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No Writing on the Signs (Special Edition)

by paul michael barkan

Crisp & colorful, spunky & spirited, passionate & playful Power Pop . . . If the "Good Vibrations" of PET SOUNDS make you SMiLE, awakening those INNERVISIONS of SKYLARKING over AJA, then you're "Home at Last."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lydian Song
5:54 $0.99
2. No Writing on the Signs
5:13 $0.99
3. Did Something Right
4:50 $0.99
4. Seconds Away
5:04 $0.99
5. Finnegans Awake
4:39 $0.99
6. One Free Day...
8:10 $0.99
7. Mona Lisa's Smile
4:52 $0.99
8. Isn't There, Anyway
2:48 $0.99
9. Transparent Sea of Signs
1:44 $0.99
10. Seeing Something in the Air
5:22 $0.99
11. One Free Day...(Instrumental Mix)
8:24 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
    Paul Michael Barkan wishes to thank...
Ambrosia, David Amram, Burt Bacharach, Syd Barrett, The Beatles, Chrysalis,
Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Joe Jackson,
Al Jarreau, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Thelonious Monk, Randy Newman,
Oregon, Van Dyke Parks, The Roches, Todd Rundgren, Seals & Crofts,
Paul Simon, Stephen Sondheim, Steely Dan, Sting, Igor Stravinsky,
Jimmy Webb, Kurt Weill, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, XTC, Yes,
and Frank Zappa

    for how they've put themselves on the line,
    dared to be different,
    and refused to play it safe with their music.


Paul Michael Barkan is a mercurial music spirit. His style is eclectic,
but his musical voice is very much his own.

NO WRITING ON THE SIGNS is consistently inventive and original.
Fasten your headphones and drive down the road less traveled
to places you've always wanted to hear.

• Improved & Enhanced Special Edition, re-mastered using SA3™ technology
• Fabulous new vocal* and acoustic guitar on "Finnegans Awake"
• Two Bonus Tracks

                 Introducing the NOT READY FOR TOP 40 PLAYERS:
VOCALS: Donna Bach-Heitner, Paul Michael Barkan, Cheryl Cushing, Melonie
     Daniels, Gian Di Mauro, Nick Di Mauro, Suzanne Galer, Marci Geller, Cris
     Michaels, Jennifer Ann Ogden-Mager*, Julie Ronneburger, John Tabacco
SHAKUHACHI: Bob Seigetsu Avstreih
FLUTE, PICCOLO, BASS FLUTE: Tara Helen O'Connor, David Wechsler
OBOE, COR ANGLAIS: Valerie Sulzinski
BASS CLARINET: Michael Lowenstern
SOPRANO and ALTO SAX: Stan Delman, Lew Joseph, John Scarpula, Barry Titone
FRENCH HORN: Pat Cochran
TRUMPET: Doug Bertolino
TROMBONE: Vernon Gatewood, Ozzy Melendez
VIOLIN: Todd Reynolds
CELLO: Annette Perry
GUITAR: Jim Dexter, Eddie Franz, Gerry Palisi, Chris Pati, Anthony Pomes
DRUMS: Kevin Dunne, Al Esis, Chris Pati, Sam Plecell
PIANO: Jim Ahrend, Mark Orton
     MUSIC, LYRICS and ARRANGEMENTS: Paul Michael Barkan

* We mourn the untimely passing of Jennifer Ann Ogden-Mager in 2008 at age 37, who had recently re-recorded her vocal on "Finnegans Awake" for this special edition CD.

A portion of proceeds from the sales of the CD and all of the proceeds from sales of the mp3 download of "Finnegans Awake" will be donated to the Mager College Fund and several charities close to Jennifer's heart.



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Roy Abrams, The Music Paper

Standout Performances
Steely Dan and Todd Rundgren are two of the more apparent inspirational sources, although there are other more subtle ones. There’s a jazz-like thread running through much of this album, with stand out performances from the likes of John Scarpula and Ozzy Melendez.

Dorine Ellel, 3 Village Herald

Infused with energy, joy and heart, the songs offer universal appeal as well as personal reflections and deep significance for the composer.

Andrea Ragone, Good Times Magazine

Songs of the confusion of love and unrequited love are accompanied by a subtle brass section that nicely balances the music.

V. J. Calone

Jazzy, light and alluring with a hint of Steely Dan
A group effort from a cast of musical talents makes No Writing on the Signs not only an exceptional album but a landmark piece of art work that will see much critical acclaim... There are many high points on the CD including "Lydian Song," "Mona Lisa's Smile," "One Free Day..." and "Seconds Away." Never have I heard so many different instruments and voices working together seamlessly to produce a hypnotic and alluring collection of movements in song. No Writing on the Signs has something for everyone and a little more.

John Tabacco, Clam Radio

Melodic CD, pristinely mixed and well worth buying
Paul Michael Barkan has skillfully assembled a collection of tunes that incorporates many of the best qualities found in progressive pop music: expansive melodies, unexpected harmonies, unique orchestrations and poetic lyrics concerning self-realization and the intricate frustrations human relationships can sometimes create. The tasteful instrumental performances are precise without being overly ridged and most of the vocals are expertly suited for the landscape of each tune. Whether it be a new age setting as in "One Free Day" where shakuhachi flute, running water and airy vocals interact seamlessly with synth sounds or a super smooth jazzy vocal darting around major and minor seconds in the clever, bizarre work entitled "Seconds Away" or the thought-provoking time piece "Transparent Sea of Signs" or the Rite of Spring bassoon solo in the Joe Jacksonish "Isn't There, Anyway", Barkan is in complete command of every musical genre. This CD is pristinely mixed and well worth buying. With each listen you will discover a subtle myriad of 20th century musical references that might otherwise never see the light of day in this kind of "pop" music. You'll also be wondering who is Paul Michael Barkan and what circumstances could have created a composer of such depth and originality.

Anthony Pomes

Music that reawakens the ear (and mind)
At a time when most new music is produced on a small scale (either for creative or economic reasons, or both), Mr. Barkan's album is a stretch back to the multilayered majesty of Brian Wilson's PET SOUNDS and The Beatles' SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND. This is music painted sonically on a large-minded and larger-hearted canvas. "Lydian Song" can turn around any day once played, and "Finnegans Awake" is as interesting in sound as it is in title and concept. A huge musical painting, meant only for the largest and truest of cave walls.

Harlan Ellison, Writer

Absolutely Inspired
One of the things that has been a joy to me has been the new version of NO WRITING ON THE SIGNS... I’ve been listening to it for three days! Every time “Mona Lisa’s Smile” comes on I just stop whatever I’m doing: it is an absolutely INSPIRED piece of work -- I am just enormously impressed... I just wanted you to know how much pleasure I’ve derived from this one album alone. Thank you.