Neil Gerster | Hearts and Other Shipwrecks

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Hearts and Other Shipwrecks

by Neil Gerster

A celebration of the ukulele. These lyrical songs range from rock to chamber pop to lullaby, all with ukulele or banjolele amidst bass, drums, mellotron and more.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. An Efficient Love
0:49 $0.49
2. Confederation Park
3:21 $0.99
3. 23 Harbours
3:01 $0.99
4. Good Kissing School
3:20 $0.99
5. Ocean Lover
3:44 $0.99
6. Someone to Share the Sunshine With
3:36 $0.99
7. These Wee Hours
3:33 $0.99
8. Saskatune (Part 2)
2:15 $0.99
9. This New Spark of Life
5:43 $0.99
10. Set Me On Fire
4:04 $0.99
11. Leonard Cohen Hat
3:14 $0.99
12. On a Wave
3:33 $0.99
13. I Want the World to Show You Kindness
3:50 $0.99
14. Goodness
6:43 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
it was while writing a guitar-based song that Neil first heard voices in his head. Or, more precisely, not so much voices as a fairly high-pitched, gut-stringed strumming sound. And since the sound in his head didn't go away, Neil found himself in a music store, shopping for an instrument that might make such a sound in the real world. Lo and behold, a ukulele or two were on the wall. After the sales guy looked up the tuning, Neil found himself playing that same part, finally out loud. He bought this, only his first ukulele, quite grudgingly.
A week later, Neil had three new ukulele songs. It was a bit like being in high school and suddenly realizing that the girl you'd always thought geeky was beautiful. It was love.
Hearts and Other Shipwrecks tells tales for sea lovers, for travelers, for people-watchers, and for those who read books in parks on summer days. And the common element through the album's moods and styles is the presence of ukulele (or banjolele) in every song.

The album kicks off with "An Efficient Love", the sort of playful and whimsical ditty one might expect of a ukulele album. From there, though, ukespectations are left behind when the band kicks in. "Confederation Park" delivers a lazy summery beat, followed by the empassioned poetry and insistent rhythm of "23 Harbours". "Good Kissing School" playfully drops light humor over light reggae. "Ocean Lover" sees a drowning sailor send his dying thoughts out into the ocean to perhaps find the love he left behind.
Over nearly six minutes, "This New Spark of Life" builds from



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