Mel Green | I'm Taking My Time

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I'm Taking My Time

by Mel Green

Mel Green's collection of original songs reflects his eclectic musical upbringing, and mixes genres and instrumentation in intriguing ways. “A terrific musical sense, an evocative sound, and a classic folk voice!”
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Old Flowers Die
3:29 $0.90
2. I'm Taking My Time
4:52 $0.90
3. Rosie's Singalong
4:01 $0.90
4. I'll Be Here
3:16 $0.90
5. Wake Up Sleepy
4:31 $0.90
6. Desperate Hands (Home)
4:48 $0.90
7. Always In-Between
4:02 $0.90
8. Twilight Mystery
5:18 $0.90
9. All This Time
4:46 $0.90
10. There's A Light On the Hill
3:37 $0.90
11. Thinking About Your Eyes
6:00 $0.90
12. God's Domain
4:21 $0.90
13. Shadows In the Hall
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Album Notes
Mel Green's "I'm Taking My Time" is a collection of personal and unique observations in song...

"Old Flowers DIe: by Mel Green The Scene... North Beach, Durban, South Africa. A young couple breaking up, observed by a wiser, older man resting, waiting to offer rides on his rickshaw. A friend of the boy awaits the outcome to give his advice.
Mel: vocal, acoustic guitars, hi-string guitar, electric guitar, concertina synth Andrew Sterman: soprano sax & flute solo Hector Hambides: tenor sax Paul Lee: bass guitar Eric Kilburn: mandolin, brushes Jim Mavor: bongos Chris Botelho: drums Sax arrangement adapted from an original guitar part by Edi Nederlander

"I’m Taking My Time" by Mel Green: I overheard... “I know where that button belongs” one morning over breakfast at a diner. I made a note and set it aside, until the muse beckoned after I had moved up to Gloucester during a pivotal time... a second chance at life, a realization that every day we have is precious and worth savoring.
Mel: vocal, acoustic guitars Andrew Sterman: flute Paul Lee: bass guitar Chris Botelho: drums

"Rosie's SIngalong: by Mel Green I’ve always wanted to write a song about the times of my childhood... this song came from an assignment at Bob Franke’s song writing clinics. The process stirred up many precious memories.
Mel: vocal, guitars, ukulele, “cello”bass Eric Luskin: bass guitar Chris Botelho: Drums Oen Kennedy: Whistle

"I’ll Be Here" by Mel Green Reconnecting with a dear friend after many years, led to many trans-Atlantic conversations,
and a rekindled friendship. This song reminds me of songs by the Animals and took on a distinctive 60s feel...
Mel: vocal, acoustic guitar, vocal harmony Eric Luskin: bass guitar Paul Lee: keyboards, electric guitar, tambourine Jesse Aron Green: vocal harmony

"Wake Up Sleepy" a co-write by Mel Green, George Pultz, Bob Littman
Only a dream... of a perfect family life... and a favorite audience singalong... go figure?

"Desperate Hands (Home)" by Mel Green My emigrant roots are much like many others, except for two stories... my great-great-grandfather who died in Rhode Island in the 1890s... and a 16th century ancestor who changed many laws to prevent bloodshed when his dying employer put him in charge of his Lithuanian kingdom for a day, until a worthy successor could be found. Dedicated to my grandparents who made that journey of emigration.
Mel: vocals, acoustic guitars, mandolin Eric Luskin: bass guitar Paul Lee: keyboards Hector Hambides: soprano sax & flute Jim Mavor: dumbek

"Always In-Between " by Mel Green About a relationship that went nowhere. I wonder how my kissing friend’s life turned out, and whether she eventually found lasting happiness.
Mel: vocals, acoustic guitars, lead guitar, mandolin, harmonica Eric Luskin: bass guitar Chris Botelho: drums

"Twilight Mystery"by Mel Green & Eric Luskin
 A little novella. Big city romance, or perhaps just a soap opera.
Mel: vocals, synth organ Eric Luskin: acoustic guitar, bass guitar Paul Lee: Organ Chris Botelho: drums

"All This Time" by Mel Green At last, our paths converged. This one is for my love.
Mel: vocal, acoustic guitars, ambient keyboard Eric Kilburn, bass guitar Jim Mavor: drums

"There’s a Light on the Hill" by Mel Green About the miracle of the lights of Chanukah and the fight for freedom against tyranny. A universal story of redemption.
Mel: vocal, harmonies, 6 &12-string acoustic guitars Bob Littman: mandolin George Pultz: guitar Eric Luskin: bass guitar Jim Mavor: drums

"I’m Thinking About Your Eyes" by Mel Green & George Pultz Moonbeams made magic as I drove home late from a band rehearsal on a cool summer night. I didn’t stop at home, but instead drove a few miles further to the beach, where embers of a dying fire, and the ceaseless sounds of the ocean and night birds created a yearning for that someone I had yet to meet... all inspired me with the idea for this song’s creation.
Mel: vocal, acoustic guitars, cello synth George Pultz: second guitar Paul Lee: piano Eric Luskin: bass guitar Chris Botelho: drums

"God’s Domain" by Mel Green Most of us live in suburbia, work in cities large and small. We all need beautiful vistas to look out on and clean air to breathe... you, I and every sentient being.
Mel: vocal, acoustic guitar Eric Kilburn: Weissenborn slide guitar, harmonica, bass guitar Chris Botelho: drums

"Shadows in the Hall" by Mel Green A story that repeats itself. Lives of quiet desperation. The one’s in the shadows, toiling in obscurity. The forgotten casualties of war, after war, after war. This is dedicated to all warriors, whether voluntary or conscripted and especially those of my own generation that survive, and who are still unappreciated.
Mel: vocal, acoustic guitars, percussion, synth cello Eric Luskin: bass guitar Paul Lee: keyboards

If you've read this far, please read on: Album Notes
SINGING & BEING. My first and longest-lasting musical memory is of hearing the great Inkspots singing a wonderful song in four-part harmony while I applauded most enthusiastically from behind the bars of my crib. My mother Rose once told me that she had been an aspiring singer as a young woman, but the realities and hardships of her life led her elsewhere. I have fond memories of when I was a little boy, when she, my twin brothers and I sang along and listened to the eclectic sounds of pop, jazz, classical and black South African music on Springbok Radio in the mid- to late 1940s. That pivotal time mixed music from all over the world. What I now identify as popular music came to us from the United States and England which we listened to via our radio and occasionally on 78 rpm records on our wind-up record player which had replaceable steel needles! In the 50s my family moved to larger house to accommodate we three growing boys... and one day a huge record player / radio console made of beautiful dark wooden veneer appeared in our living room. It magically played stacks of 78s and later 33 and 45 rpm records which my father would bring home in plain brown wrappers from a local record shop. Rock ‘n roll reigned in the mid-50s and on Saturdays, my best friend, John and I would catch the tram into downtown Johannesburg to go to a specialty record shop which stocked all of the latest imports. He introduced me to the exciting recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ricky Nelson, Gene Vincent, Elvis and many others. At Saturday night dance parties, more great records were played... and at weekend socials snappily dressed teens bopped and jived to the twangy sounds of live bands, dressed in their shiny suits and played their Fender guitars. (I really wanted one – bad...) Later, I discovered a neglected acoustic guitar at boarding school and I learned those first three painful chords, I had no idea that the path I was on would be one I would follow all through my life. Music became integral to my being. I taught myself rudimentary finger-picking during quiet times at Art School. Then the “great folk scare” during the 60s coincided with the advent of the Beatles, which profoundly influenced me and my peers. Around the corner from Art School I found live folk music at Johannesburg’s famous Troubadour and I got a job as a waiter just to be there all the time...  My ears opened to Ballads. Blues. Old-timey. Bluegrass. Chanteys & Brit folk. Records by The Kweskin Jug band. The Seeger family. Dylan & Ochs. Joan. Judy. We covered songs “from overseas”, until one or two local songwriters broke through with Top-100 hits. I wrote my first song and continued scribbling in note books. I dived into the music scene and many friends shared their musical tips with me and my bandmates Mel Miller & Julian Laxton. We lived the life of professional entertainers, and our one night off each week found us at night clubs in Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town, where our buddies played their R&B, Pop, Blues and C&W. My band broke up in ‘67 and I went solo and built up a solid reputation. Records by S&G, CS&N and Motown artists fascinated me. I emigrated in ’70 and I sang at London’s Cecil Sharpe House on my way to New York City, where I sought out Greenwich Village’s open mic scene at The Gaslight and Gerde’s Folk City. I took an introductory letter to a very humbling interview at Columbia, the label I was signed to in South Africa. In ’72 I moved up to Boston. I  wrote and sang my songs at Boston’s Sword in the Stone and Caelidhs at Cambridge’s Club Passim, where I got a few opening gigs. I discovered Joni, Jackson & John Prine. A job, marriage and family kept my guitar in a closet, and I picked it when I sang my sons to sleep. Recently I've been singing these songs with my good friends Paul Lee and Eric Luskin, and some with my folk-rock band, The Maple Street Project. I’ve been recording and planning this CD for way too long. And yes, this collection of recordings has been a long time coming, but then, I've been taking my time... Mel Green, 2010
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