Live at the Maybeck

by Qualia

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released February 17, 2015

piano/lead vocal: Alison Niedbalski

vocal arrangements by the Qualia Choir:
Aoife Davis
Bryn Lux
Andrea De La Rosa

recorded by: Greg Maximov
cover art by: Nicole Valerie Schach

special thanks to Jack Eastman and the Maybeck Studio for sharing their amazing piano and gorgeous space with us

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Qualia Oakland, California

Born in Alabama
Raised in the dirty South (Bend)
Came of age in Chicago
Found heart in San Francisco
& home in Oakland

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Track Name: the centre song
The middle of the road
Is the hardest to uphold
The well worn paths outside of me
Tend to present only the extreme
Spoken so loudly you can hardly
Make out what they mean

The middle way is doomed due to lack of volume

When the messengers shrink
For long enough to breathe
Inhale deep and start to think
To choose a path rather than
Be towed, a load behind
their “guiding” light

Too often the pull is strong
And we go along, let others
Stake the course of history
The lights so bright that we can’t see
Another option? What kind of potion
Are you drinking?

The middle way is doomed due to lack of volume

There is no way but thinking
The path of the middle ground
Sees the whole of its surroundings
This leads to perspective
Unfortunately, once rejected
The outside will continue to spew

Their vulgar positions
Will envelop you
As their voices swell your thoughts dwell
In silence amidst the screams
To continue to exist
Clear the head daily for sustenance

The middle way is doomed due to lack of volume

Unless...

The voices grow so proud
The talking heads can’t hold their ground
Their ears will ring when the Outside’s cry is gone

Stillness, silence, it won’t be long
Before we hear the center song
Track Name: blues before bedtime (7 days)
7 days til I see your face
7 days til I'm in your place
7 days til I know if we're friends or if I should prepare to be lonely

You said the other day I made you happy
Just to think of me made your day
Though I felt the same, couldn't push from my mouth any meaningful words about you

Been sayin for years I don't need your kind
One way track to tears and I don't like crying
Now tears have been shed and I don't understand why I can't forget you

Think you're what I need, that you're everything
That I need, what does that mean? I'll know in...

...7 days will you take what's yours
7 days till I receive the cure
Until then, every note that I pen, every thought that I send will be about you

7 days, then we'll see, 7 days, won't we?
7 days, then we'll see, won't we?
Track Name: needs (redistributed)
It's all desire It's all desire It's all desire Led you to me

Then you found out, you could talk to me
Threw a wrench in your plans, So it seems

You couldn't stand To fuck a woman
With mental capabilities She just might see The truth of me

Not that you wouldn't mind, having a good time
Desire remains, even though I brought you pain

It's just that when the morning comes, You'll feel the need, explanation
Respect leads to obligation

It's all desire It's all desire It's all desire So you left me

To spend the night alone while you went home with
Some little wench you could screw without the stench of responsibility
It's haunting now your memory

Nothing to respect, Just in, Then out, But yet
You didn't know I would've gone, Done the deed you wanted done

It's all desire It's all desire It's all desire Let you do me
Track Name: conference hotel
I remember you well in the conference hotel
You were talking ‘bout Ernie and me
Giving me head on the unmade bed
As the lines disappeared from our suite

I remember that first morning of the nights of no sleep
As we sat on the bench,
smoked last cigarettes
You said “it’s fair to confess I wasn’t your best,
But please, let me repeat”

Right from the start, you never asked for my heart
Just if you had permission to flirt
you claim to avoid ambiguous ploys
But I never once heard you say

I need you, I don’t need you
I need you, I don’t need you
And all of that jiving around

I remember you well in the conference hotel
I thought I was just getting even
With some other boy I loved as more than a toy
who went up and crazy, no reason

As I walk towards the plane, repeating your name
I can still feel your lips on my mouth
I remember you well in the conference hotel
And now I don’t think that I’ll live without

I need you, I don’t need you
I need you, I don’t need you
And all of that jiving around

I remember you well in the conference hotel
You were talking ‘bout Ernie and me
Giving me head on the unmade bed
As the lines disappeared from our suite