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Scattering Seeds on the Pomegranate Tour

by Mary Crowell

A mythic musical journey on a bluesy jazzing new album.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Coffee Cantata
2:31 $0.99
2. Fairest of Them All
4:09 $0.99
3. Patchwork Cliché
6:10 $0.99
4. He Asked Me
3:42 $0.99
5. Scattering Seeds on the Pomegranate Tour
4:57 $0.99
6. Courting My Muse
4:54 $0.99
7. Pandora's Box
3:30 $0.99
8. Goliards
4:23 $0.99
9. Jazz & Mai (Raven May Waltz)
5:18 $0.99
10. Remember Mister
3:52 $0.99
11. Meet Me at the Labyrinth Plinth
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12. October in July
5:15 $0.99
13. When You Go
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14. Coffee with a Friend
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mary Crowell says: These songs are sad, funny, and sexy, and they are mythic. We’ve always told stories to ourselves to help us understand why things happen. We write and we tell, and we rewrite and we retell, changing details as we reinvent ourselves and our societies. We keep the bones of our favorite stories.

“Scattering Seeds on the Pomegranate Tour” is the title track. In it, several mythological women have created a Girl Band, left their families, and now travel to make music together. This is a bit like the Hero’s Journey of Joseph Campbell.

“Courting My Muse” was supposed to be the title track of my first solo album, Courting My Muse (2007). I was never entirely pleased with my arrangement at the time. Then I played it with Betsy Tinney and Amy McNally at Conflikt in 2011 and fell in love with the song all over again. I’m delighted it’s in this album. “Courting My Muse” is a flirtatious loving song about romancing one’s own inspiration—courting one’s creativity.

“Pandora’s Box” is just really dirty. It’s also an angry declaration that “’no’ means ‘no,’ A**hole!” This one is really fun to sing.

“Meet Me at the Labyrinth Plinth” was the result of a song prompt from the Soulwriters2 group. The Labyrinth Plinth is a bar that cranky Greek goddesses go to drink wine together.

“Fairest of Them All” s another cranky one. It’s about . . .wow. It’s about many things really. Apples, Jealousy, Sleep. But one of the themes is competition among women to be the fairest (whatever that may mean) and a bit about how messed up that is and how much it messes us up. It’s a cautionary tale. And . . . it won’t be enough caution.

I guess it’s time to stop shying away from the fact that one of the major themes of my new album is death and dying and how important it is to enjoy the moment—to fight for every second you have—to strive and hope to thrive.

“October in July” is a song about the hope of cooler weather in the midst of the July steam room that is Alabama. But the musical bridges comment on the need to appreciate every part of the year and understand the inevitability of dying and rotting.

“Remember Mister” is about appreciating your loved ones, gathering and remembering good experiences, and realizing that summer always comes back around. Reality is described in terms of painting.

“He Asked Me” is about how much it sucks to get older and how you worry about your loved ones—particularly your offspring and other people who depend on you and their ability to take care of themselves after you are gone. And you must fight these dark fears for yourself. For me, the only way to fight is by writing songs.

“When You Go” is not intentionally about death, but it is about bidding someone farewell. And perhaps you fear they aren’t leaving for the right reasons. (I was wrong about that.) This song was written for Gwen Knighton Raftery in 2004. I knew I would miss her and her stories and songs about fairytales and her wonderful wicked laugh—I would miss them so much when she moved across the ocean. And I do. Thank goodness for Skype!

I have four songs that are from worlds created by me, and one song from Seanan McGuire’s October Daye world.

“Coffee Cantata” is a happy celebratory advertising jingle inviting creative types into an establishment called the Coffee Cantata. This one is set in my D&D campaign world of MUSE. It mentions mooples, and I don’t explain what they are.

“Goliards” tells of the endless journey of a giant robot school full of teachers wandering a desolated world. It is set in MUSE too—perhaps far in its future.

“Patchwork Cliché” is a mad science murder ballad. My favorite quote about it was Seanan McGuire telling Tony Fabris at a filk circle, “That’s no metaphor. That’s a bone saw!”

“Coffee with a Friend” is my coffee with an elder god song. The plot creeps on you gradually as reality shifts from verse to verse. Seanan McGuire is going to be a gorgeous Shoggoth in a orange tentacular dress on one of the Kickstarter bookmarks!

Jazz and Mai (Raven May Waltz)” is inspired by Jazz and Mai, one of my favorite couples in Seanan McGuire's October Daye series. I love their relationship, and this song might be one they would dance to at a Beltane Ball.

This album grieves. It dreads grieving. It’s angry. It’s sad. It’s darkly humorous. It’s sexy. It meets me right where I am: worried about my parents and other loved ones, and fearing my own impending old age. The only thing you can really do when all your mortality crashes down upon your head at once is love your family and friends, try to be there for them, and make all the art you can. This album celebrates this. It rages against this.

And you can dance to it.

This is the second solo album I have recorded at Mystic Fig Studio with Jeff Bohnhoff. So much of the beauty of this album is due to him.

From my blog entry 'In praise of Jeff Bohnhoff,' "He is easy to communicate with, and I knew I wanted to work with him on my gaming album. Luckily for me, he agreed. Acolytes of the Machine & Other Gaming Stories was released to the world in 2012. I learned so much during the time we were recording that album. Those of you who have enjoyed my recordings on my Patreon page should know that I use Logic Pro to build those arrangements. I build them the way I do because I learned from watching Jeff make that program sing. He is Apple’s guru in Logic Pro and he makes the daily commute to Cupertino to lend them his expertise.

It took a few years before I could return to Mystic Fig Studios to record this album. Several musicians heard Acolytes of the Machine & Other Gaming Stories and rightly recognized that working with Jeff means getting to share your best art with the world. For example, Seanan McGuire, W. Scott Snyder, Betsy Tinney, Twotonic, and Char MacKay have all done albums or are currently working on albums with Jeff. I waited my turn and eventually got back in the sound booth."

You guys are in for a treat!

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