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Turn the television off, take some time and let your heart be soft, it's been a long time comin', but the story is the same it's always been. Fiber optic cables, & satellites beam it 'round the world, outraged and horrified, but there's no reason to be terrified. And I'm afraid to look inside my mouth, so many harsh words may come rambling out, don't let them win before the battle call, if your mind gets twisted, you've already taken the fall. No battle plan ever survives, contact with the enemy, a huried tactical victory, often leads to strategic defeat; psychological and informational, deception and misdirection, from the famed retreats of the Normans,to the Art of War and the trojan horse. And I'm afraid to look inside my heart, it can get so ugly wrapped up in the dark; will I let them win before the battle call, is my mind so twisted I've already taken the fall? Will I fall for a forged letter, from the commander of the nights of Krak des Chevaliers? wahhabism, intellectualism, objectivism, humanism, catechism, you can choose your ism, you can choose your ism. If you let your mind get twisted, you've already taken the fall, and surrendered all....
Complicated 03:42
44 Years 05:13
Fun K 03:29


This disk represents a great many things to me. Composed and recorded over my first 180 days of newfound sobriety with nothing more than a $200 Yamaha acoustic guitar, a janky 1st generation iPad, Garageband, and my untrained voice it documents a moment in time. Captured in stairwells, temporarily available rooms, and while seated upon my bed it is a largely “stream of consciousness” work, very frequently taking on a life of its own mid-process.

The audio is loosely edited and exported directly from my iPad to .m4a files at 128-bits, later re-mastered by LANDR.com and burned to CD raw, unpolished, and bare, much like the rough ashlar I continue chipping away at in hopes of finding the smooth edges of a cube within. I know this to be a lifelong pursuit at this point, and recognize it won’t always be easy - but the rewards really are a pearl of great price, and worth all the effort. [Edit for Bandcamp: Clearly, I've converted the .mp3 files to a format supported by Bandcamp. No loss of quality in the process, but still limited to that 128-bit beginning.]

I sincerely hope you find this music edifying and inspiring in your own experience.


released July 6, 2015

All Songs © 2015 Dustin Decker/Maslow’s Basement

Recorded entirely on a 1st Generation iPad with Garageband using only the on-board microphone and a Yamaha FG700 acoustic guitar.

Very Special Thanks to:
Richard Steptoe Sr. (Addiction Therapist) and Mona Lam, PhD., and the entire staff at the West Los Angeles VA Domiciliary Program, without whom this would never have been possible. Jayson Yates provides backing vocals and the 2nd guitar solo on “Don’t Take The Fall”.


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Maslow's Basement Kansas City, Missouri

Maslow's Basement is a musical project originally formed in Los Angeles California, now seeking collaborators in Kansas City. Project music is most often lyrically inspired by several notions related to Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - and describe the personal journeys and processes involved in escaping from the lower levels and climbing out of the basement. ... more

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