Once upon a time, there was an artist named Spaceship. He was feeling quite despondent about making music. It seemed a superficial means to an end, and ultimately a waste of time. He decided at once to do something about it. He decided to do something for charity. The result is As the Head Turns, an album wherewith half of all the financial contributions would go to some particular charity.
After much debate and research, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, or NAEH, was the final choice. This is available for purchase to hopefully help to end a growing yet sadly ignored problem in the United States that is happening more and more often.
Recorded in glorious mono.
From Marcie Diaz-Ordorica: Relationship. The true encounter and recognition of another person. It's in the vulnerable intimacy of receiving and reciprocating that “Duérmete (It's Early)” was born for me. The conversations I've had with the friend who inspired the title have always ended with the reassurance that the sun is coming up, both in my life and in the sky. Rest will come. Spaceship has taken this small piece of my life and has joined it to a piece of his – wholly personal in expression, music, lyrics. Somehow, he's managed to navigate it all and create something entirely new without sacrificing any familiarity. This friend and I, we recognized the song the moment we first heard it. I am still in awe. Proceeds from this project will go toward the fight against homelessness, and as I write this on Thanksgiving Day, it is in that same spirit that I say “thank you” to Spaceship, to Sean (for giving us a forum to make this possible), to my dear friend, and to everyone who has contributed to this album in some way. We are all in relationship. Having received, now, we give.
From Mindy Johnson: "Every life is narrow. Our only escape is not to run away, but to learn to love the people we are and the world in which we find ourselves." - Mark Haddon I suggested "Escape Artists" for a song title as it is a term open to interpretation and personal reflection. I also thought it would allow for the most freedom of creativity. An escape artist can be defined not only as someone who breaks free from physical restraints, but can also apply to someone who has overcome emotional barriers, or someone who seeks to escape from the harshness of reality. Salvador Dali's Portrait of Juan de Pareja Adjusting a String on His Mandolin often comes to mind when I think "escape artist." I left it up to Spaceship to decide which direction to take the song, all I asked is that he approach it with simplicity, as music is sometimes at it's best stripped down to the most basic elements. Singer/Songwriter Sarah Daly's vocals added just the right amount of depth, richness, and balance the song needed. I was very pleased with the outcome, and am very proud of Spaceship and how far he has come as a musician since I virtually "met" him via internet in 2006.
From Lee New (before the song was a gleam in Spaceship's eye): "Lapis Lazuli" will be about the night sky seen over the Blue Ridge mountains by the powerfully flowing James River after sunset while sitting with my lover by a campfire. Only starlight and distant planets break the great lapis blue monotony above the flickering flames from the firelight below until a blazing comet unexpectedly lights up the entire night sky with an incredible awe-inspiring natural fireworks display. It will have a quietly-starting upbeat rock rhythm, but with an assortment of odd ethnic instruments (didgeridoo or theremin) appearing subtly in the background like some obscure forgotten Pink Floyd tune.
From Ron Debranski, AKA Monkey Chow: Although I once wrote a song with Spaceship through the magic of cyberspace, I really don't know who he is or from whence he hails. One thing I do know is that Spaceship is a musical genius who possesses all the chops necessary to create brilliant music. This is not to say Spaceship hasn't improved greatly since I have come to "know" of him and his music through the Sean Lennon message board, first through his covers of Sean's music, and then through Spaceship's original work. Spaceship and Sean Lennon inspired me to figure out the new digital musical recording possibilities available today. But enough about me. Spaceship came up with the idea of creating an album using title suggestions from "Seanions", the affectionate name of Sean Lennon fans from Sean's message board. The idea was to create an album, solicit monetary contributions, and give part of the proceeds to charity. I threw out the suggestion, "What's in a Name", that I conveniently stole from Shakespeare. Spaceship went with it, enlisted the help of the brilliant songstress, Metaphorest a/k/a Sarah Daly, and even gave me the opportunity to contribute. The result is a great song added to a tremendous album.
From Tina Guler: The idea for "You Smell Like Winter" came about when I picked up the shirt I had worn the night before off the floor. I brought it to my face and recognized the scent of the man I love. It intoxicated me. I wanted to breathe it in forever. Like inhaling the crisp winter wind, marked with the smoky hints of wood burning in the distance. It left me wanting more. Thus, I wrote the first line "She said, You smell like winter. Can I keep you forever?".
Spaceship: lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitars, keyboards, synth bass, melodica, drums, maracas, tambourine, glockenspiel, sampled strings.
Dwarf McDougal, Jr.: vocals.
2. Duérmete (It's Early)
Spaceship: lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, melodica, bass, maracas, chimes.
3. Escape Artists
Spaceship: lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitars, electric slide guitar, bass, bass drum, tambourine.
4. The Cats of Mirikitani
Spaceship: lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, keyboards, bass, drums, tambourine, tamboura, tubular bells, hand claps, sampled strings.
5. Lapis Lazuli
Spaceship: lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, keyboards, theremin, bass, drums, tambourine, hand claps.
6. What's in a Name
Spaceship: vocals, piano, acoustic rhythm and slide guitar, synth bass
Monkey Chow: vocals, bass
7. You Smell Like Winter
Spaceship: lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, melodica, bass, drums, maracas, tambourine.
Tina Guler: spoken word.
8. Who Am I
Spaceship: lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, melodica, piano, organ, celeste, keyboards, maracas, tambourine.
9. Love in My Ear
Spaceship: lead and backing vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, electric slide guitar, keyboards, synth bass, tambourine,
Richie Snare: drums.
Spaceship: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, salt shaker, harmonica.
11. Her Song
Spaceship: vocals, acoustic guitars.
Sarah Daly: vocals.
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