Andy Fite | Luther & Floe: New Songs, 2012

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Luther & Floe: New Songs, 2012

by Andy Fite

Jazz Comic Philosopher Andy Fite sings and plays a collection of 17 laughing-and-crying songs written in 2012, revealing, among other things, that "maybe" and "baby" don't only rhyme with each other!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. A Little Melody
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2. Fixin' Up a Teardown
3:19 $0.99
3. We're Friends, I Like You
2:35 $0.99
4. To Do
4:52 $0.99
5. It's a Long, Long Way from B to A
3:02 $0.99
6. That's All Right (Passive Aggressive)
3:02 $0.99
7. Luther and Floe
2:37 $0.99
8. Turn the Page
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9. Why Bother?
4:38 $0.99
10. When You Turned Away
2:02 $0.99
11. I Had a Woman
2:49 $0.99
12. Wherever I Go, You're Beside Me
2:52 $0.99
13. I Really Don't Want to Call You
2:16 $0.99
14. There's Only the One Thing
2:36 $0.99
15. I Was Hoping It Would Happen
2:15 $0.99
16. It Isn't That I Didn't Notice You
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17. Oh Poor Me!
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Album Notes
This album came into being quite unexpectedly, the result of simply realizing that I had a backlog of over two years worth of songs I’d written but not yet recorded.

I wrote a fair amount in 2011 and 2012, but the recording projects I had (chiefly my multi-guitar jazz transformations of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, and my kaleidoscopic settings of Dada poems based on the Inaugural Addresses of US Presidents) took up so much time and enthralled me so much that it took that long to come around to the realization that it might be a good idea to record all those songs before I forgot them.

So in January 2013, I began. It was a journey! By the time I finished a month or so later, I had seventeen tracks, all of which I was happy with, and it turned out that I really loved all those songs. And so what began as mere documentation for my own sake is now an album I am very proud and happy about.

About the songs:

1. A Little Melody. A tune popped into my head one summer day in Berlin, fully formed, or practically so, and played and played in my brain. It felt, somehow, important, which perhaps is why it took four months to find words for it. When a melody writes itself so effortlessly, you might have to labor a bit on the lyric. The words that came feel true to me now, and this little love is still dear to my heart.

2. Fixin’ Up a Teardown. There’s a house in my neighborhood. A drab little unimpressive thing it was, and it surprised me when a massive job of renovation was begun there. In American real estate parlance, a property where the land would be worth more without the house sitting on it is referred to as a teardown. This seemed like one such to me. And then I thought, what if you ever had to sell a house you grew up in, loved, and had so much of your life tied up in that to see it demolished would demolish you?

3. We’re Friends, I Like You. There are all kinds of reasons why love might not bloom.

4. To Do. A mostly factual reading of my actual To Do list from mid-March of 2012. I still haven’t done all of it.

5. It’s a Long, Long Way from B to A. I had just written To Do, so I wrote at the top of the next page: To Be, then picked up the guitar and started singing, and this came out. I think now I know what it means, but at the time I had to take it on faith and write the words that came. In the end, I think it’s true.

6. That’s All Right (Passive Aggressive). Is this a syndrome yet? Is there a medication for it yet? Anyway it’s a behavior we all know too well.

7. Luther and Floe. The old expression “This one just wrote itself” sometimes feels very true. Here for example is a song it would never even have occurred to me to write! But the opening strains of a melody came one day, very strong and complete as far as it went, and I sang it and hummed it and flapped my lips at it every day for ten days before a first line of text finally materialized. Once I had that, I started putting the rhymes together, and a little ways in, needing to rhyme with “long ago,” came my grandmother’s name Floe, and the next thing I knew the song was finished and is, as far as it’s given to me to know, the actual true story of my grandparents’ lost love. The one bit of conscious work I remember having to do came when I had to rhyme the word “baby.” I wanted at all costs not to fall back on “maybe,” and I’m so pleased with the answer that came.

8. Turn the Page. A hopeless friend one hoped better from, proves himself as hopeless as one feared. Time to let go.

9. Why Bother? Optimism, disappointed too many times, must at last ask the question.

10. When You Turned Away. A portrait of a brief moment in consciousness. Perhaps you’ve been there. In the next moment, the picture changed completely, but for that half a second or so, the disappointment was crushing.

11. I Had a Woman. Maybe you messed it up, or maybe you were just faced with impossible circumstances. But the knowledge of just what you’ve lost and can’t hope to retrieve is a sad feeling indeed.

12. Wherever I Go, You’re Beside Me. A love song of sorts for the era we’re living in.

13. I Really Don’t Want to Call You. Breaking up, as we all know, is a process…

14. There’s Only the One Thing. A song that popped into my head one night on a long bike ride home after a long working day. I’m not sure you’re going to like it, but to me it’s funny, and it is true, I think not only for me. This one contains, at the end of the first chorus, maybe my favorite example in my own work of what I call a Virtual Rhyme, where you’re set up to expect a certain word and get something that doesn’t rhyme at all, as in “You’re a poet and you didn’t even realize it.”

15. I Was Hoping It Would Happen. Another breakup song, this began life as a bit of alliteration in my head. Say it fast: I was hopin’ it would happen. But, as it became clear to me what “it” was, the tempo had to slow, and the alliteration lost all significance. Thus it is when you write a song. You begin with an intention, but the song has a will of its own, and you have to get out of the way.

16. It Isn’t That I Didn’t Notice You. A small romance.

17. Oh Poor Me! After surveying a year’s worth of sad songs, it occurred to me that perhaps it was time for a true statement of my real-life situation. So I wound up my year’s writing as I’m winding up the album, with this. I’m luckier than I like to let on.



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