Kito Peters | Semi-Blue

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by Kito Peters

acoustic folk rock with a millenial twist blending the personal and the political - as if leonard cohen's i'm your man met joni mitchell's hejira
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2. Only God Knows Why kito peters
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3. We Go On kito peters
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4. Corporate Me kito peters
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5. Cactus People kito peters
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6. Semi-blue kito peters
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Album Notes
One day I was sitting with my friend Coral Cadman (whose singing, while we're on the subject, adds so much to this album) in the cottonwood grove by the stream that ran near her trailer in Placitas, New Mexico. When I asked how she was doing, she said, "Not bad at all. I'm only semi-blue." We laughed pretty hard at that. Then I suggested we each write a song using the phrase "semi-blue," and we did. Coral's version is terrific, by the way. But it's not on this record.
Through Coral I met producer/songwriter/musician Neill Furio in the summer of 2000. Though I lived in New Mexico, and Neill lived in New York City, I was eager to make an album, and I liked Neill's ideas a lot. He believed in settings that let the music breathe. Soon we began recording a bunch of my songs live in engineer Scott Anthony's living room. Various overdubs were added gradually (mostly by Neill), and "Semi-Blue" was born after three years of Neill insisting we push it just a little further.....
On Semi-Blue I sing about finding hope and possibility even when faced with dark circumstances. That message makes a lot of sense to me, for I've often found writing songs to be a unique way of transforming pain into pleasure. I call that voodoo the alchemy of song. It seems to work great on listeners.
Neill's made a timeless kind of acoustic record here. He says it's a cross between Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man and Joni Mitchell's Hejira (which I guess would make me a kind of honorary Canadian). Voices, guitar, Neill's gorgeous bass, percussion. Poetic lyrics and sweet melodies. Personal exploration and cultural portraiture. Politics and philosophy. A kind of moody song cycle with a strong point of view. There's not much like it out there. I'm proud of what we did, and I'll bet you'll like it too.


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been groovin' to the tunes on Semi-Blue ever since I first heard them!
Heartfelt lyrics backed by music that's kept me groovin' since I first heard it. The title cut from this cd has become a favorite, singing in my head at the most unexpected times. Please keep your music coming, Kito Peters and co.!

pam fleischaker

can't you hear us all?
listen -- or read -- torrent in the mall, corporate me, cactus people and you'll hear poetry, and probably your own voice made sweeet, in all of them. semi-blue is just that: a little blues, a little melancholy, a lot of heart.


Soulfully sums up the journey from the sixties to today.
These songs, personally and politically conscious and articulate, soulfully sung, sad and funny, sum up the journey many of us have taken from the sixties to today. In the words of "We Go On": Out on the road, no city in sight/ Driving, driving on through the night.

Jeffrey Goldstein

The real thing!
All the songs are sung, written, and produced with unmistakable heart, soul, and perspicacity. Several are so sweet they take me right back to riding in a convertible during the summer of 1966, longing for the girl I hope to meet at the shore that day, and then I can't get the songs out of my head, singing them to myself as I work.


The best song is the title piece Semi-Blue. It captures the pain and hope in con
A Review of Semi-Blue

Written by Roy Shapiro

Kito Peters a poet psychologist from New York City who transported himself to the southwest and has delivered a poignant new album Semi-Blue. He engages us in the big issues of love, loss, struggle, hope and the commercialism of life with a sound between folk, country and blues. He takes us through his struggle to form a meaningful in life in the face of “chain of cities coast to coast which mall do you love the most.” He asks us to live in the moment “here’s our hope that every mindful act flows in a torrent till the walls get cracked” (From Torrent and the Mall). For Peters past pain and torment hijack the present. Whether he is “Driving through the night” or struggling with “Corporate me and corporate you” his pain and soul are plainly head.

The songs have a sad, melancholic feel. The acoustic guitar is joined by the electric piano and harmonic to build on the mood. Surprise appearances of a baby sitar and whistling add a playful touch. Kito’s mellow voice blends will with the female voices.

The best song is the title piece Semi-Blue. It captures the pain and hope in connecting to another but flunking the romance test in the end. Something we all know well too well. Yet we go on. “I never know how I will feel each day half-full half-empty down the blue highway. (from Semi-Blue)

The last track Secret Garden is the most poetic. Here we can feel the power of Kito’s lyrics with minimal musical overtones. “I’ve know too much of darkness; sudden shafts of light; those fresh dawns forgotten now; hurtling to the night.” Ah, to be able to live life fully.

Semi-blue is a wonderful album.

Jim Zinaman

Semi-Blue's honesty and heart: oasis amidst today's uncertainties.
The honesty and peculiar blend of humor and pain in Semi-Blue, particularly in the songs, "we go on" and "semi-blue," soothed my heart. This album is an oasis of lyrics and melodies for those who are tired of hearing corporate slogans and political lies and who want to hear of life and love as they often are today: ambivalent, but persisting.

Jim Zinaman

"We Go On" and "Semi-Blue" in my head all day
An album is great if it has one song you can't stop singing. "Semi-blue" has two: "We Go On" and "Semi-blue". The feeling for others, the enjoyment of song, and the playfulness that get one through any low points or boredom in the day: these tunes are an oasis and a refuge in this desert stormy age of George Bush corporate smugness.


intelligent, honest, lyrical....a sweet male voice
i admit i usually listen to female vocalists, but i have noticed that Semi-Blue is on the track a lot lately. Semi-Blue is an original. Intelligent, honest lyrics ride the waves of a beautiful voice(s). Images and word play engage my mind and then let me share another's experiences. Thanks Kito.

paddy breen

If it were vinyl I'd need another one,
Semi-Blue has become my anthem, at once optimistic and loser resigned. As if Charlie Brown, grown past his worrisome childhood, had discovered a soulmate in Woody Guthrie.