The Consciousness Test

by Lauren Lee "Space Jazz" Trio

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Full-length debut concept album by the Lauren Lee "Space Jazz" Trio

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released May 15, 2016

Lauren Lee, vocal/piano/compositions
Charley Sabatino, bass
Andy O'Neill, drums

Recorded 12/3 and 12/4 2015 by Peter Karl at Peter Karl Studios, Brooklyn NY

Cover art by Andrea Danger Witting

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Charley Sabatino- bass

Andy o'Neill- drums

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Track Name: Power Lines
coming down, the limbs are falling to the ground below
spiraling out of control, mass devastations loom in the distance
how can we take shelter when so much must be done

come take a walk with me through the destruction
come marvel at the depth of mother nature's wrath
enjoy the stillness while it lasts
Track Name: The Consciousness Test
the anesthetic kicks in and you start to drift off....quiet, all that is quietly surrounding you hums in the background becomes silent.
what once could be distracting is maybe at best a consciousness test to only remember the details that matter and celebrate that our brains do in fact rely on this perfectly balanced insanity to somehow remain intact

frightening moments arise, the worst kind of surprise...
hello! ma'am can you feel the pressure that's prying inside catacombs of your mind?
goodnight! with that back under you go
it has caused you distress, this consciousness test.
you wake in a panic, your motives satanic,
but frightened and lost, confused at such cost,
your touch with reality fades so significantly you cannot manage to find your way back

dreams never brought to life, fruition,
goals, once were maybe most important
love, could be current, unrequited
doubts, magnified and brought to life,
and fears are suddenly much too real life, do not take for granted
nightmares don't just happen while you're sleeping

tension cuts like a knife, you snap back to real life
Help Me! someone explain what happened
I thought I was fine with the drilling inside
sorry, we didn't mean to impose
it's disturbing at best, this consciousness test
feeling discomfort is part of the norm,
hurt, insanity seems to take over your dreams,
but try to remember when thoughts don't respect:
answer back with a NO, you don't own me, you cowardly
fear mongering bully who's not based in fact

with that you have passed this consciousness test
to only remember the details that matter
and celebrate that our brains do in fact rely on this perfectly balanced insanity to somehow remain intact
Track Name: Demons
once had soared, now has fallen
should have forgiven and forgotten
it's all in your head
all you dread, it's all in your head
Track Name: Voyager
one way tickets bought, no need for baggage, no need for those petty things
perseverance and persistence, purpose, adaptation and resilience
open to new situations
know your boundaries and limitations
you ask questions not to understand just on the surface

weightlessly we float, hurdling toward the unknown
perseverance and persistence, purpose, adaptation and resilience
open to new situations
know your boundaries and limitations
you ask questions not to understand just on the surface

the reality is: prepare for the worst
the reality is: bleak and cold
the reality is: unknown and dark

day has finally come. cuing nervous tremors.
will we make it out
we won't make it back
Track Name: Oh No Oh No Oh No
could it be this, could it be that goes undiagnosed
could it be the thing that I have always feared the most
though I feel like I could die I know I can't assume
it's my natural reaction to resort to doom

calm me down, hey let's build a blanket fort! hide from the world
chalk it up to jitters, that's not fair, there's something wrong
oh no oh no oh no oh no oh no
Track Name: The Life Cycle
as the flea sucks the succulent life away from its prey, and the prey runs away, comes back but to stay and scratch, and creatures catch the infestation...caring not to disturb the parasitic order of the undead but barely living

as a swollen tissue consumes its space and takes the place of innocent cells, damaged by drugs and food and stress, and presses on the precious ones

as a bacteria nestles in its vessel of bone, once vibrant and white, dulled and jagged by the drone of a drill, silver and black rot deterioration infiltrating the root

as a craving bites in the night the tongue of the diseased, plagued by gangrene and numbness in the extremities that carry thee to thine treasure, to thine treasure of sweets that feast upon its victims, the undead but barely living
Track Name: The Procrastination Song
space and time unfolding, unraveling before your eyes
Track Name: Moral
I believe...
I must be responsible/reliable/a role model/dependable I must believe in something

I believe people are generally good.
I believe they want what's best for their fellow man.
I believe people are generally moral cause they believe in something.
I believe my own opinion is right cause I believe in something.

My something is better than yours because my thing is the better/proper/only thing
...because it's what I chose to believe