Cast a Light

by Thom Donovan

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Recorded in an apartment & a couple of basements in St. Louis, MO. "September Glows" & "I Love How You Love Me" were recorded in 2008. The rest of the album was recorded & mixed in 2009.

I co-wrote "Swear Tonight" with my brother in 2004. Originally meant for Lapush. I wrote "Let Your Love Shine On" in 2006, also meant for Lapush.

Press:

As the leader of Lapush, Thom Donovan made smart, catchy modern rock that refracted his love of Brit-pop through the lens of singer-songwriter-esque moody revelations. That combination ensured that Lapush's songs fit in well on MTV's serialized cinéma vérité such as The Hills and Laguna Beach; both shows have featured his music. Donovan's first solo album does more than soundtrack teen angst, however. Like Lapush's final EP, Cast a Light considers mature themes, set to the chimes of twelve-string guitars, tidy hooks and immediate melodies. Donovan's soft touch is evident on his tender take on the 1961 Paris Sisters chestnut, "I Love How You Love Me," which was Phil Spector's first big hit as a producer. But rather than erect a wall of sound, he keeps it hushed, thanks to gingerly picked guitar and some (regrettable) canned strings. The acoustic ballad "Knock On My Door" is similarly gentle but much more focused on mortality. - CHRISTIAN SCHAEFFER (RIVERFRONT TIMES)

credits

released March 30, 2010

All songs by Thom Donovan. © 2010 Elevator to a Penthouse Music/Nettwerk (BMI). except:
"Swear Tonight" written by Thom Donovan & Stephen Donovan. © 2004 Elevator to a Penthouse Music/Nettwerk (BMI), & Stephen Donovan Music (BMI).
"I Love How You Love Me" written by Barry Mann & Larry Kolber. © 1961 Screen Gems/EMI Music (BMI).

Produced & performed by Thom Donovan.
Mixed by Thom Donovan.
Mastered by Brian Gardner.

Recorded & mixed at the Control Tower, St. Louis, MO.
Additional recording in John's basement, St. Louis, MO.
Mastered in Hollywood, CA.

Additional musicians:
Andrew Dwiggins: ambient verse guitar & backing vocals on "Cold Winds Will Blow"
John Pessoni: drums

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Track Name: Swear Tonight
Explode in the night with color
Discovering there’s nothing left
But the memories of each other
A new found love an innocence
Now all that’s left is my regret
For the way I’ve treated you
I’ve cracked like the glass in a picture frame
For the things I can’t undo

I swear tonight you’re on my mind
I feel alive when you’re near

A quiet heart in pieces
Burned into a photograph
The day breaks then it leaves us
With nothing warm only scars remain
Now all that’s left is my regret
For the way I’ve treated you
I’ve cracked like the glass in a picture frame
For the things I can’t undo

I swear tonight you’re on my mind
I feel alive when you’re near
I swear tonight you’re on my mind
I feel alive when you’re near

Don’t let go, go, go, go
Don’t let go, go, go, go

I swear tonight you’re on my mind
I feel alive when you’re near
I swear tonight you’re on my mind
I feel alive when you’re near
Track Name: Cold Winds Will Blow
Calm the winds and dull the storm
It’s time for you to come back home
There are things I need to explain
I know we won’t be the same

Too many times when I get lost
Too many moods that I run through
There’s no need or reason
For me to treat you like I do

Cold winds will blow through
Move past this town like they’re born to
They’ll become strangers and start over new
Flow like the river they will crash into

Sometimes hearts go down in flames
It’s time to put the past away

Cold winds will blow through
Move past this town like they’re born to
They’ll become strangers and start over new
Flow like the river they will crash into

Cold winds will blow through
Flow like the river they will crash into
Cold winds
Cold winds
Track Name: Always Mine
You say you’re leaving
But I’ve got another plan
You get to cheating girl
And I’m not your man

I don’t need you I don’t need you I don’t need you here
I don’t want you I don’t want you I don’t want you here

Like the sun shines you’re always mine
Like the wind blows you’re all mine

It’s been a lonely night girl
I need you by my side
You left me here with a bleeding heart
Now I’m staring at your black soul

I don’t need you I don’t need you I don’t need you here
I don’t want you I don’t want you I don’t want you here

Like the sun shines you’re always mine
Like the wind blows you’re all mine
Track Name: Knock On My Door
Feel the sting of the morning rain
It’s cold as hell outside and I can’t think
There’s a war on foolish pride
There’s a devil waitin’ in the light
And I lay by your side

Ooh knock on my door
Ooh an angel’s arrived
Take me to the other shore
It’s time to leave this life

Looking back on my life and the scars show
A burning photograph is all you’ll ever know
You see I’ve been racing down
On the opposite side of a one way street
And I look you in the eyes

Ooh knock on my door
Ooh an angel’s arrived
Take me to the other shore
It’s time to leave this life

On my way
On my way home

On my way home to my father’s arms you know
On my way home to my father’s arms you know
Track Name: Blue Rose
It’s a cold Monday morning
She’s stuck in traffic in this Midwest town
She stares inside her dreams in the rearview mirror
As distance draws near

Don’t make me admit my mistakes
Don’t make me admit my mistakes

Blue rose
It’s a bittersweet life
Heal your bruises
At least you won’t be alone tonight

Blue rose leave the cold outside
Blue rose

Baby you’re inside my head
You make me believe
In the crazy shit you say
I hear the cries in the distance
In the far away fields
I feel left behind

Don’t make me admit my mistakes
Don’t make me admit my mistakes

Blue rose
It’s a bittersweet life
Heal your bruises
At least you won’t be alone tonight

Blue rose leave the cold outside
Blue rose
Track Name: I Love How You Love Me
I love how your eyes close whenever you kiss me
And when I'm away from you I love how you miss me
I love the way you always treat me tenderly
But darling, I love how you love me

I love how your heart beats whenever I hold you
I love how you think of me without being told to
I love the way your touch is always heavenly
But darling, I love how you love me

I love how your eyes close whenever you kiss me
And when I'm away from you I love how you miss me
I love the way your touch is always heavenly
But, darling, most of all I love how you love me

I love how you hug me
I love how you squeeze me, tease me, please me
Love how you love
I love how you love me
Track Name: The Polemicist
You’ve got something That leaves me wanting
Always moving me
You pack a suitcase Always in your head room
Always take what you need

Spend all your days chasing away
This cadence in your mind
This politik you’ll find

You’ve got something you’ve got a big heart
You’re evened out by medication you got it figured out
You’ve got something
Pushing me thru every railway station

Spend all your days chasing away
This cadence in your mind
This politik you’ll find

C’mon c’mon
C’mon c’mon hey hey

You’ve got something that leaves me wanting
Always haunting me you pack a suitcase
Always in your head room
Always take what you need

Spend all your days chasing away
This cadence in your mind
This politik you’ll find

C’mon c’mon
C’mon c’mon hey hey
Track Name: Who Do You Think You're Foolin'
Black haired girl you ain’t got no soul
I’m dead in the street I’m dead in the street
I couldn’t take the pain betrayed in your name
I’m dead in the street I’m dead in the street
You pick me up when I’m crashing down
These empty wounds remind me how
I don’t think I need you

Who do you think you’re foolin’ baby?
Who do you think you’re foolin’ baby?

You put your faith in Jesus
You put your faith in everyone you trust
You come and go and leave us
Along lines of promises that bust
You pick me up when I’m crashing down
These empty wounds remind me how
I don’t think I need you

Who do you think you’re foolin’ baby?
Who do you think you’re foolin’ baby?

Who do you think you’re foolin’ baby?
Who do you think you’re foolin’ baby?
Yes I think I need you lately
Tonight I’m on my knees baby
Track Name: Let Your Love Shine On
I was trying to get some feeling
All I need is you
Always trying to push emotion
Always trying to push it through
This world don’t make it easy
When it hits it leaves a bruise

Let me pick you up girl
Let me pick you up

Shine, shine, shine, shine, shine on
With love, love, love, love

Get in the car girl go for a ride
Arms around you baby just drive
Only love can break your heart
Only love can break your heart

I’ll pick you up girl
Let me pick you up

Shine, shine, shine, shine, shine on
With love, love, love, love

Love, the good girl’s win the fight
I want to see you smile tonight
There are always shadows before the light

Shine, shine, shine, shine, shine on
With love, love, love, love

Let your love shine on
We can leave this all behind
Let your love shine on
Track Name: September Glows
I need your love ... Baby, let’s not fight
We’ll talk all night ... Just let me hear you breathe

It’s not the words you say ... It’s just the sound of your voice
The pounding beat of your heart ... A distant scream when we’re apart

You move me like the wind ... Protect me from the storm

And this feeling won’t end
So shine a light on the day
When I wake up next to you

I know September glows ... With your heart of gold

Always there when we’re young ... We’ll be here when we’re old
I owe my life to Tennessee ... And the warm rains inside of me

You move me like the wind ... Protect me from the storm

And this feeling won’t end
So shine a light on the day
When I wake up next to you

I know September glows ... With your heart of gold