A Perfect Day In The Golden Age

by Jonathan Ray Case

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My first solo release ever. Written and recorded March-July 2015, fresh back to LA from Austin. The broad strokes: Themes of LOVE and place... specifically Kristen and Echo Park/Silverlake in Los Angeles.

Came up with 10 song titles off the top of my head, scribbled them down and then composed the songs to those titles/ideas. Five songs for day and five for night... the perfect day... me and my girl... highly fashionable/slightly buzzed. Trolling Sunset in the shadows of Downtown LA and Dodger Stadium, the 101 forever whirring through our dreams. Hardcore hedonism. Epicurean to the bone. Freeway rosemary. Tacos out of a garage. Dancing at Dub Club. A pint or two at Little Joy...

Pining per usual for the White Horse Saloon back in ATX however, I start out writing "Hank Williams" songs per my Dad's advice convinced that my truest vibe is "Traditional Country." But I keep catching myself feebly impersonating Bowie in the shower. Why do I default to some quasi-cockney crooner in my private moments? Surely I shant make what's private public? But now I'm fashioning a new-wavy record and wondering what a joyful Joy Division would sound like. Is that real? Is that me? Who the hell am I? I'll never know. Forgive me if it doesn't sound "authentic." But you don't know me. I... don't know me. Still trying to find my voice. I figure I better actually release something even if I haven't found it yet. I'm almost too old to be a pop star. :)

So I mosey on down to the Edendale library over by Taix and now I've got my nose buried in Morrissey's autobiography. He has a thing for LA. How would Moz say it? And then some darker, baroque moments emerge unexpectedly but not surprisingly. I dedicate this album to Kristen's cat, Bismarck, who just up and died the day after I finished writing the last song. K was in the tarot and pulled two Death cards. What was that all about? Oh. Okay. But Biz was right by my side from the very first note to the last and that was truly an honor. Miss you, Wizard.

This'll be our document for that magical time when we relaxed into a new relationship, basking in the glow of an old flame lit long ago. When we learned how to share a bathroom, and we learned how to give each other space when there was none, and when we learned how to grieve together and let go of our strange little parkour monkey reptile we loved so much. When Sunday was the only day and it always glowed bright orange. We loved LA. It loved us back. LA is sexy, man. It just is. It's all here anytime you want it. So many dinners we cooked. So many bottles of wine we drank. So much love we made. On a Sunday. It was the perfect day. It was the golden age. Maybe it still is.

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released October 23, 2015

Written, performed and produced by Jonathan Ray Case
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Track Name: Wake Up Next To You
i can’t help it i love you
it’s so much a pleasure to wake up next to you
to wake up next to you
i can’t help it i love you
it’s so much a pleasure to wake up next to you
to wake up next to you

oh hell down below you
a halo above you
what am i gonna do with you?

hell down below you
a halo above you
what am i gonna do with you?

i can’t help it i love you
it’s oh such a pleasure to wake up next to you
to wake up next to you
i can’t help it i love you
and i love it when you do
that voodoo that you do
that voodoo that you do so well

hell down below you
the heavens above you
what am i gonna do with you?

oh hell down below you
heaven above you
the things i’m gonna do to you

wanna wake up next to you
wanna wake up next to you
wanna wake up next to you
Track Name: Let's Take A Walk Through Echo Park
hey!

put your shoes on put your shades on

let’s take a walk through echo park
down by the lake and over yonder
let’s seize the day by the scruff of the neck
let’s go outside and feel the sunshine

let’s declare war on this hell hangover
let’s stake a claim at the brite spot
let’s put the hurt on 100 cups of coffee maybe more
we walk a thin line my dear a very thin line

we’ll make our way up that hill
we’ll get a second wind i know we will
we’ll have our day in the sun
yeah you and me we’re gonna have our fun

must have a drink to get back in this game
let’s grab a pint at the short stop
and i will cheer for the dodgers even if you don’t care
‘cause i’m true blue what about you

we’ll make our way to the bar ‘cause that’s just who we are
no we’re not quitters baby
we’ll have our day in the sun
yeah you and me are gonna have some fun

la historia de un hombre y una mujer en el amor
la ciudad de los ångeles como telón de fondo
intrepid, a la moda, un poco zumbado
dibuja las cortinas por favor.

hey!

put your shoes on put your shades on

we’ll have our day in the sun
we’re gonna have some fun

let’s go outside
let’s take a walk baby
Track Name: Sunset Vibe
got the sunset vibe aw yeah aw yeah

what a beautiful day what a beautiful girl
what a beautiful life what a beautiful world
i say it all the time but i’ll say it again
must be on to something

what a way to live what a way to die
what is what and why oh why am i
on the very same page with this beautiful lie?
could give a fuck i got the sunset vibe

got the sunset vibe oh why oh why
it’s good to be alive but we got to stay high

see it all in my dreams see it all in the sky
see a purple haze i see the satellite
i see the reservoir i see a guiding light
just my luck i got the sunset vibe

see it all in my dreams see it all in the sky
see a purple haze i see the satellite
i see the reservoir i see a guiding light
just my luck i got the sunset vibe

see it all in my dreams see it all in the sky
see a purple haze and i wonder why
reservoir guiding light
i see eternal life

i want it all and i want it all tonight

k: hip-hop class/robot intensive
energy level through the roof/superpositive

see it all in my dreams see it all in the sky
see a purple haze and i wonder why
i see a new moon phase in the reservoir
and i want it all

got the sunset vibe aw yeah aw yeah
it’s good to be alive aw yeah aw yeah

must be onto something

purple haze guiding light reservoir
could give a fuck i got the sunset vibe
Track Name: Who Invented The Rosé Bath?
glide away on an ocean of rosé
that’s the game we play on a sunday
you and i are wild inside and it’s a point of pride
it’s our time to fly we’re on the runway

so wave goodbye to pain and strife
embrace the rose-coloured life there’s only one way
draw that water hot and we will hit the spot
on our own private beach a bottle just within reach

no i don’t mind the rain as long as there’s champagne
but it’s always sunny in LA
and i’m a fool for your love
so let’s just slip into the tub and drift away

on a sunday

yeah who said life has to be mean babe
that’s never been our thing
'cause we’re living in a daydream
and who has the time to be bothered
punching clocks in the eye? no, not i

and whoever said that crime doesn’t pay
was just afraid to play the game
but it all goes down the drain in the end anyway
so give me something on the dry side
while we get wet and ride the waterslide away

on a sunday X4

whoever said that crime doesn’t pay?
who said life has to be mean?
Track Name: Bring The Car Around
she can’t love me enough oh no
sunset sundown bring the car around
it’s time for us to go
sunset sundown sundown

she can’t love me enough oh no
sunset sundown bring the car around
it’s time for us to go
sunset sundown sundown

i can’t get enough of you
i know you know this much is true
why do i do the things i do when the sun goes down
barking howling at the moon
kicking doors in the saloon
romantic as the flowers blooming
lunacy i’m sure

nowhere to run nowhere to hide
slip goes the sun sunset down the slide
you and me smiling like a country mile wide
on a sunset sundown sunday kind of ride

so many dreams so little time
rock’n’roll soul swing jungle on the vine
range rover rollin on a mission to mars
check please yes
bring the car around

i can’t get enough of you
i know you know this much is true
why do i do the things i do when the sun goes down
rock’n’roll and jungle vibes
a little disco on the side
i know you wanna ride so let’s ride

so many things come to mind
under the sun we could have a good time
over the moon make love drink wine
sunset boulevard it’s not too far

so many dreams so little time
rock’n’roll soul swing jungle on the vine
range rover rollin on a mission to mars
check please yes
bring the car around

she can’t love me enough oh no
sunset sundown bring the car around
it’s time for us to go
sunset sundown sundown

she can’t love me enough oh no
sunset sundown bring the car around
it’s time for us to go
sunset sundown sundown

any number of things come to mind
under the sun we could have a good time
over the moon make love drink wine
sunset boulevard you’re a star i’m a star

so many dreams so little time
rock’n’roll soul swing jungle on the vine
range rover rollin on a mission to mars
check please yes
bring the car around

on a mission to mars
rollin on a mission to mars
check please yes
Track Name: You Must Remember This
it’s such a wonderful thing to let yourself fall in love
cascading like waterfalls tumbling touch after touch
how much is too much when i just can’t touch you enough?
how much is enough?
oh my darling it’s never enough

but…

you must remember this
it all started with a kiss
and now we’re making something like history
you and me

oh it’s such a beautiful thing to find your place in the sun
where you’ve nothing to prove and no more races to run
yeah we stay under cover and out from under the gun
yeah we play like cats in the jungle just rumblin’ for fun

but…

you must remember this
it all started with a kiss
and now we’re tasting something like victory
you and me

ain’t it lovely when the pieces fit
surely this is something we’ll never forget

aw you must remember this
it all started with a kiss
and now we’re making something like history
you and me

you must remember this
it all started with a kiss
and now we’re tasting something like victory
you and me
Track Name: Epicures
oh butterfly of pleasure come and light
in our home tonight as we take of the tree of life
all told through the archetype
all held in second sight
two sphinxes draw our chariot tonight

all the lovers under moonlight let’s shine
hail the mother pop the bottle pour the wine
this is the time of our lives

all the earth all the air all the water all the fire
it is with you that we conspire
let’s make love tonight

under the moonlight

oh butterfly of pleasure come and light
in our home tonight as we take of the tree of life

tonight we eat and drink for tomorrow...

all told through the archetype
all held in second sight
two sphinxes draw our chariot tonight my love

all the lovers under moonlight let’s shine
all the lovers under moonlight let’s shine
all the lovers under moonlight let’s shine
Track Name: Bottles & Corks
time told in bottles of wine
how old are we?
let’s wait and see

mindfulness our singular task
yes all things must pass
but we’ll try to hold these

knives and forks bottles and corks
smile and laugh let’s raise a glass
to these moments that we share
to our friends to our families to this fare
here’s to our love and all of thee above

sweet nectar drips from the stem to your lips
and i watch you fall under its spell
flames from the fire fill your eyes with desire
and i know there’s a secret that your tongue aspires to tell

course by course straight from the source
smile and laugh let’s raise a glass
to these moments that we share
to our friends to our families to this fare
here’s to our love and all of thee above

to these moments that we share
to our friends to our families to this fare
here’s to our love and all of thee above
Track Name: Dance With Me
yeah we made off like bandits in the middle of the night
and the cops couldn’t find us and we felt so right like
the king and queen of the world
just a boy and a girl

yeah we ran like rabbits up into the hills
hid out for a night and then we stole some wheels
and drove west to venice beach
just a step out of reach

and when you hold my hand want you to understand
you’ve got to understand that i will never let you go

dance with me move with my body tonight
let’s make memories under the moonlight
baby dance with me look into my eyes
feel our energy come alive

yeah they caught us red-handed in the middle of the day
and we heard those sirens wailing on the way
to the scene of the crime
we just ran out of time

but baby hold my hand and understand
you’ve got to understand that i will never let you go

dance with me ooh one more time
no they’ll never take us alive

yeah we lived for love
and we died by the gun
but we sure had our fun

darling dance with me in the afterlife
long live our memory under the moonlight

c’mon dance with me no our love could never die
i feel our energy come alive

tonight
Track Name: #wsabf
we should always be
we should always be falling
we should always be
we should always be falling in love

(baby we're so dangerous)