Licorice To Heaven​.​.​.​Or Man's Desire To Reach God​.​.​.​And Beat Him.

by Chris McKay

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Now, let's see how many people I can make turn and flee from anything I might release. I will be releasing a slew of new pop and rock songs that people might expect from me over the next few months, BUT...I just entered an area of music that I haven't really touched since I was a teenager and got distracted by things like "songs".

About 1 pm on Sunday, November 30, 2014, I recorded a new piece of improvised music on the keyboard. 1 take. No dubs. 13 and a half minutes long. Recorded live, in stereo and in my living room. Over and out. The song is done.

Coincidentally (?), it's based on a photo that I took that's one of my first attempts at "art photography". Might as well combine the two, right? If I'm leaping into the deep end, might as well check out the bottom.

So the photo and the piece of music are both called "Licorice To Heaven...Or Man's Desire To Reach God...And Beat Him.". The music is made to listen to while looking at the photo.


They thought I was pretentious before!

And remember, to hear the song "properly", you are supposed to stare at the artwork as you listen...oh, and headphones should be used. I don't know how much more absurd to make it. I'll try to go even further soon. Oh yeah, and I'm serious. Not joking. No apologies. So there.

Proceed at your own risk.

I'm dedicating this song to my friend, Craig Lieske, who always encouraged me to get back to musical improvisation and experimentalism. It's been a long time since I've done it.

I wish Craig was here to hear this and to hear his cackle upon hearing me not just dangling my toe in the water, but diving in head first.


released November 30, 2014
Recorded live in one take by Chris McKay, in his living room, on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at about 1 pm in the afternoon.

Cover art by Chris McKay. Photo taken on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California in the spring of 2013.



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