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New Age Blues

by Colie Brice

Cosmic, speculative mystical musical meanderings of a profound nature. . .
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Empowerment
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2. Beyond
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3. Evil Ways
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4. Fear!
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5. awakening
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6. Set It Free
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7. (keyboard madness)
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8. Life's Journey
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9. Crooning in the Afterglow
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10. Dolphin Suite
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11. Why?
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12. Balance
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13. 17 G (tribute to Jerry)
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14. Against the Grain
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15. Summer Wind
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16. Soul Truth
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A Note From Colie:

"During this period I invested in some serious home recording gear. After years of musical and spiritual incubation, I wanted to create songs and sounds that expressed my yearning to understand the deeper meaning of life and reflect some of the powerful insights I had gained as a result of enduring a unique and sometimes harsh existence in which I was battling the effects of surviving my own seriously dysfunctional childhood. To quote my bio from 1996:

After a turbulent departure from Phantom's Opera in the spring of 1992, Colie set upon the quest of abandoning old perceptions of himself by exploring new ideas and different experiences. One experience in particular involved a "trip" to see the Grateful Dead. Colie had always been intrigued by the mystique surrounding the Dead, so he attended the concert with an open mind and an open heart. The experience dramatically augmented his life, and what transpired was a personal transformation and validation beyond the description of existing vocabulary. Soon afterwards, Colie started creating music that was reflective of the insights he stumbled upon that fateful evening, including 17 G an improvisational composition "deadicated" to the late Jerry Garcia. Eventually, several years of artistic exploration and experimentation manifested itself into New Age Blues an album aptly entitled because it implies Colie's overall direction musically and lyrically..

New Age Blues was recorded at Colie's home studio utilizing state of the art, yet reasonably priced recording equipment. This is in alignment with Colie's belief that technological innovation should facilitate positive sociological evolution, expression of individuality, and self actualization. Colie will also market and distribute this album primarily on the World Wide Web, since he feels that the Internet is an appropriate venue to promote his message about the need for spiritual growth and balance in a world grown harsh and cold as a result of unchecked ignorance, fear, and greed. Furthermore, Colie is well aware that the pioneering generation of today's rapidly growing online community, possess the technical expertise and insight that will ultimately determine the fate of all life on planet Earth...

The music itself is extremely personal, eclectic and mystical, combining heartfelt melodic phrasing
with ambient textures, subtle grooves, rock aggression, and compelling harmonic structures. The instrumentation features a diverse array of sounds ranging from heavily processed guitars and keyboards to simple arrangements featuring acoustic guitar and harmonica. Throughout the recording Colie reveals his considerable prowess as a musician by performing and recording himself, nearly every instrument feat ured on the album. Like other left handed musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Dick Dale, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, and Paul McCartney, Colie is blessed with a talent to articulate his emotions via his own unique style and sound...

At any rate, after much soul searching and too much procrastination, Colie has finally accepted what Ted Silverhand, an American Indian Seer, once told him about his main purpose in life, which is that he is here to help humanity heal by expressing his gifts in the arts and communication. His hope is that New Age Blues is a step in that direction..

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Wow! Pretty pretentious stuff huh? One hit at a Dead show and I thought I was a cyber shaman combination of Shirley McClaine and Jimi Hendrix. Here I had thought that I had pierced a veil of self delusion, when I was actually becoming more grandiose than ever! I am consistently amazed at my own and humanity at large's capacity for self delusion. Regardless, I entered New Age Blues in 1997's 40th Annual GRAMMY Award Entry List and miraculously my really weird, home made album was accepted in 15 different categories! New Age Blues was one of the first lo-fi/D.I.Y. indie albums to penetrate the gated ivory towers of the record industry establishment.."


Track Descriptions For New Age Blues:

EMPOWERMENT - One day I went into the studio, turned on my equipment, and heard this strange sound emanating from the speakers. It was some type of technical malfunction but an interesting sound none the less, so I decided to embrace this strange occurence by running it through some spacey effects like a flanger and phaser. Then I plugged my Les Paul in and started improvising along. The strange sound was actually in the key of E minor, so it was fairly easy to play along. However, what was interesting to me was how classic blues phrasing blended so evocatively with this New Age Ambience (thus the term "New Age Blues"). Then, something truly remarkable happened, I pressed play on my sequencer and it turned out that the sequence I had loaded up was this Native American inspired tribal groove thing that was in E minor as well! I later realized that I had a cool opening piece for the album...

BEYOND - This song expresses my sentiment about looking beyond the the things of temporal existence, the physical world, the constraints of primal impulses, and so on, in order to experience a deeper connection with the Creator, God, your Higher Self, or any other perception of spiritual being you might have that is beyond the ego and the material world. It also illustrates my belief that there are probably other planes of existence beyond the world as we know it...

EVIL WAYS - is basically a simple blues groove that became the background to a spontaneous rant about man's inhumanity to man. I know we've all heard this before, but have we listened? The world can be a better place, but we must start with ourselves. The profuse profanity prevalent throughout the piece isn't intented to be offensive, it was just an honest reaction to watching the news one day...

FEAR! - expresses my belief that in order to fully realize out potential as individuals and be true to our highest selves we must face our deepest fears. By the way, the song rocks! Just "three chords and the truth!"

(awakening) - This is just a simple but heartfelt prelude to Set it Free. The guitar was improvised live over a sequence in my studio. Not perfect, but I thought the vibe was there...

SET IT FREE - articulates my desire to liberate my soul and be true to my higher self. It also incorporates lyrics from a poem my great grandfather wrote entitled "Life's Journey", which is about holding on to your values and ideals as you progress through life and feel tempted to compromise yourself for material gain and other "things of the world"...

(keyboard madness) - Just a little "ear cleanser" to help brace you for the next track...

LIFE'S JOURNEY - Inspired by a poem that my Great Grandfather, Robert Hance wrote addressing the evolution of our personal growth from the cradle to the grave. We can choose a path of darkness or light, the world of matter, or the world of spirit. The song merges intense industrial metal sounds with the words from Great grandfather's poem and my own reponses and augmentations to his speculations. My friend and producer Steve Evetts improvised the wacky guitar...

CROONING IN THE AFTERGLOW - was "concieved"after I had been party to a particularly beautiful and meaningful experience and that I am fairly certain resulted in my daughter Brianna. The song was improvised one track at a time starting with a simple Bongo part, then built up with the flute, open tuned guitar and so forth...

DOLPHIN SUITE - Picture yourself under a boat on a river, where tangerine trees... Ooops wrong song! Seriously though, imagine being underwater watching the sun's rays filter through the water's surface as Dolphins meander gracefully about you...

WHY? - Dedicated to Mother Earth. Why do we treat her so badly? Isn't the mere possibility of catostrophic enviromental degradation enough to compel action? Even if only for selfish reasons? Am I really a radical because I'm addicted to fresh air, clean skies, and pure water? Let's think about this...

BALANCE - Balance, moderation, and tolerance. Three principles I deeply believe in. Manifested here by a friendly, spirited piece that I improvised one day as the morning sunlight cascaded through my window...

17 G (Tribute to Jerry) - Another experimental improvisation I conducted while reflecting upon my one and only experience at a Dead show. Aptly entitled, because 17G was the name of the section of parking lot we were in...

AGAINST THE GRAIN - a chronicle about the struggles we endure as we journey through life. Something I'm certain many of you can relate to! The song is also about carrying on despite all the harsh inequity and disappointment we must overcome. Finally, it's about living in the moment and enjoying the here and now...

SUMMER WIND - Did you ever drive a car late at night in the rain during a long drive to or from somewhere unfamiliar? Did you ever feel turned on and intoxicated by the sensuality of a warm summer breeze? If so, this mystical groove vibe like improvisation might be your sound track...

SOUL TRUTH - I caught this song while I was just about to leave my home for the evening. Again, it's another spontaneous improvisation that just kind of flowed right out of me. It was almost a bit eerie recording this one...


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Muzik Man

New Age Blues
Colie Brice is a multi-talented artist that has an appeal that will touch many and possibly anger others with his straightforward and real life lyrics (Evil Ways). On "New Age Blues" (1996) he lashes out in fury at those that are all talk and no action. I know one thing for sure¡¦he walks the talk. It comes forth in his music very strongly who he is and what he is about. Along the way he makes damned good music.

"Empowerment" is a spaced out intro to a by and large diverse approach featuring his many musical talents found in each song thereafter. "Set It Free" is a great instrumental track where Brice lets the music do the talking; he truly sets it free. Another instrumental number "Why" is a haunting world music number that is a total departure from the entire album. He always stands ready to surprise and amaze with his across the board talents as a musician, writer, and producer. This is an above average production and it shows what an immense solo artist that Colie Brice.

Colie is still an active musician and he works in public relations and marketing for Classic Records and for the fantastic new site TheMusic.com. His music is but one facet of his colorful and exciting life. If you like music that delves into experimental, rock, all out jams and thought provoking lyrics check out this CD.
© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
September 16, 2001

Ian McIntosh

He proves he’s a talented multi-instrumentalist
Coleman Brice is the singer from southern New Jersey melodic rockers Phantom’s Opera - he himself told me that his solo album was a bit "out there" so who knew what to expect!

Colie’s first presentation is "Empowerment" which is sort of spacey and reminded me of Billy Thorpe’s "Children of the Sun" project. But it really just serves to usher in "Beyond" which is..., interesting! After some initial stupefaction I can describe it as challenging melodic rock, exploring a direction I’ve heard very few go in before - somewhere between Prophet, Jan Hammer, Frozen Ghost and Billy Idol! Quite a bold statement in fact. The songs that follow all twist in ever more directions: "Evil Ways" has a dark and deep soundstage; "Fear!" is nothing short of avant garde melodic rock; and "(Awakening)" is a cool instrumental.

Colie spirals in even more directions by the time he gets to "Crooning in the Afterglow" and "Dolphin Suite" which move into New Age territory Yanni and Tim Timmermans would be proud of. "Why?" even sounds like Jonathan Cain’s Higher Octave releases in that its not unlike the soundtrack music for the Red Shoes Diaries! "Against the Grain" is one of my favourites as it sounds similar to Glen Burtnik’s recent work. The only real disappointment is "Life’s Journey" which is just too modern sounding and gets too close to being alternative.

You know I’m not sure how many people could get away with presenting such a varied package as this and pull it off without sounding pretentious - but Colie some how does it. He proves he’s a talented multi-instrumentalist and as someone prepared to move in challenging directions. Some parallels with Kip Winger’s recent studio work strike me as they’re both prepared to be artistic and create textures of colours and feelings after a hard rock background.