The Endless Stream Of Everything

by Ben Martin

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Positive, authentic, uplifting, euphoric - that pretty much sums up "The Endless Stream Of Everything", Ben Martin's sixth soloalbum. The melancholy and occasional sadness of his earlier releases is gone and only reverberates in the transitional story of "Melody". There was obviously a lot of fun and joy involved when Ben Martin and his band recorded the twelve songs live in the studio. The energy only added up to what became and outstanding piece of music not only by Martin's own standards.

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released March 22, 2013

Produced by Zebo Adam

Ben Martin - Vocals, Guitars, Horn Arrangements
Daniel Letschka - Drums
Manfred Scheer - Bass
Christoph Richter - Keyboards

Martin Ptak - Trombone
Martin Eberle - Trumpet
Manfred Franzmeier - Baritone Saxophone

Kathrin Winklbauer & Bobby Slivovsky - Backing Vocals on "Shattering Sound"
Cori Liebhardt, Kathrin Winklbauer, Peter Schönbauer, Daniel Letschka, Zebo Adam, Alex Lausch, Bobby Slivovsky, Maurice Ernst & Michael Krammer - Backing Vocals on "Melody"

All songs written by Ben Martin and recorded live at Martin Scheer's studio
Recorded and mixed by Alex 'Fire' Tomann
Mixed at Beat4Feet Studio
Mastered by Martin Scheer

This album was funded by the Austrian Music Fund (ÖMF) and SKE-Fonds

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Ben Martin Sankt Pölten, Austria

I'm here to write, perform and spread music that has its roots in pop with influences from soul, jazz and folk rock. Ever since I discovered the guitar as a means to express my feelings in 1985, I'm constantly refining and clearing the channel through which I receive, digest and send out music. I recorded "The Endless Stream Of Everything" to share my love and songs with you. ... more

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Track Name: Aeroplane Cemetery
There's a big, big house
right next to an aeroplane cemetery
it's got a dark red roof
and a million details to love

but when you step inside
walk past all the lovely interiour
you'll find a small white door
that opens to only a few

hidden under layers of bricks
lies a garden so pure and easy
once you've got the chance of a glimpse
you'll dismiss what you've just had seen before now

near the big, big house
right inside of the aeroplane cemetery
there's a pile of junk
they just started tearing it down

so the sun will shine
through the window right into the garden
and all the flowers in bloom
leave everyone wondering 'bout the inside

hidden under layers of bricks
lies a garden so pure and easy
once you've got the chance of a glimpse
you'll dismiss what you've just had seen before now
Track Name: Snow
No special reason but my heart wants to dance again
it's in the air, it's in the water that falls from the sky
during the night

"The sun is brighter than it used to be" my eyes would say
they tell my hands to take the sheets and pull them over my head
to prolong our night

Our world is bright and shiny
without a single dime
can't loose what's there around me
just need a little time

Some hours late I pull the curtains, I'm turning blind
the greyish-brown look of the backyard changed overnight
covered in white

The shot-like sound when I unlatch the window wakes you up
I really need to catch a noseful of that smell in the air
of the snow oh so bright
Track Name: Cracks
I get the feeling to get out
to ride my bicycle and shout
one day it's joy and one day pain
but I will sure do it again

I feel there's tension down my back
stagnation grabs me by the neck
serves as reminder to my head
but my old agony is dead

Cracks in my belief
slowly mend together
blackened by the grief
clearing every layer

Today it's 21 years old
the weather's hot I got a cold
ran down a meadow turning blind
just couldn't see it with my mind

Always considered to be strong
I always knew that they were wrong
just couldn't see that heart of mind
to let it open took it's time
Track Name: Ten Times A Bad One (Five Times Are Good)
We're back for unified laughter
we're living proof of childish fun
bring back some beautiful laughter
not a smiling face for everyone

some words are certified laughter
just need to twist and turn around
us nerds are certified laughter

ten times a bad one and five times are good

There's a flick in every notion
watch out for the chocolate on the road
no, we don't need any potion
always smiling, ready for a goad

some days it just doesn't happen
but we're not the ones for giving up
some thing we always believe in

ten times a bad one and five times are good
Track Name: Melody
I was walking by the river
I felt the urge to find some rest
I found a rock next to the water
shaped just perfect for my ass

I couldn't stop my thoughts to wander
had some big weight on my chest
had to much energy for sitting
continued walking where I'd left

and then a melody came passing by
the weight was gone just at a glimpse
I couldn't stop to hum this melody
I think it must have been like this

I was hiking up a mountain
felt the snow melt on my hands
I had to carry up some weight then
it was gone just at a glance

As we crossed the shiny forest
I inhaled the frozen air
loved the smell of snow and winter
kept on chatting on our way

and then a melody came passing by
out of the perfect clear blue sky
I couldn't stop to hum this melody
I think it must have been like this
Track Name: Shattering Sound
Clouds bursting in the distance
fill the dead of night with a shattering sound

I can hear you in the distance
getting ready for firing off a new round

Happiness lies in the distance
even though it's here yet it has to be found

Childhood days are in the distance
even growing up doesn't mean you're not bound

See the long and shiny road
squeeze your eyes and look once more
take your time it's here you'll see
there's a parting of the ways

Somewhere quiet in the same house
holding a child inside your heart

See the flowers in the distance
if you look inside you will find them right here

Leave your image in the distance
there's another you in the mirror right here

See the long and shiny road
squeeze your eyes and look once more
take your time it's here you'll see
there's a parting of the ways

Somewhere quiet in the same house
holding a child inside your heart
Track Name: Far More Easy
I got so used to running
where I could have walked
I was not one to listen
instead I just talked

I had to empty myself
wash out all the dirt in my soul

Did you ever say never
while swearing to god

well imagine your life
when there's pain that will not

go away by itself
kiss you every day of the week

I was looking for answers
in places I thought
they would say I had cancer
instead I was tought

I needed clearing myself
vesseling the dirt off my soul

I would have never asked for help
never thought that I was in need to find myself
funny though that this feels like healing to me
life now turns out
far more easy than I'd ever thought

I was so used to running
away from my thoughts
I was simply too scared
to admit that I'm not

always right when I talk

then you forced me to look
myself deep in the eye
I was blinded with rage
while all I needed was cry

but it was stuck in my throat
screaming at the top of my lungs

I would have never asked for help
never thought that I was in need to find myself
funny though that this feels like healing to me
life now turns out
far more easy than I'd ever thought
Track Name: Overwhelmed
I'm a little overwhelmed right now
by the faces that surround me
carrying around a lot of weight
from the places deep inside into their soul

I'm a little overwhelmed right now
see the earth is nearly crying
carrying around a lot of weight
needs some love and trust and most of all:

The endless stream of everything fills up the space between
two trees, a million fleas and one, two, three, four things I've seen
The endless stream of everything fills up the space between
two fish, one crab, five stars and one, two, three, four things I've seen

I am really overwhelmed right now
see the elements are hugging
now it's me who carries all the weight
but it doesn't feel as heavy at all

I am really overwhelmed right now
all the people are transformers
brotherly dividing all the weight
with some love and trust and most of all

The endless stream of everything fills up the space between
two trees, a million fleas and one, two, three, four things I've seen
The endless stream of everything fills up the space between
two fish, one crab, five stars and one, two, three, four things I've seen
Track Name: Ready To Walk
Trains arrive with the usual delays
Battery low only couple of plays
Cold outside but a smile on my face
Don't wanna wait for days

Brand new cars all over the place
Foggy stars up in outta space
Swinging inside and a smile on my face
Ready to walk in an easier pace

Don't want no other lifelong race
Against my own imperfections and disgrace

Dirt in my style and on my shoelace
Should be just fine but that's not always the case
My handwriting tells who I am
It changes from time to time

Train arrives in a different place
Warm goodbyes to a familiar face
Sad inside but a smile on my face
Ready to move into an easier phase

Step outside with a smile on my face
Same old stars from a different place
Warm inside now on all of my days
Finally arrived in my own loving ways

Don't need to lead another race
Embrace my own imperfections and disgrace
Don't need to win another race
Already own imperfections and some grace

Dirt in my style and on my shoelace
Could be just fine but that's not always the case
My handwriting tells who I am
It changes from time to time
Track Name: Heart In A Handshake
What a wonderful way
to tell somebody I love you
it takes a little time
but has a great effect on everyone

It's nothing easy to say
sometimes it's not even obvious
the true emotions may hide
behind a joke or a smile or an insult

I would like to know how to say how I feel
but my fear is too big now
I want you to know what it means when I lay my
heart in a handshake

What a difficult way
to open up for emotions
to fight the shades of your pride
and step into the light for everyone

it's not easy to stay
maintain a livelong relation
it's an everyday warfare
against the constant noise inside your head

I would like to know how to say how I feel
but my fear is too big now
I want you to know what it means when I lay my
heart in a handshake
Track Name: Hugging And Kissing (The World)
You set the threshold for my ego
when my input gain is over the top
you function as my friction surface
when my energy is not where we are
right now
in full power

Sometimes I feel like our limiter
is set to minus 4db
is it the fear of disappointment
are we even scared to make it one day
for real
in full power

But don't you think
it might be possible
to reach a point that goes
beyond our dreams

But don't you know
it's only possible
to make it louder
when you cut off the lows

I feel, I listen closely to the noise
between the lines
I feel like I'm all hugging and kissing
the world

I feel, I listen closely to the words
between the lines
I feel like I'm all hugging and kissing
you


You are my LA2A helping me
compress my wide dynamics a bit
you function as my phase correction
when my will and notion run out of sync
once more
now I'm in power

But don't you think ...

I feel ...
Track Name: Recall
I lay my feet up high in front of my television
I'll have a drink or two and meet some friends
I walk my parents dogs and go to an exhibition
do what I can that I'm not too stressed out

Play my guitar for all those hours inside my head
I'll write a song once every other week
The very moment I am sitting to write these lines
I'm in no hurry since my dreams last night

I know there was this thing I should not forget
I just can't recall
I wake up from the noise of my rushing head
I can't remember at all

Even though I'm buzzing I decide not to rush myself
I don't want to give in to my fearful thoughts
I lay my feet up hight in bed with my television
I'll watch some DVDs and get up late

I finally got myself to face what I thought I'd need
this one thing done and I'd be free at last
but all the mistery cleared up sooner than I expected
all you had to do was ask for saturday night

I knew there was this thing I had all forgotten
I just couldn't recall
I must have been too scared that I had to admit it
I remembered it all