In Real Time

by Chris Koza

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about

Rogue Valley frontman Chris Koza has completed a new solo album titled In Real Time; a twelve-song collection confronting the perception of time, the oasis of the in-between, and the allure of the ocean. The Portland-raised, Minnesota-based singer-songwriter has consistently produced and released music over the past decade. Koza's songs are being heard on television and radio broadcasts all across the world. Most recently, Koza's song The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller's film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and also included on the soundtrack.

In Real Time was written and recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota between stretches on the road. The album finds Koza returning to the pop songwriting roots he established in his pre-Rogue Valley work such as Patterns (2006) and The Dark Delirious Morning (2008). In Real Time pits the time traveler against his younger self, face-to-face in a vacant parking lot on the edge of town. It is classic Americana re-imagined through the lens of a jukebox aficionado; a cagey swirl of rhythms, textures, and lyrics that depict the grass coming up through the cracks in the pavement, reaching for the sun.

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released October 28, 2014

Mixing: Brett Bullion
Mastering: Huntly Miller
Additional Production and Programming: Paul Marino
Produced by: Chris Koza
All Songs and Lyrics by Chris Koza (c) Little Radios (ASCAP)

Initial live tracking and strings performed at The Pearl Recording Studio by Zach Hollander.
Overdubs and vocals tracked at Little Radios by Chris Koza and Paul Marino.
Piano on “Prism” recorded by Kevin Bowe at Okemah Studio.
During the first string overdub session (for Electric Tide, In Real Time, and Prism) The Laurels String Quartet was comprised of: Josh Misner (first violin), Jesse Peterson (second violin), Erica Burton (viola), and Ben Rosenbush (cello). The second session (Radio Wave) featured Colleen Bertsch (first violin), Jesse Peterson (second violin), Erica Burton (viola), and Dan Lawonn (cello).

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Chris Koza Minneapolis, Minnesota

In Oct. 2014, Koza will release his 5th studio album "In Real Time" and support Ingrid Michaelson on select US tour dates.

Over the last several years, Koza and his band Rogue Valley have released a total of albums and EP’s.

International musicblog Americana UK gave Koza’s most recent solo release, The Dark, Delirious Morning, 9 out of 10 stars, calling it “an unpretentious little masterpiece.
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Track Name: A Marble In A Wooden Maze
take me back to an innocent time
raw and reckless; unrefined
with no idea of what tomorrow might find
broken mirrors see things clearer

even in the times it all went wrong
playing out like some unknown and familiar song

take me now through every wrong turn
the low-down times that I did earn
wash my face in the blood, tears, and sweat -
the misery I can’t forget

then take me back to an innocent time
where everything is clear and bright
take me back - just this one time
let what comes next be anybody’s guess

even in the times it all went wrong
playing out like some unknown and familiar song
rolling on through the days
a marble in a wooden maze
waiting for a level head and a steady hand
to guide on through to the end

broken mirrors see things clearer
broken mirrors see things clearer

playing out like some unknown and familiar song
Track Name: Be Wild
won’t you come away with me some time
to the country and leave the city life - leave it all behind

and all up in the air
don’t come down
the wild will pull you in so
be wild

you’re trying to get to Mars riding your bicycle
who else to keep the lonely planets company
you won’t sit waiting for the fading stars to disappear

and all up in the air
don’t come down
the wild will pull you in so
be wild

love will ruin you
it will get through
it will consume you
and why is that so bad?

it’s all up in the air
don’t come down
the wild will pull you in so
it’s all up in the air
so don’t come down

be wild
Track Name: Electric Tide
you got a half a tank and a coastline
all there is to do is drive and let the pretty wheels spin

you’ve got a number ringing in your mind
all there is to do is call and listen to the pretty voice say
“what took you so long to find me”

looking beyond the jagged outlines
only to see the negative space overwhelming and wild
whatever it is, whatever it was it’s always right here
under your skin: an electric tide pulling me in

you’re always ending up in the same place
a cafe on the edge of town; a hiccup on the county line
and every once in a great while someone walks in through that door
reminding you of someone you knew
from another life now so far removed

I look right through the long shadows
only to see the negative space overwhelming and wild
whatever it is, whatever it was it’s always right here
under your skin: an electric tide pulling me in

pulling me in, pulling me in, pulling me in

whatever it is, whatever it was it’s always right here
under your skin: an electric tide pulling me in

under your skin whatever it was
it’s always right here
Track Name: Wishing Well
she gave me the news
clear as a bell
as a coin in a wishing well
she gave me the news
now all I got is news

this isn’t goodbye, isn’t goodbye
this isn’t goodbye, isn’t goodbye, isn’t good
she says it will be all right, it will be all right
she says it will be all right, it will be all right, it will be all

then one afternoon
raining and wet
on a day I can not forget
she gave me the news
now all I got is news

this isn’t goodbye, isn’t goodbye
this isn’t goodbye, isn’t goodbye, isn’t good
she says it will be all right, it will be all right
she says it will be all right, it will be all right, it will be all

dream a little bit
don’t be so quick
let it settle in
before you do it all again

she gave me the news
now all I got is news
she gave me the news
and now all I got is news
she gave me the news
now all I got is news

it’s all I got
it’s all I got

all I got is news
Track Name: Mountain
there’s a drive-in some miles out
there’s a parking lot
overgrown with flowers and weeds
a screen hangs on, surrendering

past the limits there’s an old dirt road
there’s a secret plot
people come and people go
out of the fire into the afterglow

in town the bookstore has a discount cart
just a quarter for a paperback
find “My Side of the Mountain” there
what else goes missing through the years

later at the bar it’s ten-to-close
time for one last round
take your glass and knock it back
anyway, who’s keeping track

you are free to go whenever you need to go
things are always changing as sure as this river flows
I will love you for a long time; as long as anyone could ever know
I will love you for a long time, for a long time
for this brief window
Track Name: Handful of Glass
Brooklyn is sparkling like a handful of glass
the champagne bottle falls, footsteps down the hall
the blood-red taillights of a checkered cab roll over the bridge
go where it’s brighter and better than what this shore could give
you could love just anyone
you could love just anyone
you could love just anyone
but maybe just anyone couldn’t love you

nightfall in the Village where the air is alive
where the moment is surreal, where you will do what you feel
the sweet hypnosis of every taste you could ever want
with your handful of diamonds this is where you belong

you could love just anyone
you could love just anyone
you could love just anyone
but maybe just anyone couldn’t love you

maybe just anyone couldn’t love you
Track Name: Drown
it’s a long way down the Mississippi
though it’s so close to my heart
where the ocean is waiting like a mother
to take you in her arms

she’ll take you in her arms and rock you back and forth
quiet you, and soon you’ll feel fine
the rain up from the north makes its way down to the south
where you will drown

in the rail-yards, empty as a strip mine
only ghost trains pass through
while the ocean is waiting like a lover
one who never will abandon you

she’ll take you in her arms and rock you back and forth
quiet you, and soon you’ll feel fine
the rain up from the north makes its way down to the south
where you will drown

she’ll take you in her arms and rock you back and forth
take you in her arms where you will drown, where you will drown

it’s a long way down the Mississippi though it’s easy to find
just follow the winding of the river slipping on through the countryside

she’ll take you in her arms and rock you back and forth
quiet you, and soon you’ll feel fine
the rain up from the north makes its way down to the south
where you will drown

where you will drown
where you will drown
where you will drown
Track Name: Radio Wave
traffic standing like a stone
ten million people all alone
they wait for a signal change
everyone pushing to get home

walk in the door set down the key
turn on the lights and the TV
the world blinking off and on
ten million faces in the screen

radio wave
rushing through the open air
you can never taste or touch
spilling into everywhere
I’m reaching out for you
you’re reaching out for me
through the physical plane
I keep falling for a radio wave

late at night the city sleeps
the freeway sounds just like the sea
the waves crashing on forever
water washes over me

radio wave
a flyaway frequency
you can never hold or feel
the spirit of the in-between
I’m drifting after you
you’re drifting after me
through the physical plane
I keep falling

for a radio wave
rushing through the open air
you can never taste or touch
spilling into everywhere
I’m reaching out for you
you’re reaching out for me
through the physical plane
I keep falling for a radio wave

the waves crashing on forever
the waves crashing on forever
the waves crashing on forever
the waves crashing on forever
Track Name: The Healer
I’ve been waiting to say
its been a long time since I’ve seen you, babe
where have you been
you look so different than you did back then

all this waiting that I’ve done
no kind of satisfaction
no resolution
just destitution
now I’m looking on the street
like we never missed a beat
like a healer
you lay your hands on me

I know every corner of town
its been a long time since I’ve seen you around
where did you go
overnight from everywhere to invisible

all this waiting that I did
no, it’s not a way to live
but I couldn’t see beyond
the plane that I was on
now I’m looking on the street
this picture feels incomplete
you’re the one that I see
laying your hands on me

I can’t lose you again
I can’t lose you again
I can’t lose you again
I can’t lose I can’t lose I can’t lose

now the clocks have circled back
all the pieces are intact
all the traffic lights have died
cars are speeding through the night
now I’m looking on the street
like we never missed a beat
like a healer
you lay your hands on me
Track Name: Ponderosa Pine
there’s a road so often traveled
that she never tries to find
still it finds her so easily
it’s hard to see how they’re not always intertwined

maybe this time
you won’t hear yourself say
“maybe this time will be different than the last”
just this once - is that too much to ask

she will always keep your secret
no matter what you tell
she can hide the summer in the cold
and the winter in Hell
and the road that she travels
is under every step
still it finds her so easily
it’s hard to see how you could ever break its grip

maybe this time
won’t go the same way
“maybe this time will be different than before”
as crazy as it is to believe that anymore

maybe this time
maybe next time
maybe sometime
maybe sometime
Track Name: In Real Time
when I come home
after travelling for a long while
I’’ll try to be
what you need
I’ll listen to you
to what you say and what you don’t
how one can feel so remote
in a big city

what you crave
it is kind
of a lovely life that seems
unafraid

when I come home
you’ve got to tell me what you’ve seen
how the birds come to nest
as the heavy sun sets
and I’ll describe my days
so mundane that you would cry
how it’s such a cruel game
with no clear ending

what you crave
it is kind
of a lovely life that seems
unafraid, unabridged
now I’m by your side to contend
with the fantasy of us
what gets lost
in real time

in real time there’s no slowing down
news-cycles; satellites; people spread out
fortunes are promised then squandered so fast
we’re just casting anchors in this sea of madness

what you crave
it is kind
of a lovely life that seems
unafraid, unabridged
now I’m by your side to contend
with the fantasy of us
what gets lost
in real time

in real time
in real time
in real time
Track Name: Prism
someday far away
where the ocean meets the sky
on this crystal, cloudless blue horizon
so sublime

everything made good
everything made right
let your cards dissolve
nothing left to solve
all the loose ends find that they have tied
you’ll be satisfied

someone will find you
and remind you: give it one more try
in this fragile, fleeting new inversion
where the ocean meets the sky

everything made good
everything made right
let your cards dissolve
there’s nothing left to solve
all the loose ends find that they have tied
you’ll be satisfied

you’ll be satisfied
only there you’ll be
satisfied