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Many Ponies

by Spartacus Jones

Horse-inspired songs for horse-inspired people. Eclectic styles.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. Everything That I Love Best
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2. A Cowboy for You
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3. We Will Ride
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4. Many Ponies
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5. Montana
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6. Shyla
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7. Rainbow Pony
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8. My Guitar, My Caballo and Me
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9. Noble Heart
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10. My Corazon
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11. A Horse of White
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12. Horses Never Lie
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13. Star Dancer
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14. A Hundred and One Times
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15. Royal Blue
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
My new CD is called Many Ponies. I hope you'll enjoy it.

The inspiration for the title song, and so, in a way for the whole album, was a painting of the same name by a wonderful artist, Cecilia Henle.
The style is primitive, in the best sense of that word, and looks quite American Indian to me, and other-worldly, as well.
It reminded me a lot of the Horse Nation Dance described in Black Elk Speaks.
When the horse (t'shunka wakan) came to the Plains Indians, especially the Lakotas, it created a revolutionary change in their culture and ushered in a whole new way of doing things. Since that time, the horse has been symbolic of something new, something radically different, or revolutionary change.

Horses brought a revolutionary change to my way of thinking, acting and being, too.

But for the New to be born, the Old has to die.
To become the person you will be, you have to let go of the person you've been.

It's that simple.
But it ain't easy.
I know.

See. Horses saved my life.
I’d be a much different man if not for them, and I’m not sure you’d like him.
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like him, myself.

Horses taught me things that changed me.
Taught me by the nature of their being.
Made me a better man and a better person.
If you know and love horses, too, if you’ve been touched by them, been inspired by their courage and nobility, if you’ve delighted in their company, felt a deep peace and “at-home-ness” in their presence, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
If not, for now, just take my word for it.

Because the thing is, a whole lot of what you learn from horses is applicable to any relationship with anyone, anytime, anyplace.
Like the importance of honesty.
And trust.
And respect.
And loyalty.
And about being strong enough to be gentle --- and gentle enough to be strong.
You might not find these qualities in many two-leggeds. But they are common characteristics in horses.

There's a variety of styles in this collection. There’s something country, something folk, something pop, something Celtic, something Spanish….I hope you’ll find something there that speaks to you and I’d love for you to let me know which ones you like best.

Every penny we make from this CD will go to help horses. There are a couple of established horse rescues we’ll give some support to, and one that’s in development, Common Song Horse Sanctuary. Too many horses are neglected or abused and thousands go to slaughter every year, an ignoble end for such a noble creature. I have to do something about that if I can.
Too many kids are neglected or abused, too. And I also have to do something about that.
My grand plan is to put wounded horses and wounded kids together so they can heal each other.
Maybe I’ll pull it off, maybe I won’t.
But I don’t quit.
That’s something else I learned from horses.

So, like I said, horses saved my life.
I have to do my best to return the favor.
It’s debt of honor.

SJ


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Richard

Good Ride
This album is a perfect mix for those looking for 'old school' country western tunes. I'm not talking about nasal twang, Dobro Guitar - I'm talking about boot-scootin tunes with catchy, heart felt lyrics.

The title track "Many Ponies" - Really appealed to me. Alright, probably a factor of my age – but I got definite overtones of Sergio Leonne’spaghetti westerns and a bit of “Ghost Riders” tossed in – all of that to say I loved it! The lady’s voice as the mares was nice, and I liked the imagery of rebirth/transition. “Canyon Echoes” for her voice = good stuff. Nice catchy refrain too. A keeper that would work well on any jukebox.

" Everything I Love best" - A great boot-scootin honkey-tonk tune! Good idea to open with this, very catchy, very danceable, very very commercial. The tune and lyrics put a big smile on my face. The lyrics were witty, clever and had a great hook. I seriously think a major talent would do well to cover this tune. It deserves more exposure.

The celtic overtones of "Horse of White" crosses genres and has a wide appeal to those who appreciate the equine sentiment in music.

"My Corazon" – So, when did you start channeling ELVIS? Seriously, this song was made for him – too bad he’s dead. Not saying the piece is dated – just saying your voice and delivery put me in mind of ‘The King’. Because it has a definite ‘retro feel’ (as do many of the pieces) I think it has more of an appeal to those of a certain generation. “You are the chords of my guitar” is a wonderful piece of imagery.

" Horses Never Lie" - Jimmy Buffet meets Herb Alpert! I loved the sentiment and its delivery. Actually I could see this as a ‘riding tune’ – you know, singing it as one rides along in the saddle. Good rhythm and rhymes. Catchy and commercial – a keeper.

Truly the whole album is full of wonderful gems - each sparkling with it's own set of facets. A nice album that showcases the Artists versatility. If you're tired of Rock and Roll masquerading as Country Western - take this album for a ride. I promise you a nice canter, and a smooth lope. Definitely a good ride.