Discrete Packets of Song: A Compilation

by Aaron J. Shay

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    A compilation of 20 songs recorded between 2011 and 2015, screen-printed by Ink Knife Press and designed in collaboration between Aaron J. Shay and Ink Knife Press.

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1.
2.
Burial At Sea
3.
Your Hometown
4.
The Things We'll Never Do (A Duet)
5.
Untitled Prelude (featuring Oliver Franklin)
6.
Nightmare Blues
7.
Fountain Pen In Istanbul
8.
The View Of Deception Pass
9.
Goodnight, Stranger
10.
The Ballad Of The Black Hole Sailor
11.
The Things We'll Never Do
12.
Uncanny Hands
13.
Your Savior Isn't Coming
14.
Love Comes Home
15.
The Ice Age Song
16.
O, Death!
17.
I Cannot Live With Your Ghost
18.
Nothing Is Ruined
19.
Ragnarok Song
20.
When You Wake Up

about

Dear reader,

Writing out these liner notes has been a trip back. This album represents three (and a half) EPs I’ve created over the last five years, from my first foray into DIY recording, to the latest. It’s been interesting, looking through all of these histories and remembering each song’s evolution. Many choices I would not have made, if I worked on these projects now. I’m not who I was then, but who I am couldn’t exist any other time but now.

Discrete Packets of Song is presented in reverse order by EP; that is to say, the first song is the newest, followed by the previous EP in its original order, then the one before that, then the one before that. I wanted to maintain the musical dynamic of each little album, but at the same time, I didn’t want to start with my earliest recordings. I wanted to start at the present, and then work my way back. Retrace my steps, and show you how I arrived at my present style of songwriting and production.

Special thanks are due to my parents, Bob and Marilyn, for being eternally supportive; to my sisters Esti and Sarah; to my friends Jesse and Elise, for their wonderful gift; to Strangely, for believing in me and pushing me towards ever more ambitious and exciting projects; to the many artistic peers who have inspired me to keep creating; and to my humble cadre of fans, who funded this little project, and who support the continuation of my work.

Make art every damn day,
Aaron

credits

releases December 12, 2016

Steve Baz: Drums (track 1)
Zoe Boekbinder: Vocals (track 20)
Sean Bulkley: Drums (tracks 11, 12, 14, 15)
Kaia Chessen: Cello (track 15)
Strangely T. Doesburg: Accordion and vocals (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4)
Oliver Franklin: Guitar (tracks 5, 9, 14), vocals (track 9)
Faith Grossnicklaus: Violin (track 3)
Stephen Hebert: Trumpet (track 20)
Annie Hughes: Harmonica (track 6)
Nathaniel Johnstone: Bass (track 1)
Luke Koval: Trombone (track 20)
Andy Lowe: Bass (tracks 8 and 14)
Jeremy Morton: Cello (track 18)
Mai Li Pittard: Violin (track 17)
Colin Pulkrabek: Digital production (track 7)
Rachel Erin Robinson: Violin (track 8)
Sean Michael Robinson: Drums (track 20)
Sarah Shay: Washboard and vocals (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6)

Crowd vocals/percussion: Ben Bauman, Sean Bulkley, Brandon Bunche, Lou Daprile, Strangely T. Doesburg, Caylean Nichelle Fox, Mali Gosney, Brandi Hair, Tanayle Haga, Annie Hughes, Lisha Joy, Karen Kunkel, Kate McKnight, Sarah Shay, McLean Sloughter, Danielle Soffer, Bethany Stackhouse, James Sutter, Tekla Waterfield, and Jason Webley.

All other parts performed by Aaron J. Shay (probably, unless I missed someone, in which case I am sorry). All songs written by Aaron J. Shay, except for Track 7 (written by Meredith Scheff & Aaron J. Shay) and Track 16 (traditional).

All songs mastered by Myles Boisen. Track 1 mixed by Nathan Johnstone. Tracks 2, 3 and 4 recorded at Stormy Muffin Studios by Ben Trimpe and Joe Wasson. CD photo by Lou Daprile. Album artwork by Aaron J. Shay and Michael Dellinger of Ink Knife Press.

Track 20 is dedicated to my late grandfather, Shay Suckerman. Rest in peace, Pops.

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Sci-fi inspired banjo rock and literary ukulele. You're probably gonna like it.

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Track Name: Riding Home As The Ghosts Look On
Please don't leave me
please don't leave me
Please don't leave me behind

Pushing ninety on the freeway
My horse is covered in soot
Its iron hooves churn the concrete
It turns to gravel underfoot
We maneuver between abandoned cars
Completely eaten with rust,
Their ghosts call me to hear their stories
But I don't have time for their trust

I am riding home
I am riding home
With my heart tight like a fist
I am riding home
I am riding home
Praying that you still exist

No, I am not a soldier
I could never choose a side
And I am not a cowboy
Though on a steel horse I ride
And you, you are not a damsel
You not waiting to be won
You are not waiting for me to save you
And this journey is far from done

I am riding home
I am riding home
To lay in our empty bed
I am riding home
I am riding home
And my phone is nearly dead

No good will come when I reach the city
When I pass through that gate
Only bad news and a troubled mind
Await.
But even so, the never-knowing
Would weigh me down like a stone
If your arms weren't waiting for me,
I could never make it alone.

I am riding home
I am riding home
To bad news and to you
I am riding home
I am riding home
My only home is you.

Please don't leave me
please don't leave me
Please don't leave me behind