Amrit Kohli | A Little Too Hard Is... Not so Soft

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A Little Too Hard Is... Not so Soft

by Amrit Kohli

This is a first album, capturing the imagination of the artist both before and after the September 11th, 2001 bombings. "Rubber Bullets" is an erie premonition that was written before the attack. "Take/back, Payback" reclaims the nation in the aftermath.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love's Ashes
6:17 $0.99
2. Rubber Bullets
8:22 $0.99
3. I, Phoolan Devi
6:02 $0.99
4. Would U Die If I Were Gone?
5:28 $0.99
5. And Then Some
5:21 $0.99
6. Nonetheless
6:17 $0.99
7. Silly
0:42 $0.99
8. Gunnin' Down the Heroines
2:00 $0.99
9. Wuff Wuff
0:33 $0.99
10. White Powder
6:21 $0.99
11. Sorry, But Yer Wrong
4:29 $0.99
12. Chutes & Ladders
3:49 $0.99
13. Take/Back, Payback
6:43 $0.99
14. Who I Live For
6:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Amrit Kohli began his career as a musician in the early months of 1997 when he bought his first guitar from a little shop in Berkeley, California that he brought home to his apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco. Having had only played the guitar for two months, he daringly took to the stage at his first Open Mic where he broke his first of many strings during a live public performance.

Unshaken from the experience, he would go on to play at numerous Open Mics in the city and East Bay, practicing, teaching himself, singing, and composing song, after song. In September of that same year, he was chased out of San Francisco by his fears, and headed out on the road where he would live in his car, homeless, through the dead of winter in the Midwestern states of Minnesota and Illinois. Having been totally rejected by his family for being Gay, this little folksinger lost it all at the beginning of his career, and that slowed his musical development for a number of years.

He would eventually return to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan where his relationship with his family would remain tenuous at best. He relied on them for several months until he could get a job as a software developer, which has always been his side-gig when music wasn't paying the bills. He returned to school, attending Wayne State University where he sought his Master's in English Literature.

Amrit's first rough demo was released in 1999 on audio cassette recorded on a four-track. He started attending the Detroit area's Open Mics quite frequently, finding a cosy home at one little coffee shop in particular...a little place that was once known as Xhedos. He actually held the record for most broken strings during a public performance at this venue.

By 2001, Amrit had amassed a repertoire of more than 50 original songs and began recording his first album, which is the one you see here, titled "a little too hard is...not so soft." The album title is a play on Ani DiFranco's "not so soft," which if you consider it for a moment, you will come to understand just how synonymous something that's "a little too hard" is to something that is "not so soft."

"Rubber Bullets" was written about Palestine, and in an erie sort of premonition, it calls out to his Palestinian brothers and sisters with a cry of support, all in the backdrop of "fighter planes coming back from a war." It was written in April 2001, some five months before the September 11th, 2001 attacks. What happens next is...history.

George W. Bush took the Presidency in January, 2001. With that looming over Amrit's head, he wrote "Take/back, Payback" as a call to this nation to stand up to the hegemony and persecution wielded by the Bush Administration in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He was one of only a handful of people nationally fighting against the War in Afghanistan (which started before the war in Iraq). When the bombs started dropping on Afghanistan, he fasted for 10 days in protest, and during that time, he wrote many of the latter tracks on this album.

I, Phoolan Devi is a tribute to the fallen rebel leader and politician in India who grew up in the slums of that impoverished nation, born a slave to a man who would "marry" her in exchange for a cow when she was only 11 years old. She would go on to lead a national womon's movement as she took up arms against her aggressors. This song captures her story and cries out to all of us that we "don't let it burn in vain," speaking of her funeral pyre.

This album captures a time in American History both before this nation was shattered by the 9/11 attacks and after they happened. It chronicles the events in history at that time, and can be seen as a lens back thorough time to a place and a space that many of us try to forget.

Amrit Kohli is an American Freestyle Folk singer/songwriter. There's more to come...the story goes on from here...and in his next album, you'll come to understand the humility of trying to take on the residents of the White House when the only arms you carry are guitars and pens. Stay tuned, because this story just gets hotter from here!



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