Midnight Rain

by R.T.

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Midnight Rain is R.T.’s debut album.

Genesis: Adam here. I had a bad breakup. Like a really bad, 9 1/2 year breakup. So I read one of those stupid self-help books (that was actually quite amazing) and it said I needed to see the positive side of me; to treat myself right.

So I started Monday date night with myself. It sounds terribly corny, but I would ride my bike downtown, go ice skating at Millennium Park, get some bad fast food and then go spend an hour in the piano practice room at the Harold Washington branch of the Chicago Public Library.

It was glorious. I would spend the first 20/30 minutes dicking around, trying things out. I would record everything on my phone and hope it was good enough to remember or come back to the next week. Then I would spend the rest of my hour playing through the songs I liked. A few stuck. I didn’t have dick for lyrics, but I liked the melodies. That’s always been most important to me anyways.

Every piano song on the album came out of my time at the library. Sometimes I would have to wait for a room. Those were my favorite nights. The practice room is right next to the magazine photo archives, alphabetical by subject.

So many good subjects! I doubt anyone has looked at those things in years.

Everyone else in the practice rooms was so good. And hardly anyone was playing their own music: lots of affirmed genius going down. I always wondered if I was annoying the other rooms when I played/sang. So I used to sing quietly. Except one night I was really feeling it. No one was around me. I was going to town, as they say. I got done, trance-like as always, and as I grabbed my stuff and left that hundred degree little room, this quite fashionable guy stops me and says with such gusto, “Man: you got some rhythm!”

I almost hugged him! I never wanted to go back: it felt like it would all be downhill from there.

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released December 9, 2014

R.T.
Adam Gramling - Piano, guitar, vocals
Joshua Sauvageau - String bass, vocals

Recorded at Downbeat Studio
Engineered/mixed/mastered by Michael Govaere
Vocals/screams by Crystal Lynn Massa

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R.T. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago indie folk. Catchy melodies with dark overtones.

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Track Name: Dancing In The Fog
Everybody’s searching
Feeling out of touch
Reaching out for one thing they love so much
I have been no different
A man without a cause
There’s always someone dancing out in the fog

As I fall as I knew I would
I’ll tear it down in your room
As I fall doing what I could
I’ll tear it down in your room

Everybody’s searching
Feeling out of touch
There’s always someone dancing out in the fog

As I fall as I knew I would
I’ll tear it down in your room
As I fall doing what I could
I’ll tear it down in your room
As I fall as I knew I would
I’ll tear it down in your room

[bridge]

As I fall as I knew I would
I’ll tear it down in your room
As I fall doing what I could
I’ll tear it down in your room
As I fall as I knew I would
I’ll tear it down in your room

[bridge]
Track Name: I Was So Fond
I was so fond
Of falling in love
That I didn’t care who it was
They’d say hello
I’d say enough

Is it funny?
Is it falling down on me?
It’s so funny

I was so fond
Of falling in love
That I didn’t care who it was
They’d say hello
I’d say enough
What are you doing for the next 30 years?

Is it funny?
Is it falling down on me?
It’s so funny
Track Name: Midnight Rain
There’s a time to laugh and a time to cry
A time to fall and a time to get by
If with every breath I can savor life
Then these lonely, lonely days will day

I called every friend that I ever got
I called every favor I took every gross shot
I don’t have love but I got a lot
Like these lonely, lonely days of rot

Tears never fall in the midnight rain
Daring it all with the love I gave
Watching you call someone else by name
Our love fades away

There’s a time to laugh and a time to cry
A time to fall and a time to get by
If with every breath I can savor life
Then these lonely, lonely days will day

Tears never fall in the midnight rain
Daring it all with the love I gave
Watching you call someone else by name
Our love fades away
Track Name: Wake Up
Well I had a woman
She was my life
Then she left me to be with Christ
She was the sweetest, kindest soul to ever walk on this Earth

Now she’s left me all alone
Terrified down to my bones
I need to see her I need to know
Telling me to wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up

I should have known
Everyone told me
You’d never, you’d never
Leave well enough alone

God has a plan
God has a vengeance
You’ll never, you’ll never
Leave well enough alone
Track Name: Oh, Love
Oh love
I want to see you all day
I want to see you nightly
I want to see you when I’m dreaming

Oh love
I’ve never been so happy
I think you are so lovely
I never knew that life could be this good

I want to love you forever

Oh love
I want to see you all day
I want to see you nightly
I want to see you when I’m dreaming

Oh love
I’ve never been so happy
I think you are so lovely
I never knew that life could be this good

I want to love you forever
Track Name: All These Feelings
Yes well I can see you’re lonely
I can see it oh so well
I can only love you so much
Before my heart begins to swell

Yes well I can see you’re lonely
I can see it oh so clear
I can only love you so much
Just as much as you can bear

[Adam – chorus]
It’s time that I go, it’s time for I don’t know
It’s time to tell you how I’m feeling
It’s time that I go, it’s time for I don’t know
It’s time to tell you what’s in my heart

[Josh – chorus]
I get overwhelmed by all these feelings tearing up my heart

Yes well I can see you’re lonely
I can see it oh so clear
I can only love you so much
Just as much as you can bear

I get overwhelmed by all these feelings tearing up my heart
Track Name: Everyone Needs Love
It’s the love I want to find
Think about you all the time
But I don’t sing about it
And the miles I’d drive
Everyone needs love

Tell them the story
Of taking out my heart
Tell them the story
But don’t leave out the best parts

Tell them the story
Of taking all my songs
Tell them the story
But don’t leave out the best parts

It’s the love I want to find
Think about you all the time
But I don’t sing about it
And the miles I’d drive
Everyone needs love

Tell them the story
Of taking out my soul
Tell them the story
But don’t leave out the best parts

Tell them the story
Of taking out my songs
Tell them the story
But don’t leave out the best parts

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