Mostly Original Covers

by John Tabacco

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CLAM RADIO (FRAMMIS VERSION) 90.1 FM - WUSB 90.1 FM - WUSB Comin' to ya from Long Island Sound Where the hippest music can be found Like a buried treasure underground CLAM RADIO On the ocean floor and havin' fun Spinnin' tunes since 1961 Gettin' absolutley nothin' done CLAM RADIO C.L.A.M.R.A.D.I.O.W.W.W dot WUSB dot FM Airwaves Sound waves From under the real waves CLAM RADIO Comin' to ya from Long Island Sound Where the hippest music can be found Like a buried treasure underground CLAM RADIO CLAM RADIO CLAM RADIO Can ya dig it?
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11:23 02:38
11:23 11:23 (yeah) It’s dark and it’s snowing And I don’t really know what time of day it is Is it AM or is it PM? It’s the strangest thing,you know? 11:23 (yeah) my analog clock is froze 11:23 (yeah) could be this clock is broken? I thought I heard it tickin’ as I woke up on the floor The sound was loud and pounding as the wind outside did roar 11:23 (yeah) I’m cold and feeling sore Time – time - time I wish to hell I could avoid it Time – time - time In my dreams I can ignore it Or stretch it out Or wind it back Or zip right to the future Ah, to have that kind of control now I doubt that I’d be singing this song! 11:23 (yeah) - It’s dark and it’s still snowing And I can’t really tell what time of day it is Is it AM or is it evening? Well, it’s the strangest thing, you know? 11:23 (yeah) another day at the pole Another day at the pole Just another day at the pole!
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LOVE OVER MATTER In the days when your deepest dreams seem far away It's so hard to come alive Nothing new ever seems to fit in the hole in your life Such an effort to survive Know the truth deep in your heart And trust things will work out somehow Hold Me Now 'Cause I Feel The Power Coming Over Me To - night woo - woo... Don't know how It Must Be Love Over Matter TONIGHT! In the night when your deepest fears seem so alive Blinding all the good you do And you know that it's easier to abandon the fight Than to try and see it through Just trust the truth deep in your heart And know things will work out somehow Hold Me Now 'Cause I Feel The Power Coming Over Me Tonight woo - woo... Don't know how It Must Be Love Over Matter... TO NIGHT! Hold Me Now 'Cause I Feel The Power Coming Over Me Tonight woo - woo... Don't hold out It Must Be Love Over Matter... TONIGHT! Back when your heart was an open door (Seeing like a child) You lived in innocence You loved with inner sense, spun in time... If just for awhile Hold Me Now 'Cause I Feel The Power Coming Over Me Tonight woo - woo... Don't know how It Must Be Love Over Matter... TO NIGHT! Hold Me Now 'Cause I Feel The Power Coming Over Me Tonight woo - woo... Don't hold out It Must Be Love Over Matter... TONIGHT! It's Only Love Over Matter It's Only Love Over Matter It's Only Love Over Matter Timing is never a factor!
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THE WEIGHT OF NATURE IS CALLING I've spent my whole life just driftin' A broken promise was a reoccurring theme Now inner rhythms are shifting I'm not sure why but I know it's time The weight of nature is calling I've waited all of my life to be here The weight of nature is falling into my arms tonight The feeling is clear Turn off the midnight patroller A deeper voice is waking me from this dream Some truer angle informer is telling me: You are free! The weight of nature is calling I've waited all of my life to be here The weight of nature is falling into my arms tonight The feeling is clear The weight of nature is calling The fate of nature is calling I miss the days when I would fool around Those times when innocence meant more than just the latest fashion Open the pages of the lost & found I've got no reservations left to keep me waiting around -(The weight of nature is calling...) The weight of nature is calling I've waited all of my life to be here The fate of nature is falling into my arms tonight The feeling is clear The weight of nature is calling in my head I hear it The weight of nature is calling in my head I hear it The weight of nature is calling in my head I hear it The weight of nature is calling in my head I hear it
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PEACE WON’T COME AROUND Every now and then we like to do a little dance Dancin' for the sake of feelin' fine Loosen up the shackles; trying to keep us all in check Always grab a little piece of mind Peace intuition is blowin' your way With answers that are plain enough to see Peace intuitions' got plenty to say But only if ya ready to be free 'Cause, peace won't come around knockin' on your door No peace won't come around if it don't feel right Peace won't come around knockin' at your door If ya wanna find some piece of mind Ya got gotta activate yourself Preacher,pastor, promises, prayin' on tv Maybe you've been taken for a ride Drop those chosen charlatans for somethin' more unique Somethin' that has always been inside Sinners and saviors keep coming our way Sellin' answers to the questions on the bus Peace intuition you don't have to pay All ya gotta do is open up ‘cause Peace won't come around knockin' on your door No peace won't come around if it don't feel right Peace won't come around knockin' at your door If ya wanna find some piece of mind Ya got gotta activate yourself All we know is what we need know Is what we have to know in given time All we know is what we're meant to know is all we have to know for peace of mind Peace won't come around knockin' on your door No peace won't come around if it don't feel right Peace won't come around knockin' at your door If ya wanna find some piece of mind Ya got gotta activate yourself
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Soldier Town 04:06
SOLDIER TOWN In Soldier town there's plenty to see all around you So come on down town Where we can do anything we let you (don't think it's censorship) Don't you worry I'm too hip (scream shout never mind) I'll just keep my place in line (sit back enjoy the show) My days are just a hazy glow But just who slaves to make it so I don't wanna know in soldier town there's plenty of clowns in the streets Well, in Soldier town baby there's never a frown So order around, all around In Soldier town there's plenty of work look around you But keep your eyes on the ground Or we'll leave you right where we found you (we know what's best for you) Sometimes i believe it's too (we'll say how much you need) Please let it be enough to eat (you'll get what you deserve) Working past my last reserve Some are only made to serve and to say yes sir In Soldier town Land of plenty there's plenty to eat Well, in Soldier town baby You'll all come around and around and around and around... Jesus saves in the blood of sacrifice Money talks but it's not afraid to fight So who cares if a few have got to die For our rights like our right to this life In Soldier town there's plenty of blood in the streets Well, we wash them down baby And it keeps them nice and neat In soldier town almost anyone can be bought cheap Well, in Soldier town baby, let's fire around All around and around and around and around and around and a round and a round etc…
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SAME NOW MORE OR LESS Rain cries Flower children paint umbrellas Mindless and void of reason Like lemmings lead to the water So it's so easy to discover fascist lies Under covers you commit your compromise Paisley patterns thrown up on the wall Never thought they'd fade this early Peace sign candles lay cracked on the floor Hoped they'd always keep on burning i guess But it's the same now more or less Safe nights Sheltered by the stars that became the thousand points of light Hear the guns click off a the new order It's so easy to preach to others ethics and moral fibers Time to realize you've become your parents in disguise.... Paisley patterns thrown up on the wall Never thought they'd fade this early Peace sign candles lay cracked on the floor Hoped they'd always keep on burning Paisley patterns thrown up on the wall Never thought they'd fade this early Peace sign candles lay cracked on the floor Hoped they'd always keep on burning i guess But it's the same now more or less You're terrified I'm paranoid Can't verify our destination Self sacrifice Internalized Why oh why oh why? Paisley patterns thrown up on the wall Never thought they'd fade this early Peace sign candles lay cracked on the floor Hoped they'd always keep on burning Paisley patterns thrown up on the wall Never thought they'd fade this early Peace sign candles lay cracked on the floor Hoped they'd always keep on burning i guess But it's the same now more or less
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THERE FOR THE TAKING Something in my memory From a long long time ago Said to me that there would be So much more to know Ahh but now you’re so young And like the fool I’ve always been To this I paid no heed And swore that I knew everything That I would ever need Aw man you can be so dumb And so I went along my way With thoughts I couldn’t share And never saw that everybody else Had done that and been there Had done that and been there You think that you can make it on your own But you’re mistaken Still all you ever need to know Is right there for the taking yeah I look back now and it seems so clear Oh I guess I’m none the worse But wisdom that comes with the years Is a blessing and a curse ‘cause it don’t get any easier when you can’t take good advice and you’re left with just your stupid pride and your own device You think that you can make it on your own but you’re mistaken, so mistaken still all you you’ll ever need to know is right there for the taking
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Line By Line 04:19
LINE BY LINE Too many lines for to follow but I’m tired of parallel I wanna close the gap and open a new line Curling around these empty spaces on this funny infinity sign I wanna hold your hand and start on a new line I’ll write a book I’ll write a poem I’ll write a song alright alright It’s not enough I’ll write a letter right a wrong I’ll draw a picture Line by Line... And all along I’ve been following traces weaving them line by line And all along I’ve looking in faces wondering what I see, remembering Line by I’ll write a book I’ll write a poem I’ll write a song alright alright It’s not enough I’ll write a letter right a wrong I’ll draw a picture
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NOBODY SAYS SWEETHEART ANYMORE I wanna be your star I wanna be your moon Glow on your pillow Crawl down your sheets and sleep like spoons And when the morning comes I wanna shine your sun Rain in your shower Steam up your tea and breathe on you But nobody says sweet heart anymore And nobody says I do Nobody says sweet heart anymore Sweet heart do you? Call me a pirate's fool Steal all my treasure too But don't call me fickle My offers stand tried and true for you But nobody says sweet heart anymore And nobody says I do Nobody says sweet heart anymore Sweet heart do you? Tried to forget it I tried to let go Sometimes that's a hard thing to do The world that we know is not always as it's seen through other's eyes I wish you could see through mine Would you? - Could you? But nobody says sweet heart anymore And nobody says I do Nobody says sweet heart anymore Sweet heart do you? Sweet heart do you?
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HEARTLESS WONDER (2011) Something about her gets me crazy and I can't say why Makes me feel silly I hang around her neck like jewelry sparkles in my eyes And everything's trippy Tell me how do I convey The wonder of a perfect day The beauty of my lovers kiss Her perfect splendor She's a heartless wonder baby And she steals from me A heartless Nothin's ever free A heartless wonder baby No matter what she be I can't stop feelin' this way! Cradle a picture golden Tuesday we lit up the sky Could I be dreaming? I never knew life could be so easy with her by my side Somebody pinch me But there's a message in her smile I haven't seen it in a while I can't remember what it is, oh I remember... She's a heartless wonder And she steals from me A heartless wonder Nothin's ever free A heartless wonder baby No matter what she be I can't stop feelin' this way! No I can't stop feelin' this way! Well, maybe someday soon I will have this siren figured out Until that day I'm just a moon Orbiting around her love Her gravity a potent drug... Tell me how do I convey The wonder of a perfect day I can't remember why that is - Oh I remember She's a heartless wonder And she steals from me A heartless wonder Nothin's ever free A heartless wonder baby No matter what she be I can't stop feelin' this way! I can't stop feelin' this way! I can't stop feelin' this way! A heartless wonder baby And she steals from me A heartless wonder baby Nothin's ever free A heartless wonder baby No matter what she be I can't stop feelin' this way! I can't stop feelin' this way! I can't stop feelin' this way!
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A LITTLE MORE LOVE BETWEEN US In this life - there's so much pain inflicted Closing a door won't make the problems disappear In this life- too many dreams restricted Faces cry, so many scared So many are denied Faces filled with innocence shot down in their prime (shot down in their prime – what a crime) In this life - things just don't make sense to me Extravagant cars, battle scars and starving families In this life no substitute for insanity You can find a heaven on earth That's what some people say But is all this pain and suffering The price we have to pay? Tell me it will come in my life Peace on Earth Please tell me there will be a little more love between us and a little less dirt yeah...yeah... In this life I feel lost and all alone With a million other lost and lonely souls It's so cold But if we take the chance to pull together We can cross the river’s edge and dance Tell me it will come in my life Peace on Earth Tell me there will be a little more love between us and a little less dirt A little less hate between us And a lot less dirt Tell me it will come in my life Peace on Earth Please tell me there will be a little more love between us and a little less dirt yeah...yeah...
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SOMETHIN' TO BELIEVE IN Out of the darkness into the blue light Duckin' the social junk you learned in school Look in the mirror Can't find an answer It leaves you dry without a clue Well, it don't take much for the spirit to give out Can't keep on living this way We all need somethin' to believe in Gotta have truth in our lives We all need somethin' to believe in Gotta have truth in our lives We all need somethin' to believe in Savor the moment when ya turn out the light Doin' the day job Too many nightmares You're dreamin' about a love you can't deny Well, nothin' comes easy when you're a stranger A stranger to who you are inside Well, it don't take much for the spirit to give out Hard to keep livin' this way We all need somethin' to believe in Gotta have truth in our lives We all need somethin' to believe in Savor the moment when ya turn out the light We all need somethin' to believe in Savor the moment when ya turn out the light Gotta get us to the other side All the dreams that we put on display Sometimes lose their meaning But the dreams that we hold in our hearts Are the ones that keep us around Well, we all need somethin' to believe in Gotta have truth in our lives We all need somethin' to believe in Savor the moment when ya turn out the light When ya turn out the light We all need somethin' to believe in Gotta have truth in our lives We all need somethin' to believe in Savor the moment when ya turn out the light Gotta get us to the other side
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KEEPS ON TURNING Some are born so proud yet easy to sell their dignity Some are lost and found A twist of the fate brings you closer to me Walk without a sound and you'll see an eternity Some are sacred, some are naked Throw the dice and you'll see what I mean People always come and people always go But the world don't care it just keeps on turning Sometimes it’s a yes and sometimes it’s no But the world don't care it just keeps on turning Yeah Brother stole a car Sister lost her virginity Mother licks her scars Father splits with the nun from the farm... People always come and people always go But the world don't care it just keeps on turning Sometimes it’s a yes and sometimes it’s no But the world don't care it just keeps on turning Yeah Life can move real fast and life can move real slow But the world don't care it just keeps on turning Yeah… Well I don't understand it and I guess I never will Throw out your cosmic theories and eat yourself a pizza! 'Cause people always come and people always go But the world don't care it just keeps on turning Sometimes it’s a yes and sometimes it’s no But the world don't care it just keeps on turning Yeah Life can move real fast and life can move real slow But the world don't care it just keeps on turning Yeah…
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NICK and CLONE Mem Aleph Waw Daleth Yod She's a Grendel He's a Burna She's a candle He's a murmur They Nick and Clone They're E-zame again Like the eagle and the bear claw I'm a sickle You're a chainsaw We Nick and Clone We're E-Zame again Nostradamus had no fun selling futures to the numble He could see that we we're dumb and more concerned with selling mumbo jummmmmm His language was so unique The message he sent us leaked as one From the ancient corks and mayfers Where aural wafers, mind waves come to meet We're E-Zame again We're connected We're emotive We're the movement on our shoulders We Nick and Clone We're E-Zame again We may fray but our home is E-zame again Mem Aleph Waw Daleth Yod
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IF YOU LEAVE TO GO OUTSIDE If you leave to go outside They will eat you up alive And spit out all your mem'ries and savor your sins Commercialize the secrets you've been hiding within It's not like you can sue them or do anything If you leave to go outside Now If you leave to go outside I can't promise you'll survive The odds are not in favor for a loser like you Your destiny was sealed The day you took off their shoes It's way too cold to walk out there you'll only turn blue If you leave to go outside Clean up your stains Slip on a tie Dust off your suit that'll match your lies Scope out a job Act really fake But don't be surprised if your spirit breaks It just may break If you leave to go outside Yeah, if you leave to go outside Please remember not to cry That's what they drink at supper time And smash your face right into the table (Based on a true story!)
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MONSTERS IN THE DARK Isn’t it life that makes you crazy Monsters In the dark Isn’t it time to quit the circus And heal that broken heart Your love has got me on the high wire With tigers down below And all around me is a ring of fire Burning up my heart and soul Maybe it’s time to let your feelings start to flower Maybe it’s time to let the sun shine in ‘Cause under this tent you waste away those precious hours Feeding the clown that’s in denial Monsters in the dark Isn’t it life that drives you crazy Monsters in the dark Isn’t it true this two bit circus Looks to tear your heart apart But my love for you is certain No tricks no nets no tickets to be sold You gotta fear that lion tamer He’ll only cage your soul and make ya old Maybe it’s time to let your feelings start to flower Maybe it’s time to let the sun shine in ‘Cause under this tent you waste away the precious hours Feeding the clown that’s in denial Monsters in the dark It’s no wonder why you dream of climbing towers, The way you used to as a child (Running, laughing, dancing, chasing ‘round the fireflies) In that place of fearless wonder free of all disguise Timeless moments seemed suspended and it’s no surprise Color faded snapshots show the joy that’s in your eyes If you take a chance you’ll know that you are for the wiser Maybe it’s time to let your feelings start to flower Maybe it’s time to let the sun shine in ‘Cause under this tent you waste away the precious hours Feeding the clown that’s in denial Monsters in the dark
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NACHO COLLECTOR (2015) I'm a nacho collector and I do it real well Some folks would say I'm insane I'm a nacho collector, so they can go to hell Jesus still loves me the same And when things go wrong I just sing this song 'Cause I'm a nacho collector A nacho collector So get off my back if you please! She's a nacho collector - she's a beautiful thing She's got big cheese balls fro eyes She's a nacho collector with a Barbie doll string Pull it and watch what she buys And when she's overdrawn She helps me sing this song 'Cause we're a nacho collector A nacho collector Collector of cheese A nacho collector Nacho collector Collector of cheese Sheeple it's easy to see Buying cheesy goods is in our DNA Sheeple get down on your knees Let's worship the God of plastic cheese Ms. Nacho : Ohh, that's pretty. I want one of them. They're shiny. Give it to me now! Sheeple here's what we need See that magic number crawl cross the TV screen Sheeple someday we'll be free When our warranties expire And when we're overdrawn We can sell our lawn! 'Cause we're a nacho collector A nacho collector Collector of cheese A nacho collector Nacho collector Collector of cheese Disney for you and me Collecting aluminum pennies will keep us busy trolls Sheeple get down on your knees Collecting aluminum pennies to fill our rubber souls We like cheese We like cheese We like cheese We like cheese... Cheesy baby!
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Nick DiMauro : Just do a swing in four Chris. Ladies and gentlemen another fine Italian, Chris Pati. JT : One and two and three and... Scot this is for you man. Ya gotta get on that mic. I want you on that microphone Scot and sing the chorus on this stupid song. ND : Sing the chorus man. Scot, man get on the microphone and sing the chorus! Marci Geller : Hows does the chorus go? JT : You'll know. You'll hear it after I repeat it... What? Gian DiMauro : Scot - o, Scot - o ND : Scot - o, Scot - o, Scot - o, Scot - o! Donna Bach : Well wait a minute he's not gonna heard on this mic. ND : Yes he will. JT : Are you kiddin'? Scot's the loudest man ever. Scotto Twain has gone Ha-why-in For soiled man's delight - all the broccoli you can eat There's perfect beads of sleep on crunchy water There's perfect ashtray take outs by the sea They have you're special brand of photo's and scotch No need for a watch 'Cause time is not inflicted in the banyan But best of all they got an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed Just to lighten up the load! Toads! Best of all they got an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed to lighten up the load! ND : Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah... JT : Best of all an existential shower cap eraser. ND : Eraser? It's guaranteed. How's the next chorus go? Oh oh, oh oh. MG : Here's another one. ND : Did you do this section? JT : Go. Gorgo Twain has gone Hah-why-in For a sweet and sour chassis after four There's perfect jeux to pit against your ego Depends on where and when you drop the straw Ahh, breakfast anytime by the poolside cafe! Exalted soufflés! While ya buster it about with another cutie Best of all ya get an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed to lighten up the load! ND : Just to lighten up the load! Best of all ya got an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed to lighten up the load! ND : Just to lighten up the load. I come an gogie the Backdoor hogie. Stacey Eig : Listen to my Jimi Hendrix impersonation! ND : Whoo, Whoo, Whoo, Oooo Oooo... Best of all they got an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed to lighten up the load! ND : Just to lighten up the load! Best of all ya got an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed to lighten up the load! ND: You get an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed! JT : That's right brother Nick. ND: Woo.. Ya get an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed! Let me hear ya sing it from the top once more. Best of all ya get an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed To lighten up the load Just to lighten up the load! Best of all ya get an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed to lighten up the load! ND : Oh! Bring it home now. Bring it on home now! Best of all ya get an existential shower cap eraser guaranteed to lighten up the load! ND : Aw ladies! Oh Lordy! Oh, oh, oh. Yeah. Ah!!! Crew : Yeah! Hey, existential. Live! JT : Thank you. ND : Thank you. Gorgo Twain has gone Hawaiian ladies and gentlemen. He's gone a lot of places. Scot Savitt : Joe Remson, this one is for you.
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YOU'RE OLD The day that you turn 40 is the day you won't forget Your memory intact 'till 42 But liver spots and argyle socks are in your future yet So give it up there's nothing you can do because You're Old You're Old Your desiccated skin hangs off your flesh like condoms worn to long Oh yeah You're out of style and boring sitting 'round and telling stories of the good old days when Journey wrote the songs When kidney aliments strike you and you soak your teeth at night And no one else alive still owns CDs When stewardesses help you first when you go on a flight And trying to sing a song just makes you wheeze You know... You're Old You're Old Your desiccated skin hangs off your flesh like condoms worn to long Oh yeah You're out of style and boring sitting 'round and telling stories of the good old days when Journey wrote the songs Well in case you feel irrelevant well_______ you're not alone A lot of people see you that way to Being ancient is distinguished so please don;t whine and grown Or you'll have no friends to wipe the dust off you Now that you're old You're Old Your desiccated skin hangs off your flesh like condoms worn to long (floppin' ion the wind) You're out of style and boring sitting 'round and telling stories of the good old days when Journey wrote the songs And don't forget Phil Collins Sitting 'round and telling stories of the good old days when Journey wrote the songs
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QEND 03:04
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SLEEPLESS TONIGHT Oh, Lawd I am sleepless tonight I lost my home to the wind And I thought about the good times and thought of the bad times as well ‘Cause that’s how I roll – both ways A place between heaven and hell Hallelujah Oh Yeah Hallelujah And like nobody cares Hallelujah Oh Yeah Hallelujah while my neighbors just stare Hallelujah Here I am That was me All my work washed out to sea And to think my mortgage is due Oh Lawd I’m sleepless tonight I guess Sandy wins this fight! That bitch

about

This collection is largely made up of acoustic / stripped down versions of songs I co-wrote with friends that I always wanted to sing. More specifically, In 2010 I found myself practicing for a gig that involved learning many wonderful Susan DeVita songs on guitar. In doing so my acoustic rhythm playing actually improved. Then with the encouragement of singer songwriter Joe Gioglio, we went through our respective catalogs and found songs that were reasonable to perform without the aid of a full band. It was just the both of us on guitar (him on occasional bass) and Susan's vocals to round out the sound. The biggest challenge was remembering the lyrics and playing the right chords without looking down at my guitar. In order to practice I would record myself and listen back until I was satisfied with my performance. That accounts for many of the tracks here. Unfortunately, a bad habit I have is once a gig is over and if there are no other gigs lined up for a while, I tend to just move on to creating new songs. I forget everything I learned before and only focus on the "now". So what we have here is a time capsule of a moment when I actually hunkered down and practiced. I hate to practice!

Anyway, if you are reading this and want to hear the original version of some of these songs feel free to delve into CDbaby or Spotify etc.. You'll find them.

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released September 1, 2014

JT : Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboard
Cover : Farben Fosfeen Art Werks / Sirka Louca

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John Tabacco Stony Brook, New York

John Tabacco is a composer, singer-songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and visual artist.

Like an unfolding musical diary / puzzle, Tabacco’s music and art are constantly being re-worked, juxtaposed and intertwined.

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