchestra Department, and all the other friends, family and fans who have supported us throughout the years.

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released October 25, 2016

Björgvin Benediktsson - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals and Keyboards
Liz Cerepanya - Vocals and Tambourine
Tyrus Watson - Drums
Paul Cerepanya - Bass
John Hollister - Electric Guitar

Rebecca De La Torre - Piano on “Coming Back”
Sandy Carter - Pedal Steel on “Big Bear City” and “Where Do They Go”
Robert Colville - Mandolin on “Little Broken Wing”
Brendan Nostrant - Electric Guitar on “Perfect Pocket”
Ian Stewart - Trumpet on “Going Slow”
Sigurdór Guðmundsson - Bass on “Dispute”

As you can see, we got some great help from a lot of really talented session players, and last but not least the incredible Tucson High Orchestra department that plays on Something (All Around the World), arranged by Robert Hanshaw.

Victor Molina & Isabel Verdugo on cello.
Alison Cutler & Alex Valencia on viola.
Chiara Ferrero, Angie Valencia, Wyatt Whiting-Hill, Yvette Lanz on violin.

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Björgvin Benediktsson at The Icelandic Embassy and Saint Cecilia Studios.
Additional Engineering on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals by Chase Welch, and orchestra by Steven Lee Tracy.
Mastered by Ian Shepherd at Mastering Media

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We play melodic folk rock that sits somewhere between the old school classic folk rock of Fleetwood Mac and the modern country pop of Brandi Carlile. We'd like to think we play music for anyone who can relate to strong harmonies, rich acoustic/electric guitar blends and popular song structure. ... more

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Track Name: Coming Back
Sailor, won’t you save me
It’s cold down here, I’m running out of air.
Doctor, won’t you heal me.
they told me I was fine, still I’m aching all the time.

It’s been a couple years,
tearing pages out of here,
Our eyes open
we’re coming back
Blank pages there for days
Almost found a different way
Lost focus
And we’re coming back

Teacher, won’t you teach me
lost the will to write, blank pages every night
Old friend, won’t you help me
Find my pen, I lost back then

It’s been a couple years,
I’ve been tearing pages out of here,
Our eyes open
we’re coming back
Blank pages there for days
Almost found a different way
Lost focus

But we’re coming back
Back
Back

Lately, it’s getting better
One song at a time, this sadness we climb
Better, than ever
Heart’s healing anew, music keeps us close to you
Track Name: Little Broken Wing
In a terrifying way
He hits the windshield and he makes a funny face
The car that crushes him won’t stop to see if they
Can help to undo damage done in any way
Like a pigeon left to die
A broken wing down on the sidewalk for awhile
And all the busy people look but pass him by
There is no time for this so pay the bird no mind
Like all the little things- All the other little things left behind

A little girl with a pink balloon
Waits for the bus with mom and sees him too
“Hey mom that bird looks sad and hurt and cannot move
Is there something we can do? Hey mom?”
With momma on the phone
In tears can hear the words foreclosure and no home
She doesn’t ever hear just what her girl is saying
Then the bus arrives and takes them both away.
Like all the little things
All the other little things
taken away.

I cannot fix your wing so I will leave you in the curb
I don’t have any time for this and cannot be disturbed
If you should die here overnight under these orange city skies
I will pray for you and mourn for you in early morning light
I will call for god to take you up and cover you with love
And you can fly among the ghosts and see your old world from above
I feel sure that all the angels will come by to hear you sing
And I will rot in hell
Because I cannot fix your little broken wing.

Like a pigeon left to die
A broken wing down on the sidewalk for awhile
And all the busy people look but pass him by
There is no time for this and pay the bird no mind
Like all the little things- All the other little things left behind
Track Name: Beat Up and Broken
This beat up guitar has served me well
The strings are old and it’s time for a trade
The tour’s taken its toll, it’s looking kinda old
It’s time I’m afraid.

This car’s pushing two hundred thousand miles
Rusty paint and the transmission’s broke
The last time we tried, we only got to Blythe
We only needed a few more miles

Take care of the things that treat you well
Before they get too old and bid you farewell
You wouldn’t come this far without them there
They bid you farewell

These pets will grow old soon
Loved you for their whole life
Love you can’t repay
You’ve felt it since the first day
they saw you

Take care of the things that treat you well
Before they get too old and bid you farewell
You wouldn’t come this far without them there
They bid you farewell

Beat up and broken is just another way to say
I loved these things from the first day
Old and tired is just another way they go
into our memories

Take care of the things that treat you well
Before they get too old and bid you farewell
You wouldn’t come this far without them there
They bid you farewell
Track Name: Where Do They Go?
Where do the parents go
When you’re all grown up?
Where do the mentors go
When you’ve learned too much
Where do the lovers leave
When the flame’s died down
What do the children see
When the circus leaves town

Where do they go?
Why do they leave
These people you know
Are they still here?

Where do your friends go
When they move away
Where does the sun go
When the skies turn to gray
Where do your dreams go
Where you’re wide awake
Where does your love go
When your heart breaks

Where do they go?
Why do they leave
These people you know
Are they still here?

Where does the pain go
When the drugs take hold
Where does your health go
When your bones grow old
Where does the rain go
When it’s all dried up
How does the wine taste
at the bottom of your cup

So many questions
Looking for answers
Leave a little room
to find it together

Where do your siblings go
when they don’t know you anymore
Where do the veterans go
When they return from the war
Where do the sailors sail
When they’ve caught their final fish
What does the genie do
When he grants his final wish

Where do they go?
Why do they leave
These people you know
Are they still here?

So many questions
Looking for answers
Leave a little room
to find it together
So many questions
Not enough chances
to find it together