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released November 26, 2019

Normal Credits

Jon Gagan, John Kurzweg, Jono Manson, Paul Pearcy, Kevin Zoernig, and I convened for three consecutive days in August, 2019 at The Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe, NM. We arranged, rehearsed, and recorded these twelve songs then.

Jon Gagan - upright and electric bass

John Kurzweg - electric guitar

Jono Manson -electric guitar; backing vocals

Paul Pearcy - drums

Kito Peters - lead vocals; acoustic guitar

Kevin Zoernig - keyboards



Songs by Kito Peters

Arranged by Jon Gagan, John Kurzweg, Jono Manson, Paul Pearcy, Kito Peters, and Kevin Zoernig

Recorded and mixed by Jono Manson at The Kitchen Sink, Santa Fe, NM

Produced by Jono Manson and Kito Peters

Mastered by John Kurzweg at The Studio On The Hill, Santa Fe, NM

Packaging design by Willy Magee Studio, www.mageestudio.com

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Kito Peters Santa Fe, New Mexico

Kito Peters has released (like doves!) quite a few CDs, has received a number of awards (including twice winning Best CD Of The Year from the New Mexico Music Awards), and has garnered his share of esoteric radio airplay. He is a big fan of Harry Bosch, Al Kaline, and Laura Nyro. ... more

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Track Name: Normal
Normal

i’m no good at normal
once the pen falls from my hand
hamstrung by the shrapnel
so far from what i planned

i’m no good at normal
best somewhere in between
pulled to look beyond this life
down holes that might have been

it was never easy
the games they seem to play
i create another world
that saves me every day

i’m no good at normal
so much seems sad and cruel
i don’t sew or golf or trek
but words can bring renewal

i’m no good at normal
i camp beyond the town
waiting in the desert calm
for winds to blow us down

chorus

i’m no good at normal
i envy those who are
then i trap another bolt
more lightning in a jar

it was never easy
the games they seem to play
i create another world
that saves me every day
Track Name: Drama
Drama

she left town against my wishes
spoke of plans to see the world
i said love will last forever
then today i finally heard

we were not by then a couple
crazy girl went off alone
still i knew we’d be together
til her friend called on the phone

she was shocked when i spoke marriage
we’re so far from that she said
i’m exhausted from the drama
i’m half afraid i’ll wind up dead

no one really knows what happened
seems they found her in her room
she had just arrived in lisbon
now they’re going to fly her home

i’d been sending lovesick emails
she’d not answered for a while
and perhaps i’d made her frightened
now we’ll never reconcile

chorus

stress was never easy on her
one time she just passed out
i was mad she wouldn’t tell me
what in truth this trip’s about

i stopped by to see her mother
seems no one would buzz me in
then i walked down by the river
where the shaking could begin

she was shocked when i spoke marriage
we’re so far from that she said
i’m exhausted from the drama
i’m half afraid i’ll wind up dead
Track Name: Flying Shoes
Flying Shoes

god gushed forth like foals in spring
and i felt raw to everything
the candle flickered in the night
out beyond what’s wrong and right

blowing past the brides of prey
those dollar garlands on display
a mystery sickness digging in
soon the endgame could begin

blue sky good news
you put on your flying shoes 2X

you went dancing until dawn
the pulse and beat still carry on
behind the joy and fear and rage
a lion chews his paper cage

the bombs fell south like sudden rain
then you could feel your heart again
all logic scattered in the rush
bass drums beating through the bush

blue sky good news
you put on your flying shoes 2X

i have vows that i won’t break
and furtive pilgrims to awake
the movie skittered off the reel
so much past you’ll never feel

but you’ll remember when it’s done
that one day we blessed everyone
the cyclone and the ferris wheel
a creaking pause then down we squeal

blue sky good news
you put on your flying shoes 2X
Track Name: Pajama Boys
Pajama Boys

she was not the kind of mom
who made much sacrifice
what she wanted mattered most
no mandate to play nice

she seemed an enigma
who really knew her well
she grew up on secrets
so much she’d never tell

sorrow the quintessence
so many chances missed
ballroom gown and perfume
pajama boys she kissed

big exec potential
she chafed inside her role
longing for a wider swath
some stage effect her goal

since they grew inside her
no doubt she loved her boys
certainly she loved her dogs
her clever borgia ploys

chorus

you feel the tectonic shift
an absence so deep down
caverns buck and rumble
the shimmer from the ground

sorrow the quintessence
so many chances missed
ballroom gown and perfume
pajama boys she kissed
Track Name: Chosen
Chosen

i think that you think you know
the answers to it all
you will zoom so high above
and never have to fall

once i thought i had it made
and sensed my path was clear
soon i’d flap those endless wings
no obstacles to fear

god had clearly chosen
i rose up through the crack
born to full ascension
then sprawling on my back

wannabes grow cocky
until they crash to earth
many must be broken down
before a second birth

surely no one wants that
the psychic cost too great
fantasy exposed at last
the wrecking ball of fate

chorus

but if we should recover
a new voice in control
now the ego backs away
in service to the soul

god had clearly chosen
i rose up through the crack
born to full ascension
then sprawling on my back
Track Name: And Still There's More Goodbyes
And Still There’s More Goodbyes

yet another leaves here
not really a surprise
each one takes a piece of us
and still there’s more goodbyes

we can seem accustomed
yet fight the tearful eyes
endless souls departing
and still there’s more goodbyes

is it best to feel the pain
or best not feel at all
everyone leaves everyone
to heed some other call

some seek greener pastures
and some with new wings rise
we can’t grasp the flood of change
and still there’s more goodbyes

we form our attachments
though we know it’s unwise
you sit tall and meditate
and still there’s more goodbyes

chorus

we can’t force them present
of course we recognize
still it seems like we’ve been left
and still there’s more goodbyes

is it best to feel the pain
or best not feel at all
everyone leaves everyone
to heed some other call
Track Name: Justified
Justified

he had done the smart thing
so what debt should he pay
he adored his son and heir
those bad scores in the way

so he spent six figures
no incidental drop
all the best folks rolled like that
their kids must stay on top

he thinks he was justified
they’ll need a forceful nudge
he’ll say all the right stuff
and try to grease the judge

when the fbi burst in
guns drawn at 4 am
he was stunned and angry
why would they pick on him

now they’re talking jail time
and his good name’s all gone
he claims they want scapegoats
he’s just a wealthy pawn

chorus

he can’t quite believe it
an outrage and a sham
they let slide real criminals
can’t they see who i am

he drinks with the winners
he’s big and tan and white
they see their world slipping down
and now it’s time to fight

he thinks he was justified
they’ll need a forceful nudge
he’ll say all the right stuff
and try to grease the judge
Track Name: Courtesy Call
Courtesy Call

i thought it was my doctor
when death called on the cell
hey don’t soil your undies pop
i know you think you’re well

i just called to warn you
that your time’s getting short
best you take advantage
the ball’s now in your court

courtesy call from across the styx
we’re going to cut you right out of the mix
so you’d better line up your ducks in a row
i just thought maybe you might want to know

how’d you get this number
and maybe i’m not he
death laughed hard until he coughed
now don’t play games with me

i provide this service
my reputation’s fine
i don’t want some harsh review
to spoil my score online

chorus

i could not believe it
had this been even real
and what was his true motive
and might he make a deal

courtesy call from across the styx
we’re going to cut you right out of the mix
so you’d better line up your ducks in a row
i just thought maybe you might want to know
Track Name: The Blitz
The Blitz

there is no way out of here
i’d heard that said before
not like you could fly away
or simply close the door

drugs or booze can do it
there’s suicide i guess
living in a blaze of songs
you try to blot the mess

still the bad guys cometh
and hatred draws its gun
such an endless blood lust
the blitz again begun

i went down to see them
the armbands and old lies
people seek a reason
and pray slim conscience dies

tired of the tension
that logic can require
worn out by the moral noose
just longing for the fire

chorus

we came to this new world
which soon looked like the old
killing off the natives
blocks where slaves got sold

i had hoped to vanish
before the ramparts fell
now i feel the earthquakes
and watch the shadow swell

still the bad guys cometh
and hatred draws its gun
such an endless blood lust
the blitz again begun
Track Name: Exempt
Exempt

i was waiting for the hammer
each of us seemed like a nail
still i felt it couldn’t catch me
how could this privilege fail

nothing bad could ever happen
to the scions of the lords
we would just debate the issues
not for us those waterboards

like a fool who loves illusion
spinning in some fantasy
all the dangers i’m aware of
no way they would impact me

every day i read the latest
seems like we might all go down
but surely god will keep his eye out
i would never burn or drown

it’s a kind of expectation
somehow i will always float
it’s a kind of psychic castle
still protected by what moat

chorus

now i see the darkness coming
i still feel like i’m exempt
but you should never doubt the demons
or the gods of future tempt

like a fool who loves illusion
spinning in some fantasy
all the dangers i’m aware of
no way they would impact me
Track Name: Bite Marks
Bite Marks

i live in a love song
and i’ll ward off the stake
i’ll make sure you rest all day
until your fangs awake

i’ll buy you a coffin
no basic one will do
we’ll go for the crypt deluxe
a royal bed for you

i don’t know what happened
how did i come to care
now i treasure bite marks
i want them everywhere

i’ll bring you new victims
so you can gulp fresh blood
someday maybe you will see
til then i’m just your bud

of course i will protect you
no crosses will get near
and you will never glimpse the sun
i’d die to keep you here

chorus

you are such a beauty
though maintenance is high
thrilled to know if i screw up
my scream the last goodbye

i don’t know what happened
how did i come to care
now i treasure bite marks
i want them everywhere
Track Name: Memoirs
Memoirs

i wrote down my memoirs
and some were even true
but since my mind has shattered
invention saw me through

the world sped on without me
i waved and turned away
there was little left to shout
no ears for what i’d say

what did you find at the end of the line
flowers and trinkets and beads
what was the flashing that drew your eyes down
that mirror caught cracked in the weeds

had it all been fruitless
my fool pursuits in vain
did each life look just like this
before the final drain

concrete world too present
my visions like a mist
too many blows the coward heart
too many times the fist

chorus

i had packed a sandwich
i ate it in the wood
how the soft light beckoned
i felt i understood

what did you find at the end of the line
flowers and trinkets and beads
what was the flashing that drew your eyes down
that mirror caught cracked in the weeds

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