Quicksand

It can feel uneasy not knowing what direction you are headed. We twist and turn through decisions in life, always wondering if we made the right choice. We ask ourselves, 

“What if I would have chosen differently? Am I where I am supposed to be?” 

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just ask those questions and get an answer, or to know where to go before you even get there? It’s not always laid out like that, and we don’t always have a prophet guiding us towards our purpose. In fact, sometimes it can feel like an endless sinking, like time just keeps getting deeper and deeper and all we do is struggle blindly. In the end, the important part is to always push forward and find a way out no matter how much we sink down. Through steady effort, we will find steady ground.

Quicksand

Well I’ve been waiting 
On some big picture 
This life I’m framing 
Well, its moving quicker 
What will be will be 
Or so they tell me 
Is that my fate here? 
Or could I change things? 

Brother John 
I’ve got some questions 
Tell me 
What am I to become? 
I need direction 
Show me 
I’ve just been on the run 

This road I’m walking 
It’s always the same thing 
And the path less taken 
I walk through blindly 
Your heart will guide you 
Or so they all say 
If it gets broken 
Do we lose our way 

Brother John 
I want some answers 
Tell me 
How can I save myself? 
Inside this desert 
Show me 
Where does the river dwell? 

And I need a clean slate 
I need a clean slate 

Quicksand is where I bathe 
These days, oh these days

released June 23, 2020 
Written 2012 and Recorded 2020 by Shane Young. 

Mixed and Mastered by Shane Young and Evan Hinshaw at Creative Fixations.


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Becoming The Dire Wolf

Many times in life we find ourselves running from something. We run from those who have wronged us, from tragedy, from responsibility, or simply the past. Sometimes though, we are chased by something unknown. We run and run, always trying to stay ahead of it, but it keeps nipping at our heels. Not all that follows us can be outrun. Sometimes we have to turn and face that thing to find peace and grow stronger.

Sometimes we realize that we were running from ourselves all along.

Lyrics

Waiting for the wolves 
To make a meal out of me 
You know I've seen stranger things 
Happen round here 
But nothings more unusual 
Than seeing yourself 
Become the very thing 
That rang the dinner bell 

Looks like the feast is upon me 
Or so it always was 
I guess I should be grateful 
For it takes a hunger 
To see what you're really worth 

Now I'm skin and bones 
Took every piece of me 
Strange how the weight is gone 
All that's left is me 
Stripped down to the very soul 
I gave myself for free 
I've become the very thing 
That's been chasing me 

Looks like the beast is upon me 
Or so it always was 
I guess I should be grateful 
For in the den of wolves 
You see what you're really worth

Written and Recorded by Shane Young.

Mixed and Mastered by Shane Young and Evan Hinshaw at Catchlight Studios.


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Down The Line

Shane Young and Evan Hinshaw playing guitars around a single microphone.

Change will inevitably present itself in many ways throughout our life. It will not always be a change that we welcome, but it will happen either way. We mustn’t allow ourselves to remain idle during these challenges. We must remain steadfast in our purpose despite the weight that may lay upon us. Beethoven wrote his 9th Symphony when he was almost completely deaf, yet it is regarded by many as his greatest work and one of the supreme achievements in the history of western music. Let this, along with other great success stories, be an example of finding hope in grim circumstances. Next time adversity blocks our path, we will simply pick up our things and move along.

Lyrics:

Gonna ride this train to nowhere
Gonna leave this town behind
I can hear those bells a ringing
Till it all gets left behind

Lately I’ve been feeling the winds of change
Wondering what tomorrow will bring my way
And I know I’ll face it on my own
Cause no one here can change things
When all is said and done

So I’ll ride this train to nowhere, Gonna leave this town behind
I can hear those bells a ringing, Till it all gets left behind

I feel something coming over me
The road ahead seems empty and I’m losing steam
And you know you need some peace of mind
Every time you leave a piece
Of yourself behind

So I’ll ride this train to nowhere, Gonna leave this trouble behind
I can hear those bells a ringing, And I know Ive lost my mind

Theres a garden growing in my soul
A flower dies, another blooms and so it goes

So I’ll ride this train to somewhere, Gonna face this crazy life
I can hear those bells a ringing, So I’ll head on down the line
Yes I’ll head on down the line

Recorded and Produced by: Evan Hinshaw, Shane Young
Written by: Shane Young, Evan Hinshaw

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Vacation to Arcadia

This song is the result of a spontaneous improv session with Josh Godfrey (My Hero Is Me/New Age Of Radio/Bare The Traveler), Matt Johnson (For The Fix/Other Side Of Fear/Team Edgar/Stave), and Shane Young (Goodnight Ghost/Stave/Catchlight/Strange Intuition/Solo). After meeting each other through the local music circuit, Josh, Matt, and Shane maintain a friendship that includes the occasional jam session. “Vacation to Arcadia” was very impromptu and immediately the trio knew it was worth capturing. It was written and recorded on-site at Shane Young’s home studio, then mixed and mastered By Evan Hinshaw and Shane Young at Catchlight Studios.

“Music is like a conversation. Every time you add someone to it, the conversation changes.” – Matt Johnson

This is our conversation.

Written and performed by Josh Godfrey, Matt Johnson, and Shane Young

Mixed and Mastered by Evan Hinshaw and Shane Young at Catchlight Studios

Space Travel

Space Travel is the third studio release from the collaborative project of Benjamin Weir and Shane Young of Strange Intuition.

Written & Recorded by: Shane Young, Benjamin Weir
Mastered at Catchlight Studios

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Lifting Spirits

A flower that grows crooked is still beautiful. A tree scarred by lightning shows character. A crack in the earth may become a lake filled with life. Imperfections do not make a thing unworthy and there is a great beauty found in hardship. We can’t always be dealt the best hand, but we must laugh when we are losing. We must love when we are down. We must sing straight through the storm. Only then will our weaknesses become our strengths. Only then will we know the truest form of peace.

Pull me under 
How many atoms does it take 
To keep me on the surface 
Looking out for something I don’t know 
Well this world 
Is a stone 

I swim for the lighthouse 
Hoping for some light to shine on me 
But no one left the light on 
So here I am singing through the sea 
Singing through the sea 

Low and behold 
I’ve been asking questions 
With answers only I could ever know 
Held below the surface 
By something that I cannot let go 
Well the truth 
Is a stone 

So I swim for the light house 
Hoping for some light to shine on me 
But no one left the light on 
So here I am singing through the sea 
Headed for the shipwreck 
Never caring once for my fate 
Surrender to the current 
Singing Hallelujah all the way 
Im on my way

Written and Recorded by Shane Young.

Mixed and Mastered by Shane Young and Evan Hinshaw at Catchlight Studios.


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This Strange Love

Picture a lonely woman walking out of a restaurant. She has just been stood up. On her sooner than expected walk home she pulls a young man from the street just before he is hit by a car. She embraces him with blind compassion and tells him to be careful. 20 years later he is a renowned doctor and local figure. An older woman visits his ER one night after being hit by a car. He saves her life, only to realize that many years ago, she had already saved his. They once again embrace. Around every corner, there is an opportunity to love someone and we never know when that love may return to us. We are all connected in this great ebb and flow for reasons we may not understand, but when we give, sometimes we find a piece of the puzzle.

Lyrics:

Time, you know our time is gonna leave us
Time is something that we cannot hold
Someday we’re gonna find the mystery
When we walk, that lonesome road

The feeling of a moment or a memory
Both as true as how they came to be
Still it seems we find ourselves forgetting
Who we are, and what that means

But this strange love, it has it’s reasons
For the time that we share
This strange love, it never leaves us
And we know its always there

Heart and soul, a river to an ocean
One is life, the other how we live
With every turn we’re bound to face the mystery
That who we are, is what we give

But this strange love, it has it’s reasons
For the time that we share
This strange love, it never leaves us
And we know its always there

Recorded and Produced by: Evan Hinshaw, Shane Young
Written by: Shane Young, Evan Hinshaw

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Forst For The Trees

As we journey through life, we must all face adversity. Each of our paths are unique and filled with twists and turns that make it easy to forget the way. Sometimes we are blinded by our own doubt and lose sight of who we really are. The hardest part is not always being lost, but to move forward and surrender to what we cannot control. As long as we stay true to who we really are, we will always remember how to fly and see the world from a better point of view.


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Old English

Everyone is a captain of their own ship. At some point, even the best Captains can get lost. Everything from the current to the crew can influence our direction, but in the end, we must find our own way home.

Will you ever find the freedom that you’ve been aching for?

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The Project

The Project is a new song from Evan Hinshaw’s solo musical experiment Sly Like Fox.

It is the first song in the Sly Like Fox project to feature Evan’s home-made dulcimer at which he calls the Flintwood CSD.

Flintwood CSD

Evan originally designed the dulcimer to work as a fun lead instrument in Catchlight. You can find hand-held strum dulcimers for sale but they are mostly built with a diatonic fret layout which makes it easy to play scales in a song but forces you to tune the instrument to whatever key the song is in.

Diatonic Scale Merlin Dulcimer by Seagull
Diatonic Scale vs Chromatic Scale

The Flintwood C.S.D. (Chromatic Strum Dulcimer) has a complete chromatic fret layout which allows the instrument to stay in a form of standard tuning. It feels a little like playing the bass guitar but has a sound that is much like a mandolin.

Evan has developed a few prototypes in which he has future plans for building and selling CSDs and other small specialized folk instruments under the product name of Flintwood.

“When I play the CSD in Catchlight, I usually play it with a familiar folk mandolin strum style, but with this Sly Like Fox song, I wanted to think outside of the box and play the CSD in a progressive pick style to showcase the instrument in a different way.” -Evan Hinshaw

Evan calls this song, “The Project” because it reminds him of a parent and child working on a project together. He said he visualizes something like a woodworking project or some sort of craft project. The string section is the parent that has slower and patient guidance to it. The dulcimer is the child with a playful, bouncier tone to it. There are moments when the dulcimer pauses and the strings continue on as if the child is waiting for instruction from the parent.

You can find and purchase this song at: Sly Like Fox at BandCamp

You can also visit his Youtube Channel of other great content.

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