Still Life

by Aron Van Alstine

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"Still Life" is a surreal song about songwriting that echoes the Beatles and Radiohead. Shifting chord changes and a lilting melody create a sense of anticipation. The lyrics inspire the listener to wonder about the fuzzy line between imagination and reality.


The fan is spinning
The room is standing still
A picture hangs up on the wall
I’m not living
I am just a metaphor for life
Sitting on the couch I am singing
Singing singing singing

I am held down
By the force of gravity
Like you I stand upon the earth.
My legs are weary
My spirit’s giving out
And I breathe in and when I breathe out I am
Singing singing singing

Paperclips upon my desk
Suddenly begin to rise
Oh my god I rub my eyes
My records and my barbells
And my pencils and my blankets
And some fuzz behind the couch
It’s all
Floating floating floating


Of course you know that
It is just a trick
A skit a scheme to entertain you.
And so I realize
That in fact nothing can rise
And it all comes crashing down
Crashing down crashing down crashing down.

I am in another mess
I best clean up before a guest
Arrives and wonders if I’m crazy.
Maybe yes and maybe no
But before you judge me so
Just try, try a little singing
Singing singing singing


released October 23, 2015


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Aron Van Alstine Ojai, California

Aron Van Alstine emerged from the Bolivian jungle in 2003 with a guitar and a backpack. His travels brought him to Ojai, California. Along the way he’s performed everything from the Beach Boys to Beethoven on the guitar, bass, keyboard, and voice. He released his first solo album in 2010, followed by EPs in 2011 and 2012. He’s back in 2016 with a new band, a new sound, and a new album. ... more

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