Jim Ballard | Human Harvest

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Human Harvest

by Jim Ballard

Rock in the vein of Willie Nile, Dire Straits and Tom Petty. Mostly guitar driven but filled out with a full band sound. Lyrical, running from an ode to the Athapaskan people to a gentle remembrance of songwriter/mentor John Bassette.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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1. Stick Dance
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2. Wildflowers
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3. Who Goes There
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4. Once You Get Started
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5. Rainmaker
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6. L. A. Rain
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7. Nothin' On Me
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8. Little White Lie
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9. Well Well Well
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10. Save Me a Place
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The album begins with Stick Dance, an ode to the Athapaskan people of the far north and their tradition of gathering in the spring to 'say goodbye' to those who've passed. The song is a celebration, as is the tradition. Wildflowers was written about a baseball team of miscreant kids who were written off by most everyone, but hung together to prove them all wrong. In Who Goes There, the singer no longer knows the lover he's been living with and, like a soldier on late night duty, stops finally and says 'who goes there' as if to say he no longer knows who she is. Done with a sense of humor. Once You Get Started deals with the idea that there are things that draw us in, good or bad, that, once we get started we just can't stop. Rainmaker laments the drought of thought, spirit, soul that seems to be taking over the world, asking the "Rainmaker" to send us the rain of reason, grace and compassion. L.A. Rain is a 'coming of age, full circle, reawakening' song. Those who've grown up in Lower Akron get the inside story... you can leave L.A. and not really leave. You can stay and go far from it. Depends on you.. Nothin' On Me is a dylanesque swipe at the barrage of media, news, constant info, do this, do that, don't do nuthin' world we're in. Little White Lie was inspired by being at a downtown 4th of july fireworks celebration. Looking at all the faces of every kind of level of the community there, I thought that they all would, no matter their station in life, go back the next day and live the 'little white lie', another way to say 'the american dream'. For some the lie is good, for some not so much. Well Well Well.... written to our politicians, CEO's, movers and shakers just to say that maybe somethin's come home to roost. We'll see... Save Me A Place was written within an hour or two of learning of my friend, songwriter John Bassette's passing. I used music, musician, recording and road band metaphors to imagine John in a sort of eternal green room, studio, backstage and road. The thing we can do for our friends, wherever they may be, however long they're gone, is to save them a place at our table. You'll see..


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