LOOK MA NO BANDS(lt02) 2002 running time 68minutes
1. ceolacanth blues
2. in your way
3. living all over me too
4. you did not mean it
5. rain date
6. god is watching a movie
7 going home
8 ossification blues
9 right than happy
10 making good time
11 living all over me
12 you could do a lot worse
13 sometimes we weep
14 if you've found yourself
15 same mistake different day
16. gotta have patience
17. blues for the happy girl
So these would be the liner notes to my second solo record.....i hope you enjoy these songs as much as i enjoyed playing and singing them........most of the recording was done between January and May of 2002 and most of the songs were recorded "live" with the guitar flat in the lap, fretted with a metal bar, and the harmonica in a rack around the neck..........the only noteable exception being song #4, "you did not mean it" to which i added guitar and bass, simply because i thought the song sounded better that way..(i am really happy with the way the dobro sounds on that song. i like it a lot) .......pretty much everything else was recorded live the way you see me playing on the street or in the subway....sort of like the picture on the cover, which should be somewhere over to your right......in essence, song #4 is the same mix that's on the last NOBODY tape, "FUNKY ASS FEELING"(faf)....even though some of the other songs have the same titles as songs on "FAF", on this cd they are 'solo' versions.....for example, 'god is watching a movie' and 'you could do a lot worse' were both given full band treatments on "FAF", but here they are arranged for solo dobro.
One saturday morning in january of 2002, i was playing in the subway.......it was pretty quiet....and pretty early, and pretty cold......and a guy came up to me and asked if he could play a few songs with me....i was a little hesitant, because more often than not, that's not such a good idea, and i wasn't sure what kind of instrument he had in his little case......he took out one of those little saxophones, the ones that look more like a clarinet, like the kind that kenny G plays.....that made me VERy nervous.....but, it turns out, he was NOT at all like kenny G and that made me very happy. we improvised some, and somehow, i came up with a new arrangement for the old song 'in your way', which was also on the first solo record....but this arrangement was much more bluesy.....and it really suprised me when it came out.....we had a lot of fun and played it for about fifteen minutes.....the sax player then said 'that was a very cool song' and i said 'thank you very much, i just made that arrangement up'......i felt like it was significantly different from the other one, and so i included it here..........there is also a version of 'right than happy', which was mixed and recorded by jon sage, who gave it the jon sage treatment and really tweaked it out......i think it's kind of like captain beefheart on steroids.....and it's also very different from the other version, so i put that on too....thanks jon......
Last but not least, there's some instrumental tidbits on here, live and
otherwise, that i think have a lot of feeling in them, and i'm quite happy
with........Special thanks to: everyone who comes OUT to the LIVE shows,
and Thanks to all my friends for their love and support...especially to
David Johnston and Unclescam/Blue. Thanks to Stacy Phillips for showing
me the way on the dobro. go and buy his records. The world needs more dobro.
Cover Photo: Amy Corbett.
click here for LYRICS to all these songs......