Is there no end in sight?
What are we doing drilling in depths of 5000 feet, or drilling at all in our once pristine oceans, when we have little to no control over the outcome. Do you think for one moment that even in what we perceive to be the best of circumstances we aren't hurting the environment and doing irreparable damage? These precious loving marine animals breathing our oil into their lungs and causing them so much pain. I have this theory about all those toxic, radioactive waste barrels, dumped into our oceans causing cancerous growths to appear on whales and other deep diving marine mammals. Whales beaching themselves and dying on our shores by the thousands.
Shame on us.
They swam the ocean
Long before you were here
And if you're not careful
They might disappear
Oh, under my ocean blue
Me and you
We're all part of the sphere
With tears of rain I shower you
I feel the pain just as you do
Lost inside your hollow bodies
Discarding everything you use
Did you think it would last forever
The wounds that can never heal
Took lightly all the planets treasures
Grind me up
Until I disappear
It is so painful to hear what's happening in the gulf. We have really screwed up now. This is an omen, we can't possibly continue to drill. Not here, not anywhere on the planet. We kill the oceans, we kill ourselves.
1. Paradise.... Music, Kleinbard. Lyrics, Kleinbard/Davis (Lead Vocal, Bass, Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Horns, Strings, Backup Vocals, Marshall Kleinbard. Drums & Percussion & Backup Vocal, Jeff Davis. Flute David Nishihira, 2nd Lead Guitar, Fred Latta.) Originally conceived this song mid 2002. Went to a party in Mukilteo, and saw the film "The Buena Vista Social Club". Being inspired by these rhythms, when I arrived in Oregon Christmas '02, I asked Jeff for a Johnny Otis 'Hand Jive" sort of feel. He came up with something similar. I dubbed it "Cuboafrozilian". We jousted lyrics and recorded it. Originally the song was 4:10. Sent it down to the publishing company, they liked it but wanted it remixed and shorter. So 3 months later March "03, after editing it on paper, I went back down to Oregon and shortened it to 2:56. Added strings, lead guitars and backup vocals.
Makes ya wanna dance!
2. Butterfly.... Music, Kleinbard. Lyrics, Kleinbard/Davis (Lead Vocals, Classical Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass, Backup Vocals, Marshall Kleinbard. Drums, Jeff Davis.)
Written about my dog, Zoe on the way to the waterfall. After driving to Eugene for almost 6 hours in excruciating pain, I laid the original track down with classical guitar, later to find out I was passing a gall stone. No pain, no gain. I managed to complete the song, no click track just guitar. I was hoping to place this in an animated film. After listening to it a good friend of mine said " I see a native boy running through the jungle with an alien looking dog companion", ever since then I now share that image. Jeff co-wrote some wonderful lyrics, and when I asked for a Bossa Nova type rhythm, played some tasty drums.
3. One Sweet Taste.... Music/ Lyrics, Kleinbard (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass, Horns, Backup Vocals, Marshall Kleinbard. Drums & backup Vocal, Jeff Davis. 2nd Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Backup Vocals, Ukulele Dick.) I'd like to hear this song in a commercial. I think it could be adapted to anything that tastes sweet. Life is as sweet as you make it.
4. Hummingbird.... Music/Lyrics Kleinbard (Lead Vocal, Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Organ, Marshall Kleinbard. Drums, Jeff Davis. Bass, Kevin Dale. Backup Vocals, Marshall Kleinbard & Carrie Cunningham.) I watched these little dynamos, dart around, makin' things bloom. I wish we could be better stewards to the planet, and work half as hard as they do.
5. If Time is Willing.... Music, Kleinbard. Lyrics, Kleinbard/Baer/Bosch (Lead Vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Backup Vocals, Marshall Kleinbard. Upright Bass, Bill Bosch. Drums, Jim Norris. Lead Guitar, Rex Stemm. Horns, Gary Regina. 2nd Rhythm Guitar, Ukulele Dick.) Thought I'd write an upbeat song. Liked my chorus, but my verse lyrics were too political. So I had Bill and Winnie Bosch write a couple of verses. My advice to any songwriter that gets stuck to turn to fellow writers/musicians for a lyrical helping hand. Hell, the Eagles some times had 5 writers on one song!
6. Fish On The Line.... Music/Lyrics Kleinbard (Lead Vocal & Rhythm Guitar, Marshall Kleinbard. Ethereal Guitar, Rex Stemm. 2nd Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Ukulele Dick. Double Bass, Bill Bosch. Drums, Jim Norris. Viola & Violin, Don Dally.) Dedicated to Richard Cabral. I sang this song to him and his wife over the phone 6 months before I recorded it. When we completed the final mix, we received a phone call with devastating news, Rick had been diagnosed with brain cancer. The next morning he died. He was a good man with a great sense of humor, a big heart, and AAA outstanding musician. I do miss him.
7. I Feel Like Dancin’.... Music/Lyrics Kleinbard (Lead & Backup Vocals, Lisa Taylor. Rhythm, Lead Guitars & Glockenspiel, Marshall Kleinbard. Drums, Jim Norris. Upright Bass, Bill Bosch. Horns, Gary Regina, Hawaiian Lap Steel, Patti Maxine.) I left the lyrics home in Seattle, and on the plane to Santa Cruz scratched down what I could remember. In the studio, I picked up a smokin' Collings guitar, and proceeded to teach the song to the band. Not knowing it was tuned differently, and after a perfect take, I struggled to sing my own song in the wrong key. Lisa was waiting patiently for hours to do some backup. I turned to Lisa and said "could you sing my song"? Her reply was; "Honey, just show me the lyrics". She absolutely nailed the song, a young Aretha as I call her. Having only half the song sung I went back to the Bosch's house in the Santa Cruz mountains
and mysteriously awoke at 3:00am. I saw a shooting star go by, and finished the lyrics to the second half of the song. Called Lisa the next morning and at 10:00am she sang the second half of the song, brilliantly!
8. Please Believe Me.... Music, Kleinbard. Lyrics, Kleinbard/Bosch (Lead Vocal & Ukulele, Marshall Kleinbard. 2nd Lead Vocal Tamala Brown. Double Bass, Bill Bosch. Drums, Jim Norris. Violin & Viola, Don Dally. Hawaiian Lap Steel, Patti Maxine.) I bought a Ukulele and wrote my first Ukulele song. I wanted to write the ultimate wedding song as a duet. I've always loved the Beatles and learned that the Ukulele was George Harrison's favorite instrument.
9. My Mahrie.... Music/Lyrics Kleinbard (Lead /Backup Vocal , 1st Lead Rhythm Guitar, Marshall Kleinbard. Drums, Bass & Backup Vocal, Jeff Davis. Ukulele, Rhythm Guitar & Backup Vocals, Ukulele Dick. Mandolin, Lucas Rowe. Slide Guitar, Phil (crln).) Recorded at MK Studios,Seattle Washington. This one is for my love Mahrie, and after 21 years, we're still goin' strong.
10. Cool Water.... Music/Lyrics Kleinbard. (Lead/Backup Vocal , Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Marshall Kleinbard. Lead & 2nd Rhythm Guitar, Backup Vocal, Ukulele & Bass, Ukulele Dick. Accordion, Percussion & Backup Vocal, Jeff Davis.) Recorded at MK Studios, Seattle Washington. When I arrived in Seattle, in Nov "95, this is the first song I wrote. Surrounded by water and smiling faces.
11. So Alone.... Music/Lyrics Kleinbard (Lead Vocal, Rhythm Guitar & Glockenspiel, Marshall Kleinbard. Horn, Gary Regina. Double Bass, Bill Bosch. Lead Guitar, Rex Stemm.). An ode to my father, riding the rails to the racetrack during the 1929 depression , for work and to feed the family. He played the harmonica and tap danced. He had a music box he carried around that was broken. I fitted it with a new tumbler and etched out my own melody. You'll hear it at the end of the song.
12. All The Angels.... Music/Lyrics Kleinbard (Lead & backup Vocal, Grand Piano, Lead Guitar, Marshall Kleinbard. Double Bass, Backup Vocal, Bill Bosch. Hawaiian Lap Steel, Patti Maxine. Drums, Jim Norris. Viola & Violin, Don Dally. Backup Vocals, Tamala Brown & Celina Gutierrez.). For all the troops that have lost their lives in battle. They should all come home as soon as humanly possible. I love the keyboard, and since the first 11 songs are on guitar, thought I'd better include one. The Grand Chickering Piano was just a smidge off. It gave the song a haunting feeling. Since there was a B3 Organ next to it, I just had to include it.
I Feel Like Dancin'. All The Angels. So Alone. Please Believe Me. Fish On The Line. If Time Is Willing. Recorded at Mars Studios Santa Cruz Calif.
All songs Mastered at Jupiter Studios by Martin Feveyear. Seattle Washington.
Special thanks to Evan Medow for his sage advice and moral support.
My love Mahrie, family & friends. Rick Cabral RHS. Kenny Hill Guitars. Katie Mckee. Bob Sancewich. Allan Bartz. To my fingers & vocal chords for hangin’ in there, and the earth between my toes.