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Turning Keys Essentials is 11 tracks never before available in a remastered digital format. This release features all the tracks from the 1992 Turning Keys sophomore album “Waiting” and the 1990 Turning Keys debut E.P. “Opening Doors."

From an amassment of original songs, the synth pop band was founded in 1989 by members Eric C. Powell, Jeffrey Gonzalez, and Andrea Matthews (now Powell). Turning Keys boasted several lineups over the years. Notably, Shannon O'Keefe (now Parish) joined in 1992 contributing vocals to "Waiting."

Turning Keys received acclaim and popularity in the early 90s at a time when electronic music had gone underground. Despite an anti-electronic sentiment in the music industry, a dedicated fanbase in Southern California gathered in small clubs featuring an array of synth pop, industrial, and techno bands. Turning Keys rose up from this scene sponsoring several Synth Tours and playing for such acts as "A Flock of Seagulls," "Depeche Mode," and "Missing Persons".

Mean Street Magazine wrote, "The synth band is proud to wear its New Romantic-era influences on its sleeve. Elements of Depeche Mode an A Flock of Seagulls creep in a just the right moments." Another review boasted Turning Keys' music as featuring "synths galore, outstanding vocals, and amazing hooks. Not a weak track to be found!"

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released February 1, 2016

Songs on Essentials feature Eric C. Powell on synths and vocals and Jeffrey Gonzalez on synths. Additional vocals by Andrea Matthews (now Powell) and Shannon O'Keefe (now Parish) as noted.

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Eric C. Powell Austin, Texas

Eric C. Powell is an award-winning indie synthpop synthwave electronic music artist feat. on BBC introducing. Eric’s writing reflect his signature catchy synth tracks with strong vocals and penetrating lyrics to challenge listeners and delight synth enthusiasts.

A veteran synth musician, Eric founded the early 90's underground synthpop band Turning Keys as the band's songwriter and lead vocalist.
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Track Name: I Wasn't There
I turn the pages of an empty magazine
I watch the time go by, tell me is this a dream
I hear your whisper calling from the other room
I know it wants you there and I plan to be there soon

You can take me where I want to be
Take my hand, lead the way
I search my mind for thoughts of you
Something's wrong, please explain

Now I can remember why you left me
Now I can remember that you needed me
Now I can remember why you left me
Now I can remember that you needed me
I wasn't there

I tear the pages of the empty magazine
I pray for someone, someone to set me free
I search the room to see what you've left of me
All I find are lonely memories and insecurity

I can take you where you want to be
I'll take your hand, lead the way
I fill my mind with thoughts of you
Am I the one to blame?

Now I can remember why you left me
Now I can remember that you needed me
Now I can remember why you left me
Now I can remember that you needed me
I wasn't there

Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
Track Name: Question Why
Girl did you understand what I meant
When I said that you don't see things through
In changing your ways you picked a hell of a time
In ending it 'tween me and you

My heart is calling, my friendship is falling
I know you don't see things my way
Though we're still friends I feel the love that you send
And it hurts at the end of the day

How could you cry when you were the one
Who found the nerve to say goodbye
My heart is failing
Do you have to question why?

I've seen the ways that you've taken the days
And turned them around so unsure
It must have been thousands of times that we shouted
I'm not saying I'm wanting some more

Oh can't you see what you're doing to me
When you sit there with love in your eyes
I've seen the past and I know it won't last
But I wish we could try one more time

How could you cry when you were the one
Who found the nerve to say goodbye
My heart is failing
Do you have to question why?

Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
Track Name: Take From Me
I'm waiting for you
To say to me that you love me too
I'm waiting for you
To come to your senses too

All of this time
You've been leading me on
You've taken it all for granted
And all of this time
You've been leading me on
We're done and I stand empty-handed

Take from me
What you want from me
Take it all tonight
Now I know
What you want from me
I'm too weak to fight

I've wanted to see
What you've been doing without me
I've wanted to see
The others you've broken before me

All of this time
You've been leading 'em on
Taking it all for granted
And all of this time
You've been leading me on
It's over and I'm empty-handed (disenchanted)

Take from me
What you want from me
Take it all tonight
Now I know
What you want from me
I'm too weak to fight

Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
Track Name: Soul To Your Heart
See my face in the mirror, I see you
You are the only one
As the image grows clearer, I see blue
You are the only one

I sold my soul to your heart
You are the only one
Now I am falling apart
You were the only one

Found the past in a picture kept away
You were the only one
Give my soul to have your love today
You were the only one

I sold my soul to your heart
You were the only one
Now it just tears me apart
Now I'm the only one

Now I stare out the window, is this me?
Now I'm the only one
Sold my soul, will you ever set me free?
Now I'm the only one

I sold my soul to your heart
Now I'm the only one
Now I am falling apart
I am the lonely one

I sold my soul to your heart
You were the only one
Now it just tears me apart
Now I'm the only one

Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell and Andrea L. Powell
Track Name: Between These Threads
There you are, please follow me
I'd like to show you
Just what I see in her

In this world, can you imagine
All the voices calling
Reaching out to me, "Let her go"

I can't explain things I don't understand
Remember our love we once held in our hands
Now I've found the way to open up my heart

There she goes so beautifully
I wish that you could
See what I see in her

Isn't it a paradoxical
Situation that we've wove
Between these threads? I love her so

I can't explain things I don't understand
Remember our love we once held in our hands
Now I've found the way to open up my heart

Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
Track Name: Grey Skies
I remember yesterday and
All my times with you
And no matter what you say
I can't believe that we are through
I recall what we both said
But I guess promises aren't much these days
I love you still and will until I die

I remember paradise when
We were here together
We stared into the blue skies
To hide away from others
I know it's not something I have done
I just want you here, with me love
I want you here, I want you now, forever

Ooo, I saw grey skies
When you said you had to go away
But you can make the sun shine
If you come and make
The grey clouds go away

I lie down in the grass
And I stare at stars above
No one can see the tears in my eyes
I've lost another love
I don't know what to say to you
Except that the love we had was true
So don't forget what I meant to you

Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
Track Name: Without You
So you awaited my long return
No longer now do fires burn
I can recall a day such as this
In all this time, what have I missed?

Through every day I stared in your eyes
I searched for your soul, so what did I find?
Where could I go, how could I see?
With passing of time there's no love for me

There's a photograph of you
And I don't know what to do
If I take it to my heart
Then I know I can't depart

There's a photograph of you
And I don't know what to do
If I take it to my heart then
I just can't find my way without you

So it's related, my long return
Has shown love can bind, has shown love can burn
Look where we are, look where we stand
Asking ourselves could this be the end

I never counted (the) times I forgave
The things you had done, the things you had said
I should have known, I should have seen
With passing of time, there's no love for me

There's a photograph of you
And I don't know what to do
If I take it to my heart
Then I know I can't depart

There's a photograph of you
And I don't know what to do
If I take it to my heart then
I just can't find my way without you

Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
Track Name: Waiting for You
Her eyes are shining brightness
I love the way she talks
Her hair is golden brown
I love the way she walks

Will she still be there waiting for me?
Will she call my name?
Will she still be waiting for me?
Will she feel the same when she's gone?

I close my eyes
And I fall into a dream
My body's pouring sweat
And I wake up with a scream

Someday, someway I'll return
Is the promise that we made
Will she be there waiting for me?
I already feel the pain

Will she still be there waiting for me?
Will she call my name?
Will she still be waiting for me?
Will she feel the same when she's gone?

Copyright (c) 1992 Eric C. Powell
Track Name: Calling Your Name
You know sometimes
I wonder how we began
I never thought that love
Could bring this much pain

We’ve been told
So many times it might end
So here we are,
We run and we’re fighting again

Can’t we see the love that’s deep inside
There’s no need for us to run and hide

Can’t you hear me calling your name
Can’t you hear me calling your name
Can’t you hear me calling your name

I guess it’s true
That love is a two-edged blade
But one end cuts
And the other teaches the way

I’ll never know how my
Life would have been other days
But I don’t care
For as long as you love me I can wait

Can’t you hear me calling your name
Can’t you hear me calling your name
Can’t you hear me calling your name

Copyright (c) 1988 Eric C. Powell
Track Name: See You Crying
We used to be so young
But time has passed us by
And I don’t know where it’s gone
I remember when we laughed
I remember when we cried
And the love down deep inside

I know the days would pass more slowly
Without you by my side
I’ve seen the times you’ve cried before me
And it hurts down deep inside

Maybe once, maybe twice
But I know I always hate to
See you crying
No it won’t suffice
To lie back gently while
Our love is dying
We’re gonna make it

And through each others’ eyes
We‘ve learned to compromise
And keep what’s ours at heart
Days will pass us by
And though you and I may cry
We know we’ve made a start

No one ever said that love was easy
But if we take it to the heart
I know our love will pass the seasons
I’ll know we’ll never part

Maybe once, maybe twice
But I know I always hate to
See you crying
No it won’t suffice
To lie back gently while
Our love is dying
We’re gonna make it

Copyright (c) 1990 Eric C. Powell
Track Name: Sweet Perfume
He lies praying in his room
A letter smells of sweet perfume
He reads the note again
A tear falls from his eye
He sees her face again
They never said goodbye

Goodbye’s a word they never knew
Never questioned why or when or who
Sometimes he calls her name
Deep into the night
He prays to God and asks
Please Lord, tell me why?
Why she had to die

Tell me why, tell me why
Tell me why, tell me why
Tell me why, why she had to die

Please God, don’t let me dream
Of her again tonight
Please God, don’t let me dream
Of her again tonight
Please God, don’t let me dream
Of her again tonight

Driving home at half past ten
He didn’t see the streetlamp then
Perhaps a bit too much
Perhaps a bit too late
The sound of thunder
Breaking glass, he looked away

The empty corners of his room
Hold no promise, only gloom
Sometimes he listens close
And swears he hears her cry
He prays to God and asks
Please Lord, tell me why?
Why she had to die

Tell me why, tell me why
Tell me why, tell me why
Tell me why, why she had to die

Please God, don’t let me dream
Of her again tonight
Please God, don’t let me dream
Of her again tonight
Please God, don’t let me dream
Of her again tonight

He sees the streetlamp every night
Sometimes in sleep, sometimes in sight
Morning finds them weeping
For his body, it lay still
There are no questions
In his hand, he holds some pills
They feel his pain and in the room
There is the smell of sweet perfume

Copyright (c) 1988 Eric C. Powell

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