“another day in paradox”…. released 6/18

This week, “Another Day in Paradox,” was released on June 18th, almost a year to the day that I began recording what I thought was going to be a 4-song EP. It evolved into something considerably more ambitious.

In contrast to “In 4 the Evening,” which was about the simple joys of staying home (with your honey), not having to go out anywhere, and establishing a consistent ‘evening’ mood throughout, “Another Day…” is kind of all over the map, literally, both geographically and musically. Back out into the fray, into the world again…

Basically “Another Day’s” themes come down to an East/West thing… Yin/Yang, maintaining balance… It’s part travelogue and partly autobiographical – 13 indie/ether rock instrumental “meditations” on everyday life and life in the American West. Less ambient, more uptempo pop/rock than its predecessors, but still spacy with plenty of surf guitar twang and electronica. Much of it is about following the path of a more-or-less inwardly-directed life while living and trying to make a living in a relentlessly outwardly-based culture and society – Eastern practice in a Western world.

It’s also about the migration from east to west personally, having been born on the East Coast, then growing up in Texas and having spent the majority of my life here as a Westerner. There have been many stretches of empty road with sky… with a few breakdowns along the way (“Stranded in San Jon”).

Presented here are the remaining 3 songs from the album that I haven’t put up already in this blog. The first 2 are available as free downloads through the month of June from the Nights on Venus page on ReverbNation along with “Agave Blues.”

(© 2012 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

El Farol on Canyon Rd.... Excellent restaurant with a tapas menu (all of the food delicious), and the oldest operating bar in Santa Fe - the building dates back to 1835. Live music here on most nights and occasionally, flamenco dancing.....
El Farol on Canyon Rd. in Santa Fe…. Excellent place to chill on the patio at sunset – the building dates back to 1835. Live music here on most nights and occasionally, flamenco dancing…..

Along with “Between Two Worlds,” probably my favorite song off the album. More jazz than before, more Latin percussion… new territory in a familiar place. Just hangin’ out in Santa Fe… where I used to live from 1984 – ’86.

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (High Altitude Mix)
(© 2012 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

There’s lots of organ on this album and probably most prominently here. This song only came together fully about a week before it went to mastering. If it sounds “church-y,” well yeah, that’s no accident since my primary influence was church organ music (from my dad) and since I was there so much – lifelong friends know this is true – well, I kind of absorbed it. Rather than downplaying that influence as I’ve done for years, this may be the first song where I truly embraced it, although I was going for more of a Jimmy Greenspoon/Three Dog Night organ sound on this.

THE WEST, 2097
(© 2012 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

The 8-minute mini-epic of ‘The West,’ recorded around the time of the wildfires and the Aurora theater shooting here in the summer of 2012… and pondering what things will be like in the not completely far-off future…


Currently I’m taking a short break and getting caught up on a few things, though working on very simple videos (.wmv Flash files)  for a couple of songs, “Vanishing America” being one of them. Next time on the blog, Erin and I will be up in Aspen for a few days taking a mini-vacation…

In the meantime, happy listening! and go catch the Super Moon (in Capricorn) tonight!


"Another Day in Paradox" - 2013
“Another Day in Paradox” – 2013

Another Day in Paradox,” the third and new album from Nights on Venus has just been released and is available on CD and as digital download (MP3) on CDBabyiTunesBandcamp, Amazon, eMusic, and other fine online retailers including the NoV website.

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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