Corduroy Resignation is a series of poetry from Graham Marlowe featuring Michael Neumeyer on vibraphone (and other guests.)
1) Corduroy Resignation**
2) '68 Ford Galaxy
3) I Disagree
4) The Distance
5) Fill The Hands
6) Second-Hand Melancholy*
7) There Was A Heat
8) Nineteen Eighty-One
9) I'll Take Your Word For It**
10) They Gather Around Midnight**
11) I'm Feelin' Black On This Eastbound**
12) Jazz In The Ear**
13) Lake Waves**
14) So Much To Say***
*Steve Gallam, soprano sax
**Steve Peplin, guitar
***Graham Marlowe, piano
+All selections feature Michael Neumeyer on vibraphone+
*Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mike Hoffmann at THE HOUSE Studio (Milwaukee, WI)
Corduroy Resignation is about letting things go. It's about recognizing that you have nothing left to do but press on with your life as if nothing were wrong. It's not illusory; it's liberating, actually. And that kind of liberation is something I want to share with others.
My mentor once joked that if it were 1975, I'd be rich and famous. However, "that was another time..." he said with slight resignation. The longing in his face explains what is needed to give this record its future home(s): your help.
The connection between Mike and I (captured on this recording) is just as mysterious as the genre it operates within -- something of a lost relic. But to be pessimistic about popular culture (and mainstream tastes) would essentially be defeatist, and work against the inspiration that drives this material. After all, this project is more or less the next chapter of my first poetry book, Into Light, released in August 2008.
We took our lives as far as we could to get this out into the world, but until we gather enough support to release it physically, the record cannot reach the right people. Beauty comes at the strangest of times, and this album makes it all too familiar again.
*Performances (and additional recordings) coming soon! Stay tuned!
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