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The Crocodile & The Chihuahua

by David Michael

Irreverent songs of love and loss with fun band using styles like swing, mariachi, '60s rock, folk, country, blues and classical.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stumbling Mantras
6:27 $0.99
2. Moonlight Flight
7:17 $0.99
3. The Crocodile and the Chihuahua
4:12 $0.99
4. Warring Parties
5:10 $0.99
5. Thirty Four Questions
5:58 $0.99
6. The Fourteenth Night
4:41 $0.99
7. Plenty of Time
4:49 $0.99
8. Zihuatanejo
2:23 $0.99
9. Garage Sale Blues
5:11 $0.99
10. Here You Are
5:22 $0.99
11. Playa La Ropa
3:39 $0.99
12. Let Your Hair Down
4:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
A fun batch of sardonic ballads, mostly about love gone wrong, served up as Swing, Country, Folk, Blues etc. with a hefty helping of comic gags and a recurring Zihuatanejo (Mexican) theme. If you were to take elements of Dan Hicks, Leonard Cohen, Tom Lehrer, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, David Bromberg, Tom Paxton, throw in a bit of '60s Rock, some Latin sounds, a little classical music and shake them up, you might come close to imagining the essence of this irreverent recording.

David composed and arranged these songs which he sings with guitar accompaniment, along with a fun band based in Port Townsend, WA including drums, bass, trombone, clarinet, lead guitar and much much more! David has produced over a dozen instrumental recordings over the last 20 years, primarily on Celtic harp, but he revisits his roots here and boy, did he have fun!

Band members on this CD include Benjy & Heather Wertheimer,
Joe Euro, Randy Mead, Joe Breskin, Michael Mandrell, David Ritt, Robert Rushing, Robert Force, Buzz Rogowski, Forest Shomer, Dari Michael and many other guests.

VICTORY REVIEW: (August 2004

Purnima Productions, PPCD-1017)

After a dozen and a half albums exploring the limits of all things stringed and creating a fantastic fusion of Celtic harp and world music, Victory veteran David Michael serves up a surprise: a breezy vocal album of light jazz and blues. As the touching liner notes explain, it was time to celebrate his recent travels and marriage and acknowledge the joys and sorrows of past trips and trysts: hence the album's subtitle "Irreverent Songs of Love and Loss." Except for the ex that stuck him with her worldly goods ("Garage Sale Blues"), Michael seems to be on good terms with his old flames, and even the wistful observations illicit warm smiles.

What really makes the album a joy, a sunny aural afternoon in a hammock, is the music, which often references Central and South American excursions, especially his honeymoon in Mexico, but which returns each time to old time jazz. The tunes are swingy and saucy with crisp contributions from trombonist David Ritt and clarinetist Paul Becker. The musicianship throughout is absolutely impeccable and the new Mrs. Michael, Dari, is a beautiful singer whose backing vocals grace several tracks and who duets with David on the funny-if-it's-not-frightening "Plenty of Time".

This is a splendid album that opens up new avenues for one of the Northwest's most formidable talents. (Tom Petersen)



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