Fate Rumbled (with bonus videos and lyrics)

by Dave Howard

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The current socio-political climate in the U.S. and the madcap adventures of the Tweeter-in-Chief will certainly be documented in books and blogs for years to come. But can an independent singer-songwriter deliver a potent and captivating concept album that puts it in the artist’s perspective? If you’re Dave Howard, the answer is “Yes, it’s ready.”
“Fate Rumbled” is the latest recording by San Diego singer-songwriter Dave Howard who describes the album as a “song cycle that exposes an emperor with no clothes” The song ideas and lyrics were developed and written during the 2016 presidential campaign in the months leading up to the election. “I was on a flight to Honolulu just freewriting. These were my observations and reactions” Howard says, “to what was happening, what was incubating, what was deteriorating. I was riveted by the craziness that overtook the press, the candidates and the electorate. It was like seeing a wreck on the highway and being unable to look away.” Without naming any names, Howard vents his frustration and shares his lens on the personalities and behaviors that are unique to the new “normal” And while Howard has been typecast over the years as a balladeer of love songs, Fate Rumbled shows off this veteran songsmith’s diverse musical palette, sharp lyrical edge as well as his studio chops at the controls.
This time he’s playing all the instruments, singing all the vocals, producing and recording. “For the last year I had these lyrics but no music.” he says. “I was getting all twisted up in my straight corporate gig. I was so stressed out that I got physically ill. I went on a leave of absence and ultimately resigned and I had time to actually pick up my guitar and doodle on the keyboard. I started recording some tunes that were in my bag from the last few years. As soon as I did that, the music for the songs on Fate Rumbled just poured out. One by one I would write music, record parts as they came to me, then move on to the next song. As I went on, the album concept started to emerge. Things moved really fast.” Howard wrote and recorded all the tracks during the month of June, 2017 and finished mixing at the end of July. His wife Terri watched him go out to his garage studio and disappear for a few hours then come back in and say “Check this out!” Howard recalls, “She had never seen me work like that in the studio before. She was surprised at the pace of my process.”
The album is comprised of nine songs, coming in at just over 37 minutes. “It’s not a rock opera. I don’t want to force a storyline into people’s heads.” says Howard. “Some of these songs are caricatures, while some are just manifest frustration and anger” says Howard. “But not all of them are political statements. There are a few songs that are more personal to my own principles and how I developed the world view that shaped the rest of the album.” The story goes the way it goes.” he says. No matter how it ends, we’re all going to wake up and do our thing the next day.”
“Fate Rumbled is probably my favorite track. It’s a thought poem of loose associations, as I imagine Trump’s cognitive process works. It has a simple song structure. There’s nothing sophisticated about the music but the mood is set with the instrumentation; grand piano, guitar, bass, drums, strings all build to a big crescendo then crash and start over again. In that way it’s just like what we’re seeing on the news and social media.”
Howard has released a single, “Gather All the Fables” and created an accompanying YouTube video. “Fate Rumbled” will be (was) released on January 23, 2017via his website (www.davehowardmusic.com) and on streaming platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and others. A limited number of CDs are available for those who still prefer them. An album release and “Listening Soirèe” will be held at 7:30 PM, Saturday, Feb.3, 2017 at Grassroots Oasis, 3130 Moore St.


released January 23, 2018

Dave Howard performed all vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
drum and orchestral instrument sampling and sequencing.
Recorded and mixed at Upaya Music in Poway, California.
This record could not have been made without the unwavering
and enthusiastic support of my amazing and beautiful wife, Terri.
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All words and music by Dave Howard.
Published throughout the world by Upaya Music.
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Dave Howard has been active in the San Diego music scene since 1990.
A multi-year nominee for the San Diego Music Awards, Howard's songwriting and stage chops caught the attention of his peers and coffeehouse patrons. This allowed him to collaborate and hang with the emerging artists of the time. Dave's has released acoustic, garage rock (The Shamey Jays) and ambient electronic music (Upaya) ... more

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Track Name: Gather All The Fables
You're guilty of the open mouth
Adder's in your grip
Level down the public eye
They'll wait until you slip

Gather all the fables or
Destiny will dry up
When the fire knows your house
When the doctor throws you out

Oh today my friend we are safer than we've ever been
(Gather all the fables)

Barking orders at the queens and
Poking fun with generals
Let the lawyers out the cage,
Your daughters out the kennels

Oh today my friend we are safer than we've ever been

This has been brought to you by
Ad men and cab drivers
Gun running grandmothers
Drug pushing taxpayers

Oh today my friend we are safer than we've ever been
I'm low to the ground and still looking down.
Still looking down on you
Track Name: Five and Dime
He's standing in front of the five and dime
Screaming at the traffic and waving a sign
It's more than injustice to me it seems
A rich man's troubles are a poor man's dreams
Everybody's livin' from day to day
Anything you think you have can be taken away
But win or lose you'd better save your soul
You're gonna grow tired before you ever grow old
They say he made a fortune as a CFO
Gave a lot to the church and the USO
But when the market fell he couldn't break his fall
He bet it all and lost and so he lost it all
You can see the wind and you can hear the rain
But you can't see fear and you can't hear pain
An angel whispers and a madman screams
One man's troubles are another man's dreams
Chasing the American ideal
Looks good on paper but it isn't real
Numbers in columns turn from black to red
All possible scenarios keep running in my head
Lexus in the shop? Well at least you've got a car
Couldn't make it to the gym? Well you've got it so hard
If you run out of whiskey you can go get more
That's why they call it a convenience store
Track Name: Crazy Days, Dangerous Ways
Crazy days, dangerous ways. I thought I kept them hidden
Promises, lies and alibis I believed but you didn't

Hungry years, enthusiastic cheers. I felt no one could stop me
Different styles, disingenuous smiles. Some held me up to drop me

Ohh, all my crazy days. Ohh, Ohhh, all my dangerous ways

It's better to be a memory than a trophy in the corner
It's harder to leave a legacy than a grave in California

Ohh, all my crazy days. Ohh, Ohhh, all my dangerous ways

Moses had his staff and Jesus had his cross
One would see his treasure and one would lead the lost
If you are a beggar remember to be small. It's easy to be humble after a fall

New York times, petty crimes. I kept ridiculous hours
Subway trains going to Insane. We walked beneath the towers

Ohh, all my crazy days. Ohh, Ohhh, all my dangerous ways
Track Name: Daddy's Silver Spoon
In a strained turn of events the talking heads rolled
Sold off their convictions. An estate of affairs
There's only one play left in a fresh look at this stalemate
Your cronies all scatter like roaches from a light

You'll drink this cup. It's the last thing you'll do
Fix one more time from daddy's silver spoon
You'll raise a glass and they might drink to you
But all you'll have left is daddy's silver spoon

You're a self-made man. Made up like a yarn
Like a fish tale gone bad, like a myth no one believes
But you're based on a truth that everybody sees
Like a wreck on the highway that they slow down to pity

And while you improvise they write down every word. It just gets more absurd

When the last straw falls
And the radios go silent
Will the banks shut down? 
Will the lights go out?

If a nightmare ends
Without breaking your fall
Do you die for real?
Do you die for real?
Track Name: Fate Rumbled
Taking my time
I don't know where
I'm in the circus
I ran away
A way with the spoon
A way with words
A word if you please

Give me some time
No time to relax
I'm late as it is
It is what it is
Is that all there is?
Seven to one
That seems so odd
A gamble you take 
They put you to bet
You wagered on sin
And pay at the door
They won't let me in
I know what it's for

A reason to live
A cure is in reach
I stretch out my hand
I pull at your cheek
A bum in the road
A bottle of reds
A pill in a box
A shot to the brain
A bow and a wave
A tearful goodbye
A bargain at last
Track Name: I Found Out
You go where you will
Drive in bad weather
You call out in your sleep.
I don't know who for

A walking contradiction
You live and let live
But you carry a grudge
Like a bag of cocaine

I found out
I found you out  
We have no secrets
Never again

You live for the theatre   
You ought to take a bow
They wrote you up.
You're the talk of the town 
Cry in a rainstorm
Laugh at a funeral
Life is a hospital
Full of sick and insane

You found out
You found me out
And nothing is sacred here
Never again

The circles you run in
Are making me dizzy
I have to sit down.
Keep my feet on the floor

You can't save the liars
The lost and the thoughtless 
There is no tomorrow
When the light goes dim

I found out
I found this out
No second chances
Never again
Track Name: Quasar
If you had the keys to any kingdom
Would you lock the king inside?
And would you feed him to his demons
Or strange bedfellows?

Does the future make you nervous?
A present you never expected
Are you past the point of turning back, learning how, putting it down?

I'm on the quasar that's underneath the radar
I'm over my sadness, climbing without my harness
Free falling in love and hope and yesterdays and other ways

Will you give your valuables to charity?
Chop up the furniture for firewood
Burn all your bridges in effigy
Or in some other key?

Did the fanfare startle you out of your slumber?
Can I call you at another number?
Are you the last to know you're on the fringe, off the chain, partly to blame?

Does the future make you nervous?
A present you never expected
Are you past the point of turning back, learning how, putting it down?
Track Name: That Little Somethin'
I waited for you for a long long time
And I'm so glad that I made you mine
It's time I tell you that you're the only lover for me

My friends told me that it wouldn't work out
But they don't know what they're talkin about
Let them talk cause we're happy as two lovers can be

I work all day thinkin bout the night
Then I know you're gonna squeeze me tight
And I'm gonna make you feel alright wait and see

When I hold you I just lose my mind
When I'm with you I leave the world behind
There is no place in this world that I'd rather be

Oh. You got that little somethin'
And it's a fair assumption
You're gonna give a little somethin to me

Oh. You got that little somethin
Feel my heartbeat bumpin
Now give a little somethin to me

Oh you got that little somethin'
Track Name: Suffer For A Dream
I was a young man. 
Flying by the seat of my pants
Living without a plan, out of a bag
Not really bohemian 
Just more of a drifting soul
Surrendering all control
Digging myself a hole

Colorado wasn't as cold as she was
Snow fall wasn't as deep as all the bitter words
Friends who had no loyalties
Retreated to fair weather
As if to say whatever
As if to say forget her

Takes more effort than knowing  
Hindsight isn't as clear as intuition used to be
Time carves deeper lines in me
Like rivers that run to nowhere
Encouraging me to go there
Convincing me that I don't care

There must bed some equation
That works out to these changes in me
Looking back I can't explain it
I can't believe where I've been
And what I've lived through.
Can you?

The artist isn't a good provider
The more that I mature
The more I seek the softest chair
Genius loses the hand to hunger
The muse doesn't get any younger
No illusion I care to be under

I have no aspiration
To justify courageous desperation
To suffer for a dream when I've awakened
I missed so many of my chances on the way
To where I am today
And I'm okay

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