Jeff McMullen | Square One (Deluxe Edition)

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Square One (Deluxe Edition)

by Jeff McMullen

Music is about connecting with people, not just trying to impress. These are songs from my heart to yours. ~Jeff
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Lick and a Promise
4:03 $1.99
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2. That's Not a Song
3:00 $1.99
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3. I Can't Touch, I Can Feel
6:25 $1.99
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4. Sugarcoats & Kid Gloves
3:09 $1.99
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5. The Ghost Writer
4:04 $1.99
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6. Yellow Rose
4:27 $1.99
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7. Lay You Down
4:14 $1.99
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8. The Unmailed Letter
5:07 $1.99
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9. Man of God
6:34 $1.99
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10. In Company with Isolation
3:09 $1.99
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11. The Sociopath
5:29 $1.99
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12. Letters Home
6:02 $1.99
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13. Evidence
3:51 $1.99
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14. Oceans of the Dead
3:11 $1.99
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15. A Future for You & Me
2:43 $1.99
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16. My Requiem
5:03 $1.99
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17. Spaghetti
3:38 $1.99
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Album Notes
Artist’s Notes On SQUARE ONE

i. Lick And A Promise – This is without a doubt my most popular song. I wrote it when I was 19 getting ready to go on tour with Aristaya in 1989. I have to thank that band for making this song as popular as it became. This is my version of it… acoustic style. The song is based on my visit to Matamoros the previous year. That town on the border brought a lot of new understanding to my world. After a few shots of Tequila, you learn you should feel invincible when approaching how to live your life. That’s what makes it worth living. I don’t mean you should be reckless, just confident.
ii. That’s Not A Song – When I was in Nashville, the songs were all about being “cookie-cutter”. Meaning they should follow a formula for success. I guess in all that’s the underlying problem with Music City. I see writers continue this trend today, and it makes me sad. Music is about connecting, not impressing. Few writers get that, and I wrote this song to impress upon them that there is more to writing than just finding the right shape of cookie…
iii. I Can’t Touch, I Can Feel – This is as close to real as I can get in describing my depression cycle. I’m bipolar and there are times when I feel like a ghost. I can’t seem to affect people, but I feel their effects on me. And vice versa… Unfortunately, I drag the people I love most through the darkness with me. I hate that, but still, I need to be understood. That’s why I write. This song explains some of the imagery and delusion which bog me down. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy!
iv. Sugarcoats And Kid Gloves – I always think people will be offended by this song. But, every word is truth. Maybe they just don’t want to hear it. There are parents I want to strangle sometimes, because they just don’t listen to their kids. And their kids behave in ways that they were taught. It’s a vicious cycle. I am very proud of my two boys, and I guess if there were credit due me for being a great parent, I would just smile. You can’t take accolades for something you would have done anyway. Kids are extensions of ourselves, I’m quoting my wife. And it’s absolutely true. Treat them better, and they will grow up to thank you.
v. The Ghost Writer – Thoughtful song about a eulogy writer struggling for the right words. I mean, he has little to go on other than what little those grieving have to tell him about the deceased. Rough gig, I wouldn’t want it. Maybe there’s a simpler way of handling grief.
vi. Yellow Rose – This song refers directly to Lick and a Promise (Track 1). Aristaya had a reunion a couple years back and asked me to join them in Amarillo. There was quite a bit of interest in “Lick” in that town. Many residents and band fans had been moved by the subject matter. I will never forget how many lives I touched by that song, because I got to meet them in person. It was a humbling experience that brought me to tears. I had no idea roughly twenty years later that my words still meant so much to others. I made many new friends that trip, and I have to thank Aristaya again. And so, my town on the border (Matamoros) had moved to Amarillo (The Yellow Rose of Texas).
vii. Lay You Down – The song sounds like a relationship lost, but it’s really about burying someone close to you. Grief makes the most eloquent and beautiful art. Even though sad, there is much to learn about the human condition or “grit” when facing such hardship. I love to write about it.
viii. The Unmailed Letter – This song is about a relationship lost. It is one of my most beautiful melodies, in my humble opinion. I had written an actual letter and never mailed it. I said what I would have said if I could have had the face time. But, I had no address, and the words were never heard. Maybe they will be heard on this record…
ix. Man Of God – Often mistaken for a religious or Christian song, this song is more appropriately labeled a song about human compassion. It is truly a folk tune that tells a story of a fallen evangelist that has lost his way, and lost his faith. Don’t think there is no one in this world who can sympathize with your hardships. There is always someone worse off than you, somewhere. And that should never be forgotten…
x. In Company With Isolation – This is a reflection of a mood. I wrote feeling depressed, with my head resting on the piano fallboard. Banging it periodically. I originally had words for this, but it’s better as an instrumental. Utter down cycle, with nocturne style overtones.
xi. The Sociopath – Comparing a prisoner to someone depressed, I wrote this trying to describe a broken relationship I had. It bore a life of it’s own. I wanted to depict a released prisoner with Post Incarceration Syndrome who discovers the fate of another parolee. He began to miss his cell, where things were familiar. It’s very similar to depression, you have visions (usually while you’re awake), and they define you. You feel more comfortable in your prison. And getting out is not always what you expect or envision it to be…
xii. Letters Home – Hardest song I’ve ever written, I will never perform it live… it’s too personal. Being at war, there are maybes that will affect your life forever. As a dad, I don’t know how I would tell my son I’m not ever returning home. This is my attempt to address this would- be, maybe situation.
xiii. Evidence – I love my kids. There is the greatest of answered questions (why are we here?), and they are my answer.
xiv. Oceans Of The Dead – Easily my best poetic writing. I love this vignette about a mariner giving in to the sea. It’s based loosely on The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner.
xv. A Future For You & Me – A song about hope.
xvi. My Requiem – I want this played at my wake. It’s my pre-emptive strike at saying everything I need to say before I die. Mozart wrote his own requiem, so did I.
xvii. Spaghetti – So, this is my instrumental take on what the afterlife might sound like… an Italian Restaurant.

Thank you for purchasing this glimpse into my life. Hope you enjoy it for years to come…

Jeff

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