These 12 songs were all written in the summer of 2014, and paint a picture of some of the many things that were going on.
Why the title "Summer of Ice"? Well, first, its a reference to that pervasive summer 2014 meme the so-called 'ice bucket challenge' (of which there is a song about same). Second, at least here in the eastern part of North America it was a cooler- then-usual summer. (Does this mean that global climate change/warming does not exist? of course not, (unless you're Fox news).. but it was a summer of 'ice' in several other respects- the lack of any thawing in the relationship between countries in the mid-east and other places, for example... the increasing 'iciness' and polarization here in the US politically, etc etc.
But maybe that's all thinking too much, just sit back and enjoy... sing along to 'ice bucket' and the rest, and I hope this little summer project i've made is at least a fun little temporary diversion and maybe food for thought, or at least a musical time capsule of some of the things we've all been going thru these days.
And that photo of NY Harbor was taken by me, from the Staten Island ferry, back in January 2014, when we had a winter of ice, as well!
I should also mention that the original audience for these songs was the wonderful community of songwriters that make up the "50 songs in 90 days" challenge (which community overlaps as well with the FAWM "February Album Writing Month" folks - confused yet)
A big thank you to Nancy Rost, my co-writer on "Waking Up", to Paul "Hoops" Turrell, who inspired the Beethoven-themes of "Better Angels of our nature" , to the 50/90 and FAWM communities, and to all the friends and family out there who take the time to check out all this new music I keep putting out there after all this time.. Thanks Seth, Arnie, Joel, Mitch, Rich, Bob B., Jon B. Bruce, Julie, Dawn, David, Tom T., Tom R., Ken F., Joe Brent, and all my nieces and nephews all over the place, my parents, my wife Helen, , and a million other names I should mention...
released October 6, 2014
Mike Skliar- guitars, bass, harmonica, mandolin, vocals
All songs written by Mike Skliar, except "Waking Up" written by Mike Skliar & Nancy Rost.
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