The Beta Sessions

by Derek Close

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A fresh mix of instrumentals and music with lyrics The Beta Sessions is an auditory treat!

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released March 4, 2014

Derek Close: Guitars, Bass, Drum Programming
Darren Lyda: Vocals on 9-1-1, Violence Domesticated, Daddy & Dreaming in Color
Draylen Andrew: Vocals on Out of Reach, Opposite Extremes & The Pavilion



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Derek Close Kalispell, Montana

After many, many moons playing in and recording with various bands around the Seattle area, Derek now resides in Northwest Montana. Here he is recording his own music out of his home studio. How's that for fascinating?

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Track Name: 9-1-1

Sirens wail and scream
To the emergency scene
Face down in a pool of his own blood
The note by the bed was silently read
I'm lost alone there is no love

9-1-1 – How can this be?
9-1-1 – Why can't we see?
9-1-1 – The silent cry
Of emergency

Should've seen the signs
The scars of one who cries
No light of hope from a damaged one
Are we too busy or just refuse to see
The lost soul who's on the run?

Emergency (4x)


Maybe it's you I hope it ain't true
I know the love that you seek
I've been down that road I've carried the load
Suicide won't set you free

Chorus (2x)
Track Name: Out of Reach
Out of Reach

Wondering it’s all I can do
So I close my eyes
Searching to catch a glimpse of you
If only I could see
Whispering I softly speak your name
Did I hear you reply?
Waiting on this never ending train
Do I take the chance and dream?

I watch in silence as my life slowly passes me by
I turn my head to hide these tears that flood my eyes

Every night I dream alone
I can’t do this on my own
I can’t even stand on my own two feet
Wish you weren’t so far away
I miss you more each passing day
Sometimes I feel your breath upon my cheek

With outstretched arms you’re still out of reach

Faltering along this labyrinth of halls
Am I really this blind?
Calling out though it’s dampened by the walls
Can‘t you hear it’s me?
Wandering my heart searches on in vain
With only you on my mind
Looking through the darkness and the rain
Further than my eyes can see

I wait in silence as the time tick, ticks away
Disappearing lights as darkness hides my way
Track Name: Violence Domesticated
Violence Domesticated

Eye cannot be opened
Hair matted with mud
Lip impacted by bone
Clothes stained in blood

Another lonely night cryin in the rain
Banished by the ruler: Exiled
But she’ll return again

Hand swollen beyond use
Rib broken in two
Breath shallow from the pain
Cheek scraped, purple, blue

Another lonely night cryin in the cellar
Banished by the man: Exiled
Next time he won’t just tell her

Everything inside screams to run and hide
Flee the hell and the empty lies
But what if he changes?
This could be the night
We’ll be happy again and it will be all right

I promise…

Skull shattered and cracked
Spine twisted and wracked
Blood drained and spilled
Heart silent and still
Track Name: Opposite Extremes
Opposite Extremes

One man gropes for life another fights to die
Is one extra day of breath more grand than suicide?
One man has it all – good fortune, health and fame
His brother lives from garbage cans and no one knows his name

One man finds his love another lives alone
Is there someone out there that he will call his own?
One will lose his job and curse his day of birth
Another loses all he has and makes it what it’s worth

One man’s bliss is another man’s bane
What used to bring us peace now driving us insane
Can’t take it at face value when nothing’s what it seems
And people live their lives on both sides of opposite extremes

One man smokes a cigarette another fights to breathe
He would give anything to be cut from his machine
One man pops a pill to flee reality
Another dreams of waking up to a day of sanity

One plays an instrument with confidence and skill
Another longs for power to move his hands at will
Can there be truth when one part is a lie?
Can one hand carry fire while the other’s holding ice?

Chorus - Solo

Like the pendulum of a clock we swing from left to right
We realize that we're out of balance so we jump to the other side
Turn off the heat when we're hot and turn it back on when we're cold
We chase to extremes of discomfort rather than meeting in the middle.
Balance is the key. Balance without compromise.
Balance between the extremes


Some aim for perfection while others stumble blind
Searching through their troubled life for peace they'll never find
Do we long for Heaven while this world slips into Hell?
Are we holding tight to the truth we never tell?

Track Name: The Pavilion
The Pavilion
For Tori: A.D. 1999

As I sit here thinking I’m taken back in time
I remember what it’s like to hold your hand in mine
The smell of your hair and the feel of your heart beat
I look in your eyes and know what you're thinking

A gentle wind is blowing cherry petals to the ground
Friends and family play children run around
Wishing were here to share an hour of my day
And never have to say goodbye or go our separate ways

I’m taken away while under the pavilion
To a better place, a place that I call home
I’m taken away while under the pavilion
And I’ll take you with me so we won’t have to walk alone (And we won't walk alone)

You lean up against me your head is on my chest
I stroke your gorgeous hair kiss your forehead let you rest
I feel your gentle breathing as your breath leaves your lips
Passion consumes me fleeing from your fingertips

Sitting on a shelf leaning up against the wall
I smoke another cigarette and watch the ashes fall
No one seems to notice as they walk two by two
There's a pain in my heart the pain of missing you


So I sit here thinking losing track of the time
Knowing that I’m holding your heart in mine
I hear you in the wind as my heart starts to sink
I close my eyes and I know what you think

Leave my shelf behind it’s the end of the day
Flick my cigarette aside and slowly walk away
No one seems to notice or care what I do
There’s a pain in my heart the pain of missing you

Chorus 2x & fini
Track Name: Daddy

As a little boy standing at my Daddy's side
The only apple of my eye
I couldn't wait 'til he came home
As a little boy sat and watched as my Mommy cried
As my Daddy left and said, “Good Bye.”
And walked out through the door.

But did he ever wonder
As he turned to leave
Did he ever wonder
What would happen to me

As a little boy prayed for my Dad every night
Asking God to make it all right
And to help me to move on
As a little boy stayed with my Dad once a year
Soon it had become quite clear
He was never coming home

Did he ever wonder
As I turned to leave
Did he ever wonder
What would happen to me

How long 'til we understand that a little boy needs his Daddy at home?
How long 'til he comes back home again?
How long 'til we understand that a little boy needs his Daddy at home?
Sometimes the smallest broken heart takes a lifetime to mend

As a teenage boy more like a man every day
My Father missing every change
Because he wasn't there
As a teenage boy didn't see my Dad much at all
Wasn't home when he called
And you know, I didn't care

But did he ever wonder
As he went to sleep
Did he ever wonder
What was happening to me


As a young man received a call late one night
There was a voice on the end of the line
Asking, “Please forgive me, Son.”
Track Name: Dreaming In Color
Dreaming In Color

Another page is turned light reflects from page to eye
Peering through a clouded glass I’m virtually blind
Pouring over all the words that I’ve read before
A mere glimpse in black and white I wish my view was so much more

So now I forge ahead dreaming of color
Compelled by a higher call each step brings it closer
Like a jigsaw mystery each piece makes it clearer
I know there’s so much more than a colorless mirror

Life will be richer
Dreaming of color
I yearn for the rainbow ahead
When I sleep will I find rest?
Will I find rest?

The evening drifts away day is forced through the night
Now I lay me down to sleep to the greater depths of rapid eye
Lucid visions void of stain collide with one another
I'll never understand these pictures without color

Quest begins towards far away from a world that’s left behind
Realize I’m crossing over that eternal boundary line
Images attack my eyes I can only stare with wonder
Like a childhood fairy tale: kaleidoscope of color

Life tastes much richer
Dreaming in color
I see the rainbow ahead
I’m asleep now I’ve found rest
Now I’ve found rest

Life tastes richer
Dreaming in Color