E.G. Phillips | Fish from the Sky

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Fish from the Sky

by E.G. Phillips

Lyrical and catchy, this eclectic sonic menagerie consists of some of the most enduring and well received songs in the repertoire of this San Francisco based songwriter.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tall Girls in Love
2:24 $0.99
2. Sett'n My Own Pace
2:54 $0.99
3. The Richmond Line
2:26 $0.99
4. Sunday Is Made for Loving
2:42 $0.99
5. I Need a Sugar Mama
2:33 $0.99
6. Girls Who Don't Get the City
2:38 $0.99
7. The Mystery and Milieu of You
3:51 $0.99
8. The Fish Song
2:31 $0.99
9. Lover for a Day
1:43 $0.99
10. The Light in Sylvia's Window
2:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is collection of songs that has been with me for a very long time. Although this is the first time I’m committing songs to a formal release, I’ve been writing music for years. There are some relative newbies that made the cut for this debut album, but for the most part I’ve had some version of these floating around for the better part of a decade or more. Although I’ve performed a bit at some venues in the more distant past, it’s only comparatively recently that I’ve gotten myself out onto the stage at open mics around the Bay Area on a regular basis, even being the featured act at some and the “Songwriter in Residence” at Bazaar cafe.

These are songs from those earliest performances to the present that have gotten some of the most positive reactions from audiences or are just sentimental chestnuts that have endured for one reason or another. “The Richmond Line” was a favorite of one of my old co-workers as well as Clyde Always, host of the open mic at Cafe International. “I Need a Sugar Mama” has always gotten a good laugh and even gets requests. Maya Hall, another San Francisco singer-songwriter, who has graced this album with her vocals, has expressed a great deal of affection for “Mystery and Milieu.” Then there’s “The Fish Song” — which Naghmeh Shaf has taken to and has covered on more than one occasion even since she’s gone back to Montreal.

It’s sort of odd to have them all in one collection now — for the most part they don’t really belong together at all, in my own opinion. Well, except for a few particular cases. It feels a bit like someone’s rifled through a treasure chest of memories that had already gotten shaken up and spilled on the floor. Strangely enough, I do feel particular about the listening order, although that too is quite removed from the order they were originally written in.

I have to take the word of my producer, Ryan Clark, that there’s some cohesion to the whole thing. Ryan’s one of that breed of guerrilla recording engineer who operates out of the second bedroom of his home (or anywhere that happens to be convenient, actually) — a sort of speak easy recording studio as it were. Talented and meticulous (and in love with his equipment in all its facets), Ryan’s been the one with the patience to help me realize this initial album and bring it to fruition — my odd sense of timing not withstanding. It’s been a bit surreal to take a break and hang out in Ryan’s kitchen where he’ll be humming or singing one of these songs we were just working as he brews us some more coffee. He insists they’re quite catchy.

It will be clear that my musical influences and tastes are many and varied, though my soft spot for mid sixties rock is no doubt in evidence. And I do love my word play. Bay Area residents will no doubt recognize how much San Francisco and its environs have become embedded in the lyrics of some of these pieces — some of it may sound like nonsense to the uninitiated — but pretty nonsense, nonetheless. Some of the songs already show their age — with the 38 Geary Limited bus line having already (inexplicably) been rechristened as the 38 Geary Rapid by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ( much to my consternation, it doesn’t work if I try an augment the lyrics to be up to date). Still, I think you’ll enjoy these little ditties of mine and find yourself wanting to spend some time with them, maybe on a ferry trip to Angel Island should you find yourself out this way — or just as part of your own daily commute, which you no doubt can also recite chapter, line and verse.

- E.G. Phillips



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