More Minute Long Songs – Various Artists

More Minute Long Songs – Various Artists

Abandoned Christmas Trees, Guy Capecelatro III

Guy Capecelatro.. are you used to seeing his name yet? If you’ve looked through this discography, you’ve seen his name again and again. He’s remarkable in so many ways and this is yet another challenge tossed out to us – his musical menagerie. There are a ton of us that jumped into this RPM Challenge.

You’ll find me on track 40 ‘Darkest Places’.

I hope you enjoy it!

Splintering

Splintering

Hello out there folks. This post is woefully overdue. I’ve been a bit at a loss for how to write about this. But here it is.. a post filled heartache but also bursting with honor and incredible pride.

My dear, dear friend Guy Capecelatro III (yes, you’ve heard me talk about him before!) had an incredibly tough 2017. After a battle with cancer, his amazing wife Pam passed away. I met Pam only once when I was visiting Guy’s adorable little corner of the world. She had a warmth that put me instantly at ease. She was funny and kind. Needless to say, I liked her. And knowing Guy, she was one hell of a great woman in many, many ways!

Somehow, Guy has remained prolific throughout this challenge. Holy smokes.. what a heart. I’m ever impressed with his ridiculous talent, but even more with his drive to continue on and express these experiences. Too, the courage to be raw and honest. Generally, he’s a master creator of stories – woven tales about people and places that a somewhat fictional. This record, however, is all very real. Guy has created a materpiece about very real emotions and very real pain. Here’s a great interview with Guy.

He asked me to add supporting vocals to a track on the record. It took a couple of days before I could start singing. I basically needed to listen to the track over and over and cry it out. I eventually managed it. This record was released on September 5th (2018) and I am incredibly honored to be part of it. You’ll find me on track 4 ‘The Body Heals’.

This disc is available all over the place. Here are a few options: BandCamp, CD Baby, Apple Music, Spotify, the list goes on..

Guy, if you’re reading this, thank you for trusting me with this. I love you.

Minute Long Songs – Various Artists

Minute Long Songs – Various Artists

Abandoned Christmas Trees, Guy Capecelatro III

My fantastically gifted friend, Guy Capecelatro III, has swooped in again to issue a fun challenge. His request: a couple of songs that are 60 seconds long.

Now, for me, this was a total delight. For starters, the turn-around time was almost none, so there’s no time to overthink anything. Secondly, I don’t know how it happens for other songwriters, but I have a zillion little ideas that later need to be hashed out into full songs and here’s my friend telling me he needs JUST the little idea. What a delight! I could have recorded another 20 or 30 of these I think…

So here are my two songs (tracks 2 & 48) along with a bunch of others…

I just love this guy, Guy….

Abandoned Christmas Trees

Abandoned Christmas Trees

Abandoned Christmas Trees, Guy Capecelatro III
Available at cdbaby or or iTunes. A couple times a year, my dear friend Guy (one of the most prolific writers in the history of man-kind) writes to ask if I’ll jump into a project he’s working on – and I really mean ‘jump’. I often have only a couple of days to work on the project, which is actually a total blast for me and very freeing. This is one of those projects. Along with a whole bunch of Guy’s talented friends, you’ll find me nestled in on track 13 ‘Translations’. I’m honored to be on the record and was especially excited because this was my very first time singing after finishing a nasty little fight with throat cancer. Shaky? Sure! But still there. 😉 Thanks guy. I heart you.

Reviews

Guy Capecelatro III is as much a storyteller and poet as he is a singer-songwriter. From the opening narrative of “Abandoned Christmas Trees,” in which he describes a girl named Christina knitting a scarf while riding on a train, the album stews with nostalgia, longing and poetic contemplation. Capecelatro cast his net across the Seacoast to pull in a huge range of singers and instrumentalists, each of whom becomes another character in the album’s set of musical short stories. Many of the songs are endowed with the type of sulking melancholy that characterizes much of the Seacoast’s modern folk scene. But Capecelatro inserts enough musical variety to keep the disc thoroughly engaging throughout all 16 of its tracks, balancing slower tunes with upbeat numbers and indie rock sounds. The lyrical content also varies widely, with peaceful sentiments counterbalanced by morose and sometimes violent imagery. “You didn’t seem to bother / when I hit your father / I think you’d have to admit / that he deserved it,” Capecelatro sings in “So Fine.” Contributing to the album’s strength is its instrumental diversity. Each song features a different lineup, with Capecelatro serving as the only constant. The full cast of musicians is too lengthy to list, but a few notable contributions come from Mara Flynn on vocals, Nate Groth on vibes, Juliet Nelson on cello, Nat Baldwin on bass and Gregg Porter on drums. Capecelatro’s former Unbunny band mate Jarid del Deo makes a guest appearance on guitar, and there’s even some eerie saw playing by Shon Mahoney on the closing track, “Say Goodnight.” “Abandoned Christmas Trees” was recorded at Imaginary Cat by Marc McElroy, who also plays several instruments on the disc. Visit www.myspace.com/twotonsanta. -Matt Kanner The Wire
Come Unwound

Come Unwound

A slight departure from the dark dreamy folk electronica of Eddins’ previous release ‘Vertebrae No.5’, ‘Come Unwound’ is more organic, raw, and certainly more rockin’ while still remaining true to the songwriter’s darker style of expression.

On a personal note, I had a blast making this record. So many fantastic musicians came through the studio to contribute. Each one completely unique and wonderful. Then came the ever present fly in the ointment which actually led to one of my favorite moments. I happened to pick up the phone on a Saturday afternoon and listened while Bill explained that there was a problem with a key track the drummer (Matt Chamberlain) was busy trying to track to. If I could grab my bass and get there, great. If not, the track wouldn’t make the record. Well.. off I went. For anyone that doesn’t know who Matt is, look him up. I can’t tell you how excited I was to lay down a live track with this incredible drummer. A bass player’s dream to say the least!

CD Available at cdbaby.

MP3s available at: cdbaby, Amazon or iTunes.

All songs written by Mische Eddins
Beta Belle Publishing, ASCAP

*except*
Pausing Song
written: Eddins & Nintzel
published by Larkin & Wright, BMI

Produced by Bill Horist and Randall Dunn
Recorded and mixed by Randall Dunn @ Aleph Studios, Seattle
Mastered by Mell Dettmer
Design and images by Kathleen Kincaid

Mische – Vocals, Backing Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Bill Horist – Guitars, Electronic Loops
Ben Hadley – 
Acoustic Guitar on Closer, Catharine & Down

 

Matt Chamberlain – Drums
Olli Klomp – Percussion
Steve Moore – Keys, Wurlitzer and Celeste
Dan Tyack – Pedal Steel

 

Reviews

July 2007:“Eddins sings in a voice rich with the hope and heartache of romance”.. “seductively dark harmony that simultaneously invites and warns you”..
“For the sake of comparison, take Sheryl Crow, give her a deeper, sexier voice sung in a quieter tone and she would sound like Eddins.”
—– Hot Indie News
May 2007:“melodic songs with melancholy lyrics about sadness, hope and fire”…
“As a long time fan of Shawn Colvin I cannot help but mention that the songs of Mische show similarities to those of this big star.” (click hereto read in English)
—— Rootstime Magazine

Songs For the South – Hurricane Katrina Benefit CD

Songs For the South – Hurricane Katrina Benefit CD

Songs For the South by Various Artist

Sadly, this disc is no longer available. But it was wonderful to be part of it!
“This album has been made possible by the generous donation of music from 16 artists. These 16 artists (or contributing artists) are employees of Microsoft, and will receive no compensation from the sale of this album.

In soliciting content for this compilation, there were submitted many times the number of tracks than could fit on the CD. While the artists and tracks below represent the public face of this generosity, the willingness of the music community at Microsoft to contribute was immediate and significant. Thanks go to all who submitted tracks – both those on this album, and those not.”