Jeff Callahan | Empty Swings

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Empty Swings

by Jeff Callahan

Layered aromas of love and madness are followed by flavors of sin, bliss and addiction filling the whole palate with haunting, surrealistic poetry and jazz fusion
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Slide, Slide, Slide
1:19 $0.99
2. Rejoice
1:23 $0.99
3. Blue Pendulums
2:08 $0.99
4. Lion Postures
1:23 $0.99
5. Fling Wide the Gates
1:10 $0.99
6. Sweet Dreams Earth
1:50 $0.99
7. Twilight Tapestries
4:48 $0.99
8. I, My Magdalene and Mescal
0:40 $0.99
9. Private Collection of Madness
1:00 $0.99
10. Gardens of Your Spring
1:36 $0.99
11. Hands of Time
1:04 $0.99
12. Smidgens of Sin
1:24 $0.99
13. Evening's Skeleton
1:03 $0.99
14. Wishing Well
0:53 $0.99
15. A Sigh and A Shrug
1:20 $0.99
16. The Sky of Sleep
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Album Notes
Jeff Callahan - Vocals
B.D. Lenz - Guitar
Kathy Phillips - Vocals
Geoff Mattoon - Saxophone
James Rosocha - Electric bass
Dave Edwards - Upright bass
Tom Cottone - Drums
Joe Mekler - Percussion
Daniel Mintseris - Piano

All selections written, read and produced by Jeff Callahan
Accompanying music by B.D. Lenz and readings by Kathy Phillips
Engineered by Dave Edwards

All proceeds from the sales of Empty Swings will be donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a unique foundation that evolved from a young cancer patient's front yard lemonade stand to a nationwide fund-raising movement to find a cure for childhood cancer. Since Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004) set up her front yard stand at the age of four, more than $18 million has been raised towards fulfilling her dream of finding a cure for all children with cancer.



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Wonderful Spoken Word Poetry complemented by Jazz Fusion music
Bringing poetry to life, "Empty Swings," creatively composed by Jeff Callahan brilliantly blends spoken word with Jazz Fusion. Each track features Callahan verbalizing life and nature with a voice that is soft and gentle. Callahan paints pictures with lyrics like "...wildly rummaging through button-down clouds and in pot bellied raindrops smothering the haunted beating of your nightstand clock" on the track "Sweet Dreams Earth." Even though the album is focused around the spoken poems, the instrumental background deserves credit as the cast of musicians deftly perform with emotive tonality. For instance, listen as the sweet and tender electric piano and soulful saxophone cascade around the poetic words on “Slide, Slide, Slide.” "Empty Swings" gives a listener great imagery with its poetic words and is complemented by wonderful music making it an album well worth having.