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New Scrapbook post.

Postby Ang Mo » Tue May 20, 2008 5:28 am

Here it is:

Greetings from a business park in San Clemente, one of the unlikelier places to find a recording studio. I’ve been getting my tacos de pescado fix every time we break for a meal. There are two small windows in the live room; from the piano bench I can see blue sky, edges of palm fronds, rays of endless sun.

We tracked drums, bass and keys for three songs today, and we’re now totally exhausted. These are not easy songs to play. Sometimes it’s obvious from the start that something’s going to be tricky (e.g. “Stray Italian Greyhound”—why oh why did I write so many sixteenth notes in there?). Other times it catches us by surprise, and we spend hours zeroing in on exactly the right flourishes, finding the pocket of the groove, then letting go of all that thinking and giving a performance that simply feels right…there’s a reason why top session musicians are paid so well. Relaxed concentration is a precious resource.

But oh, it is nice when things finally fall into place. One song, “Augustine,” spent three years in purgatory before finally clawing its way out in March, then jostled onto the recording schedule despite my misgivings. Hearing it in the studio today, I think it may have a chance of going on the album. Scrappy little fighter, that one.

oh my god
what have I done
chasing some mirage in my Mojave sun
don’t say every chance is lost
please don’t say anything at all

lead me now
I understand
faith is both the prison and the open hand
bells on low on high
will you ring for Augustine tonight


Exciting to see new material.
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Postby micro » Tue May 20, 2008 6:31 am

so candidates for the new cd include the following nine songs?

White Light
Kansas
Antebellum
Grandmother Song
The Last Snowfall
Stray Italian Greyhound
No Gringo (loop only?)
Augustine (verses only?)
Olive Tree

of which I've heard five (plus the loop); yes, the wait will be difficult.

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Postby Elmira » Thu May 22, 2008 3:38 am

micro wrote:so candidates for the new cd include the following nine songs?

White Light
Kansas
Antebellum
Grandmother Song
The Last Snowfall
Stray Italian Greyhound
No Gringo (loop only?)
Augustine (verses only?)
Olive Tree

of which I've heard five (plus the loop); yes, the wait will be difficult.


I'm guessing the title of the new album could be Under the Avocado Tree, or something involving southern state flora.
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Postby Ang Mo » Thu May 22, 2008 5:17 am

Hmmmm. It might be called the following if involves the south.

Cypress
Palmetto
Palm
Dogwood
Sweet Gum
Sweet Tea
Honeysuckle

I am sure it will be a title no one will guess.
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Postby Rotkehlchen » Thu May 22, 2008 8:55 am

Elmira wrote:I'm guessing the title of the new album could be Under the Avocado Tree [..]

But then again, review our somewhat older Possible titles for Vienna's 4th. album thread,
where Ang Mo's No Country for No Gringos somehow comes to mind...
    Not Under the Gringo Tree, perhaps? ;)
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Postby Ang Mo » Wed May 28, 2008 2:58 am

Maybe it will be called:

1. Confederate Dreams

2. Whistling Dixie

3. Three Grannies and a pistol.

4. Ya'll, it's now Four

5. Carpet Baggers Dilemna

6. Sherman's March & Teng's Rhapsody

7. Dandelion Wine

8. Surfing with Colonel Sanders

9. St. Augustine

10. Vicksburg

..............but I sincerely doubt it............. :lol:
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Postby Scot » Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:27 am

Tacos de pescado- I missed that reference earlier. One of my faves!
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Postby Michele » Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:53 pm

micro wrote:so candidates for the new cd include the following nine songs?

White Light
Kansas
Antebellum
Grandmother Song
The Last Snowfall
Stray Italian Greyhound
No Gringo (loop only?)
Augustine (verses only?)
Olive Tree

of which I've heard five (plus the loop); yes, the wait will be difficult.


You missed Radio, which she mentioned on Twitter.

And yep, what she posted of Augustine are only two verses. They soundchecked it on Saturday. I'm really glad it decided it wanted to get recorded, and hope it stays.
Last edited by Michele on Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Postby micro » Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:06 pm

Also missed: In Another Life

I gotta pay closer attention. :roll:

11 new songs now

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Postby micro » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:18 am

12 :!:

Watershed

from twitter

and news on Stray Italian Greyhound

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Postby CandaceC » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:07 pm

New scrapbook post on Watershed!

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Postby Rotkehlchen » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:53 am

CandaceC wrote:New scrapbook post on Watershed!

Going by the lyrics, Watershed could turn out to be the Ponchartrain of the new album.

Not a comfortable song - Inconvenient Fireworks indeed!
~ R

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Postby CandaceC » Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:39 pm

Aaaand another one about our well beloved Antebellum. :D

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Postby Ang Mo » Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:44 am

Ah yes, progress on the new album with a batch of new pictures. Interesting to read that Mr. Cheng is in Manzanita Oregon. He should have stopped at Oceanside (near Tillamook), which is also Ang Mo's personal fortress of solitude. An amazing place most tourists don't know about.....................

This fourth album according to Vienna will be much different from the third. I wonder if it will revert to the 1st and 2nd or go in an entirely new direction. We will all have to buy it and find out.
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Postby micro » Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:39 am

more twitter news about Stray Italian Greyhound; didn't someone say something about the first new song heard retains a special place even though the other new ones are equally touching?


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