Fact or Fiction

by Val Blaha

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The four original songs on Fact or Fiction are based on feelings of longing for things lost... love, innocence and trust. But despite their origin from dark places in the heart, there is hope embedded in the lyrics; hope for change, and for redemption. Producer Rob Stroup (8 Ball Studio, Moody Little Sister, the Baseboard Heaters) brought in a stellar group of Portland, Oregon musicians to bring the music to life on Val's third album, and the result is a moody collection of tunes that will linger in your mind, and tug on your heart.

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released September 1, 2016

Fact or Fiction
Release date: 9/1/16

Produced by Rob Stroup
Recorded and mixed by Rob Stroup, 8 Ball Studio, Portland OR
Mastered by Ed Brooks, Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA
all songs written by Val Blaha

musicians:
Val Blaha: lead vocals, piano, organ
Rob Stroup: guitars, background vocals
Bob Dunham: lead guitar
Will Amend: electric & upright bass
Anders Bergstrom: drums & percussion
Paul Brainard: pedal steel
Naomi Sparrow: background vocals

Photography: Grace Portraits, McMinnville, OR

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Val Blaha Portland, Oregon

Music has always been an important part of Val Blaha's life. She loved to sing from a very young age, and started studying piano at age 6, earning accolades and numerous awards before age 17. In 2001 she began teaching private music lessons, and has been performing and songwriting for the past 8 years. Val also plays guitar, bass, and mandolin. Fact or Fiction is her third album. ... more

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Track Name: Ghost Town
My heart is a ghost town
spirits circling 'round
shadows playing hide and seek
lost before they're found
my heart is a ghost town

your love was a weapon
aimed at my soul
hidden under smiling lies
passion burning cold
your love was a weapon

burn down the memories
burn down the dreams
throw away everything
all that's left are broken wings

My heart is a ghost town
spirits circling 'round
shadows playing hide and seek
gone before they're found
my heart is a ghost town

this house is a graveyard
full of empty shells
overgrown with twisted words
ringing with haunted bells
this house is a graveyard

burn down the memories
burn down the dreams
throw away everything
all that's left are broken wings

My heart is a ghost town
My heart is a ghost town
My heart is a ghost town
Track Name: As I Fall
As I fall out of my dream
and remember all I've just seen
I still feel your touch
hear the words that meant so much
as I fall, I fall, fall

As I drift in and out of sleep
fighting the urge to weep
I still hear your voice
wonder if I had a choice
as I drift, I drift, drift

I don't know why
after all this time you still move me
my soul yearns
my heart still burns for you

I long for the pressure of your hands
and your eyes making quiet demands
but I can't control
your heart or my soul
so I long, I long, I long

I don't know why
after all this time you still move me
my soul yearns
my heart still burns for you

So I fall for you once again
though our journey can never begin
life still goes on
all I have is this song
as I fall, I fall, fall
and I fall, fall, fall
Track Name: Gaslight
conditional
oppositional
your love was never free
so afraid
I tried to change
but I never could succeed

I told you things
I shared my dreams
I believed you were my friend
but you tortured my trust
turned my faith to dust
left behind a heart that would not mend

fact or fiction
truth or lie
you move through my life casting doubt
try to replay
memories decayed
doubting myself from the inside out

accusations
confrontations
stories made from the air
were you pitching a line
in my mind
to see what you'd find there?

when I called you out
you spread more doubt
denying what you'd said
left me feeling crazy
was my memory that hazy?
the remembered words just in my head?

fact or fiction
truth or lie
you move through my life casting doubt
lost my way
memories decayed
doubting myself from the inside out

your words confused
there was no escape
no control for me
deny, deny
but I still survived
a twisted love's parolee

fact or fiction
truth or lie
you move through my life casting doubt
love betrayed
memories decayed
doubting myself from the inside out
doubting myself from the inside out
Track Name: The Bottle
the devil's in the bottle, lord
the devil's in my soul
the devil's in the bottle
and that bottle's getting old
yeah that bottle's getting old

I'm praying for salvation
praying to be saved
praying for salvation searching for
a better way
searching for a better way

I hope my angel's near
I hope she's flying by
hope my angel's near
'cause judgment day is nigh
judgment day is nigh

I'm vowing to hold steady
trying to be strong
vowing to hold steady
make right from all the wrong
make right from all this wrong

'cause the devil's in the bottle, lord
the devil's in my soul
the devil's in the bottle
and that bottle's getting old
yeah that bottle's getting old

gotta send those ghosts away
make them leave my house
send those ghosts away
I've got to break them out
gotta break them out

or I won't be here for long
I'm slipping off dry land
won't be here for long
those demons grabbed my hand yeah
the demons grabbed my hand

and the devil's in the bottle
the devil's in my soul
the devil's in the bottle and that
bottle's getting old
that bottle's getting old