Mid Life Chrysalis
Listener's Guide to Mid Life Chrysalis by Jayme Kelly Curtis 1) Until it Teaches Me (4:20) - An intense portrait of sexual attraction. A variable time signature sets the tone for this spooky rock and roll ballad. 2) Tunisia (4:19) - A traveler inspires fear among her provincial neighbors. Serpentine, Middle Eastern sounding rhythm and drone. 3) Way Station in Purgatory (3:15) - A lilting, Samba-like postcard from an exotic shore lamenting the loss of passion in rhythm. 4) What Would Jed Do? (3:45)- A whimsical, medium tempo tribute to television sitcoms. 5) Fly Me to the Islands (4:56) - A dreamy wish to fly away to the stress-free life of a later-day Robinson Crusoe. Featuring guitar, ukulele and Hawaiian lap steel. 6) Sleeping With Cats (2:18) - Instrumental. Acoustic and electric guitar evoke the Santos and Johnny classic "Sleepwalk." 7) The English Girl (4:00) - Violin and baritone guitar form a slow waltz to tell the tale of a war bride's journey from innocence to the mean streets of the city. A sad illustration of how the effects of war reach far beyond the battlefield. 8) The Cycle (4:49) - An exquisite, deeply contemplative expression of familial regret featuring guitar, cello and English horn. 9) Losing Lovers to Barleycorn (3:46) - Evocative of an old time Appalachian tune a la Gillian Welch, with a modern twist. Guitar, Dobro, mandolin and tasteful percussion tell the tale of alcoholism's insidious journey through a family. 10) Many Seasons Ago (4:46) - Mystical rock and roll in the tradition of Spirit and early Fleetwood Mac. A flower child looks back at the passionate days of the summer of love, with full trap set drumming and electric guitar. I used to be so wild ... 11) The One They Call Mr. President (3:17) - A bluesy protest song with acoustic guitars and tenor sax. A politician ain't no better than a really bad boyfriend. 12) Start of the 21st Century (3:07) - A chirpy, up tempo look at the state of the world. Straight up, singer/songwriter fare with guitar, violin and vocals.
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