Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ghosting


I am not here
And you are not there
Nobody is anywhere, anywhere
I thought that I knew you
A humble boast
I thought that I knew you
But you're a ghost

Cover girl: Susan Gil, whereabouts unknown

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Something Strange


Never fit in here
Never fit in there
No matter how I tried
I never fit in anywhere
Did what I could
To accomodate
But all of my efforts were in vain
And that's how it always will remain

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wolves


I stand accused
Of a wrong I did not do
And I sound nervous in my deposition
You see, innocence's a trick of paperwork
Whereas guilt is the human condition

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Wild Blue Yonder


Putting out the last of the garbage
Sam says, "I'll see you next year"
I'm about to say I won't be back
But Sam went to get a beer
And I'm left here to ponder
Over the wild blue yonder

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Raw


I can't get no satisfaction
I ain't no Rolling Stone
No, I can't get no girl reaction
I'm out here all alone

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Songs of Love and Regret


What if I had read the signs
And acted a little more quick
When I think of what I might have done
It just makes my heart feel sick

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Western Daylight


This album picks up where my last album, "Eastern Standard," leaves off. A sequel of sorts, then.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Bell Curve


I construct my albums like puzzles, with each song a piece that's part of the greater whole - and the instrumentals play a critical role. They are meant to heighten or shift a mood, or add a sense of drama that lyrics can't quite convey. Removed from their respective albums, they take on whole different meanings. I have endeavored here to maximize the effect of each track by arranging them in such a way that creates a definite ebb and flow; an acoustic number is followed by a funk workout, which is followed by a more abstract ambient work followed by a hip-hop piece. You can play this collection a track at a time, but it is my hope that you will crank up the ol' headphones, fire up your favorite substance, tune out the world and tune in to "The Bell Curve" for the full two hours.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Eastern Standard


I scream at you but you don't hear
You flash an evil grin
"I am Henry the Eighth," you say
"And you're my Anne Boleyn"

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

We Got a Groovy Thing Going


There's a dream that I have
And I'm with you again
There's a dream that I have
And we're laughing
And in this dream that I have
You are writing your name in the sky
In this dream that I have
You are dancing

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Westphalia


"Westphalia" was my fourth album, and even though several songs were done at least in part at Woolly Mammoth Studios in Boston, most of it was recorded on my own. In fact, the very first track I made for it, "Dime in My Pocket," was the first one I ever did solely at home. In the beginning I thought it would just be a demo, but the more I worked on it and the more it started to come together, the more I thought, "Hey, I can do this." The song itself is a bit strange - very few rhymes and I'm not sure exactly what it is about - but what it taught me was how to create a certain feel, and that was as important as just about anything else. Overall, I think this is me at my most unhinged, my head ringing with possibilities.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

An Interview With the San Diego Reader


Yeah, so I a did an interview recently with the San Diego Reader where I talk about my album Quartet and some other things.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Little Bastards


You may think that he is hiding
But he is in plain view
He is me and he is you
You may think that he's gone missing
Just look over there
Look at the guy with the well-groomed hair

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Remember Me


So I am a peephole
Into a windowless room
Where the sweat on the tiles
Is the only perfume
On the desk is a diary
And next to it a vase
The rose draws blood
And it drips on the lace

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Eliot Wilder: 101


Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position
But certainty is an absurd one
Why not celebrate the vastness of our ignorance
And be a possibilian

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Los Feliz


That's Sharon, my ex, on the cover. I took this shot in 1985 when she was going to college in Santa Cruz and we were about at the peak of our crazy love thing. After that, her mom committed suicide and, of course, she (and we) were never the same. She eventually had an affair, and then after we split she married the guy. She went on to become a therapist, and on her web site now she talks about the virtues of being compassionate, honest and loving ... ironic, because those are all the things she denied me. She has kids now who are in their 20s, and I'm guessing they don't know that she was ever married before or that I ever existed. Hell, I bet if you asked her, even she would say that I never existed and that our relationship never happened. This photograph is my proof. Look, see for yourself.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Scary Guy at the End of the Hall


This one channels the ghosts of Salinger, absent friends and, well, the scary guy at the end of the hall. Cover shot taken at our old apartment on Park Drive in Boston.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Mercy


Of all the albums I've made, this is the one I'm most pleased with. It took a long time to finish; songs were recorded, rethought, retooled, re-recorded, remixed. Some I just had to walk away from, and were discarded altogether. In the end, I wanted to produce an album that has a shape, that told a story and that flowed together as a piece - and I believe this does that. And if you should take the time to listen to it as a whole (something I've come to understand is exceedingly rare nowadays), you may hear what I was trying to accomplish: 12 songs about the quality of mercy. So take a listen. And if you feel so moved, have some mercy on me by making a contribution. Peace all.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dreamland


This was an attempt to make an album in singular style (in this case, a mostly acoustic record), rather than hopscotching all over the map stylistically, as I tend to do. I wouldn't exactly say that this is a mellow record; rather, like the title, it's more dream-like. A couple of the songs - "How Can Anybody Get Anything Done 'Round Here," "Late Night Companion" and the title track - are among my all-time personal favorites. I also like "Turtles All the Way Down," which came about after watching an episode of the long-ago cancelled series "Awake." If you are having trouble sleeping, I suggest putting this one on the ol' hi-fi.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Breathe


Do you feel a certain pressure at night
Like something big pushing down on you
What do you think that it could be
Is it just this old wandering Jew
Oh I whisper in your ear
All the words you long to hear

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Jacob's Ladder


A mystery surrounds me
Like none I've ever known
And I don't know the meaning
As it spins 'round me like a cyclone
I have spent whole my life searching
Trying to figure out just why I'm here
But try as I may and try as I might
I don't think I've ever come near

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sunny Window


"Sunny Window" is a long-deleted Colgems single from 1969, matrix number 66/1019.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Goodbye Richmond


Originally titled "Bread of Dreams," this was my second album, and it all came about because of Dave Westner, engineer and multitasking musician extraordinaire at Woolly Mammoth Studios. At this stage I was extremely unsure of what I could do both musically and lyrically, but slowly (the recording stretched on between 2007 and 2008) I began to find my legs, mostly because Dave was so proficient at translating my vague ideas into musical realities. Once we'd finished a track, he'd say, "Go write another one." And I would. And bit by bit, this record came together. I like this album a lot, and I really love Dave's playing on it. He's an incredible "feel" musician, and most of what he did he laid down in the very first take.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Woebegone


The good and the bad
The happy and the sad
All the living and the dead
It will stay with me
For eternity
My thoughts are a tornado
In my head

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quartet


Based on "The Alexandria Quartet" tetralogy by Lawrence Durrell. An all-instro album best heard in a single sitting.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Elsewhere


If you'll excuse me
I gotta text
It's important
My brother Rex
He's got tickets for a show
It's Taylor Swift or J Lo
I gotta take it
Not time to chat
Your mom died
Sorry 'bout that
I'm not here
I'm not there
I am elsewhere

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Far Country


I see justice
Just out of view
Yeah, I see justice
Don't have much to do
But I got no worries
Why give a toss
I'm already long gone from here
And I don't feel a loss

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Armistice Day


With all that's going on in the world right now from the Midwest to the Middle East, here's an album about human conflict.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Walking Distance


There is nothing
Nothing out in the desert
And no man
No man needs nothing

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Wilderness Years


Days roll along
One into the other
All the time in the world, it seems
The next thing you know
There's one less day
And slightly taller weeds

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Friday, October 3, 2014

A Long Day's Journey


You may think it's all a game
But you're wrong, you're wrong
We're all connected just the same
One big ol' throng
You may think you'll get away
With telling all your lies
Well you are in, I bet
For one big surprise

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bandcamp Update


During the past months I've been going over all the songs and albums that I've posted on Bandcamp, and I've remastered, re-tweeked and re-imagined virtually everything. So if you'd listened to a particular track or album in the past, you might want to give it another shot. Or perhaps there might be something else ...

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Broken Things


Ah, well! for us all some sweet hope lies
Deeply buried from human eyes
And, in the hereafter, angels may
Roll the stone from its grave away


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Encounter


O my love, where are they
Where are they going
The flash of a hand
Streak of movement
Rustle of pebbles
I ask not out of sorrow
But in wonder

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Tomorrow


This one is for my dad, who passed away in 2001. He would've been 93 on this day.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

From Eliot WIth Love


You got a cat
You are a teacher
You love the world and every creature
You are amazing
You do it all
You stand above me a hundred feet tall

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Life Among the Lilies


I tried to love you
But you would not let me in
You kept me at a distance
Like a vestigial twin
You lied to me so sweetly
And I wanted to go on believing

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summerville


Let's hang out in hotels
And sneak into their swimming pools
If they ever catch us
We'll say we don't play by their stinkin' rules
We'll go down to the Esplanade
On the Fourth of July
Stay up late for the fireworks
Plastered all over the Summerville sky

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet Eliot Wilder


We sail in the twilight of eternal now
When suddenly someone takes a long step off the bow
We search for him for an eternity
One, two, three
One, two, three
I'm in you
You in me

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Social Studies


When I started writing songs for this album I began to see a connection with the songs from my past three records, "Little Bastards," "Scoundrels" and "Primitive Man." All contained stories about people doing what they do. So, in an aha! moment, I decided that these albums formed a quartet. If you listen closely you may detect a dialogue of sorts, where a character from one song is speaking or responding to a character in another. Some of these people are questionable in nature. Some are on their way up and some are on their way down. All of them are just living their lives, without apology.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lost Time


We write novels that tell our stories
But they don't get it right
We build great statues to our heroes
But they cast a strange light
We get ourselves ready for takeoff
But we never take flight

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Very Soul of Me


You shut the door
You turned the key
Never looked back into that darkened room
Never looked back at me
You left a note
You left it blank
No explanation given, no final words
Not even, I have you to thank

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

All Hail Anhedonia!


Thirteen songs about the beginning, the middle and the end.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Good Man


So I am a peephole
Into a windowless room
Where the sweat on the tiles
Is the only perfume
On the desk is diary
And next to it a vase
The rose draws blood
And it drips on the lace

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cattywampus


Now you must face your deepest fears
Or at the very least say
You're not afraid
If you do that
You're not just half way there
You are at the head of the parade

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Friday, May 23, 2014

The Man With the Glass Head


The infection was spread so easily
From one clammy hand to the next
It'd gone viral all around the world
Just like some scandalous text
And we were astonished and we were amazed
And we were perplexed

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Goodbye Tomorrow


I put it out there
For anyone to hear
But as it turns out
No one lends an ear
They are preoccupied
With more important stuff
And when I press matters
They say "enough"

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Essential Invisible


I heard a song in the middle of a dream
And it woke me from my slumber
It spurred me on, it rocked my world
You could say it had my number
I got my sack and I got good shoes
And I got a certain esprit
And I know when I get to the top of the mountain
I will be set free

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