This latest album of mine covers a range of topics and moods from the political to the personal, from love songs to tribute songs, childhood memory songs, calls to action, and statements about the state of affairs of us all.
All songs written by Mike Skliar (that's me) except "We are the instrument" and "How Cold Was It"- music by Mike Skliar, lyric by Nancy Rost and Mike Skliar, and "What once was missing" -music by Mike Skliar, lyric by Mike Skliar & T.C.Elliott.
Special thanks to Paul "Hoopshank" Turrell, who added such excellent bass and drums to several tracks (Singing about the obvious, Moron v Maniac, Tardy Lane). Paul, along with my co-writers Nancy Rost and T.C. Elliott, along with myself and a thousand or so other folks, are all part of this great online songwriting happening called "February Album Writing Month" which happens every year.
Much of this album was written as part of the February Album Writing Month (FAWM) challenge in February 2014, while a few songs were written in 2013, as part of the 50/90 challenge.
"Bernie and Sylvia" is the true story of my wife's mother and uncle during WW2, and thanks to the family for telling all those stories about those all-but-impossible to imagine times.
"Girl with the smile in her eyes' is a brand new song about my wonderful wife Helen, who I give a special special thanks to, of course.
released April 20, 2014
Mike Skliar- vocals, acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, bass, electric guitar, mandolin, dobro, percussion, and on "When someone.." additional Garageband programming.
Paul "Hoopshank" Turrell- drums and bass on "Singing about the Obvious", "Moron v maniac", and drums on "Tardy Lane"
Nancy Rost- background vocals on "We are the instrument"
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