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Fall in Love With Me Again

by Dave Harms

Rock songs written while participating in a Fulbright Holocaust study in Poland, Hungary, and Greece. While only two songs deal with the holocaust, the remaining songs explore culture clash and emotions of an American traveling in Europe.
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1. Fall in Love With Me Again
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2. Gyöngyi
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3. The Song Is Gone
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4. Moob Boom
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5. Blue Mascara
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6. Koloscian Paprika
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7. Hollow
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8. Rambling Soul
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9. Na Zdrwowie Piwo
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10. Robobootie
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11. White Rain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dave Harms has been performing in Northwest Ohio for years as a founding member/ singer/ songwriter/ guitarist for alternative rockers Tinfoil. Over the years, Tinfoil has released music that could be categorized as punk, metal, alternative, and rock that maintain the Tinfoil sound. Even though Dave continues to be a member of Tinfoil, he is currently promoting his first solo album Fall In Love Again. Fall In Love Again features 11 songs written in July 2014 while Harms’ was studying the Holocaust in Poland, Hungary, and Greece. “In order to mentally balance the intense and depressing educational studies of what happened in the Holocaust, I would write silly songs about differences in culture or people and places we were at”, said Harms.

The Song Is Gone is one of only two songs on the album written directly about the holocaust. “We were studying a town in Poland where 75% of the population before the war was Jewish and our guide talked to us about the people he grew up with that he remembered who never came back. It was really moving. Later we went to Birkenau and there was a display of family photographs the victims left behind. A picture of three girls playing musical instruments caught my eye and the song kind of wrote itself from there”, explained Harms.


Other songs highlight the differences in culture between Europe and America. “In Warsaw, I took a picture of some graffiti that said Moob. Our guide said that moob meant nothing and was just crazy talk. I couldn’t get the word out of my head as I walked around the city. Warsaw cafes and restaurants have outdoor areas on the streets and I noticed girls in Poland prefer to drink their beer with straws. That is where the song idea for Moob Boom came from,”

Rambling Soul came out of a friendly competition between Fulbright participants. “As we traveled from Poland to Hungary in a bus, one of the other participants said I should write a traveling song. The entire song was written while bouncing on a bus through the Polish, Slovakian, Czech Republic, and Hungarian countryside.”

Each of the songs on the album tells a story about the trip. Gyöngyi was written in Pécs, Hungary. I had been itching to play a guitar for weeks and found an artist coffeehouse style establishment that had a cheap acoustic for patrons to play. “When I started playing, I decided to write a new song. The place was relatively dead, but Gyöngyi was sitting at the bar alone. I wrote the entire song in that coffeehouse. Gyöngyi means pearl in Hungarian, but is difficult to say in American. It’s kind of a song about nothing…but maybe that is what makes it interesting.”

Koloscian Paprika was written in Kalocsa, Hungary which is famous for its paprika. Paprika in the United States is usually sweet, but there is also a spicy paprika. The idea behind the song was to take the idea of both sweet and hot and apply it to a girl from Kalocsa. Koloscian paprika is an important ingredient in authentic Hungarian goulash. Apricot Pálinka is a fruit drink that they make and serve in Hungary.

Hollow was written while I was walking in Krakow, Poland. The song came to me as I was listening to the rhythm of my steps. The lyrics all came out during the walk and I recorded them as I was walking into my iPhone. The lyrics really wrote themselves. I was walking and they just flowed out. Sometimes, the songs seem to find you instead of you writing them.

Blue Mascara was written on the last night of the trip. We were in Thessaloniki, Greece and I was on crutches because I had sprained my leg in Volos. I wrote the song at a restaurant on the water. Since I was on crutches, I couldn’t move very well and I was seated at the end of a long table with the bus driver who only spoke Greek. Our guide had blue mascara on that reallyhighlighted her eyes and treated us to a Greek drink called Cipro. The bus driver, in his best English, suggested that I should write a song about the dinner. The end of the journey.

Na Zdrwowie Piwo was written on the last night we were in Krakow, Poland. We spent two weeks in Poland studying and really felt comfortable there. The sayings were taught to us by our guide. The song was written as a tribute to Polish culture. I was able to borrow a guitar and wrote this in the hotel room before we started our journey to Hungary.

One of the more unique songs on the album is a song called Robobootie which came about after Harms saw a Polish Men Working sign (Roboty). “For some reason, I thought it said Robobootie. I was looking inside a cemetery trying to get in. The gate was locked and the sign was in the distance. Robobootie struck me as very odd, and I decided to try my hand at writing a dance number. Later, we found out that I had misread the sign….but the name stuck. Knowing the sign meant Men at Work…I built work the dance floor into the song. I did a dance version on the bus in Poland, but when I played actual instruments, it took its current form.”

The title track, Fall In Love Again, came to me on the bus in Greece. When I got home, I almost scrapped the song because it only had two parts that were very similar. I usually have lots of chord changes and sections. I decided to finish it and started adding the different musical instruments. The arrangement really made this song shine.

The last track on the album is an instrumental called White Rain. We were in Thessaloniki, Greece interviewing a holocaust survivor who had lived through Auschwitz. He explained that the Auschwitz memorial site we had visited was not representative of what he remembered from Auschwitz. He said when the camp was in operation there was no grass…only mud. He said you could never see the sky. From the sky, white rain was always falling. The white rain was the ashes from the crematoriums. I was asked to create a television show theme to play during the introduction that had a sad theme. When I completed the song and listened back to it, the quote about the white rain came to mind and it really captures the sadness and the feeling of flying.

Currently, Harms is mixing out a Tinfoil reunion album called Donde Vas that features the original three members: Dave Harms, Dave Smith, and Cher Bibler. “The tracks are all completed. We are spending some extra time mixing and mastering it.” In addition, there are also more songs from Harms’ Europe trip. “When you do an album yourself, it is easy to keep working on all the parts forever. I wanted to have a deadline for “Fall In Love Again”. Because of the deadline, I limited the songs to 11. I wrote 43 songs in Europe. The rest of them will be put in future projects.”

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