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05 Letters

the Band, Kenosha Kid Dan Nettles: Guitar Rick Lollar: Guitar Robby Handley: Bass Marlon Patton: Drums the exceptional Strings (except 06 & 07) Andrea DeMarcus Luca Lombardi Serena Scibelli Composition and recording: I don’t write many songs with an actual key change, but “Letters” includes one as part of the structure. The tune began with […]

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04 How Would It All Fit?

04 How Would It All Fit? Dan Nettles: Guitars Rick Lollar: Acoustic guitar Robby Handley: Bass Marlon Patton: Drums & bathroom fan vent cover 2/4 + 9/8 + 2/4 Composition: The seed of this song is an ostinato on the note “D” that I repeated in what seemed to be a mysterious rhythm. With repetition […]

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Halfrica

DOWNLOAD HALFRICA CHART 1 DOWNLOAD HALFRICA CHART 2 Inspiration and Composition: Never expected:  It was never in my mind to write so many odd meter songs. In fact, even after working on odd meters a lot, I never much loved how they sounded or felt. So, it was really strange for me when they started […]

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Funhouse

DOWNLOAD FUNHOUSE CHART Inspiration and Composition: Spy movie music: that was the trajectory of this composition. This is racing your european sports car thru the winding hills of California. Looking out, the whole landscape  hurls by you in a 70’s technicolor filter. But, oops, the song has this off kilter hitch. It’s not too surprising […]

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Dreamland

DOWNLOAD DREAMLAND CHART Inspiration and Composition: Go way, way, WAY back… it must have been 2003 or 2004 when “Dreamland” got started. It was a whole new century. In 2003 I attended the Banff Jazz Workshop, which totally changed my relationship with music. One thing was a Dave Douglas composition workshop ideas made me think […]

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Before & After

DOWNLOAD BEFORE & AFTER CHART Inspiration and Composition: Hands down, my go-to groove-rock-noise-relax-be-astounded record over and over again has been “Band of Gypsys” by Jimi Hendrix. It’ a very unifying record… funky and heavy, with pure energy and noise soundscapes, and amazing fucking guitar playing(!)… all the musicians around me have always had something to […]

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Vanishing Point

Inside Voices by Kenosha Kid Inspiration and Composition: I only write three songs: Action, Comedy, and Goodbye. Or rather, all my music tends to be refractions of three songs that I write over and over again. “Vanishing Point” is the my most refined version of the last category, songs that say farewell. As life unfolds, […]

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Fabrication

DOWNLOAD FABRICATION CHART DOWNLOAD FABRICATION CHART 2 Inside Voices by Kenosha Kid Inspiration and Composition: “Fabrication”… like “fictional”, as in seeing things, or a figment of your imagination. Between my own family history and all these (wonderful) not-so-grounded musician types surrounding me, I have perhaps more than your usual share of brushes with insanity. Early […]

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Map of the Universe

DOWNLOAD MAP OF THE UNIVERSE CHART Inside Voices by Kenosha Kid Inspiration and Composition: Several things were happening at once… Being a fan of space, I was poring over those magnificent photos of deep, distant space. Very small and very large things began to look alike, which always helps keep perspective in life. Those tiny […]

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Zombie Party

Zombie Party CHART Zombie Party BONUS PAGE Inside Voices by Kenosha Kid ZOMBIE PARTY Inspiration and Composition: Zombies being so hot right now, there’s a whole group of us in the neighborhood who get together and watch “Walking Dead”. It mostly consists of us just shouting at the tv, hoping the child character Carl gets […]

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