Talk Into The Stars

by Luke Janela

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Talk Into The Stars is still one of my favorite albums. It will always bring me back to that time when I left California behind and moved up to Portland, OR.

It’s an album of aching broken heartedness, for sure, but it is also very bluntly about redemption and hope. I wrote a lot of the songs while still desperately clinging to my ideas of love thus far.

Recorded in the summer, literally in a woodshed, on a tape machine, the sound is warm and lush.

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released January 1, 2001

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Luke Janela Los Angeles, California

Luke Janela has been writing and recording music for many moons. He is a classically trained cellist, guitarist and singer. He has fronted 13 albums. All bare a distinct character and tend to defy simple classification.

His music is urgent and innovative, moving from punk to classical to electronic as a cohesive, contemporary whole
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Track Name: Rust
Time I'm writing for you to hold off tonight, I think there's a chance... I saw for a moment the people I once was and now, they'd like me, to dance. If I could beg you to slow down we'd don our old masks and we'd sway around like fools. It's slow it has to be calm, for tonight. We've taken all the tests and we know all the rules. And now, everything that could be, and now, everything that was is already becoming something else all the leaves are all turning to rust in my mind.

Tonight I'm prepared to stoke all the bonfires, to talk til no words make any sense. These guitars and drums have been listening all this through all the rest, let's leave it all to chance. Oh, we could beg you to slow down, we'll don our old masks and sway around like fools. It's slow, it's gonna be real calm tonight. We'll take all your tests and we'll break all your rules.

And everything
that could be
and everything
that was
will already be
something else
and the leaves
will all turn to rust
in
my
mind.
Track Name: Dancing Away
The party it has ended and the hangers on,
they're staying right here
and I'm walking out that door
and that I can't walk back is all that's very clear
to me now

Somehow we faced the morning
somehow we placed our feet just right
somehow we'll find the glory
in dancing away one more night

I know where you are
and I'm there with you child
I'm there whenever you want me

The sun has this way of asking:
how does it make you feel to be alive?
I walk without conceding whether I think
or feel
wrong or right

somehow we play the drama out
sometimes this tension is all I've got
somehow I'm not alone in this
loving the things we were and I'm not

somehow we chase the morning
somehow we placed our feet just right
somehow we'll find the glory
in dancing away one more night

I know where you are
I'm there with you child
I'm there whenever you want me

You know where I am
I'm here with you child
I'm here whenever you need me
Track Name: Piano Keys
You touched piano keys your knees
would tremble slightly
as you described all the melodies
as anarchy
your unwrapped presence

slow parts to lullabies
i'm hypnotized

the sky is shaking

all your friends are there
somewhere
you promised them
something

they don't know
how you feel
it's all so slow

you don't know
how i feel
my skin is glowing
and the what this is confounds me

you start the car
the music up
the night awaits
you reach your place on earth where
magnetic sentiment
holds you
convincingly

you're going there you don't know where it is
but it's the only place to go
and you are going
in a burning way

so here's to love
and the one you'll let it make you
for tonight
i thank you
i am you
i love you.
Track Name: Lose Yourself
And you know you'll lose yourself
and you know
you'll finally win.

and the chance
you'll laugh

and it shows
you're on your own

sensate me

You decide to stay at home

and you're sure
you'll never go

when you find yourself
with no-one home
you should never go
she'd never go
Track Name: Echo
Blue the tension, my imperfection
you came to me like lightning lighting up the empty desert

do you notice my devotion?
you came through me like a lost bird inside a house not used to motion

I was waiting but I wasn't expecting
a girl
looking over the side of the water
a woman
there
reflecting back

I can't explain it

plainly state it

I fell you still

but you're not here

and I'm tired of always waiting

I feel you still but you're not here and I'm tired of always waiting


I don't care what the world thinks about me
I can take it on all by myself
but if you want to I could use you here beside me
and together we can take it on

I'm tired of waiting for the moment to become me
Until I find truth I'm not going home
so listen closely as the midnight hour approaches
and echo me back
when you hear
my song
echo

The hour approaches
so many choices
you come through me like a manic stampede of a thousand wild horses

could you want this?
what I envision?
time keeps moving faster and faster
won't wait
for your decision

water me
rain me on down
take me like a galaxy
spin me round
and
round

OH I WANT THIS
I WANT IT SO VERY LOUD
I WANT TO FLOAT HERE LIKE A WANDERING SEED NEVER TOUCH THE GROUND

I don't care what the world thinks about me. I can take it on all by myself. But if you want to I could use you here beside me, and together we can take it on.

I'm tired of waiting for the moment to become me, until I find truth, I'm not going home. So listen closely as the midnight hour approaches and echo me back when you hear my song

echo



echo








echo
















echo















echo.
Track Name: Falter
The timeless child opens his mouth
the mindless man he's a burnin' out
the giant smashes angels at his feet
and then takes a seat

this world is full of clues,
read them if you choose
but if you don't, don't act so confused

At night we sleep in lonely towns
by day we engage with the frowning clowns
everyone on this merry-go-round is pacified
with eyes opened wide

and our dreams float around like ghosts
and you cling to more things than most
but that's nothing
no nothing
to boast

So come forth with all your dignity
and let me know how free you'll be
when someone pairs your shackles with their key
and then
you'll believe
those unrelenting ties
were playthings for your eyes
were jewelry in disguise

The timeless child he's a flyin' south
and all the people on the ground
twist and turn like blood beneath the skin
of this world we believe in

I ask you:
who's complete who won't accept defeat when clearly proven beat?

Yes and I'm trying
not to falter
after telling them
I would
lead

I say let's have us a good ol' time
before it gets harder
let's take all of our undying fantasies out in the street

yes

and we'll ride them down past the graveyard
we'll push them
straight through the park

and this town will stand grey-eyed and weary
like statues weathered and stained,
crazily plain
and we'll wave to them smiling
inspiring a typhoon of unresolved pain
we are that fucking vain,
we are

the sightless man
he's shuffling the cards
while a full table waits
and all ante up the stars

but before there's even a chance to release a sigh
someone asks why?
and the air becomes thick as a dream
and there are no longer pulses it seems
so quiet
no-one heard the screams

so subtly dressed and in single file
the mannequins are all at the height of style
but no work is done
until they know the rules:
play dumb or play cool

and don't you be getting smart
finish up what you start
and then start again

I'm dying

trying to act proper

but that won't quite fulfill this need

I want to do something

right now

before it gets harder

but the lines

they're all moving so fast

I can't read between.

That giant?

he's threatening to keel down

that child looks?

too far to reach

all the mannequins?

they line up and cater to your satisfaction
but you give no reaction
you're still there trying to tell everybody

that

they could be free

but they don't believe

they must be deceived?

they must be deceived.