Codex Tempore

by Tobias Weber & Bill Ray

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Codex Tempore Is Why Creative Commons Music Rocks

In collaboration with ccMixter, Tobias Weber and Bill Ray's organic groove-based remix album exemplifies the growth of CC music culture.

When was the last time you jammed with a Grammy award winning drummer? When was the last time you received a fully mixed track of your music, your drum solos, your vocals, without having to hire a producer or pay for a mastering session? Never? If you’re a ccMixter Remix Artist, this type of free form, open culture sharing happens everyday. Codex Tempore, the debut release from artists Tobias Weber and Bill Ray, takes this sharing culture to the next level, setting the standard for remix genres that range from progressive jazz to gritty blues funk. If you thought free music was for amateurs, think again. Tobias and Bill are in the house.

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released February 23, 2018

Produced by: Tobias Weber & Bill Ray
Mastered by: Tobias Weber
Copyright: Tobias Weber, Bill Ray, Various ccMixter Artists
Publishing: ArtisTech Media
CC BY-NC

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Track Name: Growing (feat. Mykle Anthony)
Trapped in illusion
Seen it all before
Covered by smokescreen
Confused but wanting more

He don’t really know
What he’s got
Blinded by generations
The wealth his pot

God only knows
What she see’s in him
Victim to passion
Allows the deepest sin

Be brave and ignore
The comfort of the known
Take a chance and break free
Explore what you’ve not been shown

Growth comes in strange ways
Growth comes like a shade that’s been raised
Growth comes from behind
Growth comes
Where most of us are blind

Pinned in by fury
To blind to see
The movement he’s making
To keep you from
being free

One foot in front of the other
Gets you to that door
Come on and turn that handle
And you’ll be a prisoner no more

Feels good to see again
Feels good to be you again
You’re stronger than you know
You’re not a victim anymore

So much time has passed
Just take it slow
You’ll soon feel like you again
and then before you know

You’re growing
Track Name: You're the Change (feat. Admiral Bob)
When I learned the road I’m on
is a rodent’s wheel all along
You’re the change I want to make

How the ship gets run aground
How the lost become the found
You’re the change I want to make

Searching for the exit to the maze
Is the light in your Holy Face

In the peace of a winter’s night
Crackling fire of divine light
You’re the change I want to make

Bow me down in a manger bare
A Prince of purpose awaits me there
You’re the change I want to make

Searching for the exit to the maze
Is the light in your Holy Face

Bow me down in a manger bare
A Prince of purpose awaits me there
You’re the change I want to make
Track Name: Blessed are the Greedy (feat. Madam Snowflake)
Moses spoke with God upon the mountain
Buddha found him underneath a tree
Jesus walked with father in the desert
Fortune is the modern God almighty

Blessed are the greedy
Angry with the needy
Got to navigate the camel through the eye
Some may call it cheating
It’s just Darwin-like competing
The dividends in hell pay awfully high

Krishna’s path began with liquid light
Bahá’u’lláh sought world unity
On Mt. Hira Allah visited Muhammad
Now God is gambling down on snake-eyes Wall Street

All Great Spirit creates
Is money simply waiting to be made
Took Him less than seven days, She can do it all again
We’ll put the pieces off together down on Wall Street

Refrain
The dividends in Hell pay awfully high
The dividends in hell
Blessed are the greedy
See you all in hell.
Track Name: Free Music and Free Beer (feat. Admiral Bob)
Well the Juke Joint’s rockin’ on a Saturday night
The blues band’s playin’ all the tunes just right
Guys and gals dancin’ in the summer heat
While the guitar’s screamin’ over Big Bill’s beat
There’s only one way to make this party come here
And that’s - free music, free beer

Just hop up on the table, and sing along
The band is up and they’re playing your song
They’re singing to you, you know that song you wrote
Funny how they know it now, note for note
There’s only one tune they all come here to hear
And that’s - free music, free beer

I hope you don’t think you got nothing to say
Let the romance take you all where it may
In the sweltering heat, we’re gonna dance all night
We’re a ways from sunrise, yeah, pitch it right
There’s only one song that the neighbors gonna hear
And that’s - free music, free beer
Track Name: Human Race (feat. Madam Snowflake)
We’re in a race for the human race
We’re in a race for the human race
To save our planet that we can’t replace
No other earth is there in outer space
Give mom a break for goodness sake
I’m gonna give much more than I take

I’m not defined by what I buy
But what’s inside my heart and my mind
I’m not defined by what I can buy
But what’s inside my big heart and mind
Not much we need, say goodbye greed
Life is in great peril and it’s time to take heed

Nurture all the flowers with the birds and the bees
Trees upon the land and the fish in the sea
No need for all those goods in plastic packaging
The earth is sorta blue ‘cause she wants to be green

That SUV sucks up too much energy
Imagine travel that’s petroleum free
Water that’s clean, and air that we can all breathe
With solar panels on our roofs and our streets
No offshore oil
No ocean spoil
The future of our world is up to you and to me

The keepers of the flowers and the birds and the bees
Trees upon the mountain and the fish in the sea
Meaningless consumption just pollutes everything
The earth is so blue ‘cause she wants to be green

The problem’s staring us bright eyed in the face
Who can stay blind to all the life we erase
Let’s work together to leave less of a trace
We’re all just visitors in this mortal space
The earth will thrive
We’ll stay alive
If we connect with nature and our love deep inside

We’re in a race for the human race
I want to give so much more than I take
Track Name: Chances (feat. Mr. Yesterday, Timo Vollbrecht)
A life that’s not worth living is the one without regret—
at least, that’s what they tell me, though I haven’t reckoned yet
how I’ll ever quite forgive myself for sitting out the dance:
[‘cause] I never stopped to love you when first I had the chance.

I told you I was taken, that another owned my heart,
and I built a wall between us to be sure we’d grow apart.
With my loyalty and passion I could never reconcile,
that you’d never asked to own me, just to love me for a while.

Now certain things are meant for us—at least I tell myself—
and those that aren’t, I set aside, or leave them on the shelf.
And I truly hope you’re happy with the way you’ve come to be
and that you’d smile if ever you should chance to think of me.

Sometimes at night I wonder if I’ll hear your voice again.
But this world I’ve built revolves around the choices where and when
I’ve stumbled, so I miss you, and our never-was romance.
I’ll be loving you forever though I never took the chance.

Life’s often off the menu, an all or nothing bet.
If you never risk the limit you’ll never know what you might get.
So I’ll never quite forgive myself for sitting out the dance: I should have
bet my life and loved you while I only had the chance.
Track Name: Thousand Songs Away (feat. Mr. Yesterday)
If I could wish these chains away
I’d love you every night and day
from close nearby. You needn’t fear
I’d ever go away, my dear.
But you’ve been gone these many years.
I’ve cried a hundred thousand tears,
and now I write a line or two
each time I stop to think of you
a thousand (thousand) songs away.

They say when love is true, it’s blind;
I’d like to think it’s so.
But since you’ve left me far behind
I’m really not so sure, you know.

Some day while walking down the street
I’ll wonder, should we chance to meet,
what you might do as I walk by:
will you look up to meet my eye?
Or by some far exotic shore
were I to knock upon your door
would you invite me in for tea
or leave me stranded helplessly
a thousand (thousand) songs away?

A simple love affair, I’ve heard,
is common as a dime.
My love for you’s a rarer bird:
not quite extinct, just hard to find….

If I could wish my chains away
I’d love you every night and day
from close nearby. You needn’t fear
I’d ever go away, my dear,
a thousand (thousand) songs away.
Track Name: Hanging Eleven (feat. Kara Square)
Throw on your boardies and grab your board
Shortboard, longboard, fishboard, fun
The waves are cranking, it’s time to charge
Let the gnarly waves run their course

Hanging loose on the party wave
Let’s hang ten, don’t look the other way
Hanging loose on the party wave
Most hang ten, he’s hanging ELEVEN!

Don’t be clucked by the clean-up set,
The overhead, pumping surf
Getting worked is part of the fun
Wipeouts, donuts, mullering

Hanging loose on the party wave
Let’s hang ten, don’t look the other way
Hanging loose on the party wave
Most hang ten, he’s hanging ELEVEN!

He’s freaking out the Benny’s
The frubes are all confused
The boogies have a garbage view!
He scared off all the Benny’s
The Barney’s gonna spew
Boogieboarders have a chowder view!

Anyone got some extra gear?
Boardshorts, cargoes, full wet suits?
Maybe even a single sock?
Anything to cover up that junk!

Hanging loose on the party wave
Let’s hang ten, don’t look the other way
Hanging loose on the party wave
Most hang ten, he’s hanging ELEVEN!

Hanging ELEVEN!

Akaw! She’s hanging TWELVE?

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