Playing with Strangers at Soundhouse: Session No. 2

by Playing with Strangers session No. 2: Matt Payne/ Ricky DeLong/ Mike Sebring

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Session no 2 of Playing with Strangers at Soundhouse.
We originally had another guitarist lined up but he got sick and couldn't make it. Forging forward, Matt and I were preparing to do the whole thing as a Bass & Drums duo and I brought what little I had in the way of keyboard sounds. Chris Chesnutt, the guy taking up the engineering duties for PwS, had just recorded Thom Celica and suggested that their guitarist, Ricky DeLong might be available - and lived just across the street. After some hesitation on my part (what if he couldn't cut it and I had to tell him no? What if we went forward and he fell apart? It was Show time... ) and an offer from Chris to handle it if it went sour,I decided to give him a go.
About ten minutes after plugging in his guitar, I knew things we were in for a fun ride!
I have made a lot of recordings. I still like to listen to this one. I thin you will too.

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released June 27, 2014

Matt Payne, of Lark Vs Owl, Supernauty on drums.
Ricky DeLong of Thom Celica on guitar.
Mike Sebring of When Giants Fall on bass.
Lead Recording Engineer - Chris Chesnutt
Mixed by Jack Endino (except Rise, mixed by Mike Sebring)
Produced by Mike Sebring
Artwork by Nathan Briggeman (Twitter @protoapollo)



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Playing With Strangers at Soundhouse Sessions Seattle, Washington

Playing with Strangers is an idea, a workshop, an experiment that takes place at Soundhouse in Seattle WA.
Every month or so, a new group of artisist convene at Soundhouse to write, record and perform about an EP – all in roughly a day and a half. They end up with studio versions created during the day and “live” versions performed that evening in front of an intimate audience of friends and fans.
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Track Name: Salt Mine Murder
You'll just have to listen to the story….
Track Name: Rise
The darkest heart can bruise and bleed
The smartest start can still mislead
I had to be alone
to see just you.

I tried to live through the eyes I saw
The pleasing me turned mean and raw
I don't know why you stay so close to me.

There is a way.

I held my breath through the salty air
Your gravity is what held me there
I was trying to leave
There was no doubt

in the wake of the emptiness
Your touch grew cold and it was remiss
I finally found my legs and I called out -

There is a way.

I hold me breath in this salty air
The truth has died but we cannot care
In the death defying show
That we can Love

Here I lie right next to you
Anticipating all the things you'll do
And I know tomorrow
The sun will rise.

There is a way.