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I was told there's no escape
The wall’s too high
The risk too great
Just make the best of where you are

But now I'm out and on the run
Lost in the woods
Deep underground
A hundred miles of twisted root

There are rumors of a place
Where destiny can be exchanged
For hope and chance to rest

When you arrive at the gate
The key to opening your fate is trust
A luxury I've never had

A doorway filled with blinding light
A silhouette stands undefined
Welcomed in with open arms


from That Was The Year That Wasn't, released January 1, 2021


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Thoughts Detecting Machines Normal, Illinois

Rick Valentin spent a good part of the past 30 years touring and recording with the indie guitar group Poster Children. He also spent the '90s playing synthesizers with the instrumental electronic combo Salaryman. Thoughts Detecting Machines is Rick armed with only a guitar and laptop, building loops into songs that are simultaneously emotional and mechanical. ... more

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