Maherican Dream

by Karl Blau

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LAKE and I swapped records as in I would produce one for them in exchange for LAKE backing me ( a la Nature's Got Away) at Dub Narcotic - the LAKE record became Circular Doorway recorded at Anacortes's Unknown studio. In Olympia, we improvised a bunch of textures together in various combinations of instruments and persons captured to a 1950's 3-track Ampex 350. Later, I listened to these recordings and wrote lyrics just for the feeling of these textures. Aside from a couple, I added only minimal overdubs other than the singing.

Named in reference/reverence to Tori Kudo's Maher Shalal Hash Baz, "Maherican Dream" pushes through the idea that we can't let things be natural and effortless like low-lying fruit.

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released October 16, 2014

Karl Blau was joined by Eli Moore, Ashley Eriksson, Markly Morrison, Andrew Dorsett, Brian Tottenham and Angelo Spencer performing on Maherican Dream. The basics were engine-eared by Patrick LaBahn. The singing and overdubs were made in Singing Serpent Studio, San Diego, CA, and Electro-Magnetic Samples in Anacortes, WA.

Thank you to LAKE's Eli Moore, Ashley Eriksson, Markly Morrison and Andrew Dorsett, and thank you others that performed or sat in on the sessions: Matt Fuller, Andrew Ebright and to Mark Deutsch, David Jaberi. Thank you for your hospitality Calvin Johnson, Mariella Luz, Dave and Andrea Matthies, Singing Serpent and Rafter Roberts. Kevin Noonan for your visions, thank you. And thank you especially CalliAnne Blau.

Artwork by Kevin Noonan. Layout and lettering by Karl Blau.

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Karl Blau Anacortes, Washington

In search of the sounds of joy and expressions that feel true to life. Like happiness with sadness. More and more songs about love and life and death. Experiments with sound, abundance, other kinds of dance, enthusiasm, vocals warming up.

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Track Name: The Foldback Song
I prance around in my town
Just like a toddler in a gown
This helps the men in dresses to feel safe

You'll find you're heard in the third
After you've reached into enough dirt
You'll tap the rushing water
It'll give you strength

Dragons are a metaphor for
Something you can't name
You may sit and draw it up on paper
- it's an interpretation describing mostly about you

4 winds that blow for to say
We need all directions today
Remind us be getting our hair out of the way

The view reflects me and you
You and I reflect what what we see
You hold a mic to the speaker
And it folds back on me

Face and hands that make our minds up
For what we can't put a finger on
As actual husbandry of the natural world
The chaotic world, the gentle and docile world

But if we listen this day
We may pick up the play
And that we dropped the ball
Will soon be a faint memory
Track Name: 'Erica
A castle in the sand
It plays out just as planned
Or did you forget
That the tide would claim its land? - Oh!

Bells ring by the hands man
Also by the wind
When the sand blows in your face
It's hard to keep a grin

Shouting my own name just to wake myself up from a dream
Shouting my own name just to wake myself up from a dream
Shouting my own name just to wake myself up from a dream

Erica! Erica! Erica!

Hearing my own name, sensing a definite lack of state of being
Hearing my own name, sensing a definite lack of state of being
Hearing my own name, sensing a definite lack of state of being

Erica! Erica! Erica!
Track Name: Seaweed Tea
You promised me
A cool, refreshing dip into the stormy sea
Naked as can be
Be my baby, mama, would you sit
and sip seaweed tea with me
Seaweed tea! Seaweed tea! Seaweed tea!

The sand stays cold
Just beneath the surface there
You could keep your heavy cream
A pot propped over fire
Flames cast shadows
stretching the caverns of our minds
Seaweed tea! Seaweed tea! Seaweed tea!
Track Name: Chattanooga
To hear the name Chattanooga
Doesn't it sound fun?
And when I call "Chattanooga"
I'm not the only one

I fell asleep to caterwauling
Like I know what's to be done
And in my dreams Chattanooga
Shines like it's the Sun

But have you been?
Chattanooga calls
Am I to think that
Because the falls approach
The fall out should guide me
To a name I can't seem to shake

As an artist -
I leap before I look
Like an ink spill
That's longing to become a book

I've got my eyes on the surprise
A mystery to live
We shine a light on the pages
For chance that they will give

I feel the name Chattanooga sing
I strain my ears to understand
Ringing of the unknown unfolding
Unbeknownst to me I'm giving myself up to chance
Track Name: You're In The Garden
Wake up
Shake up
Next thing you know
You're in the garden


Stand tall
The wall
Is low when you
Step In the garden

You're in the garden
You're in the garden

Work up
String up
Letting it show
You're in the garden
In the garden
You're in the garden
In the garden
Track Name: Open Exit
Open exit
Exciting patterns of the past
You're a head shot
Shooting up and out at last
As the hex eats tail
And clearly breaks its fast
Round the bend
Will you bend the rules for me
And meander aiming fecklessly
For foraging is often
Stumbling upon the goods in surprise

Like an "X"
As I make a mark of where I stand
When outstretched
I'm a sign that here is but a man
But a man may not understand
He's got the whole world in his hands
He's got the living world
At the mercy of his hand

Close at hand
Fan the flames and invoke the change
Change it up, up, up and away
Out of its cage
For a spell you had bound your arms
Now you're pullin' out all your charms
To heal the hurt
Then get back out in the dirt
Heal the hurt
Then get back out in the dirt
Track Name: Along The River
A love gone sour and left to rot
Come back from land that time forgot

Along the river they come to lay
Any leaf may in any shape

The water bleeds out from under rock
Tomorrow borrow my shoes and take a walk

All hours of love we give away
When they return they wish to stay

The river bed teams with ghosts of fish
Once a bloody flow now beggar's wish
Track Name: Fresh Disguise
Some will tell you a lie
I will sell you the lie
Some will tell you a lie
A lie, a lie, I'll sell the lie

Oh what am I
To tell a lie?
A lie, a lie, to tell a lie?
As common as a house fly
A fly, a fly, a common fly

I see your shape against the sky
You tower high and block my sight
I see your shape against the sky
You tower high and block my sight

You're in my teeth, in what I eat
A lie, a lie, to feed a lie
You're in my teeth, in what I eat
A lie, a lie, I fed a lie

To face the Sun, make water run
From your eyes
Just try and lie out of the shade
Your shadow bright
Can hold a form, a shape, a size

A lie a lie, I tell a lie
Each time I rise - a fresh disguise
Each time I rise - a fresh disguise

Echoes of the sunlight
I can hear those babies scream
Echoes of the sunlight
I can hear those babies scream

Can't have bright of Sun
Without the darkness as a trade
Can't have bright of Sun
Without the darkness as a trade
Track Name: You Shampoo'd His Beard
In the early morning
The procession of everything I've ever feared
Recedes back from whence it came
From the dust
The dust from whence it came
Once again shakes loose from my beard
My beard
My beard
You shampoo'd my beard

In the early morning sun
See colors fall back into place
Already knew you were the one
And now this tingle on face
Already knew you were the one
And now this tingle on face

Traces back to care
In this dewy morning air
Was that a cat fight over night?
Bits of fur caught in the light
Was that a cat fight over night?
Bits of fur caught in the light

Your love embraced me in the chair
Held me down to just a stare
At first you trusted me to stay
I wriggled free and broke away
At first you trusted me to stay
I wriggled free and broke away

Lathered up a wild raccoon
In the hopes just like the moon
He'd get clear and bright again
In the hopes just like the moon
He'd get clear and bright again
Didn't know he'd never been loved
In the midst of being feared
Until you shampoo'd his beard

Under the stars who wave goodbye
Stripes were showing on my tail
Your lIght is filling up the sky
Laughter spilling down the trail
Your lIght filling up the sky
Laughter spilling down the trail

Before I could play hard to get
Our shadows tangled on the lawn
You know I never will regret
Your smile at that fading dawn
You know I never will regret
Your smile at that fading dawn

Lathered up a wild raccoon
In the hopes just like the moon
He'd get clear and bright again
In the hopes just like the moon
He'd get clear and bright again
Didn't know he'd never been loved
In the midst of being feared
Until you shampoo'd his beard