BNS 008 "Greys" b​/​w "Singer​/​Songer"

by Elizabeth Dunlap + Singer/Songer

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Brothers and Sisters,

We’ve started week two as of right now! For your records, we’ve made eighty dollars. Look, I ain’t trying to guilt you, but I’ve seen more money raised for some jerk on **ckstarter for some guy to grow a stupid mustache. Let’s dig deep this week. These pieces of music will exist in perpetuity as benefits for the Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago. A year from now, any money that comes in will go to them. This’ll go on forever. I swear.

Today’s single “Greys” by Elizabeth Dunlap and “Singer/Songer” by Singer/Songer are the second part of yesterday’s single, and continue the story of the first day of finals for Jeff Abell’s Sound class at Columbia this past December. “Greys” is a haunting and captivating piece of stacked a cappella vocals by Elizabeth Dunlap, and it sucked the air out of the room when we heard it. It’s a bold treatise on how we as humans provide little to nothing to the rest of the world while we take and take and take, but it’s also gorgeous. I’m gripped to be able to release it today. Cheers!

“Singer/Songer” is technically my final project, but I didn’t put my name to it, as it took seven of us to make it happen. It’s a seasonal song cycle in four parts and twelve minutes recorded and built by a septet of musicians. “Peggy Lee” is summer, and showcases the exquisite vocals of John Connors, the nylon-string wizardry of Mike Armstrong captured by Brian McNally and some left-of-field loops and vocals from yours truly. Fall is a duo piece by Major Miller and I by his band, Western Standards called “Autmnal Cannibalism”. Major and I have another release coming out this month, so keep your ears to the ground. Winter is the original position and placement of “Brothers and Sisters” by The Book-Burners’ Bradley R. Weissenberger. It pleases me to put this song back out again. Spring ends the piece with a demo of a new Small Awesome song by myself and Jim MacGregor called “Bored Alive”. This was fun one to mix and arrange, and took well over 50 audio tracks from various sources to make it hum. Pleased to be presenting it to y’all.

Ok! Let’s raise some funds this week. I’ve gotten such great feedback about this project, and it’s exciting to be able to set you up with some fresh new music from a wide variety of artists. Listen, enjoy and donate if you can.

Sincerely,
Faiz Razi
February 8th, 2015

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released February 8, 2015

"Greys"
recorded, edited and mixed by Elizabeth Dunlap

"Singer/Songer"
Mike Armstrong: Nylon Guitars
John Connors: Voice
Jim MacGregor: Bass, Recording
Brian McNally: Recording
Major Miller: Keys, Guitars, Loops, Recording
Faiz Razi: Voice, Guitar, Contrabass, Keys, Loops, Recording
Bradley R. Weissenberger: Voice, Guitar, Keys, Recording
-with-
George Joseph Miller IV and Reid Garrison Miller: Field Recording
Arranged, Edited and Mixed by Faiz Razi

Artwork by Elizabeth and Faiz

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In loving memory of Mr. Jimmy Wiedner,
we are releasing a benefit single every day for 29 days in a row starting February 1st, 2015

All proceeds will go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

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Track Name: Singer/Songer - "Singer/Songer"
A Seasonal Cycle in Four Acts
lyrics
I. "Peggy Lee (I’ve Never Left Your Arms)" - John Connors
(lyr. Oscar Peterson, voc. John Connors, gtr. Mike Armstrong, key., voc., gtr., Faiz Razi)
I know the purple plains of Burma,
The crystal waters of the coral sea(s).
I know them well
And yet I've never left your arms.

I've heard the gentle bells of Summer
The wind that whispers through the olive trees.
I know them well
And yet I've never left your arms.

I've reached the peak of every mountain
Spanned the shores of every sea
For I embrace the world
When you are embracing me.

I've seen the paradise of Eden.
I can see it still.
And though I've never left your arms
I know I never will.
I know
I never will.
I never will.

[Sound of gong.]

"Autumnal Cannibalism" Western Standards
(mus., Major Miller voc., lyr. Faiz Razi)
I know that I never will
I know that I never will
Lose the taste of autumn on my tongue
A bell’s a cup until it’s struck and rung
Now beneath the rotten moon
Sing our ears a broken tune and wait
Time
Time is just a modicum of time
And now here
You still appear
You still appear
You still appear

"Brothers and Sisters" Men of Kahili
(mus., lyr. Bradley R. Weissenberger, voc., gtr., loop. Faiz Razi)
And you still appear
in photographs my dear
pages old and worn
yellow, aged and torn

You still in mind
at every Christmastime
but the years have gathered fast
please let this season pass

I must forget you
I must go away
I must leave you all behind

"Bored Alive" - Small Awesome
(mus., lyr., contrabass uke. Faiz Razi, mus., bass, Jim MacGregor)
The leader of the band’s
leave of delay
eking out the past
as unchained links
wrap around the spring
killing our belief of the word
and I’m bored alive
and I’m bored of life

Leader of the band
and all the past love
tired of teasing, oh
I’m bored of life
I’m bored alive