These are the liner notes accompanying each of my albums in the order of their release:


TAKE A GOOD LOOK


1. CHECKOUT TIME 
2. TAKE A GOOD LOOK 
3. AMERICAN DREAMS    
4. I TRY         
5. HOT HANDWRITING    
6. THE RISING SUN   
7. THE MOVE     
8. WAKING UP TO YOU   
9. JUST WASTED    
10. LIVING ALONE   
11. ONLY A MOTHER KNOWS 
12. SCARY TALES  
13. THE LIKE SONG   
14. CHESS PIECES ON PARADE

Bret Alexander and other members of the Badlees provide the sparkling backing tracks for the well-crafted lyrics that have become a Lex Zaleta trademark. You know this isn't a pop album right from the opening lines of CHECKOUT TIME: Late last night you checked into your mind. You were looking for a room with a view. This album forces you to TAKE A GOOD LOOK at yourself, your relationships, the world around you, and the world of your imagination. You will sing along with the proud patriotism of AMERICAN DREAMS, The land of the free, the home of the brave. We breathe liberty from birth to the grave. You'll call your mom and play her ONLY A MOTHER KNOWS just to thank her for being your mom. In fact, you'll probably end up calling all of your friends and playing them tunes from this wonderfully varied album.

This is honest music played by real musicians - with words that mean something. There are no obscenities to hide from young children. No one was shot during the making of this album. No drugs were consumed. TAKE A GOOD LOOK delivers pristine music to your ears, free of impurities and additives. You just might find this album a refreshing change.

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THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE

1. THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
2. SOMEWHERE THERE'S A SONG
3. SOLITUDE
4. PAST AND PRESENT TENSES
5. NOT JUST A KISS
6. BURSTIN' WITH COURTESY
7. IF I STAND
8. BEHIND THE WHEEL
9. SMOKING GUNS
10. THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE
11. CABIN BOY LOGS IN
12. TAMING THE BEAST
13. THE TERRIFYING TIE
14. THAT HURTS A LOT
15. I ONCE BEHELD BEAUTY

… You're on the edge of somewhere … The road not taken twists and turns there and burns through to the back of your mind. Somewhere there's a song playing softly behind, a kind of soundtrack to your solitude. Your mind hits fast forward, then rewind, fast forward, and then rewind, a jangled mix of past and present tenses that tangles up your senses. Romance is next on the dance list, and it's easy to see that it's not just a kiss you're after. Burstin' with courtesy and light-hearted laughter, you say to yourself, "If I stand here too long, sweet chance will pass me by." You get behind the wheel of your run-down automobile, put it in gear, and leave a trail of smoking guns in your rearview mirror. You're on the edge of somewhere … Along the line, Cabin Boy logs in and invites you to join him in a quick game of Taming the Beast. You politely tell him that you're far too busy for beasts, and he even more politely replies, "Time is the terrifying tie that binds!" That hurts a lot as it takes you back, back to a time when your youthful eye once beheld beauty … You're on the edge of somewhere …

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THE CROP

          Current events are 
          But a ripple in time
          Our stream of consciousness
          But a drop in a cosmic pool
          The best among us
          See the world
          Through half-shut eyes
          Trapped between their
          Dreams of reality
          And the reality of 
          Their dreams
          We call them poets

1. START HERE
2. DON'T LET HER TEARS GET IN YOUR WAY
3. THE CROP
4. FIRST TIME IN FOREVER
5. ALL SHE WROTE
6. I LIKE BIKE
7. SENSES TAKER
8. PASS ON THE POISON
9. THE FASTEST WAY TO GONE
10. LIFE'S LAST BIG JOKE
11. GONE TO HEAVEN
12. CHARLESTON
13. TEARS ARE THE WINDOWS
14. NOW YOU SEE HER, NOW I DON'T

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LAST TOMORROW

I sometimes
Think that my 
Songs

Are my way of 
Bringing
Out previously
Undiscovered
Truths

Tangled up
In the bittersweet
Memories of my
Existence


1. MEMPHIS MINUTE
2. TAKE TIME
3. OUR LAST RACE
4. A CASE OF THE BLUES
5. LAST TOMORROW
6. ONE-RUNG LADDER
7. STUPOR MAN
8. LIFE LOOKS AT YOU
9. DID GOD PUT YOU HERE?
10. SUNGLASSES AND A SMILE
11. WAITIN' FOR YOU, MAMA
12. NEVER LET ME DOWN
13. I'M STEPPIN' OUT


Sometimes life flies by big-city style, and sometimes it does the MEMPHIS MINUTE crawl. Maybe we can TAKE TIME and stick around awhile; get some kind of handle on it all. Realizing this could be OUR LAST RACE can give us a most severe CASE OF THE BLUES. Knowing we used our LAST TOMORROW yesterday certainly can be distressing news. They say the Cross is a ONE-RUNG LADDER, and this riddle once left me like STUPOR MAN. Up it soared, and I sank into sadder, hoping someday to understand. Almost enough about me ... you look at life and LIFE LOOKS AT YOU. Giant shadows of doubt suddenly appear, and like I was, you're without a clue. Why on earth DID GOD PUT YOU HERE? You put on your SUNGLASSES AND A SMILE, and say, "I'm tired of WAITIN' FOR YOU, MAMA!" Then you take that first step of that first mile that leads you from this melodrama.
Now, I know I have a heavenly crown. I just need to slam the door on doubt. The Lord told me so, and He NEVER LET ME DOWN. I'm trusting Him, and I'M STEPPIN' OUT!

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FILLING IN FOR JESUS

1. MEDUSA'S WILD (THE SNAKE EYES SONG)
2. ONE FOOT OUT THE DOOR
3. KILLING ME SLOWLY
4. BEGGING THE QUESTION
5. HOLDING HANDS
6. SHATTERED HEART
7. THE DAY I WENT ASTRAY (with Michi Solo)
8. TEN GALLONS OF LOVE
9. NAILS IN THE ROAD
10. SADNESS CASTS ITS SHADOW (with Sait Koray)
11. ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS
12. THE "I BLEW IT BIG TIME" BLUES
13. I WANT MY YEAR BACK (with Michi Solo)
14. FILLING IN FOR JESUS


FILLING IN FOR JESUS, album number five, and perhaps the most satisfying so far. I stretched for variety, and I think I brought home a fine assortment of tunes. Of course, you'll have to be the judge of that. A "critic" recently said that Simon Cowell of AMERICAN IDOL would cringe upon hearing my work, and that's probably the highest praise I could aspire to. May there always be that chasm between music that "looks good" and music that means something.

Many thanks go out to Bret Alexander and the Badlees, those super professionals at Saturation Acres, for supplying the wonderful backing tracks for "Medusa's Wild" and "Filling in for Jesus," to the multi-talented Michi Solo (Michael Winter) from Austria for the rocking backing tracks for "The Day I Went Astray" and "I Want My Year Back," to Mark Cloutier for his super-clean guitar work on "Killing Me Slowly," and to that marvelously gifted composer from Turkey, Sait Koray, for the unique sounds of "Sadness Casts Its Shadow." All of these artists deserve much greater recognition in the music world - and not from Simon Cowell.


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THE "QUITE A HANDFUL" COMPILATION

For folks looking for an easy way into the Lex Zaleta catalog, Bleeding, Inc. presents THE "QUITE A HANDFUL" COMPILATION with songs from each of Lex's first five albums.

1. "The Road Not Taken" (from THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE)
2. "The Edge of Somewhere" (from THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE)
3. "Tears Are the Windows" (from THE CROP)
4. "All She Wrote" (from THE CROP)
5. "Sunglasses and a Smile" (from LAST TOMORROW)
6. "I Try" (from TAKE A GOOD LOOK)
7. "The Like Song" (from TAKE A GOOD LOOK)
8. "Our Last Race" (from LAST TOMORROW)
9. "Sadness Casts Its Shadow" (from FILLING IN FOR JESUS)
10. "The Crop" (from THE CROP)
11. "Medusa's Wild" (from FILLING IN FOR JESUS)
12. "Stupor Man" (from LAST TOMORROW)
13. "Checkout Time" (from TAKE A GOOD LOOK)
14. "The I Blew It Big Time Blues" (from FILLING IN FOR JESUS)
15. "Not Just a Kiss" (from THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE)
16. "Life Looks at You" (from LAST TOMORROW)
17. "Last Tomorrow" (from LAST TOMORROW)
18. "Filling in for Jesus" (from FILLING IN FOR JESUS)


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TOUGH'S NOT ENOUGH

1. THE GROUND BENEATH YOUR FEET
2. UNBRIDALED LOVE
3. YOU SHOT MY SON
4. BLUE EYES
5. THE ROCK(THAT HE ROLLED)
6. IGNORANCE IS BLISS
7. THE NEW MILLENNIUM MUSEUM
8. THE TEACHERS
9. SHE'S A KEEPER
10. EYES NOW OPEN
11. DEAR JOHN DOE
12. INTO MY LIFE (old-time radio)
13. WHITE-GOLD SOUL
14. TOUGH'S NOT ENOUGH

Once upon a time ...

THE GROUND BENEATH YOUR FEET was unpaved and unpolluted, "UNBRIDALED" LOVE was a sin, and if YOU SHOT MY SON, your BLUE EYES would be looking over your shoulder - until I found you.

Now, ...

THE ROCK THAT HE ROLLED is made into myth, IGNORANCE IS BLISS, and THE NEW MILLENNIUM MUSEUM houses the virtues we once practiced freely. THE TEACHERS are no longer allowed to discuss human nature, right and wrong, and the Golden Rule. "SHE'S A KEEPER!" shout those who think that he who has the gold rules.

I sit here, EYES NOW OPEN, writing this DEAR JOHN DOE letter to let you know the Lord has come INTO MY LIFE, and to let you know you too have a WHITE-GOLD SOUL.

TOUGH'S NOT ENOUGH anymore, but God is.

God is.


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WHAT'S A GUY GOTTA DO?

1.  ONE ROAD
2.  NOBODY LOVES ME
3.  WHENEVER ENDEAVOR
4.  TROUBLE
5.  LOVE AND LIES
6.  THE FUTURE (A WEDDING SONG)
7.  FLIRT RHYMES
8.  PRAYER TIMES TWO
9.  CANDY BAR BLUES
10. SOME SAY (WHAT DOES GOD LOOK LIKE TODAY?)
11. WHAT'S A GUY GOTTA DO?
12. WHERE THE PAIN STARTS
13. SOMEDAY AISLE

I certainly brought a mixed bag of tunes to this album.
1. "One Road" leads to a cold, cold grave, but it leaves us with a hope-filled eternal detour. 2. "Nobody Loves Me" puts the surprise ending in the middle for some comic relief. 3. "Whenever Endeavor" is about as tender as I can let myself get. 4. "Trouble" might be the story of our lives, as it always seems to be at our door - and it doesn't even knock anymore.
5. "Love and Lies" balances on the razor-thin edge of love and hate.
6. "The Future" is a starry-eyed wedding song (maybe this is about as tender as I can let myself get). 7. "Flirt Rhymes" is for all the false-hearted women out there. 8. "Prayer Times Two" is ... whoa!! ... three tender songs on one album! Next album has to be a straight-ahead rocker, for sure. 9. "Candy Bar Blues" is an old favorite of a lot of folks that I was going to "clean up" to make it album quality, but hey, a bar fight is a bar fight ... ya clean up later. 10. "Some Say (What Does God Look Like Today?) dances around some of the "urban myths" of just who our Creator is. 11. "What's a Guy Gotta Do?" might become the anthem of the hundreds of thousands of songwriters who beat their heads against the wall the recording industry has put up against them. 12. "Where the Pain Starts" is excruciatingly and agonizingly humorous - I think. 13. "Someday Aisle" is the path far too many of us walk down. I was going to start the album off with this and end with "One Road," ... but I didn't.

All songs © 2008 Lex Zaleta          Please visit at www.LexZaleta.com


Alternate liner notes for WHAT'S A GUY GOTTA DO?

I guess this musical journey began with "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," the first song I learned from Mr. Joseph Bednarek, my guitar teacher.  I was seven then, it was 1954, and rock 'n' roll was already calling out to me.  Joe said that rock 'n' roll wasn't real music, and through the years I'd ask for "Rebel Rouser" and get "Sadie's Shawl" ... "Walk, Don't Run" and get a czardas ... until I stopped asking - and stopped playing.  A few years later, I bought a guitar and amp from a boy who showed me how to play "The House of the Rising Sun" about the same time I was listening to this new guy Bob Dylan singing that same song.  I've never put down the guitar or Bob Dylan since.

Funny how life circles around on you.  After a fifty-year detour, this seven-year-old "Davy Crockett" picker from Pennsylvania found himself living in the "greenest state in the land of the free."  I'm 61 now, and this is my seventh "official" album.  I've submitted hundreds of songs to label opportunities, and I've had many close calls.  I'll keep writing, recording, and submitting songs as long as the good Lord allows, and I'll keep asking, "What's a guy gotta do?"


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THIS IS WHO I AM

These are some of my "religious" songs that I would love to have done by real musicians - especially real singers! Until that happens, it's just me struggling along. I've always told everyone that our Creator has blessed me with a talent for creative writing, but He has withheld all musical gifts from me - one of those rare displays of cosmic humor, I suppose. Fortunately, I was born without ego. Otherwise, these songs might never be heard by anyone except me.

1. "If I Stand" - from the THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE album
2. "I'm Steppin' Out" - from the LAST TOMORROW album
3. "Did God Put You Here? - from the LAST TOMORROW album
4. "The Rock (That He Rolled)" - from the TOUGH'S NOT ENOUGH album
5. "Our Last Race" - from the LAST TOMORROW album
6. "The 'I Blew It Big Time' Blues" - from the FILLING IN FOR JESUS album
7. "Somewhere There's a Song" - from the THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE album
8. "This Is Who I Am" - previously unreleased(chorus-Stu Weber's TENDER WARRIOR)
9. "Nails in the Road" - from the FILLING IN FOR JESUS album
10. "Filling in for Jesus" - from the FILLING IN FOR JESUS album
11. "Tears Are the Windows" - from THE CROP album
12. "One Road" - from the WHAT'S A GUY GOTTA DO? album
13. "Taming the Beast" - from the THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE album
14. "Dear John Doe" - from the TOUGH'S NOT ENOUGH album
15. "Some Say (What Does God Look Like Today?) - from the WHAT'S A GUY
GOTTA DO? album
16. "One-Rung Ladder" - from the LAST TOMORROW album
17. "You've Got It All Wrong (about Jesus)" - from the SHADOW PEOPLE album
18. "White-Gold Soul" - from the TOUGH'S NOT ENOUGH album

All songs © 2009 Lex Zaleta          www.LexZaleta.com


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SHADOW PEOPLE

1.  SHADOW PEOPLE
2.  ON THE FAR SIDE OF FORGETTING
3.  RACE OF GLORY, RACE OF SHAME
4.  JUST SAY, "YO!"
5.  RAIN TALKS
6.  YOU'VE GOT IT ALL WRONG (ABOUT JESUS)
7.  WHAT HAVE I DONE? (A BIRTHDAY SONG)
8.  CHEESEBURGER EASTERNS
9.  LIFE IS SO DAILY
10. AND THAT OLD ROCKING CHAIR GROANS
11. WAY BACK HOME
12. GOING HOME

When my dad passed away on November 14. 2008, I felt the music leave my heart. Sorrow echoed in the void for many days, but our gracious Creator gave me back the gift of music to ease the pain of my loss. This album darts in and out of the shadows, grabs bits of past joy and present sadness, and brings them to you in a mosaic of sound and sense. These songs have to do with light and dark, birth and death, and all of our trials and triumphs in between. Maybe no song will ever truly change the world, but no true songwriter can ever settle for less than trying to make the world a little better through his tunes.
"Race of Glory, Race of Shame" and "Shadow People" expose prejudice for what it is, ignorant arrogance. "Just Say, Yo!" looks at the war on drugs through chemically camouflaged eyes to ridicule the lowdown mentality of getting high. For comic relief, "Cheeseburger Easterns" mixes up over sixty movies and stars, and we may never get them all sorted out again. "Life Is So Daily" would be humorous too - if it didn't hit so close to home. Ah, "home" ... "Way Back Home" takes some heavy shots at the hate-filled music that too many young people are allowing to pollute their minds. "On the Far Side of Forgetting" reveals where we can find forgiveness. "Rain Talks" and "What Have I Done?" violate the "Don't Look Back" rule, and so does "And That Old Rocking Chair Groans." You are blessed if "You've Got it all Wrong (about Jesus)" doesn't apply to you. Ah, "blessed" and "home" ... I pray that both of these apply to my dad, and I hope that my song, "Going Home" pleases him in Heaven.

Cover photography courtesy of Clara Natoli clarita1000@gmail.com

          All songs © 2009 Lex Zaleta          www.LexZaleta.com


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STILL

"She was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I loved her still."

This might be the most fun I've had making an album, and that's probably because I had so much help from so many quality people. Bret Alexander, Galen Breen, Chordslinger, Jan Destner, and Sait Koray have all contributed their considerable talents to the music here. The subject matter is just as varied - from searching for truth and salvation to uncovering the secrets of songwriting. - with a cast of characters ranging from Charles Manson to Jesus (with a trailer park Cassanova stuck in the middle).


I'm still writing and recording songs as fast as I can, and I'll keep writing and recording as long as someone is still listening. Thank you for being that someone!

Please visit my website when you can:
www.LexZaleta.com


1. (I DON'T WANT TO MISS)
THE REST OF MY LIFE
2. (TRUTH) LIES IN ETERNITY
3. MAKE MY DAY
4. SMILE SERENADE
5. STILL
6. HOPELESS ROMANTIC
7. NO MAN'S SON
8. THIS IS WHO I AM
9. NO NAPKINS IN NASHVILLE
10. HUMBLE YOURSELF
11. THE FIFTH
12. LOST LOVERS' LAKE
13. STILL (extended version)

All songs © 2009 Lex Zaleta/ Bleeding, Inc.


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ONE FROM EVERY ALBUM

I've been carrying some of these songs in my head since high school. I'm not sure if it was courage or advancing years that made me finally start recording them in 1999. Those first five songs have turned into five hundred, and I feel I have about that many more left in me.

It's been a mighty fine run so far.

I've picked one song from each album of my work currently in the marketplace, and I hope there's enough here to give you a fair idea of what I am about.

1. Only a Mother Knows (TAKE A GOOD LOOK)
2. That Hurts a Lot! (THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE)
3. Don't Let Her Tears Get in Your Way (THE CROP)
4. Memphis Minute (LAST TOMORROW)
5. Killing Me Slowly (FILLING IN FOR JESUS)
6. Love Fool (REX Z - KING ARTHUR COVERS LEX ZALETA)
7. Ignorance Is Bliss (TOUGH'S NOT ENOUGH)
8. Candy Bar Blues (WHAT'S A GUY GOTTA DO?)
9. I Can't Turn My Back on Me (THE PLEASURES THAT LAST - Bret Alexander's Acoustic Interpretations of the Lyrics of Lex Zaleta)
10. This Is Who I Am (THIS IS WHO I AM)
11. Shadow People (SHADOW PEOPLE)
12. No Man's Son (STILL)
13. Serpents of Fire (LZ - The lyrical works of Lex Zaleta set to music by Kephas)
14. Someday Aisle (ONE DUSTY ROAD by Dusty Drake)


All songs © 2009 Bleeding, Inc./ Lex Zaleta
LZALETA@prodigy.net www.LexZaleta.com


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ASKING FOR FOREVER


Heartache is in the air ... Heartbreak is everywhere ... Some families are falling apart, others were never together ... Terrorists are swimming ashore, some are living next door ... The wheel of misfortune is still in spin, but it's not taking a turn for the better ... You can easily lose your shirt in this high-stakes game ... Narrow minds limit our lives, and narrow beds await our deaths ... It all comes down to clever, and not asking for forever ...

1. YOUR MAMA'S BEHIND BARS BLUES
2. NARROW BED
3. WHERE WAS I GOING? (with ChordSlinger)
4. POKER GAME OF PAIN
5. DEAD MAN'S TURN
6. AL QAEDA ON THE WESTERN FRONT
7. LOWDOWN ON MY LUCK
8. WATCH ME DIE (with ChordSlinger)
9. NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO SERVICE BLUES
10. YOU'RE ON TRIAL
11. MR. BAD LUCK
12. IF A HEART BREAKS
13. ZONES
14. ASKING FOR FOREVER

Copyright © 2009 Lex Zaleta/Bleeding, Inc.
www.LexZaleta.com
All artwork courtesy of Ms. Batsceba Hardy
http://batsceba.deviantart.com


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SAY SOMETHING IN POETRY


We are all just this side of alone. It is Ten Minutes to Lonely for every person on this planet. Take any Slice of Life, and you'll find this to be true. Oh, you can try to be Teflon® Man, taking it Day By Day and letting things slide, but - unless you can slip into tomorrow where Blame's Not Born Yet - you'll be getting a severe case of Stage Fright when you are called to that One Night Witness Stand. The Big Daddy of Deceit is always on the prowl, and you must have Sturdy Roots and Steady Wings (made of Faith's Feathers) to avoid his clutches. True love can help, but Love Is Funny. Doesn't matter who you love or how you love, there are times when you can't live with them ... but you sure Can't Love Without 'em. E-X Marks the Spot where we've come to bury our past. We mumble a brief prayer, Say Something in Poetry, and move on ... trying to beat the clock, but it is Ten Minutes to Lonely for you and for me.

1. Blame's Not Born Yet
2. E-X Marks the Spot
3. Faith's Feathers
4. Love Is Funny
5. Say Something in Poetry
6. Can't Love Without 'em
7. One Night Witness Stand
8. Teflon® Man
9. Slice of Life
10. Day By Day
11. Ten Minutes to Lonely
12. Sturdy Roots and Steady Wings
13. Big Daddy of Deceit
14. Stage Fright

All songs © 2010 Lex Zaleta/
Bleeding, Inc. www.LexZaleta.com
All artwork and photography
courtesy of Batsceba Hardy.
http://batsceba.deviantart.com


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NO PLACE LIKE HOME


Nothing succeeds like success - an
Obvious yet often overlooked

Platitude - one of life's
Lessons lost on
All but a few
Courageous souls who have
Enough self-confidence to

Laugh in the face of
Insults, all the while
Knowing that what they
Envision is pure and

Honest, and they
Offer their vision
Most humbly to everyone on this
Earth we call home


1. Charmed and Dangerous
2. Never, Never Land
3. Tell Me, Icarus
4. Giant Scissors of Time
5. Straying Into NO (the S.I.N. Song)
6. Middle Ground (music by Steve Gilmore)
7. Five Friends
8. Twin Towers of Strength
9. Handle It with Prayer
10. Loose Change
11. No Place Like Home
12. Silence Surrounds Me
13. The Question Song


All songs © 2010 Lex Zaleta/Bleeding, Inc.
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres 
Cover art and design ©2010 Lemmy V. lemmy-x.deviantart.com
Original images: ©2009 bstocked.deviantart.com / ©2005 mr-frenzy.deviantart.com / ©2007 djpstock.deviantart.com
LZALETA@prodigy.net
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THE KEY


It all begins when we tiptoe to the edge of the waters of temptation. That BAD BAPTISM covers every soul in Creation, for we are all the COLOR OF MAN. I'm NO NOSTRADAMUS (and neither was he), but I see coffins at the end of our span and someone looking down and saying, "Boy, or GIRL, I DIG YOUR SHOES!" You start singing the blues with that BEDTIME PRAYER you shared with your children echoing through your ears along with thoughts of reincarnation. "ONCE IS ENOUGH," you mutter across the years. Across the sea, some hate-filled fanatic is DRESSING UP IN DYNAMITE and trying to impress Satan for a night. Closer to home, LOVE CRIMES are being committed to the sounds of passing trains. Where you stand, SOLITUDE REIGNS. Out of that silence, A PROPHET SPEAKS true: "THE SUN LOVES THE MOON TOO." He asks you for a cool drink, and you smartly serve him LOVE ON THE ROCKS as you think about your toes dipping into those waters of temptation. He hands you THE KEY and makes this proclamation. "It all begins with that BAD BAPTISM, and it ends with THE KEY."


1. Bad Baptism
2. Color of Man
3. No Nostradamus
4. Girl, I Dig Your Shoes
5. A Bedtime Prayer
6. Once Is Enough
7. Dressing Up in Dynamite
8. Love Crimes  
9. Solitude Reigns

10. A Prophet Speaks
11. The Sun Loves the Moon Too
12. Love on the Rocks
13. The Key

All songs © 2010  Lex Zaleta
www.LexZaleta.com 
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios.
Album artwork is courtesy of and property of © Rolffimages | Dreamstime.com


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SIGNS AND WONDERS


Sixty-four years ago, on this date, a World War II veteran with six Bronze Stars and one Silver Star married a pretty young nurse with stars in her eyes. Sixty-three years ago, almost on this date, a Pennsylvania baby took his first breath of coal dust air. Pretty soon, he was breathing in as much of life as he could. At three, he was reading the Sunday comics to his parents. At four, he was writing the name of his hero, Hopalong Cassidy, on the sidewalks of his neighborhood. That love for words never left that young man, and he went on to teach high school English for thirty-five years.
In his next lifetime, Lex Zaleta has begun to write down and record the songs that have long been in his heart and mind. The years keep rolling by, and Lex keeps writing and recording at a brisk pace. SIGNS AND WONDERS is Lex's fourteenth studio album, and we wonder if he will ever begin to show signs of slowing down.

SIGNS AND WONDERS - released June 15, 2010

1. Signs and Wonders
2. Impatient Temptation
3. One Good Reason
4. I Can't Turn My Back on Me
5. A Stonehenge Throw Away
6. Neverending Rain
7. Key of Gold
8. Steel-Eyed Cheat
9. Little Lies
10. Restless Ecstasy
11. Weather or Not
12. Serpents of Fire

All songs © 2010 Lex Zaleta/Bleeding, Inc. Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studio Cover Art by Phil Hudak ©2010
See more of Phil's wonderful fractal art at www.PhilsFractals.com
For more Lex Zaleta, go to www.LexZaleta.com  LZALETA@prodigy.net


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SMALL TRACES OF TRUTH

I walk a time throughout this land with measured stride and pen in hand. I refuse to race to judgment or admit defeat. I have been dwelling in dark places under the great gray sky, and, yes, I too have played the April Fool and tried to sandbag sin. I've watched snow-capped couples doing the Viagra® Waltz. I'm not that old yet, but I can feel it from here. The greatest salesman in the world would say, "I know how you feel. I felt just like you until I found those small traces of truth salvaged from my youth."

I walk a time, and come December, I'll sing "The Valley Song" yet again. It is not much, but I pray it will sustain me - yet again.

1. The Great Gray Sky
2. I Walk a Time
3. Race to Judgment
4. I Can Feel It From Here
5. Feel, Felt, Found
6. Small Traces of Truth
7. Viagra® Waltz
8. Sandbag Sin
9. April Fool
10. Dwelling in Dark Places
11. The Valley Song
12. Come December


All songs © 2010 Lex Zaleta/Bleeding, Inc.
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studio
Cover photography courtesy of Ms. Clara Natoli clarita1000@gmail.com
For more Lex Zaleta, go to www.LexZaleta.com
 LZALETA@prodigy.net


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FREE


"Free" is the key. It's the album title and the theme that weaves its way through every song. "Free" is the anthem of all innocent men in a living hell. Free is what that slow learning "Love Fool" is about to be. Free is how the "Prodigal Son" will feel at his homecoming. It's a dark kind of free when you find that "Life Isn't Always Fair." It's a brighter free when the addicted soul in "Till Meth Do Us Part" takes that last step toward being wholly, totally clean. We cherish living free in the home of the brave ("Speaking in Tongues"). Four words can set us free from the expectation trap - "This Too Shall Pass." A spirit is set free in "Hear Her Cry." The hapless would-be Cassanovas in "Dream Date" and "Computer Age" find an almost comic freedom through REM and RAM. "It's a God Thing" rejuvenates us with the good news that we can "Stop, Drop, and Roll" and be free from the flaming wrath of Hell.


1.  Stop, Drop, and Roll
2.  Prodigal Son
3.  Hear Her Cry
4.  Speaking in Tongues
5.  This Too Shall Pass
6.  Dream Date
7.  Last Day of Grace
8.  Till Meth Do Us Part
9.  Free
10. Computer Age
11. Life Isn't Always Fair
12. Love Fool
13. It's a God Thing


All songs © 2010 Lex Zaleta/Bleeding, Inc.
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios
Cover art by Phil Hudak © 2010 See more of Phil's fractal art at www.PhilsFractals.com
www.LexZaleta.com
LZALETA@prodigy.net


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TWO FROM SEVEN

I ended 2009 with ASKING FOR FOREVER, and I thought I was done for a good while. Not sure how it happened, but here I am six albums later putting out this compilation, TWO FROM SEVEN. This album contains the title tracks from ASKING FOR FOREVER, SAY SOMETHING IN POETRY, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, THE KEY, SIGNS AND WONDERS, SMALL TRACES OF TRUTH, and FREE, and one additional cut from each of those seven albums. Not sure what the future holds, but 2010 has been a very good year for me musically.


1. Blame's Not Born Yet  (from SAY SOMETHING IN POETRY)
2. Color of Man (from THE KEY)
3. No Place Like Home (from NO PLACE LIKE HOME)
4. Asking for Forever (from ASKING FOR FOREVER) 
5. Small Traces of Truth (from SMALL TRACES OF TRUTH)
6. Steel-Eyed Cheat (from SIGNS AND WONDERS)
7. Hear Her Cry  (from FREE)
8. Poker Game of Pain (from ASKING FOR FOREVER)
9. Twin Towers of Strength (from NO PLACE LIKE HOME)
10. Say Something in Poetry (from SAY SOMETHING IN POETRY)
11. Free  (from FREE)
12. Signs and Wonders (from SIGNS AND WONDERS)
13. Race to Judgment (from SMALL TRACES OF TRUTH)
14. The Key (from THE KEY)


All songs © 2010 Lex Zaleta  LZALETA@prodigy.net
Credits for all album art can be found in the Album Store here at www.LexZaleta.com


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THIS CUP

THIS CUP is album number seventeen on my road to overnight success and one-hit stardom. Not sure how much I have left in the tank, but hop in, turn up the volume,
and ride with me.  I'm not predicting the end of the world here. There's no future in that. You're only right once, and nobody will know it. People have loved and lost and lived and died with the memories - ever since that very first Garden party got busted. There is nothing new under the sun. The costumes and the props may change with the times, but the play remains the same. Tragedy or comedy, you ask. Yes, I reply. No one's taking this cup from us this time around. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Yes.


1. Prison Cell Phone Blues
2. Crawl Tall
3. M&Ms® and Memories
4. Color Me Surprised 
5. The Pleasures That Last
6. All Over You
7. Every Day Is Today
8. Children of the Night
9. See-Through Trap
10. Life Goes On
11. You Ain't No Angel
12. I Get What You Deserve
13. This Cup 


All songs Copyright © 2010 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.
www.LexZaleta.com  LZALETA@prodigy.net
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios
Cover photography courtesy of Casey Tritch caseytritch@hotmail.com


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THIS IS WHO I AM  Volume Two


When I began my songwriting journey, I decided to tithe through music and make 10% of my songs overtly Christian. The tunes keep tapping on my brain, and I have been faithful in my giving. Time and tithe wait for no man, I suppose, so I'll keep running the race I've been commissioned to run ... until that last setting of the sun. I pray there is a "Well done!" waiting at that finish line.

1. I Walk a Time
2. Big Daddy of Deceit
3. Sandbag Sin
4. This Cup
5. Signs and Wonders
6. Come December
7. Serpents of Fire
8. A Prophet Speaks
9. I Get What You Deserve
10. Zones
11. Straying Into NO (The S.I.N. Song)
12. Feel, Felt, Found
13. Last Day of Grace/The Answer
14. Key of Gold
15. This Too Shall Pass
16. It's a God Thing


All songs © 2010 Lex Zaleta  LZALETA@prodigy.net
Please stop by www.LexZaleta.com  when you can. I do appreciate you!


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LEX'S LAUGH TRACKS



This world can be a pretty dark place. You can choose to languish in the blackness, or you can light a comic candle to brighten up the place and put a smile on your face. There are 19 comic candles here - I hope. I pray that they may brighten your day - every day - and not just on wick ends.


1. Your Mama's Behind Bars Blues
2. Stupor Man
3. All Over You
4. Just Wasted
5. Can't Love Without 'em
6. Hopeless Romantic
7. Horizontal Dancer (Honor Back)
8. Candy Bar Blues
9. See-Through Trap
10. Prison Cell Phone Blues
11. I Like Bike
12. The Fifth
13. She's a Keeper
14. That Hurts a Lot!
15. Burstin' with Courtesy
16. Dream Date
17. Computer Age
18. Sunglasses and a Smile
19. Hell Was Filled

All songs Copyright © 2010 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding Inc.
Please visit all of the albums at  www.LexZaleta.com
LZALETA@prodigy.net


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THE HOPIN' ROAD


I've long been on "The Hopin' Road," though I don't believe I've been wishing my life away. That young and carefree time when I might "Fall for Anything" has faded from my rearview mirror, and I realize I am "Ten No More."

"The Winds of Every War" whip past me, and I am certain these black winds are carrying "The Bad Seed" to its next dark destination. "Oh Dear Atheist," you and I are in much need of prayer. I know you told me where to go, but "Hell Was Filled" so I came back ... but back to what?

I confront the modern Everyman and tell him, "'I Noticed Your Tattoo' before I noticed you." (Men used to make their mark in the world ... now, they just get marked.) Everyman seeks out the "Horizontal Dancer" ("A Body Without a Heart") and off they go, "Slow Dancing with the Devil." Another "Bad Seed" is planted, and another "Cursed Creature" is born (destined to spill "Red Kool-Aid® on the Couch" of this world).

Together, we can get that stain out - me and my fellow travelers on THE HOPIN' ROAD.


1.  The Bad Seed (with ChordSlinger)
2.  Oh Dear Atheist
3.  Horizontal Dancer (Honor Back)
4.  The Hopin' Road (with Michael Winter)
5.  Ten No More
6.  Fall for Anything
7.  I Noticed Your Tattoo
8.  Slow Dancing with the Devil
9.  A Body Without a Heart
10. The Winds of Every War (Just a Song)
11. Cursed Creature (with Michael Winter)
12. Red Kool-Aid® on the Couch
13. Hell Was Filled

All songs © 2011 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.
Cover art courtesy of Claudiu Nenu www.ClaudiuNenu.com
www.LexZaleta.com   LZALETA@prodigy.net
 
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STATE OF THE UNION

Unions ... love ... marriage ... the Triune God ... man and his fellow man ... man and his country ... man and the planet ... man and the Creator ... Unions ...

To the legions of the Walking Dead
All on their way to that Narrow Bed,
On their journey to Heaven or Hell:
Please know that I Wish You More Than Well.
I pray that you'll Meet the Trinity
Before Love Expires (Alphabetically),
And you end up like Annabel Lee -
In a tomb where Tears Are the Windows
And there are no Other Places to Go.
There's many a battle lost and won
Over the State of the Union.
Me? I'm so Lowdown on My Luck
I may be too poor to give a ......

1. Other Places to Go
2. Meet the Trinity
3. Tears Are the Windows
4. Lowdown on My Luck
5. I Wish You More Than Well
6. Heaven or Hell
7. Walking Dead
8. It's Better This Way
9. Annabel Lee (E.A. Poe)
10. Love Expires (Alphabetically) / with ChordSlinger
11. Narrow Bed
12. State of the Union 

All songs © 2011 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios
www.LexZaleta.com      LZALETA@prodigy.net


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LEFT BEHIND



Death may not be proud, but it sure as hell is arrogant. It swoops down on the mighty and the lowly, the young and the infirm, the innocent and the guilty - without mercy or regard.
Millions die in wars, hundreds of thousands more perish in natural disasters, and thousands are slain by terrorist fanatics. No one anywhere is safe from the long killing arm of Death.

Many of the songs on this album deal with death, but they are not songs of despair. For those who have faith in The Creator, death is not the end. Even those whose arrogance almost matches Death's can take some small comfort in knowing that they will be remembered by the friends and family they have 

          LEFT BEHIND.

1. Defiance 2. How Much Does It Cost to Be Free?
3. Twisted 4.The Mistake I Made 5.The Wrong
     End of the Rainbow 6. Always Thank the Lord 
7. Soldier Number Three 8. Death Winks 9. Love 
     Is a Many-Splintered Thing 10. Hannah's Song 
11. Left Behind 12. Too Young 13. Sword of Praise



          All songs © 2011 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.
          Cover art courtesy of Julée San
          Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios


          www.LexZaleta.com     LZALETA@prodigy.net


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PLAYING THE GHOST


You can't "Row Your Boat" gently down that stream of consciousness we call life. Row with all your might, and you'll still end up "Playing the Ghost" all "Alone" on a wide, wide sea. "The Voice in My Head" tells me "That's Just the Way It Goes," but an angel of a lady who was "Filling in for Jesus" shared "The Rest of the Story" with me -- and she's ready to share it with you.

"Ohhh," there will still be "Good Morning, Blues!" to start some days, and "Medusa's Wild" wailing of "Everybody Must Get Stoned" can stun the best among us, but faith and humor can see us through. That's why I had 007 scare the "L" out of Bob Dylan's classic rock double album to give you "Bond on Bond."
I presumptuously concocted a Beatles' cocktail to let you know "E.V. Olive You." I may not have a lot to give, but what I've got I'll give to you the next time you are PLAYING THE GHOST.


1. Row Your Boat 3:41 *** 2. Bond on Bond 4:30 ***
3. Medusa's Wild 3:29 *** 4. The Rest of the Story 5:56 ***
5. Playing the Ghost 4:16 *** 6. The Voice in My Head 3:06 ***
7. E.V. Olive You 1:49 *** 8. Ohhh 2:31 ***
9. Just the Way It Goes 3:35 *** 10. Good Morning, Blues! 3:47 ***
11. Alone 3:21 *** 12. Filling in for Jesus 3:54 *** 


All songs © 2011 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.

www.LexZaleta.com   LZALETA@prodigy.net
Album artwork courtesy of Ms. Vanessa  Ryan (VanessaRyan1970@yahoo.com)
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios



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THIS IS WHO I AM  Volume Three


From before birth to beyond death, our souls are under God's wise control. He is aware of every single breath, every dream, every goal.
To believe otherwise is foolish "Defiance." "Slow Dancing with the Devil" can lead only to being "Left Behind" to sleep in the "Narrow Bed" you've made. "Oh Dear Atheist," it's not too late to "Meet the Trinity," pick up your "Sword of Praise," and hear "The Rest of the Story."
"Always Thank the Lord" for being in control of your every breath, your every dream, your every goal.


1. Defiance 2. Narrow Bed 3. Left Behind
4. Slow Dancing with the Devil 5. Meet the Trinity
6. Tears Are the Windows 7. Always Thank the Lord
8. My "Drug" Problem 9. Twin Towers of Strength
10. Too Young 11. Oh Dear Atheist 12. Sword of Praise
13. Soldier Number Three 14. Hannah's Song
15. The Rest of the Story 16. Filling in for Jesus
17. Pearls of Peace 

All songs Copyright © 2012 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.

www.LexZaleta.com    LZALETA@prodigy.net
 

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WRITTEN IN STONE



Invisible flames are consuming our world. The lineup of arsonists responsible for the conflagration includes immoral men and women from all crawls of life: pond scum Ponzi schemers, bad dream bottom dealers, partly human political hacks ... There aren't enough firefighters with strong moral fiber to contain the flames ... not enough water to wash away the burning sins of the multitudes ... not enough time to turn back to the truth. I wish it weren't so, but I do believe it is WRITTEN IN STONE.
I once knew a man who had enough moral fiber to fight against the flames, a man whose code was HONOR ABOVE ALL. That man was my father.


1. Written in Stone (with Michael Winter)
2. There Are Sounds
3. The Red Death
4. Sticks and Stones
5. Call Me Home
6. That Bomb You Dropped on Me (with Paul Sherry)
7. Pearls of Peace
8. My "Drug" Problem
9. Eddies of the Infinite (with Nigel Potter)
10. Little Sleep
11. Something Juliet
12. Written in Stone (Winter's alternate mix) 


All songs © 2012 Lex Zaleta/Bleeding, Inc.

www.LexZaleta.com   LZALETA@prodigy.net
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios
All album photography courtesy of Curtis Salonick www.Salonick.com



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TWENTY FROM TEN


The twenty tracks here are from my first ten albums. I do hope you'll feel that you have received full value for your dollar after you've had time (73:53) to listen. A similar collection from my second ten albums is also available - TWENTY FROM TEN: Volume Two.


1. Way Back Home (from SHADOW PEOPLE) 3:44
2. Sadness Casts Its Shadow (from FILLING IN FOR JESUS) 4:11
3. The Crop (from THE CROP) 3:23
4. Just Wasted (from TAKE A GOOD LOOK) 5:05
5. Poker Game of Pain (from ASKING FOR FOREVER) 5:06
6. Sunglasses and a Smile (from LAST TOMORROW) 3:23
7. Medusa's Wild (from FILLING IN FOR JESUS) 5:12
8. That Hurts a Lot! (from THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE) 2:58
9. Ignorance Is Bliss (from TOUGH'S NOT ENOUGH) 4:12
10. Memphis Minute (from LAST TOMORROW) 3:09
11. Asking for Forever (from ASKING FOR FOREVER) 3:16
12. Mr. Bad Luck (from ASKING FOR FOREVER) 4:19
13. And That Old Rocking Chair Groans (from SHADOW PEOPLE) 3:59
14. One Road (from WHAT'S A GUY GOTTA DO?) 4:13
15. What's a Guy Gotta Do? (from WHAT'S A GUY GOTTA DO?) 3:20
16. Still (from STILL) 2:00
17. The Road Not Taken (from THE EDGE OF SOMEWHERE) 2:57
18. Hopeless Romantic (from STILL) 2:33
19. Tears Are the Windows (from THE CROP) 2:58
20. No Napkins in Nashville (from STILL) 3:44




All songs © 2011 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.
www.LexZaleta.com  LZALETA@prodigy.net


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TWENTY FROM TEN  Volume Two

Oh, my, my ... another ten albums to pick pairs of tracks from - or some other combination - to get TWENTY FROM TEN: Volume Two. Once again, these tunes have been hand-picked just for your ears.


1. Twin Towers (from NO PLACE LIKE HOME) 3:40
2. The Hopin' Road (from THE HOPIN' ROAD) 3:28
3. Every Day Is Today (from THIS CUP) 4:22
4. Stop, Drop, and Roll (from FREE) 2:33
5. Race to Judgment (from SMALL TRACES OF TRUTH) 5:07
6. Sandbag Sin (from SMALL TRACES OF TRUTH) 3:12
7. Free (from FREE) 3:05
8. Say Something in Poetry (from SAY SOMETHING IN POETRY) 3:20
9. Defiance (from LEFT BEHIND) 2:44
10. See-Through Trap (from THIS CUP) 3:32
11. Blame's Not Born Yet (from SAY SOMETHING IN POETRY) 3:39
12. Computer Age (from FREE) 3:12
13. One Good Reason (from SIGNS AND WONDERS) 3:39
14. The Key (from THE KEY) 3:22
15. Always Thank the Lord (from LEFT BEHIND) 3:46
16. State of the Union (from STATE OF THE UNION) 3:44
17. Signs and Wonders (from SIGNS AND WONDERS) 4:01
18. Slow Dancing with the Devil (from THE HOPIN' ROAD) 3:30
19. Last Day of Grace (from FREE) 3:52
20. Fall for Anything (from THE HOPIN' ROAD) 3:13


All tracks © 2012 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.

www.LexZaleta.com LZALETA@prodigy.net



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I WANT TO BE THERE

ALL IS NOT WELL with the world. We are all IN TOO DEEP, and DEATH DANCES over our graves. Forecast for the future? A HOT ONE! We TOOK ALL OF THE GIFTS, and we're still HOPING FOR MORE. Knit one, PEARL TWO ... TIME TREMBLES as our world unravels. AN OXYCONTIN® TALE is on the radio, but MAKING IT LEGAL doesn't make it right. THE HARDEST PART OF HELLO is having to say good-bye. When that roll is called up yonder, I WANT TO BE THERE.

COME, FOLLOW ME!


1. In Too Deep
2. Making It Legal
3. All Is Not Well
4. Death Dances
5. A Hot One
6. Hoping for More
7. Time Trembles
8. An OxyContin® Tale
9. Pearl Two
10. I Took All of the Gifts
11. The Hardest Part of Hello
12. I Want to Be There
13. Come, Follow Me (with Sait Koray)


All Songs Copyright © 2012 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding Inc.
www. LexZaleta.com     
LZALETA@prodigy.net
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios
All album artwork and photography courtesy of Mr. Vladimir Sedmik
http://mucek.deviantart.com
v.sedmik@gmail.com


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EVERYMAN



Are we accidents of a big bang birth, or are we the conscious creation of a Supreme Being? Perhaps that Supreme Being consciously created the Big Bang?
While we ponder these cosmic questions, the rent falls due, the car breaks down, and the new job never materializes.  We are getting less and less big bang for the buck each day as the Doomsday Clock winds down.

In "The Endless Streetcar Ride Into the Night, and the Tinfoil Noose," Jean Shepherd observed: "Sometimes you feel as though you are alone in a rented rowboat, bailing like mad in the darkness with a leaky bailing can.  It is important to know that there are at least two billion other ciphers in the same boat, bailing with the same leaky can.  They all think they are alone and are crossed with an evil star.  They are right."

We are EVERYMAN on this planet. 

1. In the Face of Sin            
2. Hasty With Her Heart        
3. Under the Sun                   
4. Six or Seven Candles  (for Sandy Hook) 
5. Dance of Death  
6. Two Souls in Flight
7. Redneck Rap (Britches and Hoes)
8. Fragile, Fragile
9. Last Shot City
10. The Gift
11. Another Girlfriend
12. Everyman

All songs Copyright © 2014  Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.www.LexZaleta.com
    LZALETA@prodigy.net
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios
All album artwork courtesy of Mr. Carroll P. MacDonald

www.cpmacdonald.info


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THIS IS WHO I AM  Volume Four


 I honestly didn't think there would be a THIS IS WHO I AM Volume Four, but then again I didn't think there would be a Volume Two-- or a Volume Three.
The Lord continues to bless me with words.  I keep praying for some vocal talent, but I guess He wants to give folks down here a preview of what the
end times will sound like.

     These Christian songs were gleaned from ten of my albums -- along with three previously unreleased tracks.


1. Eat My Words (previously unreleased)  
2. The Gift (from EVERYMAN)
3. Bad Baptism (from THE KEY)
4. Fragile, Fragile (from EVERYMAN)
5. In the Face of Sin (from EVERYMAN)
6. Prodigal Son (from FREE) 
7. Steel-Eyed Cheat (from SIGNS AND WONDERS)
8. Humble Yourself /with Jan Destner (from STILL)
9. Under the Sun (from EVERYMAN)
10. Come, Follow Me /with Sait Koray (from I WANT TO BE THERE)
11. Handle It With Prayer (from NO PLACE LIKE HOME)
12. Sun of a Son (previously unreleased)
13. Children of the Night (from THIS CUP)
14. Faith's Feathers (from SAY SOMETHING IN POETRY)
15. There Are Sounds (from WRITTEN IN STONE)
16. Certain People Appear (previously unreleased)

All songs Copyright © 2014 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.
www.LexZaleta.com
LZALETA@prodigy.net

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QUIET IN THE COURTROOM

I took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it.
It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when
I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. (Revelation 10:10)
 
 
Our world mass produces consumables that have a patina
of political correctness wrapped around them.  There
are the sugar-coated promises of politicians being peddled
from Congress to the soapbox in front of the corner store.
Songs without content are polished to a sugared glaze
of perfection  (no-cal ear candy).  Facebook and Twitter
are the Internet equivalents of fast-food drive thrus. 
Smartphones keep us gorged with the M&M minutiae
of the moment.  We devour talk shows, TV series,
and special-effects-filled movies, jumping through
Hulu hoops to have it all, but we are still spiritually
homeless, hungry, and cold.
 
When it will all end, only the Father knows.  One thing
is for certain.  All of our beehive activity will cease on
Judgment Day, and there will be …………………………
 
                 QUIET IN THE COURTROOM.

1.  Eat My Words
2.  Get Back In
3.  Certain People Appear
4.  Drug Free Way
5.  Grief Extends (Beyond the Grave)
6.  Eden Two
7.  Quiet in the Courtroom
8.  Sun of a Son
9.  Outside In
10. Amontillado Walls
11. Middle of Nowhere
12. One Blink of an Eye (with Jimfre Bacal)
 
 
 
All songs Copyright © 2014 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.
www.LexZaleta.com      LZALETA@prodigy.net
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios
Album artwork courtesy of Mr. Carroll P. MacDonald  www.cpmacdonald.info


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WHO IS YOUR PAUL?

1.  Defiance (from LEFT BEHIND)
2.  All Is Not Well (from I WANT TO BE THERE)
3.  Bad Baptism (from THE KEY)
4.  Straying Into NO - The S.I.N. Song (from NO PLACE LIKE HOME)
5.  An OxyContin Tale (from I WANT TO BE THERE)
6.  Red Kool-Aid on the Couch (from THE HOPIN' ROAD)
7.  Twisted (from LEFT BEHIND)
8. Quiet in the Courtroom (from QUIET IN THE COURTROOM)
9.  Prodigal Son (from FREE)
10. Outside In (from QUIET IN THE COURTROOM)
11. Drug Free Way (from QUIET IN THE COURTROOM)
12. Free (from FREE)
13. Till Meth Do Us Part (from FREE)
14. Sun of a Son (from QUIET IN THE COURTROOM)
15. My "Drug" Problem (from WRITTEN IN STONE)
16. Who Is Your Paul? (previously unreleased)


Addiction is not a crime.

Addiction is a disease whose symptoms  cause addicts to commit crimes.  Almost 90% of our court cases deal with
drug-related crimes.  Imagine the transformation that would take place in America if our legal system would stop punishing
the symptoms and would begin treating the disease.

Leesa Hoskins has started a campaign in Cleveland, Tennessee that may provide the spark for that transformation. 
Her Facebook page, PRAY FOR PAUL, adds many new members every day.  These folks have all been plagued by
addiction.  They are seeking help for their friends, their co-workers, and their families who can't help themselves out
of the abyss of addiction.

 Leesa's brother, Paul, is one of those addicts.

 Who is your Paul?


All songs Copyright © 2014  Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.  
www.LexZaleta.com        LZALETA@prodigy.net

Album artwork courtesy of Mr. Carroll P. MacDonald www.cpmacdonald.info


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THE LAST


2015 … the first year I didn’t release at least one album since I signed up for this songwriting gig.  2015 … the year my sweet mother’s health declined rapidly (she died in March of 2016 and left me an orphan in this world).  2015 … the year we sold the home we swore we would never ever move from.  2015 … the year we bought a home in an area with no cable or Internet.
 
So, here I am in 2016, like John Boy Walton trekking to Ike Godsey’s general store to use the phone – only I’m motoring to the Flying J truck stop to get Wi-Fi. Hey, who needs Internet?  I’ve just celebrated 45 years of marriage to my sweet wife.
 
Here I am in 2016 bringing you some songs of love, some songs of hate, and some songs of hope. I hope you’ll love most of them and hate only a few.

 

  1.  Come On, Let’s Go
  2.  Who Is Your Paul?
  3.  Have to Have Two
  4.  Another Halo Cast
  5.  Behold the Glory
  6.  The Last
  7.  Cyanide
  8.  No Song
  9.  A 45 Record
  10. Madam Macadam
  11. If Love Is Wisdom (with S. Page)
  12. The Trouble with Tennessee

 
                         All songs Copyright © 2016 Lex Zaleta/Bleeding, Inc. except “If Love Is Wisdom” (S. Page/L.Zaleta)
                                               
www.LexZaleta.com                          LZALETA@prodigy.net
                                Album a rtwork courtesy of Mr. Bruno Lindentals (darkdex52 at
www.deviantart.com)
                                           Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios


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TWO SOULS IN FLIGHT

Lex and I have been collaborating on songs via email for over a 
decade now. We are both huge Dylan fans, so we both like  hearing
a good story from someone who knows how to tell it.  The images in
Lex's writing are so singularly thoughtful and funny … and sometimes
sad.  I like to keep the music raw around Lex's tunes.  A glossy finish 
just ruins it ... like refinishing old furniture.  Leave it as is, cracks and all. That's where the magic lives. More music coming from us. Stay tuned.

  - Bret Alexander -  May 9, 2017

Bret Alexander is a master musician, singer, and studio owner.  He is
also a master wordsmith.  Most importantly, he is a friend.  Our first two
all-acoustic collab albums, THE PLEASURES THAT LAST and INTO MY LIFE, are excellent examples of Bret’s work.  On TWO SOULS IN FLIGHT, Bret surpasses both of these efforts.  Sit back and enjoy!

  -  Lex Zaleta -  May 9, 2017


1. Amontillado Walls   2. Life Is So Daily   3. Two Souls in Flight   4. In Too Deep
5. Grief Extends (Beyond the Grave)   6. That Bomb You Dropped on Me   7. No Song
8. Love Me Back   9. Fragile, Fragile   10. Only a Mother Knows   11. Everyman


All songs © 2017  Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.
Album artwork courtesy of Rune Tjelte (shroomer83.deviantart.com)
LZALETA@prodigy.net    www.LexZaleta.com
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios


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I sit here in THE ALTERED STATES OF AMERICA, made to feel like THE OUTLAW by THE PREMIER POLITICIAN, made to feel SO FAR GONE -- from ZERO TO SIX FEET UNDER. I'm searching for AURAS AND OMENS, tracing the Great FLOOD LINES through time to A PERSON OF INTEREST -- the only One Who will LOVE ME BACK with a love MADE IN HEAVEN. WE TALK MORE NOW than we ever did, and He has shown me how to avoid evil in every form, even A SNAKE IN BLUE DENIM.

 

1.  Love Me Back                        7.  So Far Gone
2.  Flood Lines                             8.  Auras and Omens
3.  Made in Heaven                     9.  The Outlaw
4.  A Person of Interest            10. The Altered States of America
5.  We Talk More Now               11. Zero to Six Feet Under
6.  A Snake in Blue Denim        12. The Premier Politician  

 

All songs Copyright © 2017 Lex Zaleta / Bleeding, Inc.
www.LexZaleta.com       LZALETA@prodigy.net
Album artwork courtesy of Rune Tjelte (shroomer83.deviantart.com)
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios

 

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"Nostalgia is so retro!" The avant garde guard at the gates of wisdom repeats this over and over. He does his job so well that even he remains outside the entrance. He has a world of company too. Many listen to his inane pronouncements and nod their knowing approval. Those further from the gates can't hear the guard, but they go along with the crowd ahead of them. They all play nice -- most of the time. Every so often, they march off to war to protect whatever it is on the other side of those ancient gates. Rinse and repeat, and so it goes.
This album is for those brave souls who strive to find a way over, under, or around the gatekeepers. If they succeed, they just might be able to get a message back out to those in the crowd who, for now, can only stand and wait -- ON THE BRINK.

 

1. Hurtin' Boys and Girls    7.  Miss the Morning
2. Walk It Back                    8.  Let the Light In
3. The Seven Sages               9.  Vampire Campfire
4. Bound to Be                      10. Be My Gal in Time (The Alzheimer's Song)
5. On the Brink                    11. Old School Days
6. Happy Is the Heart          12. Pray Your Way Clear

 

Copyright © 2018 Lex Zaleta  www.LexZaleta.com  LZALETA@prodigy.net
Mastered, as always, by Bret Alexander at Saturation Acres Studios
Album artwork courtesy of skeeze@arwelt.com from Pixabay

 

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