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The Graying of the Temples

by Jack Grady O'Neil & Ancestral Water

An Americana Folk approach with use of stringed instruments, violin and piano with passionate vocals and harmonies that tell the stories of my loves and life here in California and the US with a full use of descriptive and poetic images.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Timeless Brother
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3:26 $0.99
2. Fly, Slide, I
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4:34 $0.99
3. In the Twinkling
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3:45 $0.99
4. Tipitina Tear
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4:39 $0.99
5. Greyhound One Time
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5:24 $0.99
6. Everybody! Everything!
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3:46 $0.99
7. The Nesting Tree
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3:06 $0.99
8. Let the Fire Fall
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4:51 $0.99
9. Tragic Desperation
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4:38 $0.99
10. The Graying of the Temples
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3:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
The album "The Graying of the Temples" by Jack Grady O'Neil & Ancestral Water is collection of 10 songs written by Jack over his lifetime. All 10 songs offer a specific look at a moment or a couple of moments in his life. They are written with the understanding that he wants his songs to be understood and warmly felt.

The songs begin with "Timeless Brother", a look at Jack's childhood including his friendship with Tom Pehrson while in grade school in San Mateo, CA. The image of his elbow dislocation and the tears on the eyes of the girls he grew up with offer a moment of clarity in his young life. A story of camping and hiking out on Humboldt County's "Lost Coast ages to the images of his children playing Hardcore Punk music at both the Danville Grange and the Gilman in Berkeley.

"Fly, Slide, I" is a song set to the adventure of skiing on the crest of Heavenly Peak near Lake Tahoe. The grand view of the Lake and to the east, the Carson Valley, one in winter and one in early Spring lead to a comparison of 2 woman currently of interest. Both consummated but suspect and uncommitted romance. Still there a hope for intimacy and romantic love in his life. It presents a credo and a method to follow in life but concludes with a commitment to his quest. Dedicated to the 2 gals and Kevin O'Rourke, the laziest white-man alive and my ski partner that day.

"In the Twinkling" is a memorial song. Written originally in 1974 about Laura Wilson, a vibrant, intelligent, dedicated and and respectful red haired female friend of my girlfriend, Alice Lonczak. A real loss. The evening started with a yung crowd of friends watching live Rock'n'Roll at the Shire Road Pub, way out in old town Fair Oaks, California and ending in a fateful car wreck. Yes, sobriety was an issue. Created a mutual emotional response of sadness and anger, where unchecked grief can go. The first 2 verses were rewritten, in the late 90's about Geri Catlin, also a fine human and neighbor.

"Tipitina Tear" begins with me, seated on a chair with the view that I had of Mrs. Gagne's living room wall and the large air-brushed photo wedding photo of Carla, several years after my romantic friendship with her daughter, a story that I hope I faithfully describe. Dedicated to Vince and McQuestion and Kurt Bottjer for all the times I lifted Dixie Beers with them while watching the Neville Bros. Band. The song's final verse was written a few years after the beginning lyrics were and congers up a devastated New Orleans after the Katrina Hurricane Disaster.

In this true 3rd person song, the Greyhound Bus Company plays a key roll in "Greyhound, One Time". The characters include Grinning Man, who leaves Redding, CA on a Greyhound for Sacramento one evening during the Bicentennial Year of 1976. He leaves his lady, with Another Man name, and heads to the city where Anxious Man and Childhood Friend await his arrival. The song is full of the excitement of the moment and a call for musicianship.

"Everybody! Everything!" is an anxious look at life and it's enormity. The madness of the urban/suburban/rural existence we allow and create and tolerate. Images of my neighbor's house party breaking up, to the image of my cousin, Chuck Skewis, playing his alto ukulele in our garage on Fernwood Street in 1962, and then finally amplified rock'n'roll music against the back of the Oakland Coliseum at an A's game. Within these images we hold out for the perfection that is playing music.

"The Nesting Tree" refers to the old Eucalyptus Grove in the Eichlers of Rancho San Miguel in Walnut Creek. The trees predate the neighborhood and were planted by someone from the Bancroft Ranch as there were farm sheds and out buildings on this southwestern corner of the Bancroft property. It's about me and my wife, Nancy, raising our kids in a house just east of the grove. The birds who nested in these trees, both Turkey Vultures and then Hawks, have now left.

"Let the Fire Fall" is a combination of 2 stories. One from my Dad and one from a former coworker. My dad embellished the old Miwok Indian Tribe legend about the custom of pushing burning coals off of Granite Peak in Yosemite. He told me they were mating symbols from a suitor to his hopeful maiden. The second story is one from a former U of Florida Gator, Mr. BillSupinski, who talked about last-minute-late-night runs from the city of Gainesville to the Cape Kennedy / Canaveral to see the Apollo Lift-off at dawn. I dedicate this to my sister because she lived both of these stories, I only the first.

"Tragic Desperation" was a song I wrote after I heard about a young man who went to high school with my kids at Northgate, He was bright and handsome and principled, but apparently very troubled. I was trying to process his self-determination when I wrote this song. Unfortunately, their was a few years later, another bright and beautiful person, a young woman who also took her young life.

"The Graying of the Temples", a gospel style song, is a summation and reflection of life to this point. Written while driving through the vast mustard fields of Saskatchewan, referencing first the 4 compass points, the 4 elements and finally 4 of the 5 senses with vague references to the presidential campaign of 2008 and the quality of hope required to navigate through the world.

Here are Ancestral Water Band's biographies:

Jack Grady O'Neil: vocals, acoustic 6-string guitar, 6-string banjo and mandola

Jack and band mate Tom Pehrson grew up together in San Mateo, CA and were band mates as children in school. Jack began as a drummer; his grandmother’s gift of a 1963 Ludwig kit got him going. Jack drummed in rock bands until he switched to guitar and folk music in high school. Songwriting began early and gradually, and now holds an important spot in his credentials. Using originals, he and Bryan Daley worked for 2 years on his first CD, Ancestral Water, which inspired the formation of the band. His 2nd CD, The Graying of the Temples, is a band endeavor released on October 27, 2014.

Heidi Raine: violin and vocals

Heidi was raised on a diet of Suzuki and classical music until, as a teenager, she rebelled. After a 30 year hiatus, she picked up her violin again and since 2010, has been studying with Bay Area fiddler extraordinaire, Chad Manning, who is helping her navigate into the deep dark forests of old-time, bluegrass, jazz, improv and swing. Heidi loves to sing, but her children prefer that she doesn't. She's very excited to be playing her new John Jordan Electric Violin with the band.

Gerald Turetzky: drums and vocals

Gerald Turetzky comes from a long line of Musicians and started drumming at age 5. He studied Music at San Diego State University and started touring and recording with Trowsers and Borracho y Loco opening up for Ziggy Marley, Third World and Steel Pulse to name a few. Gerald loves all kinds of music and Gerald likes to play fast...

Bill Speckart bass

Bill’s transcontinental musical journey began in Germany with a guitar his parents brought home from a holiday in Spain. He joined his first band in Frankfurt and continued playing music wherever fortuity led – be it Lebanon, Singapore or California. In Beirut he was part of the 60’s music scene that included Stewart Copeland, who went on to form The Police. During his years in Singapore, he played guitar in the band Gwailo, a group of expats that achieved critical acclaim for their Asian-inspired fusion CD entitled “Gecko Sushi.” Back in the US, he picked up the bass again to return to his Americana roots.

Bryan Daley acoustic/electric 6/12-string guitar, vocals

Bryan started his non-professional music career at age 9 when Santa delivered him a drum set. He really wanted a guitar so he waited until the Beatles arrived (age 12), and was soon developing G.A.S. (Guitar acquisition syndrome). He joined his first band while in the 8th grade. Wanting to capture his bands performances, he started recording in 1973 when only a 4 track was obtainable. Soon evolving to 8 tracks, he met Jack and recorded the demo tape for his then current band. The first Ancestral Water CD was completed in 2009. Now after 48 tracks he and Jack O'Neil are currently putting finishing touches to the new CD “The Graying of the Temples”.

Tom Pehrson: mandolin, electric slide and resophonic guitar

Centered in Northern California all his life, Tom began playing lap steel Hawaiian style guitar at age 7 eventually migrated to mandolin and Spanish guitar. A fan of all music - he especially likes playing old timey, bluegrass and "dawg" music.



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