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Let It Go

by Michael Waite

Soul music from the Northwoods
Genre: Folk: Free-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dragonfly
4:33 $0.99
2. Make It Right
3:14 $0.99
3. Erica's Song
2:46 $0.99
4. Mean Ol' Dog
3:25 $0.99
5. Ice Cream
3:08 $0.99
6. Cold Black Water
5:39 $0.99
7. Arizona Bill
6:59 $0.99
8. Spread the Love Around
5:44 $0.99
9. New Love, Old Love
3:49 $0.99
10. Black Television
3:15 $0.99
11. Ski Dance
2:55 $0.99
12. A Satisfied Mind
3:12 $0.99
13. If I'm Not Strong Enough
3:38 $0.99
14. Bedtime Prayer
1:40 $0.99
15. Wake Up
4:11 $0.99
16. Maple Ridge
5:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Michael Waite grew up on the south shore of Lake Superior. The son of a gourmet cook and an English professor, he found solace in the different styles of music in his house, as well as outside in the woods and by the lakeshore.
From cowboy music to Irish ballads to soul to jazz to bluegrass, his love for all styles emanates from his first recording, Let it Go. Joining him on the record are John Churchville playing drums of many kinds and Jared Nelson Smith on several instruments, the most prominent of which is a singing Western-style guitar. The three met in Chicago for a week in March of 2007 to play in the studio of another dear friend Ryan Staples. The sessions there were at once urgent and timeless, puzzling and deeply satisfying. People who have this disc commonly leave it in their CD player for days on end. We think you will love it too.

"Dragonfly" is a beautiful ballad, "Make It Right" is fun fun fun. "Erica's Song" is a perfect love song and "Mean Ol 'Dog' is brutal but also testifies to his great love... Do not expect too broad or complex melodic orchestrations on this album. Michael Waite likes to keep things simple so the listener can understand his lyrics. In choosing the subjects he seeks simplicity. Songs like "Ice Cream", "Cold Black Water," "New Love, Old Love" and "Bedtime Prayer" are very easy to relate to.
Some songs feature horns and that contributes to the handsome creation of the perfect atmosphere for those songs. A textbook example of this is "Cold Black Water" in which I think Amos Lee and Ray Lamontagne can be heard slightly. "Arizona Bill" aims to be funny and it succeeds effortlessly: we think that a lyric like "The dog said" woof "and the cat said" meow "" says it all. The swinging-calypso tune "Spread The Love Around" is so catchy that you really can not sit.
Serious songwriting is a gift that Michael Waite completely controls, judging by the song "Black Television" with a solid serving of social criticism. A cover on this album: "A Satisfied Mind" was written in 1955 by Joe "Red" Hayes and Jack Rhodes and later appeared on the album "Saved" by Bob Dylan from 1980 and the Kill Bill soundtrack performed by Johnny Cash. Michael Waite delivers such a beautiful voice you hear in "If I'm Not Strong Enough" and the laid back singing "Wake Up". Very nice album.



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Melissa Cheney Boniface

I love this! My 3 year old especially loves Spread the Love Around, as do I. If only we would have had this CD to listen to in the big blue Caprice on our way to school senior year.

sarah stedman

Great Album
Mike Waites album, Let it go, is one of the cd's I would want on a deserted island. It is home-sweet-home music.


"Let It Go" is Great
This is a good explanation of the album, it's rich, warm, sorrowful, real, and shows many styles SO WELL. I wish to listen to this album every morning to set me right.


solid from top to bottom
I can't think of a recording where you can hear and feel the joy the musicians had in making it as much as this one. It's been on constant play in my house and in my portable device since it arrived in the mail.


I was looking for a soundtrack for my road trip through the UP and boy, did I ever find it! What a fantastic surprise -- I took a chance and bought the CD off a rack in a coffee shop because he was a local and a month later it's still spinning in my car! It's great driving music and has some very thoughtful lyrics and even some silly moments. It's hard not to smile when you can actually hear him almost chuckle in spread the love around and you can feel his passion about his home and family. One listen and you'll know what to do and that's spread the love around for Let it Go.


Mike's songs touch the lip of the wound, or the place Lorca called the "duende." Someone was asking me the other night, what's your favorite love song, and I said, "hell...my buddy Mike wrote my favorite love song." "Erica's Song" is a gem, but perhaps I'm biased. This album will satiate the desire for great Americana without the glitz and without the showmanship which takes from the music. It's brutally raw, and misleadlingly simple-sounding, considering the depth of the phrasing and lyric. Happy to be a compadre of this fine gentleman!

Tricia Perkins

This CD is great to listen to when you need a pick-me-up and a smile. The lyrics are so smart and funny and will make you think, tear up and laugh. You won't be able to get "Spread the Love Around" out of your head! Great CD - Thanks Michael!