The Observer

by Lee McKenzie

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This album is essentially a collection of material that I produced particularly over my Polytech years between 2011 & 2012.
All of the 10 tracks were recorded & produced at different times, with varying degrees of resource, knowledge & ability.
I intentionally haven't revisited any of the "finished" mixes, choosing instead to stay true to what the tracks originally were & preserve authenticity by simply mastering in such a way as to polish the attributes, boost the power & unify the tracks together as best as possible.
For individual write ups/descriptions & background on the songs simply click on the track of curiosity & it will open up on a fresh page :)
I have attempted here to create a smooth, well flowed publication that encompasses my most significant projects from during a highly pivotal, & influential period of my life.

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released November 21, 2014

Lee McKenzie: Writing/arranging (Incl all lyrics), guitars, vocals, keys (MIDI use), shakers, engineering/mixing, mastering, video & portfolio construction & artwork/cover.

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Lee McKenzie New Zealand

I am a 27 year old guitarist, vocalist, writer, engineer & performer.
My creations are the product of a rich childhood imagination that's developed over time to become musically channeled creativity.
I have completed a Diploma in music production & performance with high grades, achieving the APRA award for songwriting.
I feel my work offers a fresh & sincere corner of creation.
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Track Name: Doing it all yesterday
Lately I’ve been working, on building a planet with no core.
The architects just warned me, he said, It’s gonna collapse and leave me with just rubble to mourn.

It’s a, hard lesson but I know, I have to stop...

Doing it all yesterday.

Summer sun goes down, winter air moves in.
No fight or contest they sync, and I, need to move with and within.

It’s a, awakening now I know, I have to stop...

Doing it all yesterday.
Track Name: Right decision at the time
Abstract energy crafts a place
With a gentle breeze, a lapping tide, a beautiful bay with rolling hills calms an uncoiling mind.
Seated for the first time
Watching the evening grow
The sudden flicker of lights is not missed as the town assumes its glow…

The right decision at the times
Lead a boy to where he lays.
Armed with a camera & equipped with a mind
Evolving experiences igniting the eyes.

A new universe evolving from the inside out
The pressure keeps on loading, sure to be imploding.
Compulsive diligence possibly giving way to a
Spontaneous intelligence & a new hand to play…

I’m getting tired of this fence!
Barbed with rusty suspense
The tree is seen on one side
But the roots, draw from the…

Right decision at the times
Lead a boy to where he lays.
Armed with a camera & equipped with a mind
Evolving experiences igniting the eyes.
Track Name: Wired in Cliche
Sit until there is no urge to stand, take a step back & study your hand.
Go & enjoy the liquid sun coz it’s caused by you & everyone.
The stagnant clock smells of memory’s & rules about the way things ought to be.
But break the rhythm breath the light, remembering that a painting is blind.

Wired in cliché, we’re all lost in what they say.
Wired in cliché, breathe through your sleeve, try to keep the poison at bay.

The art is falling off the walls, platitudes are force-fed & now we’re board.
Unless you look you’ll never see the detail of the veins on the old brown leaves.
You are what you see feel & hear so be sure you’re exposed to what you dare.
Clichés are particles in thick exhaust smoke so fumble for the vents,
Don’t choke.

Wired in cliché, we’re all lost in what they say.
Wired in cliché, breathe through your sleeve, try to keep the poison at bay.
Track Name: Unfair Demotion
A brow contorted to an extent I have not seen.
The reason pleasantly haunts me in my dreams.

Buried emotions, I'm hiding to well.
I miss you so much, not ready to let you go.

Unfair demotion that we're all hurting from as well.
Stuck inside a nightmare & you're struggling to rebel.
Unfair demotion you so deserve your goals!

You've always been one step ahead.
Life's about the journey not the destination at the end.

You're an inspiration & often a mentor as well.
You've so much to give, don't you dare let go.

Unfair demotion that we're all hurting from as well.
Stuck inside a nightmare & you're struggling to rebel.
Unfair demotion you so deserve your goals!
Track Name: The Observer
Disconnected mind watches rain control traffic, like the moon controls the tide.
Seeing once again linkage that runs through all veins, everything could be explained.

Watching the world turn round you. Being aware of, being a part of, then

One long night you find you’re in limbo, as it all comes to a point of transition.
The time lines converge on the moment, and you gaze out the window at life.

Walking through my past thinking into the future, when to take the next steps.
How to build my empire with just desire, my mind now on fire.

Tracking time turning round you. Being aware of, being a part of, then

One long night you find you’re in limbo, as it all comes to a point of transition.
The time lines converge on the moment, and you gaze out the window at life.

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