JUSTICIA POETICA: Poetic Justice, the acclaimed neo-western novel by Elliott Murphy has been published in a superb Spanish edition Justicia Poetica by Tropo Editores and includes a 4 track EP Soundtrack in search of a film... which includes two original songs written by Elliott for this publication - "Poetic Justice Theme" and "The Ballad of Petit-Jean" - as well as a reading by Elliott of Chapter 1 of Poetic Justiceem> (in English!) backed by harmonica and guitar and a previously unreleased rocking version of "If Poets Were King" to celebrate the iconic American poet Walt Whitman who figures prominently in the story of Poetic Justice. For those who read Spanish Justicia Poetica + EP is available at the Store as well as the EP alone!
NEW INTERVIEW: Concert Blooger, an online music magazine, has a new interview with Elliott, "Elliott Murphy Has the 'Medal' to Succeed," by Danny Coleman. Among opther things, Elliott talks about the audiences in Europe compared to those in the U.S.: "In many ways, the people, the audiences are the same; it's art, it's music, it creates a common bond. They are very into it, into the music and honestly, they tend to stay faithful much longer. Rock music here is a cultural phenomenon; age doesn't matter and as an artist you get great support." Read the entire interview at Concert Blogger.
NEW EP! INTIME is a five-song collection of intimate songs recently written and recorded by Elliott Murphy in Paris. The songs were inspired as he sat at his kitchen table looking at the vacant window across the street on rue Beauregard. Produced and mixed by his son Gaspard Murphy and featuring Olivier Durand on guitar along with Laurent Pardo (bass) and Alan Fatras (drums). There is a 21st Century spiritual theme throughout the collection with a production style that is both modern and traditional at the same time, unlike anything Elliott has previously released Intime is a very powerful and personal collection of recordings which demand … intimacy. Available March 10th! All mail orders of Intime from the Elliott Murphy store will receive a signed copy of the lyrics.
Celui qui regarde du dehors à travers une fenêtre ouverte, ne voit jamais autant de choses que celui qui regarde une fenêtre fermée. (A man looking out of an open window never sees as much as the same man looking directly at a closed window.) Charles Baudelaire, Les Fenetres, Petits Poèmes en prose, 1869
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OTRO VERANO: The wonderful independent Spanish film Otro Verano, directed by Jorge Arenillas and featuring music by Elliott Murphy (including a new version of "Summer House") can be seen for free in HD on Vimeo with English subtitles. Jorge and Elliott are currently working on a new project together. Stay tuned!
THE RCA YEARS: Lost Generation & Night Lights Reissue! Australia's outstanding reissue label Raven Records has released Elliott Murphy's classic early albums Lost Generation and Night Lights in a single CD set called The RCA Years. Included in the 12 page booklet are extensive notes by Elliott himself and many rare photos. Both albums have undergone painstaking remastering to bring out every detail of these iconic analog recordings. All Music Guide has long rated both albums with 4 stars and now they have never sounded better. Sidemen included drummer Jim Gordon (Derek and the Dominos), Sonny Landreth (John Hiatt), Doug Yule (The Velvet Underground), Billy Joel and many others. Lost Generation was produced by Door's producer Paul Rothschild and Night Lights by Steve Katz who produced Lou Reed's Rock 'n Roll Animal. Order now directly from the Elliott Murphy Store.
ALL ELLIOTT MURPHY RADIO: Elliott's long time fan Rick Cesario (he bought Aquashow in 1973!) has set up the first ALL ELLIOTT MURPHY internet radio station on Shoutcast. Elliott Murphy & The Normandy All Stars will be supplying him with rare tracks and station ID's. Thanks to his son for helping get it all together. Be sure to tune in!
Free MP3!: Visit the MP3 page for a free listen or download of Elliott's recent song about the economy, "What The Fuck Is Going On?" Recorded live in Stockholm in 2011 with the Normandy All Stars.
Elliott Murphy And The Normandy All Stars Annual December Tour – Elliott and the band will be in Philadelphia, New York, Amagansett, Ringwood, Piermont, Northampton and Teaneck this December. Full details on the tour page. Come on out for a fantastic evening of music, old and new! Click on the image above for a bigger version.
Elliott Murphy Awarded Prestigious French Award! – Elliott Murphy was awarded the prestigious Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris in a formal ceremony on October 1, 2012 at the Hotel de Ville in Paris. He joined the ranks of past winners that include fashion designers Valentino and Gianni Versace, actress Jane Fonda, Nobel Prize winning scientist Linus Pauling and Def Jam president Kevin Liles. Read Elliott's full acceptance speech.
Poetic Justice is finally available in English ! – Elliott's legendary neo-western novel Poetic Justice is finally available in an English version at Amazon.com. You can purchase a paperback edition or download a digital version to read on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or other device. If you happen to be an Amazon.com Prime Member you can even borrow the book to read for free on a Kindle! It's a great summer read!
Lost Generation and Night Lights are finally available! – Sony/BMG has announced the re-release of these two classic albums as digital downloads after years of waiting by frustrated fans. Lost Generation (1975) was Elliott's second album where to escape the New York media frenzy following the release of his iconic first album Aquashow he relocated to Los Angeles to work with legendary Doors Producer Paul Rothschild and a who's who of the finest session players of the time including drummer Jim Gordon (Derek and the Dominos) and keyboardist Richard Tee (Paul Simon). For Night Lights, Murphy returned to New York's mythological Electric Lady Studios with producer Steve Katz (Lou Reed) and an amazing iconoclastic band including Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers) and Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads). Both albums have long been rated 4 stars by the respected All Music Guide and are now available at iTunes (Lost Generation | Night Lights), Amazon (Lost Generation | Night Lights) and other digital download sites.
The great photos of Olivier Durand and Laurent Pardo are by Dany Wilmet whose credit was mistakenly left off the CD.
GB Music in the USA is proud to announce the release of three ELLIOTT MURPHY CDs:
All three cds are in digipacks.There is also A Deluxe Signed Limited Edition of the new live Just A Story From New York. This 2 CD version has 4 bonus tracks and is limited to 100 copies. Each copy is hand signed by Elliott and comes with a print of the setlist from the show, hand signed and numbered as well. To order please go to the GB Records site.
Just like Mark Twain – Every Elliott Murphy concert is unique but this sold-out event, which was held on the vintage Swedish steamboat Blidösund on July 20, 2011, was very special indeed. The packed boat circled the incredible archipelago of Stockholm while Elliott played two personalized solo sets to the accompaniment of an awe-inspiring sunset. Everyone who returned to port said their life was indelibly changed for the better. We are trying to make it an annual event!
New iTunes Exclusive Album! Elliott Murphy & The Normandy All Stars featuring Olivier Durand recently spent a day in an Amsterdam studio for the legendary 2 Meter Radio show. They recorded 7 songs including David Bowie's "Heroes" as well as selections from the recently released Elliott Murphy album and a slow, soulful version of Elliott's classic "Green River" and you can get it now on iTunes:
New Album! Elliott Murphy's new 2011 album, although musically rich and lyrically intense, has a very simple title - Elliott Murphy - and begins a new cycle in the Murphy career and legend as it was produced by none other then Elliott's 20 year-old son Gaspard Murphy. Once again featuring virtuoso guitarist Olivier Durand and The Normandy All Stars, the album was recorded in Le Havre, New York City, and Paris with guests Kenny Margolis on keyboards (Willy DeVille) and backing vocals by Laura Mayne (Native), Alain Chenneviere (Pow Wow) and Lisa Lowell (Bruce Springsteen). 11 Unforgettable songs like "Poise 'n Grace" and "Rock 'n Roll 'n Rock 'n Roll." A classic in the works!
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Fall Shows: Elliott Murphy and the Normandy All Stars featuring Olivier Durand will be playing shows all over Europe in anticipation of the January 2011 release of Elliott's new album simply titled Elliott Murphy and produced by Gaspard Murphy. Hear many of the new songs performed live! Check the tour section for details.
Elliott Immortalized: Hard rocking Bob Dye & The Usual Suspects have written and recorded a moving homage to Elliott with their incredible song "The Last Rock Star." Check out news section for song lyrics and links to the MP3.
Summer Shows: Elliott Murphy and the Normandy All Stars featuring Olivier Durand are about to start hitting summer festivals all over Europe - France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Sweden. Check the Tour section for details.
The 2010 Annual Birthday Show: For Elliott's European fans (or those visiting Paris from the US) be sure not to miss his annual and legendary show at New Morning in Paris on Saturday March 27, 2010. (click on the image for a bigger version)
The Unfished Complete Lyrics Of Elliott Murphy Lenoir Ediciones announces the publication of The Unfinished Complete Lyrics of Elliott Murphy featuring the lyrics of 231 songs album by album. With a beautiful cover photo by Jack Mitchell from the Aquashow sessions and full of photos from all periods of Elliott's career inside. All the words from Aquashow to Notes From the Underground! Now available in the store on this site.
Cafe Heartbeat Concert On A USB Stick: Radio T in Chemitz, Germany recently recorded an Elliott Murphy And The Normandy All Stars Featuring Olivier Durand show at the great Cafe Heartbeat in Zwonitz and to satisfy the fans who wanted to take that great night home with them Radio T immediately burned engraved USB sticks to purchase after the show. The set list is:
1. The Valley Below
2. O Wyoming
3. A Touch of Mercy
4. Green River
6. Pneumonia Alley
7. The Day after Valentine's Day
9. Canaries In The Mind
10. You Never Know What You're In For
11. The Last of the Rock Stars
12. On Elvis Presley's Birthday
Here's the link to purchase the USB. They still have a limited supply left so act fast.
We're so East Coast! Elliott Murphy will be returning to the East Coast of the U.S.A. for five shows in mid April 2009 on his Memory and Desire tour. Elliott will be performing with his incredible French backing band The Normandy All Stars featuring his amazing guitarist Olivier Durand. Once again, opening the show will be singer-songwriter Jann Klose and expect some surprises during Elliott's encores. Dates are confirmed in Fairfield CT, Fall River MA, Asbury Park NJ, Hoboken NY and Amagansett NY - check Tour section for details. These will be Elliott's first USA shows with a band in over a decade. For booking/gig information Anne Leighton and stay tuned for more information. "We're so East Coast - So here's a toast - Here's to everything that I wanted the most." ("Change Will Come")
Crawdaddy! Feature Article: One of the true original and long standing American rock 'n roll mags, Crawdaddy!, has posted a long interview and feature article on Elliott on their site written by legendary rock writer and long time Murphy admirer Mick Skidmore. Check it out.
I wish they all could be California Girls! Elliott Murphy will be playing his first West Coast shows in the U.S.A. in twelve years in January 2009 on his Hollywood Tour! Opening the show will be up and coming singer songwriter Jann Klose and Elliott will be appearing as a duo with his amazing guitarist Olivier Durand. Dates are confirmed in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Tehachapi, San Diego, Long Beach and at the NAMM show in Anaheim - check Tour section for details. Plans for an April 2009 Mid West tour with band are in the works. For booking/gig information Anne Leighton and stay tuned for more information. Hollywood - you shaped my life with a technicolor carving knife ...
Hometown boy makes good! The Marie of the 6th Arrondisement in Paris, along with the University Paris Diderot, will host a two week long exposition honoring the 35 year career in music and literature of Elliott Murphy from September 10 - 26, 2008 entitled Elliott Murphy - Last of the Rock Stars - Retrospective that will culminate with a live concert on 26 September. It will be located in the beautiful Mairie (town hall) of the 6th Arrondisement in Paris right near the famous cafés of St. Germain. If you're planning a trip to Paris and you're an Elliott Murphy fan it's a great time to visit the city of light which Elliott has called home for the past 18 years. Right click on the image to download a full size, press quality PDF poster. (It's a big file.)
Elliott, Gaspard and Bruce: On June 27, 2008 Elliott Murphy and his talented guitarist son Gaspard Murphy joined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for "Born To Run" in front of 50,000 ecstatic fans at Parc de Princes in Paris, France. When Bruce invited Elliott to join him on stage shortly before the show and suggested "Born to Run" Elliott thought he might be unsure of the chords but Gaspard piped in that he could teach Dad as he knew the song by heart. And Bruce, in an incredible gesture of generosity, said "Well, if you know the song Gaspard then you can come up and play it too!" An unforgettable night for a father and son reunion and a memory that will last forever. See a larger version of the photo.
US radio airplay! "What's That" - an exciting up-tempo track from Elliott's recent release Notes From The Underground in which he sings his way through the entire alphabet ("A is for amazed when you walk out of the show - B is for bedazzled its the witching hour") is receiving airplay on NEXT: A New Music Show on radio station The Peak 107.1 from White Plains, New York. If you listen to The Peak and would like to hear more Elliott Murphy music on that great rock station send them an email at email@example.com and let them know.
New album now available! Elliott Murphy's new album Notes From The Underground is now available in the store here at elliottmurphy.com. It's also available at iTunes:
New online store! We've launched a new store here at elliottmurphy.com. Most of the items are available at our special "nice" price. We'll be adding more items soon. Visit the new store HERE.
Remember though, this is just a small portion of the Elliott Murphy CDs and LPs available. You can find a much larger collection at the "Official" Elliott Murphy store located HERE. You'll also find T-Shirts and books there.
New MP3 of "Canaries In The Mind." A solo acoustic version of the song from Coming Home Again. LISTEN NOW
Elliott Murphy and Red Lounge Records announce the release of The Murphys - The 1973 Aquashow Demos - on a limited Vinyl edition:
The album features a stunning photo from the original Aquashow sessions taken at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and consists of the very high quality demos that Elliott Murphy, Matthew Murphy and friend George Gates recorded before the final Aquashow sessions. Click here for more information and to order.
You can now purchase selected song downloads directly from this site. Currently you can purchase individual songs from Coming Home Again for $0.99 each. More songs will be added in the future.
New CD! Coming Home Again
From the opening drum fill of "Pneumonia Alley" it's clear that Elliott Murphy's 29th album Coming Home Again is something very special in the career of this legendary singer-songwriter. Coming Home Again is already being talked about as a return to the classic Murphy songwriting style that marked his early albums Aquashow and Just A Story From America. Recorded in Le Havre, France with a talented crew of musicians from Europe and America including virtuoso French guitarist Olivier Durand and New York keyboardist Kenny Margolis. In this impressive collection of 13 new songs Murphy tips his hat to cultural icons as diverse as Hemingway and Paris Hilton and exotic locales from India to Veracruz although the music and words belongs to that mythical place his fans now call Murphyland. They will even give you a passport if you ask!*
Coming Home Again features moving anthems ("Pneumonia Alley") and righteous rockers ("Marianne's Garage Sale") and of course the tender ballads Murphy is famous for "(Making Friends With The Dead" & "Home Again") as well as a eulogy to a fallen musical comrade ("Jesse"). The album includes a track so radio-friendly ("A Touch of Kindness") that perhaps we'll be hearing Elliott Murphy back on the radio all over the world once again as with his FM hits of the past "Drive All Night" and "Anastasia."
Murphy (who with guitarist Olivier Durand plays over 100 shows a year all over Europe) says that most of the songs were recently written on the road: "After my blues album Murphy Gets Muddy I wanted to get back to a rich and diverse sound and I was confident that my current band (drummer Alan Fatras [ex-Moon Martin] and bassist Laurent Pardo [ex-Kid Pharoen] and of course guitarist Olivier Durand could give me what I wanted to hear when we went into the studio. In fact, I could hear the finished songs in my head even before we began recording and all the musicians seemed to read my mind. We recorded in-between tours at Florent Barbier's [ex-Roadrunners] brand new studio in Le Havre. For many years now I've been an expatriate American musician living in Paris and on the road and to tell the truth I don't know where home is anymore. But I know that Coming Home Again is where I want to be."
Come home to the legendary sound of singer-songwriter Elliott Murphy with Coming Home Again and you'll never want to leave!
iTunes! Almost all of Elliott's albums are now available for purchase at iTunes, both in Europe and the US. 24 albums are currently available, including the "Vintage Series" releases (which are available at a special low price). You can purchase entire albums or individual songs. And the best part is all the proceeds go to Elliott, not some record label somewhere. Click this button to view Elliott's albums at iTunes.
New MP3 of "Open City." A radio performance of "Open City" By Elliott and Olivier Durand at Radio Paradiso on Suisse Radio recorded February 24, 2006. LISTEN NOW
Read Elliott's thoughts about Paul Nelson who died recently. Paul was important to Elliott in the early days of his career and without Paul's help Elliott would probably never have been noticed by the rock critics who were so influential at the time. Read Elliott's essay HERE.
Download Elliott's original handwritten lyrics for "Winners, Losers, Beggars, Choosers."
Franck Dumaine was kind enough to send us the original handwritten lyrics for this classic song. We've reproduced them as a PDF file which you can download HERE.
Aquashow featured in Uncut magazine. The April 2006 edition of the UK's Uncut magazine features a full page article on Aquashow under the heading "All-Time Classics." We've reproduced it as a PDF file which you can download HERE.
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Download Elliott's original liner notes for the Velvet Underground's 1969 Live
Elliott recently came across his original liner notes for the Velvet Underground's 1969 Live album. We've reproduced them as a PDF file which you can download HERE.
Where do we go from here? That's what I was thinking as I was passing grey days sitting with my guitar and laptop at my kitchen table. The table, a sturdy oak, was bought from a neighbor who passed away some years ago. His name was Dominique and once I gave him a Harley Davidson motorcycle jacket that was too big for me even though he rode a Triumph. Dominique worked for Publicis, the largest French advertising agency, located above Le Drugstore (which is actually more like a restaurant and shopping mall than a pharmacy) on Champs Elysees, and which I mentioned in the Aquashow song "Hangin' Out": “You can be in Paris in a burning Drugstore …” The reason being that when I first came to Paris in 1971 Le Drugstore was quite a hip spot and it did, in fact, catch on fire and it was big news. My friend Dominique's funeral was held just next to Pere Lachaise cemetery where Jim Morrison rests, hardly in peace, judging by the crowds of Doors faithful who make daily pilgrimages to his gravesite.
I saw Jim Morrison very much alive one time, around 1969, standing by the bar of The Scene, a NYC rock club owned by a flamboyant impresario Steve Paul, also now deceased, who wore velvet suits, introduced Tiny Tim to the world and got Johnny Winter a six figure deal from Columbia Records. I don't remember Jim Morrison being particularly drunk or outrageous that night, just standing there, drinking a beer, chatting up some girl, as we all stared at him, an actual rock god in our presence! At this time, there was no security, in fact, the concept had hardly been invented and most fans kept a respectful distance from their idols. John Lennon's murder changed all of that, of course. Around this same time, I also saw the first New York City show of The Stooges in a similarly pocket-sized rock club called Ungano's. There were maybe one-hundred of us there to see this infamous band from Detroit and Iggy truly terrorized the audience, jumping off the stage, corralling us all in a corner of the room like a flock of sheep. That time it was us who needed security!
My dog Tara and cat Salem are both asleep on this short and overcast winter day, somewhere nearby the warm radiator, which no longer hisses, like those of my youth. I was brought up in the US suburbs, where homes had enormous oil burners down in the basement and hot water was pumped into heavy, coiled radiators on every floor. Now, heat is mostly electric where I live in Paris and people keep their homes colder then what I was use to in America because of the high cost of electricity. Men and women wear scarves in Paris, almost all year long. It's almost part of what makes them Parisian. De Rigueur! They also like to think, reflect, analyze and daydream, sometimes way too much, which is my own downfall I suppose, and probably why the French and I have lives in the pumping epicenter of all this history, while a modern city churns its way around monuments and twisting medieval streets. Just the other day I learned that Napoleon lost his virginity in a bordello that catered to the cadets of Saint Cyr, the French equivalent of West Point, five minutes from my house in the lovely Palais Royal. Now, they sell shoes with a blatantly sexual appeal in that same spot that cost a thousand euros. I doubt if Napoleon paid anywhere near that much for his own kicks …
Like many of my generation, I search for my past, my misspent youth on YouTube, and late at night I've been looking at black and white videos of the 1960's American rock ‘n roll TV show Shindig. My first thought is always that everybody looks so young but you knew that already. Eric Burdon and the Animals, Peter and Gordon, The Shangra La's and even Howling Wolf; basically every band or singer you wanted to see and hear back then made their way to Shindig eventually, even the Beatles. And they had this incredible troop of sexy teen dream Shindig dancers, along with an in-house band that included Glenn Campbell on guitar. I was in love with one of the dancers, a energetic blond with long braids and black-rimmed glasses who could do the pony like nobody else. Never knew her name. Wonder where she is now? I'm sure Google will tell me if I look hard enough. We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of … Google. Oz grew up and the yellow brick road is now a broadband pipe.
And also I've been listening to Marvin Gaye, who exiled himself to Belgium where he recorded Sexual Healing almost by himself or The (mostly Canadian) Band, another group of exiles or Bowie's still fabulous Diamond Dogs, an exiled Englishman who calls New York his home today. And then there's me, another exile of sorts, still in France. And, of course as always, a lot of early blues finds it way onto my Hi-Fi (love that term!) – Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, even Leadbelly, and for some reason I find all that suffering oddly soothing. And then, some months ago, I remembered someone telling me (was it Nick Lowe?) that Johnny Cash said you should try and write a song a day, that's your job if you're a songwriter. So I took out this Gibson Chet Atkins electric nylon string guitar that didn't make much noise and opened my MacBook and got to work, tried to write a song a day for a few weeks.
My tinnitus has really been driving me nuts lately, my ears ringing louder then a refrigerator's humming, so I kept it very soft, kind of whisper singing the words that emerged from my minstrel mind, not even using a pick on the guitar. I passed many days alone staring out my window to the boarded up window across the street on Rue Beauregard and my thoughts stopped there and melodies bounced back at me. I think (hope) I came up with a good dozen songs that I felt were on to something, my zeitgeist at the moment, which is hard for even me to decipher most days. While I tapped on my MacBook Pro and strummed my Chet Atkins, Françoise would sometimes take photos around me and one of them, a photo of that window that I was staring at, became the cover for my next album, or demi-album, an EP of five songs now called Intime, the French word for Intimate. Or you can separate the word and hopefully this record arrives to your own zeitgeist in time...
My son Gaspard tells me that his relation with a computer is the same as what a guitar was to a singer-songwriter of my generation. And I guess if you compare someone like Trent Reznor to Bob Dylan he's right. But I do know that plenty of other songwriters of all ages are sitting at kitchen tables as well, right now, trying to get just the right word to rhyme with just the right chord change to move the song somewhere meaningful or useful. I'm still old school in that respect and I doubt I'll change; I find my songs vibrating out of the strings of the guitar, or hiding under the keys of a piano. The older I get the problem becomes less that of inspiration and more that of organization. I swear to you that I can write a full song, three verses or more, and record it on my iPhone and then I forget about it until months later when I'm looking for something totally different and there it is and in a panic I realize I almost lost it. Painters don't lose paintings and directors don't lose films but songwriters are creating dream things with no gravity, like a floating flock of helium filled balloons that always slip your grasp. In fact, if melodies land too heavily on the ground you know you've failed. And the music gives the words wings and they fly away together to never-never land. Many have already, I suppose.
So that's my job most of the time: a gatekeeper of melodies and lyrics. Trying to keep track of these escaped melodies, exiled lyrics, forgotten inspirations, deciding what's worth remembering. But this time I just kept writing and not judging and I knew some of it was special and some not and my harshest judge (next to myself) is my son/producer Gaspard. But he started listening to my demos with eventual enthusiasm and we had limited time and an even more limited budget and he figured out the proper business model for my next move: “Dad, we should make an EP!” And I said, hell yes! There's a great studio Question de Son, located just a few blocks away from my home and I booked four days and the only golden rule was that these recordings had to be different. My band, The Normandy All Stars, arrived from Le Havre on day one and we put down five basic tracks in about 10 hours. Taking a break for dinner at the Café Napoleon on rue de St. Denis. Hey, didn't I mention that guy already? The next day, I did most of my vocals and Olivier did some lead guitar and Gaspard played some vintage keyboards including an ARP String Ensemble, the same instrument that is all over Night Lights. Then Gaspard took some days to clean everything up in his own home studio and sprinkle production magic all over the recordings, making sure everything sounded pristine and adding wonderful arrangement ideas. Olivier stopped by on our way to Spain for some duo shows and added more guitar and … banjo! The only hang-up for me was one song, "Land of Nod," which I thought we didn't quite get in the studio, so we used my original demo where a simple drum machine beats a rhythm. Musicians talk about the demo syndrome, where nothing ever sounds as good as the original demo and sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and move on and other times you go with the demo no matter what it sounds like sonically. That's what Keith Richards did for the acoustic rhythm guitars on "Street Fighting Man," that were, I believe recorded on a cassette.
Day three we went back into the studio and mixed. And day four, well, we mixed some more. But I kept most of the words as originally written, even the titles to the songs, some of which you don't hear in the chorus, remained the same. I might have changed a word here and there but for the most part what was written in the kitchen went into the studio with no extra chorus or bridge or verse added later. But I kept telling Gaspard and Olivier that we had to do something really different. I mean, this will be album number … who knows? Trying not to repeat yourself, especially when it comes to mistakes, is the biggest challenge of life. And honestly, when you hear Intime, I hope you'll be thinking, "Well, it sounds like Elliott but … different."
Here's the Intime EP preview: "Benedict's Blues," "Sweet Honky Tonk," "The Land of Nod," "The Land That Time Forgot" and "Every Little Star." I was going to describe the songs to you but that's a waste of time. Writing about music is more difficult then writing about sex. Anyway, Intime is not my first EP; there's been the original Affairs and If Poets Were King or even Soul Surfing – The Next Wave. Maybe an EP is like a short story and an album is a novel and I can't see that far ahead these days, like Tolstoy or Dylan or Pete Townsend. And if anyone's attention span is increasing, well, I haven't met them yet. Here's the thing: there is a sub-title as well, Songs From the Kitchen Vol. 1, so perhaps this is the beginning of some new path. Who knows? An EP every six months sounds doable. We'll see. All I know is that it was time to put some new music out.
Intime. Hope you like it.
Paris, January 14, 2014
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