TimetoBurn

TimetoBurn

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A mix of classic Pink Floyd psychedalia mixed with the urban frustrations of The Roots, TimetoBurn brings everyone together in a Psychedelic HipHop JamBand Explosion.

Biography

We are TimetoBurn, the Psychadelic Hip Hop experience. Our mission is to get you to tune in and drop out to our unique sound and inovative lyrics.
TimetoBurn consists of two members currently, Joe Harley, and Kyalo Crosson a.k.a Venacular. These two combine to create the Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead - Roots lyricism sound that will but you into a groove and send the conscious to a place of cool clarity. TimetoBurn comes with over 20 years of music experiance ranging from straight street corner battle sessions to classical synphony concertos. To the great southern rock circuits of the Southeast.
Joe Harley, the writer and founder of TimetoBurn, was born in Aberdeen, MD. He started playing music at the age of 4 and went on to be a child prodigy with the cello. Playing with the Maryland junior all state orchestra, F.A.M.E Orchestra, Susquehana Symphony Orchestra, Harford County All County Orchestra, performed with the International String Orchestra - in which Joe was invited personally by conductor Ivan Strauss to perform with the Chekoslavakian State Symphony. During this time, Joe started his first band, "The Poker Dogs" in 1992. In 1994 Joe started Feral Child and performed his first public gig at a talent show which got them 4th place. By 1995 Feral Child organized its first concert and sold out the Bel Air Youth Center. That same year Joe started at West Virgina University on full sholarship in music education/cello.
In 1997 Joe started at the Atlanta Institute of Music learning guitar from Jimmy Herring. In 1998 Joe graduated from AIM and became a sound engineer for a group in Gainesville, FL called Nino Brown. A year later he was thier lead guitarist, performing all over the southeast. In their 2 years together, Joe and NinoBronwn shared the stage with such great acts as Galactic, the Grey Boy AllStars, Fathead, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and the late, great, James Brown. Their last show in May of 2000 was with the Roots and attended by 72,000 people.
In 2000 Joe moved to Atlanta, and here is where TimetoBurn came to be. In that year Joe started No Such Luck, and Boundless Entertainement. TimetoBurn was to be a solo studio project. Joe dropped No Such Luck, and started Mistery in December, 2000. In 2001 Joe was named "International Poet of Merit" and also one of the "Poets of the Millenium" by the Poet Laureate of the United States for the song, "Wake Up".
After a rebirth of No Such Luck in 2002 with no such luck, TimetoBurn moved from a solo studio project to a band in early 2003. TimetoBurn saw instant success with a two night run at the Ugly Mug Pub.
TimetoBurn went through some transistions where Joe was the only member of TimetoBurn, but he persevered, and in 2005 he met up with ATL Records and Venacular. Lets just say by early 2007 Joe and Kyalo are in the studio putting it down for TimetoBurn, building the movement, living the dream.
In all, Joe has recorded 8 albums, played all over the world, with some of the greatest musicians of all-time, including James Brown, Parliment Funkadelic, The Roots, Keller Williams, Fathead, Wynton Marsalis, and David Byrne, amongst many others.
The left hand man of Joe Harley, Kyalo Crosson, comes from more humble beginnings. Born in Steelton, PA exactly one month, one day, and one year after Joe, Kyalo started playing the clarinet and played with the Steelton Highspire Jr. Orchestra at the age of 10. Kyalo had a overwhelming love for writing and wrote many papers and manuscripts as a youth.
Kyalo, a young academic was a two-time Whos Who Amoung American High School Students nominee, Congressional Young Leaders Council Selection, and Presidential Academic Fitness Award Winner. In 1997 Kyalo enrolled at Tuskegee University with an academic scholarship studying Chemical Engineering. At Tuskeege - wrote his 2nd manuscript, "Mi Vida", a depiction of his early life.
After Tuskeege Kyalo transfered to Harrisburg Area Community College, where he changed his field of study to Mass Communications, while still persuing a career in writing. In 2000 he met up with Terence Webb of "Black in Style" and started getting into writing songs under Terences mentorship. In 2002 Kyalo started the book, "Love and I Had a Talk One Day". In 2003 Kyalo moved to Atlanta, and continued to write. In early 2004 he met an artist by the name "Outragiuz", who took interest in his writing ability, and then went on to write and do background vocals for Outragiuz for his album - "Hell and Back". In 2005 Kyalo met up with Joe and started working with TimetoBurn in 2006.
As far as these two are concerned, this is the beginning of an opportunity to become - whatever the music wants them to be.

Lyrics

The Moment

Written By: Joe Harley, Kyalo Crossun

Take a journey into the abyss
Beware of what you may become

so you found me...a walk in the park instead
a one time thing gone awake in the dark and now
if you follow you're at your own will
no one made you look out and over the sill
give no warning...the time that it takes is
the time man lost when he burnt at the stake
all the things we let go...that run away still
take away the stairs leading over the hill
think you can fly without listening? without the sound guiding you in?
close your eyes...let it go...let the moment take you in

take a journey into the abyss
but beware of what you may become

can you catch me? a quick little game instead
of all of these illusions and all of the pain, i
can't remember the last time we stood still
but that doesn't matter cause i've had my fill
walking backwards tripping over my head
gravity flips until life becomes dead
you call me crazy but you do it the same
nobody wins cause this ain't no game...
think you can fly without listening? without the sound guiding you in?
close your eyes...let it go...let the moment take you in

my transition is a relation to the existance of nothingness
everything in your hands is close to this
live your chase, history can never be erased
larger than life sights and sounds surround the profound sphere
embrace the retrace to a united history
end the mystery
set the forth the gift yet to be concieved...no limits
give it everything...no excuses to bring
become the rythym, say your goodbyes
drive into the forceful wind
give in to the big picture, let the promise begin
three states of a matter of fact caught me in the abstract
thinking vanguard
fresh visionary take my stage
open your eyes in this valley of shadows
many mountains to climb
can't dismiss the tearful tyranny
can we succeed in complacancy?
it's like finding calm in a currentless river with no balance, no recovering remorse
to the senseless, it's tragic...

take a journey into the abyss
but beware of what you may become

Everything'll Be

Written By: Joe Harley, Kyalo Crossun

Time contains pain
It took me years to understand Purple Rain
And the relevance of cocaine
In relation to all those slain in vain
My mind computes faster than a mainframe
Our world to claim…fuck the fame
If you’re not for it all, ain’t no need to ball
‘cause you destined to fall just from one snitch call
now you got a big date down at city hall
stuck in here you cannot see you are not free and will not be
You feel me? You feel me?
You’re young in age and filled with rage and on parade with no next stage
I feel you, believe me
A dream you defer is a dream you deny
In an empty state of mind you have to focus your eyes
Find the still of the night
Shape your fight to your freedom’s flight
Until next time when your fate rewrites

Life contains grave situations
When you find yourself pacing on the time that you’re facing
Sometimes it seems we thirst for tragedy
How can it be that we can’t be?
A far cry from fantasy
Residing in reality humanity we have to dismantle thee
Set in motion peace’s notion drinking truth potion
Sent by the masses, watch the compassion
Join the passion but you’re
stuck in here you cannot see you are not free and will not be
You feel me? You feel me?
You’re young in age and filled with rage and on parade with no next stage
I feel you, believe me
All the blood
All the sweat
Tons of tears and barely anything to show
Trapped in life’s corner, full of fear and nowhere to go
Stare down your enemy in the mirror

If you can get through today by forgiving
Then wake up, wake up when your head starts tripping
It’s your decision to not count your blessings
And to live in the frame of a newspaper clipping
So now you’re falling away
Fingers bloody from gripping
On the edge of the world of which you know that you’re slipping…
Everything’ll be allright
I said everything’ll be allright

Drive contains strain
You can defeat the cage
Script the page
Burn the stage
Stay on the ledge, make the pledge
Take revenge on the mindsight that reveals the deepest
Evils of men
Trapped in their own ambition with no ammunition
On a mission with no vision
Guided by destiny with fate’s precision
Take your freedom it’s yours for the reaping
Use the power within, become the limit
stuck in here you cannot see you are not free and will not be
You feel me? You feel me?
You’re young in age and filled with rage and on parade with no next stage
I feel you, believe me
All the sorrow
Take a helping hand remember time can never be borrowed

If you can get through today by forgiving
Then wake up, wake up when your head starts tripping
It’s your decision to not count your blessings
And to live in the frame of a newspaper clipping
So now you’re falling away
Fingers bloody from gripping
On the edge of the world of which you know that you’re slipping…
Everything’ll be allright
I said everything’ll be allright

So I remain caged
Teeth to teeth, toe to toe
Head to head in the prison I made
Trapped like a rat, but with nothing to say
Scream from the pain of just living one day
Regardless to say you know you can’t just walk away
Tied at the neck like a dog told to stay
Whimper and whine ‘cause you want to go play
But if you’d open your eyes you might see the way you’re
stuck in here you cannot see you are not free and will not be
You feel me? You feel me?
You’re young in age and filled with rage and on parade with no next stage
I feel you, believe me
Life’s not a path that you follow but a trail that you blaze
Want it or not, going on through your days
Chasing away the time and the pain
The crisis of shame
And you know that we’re all the same

Blind

Written By: Joe Harley, Kyalo Crossun

Thank you for coming, again and again
Can you remember all the times that we’ve been to the brink?
Almost over the edge, for the fire to go out and spirits run dead
I tear my hair out to the edge of a scream
This world’s too real to just be a dream
But I wonder…sometimes ’cause sometimes it seems
This whole thing is nothing but a big joke on me
Could I…
Could I try any harder?
Could I fight any more?
Could I wonder? What for?
Could I walk out the door?
Could I pick myself up the next time I’ve fallen on my face and flat on the floor?
It’s time to stand up, to walk on my own
To dance like the monkey and not like the stone
This time the fire’s lit and burning ‘til dawn
So ride on the wave or crash on the shore
If you come with me I’ll show you life’s no mystery
But an overlapping veil of a thousand fantasies
I’ll take you all the places you never knew you’d want to be
And blind your soul with sights no person thought they’d ever see
I wonder how it is you keep your heart so blind to me
I wonder why it is your heart is so afraid of me

What cannot be changed simply cannot remain
Cannot be same every day after day

Living a lasting legacy of mindframe even the blind can see
In your eyes and mind can we vision our destiny?
Come closer to the edge…reality so clear here
Become the atmosphere
Release yourself, the end is near
Should I….
Should I take your hand?
Should I give you a choice?
Should I tell you to go?
Should I leave you alone?
To withstand the rage of my machine the heart must lose
Some of it’s feelings
Things told never to another being
Truth holds the recipe for disaster
Notions of distrust, a rush to judgment
Hard lust and bad luck in a situation
With relentless dimensions….what can release this tension?
What’s my apprehension?
History’s apparitions hunting me…clouding my horizon
Never to see the sunset
So blinded
Looking through your eyes I wonder what I’d see?
The memories and fears tangled up in thoughts of me
While I’m the one that ran away and you’re the one that stayed
The times and place were mysteries and that’s how you think of me
I wonder how it is you keep your heart so blind to me
I wonder why it is your heart is so afraid of me

What cannot be changed simply cannot remain
Cannot be same every day after day
Living the dream
Sights unseen

Walking through the future so blindly
Remind me why it is that sometimes
The nature to give is just a faceless disguise
For the devil in mind to hide that sometimes it’s dark instead
If the journey starts young or old
Big things are the product of focus
With life revolving, evolving, involving strength of heart
Having the eye of your mind for the ride
Keep your spirit in line with the light that shines
But falling takes over and the force kicks in
So strong even light can’t escape from within
Black hole for a soul where everything outside is reflected within
Disencrypted messages full of logic that promise even in darkness
Precious memories hold the remedies of your long travel’s rest
At best they’re regretless in the right perspectives

Discography

TimetoBurn- NvasioN (2006, ATL Records)
TimetoBurn- Her Name Is Music... (2007, Boundless Entertainment)
TimetoBurn- dont b a h8r (2009 upcoming release, Boundless Entertainment)

Set List

All original Psychedelic HipHop mixed with Improvisational Jams. We can play anywhere from a song (with limited or no jam, so about 3 minutes) to six hours (with long shows we usually break every 1.5 to 2 hours for about 20 minutes).