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The Grand Design

by Greg Tamblyn

Hilarious / heartfelt double CD. Disc 1 features songs about atoms, life, the mysteries of the universe, the inter-connectedness of all things. Disc 2 is funny, intelligent, acoustic, live musical humor from Greg's comedy concerts.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. All These Atoms
4:23 $0.99
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2. Holy Now
5:34 $0.99
3. The Grand Design
4:23 $0.99
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4. Call The Lamas!
3:34 $0.99
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5. I Wish
4:21 $0.99
6. Writer's Block (The Long-Term Pos. and Neg. Effects of Worry)
3:38 $0.99
7. Still Finding My Way
3:39 $0.99
8. Dolphin Therapy
5:12 $0.99
9. I Know Who I Am
4:28 $0.99
10. When Carl Sagan Died
3:44 $0.99
11. My Family
4:21 $0.99
12. Writer's Block (live version)
3:49 $0.99
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13. The Great Liver Standoff of 1965
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14. Control Issues
1:44 $0.99
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15. Railroad Bill
3:51 $0.99
16. Top 10 Whiny Victim Love Songs
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17. I'd Like To Be The Man My Dog Thinks I Am
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18. I Thought I Would Miss Her
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19. Proctor and Johnson's Pills
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20. Little Mouth Blues
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21. A Few Words About Dying More Than Once
1:50 $0.99
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22. Near Death Experience
3:56 $0.99
23. Dr. Jerko
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24. Type A-Ness (Duet with Dr. Jerko)
3:47 $0.99
25. My Ride Home From Neptune
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE, magic is made on a planetary scale...

EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE, the sky opens, manna falls from the heavens, lions lie down with lambs, rain comes to the fields, the sun shines warmly on all, parents gather their children, and activity slows to a stop, as people listen to the faint but unmistakably beautiful sounds of harmony on the wind, coming ever closer...

EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE, a collection of music comes along that has an effect on people far beyond what was imagined...

OKAY, maybe this isn't one of those times. But here's a double CD that helps you celebrate the best in yourself and laugh at the rest of yourself...

**** NOTE: Listener reviews at bottom of page. ****

"If you're expecting funny, you've come to the right place....Tamblyn's combination of penetrating wit, shrewd insight, deftness with words, amiable stage presence, and dry delivery makes this the funniest, most laugh out loud musical humor I've heard..."
--John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music

"Oh my, thanks for the music. You probably hear from a lot of folks what I'm about to say. "Grand Design" is absolutely haunting! I have certainly played it 50 times since we recorded the show...probably more. It is such a perfect metaphor for life. It's so very well done, with such great instrumentation...."
-- Bob Keeton, Living Successfully Radio, Santa Fe, NM

"Tamblyn's timing would be the envy of many a standup comedian. He has a knack for a well-turned phrase or a sly and painful pun, and isn't afraid to show off an optimism rare in observational humor. And he has an excellent partner, not in his occasional vocal allies, but in his guitar. It strums along or interjects notes of disbelief or amazement, sometimes acting as a melodic straight man and sometimes as the wacky sidekick."
--Sarah Meador, Rambles.net


BIO
by Pam Grout

When you consider that most of the songs from Nashville are about broken hearts, shattered dreams, and mamas getting run over by pickups, it's no surprise that songwriter Greg Tamblyn finally found a new niche.

Tamblyn is much too successful to sing the country-western blues. He's just released his 6th CD, he's playing concerts all over the country, and he's even a sought after entertainer at health and wellness seminars.

He also leads tours to exotic destinations like China and Peru. (For details, email him at left.)

Tamblyn left his hometown Kansas City in 1986, stifled by a lack of opportunities. Oh sure, he was playing local bars, and he'd been rated "Best Male Vocalist in Kansas City" by a local newspaper. He'd even sold a couple of songs to a country singer from the Philippines. But the lure of Nashville was too great. Eventually, he landed a writing job for a Nashville song publisher.

Along with having his songs recorded by country artists, Tamblyn successfully released his own single, "It's Another Joyful Elvis Presley Christmas." It caught the attention of radio stations and reviewers around the country, and was named "Christmas Single of the Year" in Cashbox magazine.

Then the Cayman Islands Hyatt offered him a gig. Remember that pool bar that Gene Hackman sat near in The Firm? The singer in the background could have been Tamblyn. Except by that time, he'd left, burned out by tourists wanting to hear "Margaritaville" for the 896th time. He wanted to sing his own songs.

Soon after that he was asked to play a wellness conference at Duke University Medical Center. With songs like "The Shootout at the I'm OK, You're Ok Corral," and "My Life is a Beer Commercial," he was a smash hit, and a new career was born.

The brochure for the conference listed Tamblyn as a member of the seminar's faculty. Where initials such as M.D. and Ph.D. followed the other presenter's names, the listing for Tamblyn was followed by N.C.W., which stands for "No Credentials Whatsoever."

With humorous songs about inner guides named Clyde and environmental slowpokes who think the greenhouse effect means crummy tomatoes, Tamblyn has found a huge audience. In addition to his public concerts, he's played for groups as diverse as the Department of Defense and the American Holistic Medical Association.

Stories from his life and songwriting have been featured in several recent books, including "Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backwards," by Brian Luke Seaward; "Shelter For The Spirit," by Victoria Moran; and "Art and Soul," by Pam Grout.

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William Zins

The Grand Design
The song, Holy Now, fits our philosopy perfectly; EVERYBODY, EVERYTHING IS HOLY
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Blogging Poet, aka Billy Jones

This guy is a blast!
Call him Country, call him Folk, call him Blues, call Greg Tamblyn anything you like but call him funny and you’ll be dead on target.

Greg Tamblyn knows how to entertain an audience. From his parodies of popular love songs to “Proctor and Johnson’s internal odor pills make the gas you pass smell just like flowers... I could be one of those guy’s who’s so darn cool his do-do smells like flowers...” this guy is a blast.

Then there’s Railroad Bill, a song about a railroad hero or a song about writing songs, I’m not sure, but you’re sure to laugh until you wet your pants. And you know what? There’s not a single song in the Grand Design double CD. that your children can’t listen to.

And if you’re a writer worried about writer’s block, well Greg has the cure for that as well. You’ll laugh at yourself for ever thinking you had writer’s block.

Then there’s Near Death Experience-- the story of almost getting caught by your wife while with another woman, not your usual cheating song, nor your usual near death experience “...I looked up and saw my wife pass right before my eyes...”

There’s also the visit from Doctor Jerko, AKA. Bowen White, the proctologist who does a duet with Greg as they do the song, Type A-Ness-- a “tribute” to Type A personalities everywhere.

Greg Tamblyn is an entertainer as funny as Ray Stevens and as talented as Mike Cross. Greg has another side as well. Have you ever thought about the fact that we are all made of the same atoms, that atoms never disappear and eventually end up a part of something or someone else? You see, Greg Tamblyn calls himself a new age kind of guy and the music from the first CD in the collection is as good for the heart as the laughs you’ll get from the second CD.
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Blogging Poet, aka Billy Jones

This guy is a blast!
Call him Country, call him Folk, call him Blues, call Greg Tamblyn anything you like but call him funny and you’ll be dead on target.

Greg Tamblyn knows how to entertain an audience. From his parodies of popular love songs to “Proctor and Johnson’s internal odor pills make the gas you pass smell just like flowers... I could be one of those guy’s who’s so darn cool his do-do smells like flowers...” this guy is a blast.

Then there’s Railroad Bill, a song about a railroad hero or a song about writing songs, I’m not sure, but you’re sure to laugh until you wet your pants. And you know what? There’s not a single song in the Grand Design double CD. that your children can’t listen to.

And if you’re a writer worried about writer’s block, well Greg has the cure for that as well. You’ll laugh at yourself for ever thinking you had writer’s block.

Then there’s Near Death Experience-- the story of almost getting caught by your wife while with another woman, not your usual cheating song, nor your usual near death experience “...I looked up and saw my wife pass right before my eyes...”

There’s also the visit from Doctor Jerko, AKA. Bowen White, the proctologist who does a duet with Greg as they do the song, Type A-Ness-- a “tribute” to Type A personalities everywhere.

Greg Tamblyn is an entertainer as funny as Ray Stevens and as talented as Mike Cross. Greg has another side as well. Have you ever thought about the fact that we are all made of the same atoms, that atoms never disappear and eventually end up a part of something or someone else? You see, Greg Tamblyn calls himself a new age kind of guy and the music from the first CD in the collection is as good for the heart as the laughs you’ll get from the second CD.
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Don

Blessings through music
Listening to each song on the CD produced peaceful inner fealings that were rarely experienced through listening to songs routinely played on the radio. Words of hope and reminders of being connected to all are much needed in the special planet we call home during this life time. Definately more soothing to the heart and soul than most other things I;m aware of.
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Brie Noble-Mark

INSPIRING and REAL
This album gave a delicious taste of both his refined studio performance and the raw live performance. I felt totally satiated hearing all the songs-- like I'd had my share of sweet and salty. The live performance audio was of surprisingly high quality and enjoyable to listen to. The silly songs were SO hilarious. The unsilly songs were moving and so original and honest. Wow. Wow. Wow.

The Writer's Block song was an epiphenal experience for me as I heard all the self-judgements I've made about myself self-judging myself.
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BookCrazy Radio Network

Greg is wonderfully talented and fun!
I have listened to the Grand Design at least 30 times since receiving it a week ago. If this copy wears out I will order another.
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Rev. Bobrie Grace

Greg's music reflects all that is real, holy and silly in this world.
Greg's music reflects all that is real, holy and silly in this world. I am at once rooted in love and lifted to joy. His music is authentic and makes my heart sing and my feet jiggle.
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Martha Hildreth

Complimentary + constructive criticism of sorts
This CD reflects Greg's sensitivity and
unique observations and good humor. It
is easy to listen to his poetry again
and again. I notice that some tunes
are a little too similar to others, but
that's OK cuz I like them! I appreciate
the positive, uplifting nature of the
music.
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Ro Clarke

Simply beautiful, beautifully simple.
Simply beautiful, beautifully simple. Greg's music always seems to represent a slice of just about everyone's life. The Grand Design is clearly part of The Master's Plan. Thanks, Greg, for once again making the connection...
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Dianne

How fun
How fun to see our common experiences expressed in uncommon cleverness. Thanks Greg. Loved it.
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