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Track 3 – “Pale Green Stars” (Everclear cover)

October 11, 2017

 

Blankets and Covers - Volume One

“Blankets and Covers: Volume One” – Track 3 – “Pale Green Stars” (Everclear cover) (recorded May 9th 2014 at “Papa Ganache” Matawan, NJ)

I’ve probably listened to Everclear’s 1995 album “Sparkle and Fade” thousands of times in my life. “Santa Monica” off of that was their breakthrough single. “Pale Green Stars” is one of my favorite tracks on this album because it is so real. Definitely not a happy song by any means, but it helped me as a teenager. My favorite song off that album is probably “The Twistinside”, but that doesn’t translate well to an acoustic guitar.

This is also the only track on this album that is from the Papa Ganache open mic that I attended pretty regularly in 2014. The open mic no longer exists, but it was unique in that it wasn’t just music, but poetry, comedians, and I even remember one night a woman was just sharing her sketchbook with us and showing us her sketches, drawings, and paintings she was working on and talking about her process and inspirations for each piece. It was also nice because it was and still is a bakery and coffee shop.

Amanda is in love with the sight of the moon
She’s got pale green stars in her room
Right above her bed
Put them on the ceiling
Leave on the light
When the sun goes down then the stars might shine
Shining in the dark
Skinny little girl in her room alone
She’s got hell to spare in her home
If you can call it a home
Doesn’t want to be like anybody else
When no one is around she talks to herself
I can hear her in the night
Hey, hey yeah
It’s hard on a girl
When the blood won’t come when it ought to come
It’s hard on a girl
When you try to walk around on the shaky ground
Hey, hey
Daddy’s going away
Scared little girl watching *The Simpsons on TV 
Amanda always cries when you yell at me
Yeah, please don’t yell at me
Climb up all the stairs
Close the door
Doesn’t want to hear us fighting anymore
Yeah, better call it a day
Hey, hey yeah
It’s hard on a young girl
She thinks it’s all her fault when it all goes wrong
It’s hard on a grown man too
See my baby crying at the window calling out my name
Hey, hey
Daddy’s going away
She’s got pale green stars in her room

*Lyric change, original says “Aladdin”

Track 2 – “Dust” (13th Floor Elevators cover)

October 10, 2017

Blankets and Covers - Volume One

“Blankets and Covers: Volume One” – Track 2 – “Dust” (13th Floor Elevators cover) (recorded January 19th 2011 at “Bayside” Keyport, NJ)

This song is a song appropriately called, “Dust”. I say appropriate because one of the main inspirations for making this album is the cover. I’m referring to the photograph used as the art for the album. This photo was taken by my wife Tracy after Hurricane Sandy. Eight of the ten tracks on this album were recorded at the open mics at the  “Bayside Bar & Grill” in Keyport, NJ that is seen on the cover. The bar was destroyed and never rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy. They ended up knocking it down and nowadays in 2017 there is just an empty space where it used to be. In essence, like this song, it became dust.

“Dust” was released on “Easter Everywhere”, a 1967 album by “13th Floor Elevators”. I never learned the music for it so I just sang the lyrics over some original music I had which later became an original song called “Heather’s Heavy Sweaters”.

Dust from your skin
Must trust, when it scatters
Only love matters
It’s been overjoyed

Scents and perfumes
Whence, since your higher fragrance
Is memory
Incense and never destroy

Every stop we’ve taken
Is now a wonderous shrine
Where nature is in order
Your sense is sensing mine
As I love you
All the creatures play
As I love you
Now it’s safe to say
There’s no hang up in our way

The trees in our gaze
Will show us the love that we breath in
This shouldn’t amaze
They openly love all they are
And love’s all they are

 

Gifts, to begin
Bliss, cliffs of expression
They suit our impression
And every whim

Taste has got thirst
Faced, waste
Beyond uses
With so many juices
Were filled to the brim

Our pleasure’s not forsaken
We cultivate our bend
More chances re-awaken when beginning meets the end
As I love you
Now it’s safe to say
There’s no hang up in our way
As I love you

The faith that we build
Will strengthen our close growing closer
Till waiting is filled
We simply remember we are
Where ever we are

Clay that we print
May stay as we mold it
But will never hold it
The promise is long

 

Till we’re complete
Will, still is intention
We still need attention to help us along

 

 

Track 1 – “Knockin’ on Maloney’s Door” (Bob Dylan cover)

October 9, 2017

Blankets and Covers - Volume One

“Blankets and Covers: Volume One” – Track 1 – “Knockin’ on Maloney’s Door” (Bob Dylan cover) (recorded February 19th 2010 at “Maloney’s” in Matawan, NJ)

This is the first track of a project I am calling “Blankets and Covers”. Around 2010 I started attending open mics, playing mostly covers. The first one I attended was at “Maloney’s Pub & Grill” in Matawan, NJ. I used to bring blank cassette tapes and a tape recorder to capture some music. Been looking at these tapes sitting on a shelf and decided to make an album out of my favorite moments captured.

This first track is a very jokey track, a play on Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”. I like this as a first track to this covers album because “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is a great song for beginner acoustic guitarists to learn. Also, I can hear my long time friends Anthony, Robby, and my wife making comments in the recording and it makes me happy.

“Yer So Bad” & “Learning to Fly” (Tom Petty covers)

October 2, 2017

Tom Petty

1) “Yer So Bad” (Tom Petty cover) – at Maloney’s Pub & Grill in Matawan, NJ 02-10-2010

*Lyrics changed to:

“Not, me, Tracy, I’ve got you, to, save me”

** Lyrics changed to:

“My sister’s ex-husband can’t get no lovin’, walks around dog faced and hurt

Now he’s got nothin’, Plath’s in the oven, I can’t decide which is worse”

(This is dark, but Sylvia Plath, poet and author of “The Bell Jar”, committed suicide by putting her head in an oven. I was an English major and I enjoyed her book, plus I share the same birthday as her.)

 

2) “Learning to Fly” (Tom Petty cover) (home recording 10-02-2017)

 

 

“Meet Slashy Ramone”

October 1, 2017

I purchased this Slash action figure for my wife a couple of years ago and he has traveled with her ever since.

We are convinced that even though it is supposed to be Slash from Guns N Roses, he looks more like Joey Ramone wearing Slash’s top hat, jewelry, and rocking Slash’s guitar.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Slashy Ramone.

“Summer’s End”

September 22, 2017

(He was trying to go back to a time that used to be

A dream of a dream keeping him awake of a place where he was free)

 

The water felt good on his skin and he didn’t want to come back up

The green lake was his friend and the docks nursed him when he was a pup

The rope with the knot on the bottom flung many kids afar

Swinging with excitement on their faces just before they saw stars

 

He came back up, left the lake, and ran up the hill

His feet got muddy, but he didn’t notice amongst the thrill

He got in line and waited for his turn again

Sopping wet, never wanting the summer to end

 

“Sprout” (acoustic demo)

September 14, 2017

a root ready to sprout from a pit pic

I’m going to throw a fit

Think of some crazy shit

Never learn when to quit

Watching my mind split

Find a chair and just sit

Question if this is it

Turn saliva into spit

Been knocked out but never hit

Got no need for the first aid kit

Love to watch your lip get bit

By your own teeth when you feel exquisite (x3)

(brief commercial break)

All those cigarettes left unlit

Left there like an unpopped zit

A root ready to sprout from a pit (x3)