Dot Reiser | Paintbox #3

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Paintbox #3

by Dot Reiser

There is such a similarity between music production and painting, with one layering sound and the other--paint. The Paintbox series creates landscapes of many subjects, not for the eye, but for the ear. I hope you enjoy this series.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unpluggin'
3:42 $0.99
2. Lyricist in Love
2:51 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
I started writing "Unpluggin'" years ago, while dragging my boys away from computer games for a hike in the woods. "Get outside!" I said. "Climb a tree! Don't come back in till you're bleeding!" Oh, and cellphones? Off.

It’s the getaway I was looking for in this song, dipping into a “paintbox” full of driving piano, drums, screaming saxophone, groovy guitar, and authoritative bass. A Beach Boys vibe colors the middle section of the song, dreamily transporting us to nature’s sublime sun, grassy ground, and wide sky.

Huge thanks to Quinn Music Studio for making this happen, and bringing in the best live musicians in town: Joe Grieco, on piano, Tommy Fortin on drums, Bob Straub on saxophone, and Jon Quinn on guitar, bass and all aspects of production.

Let’s get away and plug IN to “Unplugging’”, but first….turn off your cell phone!

Dot Reiser

Verse 1:
I’m unpluggin
I’m tired of everybody keepin tabs on me
I’m unpluggin
Gonna get some huggin from the birds and the bees
sorry if you cannot find me
I feel a little lost myself
but with the blue blazed trail to guide me, well
I don’t need no help from a satellite cell

Let’s get lost! Let’s get lost!
Cause it’s the only way we may be found

Verse 2:
I’m undoing the laces of these pretty little city shoes
I’m unpursuing the race to the place I gotta pay my dues
counting all my pretty pennies cause I never even made a dime
if success is measured in dollars and cents
I’d trade a lifetime measured in stand-still time


Face in the sun
Toes touch the grassy ground
Hands reachin wide
I’m found!
Yeah I’m found


Verse 3:
What’s that a buzzin?
It couldnt be my cellphone cause I left that behind
A happy hummin
‘s’gotta be a comin from a creature divine
He’s got a little lesson for me
‘bout stickin my nose in a flower
Breathin in a scent so lovely
he says, “there’s nothin better than this world of ours!”

Chorus and Outro

Lyricist in Love
This song holds two love stories in one, really. First, it’s a love story about a songwriter, who adeptly incorporates all of the literary devices she has at her disposal to express affection for her beloved. The second love story is a reunion: my personal reunion with a long forgotten love: Jazz. Jazz is the "paint" chosen from the “paintbox” of this song, with Joe Grieco on keys, Jon Quinn on trumpet, guitar and bass, and Quinn Music production.
This Lyricist would love for you to listen and love, "Lyricist in Love".

Lyricist in Love
Dot Reiser

Verse 1:
You’re the frosting on my cake
You’re the twinkle in my star
You’re the yin my weary yang is yearning for
You’re my darling metaphor

Verse 2:
I’m like a moth unto your flame
and like a crystal, it’s so clear
that I’m as busy as a bee to make you see
you’re such a lovely simile

I oughtta onomatopaoia
You make my heart go pitter-pat
a little light alliteration
you’ve got me jumpin for joy slipping sideways into sweet surrender

Verse 3:
You know our love was meant to be
and we will stand the test of time
because our love will find a way, so they say
You’re an incredible cliche


Verse 3: repeat

youre an incredible cliche
youre a superior cliche
youre a spectacular cliche



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