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Book of Changes

by Micah Gilbert

‘Yet another gem from the musical oasis of Athens, GA. ... [a] dreamy, melancholy set of almost-baroque pop tunes .... Many tunes exhibit bits and pieces of a John Lennon/Revolver-era Beatles influence, but mostly Gilbert’s minor key excursions into the mystic are his own. A keeper’ (Luke Torn, The Austin Chronicle, Austin, Texas). ‘He is able to interweave some wonderful aural moods with lyrics that evoke vivid images, and while most songwriters use sparseness to draw attention to their lyrics, Gilbert uses the musical and lyrical elements of a song as complements, and we are left transfixed by both of them’ (David Bash, Amplifier, Massachusetts).
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1. One and One
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2. Domino (Birds Sing)
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3. This Restless Time
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4. Brighter Than the Day
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5. Waking from a Dream
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6. The Chain Breaking
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7. Her Paradise
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8. Silk and Sand
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9. Shadowland
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10. Cloaks and Daggers
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11. Sparrow's Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

Songwriter Micah Gilbert performed both as a solo artist and in various bands including “Glass Bead Game” before resettling in Athens, Georgia, a town whose music scene is legendary. There he developed a following as the main songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist for the popular band Magister Ludi . The band was loved by fans and respected by critics. Hailed as‘a breath of fresh musical air’, Magister Ludi picked up considerable radio airplay and was lauded by the press for the compelling songs, strong vocals, ‘ringing guitar hooks’, and ‘infectious groove’. After Magister Ludi, Micah released his 11-song solo CD, Book of Changes (Mellifluid), co-produced with New-York-based producer/engineer Garry Rindfuss and recorded at John Keane’s studio in Athens. The CD captured the admiration of listeners and critics alike, twice earning invitations to perform at South-by-Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. He then made the international move to Scotland, where he is busily focused on songwriting and on recording both his own music and that of others. Micah’s songs have been appreciated on many levels, for their ‘distinct and memorable melodies’, ‘skilful, well crafted, intelligent lyrics’, ‘vivid images’, ‘catchy subtlety’, and ‘fine details’.

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Micah Gilbert

Book of Changes

All songs written by Micah Gilbert
© Micah Gilbert. All rights reserved.

Produced by Garry Rindfuss and Micah Gilbert.


1) One and One

Drums: Scott Stewart
Bass: John Keane
Vocal, electric & acoustic guitars, piano: Micah Gilbert
Backing vocals: Micah Gilbert, Garry Rindfuss, John Keane


2) Domino (Birds Sings)

Drums: Scott Stewart
Bass: Dave Furlong
Vocal, acoustic & electric guitars, piano: Micah Gilbert
French horn, muted trumpet: Shannon Mims
Saxophone: Melinda Kershner
Tambourine: Garry Rindfuss
Backing vocals: Micah Gilbert, Garry Rindfuss


3) This Restless Time

Drums: Scott Stewart
Bass: Dave Furlong
Vocal, electric & acoustic guitars, piano, organ: Micah Gilbert
Electric guitar: Eric Chial
Tambourine: Garry Rindfuss
Backing vocals: Micah Gilbert, Garry Rindfuss


4) Brighter Than the Day

Drums: Scott Stewart
Bass: John Keane
Vocal, acoustic & electric guitars, piano: Micah Gilbert
French horn: Shannon Mims
Clarinet: Melinda Kershner
Percussion: Garry Rindfuss


5) Waking from a Dream

Drums: Scott Stewart
Bass: Dave Furlong
Vocal, acoustic 6-string guitar, electric guitars, piano: Micah Gilbert
Acoustic 12-string guitar: Eric Chial
Bagpipes: Adam Gilbert
Backing vocals: Murray Attaway, Micah Gilbert, Garry Rindfuss


6) The Chain Breaking

Drums: Scott Stewart
Bass: John Keane
Vocal, acoustic 6-string guitar, electric guitars: Micah Gilbert
Acoustic 12-string guitar: Eric Chial
Organ: Damon Denton


7) Her Paradise

Drums: Scott Stewart
Bass: John Keane
Vocal, electric & acoustic guitars: Micah Gilbert
Harmony vocal: Murray Attaway
Accordian: Shannon Mims
Tambourine: Garry Rindfuss
Handclaps: Micah Gilbert, Garry Rindfuss, Eric Chial


8) Silk and Sand

Drums, congas: Scott Stewart
Bass: Dave Furlong
Vocal, acoustic & electric guitars, piano: Micah Gilbert
Electric guitar: Eric Chial
Cello: Jane Scarpantoni


9) Shadowland

Drums: Scott Stewart
Bass: David Furlong
Vocal, acoustic & electric guitars, organ, congas: Micah Gilbert
Congas, floor tom, cabasa: Garry Rindfuss
Congas (with mallets), claves: Mark Cooper Smith


10) Cloaks & Daggers

Drums: Scott Stewart
Bass: Dave Furlong
Vocal, acoustic & electric guitars: Micah Gilbert
Electric guitar: Eric Chial
Piano: Damon Denton
Saxophone: Melinda Kershner


11) Sparrow’s Song

Vocal, acoustic guitar: Micah Gilbert
Cellos & cello arrangement: Jane Scarpantoni
Recorders: Adam Gilbert

This is the reissue of the 1993 CD "Book of Changes" by Micah Gilbert.

Produced by Garry Rindfuss and Micah Gilbert.

Recorded and mixed by Garry Rindfuss at John Keane Studios, Athens, GA, April 12-27, 1993.

Pre-mastering by John Keane.

Artwork and photography by Katherine Drake Chial.

Production coordinated by Suzanne Gilbert.

Murray Attaway appears courtesy of Geffen Records.


Special thanks go to Eric Chial & Katherine Chial for making this record possible; Garry Rindfuss for bringing his talent, commitment, and energy to the project; John Keane for his invaluable assistance in the studio, and John & Jo Keane for their hospitality; all the musicians for their time and talent; Russell Carter for his advice and watchful eye; Dan Carroll for last-minute details; Mike Manieri and John Golden for taking a chance; Kathy Vinson, Chelsea Snelgrove, Jason Edwards, and Rick Strickland for their longstanding support; Magister Ludi and fans for good memories; my family and friends, who have been supportive of my efforts; and finally, Suzanne for her love, advice, and faith. This music is dedicated to Suzanne Gilbert and Elizabeth Gilbert.

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What they’ve said about Micah Gilbert . . .

‘[Gilbert’s songs] are colorful, pleasingly rich in fine details . . . loaded with hooks and wry, thoughtful gems of insight as catchy as they are pointed’. (Jeff Payne, Flagpole, Athens, Georgia)

‘He is able to interweave some wonderful aural moods with lyrics that evoke vivid images, and while most songwriters use sparseness to draw attention to their lyrics, Gilbert uses the musical and lyrical elements of a song as complements, and we are left transfixed by both of them’. (David Bash, Amplifier, Massachusetts)

‘Book of Changes is Micah Gilbert’s first album, but it’s hardly a fledgling effort. Gilbert has been writing and playing his songs as a solo artist and in bands since he was a teenager in Columbia [South Carolina]. These songs, though, are the most fully developed and exciting of his career. . . . Possessed of an exploratory intelligence and few prejudices, Gilbert has absorbed a variety of musical styles and influences. His adventurousness and attention to detail are evident in the songs and arrangements of Book of Changes . His songs acknowledge the past without becoming moribund museum pieces or superficial nostalgic kitsch. He simply writes great songs and plays them with imagination and commitment. . . . Book of Changes is consistently entertaining without pandering to the listeners’ lowest expectations, and is intriguing without indulging in hip obscurantism. . . . Taken together [the songs] make up an extraordinary vision of the possibilities of contemporary songcraft’. (Chelsea Snelgrove, The Point, Columbia, South Carolina)

About Book of Changes: ‘Yet another gem from the musical oasis of Athens, GA. Gilbert spent time with a popular Athens group called Magister Ludi, but this dreamy, melancholy set of almost-baroque pop tunes is likely to raise his profile considerably. Many tunes exhibit bits and pieces of a John Lennon/Revolver-era Beatles influence, but mostly Gilbert’s minor key excursions into the mystic are his own. A keeper’. (Luke Torn, The Austin Chronicle, Austin, Texas)

‘What Gilbert does, he does well. . . . distinct and memorable melodies and intelligent lyrics within the same song . . . Gilbert’s pop craft is in abundance on Book of Changes. . . . [He is] someone who actually writes and sings with intelligence but doesn’t forget that the key element of pop is melody’. (Bruce Folkerth, Flagpole, Athens, Georgia)

‘This guy WRITES songs, not just plays them. Skillful, well-crafted intelligent lyrics, catchy Crowded House, John Lennon subtlety . . .’ (Bruce Brodeen, Not Lame Recording)

‘You can expect to hear more about this intelligent pop singer/songwriter . . .’ (Jeff Clark, Creative Loafing, Atlanta, Georgia)







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