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Funny Day

by Bird Mancini

Big harmonies, rock 'n roll accordion, guitars sometimes crunchy, sometimes mellow, visual melodies and lyrics all reflecting the acid trip of life.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Holly
4:16 $0.99
2. A Funny Day To Be Alive
3:40 $0.99
3. Better Man
2:41 $0.99
4. The Other Side
2:50 $0.99
5. Through Your Eyes
3:29 $0.99
6. Rest Of My Life
5:26 $0.99
7. So Cool
4:51 $0.99
8. No Saints Can Say
1:14 $0.99
9. Somedays
3:48 $0.99
10. Heart Of The City
4:58 $0.99
11. Long Road Home
2:21 $0.99
12. Not This Time
4:40 $0.99
13. Red Geraniums
2:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bird Mancini's third and newest CD features 13 all new songs with lush vocal arrangements--performed entirely by Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini--along with a plethora of amazingly talented friends, including 3 drummers, 3 bass players, a violinist, a percussionist, and others. Boston area fans have been hearing much of this music in recent live performance, and Bird Mancini is happy to now have it available for the rest of the world to hear. Enjoy!

Camped out in six inches of mud, they played for 5,000 people at a van show in Englishtown, New Jersey. They've been stranded on a mountain in a broken down bus, gigged one-nighters out West where it's 100 miles to the next town, and made their living for years playing Northeast clubs, colleges, resorts, music halls and festivals. They've opened for David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills & Nash), Gregg Allman, Jonathan Edwards, James Montgomery, Mighty Sam McClain and the Pousette-Dart Band. And all this occurred before their first CD release in 1996 (then as The Sky Blues). Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini's career together spans nearly two decades. Their original recordings have garnered critical acclaim, an ASCAP/Boston Music Award nomination, and fans from all over the world. Twice, in 2002 and 2004, Bird Mancini were named among the Top 10 Year's Best by New England's Metronome Magazine. But their music is its own reward to those lucky enough to find it in an Irish pub in Boston, a breezy summer concert, on the Internet, or simply through word of mouth. As AllMusic.com puts it, "Bird Mancini is likely to please a wide array of listeners."

Gospel choirs in country churches and Kansas City blues and swing were Ruby's early upbringing, while Billy Carl cut his guitar-playing teeth on high school rock and roll bands covering songs by 60's greats like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Stones. Mix it all together and you get two high-spirited lead singers, blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica, a variety of percussion, bells and whistles that is the Bird Mancini duo. Add a plethora of talented musician friends acquired over the years, and you get energetic recordings with an astonishingly colorful palette--Indie-Music.com says, "It's so refreshing to hear such great variety on every single track and with such consistency and quality." A snowballing circle of talent finds its way each year to their annual Backyard Acoustic Jam Love and Food Fest (think Monterey Pop or Woodstock on a smaller scale). If you appreciate fusions and variations on rock and roll, blues, pop, Latin jazz, country gospel and psychedelic world beat, you are likely to come away from a Bird Mancini recording or live performance feeling happy you found your way here. Peace.



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Marshall Hall - RNR TV

...a total cerebral emersion for your consciousness....
AT LAST, I have gotten the CD by Bird Mancini entitled Funny Day away from my wife, who was promoting it by insisting her friends listen to it. And as I listen to it again and again I realize that unlike so many CDs and Albums, that have been made for 2 or 3 decades now, each song is different. Substantially different than each other, in the lyrics and the style or instrumentation, are songs that are more important sequenced as they are. I heard a few musical things that I could identify easily, a touch of the Jimi Hendrix Experience a couple of times, a touch of the Beatles a couple times, as if the featured artists had absorbed that material, and once even occasionally bongo punctuated, but this is not a release that could be compared to those artists or anyone else that I know of.

Perhaps the CD as a whole could be compared to its own artwork, both of which set up the dreamy, not-quite-of-this-place-in-time, thought-provoking epoch of its own. Produced from the moment you glance at the Salvador Dali-esque cover painting ("Landscape with Tears in Different Ways") and the blurred action photo on the back, is the (apparently) deliberate impression that you are about to experience a total cerebral emersion for your consciousness as you listen to this band that flows from one heavily orchestrated pop or rock song to another. Though a couple of songs reminded me of zydeco, and others are from the school of rock, as a whole The lyrics are often what used to be called "heavy", what a reader of poetry could appreciate, and not what the typically stock-in-trade subject of most releases are ( love songs, social decay and sexual flirtation. ) Literacy in lyrical content has been appreciated in pop/rock/folk since the mid-60s and has resurfaced a few times since.

Perhaps Funny Day is sort of uplifting with an aspect of dreaminess, with a beat, and the instrumentation of our long rock heritage. Perhaps we could all go where these songs about a misunderstood little girl named Holly goes to school and where Red Geraniums growing in a window box are appreciated, where people are going somewhere even if they do not know where, and people are questioning what their sense of identity is. And maybe the place where this collection of songs is, is like the fairy land gift shop depicted in the photo inside the booklet. Yes, this is an interesting place to go.

Good work, Bird Mancini and friends

-Marshall Hall, RNR TV 7-18-2007

Debby McGrath

Funny Day
Ruby and Bill....another stroke of genouse. I am really partial to "The Other Side", but The Heart Of The City is another of Bill's instrumental masterpieces. We continue to look for new creations from Bird Mancini. We are forever fans! Only wish we had creative talent like yours here in North Carolina!! Missing you!

Ed Morneau

What an uplifting CD...I marvel at how good it makes me feel.
The jangling guitars, psychedelic fills (I smile broadly during the break in Holly--that Disraeli Gears, We're Going Home tonality), the solid rhythm section & percussional touches, that freakin great accordion, and those
vocals, those glorious heavenly harmonies--what an uplifting CD. I've
listened to it twice and marvel how good it makes me feel (quite the
antidote to what I'm up to). Sometimes I feel like I'm walking through some
kind of pop history on a Funny, Sunny Day, flipping pages between the Lovin'
Spoonful, Kinks, XTCs Oranges & Lemons, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks,
Nuggets!!! (Through Your Eyes), Beatles & Brian Wilson (No Saints Can
Say--Wow!), yet it's all fresh and eminently tuneful--my kind of
songwriting. This is really great work. I mean it. The keyboard touches are
really effective, especially in Somedays--is that a harpsichord, clavinet
(it's not credited, whatever it is)? This, in parts, is a long-awaited Beach
Boys record (you must know I'm obessed with the BBs). Then it's a Dukes of
the Stratosphear meets Open Hand (Heart of the City intro segueing into a
Country Joe & the Fish / Flying Burrito Brothers amalgam, yet, jesusgod,
that great accordian pushes it beyond its influences). Then, here comes Not
This Time--if that's not a hit freakin record then.... Anyway, ballsy
middle sections, nice guitar work, nice Lennon-solo-years Steel & Glass,
but, omygod, then the suite goes on into scat and it's all boiling over so
nicely. I gotta tell you--very ambitious. I'm a big fan of progressive pop
suiteness, song cycles and narrative ambitions. Finally, Red Geraniums is
stunning in performance and poetry. What a testimonial, what a way to end a
record. I'm pretty blown away by how rich this is as a musical experience
and as an hommage to the great pop music that has shaped your own distinct musical characters. You wear your influences lovingly and transcend them
with your own take on what constitutes architecture & orchestration,
interesting melodic changes, and performance, which is spirited and honest
throughout. Congratulations. You should be very proud and happy about this
Funny Day--your own almanac to the everyday and wonder of things small and interesting.

Rick Calcagni

Wow. It's soooooooooooooooooo psychedelic!!!
I can't believe how cool it is! This is my favorite Bird Mancini disc yet. Over the course of the three releases, I believe I hear the old Sky Blues blues influence slowly being stripped away, and the sparkling psychedelic core of this band coming to the front. No Saints Can Say is amazing; pure genius. The ending of So Cool is killer; in fact, the guitars are great all over the record, as usual, but there's more great guitar on this release than ever before. Red Geraniums is so gorgeous. Too many highlights to count, actually. Oh, and the cover art is superb; kinda Dali meets Miro? That's what I see anyway. It's so perfect.

I hesitate to overuse the word masterpiece, but that's how Funny Day makes me feel. Like Spirit's Twelve Dreams..., or Floyd's Meddle. I'd be jazzed just to own this disc, never mind having played on it. This is easily the best piece of work I've ever been involved in. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.