Americana Siren

The opening chords of Corey Koehler‘s country tinged folk rock song Take this Ring immediately made me think of 6th Avenue Heartache by The Wallflowers. For me, that’s a good thing. I love The Wallflowers’ 1996 album Bringing Down the Horse.

The lyrics of this Minnesota Man’s song are pure romance:

Walking through my life with half a smile on my face
Standing all alone with my shadow
Trying real hard not to open doors to more empty space
Wondering will I get some fire to light my way

Then I saw you there with a smile on your face & a spark in your eye
And now I’m standing here cuz I know I can’t let you go

Take, Take this ring and be mine for evermore
Be the beat of my heart and my sunshine when its grey
All I need is you like the birds need the sky
To spread their wings and fly away

Just take this ring my love

Since we met I don’t want to spend a second without you
You make me laugh and your always quick with a compliment
When we’re apart, I get goosebumps just thinking about you
I crave your touch, it makes me feel so alive

Now I see you there with a smile on your face & a spark in your eye
And now I’m standing here cuz I know I can’t let you go

Take, Take this ring and be mine for evermore
Be the beat of my heart and my sunshine when its grey
All I need is you like the birds need the sky
To spread their wings and fly away

Just take this ring my love

I want to see you there, every morning when I wake up and I open my eyes
And when I lay down at night I want to hold you till I drift away

Take, Take this ring and be mine for evermore
Be the beat of my heart and my sunshine when its grey
All I need is you like the birds need the sky
To spread their wings and fly away

Just take this ring my love

Corey Koehler shows his sense of humor when he describes his music:

“Some say it’s Americana, some say it’s Folk Rock, some say it’s Country, and some say just makes beer taste better.”

What do you think?

Corey says Take This Ring is about “The romantic, heartfelt realization of how much one person means to you that Will Melt Your Heart Like Chocolate In The Sun.”

(Ooh! He said chocolate!)

“Also, this song was a wedding gift to my uncle and his bride. It made their day even more memorable. I wanted to capture the feelings and thoughts that race through your head at that moment you realize how in love you are with someone and know you want to spend the rest of your life with that one person I hope this song will help you relive that special moment in your life over and over.”

To hear more of Corey Koehler‘s music and learn more about him, click on his picture and visit his website.

And don’t forget to let us know if his music makes your beverage of choice taste better, it is Friday after all.

The Littlest Siren

Here’s #MySonIs5 recording his part for The Crankamacallit Song yesterday at Kevin Salem’s studio in Woodstock, NY.


We’re going to be using the song for the demo video we’re making later today with Polymash for The Crankamacallit iPad app which is available now on iTunes. Kevin helped me write the song and sings on it as well.

After years of admiring Kevin’s songs and being in love with his voice and his guitar playing, my dream of writing and singing something with him has finally come true . . . sort of. Kevin has produced a bunch of my songs over the years and I find it pretty hilarious that we’ve finally written something together called The Crankamacallit.

This blog isn’t really about my music, but I couldn’t resist sharing :)

I’ll make sure to post some of Kevin’s music soon as well. Until then, if you’d like to check out the app, click on the title page below.

 

Sunday Morning Siren Rowena Cairns

Our 19th guest today on Sirenstories is Rowena Cairns, a songwriter from Northern Ireland. She’s definitely a Siren.

Nothing to Hide is a contemporary folk song that Rowena says is, “a love song of sorts, but the main influence for it came from watching news reports of soldiers returning home.”

I’ve got goosebumps. Here are the lyrics for Nothing to Hide.

I woke up this morning with your words running through my head, running through my head.
You said your jacket looks good on me, I should wear it instead, instead.
Don’t you know that you’re killing me with your words, your words.
And I know you can’t be with me but it hurt,s it hurts.

There’s nothing to hide when it’s just me and you,
so why don’t you come over and prove that it’s true.
There’s nowhere to run when this love is kept,
There’s no hurt to explain and there’s no lies to regret.

I’ve tried so many times to tell you how you make me feel, you make me
and I know you keep on showing me it’s real so real.
but I can’t hold you back you have to leave me now, leave now.
here’s comes the promise you’ll get back to me somehow, how about now.

There’s nothing to hide when it’s just me and you,
so why don’t you come over and prove that it’s true.
There’s nowhere to run when this love is kept,
There’s no hurt to explain and there’s no lies to regret.

Oh I pray that you’ll be sent back home to me,
somehow, somewhere, somebody, sets you free.

I woke up this morning with your words running through my head,
running through my head.

I think writing songs about soldiers requires a great deal of courage. Rowena has done a beautiful job with this song.
You can click on the pictures to learn more about Rowena Cairns, I’m sure you’ll want to.

World Class Faker

Meet the eleventh Siren, John Laprade.

For me, World Class Faker sounds best once you know the backstory.

Singer songwriter John Laprade says, “World Class Faker is the title track from my new album. I hope you like it. It was my attempt at writing from the prospective of a just released felon and what thoughts and feelings might be running through his mind.”

So did I do the right thing? Letting you read the story first? It explains everything in one line.

Without the story, I don’t know if I’d ever suspect this guy of being anything but nice, and maybe slightly wounded. His voice sounds so easy-going, I can imagine him sitting in my kitchen, singing while I . . . make breakfast. He wouldn’t mind that I’m not a good cook, he’s a nice guy. Eggs, toast, that would be enough. That’s what I thought on first listen.

But then, with one line of text, John Laprade changed everything. I would have suspected metaphor, but no. This is a Sirenstory. This sweet singer is one of those psychotically calm people who could snap at any moment. 1974? Yeah, this guy has a sweet voice—and a knife up his sleeve.

You really got me John. I Love World Class Faker. It gets better with each listen and the drums are addictive. I’d love to hear the White Stripes rev it up and spit it out . . . or maybe Morrissey could change a chord or two and make it his own. Imagine Nick Cave . . . You know, we’re going to have to do a remix day here on Sirenstories. You all could cover each other’s songs. Wow, that’s such a cool idea! What do you think?

I popped around online looking for more info on John Laprade (I can do that, it’s the weekend, but I’d LOVE to take a commercial break here to remind the artists who upload to the Sirenstories SoundCloud to PLEASE answer the half-dozen questions I ask so I have easy access to your info. Lyrics would be nice too!) and I found this video for his song Blind. I can’t wait to show it to my five-year old son, he hangs out with guys like this all the time.

Day 10 on Sirenstories is . . . Obvious.

Singer songwriter Patti Witten gets a 10 out of 10 for her song Obvious.

The tune is killing me—in a good way—with its Elliott Smith overtones.

Patti Witten has an ease to her singing, as if wandering around her wide range is simply a sweet ramble.

Listening to Patti’s casual vocal style, I imagine Joni Mitchell on a lazy day:

She’s on the couch, relaxing, maybe reading the paper. She’s not going to get up just to tell you something you ought to know. She looks at you over the top of her glasses, sighs, and puts her paper down. She gives you another look, then picks up her guitar. Maybe now you’ll get it.

As Patti sings, “You are the one I want, isn’t it obvious?” I’m thinking, she’s got the right idea. Life is short, people like Elliot Smith—who I am now missing so much I feel like crying—vanish overnight, so why play games? Just say it, whatever it is.

Patti Witten said this about Obvious:

“This is what it’s like to have an embarrassing, stupid crush — everybody knows — it’s obvious.”

To me, the singer doesn’t sound embarrassed at all. I imagine her steady gaze as she tells it like it is.

Obvious is such a great concept, I wish I’d thought of it. I’m kicking myself. It should have been . . . obvious.

But okay. Patti Witten is great songwriter and she wrote the song Obvious, so I can’t. However I’m telling you now People, I’m writing the book. YA romance. Totally. Obviously.

Thanks for the inspiration Patti. I’ll mention you in the acknowledgments. And we’ll use your song in the movie, okay?

Obvious has a mysterious guitar part and the drums play a shuffling groove. This simple instrumentation, with what I’m guessing are a few added effects on the layered guitars is perfect, and the song sounds somehow both small and momentous. But it’s the chord progression, with Patti’s voice sliding around on top, that makes me want to listen to the song over and over.

So I am.

The Crankamacallit Is Here!

To read about Sirenstories or share your songs, please see my previous posts or click on the waterwings in the right hand column to submit, thanks!

If you’re not looking for Sirenstories, you must be stopping by to help me celebrate the fact that THE CRANKAMACALLIT IS UP AND FLYING!

That’s right, The Crankamacallit ipad app is now available in the itunes store! Yay! Champagne, confetti, and cake!

If you want to read more about The Crankamacallit, please click on the title page below and visit Polymash, where there’s an incredible gallery and storyline teaser for The Crankamacallit. Go now, they’re passing glasses of bubbly!

Thank you Polymash, you’re brilliant!

The Crankamacallit ipad app is nearly complete!

Here are a few words from Polymash about our project The Crankamacallit, an interactive children’s storybook for the picture book crowd. The Crankamacallit will be out this spring, I hope you enjoy these preliminary sketches.

PS The pictures don’t  begin to show the interactivity of the app—or its SURPRISES!


We are working on an illustrated, animated and interactive children’s book by singer, songwriter and author Mimi Cross. The project is called “The Crankamacallit” and will go live in Q2 of 2011. It utilizes cutting edge 3D illustration techniques, and we are creating a hand crafted quality look and feel inspired by the winning and record sales generating iPad app called “The Pedlar Lady”.

Even though we are under construction with this, I’m posting a few 3D illustrations.

Here is a scene being created in 3D, and then rendered, illustrated and animated for the app. With processes like these, we are really trying to push the limits of the Adobe Digital Magazine Publishing suite, our core our app publishing platform.  It was really intended for interactive magazines, but we are extending its functionality by incorporating innovative design techniques including video, 3D animation, HTML5 and Javascript.