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SAND IN THE WATER by JACK MATHES

2021


Sand in the Water CD cover





DO DA DI DA DAY

NIGHTBIRD

PORTLAND TOWN

ROLL ON COLUMBIA

SAND IN THE WATER

RIDE THAT TRAIN

SPANISH IS THE LOVING TONGUE

SONG FOR SHELLEE

I'M SO BLUE

TOO TALL JIM

SAND IN THE WATER - INSTRUMENAL

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Jack Mathes 9/15 LINER NOTES & CREDITS


In the winter/spring of 2017 my wife, Artyce, and I went on a three month road trip
that brought us to Austin and the home of Jim and Leslie Stricklan.
An afternoon at Parrot Tracks Studio with George at the sound board
and Jim guiding the session resulted in the 11 recordings on this CD.
The songs are a combination of older and newer songs.
My music is not about any one time, place, or person.
I donít write music on purpose I just start playing around and
a song comes out of the guitar. All I have to do is write it down.
Each song is a combination of diverse thoughts and experiences
woven together that reflect me and my life.
Jim blended together some great musicians and instruments that,
combined with Georgeís mixing, brought a fullness to every song.
Well done all, all done well..


Do Da Di Da Day, It came to me when I was working in Hospice.
Mostly itís about life, which at best is uncertain, fragile and time limited.
We cope with those unknowns by distraction, denial and delusion.
Truly, life is short. Donít waste it on hate and fear.
Love yourself, love somebody else and let them love you.
Embrace each moment as if itís your last cause you never know,
you may be Do DA DI DA Day.


I heard John Prine talk about having a file cabinet where he kept
all the partial lines and phraseís he might use in a song.
NightBird came from combing several different lines
that I acquired over the years and finally found a theme "that bound them allĒ.
Mostly itís about how love's not always easy.


Portland Town popped out after witnessing a friend move out of state
when the cost of living in the Portland area was just too expensive.
Itís hard to make a living playing for tips, meals and making minimum wage.
Mostly itís about how life's not always easy. Support Live Music in your community.


Roll On Columbia literally jumped out of me
while I was driving my pickup filled with all my household belongings
on my move to Astoria Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River.
I sang it enough times that I knew it by heart before I got to Idaho.
Mostly itís about Love and Awe.


Sand In The Water found me by a stream west of Golden CO.
It was a time my life was in change and I found myself being swept along
by events beyond my ability to influence.
Mostly itís about how lifeís not always easy.


Ride That Train is not about a real train.
Iíd like to think it could apply to any driving force in a personsí life.
For me, music is that train.
Mostly Itís about an imaginary train.


Spanish Is The Loving Tongue.
is my humble rendition of a song based on the poem ďA Border AffairĒ
by cowboy poet Charles ĎBadger' Clark,
which hashas been sung and recorded by numerous artists.
Mostly itís about how love's not always easy.


Song For Shellee is the beginnings of a love song written for his wife
by Steve Brown during the last weeks of his life. I supplied the music and melody.
Mostly Itís about Love and Devotion.


Iím So Blue is just a fun little song.
All the characters are fictional...except me.
Mostly itís about how loves not always easy.


Too Tall Jim was waiting for me one morning
when I woke up and was in my head.
Took me all of twenty minutes to find the melody and write the lyrics down.
One of the most gratifying experiences of my song writing life.
Mostly itís about Jim Stricklan.


Jack

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Jack Mathes > guitars, vocal

George Coyne > high string guitar
Charles Ditto > piano
Alicia Gill > support vocal
Kevin Hall > drums & shaker

Greg Lowry > bass, dobro, marimba, harmonica, shaker & chimes


George Coyne > recorded, mixed & mastered at Parrot Tracks Studio, ATX
Jim Stricklan > arranged, produced, & published for KokoBilly Records and Front Room Music, ATX

Jack Mathes > wrote all songs except:
Spanish is the Loving Tongue
adapted from a poem by Charles 'Badger' Clark
and Shellee's Song by Steve Brown & Jack Mathes

Anna Robison-Mathes > original owl drawing
Michelle Rahbar > album design by Mothership Arts, ATX



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Leslie Stricklan > website design for Front Room Music
Photos by > Leslie Stricklan, Sarah Lincoln, and TBD...

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