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Mandala

by Jeremy dePrisco

Meta-blendo Progressive Folk-Blues
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Just A Matter of Time
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2. Promises
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3. Give Me A Break
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4. The Shadows On My Wall
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5. Someone to Touch
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6. Word Traffic
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7. Morning Blues
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8. I Ran Away
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9. What Have You Done Today
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10. Taller
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11. Why
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12. Breathe Deep
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
12-song CD released in 1999. Progressive folk-rock without the bad attitude. MANDALA features some of the same songs from the limited release 1997 Homegrown Music collection recorded in a full-band format with drums and electric guitar. If you love the Backstreet Boys, you'll absolutely hate MANDALA.

Music that will soar through your heart, soul and mind like an electric eagle whose eyes can pierce the dusty clouds of the computer age and pick apart the varied illusions and realities of the post industrial complex that is both refreshing and nostalgic.

No rules. No lies. Just real music.

Personnel:
Jeremy dePrisco - Acoustic & electric guitars, voice, bass,
percussion, mandolin, samples, keyboards

Joe Schrum - Drums, Roland electronic drums, congas and marimba

Lou Damon - Occasional backing vocals on tracks 2, 5, 9, and 12
Lead guitar on tracks 5, 6, and 10

Jim Nowak - Lead guitar work on tracks 1 and 7

Matt Homiak - Bass on tracks 5 and 11


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Steve Schrum


The songs on MANDALA simultaneously challenge the listener's mind with descriptive word pictures and express artistic and emotional ideas that many listeners can relate to. These songs also demonstrate a maturation of Jeremy's abilities; having started out as solo performer withonly an acoustic guitar, he has clearly developed his multi-instrumental skills and ensemble playing into the fully realized songs on MANDALA. I recently staged an adaptation of Ibsen's PEER GYNT using some of Jermey's songs; his lyrics fit perfectly with the ideas embodied in the play: finding oneself and the path to self-awareness, and "To thine own self be true!" My personal favorites on MANDALA: "Just A Matter of Time," "Give me a Break," and "I Ran Away." And I can listen to "Why" and "Breathe Deep" repeatedly.

Justin dePrisco


I'm listening to your album now. I'm speachless. This is great. I'm not blowing smoke up your ass either. I'm looking at the case and all and thinking "this is the real thing." I hope you're happy, because this really is great. You've worked really hard. This is really cool. Congratulations. I dont know what else to say. We'll talk when you come up. I hope that I can someday do the same, and accomplish my dream and get {my book} published. You have become a Jedi.

Aaron Fieman


Disturbing, inspiring and positive. Disturbing, in that, I could connect on an almost parallel life line. It conjured up past regrets and hurt. Inspiring, in that, I found your song about believing in a God you weren't sure was there. Positive, in that, the songs all seemed to give the listener a 'line of hope.' It began with the questioning, then the searching, then the longing, then finding the light at the end of the tunnel...

MPK


"I think that the whole CD is professionally produced and directed. Many of the songs have deep and thought provoking lyrics. No "Shake you bon-bon" or "Fly" stuff here, so that may discourage tons of mainstream radio play. But if you have made something that is true to yourself rather than copping out to the pop media then you are a better person (in my mind) rather than a sell-out. The time and effort that you put into this does come out in it. A well thought out piece with some real soul searching lyrics. The love songs are very modern and reflect our times and relationships. All in all I think that it is great..."

MB


"I really enjoyed hearing the album. Everything about it was very well done; you should be proud. One other thing I wanted to say . . . I was talking to a friend of mine about the CD and how it showed up out of the blue and the whole history behind it, and she said something to the effect of "Wow, that's amazing, he actually wrote songs about you." I never really thought about it before, but she's right. To be in someone's thoughts so much that they put it into art is a powerful and precious thing. I know you didn't do it for me, and maybe if you had the chance to go back and do it again you would make things completely different. But for me it was a gift, and I wanted to say thank you for that, too."

Matt Rupp


I got the CD. I'm listening to it now. Let me say, One hell of an album!!!! You've done a great job with all the vocals, insturments and arrangement. It was worth the long haul. You've made a beleiver out of me. Excellent work dude! I know it won't be any time soon (maybe never again? I certainly hope not!), but I'd love to help you if you decide to make another album WAY down the road. Take a break, enjoy life. Excellant job, man! My personal quote would have to be "Mandala; Candy for the ears."

Danno Gee Ray

Nice
A nice journey through the roots of blues and country influences woven into the fabric of contemporary rock. Good melodies and fine playing supported by nice original lyrics.

Slave - Unsung Hero Magazine

Sensitive, purposeful, and masterful.
Sensitive, purposeful, and masterful. A modern-day Gordon Lightfoot/Cat Stevens with an inclination for Buddhism. Strong, intelligent, and mature-grassroots songwriting coupled with accomplished playing. Every phrase, every note moves with love and meaning. I have a feeling that Jeremy is right where he wants to be.

Jason Timoll - Mode Magazine

This record is well thought out and quite effective in its mission.
DePrisco has many exceptional qualities in both his writing and his delivery. The most notable is that all of his lyrics are understandable... with DePrisco’s well-crafted writing and musical structure he can let you have it the way it was written. In a presentation similar to Roger Miller and with the stylistic sensitivities of Jethro Tull, Jeremy DePrisco packs a complete package. In its latter part, this album has a nice balance of many of the different styles offered up in the meat of it. Trying to summarize this CD would do it a disservice. It is many styles of music with more than one theme. None of the styles clash, though some of the songs are very ambitious for the greater content of the album...... The listener gets the sense that Jeremy DePrisco would like to make this world a better place by prompting us to think about the little things we do that affect us as individuals and in relationships. This record is well thought out and quite effective in its mission.

Annette Abbondanza

The overall content was refreshing.
The overall content was refreshing. It is very driven, yet sensitive. It is very personal. It is creative. I am certain that its power appeals to the masculine side of the species, yet as a female I am drawn to the emotion that
shines forth from it. I know pretty much how you feel about each song. Sorry, if I am going overboard here, but I never look at or judge a musical work based simply on musical talent or ability, which was certainly evident as well.
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