You Can't Keep The Sun Down

by Brock Tyler

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These songs were recorded in a church just south of downtown in Edmonton, Alberta over a few nights in May 2011. I arrived each day in the late afternoon as staff was going home, set up the microphones, and worked into the early hours of the morning. I brought a small collection of instruments with me and used the piano and drum set that the church had. After around twenty-four hours of total recording time, this is the result.

When you record pretty much alone there usually isn’t too much to tell afterwards about the recording session. There are no meaningful interactions with other people. No jokes shared. No singing silly made-up lyrics in a kermit voice to make everyone in the control room laugh. No fistfights over artistic differences followed by hugs and reconciliation. No massage circles. Instead, you press the record button a lot, and then maybe you erase what you did and try it again. You repeat this several hundred times. Occasionally you might sigh or smile depending on the results you’re getting. You take a break to eat trail mix. You lie down on a pew for awhile and stare at the ceiling. You get up and you press the record button several hundred more times. It sounds kind of lonely, I guess, but in small doses it’s actually sort of cathartic.

However, late at night in a big building you never feel quite alone. Occasionally I would hear strange noises, like the sound of someone sneaking up behind me, or I would think I saw someone across the room out of the corner of my eye. The sounds would turn out to be the wooden ceiling of the church sanctuary snapping and popping from the humidity; the person would be a combination of a microphone twenty feet away and a plant fifty feet away, perfectly aligned. I guess my mind was trying to invent some kind of human interaction, and the room was helping it. Together they were conspiring to trick me.

Tricks aside, the room played a big role in the sound of this recording. All the reverb you hear is the church itself; nothing added later, just a few microphones standing around picking things up as I played. Because of this you can sometimes hear the wooden ceiling popping in the quiet parts of the songs, so now you know the kind of tricky sounds I’m talking about.

I should mention, there was actually one other human that played on this EP. My friend Tim dropped by on the last day of recording and ended up laying down some piano and shakers for “June”. Thanks, Tim.

That's all I have to say. I hope you enjoy these new songs.

Brock Tyler
August 2011

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released August 15, 2011

Produced and performed by Brock Tyler at Central Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta on May 9, 10, 23 & 24, 2011. All songs written by Brock Tyler (SOCAN). “The Flowers of April” © 2011. “On Saturday, Maybe”, “Just Like Chester Munday” and “The Snow In May” © 2010. "Because You Live" © 2009. “June” © 2008. Recording ℗ 2011 by Brock Tyler.

Mastered by Richard Addison at Trillium Sound.

Tim Batke played piano and shakers on “June”.

Thanks to Paul Gericke and all the staff at Central Baptist Church for generously providing me a space in which to record these songs; to Tim Batke for playing; and to Aaron Parker, Nathan Carroll, and Joel Tolhurst for lending me things that helped make this record possible.

Special thanks to Karmyn for supporting me as I worked on these songs and for pushing me to finish them.

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Track Name: Just Like Chester Munday
Just like Chester Munday I’m a prairie boy forever
But don’t look at my certificate or the name of my hometown
Just watch me watch the sunset take its time to settle down
And in this way I am just like Chester Munday

Though we are not the same, I am no military man
You simply must agree when you hold that soil in your hand
The prairies have this way of making kings out of ordinary men
And in this way I am just like Chester Munday
Yes in this way I just like Chester Munday
Track Name: On Saturday, Maybe
Maybe on Saturday we can go out to the park
See the birds and the children play and the sun set on the dark
I’ve been feeling down of late but I know things will turn around
On Saturday, maybe

Maybe on Saturday we can sleep in really late
Having stayed out 'til the dawn and then crept in through the gate
Waking up ain’t so bad when there is no place I gotta be
On Saturday, maybe

Maybe on Saturday we can step out of single file
Abandon everything we know and drive many hundred miles
See the constellations without the mask of city lights
On Saturday, maybe
Track Name: Because You Live
Be thankful, then, all your life; don’t think twice
Good things can come even on the worst of days

When I was down and feeling absurd in the shadow of the night
A simple man started singing to me a hymn of hope and life
Because you live

Be thankful, then, all your life; don't think twice
Good friends will stand by your side in the worst of hours

A black-eyed man told me all of his tears could fill a riverbed
But you bring hope to the hurting and sad and sorrow will not last
Sorrow will not last
Because you live
Track Name: The Flowers of April
There’s something about the flowers of April coming up like a prayer
With an answer for you, my love
Winter’s heavy coat is lifted, warm wind drifting across your face
In the shining sun

But wait now, wait now, wait just a little
For my love to meet you
Wait now, wait now, wait for the water
It’s going to reach you

There’s a statue down in the valley staring out at the stream
It’s a picture of them, my love
Smiling softly, still as the silence
Islands where nobody goes, thoughts that nobody’s thinking of

But wait now, wait now, wait just a little
For my love to meet you
Wait now, wait now, wait for the water
It’s going to reach you
Track Name: The Snow in May
The snow is falling in May
The snow is falling in May
Thick white flakes drifting out of clouds so gray

That poor tree's so cold
That poor tree's so cold
Its blossoms heavy with the weight of snow

The robins are eating the seed
The robins are eating the seed
We scattered on the ground in hopes of something green

I can't wait for June
I can't wait for June
Only two days away, don't feel like it's coming that soon
Track Name: June
Every single morning the sun’s up with the moon
And I’m washing my feet in the dew like a river
Through the cool night to the morning I just lie here awake with you
And every single morning I wake with you now

Every single evening I’ll kiss your sun-filled eyes
You’re like a rose in the valley that stretches for miles and miles
Beneath the moonlight to the movement of the sun in the eastern skies in June
And every single morning I wake with you now

And I just want to see you tonight, see you tonight
Under the stars, speak through the dark to me now
It’s alright to want to be here tonight, with you tonight
Learning the sounds of the leaves in the darkness
I just want to lay here tonight, lay here tonight
Under the moon that’s shining down and swims with the birds on the river
I just want to stay here tonight, with you tonight
Cause it’s gonna come, you can’t keep the sun down
But it’s dark out for now