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Words/Lyrics: George Kaplan Artwork: Noah DeLong
Some people will probably never get a love song written about them because of their name. You could probably make a living writing songs for these people.
The Lyrics: You and I, we got a lot in common Spend six days a week sorting grease in a small town diner On the odd weeknight that we're lucid or sober We spend hours dreaming of ways to get out, Get rich, or famous, or laid And when that doesn't happen we just drink, and smoke, and sigh
It's a life that's far from romantic In a dirty apartment five blocks from where I grew up And the guitar that's worth more than my Volvo Only plays the chords I bothered to learn when I thought that Nirvana was cool Even then it does a poor job of staying in tune
We play songs in the half-finished basement You've shared with your mom, (rent-free!) since you came home from school And I know it'll be hard to get famous Without any fans or friends with connections Or people we know who write blogs But my friend, I've got a nearly airtight plan
We'll get rich writing songs for niche markets So they won't have choice but to listen Songs about descendants of the first Irish judge in Texas And for girls with names like Ruth, or Deb, or Ashli with an "i" (What the hell were your parents thinking?)
And if not, we'll come home Work bad jobs, drink alone Two years older, not much worse For wear
As of right now I'm in the middle of putting together a more "official" website for the music. Once it's set up life should be a lot easier for anyone looking to hear some tunes or watch some videos of said tunes.
I'm in the process of recording some songs for the next album, as well as a few other songs that don't have a home quite yet. I just finished the bass and drum tracks for a non-album song called "I Love You, Debbie O'Callahan". There's also some stuff in the works for next year, including a Record Club-type deal to get music out to you at a slightly more regular pace.
Happy August, George Kaplan
A new 5 song EP titled "Putting Nowhere On The Map" will be available from George Kaplan starting in mid-September. Artwork for the EP is courtesy of Noah DeLong and is available for viewing on the ReverbNation page.
"Stepstone", featuring Berit Goetz on vocals, is available for listening on the ReverbNation page as well as on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/George-Kaplan/47569831097
The track list is, (at the moment), as follows:
Life In The Friday Night Death Slot Jerusalem, Illinois Stepstone* Travel Writing For People Who Go Nowhere** Moved
* - w/Berit Goetz ** - w/Jon Ryss and Buffy Larson on horns
Digital downloads will be available on iTunes as soon as the album is finished, with physical copies of the album going on sale 3 weeks after that.
Matt Perrine of the Duluth Budgeteer recently interviewed George Kaplan about his past, present and future. Or in other words, old band, old record, current projects and upcoming albums.
The link: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/109658/
You can go directly to the page by clicking the "Buy Songs" link in the music player
Check it out at http://www.adequacy.net/review.php?reviewID=8239