The title of the album accurately prepares any listener for a mix of emotional folk, lo-fi, pop/hard rock acoustic/electric styles that reflect the writers’ current lifestyle challenges and observations” - Paul Louis Villani

Album Review by Evie W. Music Blogger and Spotify Playlist Curator - February 2020.

Pieces of An Eclectic by Paul Louis Villani, aka "The Beast," is a roller coaster of emotions in the form of an album that vividly describes the musician's past and present story as well as the world. With bluesy ballads and guitar-driven melodies, the Australian rocker showcases his raw musical talent to seamlessly harmonize with his thoughtful songwriting. Villani's soulful vocals and classical guitar playing truly shine on various tracks such as the hard rock, true life inspired "Once Again". Another standout song is the atmospheric "Behold the Sacred Cow," a uniquely beautiful tribute to the artist's late father.

Pieces of an Eclectic

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Pieces of an Eclectic (Released 2020) - Album Notes

All songs (unless otherwise stated) are written, performed and recorded by Paul Louis Villani. 

The Album: 

Be prepared to be taken on an emotional roller coaster ride where the only source of truth is reality without softening filters. 

The Songs: 

Track one:       Before I Go 

A week in the life of someone who cannot stand being themselves can be torturous. Add into the equation someone who is trying to help but being let down time after time. The end result is separation for the sake of clarity and stability, perhaps leading to an end of unity. So be it. 

Track Two:       Attract What You Reflect 

There are many times during the course of life where we wonder why we are surrounded by what it is we cannot deal with. Often, as humans, we blame everyone else for our current status and environment. Most of the time, what surrounds us is what we’ve attracted by our own actions and our words. Remember the only person you are in control of is you, therefore, if you are reflecting things such as positivity and control, then with a bit of patience and resilience, these things may also surround you in ways that you never thought possible. 

Track Three:    Reach for Heaven 

Question everything. Unless you question everything, how do you grow and learn? The world is full of under achievers just waiting to reach for heaven. Easiest thing to do is join them and do nothing and achieve nothing. Heaven (obviously a metaphor for death), is the end of life for every human, so how do you want to live? 

Track Four:      Fade Away 

A track written in the late nineties by a younger, less hopeful man, at a time when things that were important to him were falling apart. Not equipped with any real maturity as yet (as disappointing as it is to admit that about a 27’ish year old), the lyrics describe the feeling of losing faith, hope and ambition, thus finding the simplest resolution being to just fade away and hide from everything. 

Track Five:       Be the One 

Surround yourself with addicts, vagrants and other miscreants and guess what… you end up being exactly like them. Deep within your soul you know that what you’re doing is wrong but changing is just too hard. Is it within in you to “Be the One”? Do you have what it takes to stand up and be the change? Are you going to give your life the respect that it deserves and stop continuously making the wrong decisions when you are equipped with enough intelligence to make good choices? Well… are you? 

Track Six:         Once Again 

Mental Health and my lack of understanding about it is challenging. At times I feel like I’m surrounded by it and I struggle to deal with others conditions and current unbalanced emotional state. I go from having complete empathy and understanding, to having no patience and complete doubt about the legitimacy of what is being experienced. This may be too honest of a statement for some to endure but it is the truth. I sometimes feel like I’m being pushed into having a mental health crisis by dealing with other peoples mental health issues. Honestly, I am so confused by this issue that I find it very confronting and hard to deal with. I’ve still got a lot to learn. 

Track Seven:    Until Love Found You 

It is very human to want to feel emotionally and physically connected with another human being. Love is the word we use to describe the feeling of achieving that connection. The journey to find that other human and make that connection is never predictable but when it is experienced, it is definitely worthwhile! 

Track Eight:     Sacred Cow 

A song about my Father. 

Dad passed in 2005 due to complications associated with Leukemia. Apart from the usual sadness and mourning that ensues such an event, it was in times of reflection during the years the followed that I found peace and a greater understanding of what an amazing human Dad was. I’ll take this moment to highlight his ever present sense of humor because if he was here and we had the chance to discuss this song, I’m sure he would breeze over the lyrical content and just ask me, “Why are you calling me a cow?” 

Track Nine:      Drive 

One of the things I love to do in life is to go on a road trip! This song manifested by day dreaming about taking off in an unknown direction and just living the moment without care, responsibility or time restraints. 

Track Ten:       Only Angels Have Wings (Unedited Take 3 Guitar Track) 

The Blues. Not a genre I gravitate to very often (in writing) but it is a sound, a feel and a history I respect and am inspired by. The reason for all the extra “guitar track take 3” info is because I wanted to pay my respect to the Blues by doing the entire guitar track in one take without overdubs or edits. This way the listener could hear all the nitty-gritty nuances that go into a live-style recording of a guitar. Yes, this means that the listener gets to hear mistakes, clunky notes, poorly bent strings, pick-up switch changes etc. So, why take 3 I hear you all asking? Well, I played so poorly on Take 1 that I deleted it immediately and played a completely wrong chord about 17 seconds into Take 2, therefore, Take 3 is what you get!! 

Track Eleven:   Love is Like Cyanide 

Reflecting on a life and all that has been experienced (and is nearing 50 years upon this beautiful earth), one does have many memories to recall. Not all memories are grand and not all memories are pleasant. Love yields many experiences. Those experiences are worth going through, not just for song writing purposes but to allow us to know when you’ve got something worth holding onto, forever. 

 

Pieces of an Eclectic – Song Lyrics 

 

Track one:       Before I Go 

Monday was a panic attack 

until Tuesday came along 

Wednesday was sedated 

hoping that Thursday would never know 

Friday having palpitations 

knowing Saturday would ask it why 

Sunday just confused all of existence 

So it pretended to be doing fine 

Can you remember a time 

when everything just went to plan 

only you at the center of it all 

with everyone at your command 

Now aspirations are diving 

there's no chance of ever denying truth 

And as my reins fall from your grasp 

is there anything you'd like to say (do) 

Before I go 

Monday was a fool 

always hoping that Tuesday would set it free 

Wednesday was a broken bar stool 

while Thursday was just therapy 

Friday was complete devastation 

but Saturday was fun to be 

Sunday doesn't have the strength to stand 

let alone to breath 

Track Two:       Attract What You Reflect 

Shes got a lot of love 

Keeps me believing 

Shes got a lot of love 

Sometimes changes with the seasons 

She made a fool of me, still I stay 

From you I cannot defend 

You’re the kryptonite in my dramatic end 

So I tell her that 

You attract what you reflect 

So I tell her that 

You tear down what you neglect 

She came today 

Made her peace then showed the way 

She came today 

Brushed her hair to the side 

I thought this was just a phase 

She’s the perfect storm 

Lightning and thunder 

Yet I’m the complicated one 

With limitations and useless expectations 

Too bad about your dreams 

They are as futile as they seem 

Too bad about what you need 

You’re not as useful as you’ve been 

So I tell her that 

You attract what you reflect 

So I tell her that 

You destroy what you neglect 

She came today 

With just a smile took my cares away 

She came today 

Wiped the tears from my face and 

washed her hands of my pain 

Track Three:    Reach for Heaven 

Where do you go? 

When I have nothing left 

Inside it’s droll, nothing but pettiness 

Just wait a while we might end up surprised 

Clearly evolved, now you can summarise 

Join in my song, words will 

become the light 

Shining away, shining both 

yellow and white 

Never opposed a singular 

thought is clear 

I wonder out loud just why it is 

that we're here 

Just waiting to reach for heaven 

Why do you run faster than everyone? 

And why don’t we care where in the race 

you’ve come 

Ashamed of it all blindly we dine tonight 

Feasting our eyes on your pain 

and our delight 

Join in my song, in victory we are as one 

The louder we cheer 

the better you seem to become 

Black is the sky, black is a place to hide 

Black becomes right 

In black we find our white 

Track Four:      Fade Away 

Hello to you my friend 

we meet again 

it’s just me I see 

I’d like to hide away 

can’t face my shame 

It keeps me sane. 

Take me home 

where I am free to roam 

On my own, take me home. 

Would you like me to explain 

the difference between life and living in pain 

It’s not my choice for if I was wise 

I’d like to change all around me 

Lost my resources, must fade away 

Lost all my causes, must fade away 

Lost all my choices, must fade away 

Lost all my voices, must fade away 

Can I help you with anything 

what a fool am I 

can’t even help myself 

I’d like to change my scene 

for a different perspective but I know 

I’d just get confused 

Would you like me to express 

my inner light 

it's called happiness 

yet I'm a failure at everything I’ve been 

but that’s just me 

I was hoping that you wouldn’t see 

Track Five:       Be the One 

You wake only when the Vampires call 

Your eyes are heavy when the 

peace dove spreads its wings 

You wake only when the strays wanna play 

unholy games 

Your eyes want to close 

when they really need to see 

One night becomes two 

Time never to be returned 

Life clings to its worth 

Life cries out to be heard 

Two nights become three 

The years are now surmounting 

Life choking with each breath 

Life yearning for respect 

Drown the sounds created by reality 

Ignore momentary happiness, 

you can always get more 

Align the strays so they slur the same 

Lifes Vampires will help you thrive 

within the blur 

I'm waiting 

I'm waiting 

Patiently 

I'm waiting 

I'm waiting 

Still waiting 

'Cause you're gonna 

You said you're gonna 

Be the one 

Be the guide 

Be the one stuck to my side 

Be the one 

Be the voice 

Inspired by your new found choice 

Be the one 

Don't be denied 

You're the treasure of our pride 

Be the one 

Yeah be what shines 

When there's darkness be the light 

Drown out what persists of an existence 

and ignore whatever dignity remains 

The bar room strays will consume 

all of your inhabitations 

Like Vampires they suck the hours away 

Be the one 

Be the guide 

Be the one stuck to my side 

Be the one 

Be the voice 

Inspired by your new found choice 

Be the one 

Don't be denied 

You're the treasure of our pride 

Be the one 

Just be sublime 

When there's darkness be the light 

Track Six:         Once Again 

Here I am, once again, all alone 

Can’t take my eyes away from my phone 

I’m not shy, I can’t hide, special needs 

It’s hard to rise from wounded knees 

Here I am, once again, all alone 

One more pill takes me back to Thunder Dome 

When I rise, no one cries, I am free 

I want to be inspired 

And I want you to take me higher 

Here I am Face down on the floor 

Forgot the reasons I existed for 

Middle class, second hand, I’m reprieved 

Once again 

I’m in need of you my friend 

Once again 

You are nowhere to be found 

Once again 

I’m alone inside my head 

Hell Once again… 

Here I am, once again, all alone 

Ghosted by all those I’ve known 

Dignified, medicate me, I thrive 

Each breath I take is one you denied 

Here I am, once again, on my own 

You see no change but I think I’ve grown 

In my mind there’s a world no-one sees 

I want to be inspired 

And I want you to take me my higher 

Here I am, once again, on the floor 

Feels like I’ve been here before 

Never mind, my decline, on repeat 

Track Seven:    Until Love Found You 

I pretend that I like you 

I pretend that I’m just like you 

And yet we are souls apart 

Forever alone 

I’m inclined to ignore the signs 

I’m inclined to read between the lines 

I’m a sermon just waiting 

Just waiting to happen 

The world changes everyday 

As we pass each other’s way 

Our eyes are not so sure 

What it is we’re looking for 

And I know I still desire 

‘Cause love burns while I’m alive 

And love was surely lost 

Until love found you 

I believe things are meant to be 

We can’t change the biology 

Just like two ends of a candle burning 

The savior the pauper 

The savior the pauper 

Track Eight:     Sacred Cow 

Time on the offensive 

The journey comprehensive 

Somehow, you’ve made it 

through the wastelands 

Defy the course projected 

To negativity subjected 

Survive to make a stand 

The object of our affection 

Was never about perception 

Always led without demands 

You left a path to follow 

A path to end our sorrows 

For this we were never quite 

prepared 

He Hears the words that 

were unsaid 

The painful truths of bitter ends 

A life that’s come undone 

A prayer for the kingdom come 

A lifetime lived according 

to their plan 

A simple strategy of man 

Ten years from now 

Behold the sacred cow 

Our roles are all revolving 

Your teachings 

embraced evolving 

I wasn’t aware of 

what was to come 

Time now becomes defensive 

Has lost its pure objective 

Sands through the hourglass expires 

You battled hard, 

you lost and won 

You searched for light 

within the setting suns 

All now Just a haze 

Numbered were your days 

The soul that kept us all so well 

Complicated by corrupted cells 

Ten years from now 

Behold the Sacred Cow 

Track Nine:      Drive 

Turn the key 

Unlock the doors 

The engine warms 

Ease the seat back 

Strap yourself in 

Light up whatcha rollin' 

Take your shoes off 

Place your naked feet 

upon the dashboard 

Windows down 

Accelerate 

And let the sunshine embrace you 

Let's Drive 

Out past the edge of town 

Like it's been waiting 

Waiting for you 

Let's Drive 

Until there's nothing we recognize 

Like it's been waiting 

Waiting for you 

Sunglasses 

Playing games with 

Unknown Horizons 

The steering wheel 

Our only guide 

along this freeway of chances 

Broken bottles of drunken fools 

Chime like church bells 

From the backseat 

With every mile we leave behind 

A brighter smile you seem to find 

Tranquility enhances 

Let's Drive 

Out past the edge of town 

Like it's been waiting 

Waiting for you 

Let's Drive 

Until there's nothing we recognize 

Like it's been waiting 

Waiting for you 

Let's Drive 

No destination in our minds 

Like it's been waiting 

Waiting for you 

Let's Drive 

And find the best years of our lives 

Like it's been waiting 

Waiting for you 

Track Ten:       Only Angels Have Wings (Unedited Take 3 Guitar Track) 

Wasted 

On a Saturday night 

Wake up in the morning and its Wednesday 

The doorbell rings 

Your friend's at the front door 

You're in no mood for company 

So he brings five more 

And you wonder if tomorrow you'll see the light 

And you wonder if tomorrow will see you right 

I thought I was her one and only lover 

I gave her all I had to give 

Then the girl ran out of love for me 

"Cause she thought she belonged 

In someone else's dreams 

There she left me 

Standing in the rain 

And a sad song 

Only brings back the pain 

Only Angels have wings 

Only Angels can fly high 

Only Angels can sing that certain lullaby 

Don't cry 

Don't cry 

Track Eleven:   Love is Like Cyanide 

Worthless anticipation 

Slave to manipulation 

Hung by the noose of expectation 

Love is like cyanide 

Sleepless existence 

Anxiety is persistent 

Confusion is malignant 

Love is like cyanide 

Scars won’t fade from severed desires 

Rapture, a blessed curse 

Like a moth to the fire 

Welcomed in Hell is the savaged soul 

Love is like cyanide 

And the moments you treasure 

Are taken away 

No longer to see light of day 

Every act of faith is betrayed 

All you want 

Turns to dust 

Yes it does

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Press Photos

Once Again - Fourth Single from the Album "Pieces of an Eclectic"

Once Again - Fourth Single from the Album "Pieces of an Eclectic"

Reach for Heaven - Second Single from the Album "Pieces of an Eclectic"

Reach for Heaven - Second Single from the Album "Pieces of an Eclectic"

Fade Away - Third Single from the Album "Pieces of an Eclectic"

Fade Away - Third Single from the Album "Pieces of an Eclectic"