Greg Greenway | 20,000 Versions of the Sun

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20,000 Versions of the Sun

by Greg Greenway

Unique, literate songwriting, sung passionately on a palette of piano, guitar, and fantastic harmonies that goes from pop to folk to gospel to hip hop.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Can't Get out of My Own Way
2:47 $0.99
2. Solamente
4:25 $0.99
3. Never Say Never
2:54 $0.99
4. All This Time
3:29 $0.99
5. Good Morning
4:35 $0.99
6. The Skin I'm In
5:32 $0.99
7. Letting Go
3:58 $0.99
8. The Good Man
4:07 $0.99
9. Come Home, Little Baby, Come Home
4:38 $0.99
10. Lazy Morning
3:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
David Wilcox said, "Here is a CD you can put on repeat and it spirals deeper and higher each time
around. Great production and a voice that you trust like a good friend. The songs will welcome you
back to life..."

Sonny Ochs said, "Having watched Greg Greenway's musical growth through many years, I can
say that his new CD, 20,000 Versions of the Sun, shows that if you work long and hard enough,
you can accomplish wonderful things. The songs are thoughtful, beautiful, and tastefully produced
with amazing harmonies. It is a work of art to be listened to over and over. Thank you, Greg!"

John Platt (WFUV in NYC) said, "Even as Brother Sun gets much-deserved attention, we shouldn't
overlook the individual talents of its members. Greg Greenway's new album is proof positive of his
songwriting skill and open heart."

20,000 Versions of the Sun is Greg Greenway’s journey come to life - born in Richmond, VA, moving
to the fantastic musical melting pot of Boston, traveling all over to change and be changed.
The title is derived from a rough estimation of the number of days he’d been alive and conscious
of the streams of history large and smal that have shaped him. It is also referential to one of his
favorite novels, 100 Years of Solitude, by Columbian writer Gabriel García Márquez, who shows
up in the second song. Family, birth, death, Race, and even afterglow, find their way into these
beautifully musical tracks. It is the work of a mature artist with a well chosen, diverse pallet - every
stroke lush with love and life.

Boston based, this is Greg Greenway’s 8th solo CD - his first since being a founding member
of Brother Sun. He’s played Carnegie Hall, he's been on Car Talk, All Things Considered, &
Mountain Stage.

The songs were born on piano, guitar, and ukulele, and as you'll find - nothing is predictable.
Greg plays his '73 Martin D-28 in C9 tuning, and is reknown for his lush chords and beautiful
guitar arrangements. The ukulele is not strummed, but finger picked in a transformative way.
The piano is Greg's third instrument, but the first one you'll hear. It's a love affair between artist
and instrument.

These songs were beautifully supported and transformed by Reggie Harris, Tom Prasada-Rao, and
Stephanie Corby as the choir. John Ragusa (of Mulebone) on trumpet and the inimitable Eric Lee
(Falcon Ridge House Band) on violin were the punctuation. Fabio Pirozzolo on percussion, Matt
Scarano on drums, and Chico Huff were the spine and the plate tectonics.

Here's what David Wilcox had to say:

Dave’s opinion of Greg’s fantastic new CD (Dave's words)

...Here is what I heard in these songs:

Can’t Get Out of My Own Way.
This song is a bright welcome, an irrefutable idea, and a powerful place to start this song circle. Some advice from a wise grandmother comes to us with a sense of humor and forgiveness. Those bass notes keep climbing to get a purchase on the tricky slope, and then quickly fall back - just like our resolve to be our best selves.

This song takes up the challenge of the last song and shows us one good way to get out of our own way. We hear an imagined conversation with a novel writer who lived his one life very well. Written on the Ukulele, this song brings a fresh voice to that instrument: intricate fingerpicking rather than a strum. Sure it’s easy to imagine that our heroes never doubt their worth, but even the famous novelist would enjoy seeing his life from this point of view.

Never Say Never
Ah, yes, here’s the anthem for the crowd when injustice brings us out of our homes to gather in the street to demonstrate for a much needed change. See the arc of history manifested as the Edmond Pettus Bridge right under your feet. This song is classic Greg in the best way.

All This Time
This song meets us when we are newly alone and time is suddenly very slow and full of nothing but emptiness. There is forgiveness, but the waves of heartbreak you can even hear in the instrumental. Luckily, in the beautiful arrangement of harmony, we are given kind company and a voice of mercy to sooth the ache.

Good Morning
Here’s a wake-up. A song about the choice we have to awaken from our old ways of thinking. We may seem stuck forever, but as soon as we can think differently, our possibilities change. The words contain this elusive lesson, but even the music reflects how our reality changes when we change our way seeing: the rhythm is perfectly balanced between two ways of feeling the beat: It can feel like a waltz when the percussion comes in, but even then you have a choice. It can change depending on how you think of it. You can hold to it being in 4/4 time and it could feel unchanged, but there remains a dancing invitation to feel it differently. I love how the music works to reinforce the message of the words.

The Skin I’m In
This song is big. What I hear is a conversation Greg is having with his ancestors, but it also echoes a conversation that has remained unspoken for too long in our country. I imagine this song may also be looking at a bridge and a river - and the arc of history as it bends towards justice, but this time the camera is way up above the crowd and it shows us the big view - as if it’s the opening shot of a movie. Those human beings down there look so small. Why do they suffer? Ah, you can see it from up above. There is one big obstacle that keeps them from progressing into their bright future, and that obstacle is behind them. Strange that it could it block their path if it is behind them. But from up here, older generations might wish that their descendants could walk toward the future unencumbered by history.

Letting Go
In the last song, Greg was wishing he could wash his hands of ancestors and walk away, but now in this song he walks us back inside the complex love for family and the ties that bind. How can a life that was so unique and so real suddenly be so completely gone? Mom’s chair is empty. On the piano, Greg plays one note that hovers persistently in the home chord, and that note happens to be the most dissonant note in this key of all the 12 tones. Of course it makes the song beautiful, and by the time the trumpet arrives on that same strange note at the very end, it seems like the only right note to play.

The Good Man
I want to remember the subtle idea that is woven into this song. It’s the antidote to the common hopelessness that one small person can never change the big world. This song says that no love is wasted and that somehow the thousands of brave kindnesses of an ordinary life do actually change the world. It’s a whole different way to do the accounting of a humble life. With this song playing in my head, I would know that there is a wake we each leave behind that sends ripples from shore to shore all the way across this river of life. That’s an idea that has the power to help me “Get out of my own way.” Thanks Greg.

Little Baby
For the last waltz, here is a happy clever song to welcome a new life to the planet. A chance to notice the sweetness of life, with a smile to the ancestors about all the troubles that the next generation will inherit from us. Of all the events that a human life can hold, bringing a child into the world is a big one. There is a new life to shape, right there in your arms. Great possibilities. We are unqualified for the job of course, and yet we will just have to do. Here is tiny vulnerable helplessness - and huge powerful hope - looking right back at you.

Lazy Morning
A sacred sexy song of carnal bliss! Played on a Ukulele! Ahh. The perfect way to follow the last song. The melody is written like a dixieland classic, but the words are revealingly close and respectfully sensuous. No big ideas about changing the world in this song. Love is definitely big enough to change the world.
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Cathy Marczyk

A must-have CD!
20,000 Versions of the Sun covers everything that can happen in a lifetime. There are songs about birth and death, endings and beginnings, gratitude and love in the grandest sense. The music is stunning and surprising. You will be immersed in this emotional voyage of self discovery and come out the other side with a new appreciation for everything. A masterpiece from start to finish.