Torchy, funky songs with haunting
melodies and rich harmonies, from lush to bare bones! Intimate and
stirring performances by various lead & backing singers backed by
keyboards, saxophones, guitars, harmonica, bass & percussion.
(Includes the 9/11 tribute song Keep Walking.)
Featuring Wendy Boulding, with performances by Mark
Abrahams, Eva Atsalis, Valerie Gomes, Marc Landesberg, Adam Levin, Ellen
Weiss and Steve Wirts. Songs written by Adam Levin, with
collaborative material by Wendy Boulding, Elena Rye Pellicciaro, Anne Ptasznik
and Peter Stoller. Produced by Adam Levin and engineered & mastered by Jay Mark. Illustrations: Charles Addams.
1 hr. 3 min. "Truly enjoyable.... serious musical talent... music
has the same haunting intrigue [as] Todd Rundgren’s..." –
Alan Schlein, Journalist, Billboard
Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine
For a more accurate representation of
this CD's sound & instrumentation
as heard over full stereo speakers, listen to its audio samples with
Inspired by my own experience near
Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, I
New York Artists Unite to Support World
Trade Center Disaster Relief. It was
performed there with Wendy Boulding the
week of its completion, and later at
Marianne Williamson's opening rally for
the Department of Peace Campaign in New
York City. -- A.L.
"My grandmother once asked me, 'Why don't you
write some happy songs?' I told her, 'These are my happy songs!'
– Adam Levin, in performance on Live(OnTape)
"Adam Levin is a
pain in the ass. While other, normal songwriters are content to
provide you with polite background music for your daily activities, he
demands your full, rapt attention. He’ll seduce you with lush harmonies,
only to steal your breath away with trap-door chord changes that drop
you into a hall of mirrors where your reflected image strikes you and
sends you hurtling through a melodic maze, alternately twisting around
an impossibly tight corner, then soaring across a death-defying abyss
and, finally, landing feather-light in a landscape of aching beauty,
only to realize that you’re right back in your chair, yet looking at
everything from a new angle. And that’s just his opening number."
– former roommate
"What type of music would you call that?" – piano teacher
"The songs sound
like him. What I mean is, the music sounds like his music and the
words sound like his words."
– recording engineer
"I like it because it’s short." – psychology resident
"I don’t understand it." – member of a spiritual recovery program
"It’s classical." – rock musician
"It’s jazz." – classical musician
"It’s rock." – jazz musician
"‘Rock’ isn’t really music." – psychiatrist
"It must be music because it uses more than three chords."
– jazz harpist
"I only like music that uses more than one instrument, and am
glad this does." – music
"An electric guitar is not really an instrument."
– college professor
"Why doesn’t he write some happy songs?" – Grandma
"This is a song about
one of those situations that we find ourselves in so often. One of those
six-way love affairs where your third wife’s dog doesn’t get along with
your bisexual girlfriend’s lesbian lover’s cat. You know, the same old
shit. But I didn’t want this song to be like all the other six-way love
songs, so that’s why, as you can see, I’ve filled the piano with water
and tropical fish, effectively making a musical aquarium out of it, so
that the sound of the song as well as the lyrics reflects the complexity
and density of thought that went into it. Okay, so without
further ado, here is Merry Christmas, Penis Buster."
– explanation of song by
Adam Levin (as told by Jay Mark)
"Only someone earning money doing music is called a musician."
– social worker
"I only listen to music I’ve heard before." – audience member