Saint Mad | Waiting to Start

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Waiting to Start

by Saint Mad

Trumpet, euphonium, guitar and piano combine with rich vocal harmonies and thoughtful lyrics to give these songs a unique sound and positive message. Performed by four veteran musicians who grew up on rock and roll but incorporate the best of many styles.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Can't Let Go
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2. I See Myself In You
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3. God Gives You What You Need
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4. Live
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5. Not For A Long Time
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6. O Sweet Spontaneous
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7. Wistful
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8. What Else Is Kindness For
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9. Canyon Song
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10. Across The Universe
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11. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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12. Wish
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is Saint Mad's first album of originals, but Jim (guitar) and Martha (trumpet) have been writing all their lives, so it's all about the songs. The overall theme of the album is, "It's never too late to chase your dreams." From the rousing opening song, "Can't Let Go," through the closing anthem, "Wish," that exhorts us to chase our dreams together, it's a wistful, inspiring album written from experience.

"Waiting to Start" was recorded over a two-year period (2007-2009) at Radioactive Productions in Philadelphia PA. Owner-operator Daoud Shaw, who engineered, produced, and played percussion on the album, has been a performer and producer in the music business for over forty years. Among his many credits, he has been the drummer for the Saturday Night Live Band, the Jerry Garcia Band, and Van Morrison.


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Helena Weathers

Great new group!
A wonderful album to listen to. Each and every cut is a gem that is both pleasant to the ear and positively heartwarming. The four musicians weave their instrumental, vocal and writing talents into a unique and fresh sound. My favorites are O Sweet Spontaneous (love the jazzy interpretation of an ee cummings poem!) and Canyon Song (love the desert ambiance and the message that it's never too late!). Makes you wonder why Saint Mad waited so long to start!

Symon

A definite hit...
I really love the lush vocal melodies and crafty horn arrangements - true entertainment. You can tell everyone in the band is having a good time. The upbeat lyrics and happy melodies are a definite hit, too. (I live on the West Coast, but this one band I want to see perform live!)

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Andy Harbison

Quite an astounding mix
This CD mixes the whimsical and serious, folk and jazz, originals and standards, spirituality and the human condition, all the while putting a euphonium where the bass guitar is supposed to be, and a jazz trumpet as the icing on the cake, better than it's ever been done before. Ok, it has never been done before, but when you hear it you'll wonder why. This is positively delightful in every respect. Jim Harris is a classic folksinger (with a folksinger’s voice if you like that sorta thing which I do) and the folk songs (especially Not for a Long Time) are as good as it gets. Martha Michael and Molly Mahoney have as pretty of voices as you'll find anywhere, and the three-part harmony just works. Martha's and Molly's solo vocal efforts are simply beautiful. Check out some samples and you won't be disappointed. When I first acquired this disc I was a little skeptical as it comes in a simple cardboard sleeve. Well, everything they saved in packaging was clearly put into production, which is completely first rate.

Gary Gray

Pop music that will tickle your ears
This album is a breath of fresh pop air. This is a group of 4 extraordinarily gifted musicians and vocalists who have mastered the craft of making listenable, hummable pop that lifts you up. This isn't pop geared to the 18-24 demographic. This is an album unapologetically geared to a mature audience. The instrumentation absolutely tickled my ears. You don't hear a lot of euphonium-trumpet-keys-guitar combos in popular music. But it totally works. The arrangements are clever. The vocals are tastefully done, both lead and background. The sound of this record is crisp and clean, letting you hear each unique sound as it's presented. I would (and have) recommend this album to anyone who appreciates well-crafted songs, performed by talented musicians who are obviously having fun while making great music. Buy this album, give it a listen, and I guarantee you'll hear something that will put a smile on your face. In my case, at least one of the songs has wedged it way into my head and won't let me forget it. No worries. It's a good feeling.

J. Watkins

Talented and Versatile!
St. Mad is an extremely talented group of musicians that seamlessly navigates through various genres of music with strong vocals and instrumentals as well as delightful and captivating harmonies. From the light and calypso-like "Live" to the alternative rock cover of "Across the Universe," Saint Mad shines and will impress you with their musical ability and thoughtful lyrics. This album is a pleasure to listen to from start to finish! (MY favorites on the disc are: "Canyon Song," "Live," "Not for a Long Time," and "God Gives You What You Need"...take a listen!!)