This latest collection of songs was written in February 2015, as part of this great online thing called 'February Album Writing Month" (FAWM). It was recorded in February and the first half of March, 2015. Earlier versions of these songs were up at the FAWM website but alot here has been re-mixed, re-recorded, and even a few re-written parts as well.
I'm very excited about this one, and while it's cliche to say 'my best one yet' I think it is. It cuts a little deeper and more personal, but I think still entertaining, accessible and fun.
I had the pleasure of working with several great collaborators here on several songs. Nancy Rost wrote the music to my lyric on "Journey from my head to my heart", and plays piano and sings the chorus of that song. Angelina Powers contributed the basic ideas and most of the lyric (I made a few changes) to "Falling, Falling" and I wrote the music. Tim Echols wrote the lyric to 'Punching at shadows' and I wrote the music. Paul "Hoopshank" Turrell played bass, piano, drums and organ (and arranged those parts) on "Stay weird, stay different'. Forrest Wolf plays the bowed psaltrey in "A Winter's memory".
A note on the personal nature of some of the songs- it's not all strictly autobiographical, but does bear a resemblance at times to the author. Not always, tho, and objects (and issues) in the mirror may appear larger then they are.
And as always, in addition to the personal, there are a few little topical and/or political things poking around here and there- think of them as gentle persuasions, or singing to the choir, or think of them any way you like, if they raise questions or entertain.
Above all, have fun, and please let me know if you listened and enjoyed, as it'd be great to hear from you all...
This album is a 'free or pay what you want' download, so please, if you listen, rather then just streaming it, go ahead and download it- that way you'll always have it..
New York City, March 2015
released March 15, 2015
Mike Skliar- acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, bass, harmonica, synths, percussion & drum programming.
Paul "Hoopshank" Turrell- drums, bass, piano, organ on "Stay weird, stay different"
Nancy Rost- piano and chorus vocals on 'Journey from my head to my heart"
Angelina Powers-background vocal on "Falling Falling"
Forrest Wolf- psaltery on 'A winter's memory"
All songs written by Mike Skliar except for
'Journey from my head to my heart- by Mike Skliar (lyric)& Nancy Rost (music)
'Falling falling" by Mike Skliar (music) & Angelina Powers (lyric).
'Punching at Shadows" by Tim Echols (lyric) and Mike Skliar (music)
All songs (c) 2015 as indicated
all rights reserved