Where we Live
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Time and again you found yourself smiling in a quiet amazement that could verge on disbelief. - NY Times The range of colors and voices that So Percussion coaxes from its menagerie is astonishing and entrancing. - Billboard Where (we) live is a multi-media, multi-artist, fully-staged theatrical event and album featuring music written by Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion (Adam Sliwinski, Eric Beach, Jason Treuting, Josh Quillen) and special guest singer/songwriter/guitarist Grey McMurray (itsnotyouitsme, (k)nights on earth). A celebration of community and collaboration, Where (we) Live is an exploration of So's outermost artistic boundaries, as well as a re-examination of comfort zones.
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1. This place the place
Distant piano pattern, male talking, with hard left/right electro-acoustic intrusions in fore ground
2. Five rooms back
Same format-this time add drum set to piano- noisy climax
3. Strange steps
Opens with sus accordion, then perc groove joined by bass, and piano that all fade back to perc groove, into jazz fusion/ Donald Fagan vocals . Then great bell riff into big groove, plus vocal head that repeats adding length each repetition.
Guitar and monophonic synth, precedes vocal, interrupted by gamelan-like perc, interrupted by multi track distortion guitar and same vocal. Then drum kit with tuned African drums. Decapo the vocal, then return the gamelanish perc.
5.Room and board
Talking and guitar strum. Foreground static. Last phrase gets looped. It continues in somewhat the same way-add Fender Rhodes chords and drum kit.
6. In our room
Languid strumming and picking of acoustic instruments in an electro-goo. Drums enter in foreground.
7. All along
Metered drum kit groove with electro-stuff floating by over top. Again the slow Rhodes chords emerge triumphant.
8. Strangers all along
Rhodes and kit groove. Vocal overtop
9. Five rooms
more of the same
Big chorus phrase that adds chunks each time it repeats, with large, churning perc climax underneath.
But that, in fact, is beside the point. This eclectic compilation stands on its own. (It could as well have been called "Biological Diversity" as "Where We Live.") The loose theme--save the earth--save ourselves, is carried through the performances by Norah Jones (a song called "Peace" that is not on her first CD), Bob Dylan ("Watching the River Flow"), Willie Nelson ("Living in the Promiseland"), Los Lobos ("What's Going On"), Mose Allison, Ruben Blades, Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner and Robert Cray, John Hammond and Tom Waits, Sweet Honey in the Rock, The Neville Brothers--I mean, what's not to like here?
Politics aside, this is a great collection.
I think all of the tracks are considered hard-to-find if not impossible. This freshness makes all the tracks worthy, even if you know the artist inside out (like me & Willie Nelson). Some we're all just hungry for more of, like Norah Jones. Definately in the soulful & groovy category, nothing hard or pulsing. Good all-round anytime music.
2. One year I tried avoiding shopping by making a donation to a charitable organization in the name of family/friends, didn't go over too well. Nice thought...but let's face it, everyone likes opening presents.
This CD solves both my problems. Most compilation CD's usually have a few good songs, this one has a ton. A great variety of artists and styles, really has something for everyone.
My holiday shopping is going to be alot easier this year, and I'll be giving gifts to help a great cause.
Need a groovy dinner disc? This is it. And for a good cause it seems.
Played this one for the girlfriend and she asked me to play it again. A rarity around my house.
Pick it up.