What if the man at the crossroads says you sold your soul
- when you didn't?
The upcoming album release by Steve Brooks
Between the Sun & Moon is a collection of songs in the Americana rock tradition that begin with a question:
What would happen if you were manipulated into believing you sold your soul?
The new concept album tells the story of a musician in search of a way to express what most would call inexpressible.
Along the way, a "meeting at the crossroads" becomes the first step in finding the only road to redemption -
not selling out to fear.
Here's a link to the lead single and title track from "Between The Sun & Moon". More videos to drop soon - stay tuned!
Between The Sun & Moon
Not your typical meeting at the crossroads...
Lost Between The Sun & Moon
With evening coming on, you meet "the man at the crossroads" and you ask for directions. The full moon has risen in the East, and the sun - while still completely visible - is just about to set in the West.
"I'll give you a piece of my mind that you won't forget!" he replies. "The fastest route is to the left. However, if you prefer a more beautiful journey, proceed straight through the crossroads. Either way, you pay me a toll."
Two thoughts enter your mind simultaneously, confusing you. There's something clearly "off" about this guy, but you were told in the town you just passed through that he can be trusted for directions. As you wonder what "a piece of his mind" means, you also remember hearing that the scenic route was worth the trip. To nobody in particular you say:
"I'll go straight through."
Just then, there's a look in the eye of the man that you hadn't seen before - a depth of pain & sorrow, combined with a kind of satisfaction and relief that's definitely not the response of a helpful soul giving guidance.
"You must pay."
You realize he thinks you were speaking to him, and say:
"I wasn't talking to you! I came here looking for help, and while I'm glad to help others in return, I'm not paying toll to a con man!"
Insanely, he says : "I've half a mind to take you right now, but it can wait!" At this point you've had enough, and you continue on your way - straight through the crossroads. You're scared now, and as you walk on down the road, he rambles on, saying "you'll get yours", and strangest of all, "It's all just a game!" Those last words echo in your mind as the sound of his voice evaporates into silence.
This is the crux of "Between The Sun & Moon", a concept album about walking through the night towards the rising sun of a new day. As you journey through the darkness, you have the light of the full moon to guide your way, and you remember that the light of the moon is really the light of the sun, reflected.
The nine songs tell the stages of the passage: departure, the crossroads, the darkest part of the journey, false dawn, the search for companionship, three painful but helpful muses, and sunrise: