Mike Przygoda | Leaving Here

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Leaving Here

by Mike Przygoda

A collection of musical vignettes with songs about city life, relationships, job dissatisfaction, annoying neighbors, missing cats, and Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago.
Genre: Pop: Chamber Pop
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1. Passive/Agressive
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3:09 album only
2. Amscray Hippie (I Will Ward You Off With Soap)!
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2:40 album only
3. The Gruenwald Boogie
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2:21 album only
4. Sorry I Didn't See Yer Band
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3:15 album only
5. All The Way To China
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5:24 album only
6. Quit Stealin' My Paper
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4:14 album only
7. That Many More
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3:27 album only
8. Oblivious Choice For A Radio Single
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3:40 album only
9. It's Cold
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4:37 album only
10. Buscar
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4:12 album only
11. Tiny Eye
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3:27 album only
12. Because I Miss My Friend
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13. Atone
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14. Exc
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15. Northerly Island
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After tinkering around with this album through a variety of bands and musical adventures, Mike Przygoda has finally released "Leaving Here," an album in three acts.

From psychedelic rock to tenderly arranged chamber pop to avant-jazz dabblings to music concrete, a story is told touching on politics, relationships, job dissatisfaction, annoying neighbors, missing cats, the music industry, and Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago.

A veteren of the Chicago music scene, Przygoda has enlisted musicians from the many bands and ensembles to join him on this record including:

VOCALISTS: Seth Gruenwald, Nick Gutierrez, Charles Hammond Jr., Stephen Jansen, Aviva Jaye, Jonathan Keaton, Dan Pavelich, Devin Preitauer, Dre Robinson, Andrea Varias, and Matt Wessel

WOODWINDS: Molly Agnew and KT Somero

BRASS: Tim Borst and Erika Hollenback

STRINGS: Andra Durham, Jon Gauger, Seth Gruenwald, Kristina Lee, Hannah Trobe

DRUMS: Andrea Varias

GUITARS: Myles Kanzer and Paddy Leitsch

BASS: Seth Gruenwald

KEYBOARDS: Nick Gutierrez

With a swirl of orchestral instruments blended in with a rock band rhythm section and augmented by vibraphones, fileophones, choirs of radios, and harmoniums, engineer Stephen Jansen has helped create a sonic adventure through each of the three acts.

Kristen Kaniewski has designed unique packaging for the album that enhances the listening experience.

Mike Przygoda is a classical composer, jazz arranger, rock songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He has arranged, produced, and played on many albums for other artists including Kevin O'Donnell, Matt Wessel, Andra Durham, Devin & The Straights, Louis Wu, The Lira Ensemble, etc. He has written an opera, a musical, numerous chamber works, dance and theater scores, and songs for other artists. As a performer, he has toured with Second City as a musical director and Maggie Walters as a multi-instrumentalist.


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P-Addy the Guitar Ninja

Intro to Chicago 101
"Leaving Here" is truly North Side Chicagoan in it's depth, breadth and power. It sounds like your having a hot dog and fries on Maxwell Street or shopping on Lincoln and Belmont. It's the grand sound of the bus and the eL rolling in the background that you just never noticed until that one day when for whatever reason you did. If you were a tourist to Chicago, this would be a GREAT introduction for you!

Of course this album still has enough heart to reach any and all human beings across the board. There's also enough 60's style mojo to get Austin Powers up and grooving, baby.

All in all, totally genuine and heartfelt. Now send this review to 15 people in the next 60 minutes or you'll wake up with pink hair tomorrow. Unless you already have pink hair, in which case you'll wake up an accountant for the mafia. And if you're a pink haired mafia accountant, please call me, I'd like to apply for a job.

Renee

Eclectic and fun album!
I was waiting for my trip to San Francisco to fully experience Mr. Przygoda's new album before writing a review. (Music reaches you differently when you are a passenger in a car in a different setting.)

Mike's talent shines through by not only being a great composer and arranger but also by hiring different artists that make his songs work nicely. Myles Kanzer's guitar solo on track 2 was energetic and remarkably fun to hear and Jonathan Keaton's lead vocals on track 6 give the lyrics a great deal of life and charisma. Mike's wind and string arrangements on "It's Cold" are particularly beautiful yet subtle, giving the song nostalgic and dream-like qualities. "That Many More" is my personal favorite since the song is played and sung by Mike himself and the simplistic arrangement complements the sincerity of the lyrics.

Overall, fans of all styles of music would surely find something they'd like on this album thanks to Mike's wide range of compositional styles. The lyrics range from honest and sincere to philosophical, observant and hysterical. It makes you wonder why anybody would steal this man's newspaper.