Iron Will & The Lessons Learned, Vol. 1: If Science Had A Conscience​.​.​.

by Brett Schieber

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This is volume 1 of a 3 part trilogy of Iron Will.

1 - The God Particle - This is the "theme song" for Iron Will. This is one of the first songs I wrote on a baritone ukulele and I really enjoy playing it live - especially when people sing along with the bit at the end. My very talented friend, Josh Kaler, helped me produce this song up and I especially love how the bridge turned out.

2 - In This World of Gravity - This song is about an unrequited love and asking questions about why it could never happen. "If science had a conscious, it wouldn't be so cold". The universe can be a cold place and mutual timing for both halves of a love to happen can seem overwhelming and impossible at times. I absolutely love how the strings came out. Mary Beth, Mandi, and Tiffany - The Classy Chicks - played those and I'm always grateful when they can play on my songs. I also love how Josh Kaler "went down the rabbit hole" to find the cool alternative beat in the bridge.

3 - Lightning Strikes - This was an older song that was reappropriated for this album. It's about nature, science, and taking it all in. I wrote it while taking long walks in the dead of night. The line "Lightning strikes" came from listening to "Gypsy", by Fleetwood Mac, while on one of these late night walks. My great friend, Darrell Leven, played the lead guitar (I played the main one) and I love it. The strings, from the Classy Chicks again, have always been a favorite of mine too. Finally, Marc Kipfer played the drums perfectly, and I know it was a challenge.

4 - Deja Vu and the Sins of Science - This is a B-Side from Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears). I reworked it quite radically.

I'm very lucky that the amazing Timothy Tsang did the artwork for this album. He's a genius. I told him my concept and this looks even better than I had hoped. Can you see the Higgs Boson (the God Particle) in the reflection of his glasses too?

Thank you so very much for listening & I hope you like what you hear!

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released February 1, 2015

1-3 Written by Brett Schieber. 4 written by Roland Orzabal. 1-3 produced with Josh Kaler. Mastered by Rodney Mills. Artwork by Timothy Tsang.
Brett Schieber - vocals, guitars, ukulele, bass, keys. Josh Kaler - drums, bass, guitar, keys. Darrell Leven - guitar on 3. Marc Kipfer - drums on 3. Mary Beth Hussey - cello. Tiffany Watson - viola. Mandy Watson Crosby - violin.

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Brett Schieber Atlanta, Georgia

On this Bandcamp page, you can purchase music from Brett Schieber, Arcanum (Brett Schieber and Tree), and Prankster (Brett's instrumental electronica project). You may find a couple albums he produced for others, as well. Brett's music for Mark D. Pencil & Friends can be found on another Bandcamp page. Thank you! ... more

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Track Name: The God Particle
He spent his life in his books by the glow of computer light
In attempts to prove his hypothesis right
And all the time that he spent with the data and experiments
All the signs that he missed were in front of his eyes
While searching for the God Particle

And as the decades slipped away he stared into the hospital lights
Thinking back on what he couldn't prove right
And all the time that he spent with the data and experiments
May have been better spent breathing in life
Instead of searching for the God Particle
Track Name: In This World Of Gravity
As I write another page in my book, there's so much I want to tell you
As I write another page of this fiction, I cling to magic, invention, or illusion to bring you here to me

And in this world of gravity our love can never be
I tried to bring you here to me, but this gravity keeps us away

If science had a conscience it wouldn't be so cold
But reality is the only place we can be living, and no magic, invention, or illusion can bring you here to me

And in this world of gravity our love can never be
I tried to bring you here to me, but this gravity keeps us away

And I will try to recover from the weight it has on me
And I will try to recover from gravity's effect on me

And in this world of gravity our love can never be
I tried to bring you here to me but this gravity keeps us away
Track Name: Lightning Strikes
Sometimes I walk these lonely streets at night
Sometimes I talk, but when I do I lie
Tonight

When daylight fades to night
And when darkness covers over us
When lightning tumbles down
I'm a slave into this sound

Meanwhile, everyone spends the night asleep,
We come alive and feel everything
Tonight

When daylight fades to night
And when darkness covers over us
When lightning tumbles down
I'm a slave into this sound
Track Name: Deja Vu & The Sins Of Science
I must learn to protect myself
I'm not a man of violence
I must learn to protect myself
From the sins of science
Evil came and broke the law
Broke the vows of science
I must learn to protect myself
From the sins of science