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A Little Bit Sane

by Ponder

Thoughtful, witty lyrics supported by memorable melodies that make an undeniably original statement representing the musings of a seeker trying to make sense of our fragile existence.
Genre: Rock: Jam-band
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1. Sweet Confused
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2. Got To Be A Way
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3. Our Kisses Are Waltzes
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4. Overrated
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5. Homegrown
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6. Minstrel Caravan
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7. Old Country
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8. Epilogue
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ponder is the musical voice of actor/songwriter Amos Glick. A veteran San Francisco, Bay Area performer, (SF Mime Troupe, Pickle Family Circus , BATS Improv, etc.) Glick currently performs as a clown in Le Rêve, the acclaimed circus/water spectacle at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Though this is Ponder's debut CD, A Little Bit Sane contains an eclectic collection of tunes written over a 25 year period. The songs span a variety of styles (Pop/Reggae, Rock, Folk & Americana) and represent the musings of a Bay Area seeker trying to make sense of our fragile existence.

Glick's thoughtful, witty lyrics are supported by memorable melodies that, while clearly influenced by the likes of John Prine, Phish, The Band & The Grateful Dead, make an undeniably original statement. This is due, in large part, to Glick's unadorned vocal style, lending the songs an "everyman," quality: a heartfelt honesty rare in pop music today.

The CD opens with Sweet Confused, a lilting, reggae-infused groove that honors the inherent confusion of being human, whimsically proposing that, "maybe we should stop trying so hard to figure it out." Got To Be A Way and Minstrel Caravan are direct homages to the Grateful Dead; the former in terms of melody and feel, the latter paying tribute to the unique counter culture spawned by the iconic band. Homegrown is a lively drinking song for potheads, an "instant classic" novelty song in the tradition of The Toy's "Smoke Two Joints." The remaining tunes, Our Kisses Are Waltzes (an achingly sweet and intimate acoustic waltz,) Overrated (an "inadequate" rock-ballad,) Old Country (Jewish-gospel identity crisis) & Epilogue (akin to an acoustic, instrumental after-diner mint) round out the CD with a satisfying mix of folk, pop and rock.

Co-produced by critically acclaimed songwriter Ira Marlowe, A Little Bit Sane, features an all Bay Area band comprised of Marlowe, Joshua Raoul Brody (Clubfoot Orchestra,Tango No. 9, The Residents, Tom Waits, etc.) Charity Kahn (known for her children's music: Charity Kahn & The JAMband,) fellow Mime Troupers Velina Brown and Lisa Hori-Garcia and others.

For this recording Ponder is:
Amos Glick - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, resonating guitar
Ira Marlowe - lead guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, backing vocals, percussion
Hud Bixler - drums
Joshua Raoul Brody - piano, accordion, organ
Charlie Cricker - bass
Charity Kahn - piano, backing vocals
Velina Brown - backing vocals, featured backing vocals
Lisa Hori-Garcia - backing vocals
Christopher Gray - backing vocals
Jonathan Taylor - slit drum, djembe

"a nicely varied collection, each track with a flavor and atmosphere all its own. Glick avoids the tropes so grievously overused by so many songwriters, and comes across sounding like what he is: a thoughtful, peace-lovin' Jewish leftist hippie pothead clown. In short, my kind of guy. "Minstrel Caravan" could be about Grateful Dead Tour, or the Chautauqua; "Homegrown" is the rant of a garrulous dope grower; "Sweet Confused" and "Got to Be a Way" look at confusing contemporary days from different angles; in "Overrated" and "Old Country," he looks at himself from different angles; and the first of these songs to earn a slot in rotation on my Brain Radio, "Our Kisses Are Waltzes," is a perfect evocation of that sweet ache at the beginning of a love."
David Gans, Grateful Dead Hour

“This new EP from Ponder (Amos Glick with help from Ira Marlowe) is a warm reminder that originality, sincerity, humor and excellent musicianship didn’t go out of style with the rise of the manufactured corporate pop icon.”
Andras Jones, Radio8ball.com

"there's much here to be enjoyed. Positively retro in its presentation, "A Little Bit Sane" sounds like it was recorded in early '70s San Francisco; it wears its hippy heritage on its sleeve, and it's bands like Phish and Grateful Dead that have undoubtedly provided the most inspiration. Standout tunes like "Sweet Confused" and "Got To Be A Way" transport the listener back to another time and place, and although it all sounds a little lo-fi, there's enough enthusiasm and simple charm on display to blow away any audio cobwebs."
Rob F, Leicester Bangs



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What can I say here that hasn't already been said?

One thumb and four fingers up.......................................Hiiiiiiiiiii
I can'ts say enough. It’s not as fine as shootin’ butter wit naughty nibs and a cracklin’ stick, but dag nabit……………tootin’…………..it outta’ be. These songs bring me back to a time that it hit me, I’d nevver exxpeeeriennnced befoooooooooore.

What is beauty? In my favorite Woody Allen movie “Stardust Memories” Allen plays himself with a different name. In one scene, one of his character’s producers told him what he didn’t want to hear; that “Too much reality is not what the people want.” Ponder’s first song, “Sweet Confused”, in “a little bit sane”, erases the days stressors right away by quickly sucking you into a funny, lighthearted atmosphere of neighbors, good friends and just all around good hearted people. This recording has a regular guy touch that you just don’t get today because it’s not so much built from a byte as it is expressed from something more organic. When you’ve been playing music for years and years keeping it real is the hardest thing for a performer to do. From Glick’s Lennon-esque “Overrated” to his unpolished verse in “Old Country” you get the feeling that each song here started as a log in the guys diary. The beautiful thing about this recording is that it’s not a news program with any agenda and it’s not some ego-inflated art piece. It’s more like a friendly slap on the back. “Homegrown” is a comrades-in-arms kind of thing that could have been written by a kid in high school. “Our Kisses are Waltzes” is pretty, not because it’s an amazing performance but because it’s a tastefully done, pretty song.....like mom used to make. There's no self loathing screams of fury or self promoting winks into the camera. Was it Tom Waits that said first “In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king?” I gotta’ ask Tom what blind person in a world of blind people would appreciate what sight has to offer?” What is beauty? The way I see it rather than trying to impress any one elite group Ponder has put together something that everyone wants. Isn’t that what beauty is?

Ummm.....that said....PEOPLE, do not play this for your significant others as you will most certainly lose them to charming boy-next-door Amos Glick. And don’t play it for your pets or they will pack up their food and head for the desert. Play it only for your mother-in-law then get hell out of the way and pray to your God that Glick’ll do older chicks.

Remember in high school and college when cool meant not being just the next splugie to work it’s way up and expunge itself through the gullet of the machine? Remember when buying into advertising was still a choice? When the secret ingredient to the good brownies wasn’t Valerian root, L-tryptophan and Melatonin? Remember when tie-dying was done by dirty, smelly nudist kids all clucked up on purple dynamite who spit at servicemen and slept in bus stations? Then you’re sure to remember the feelings that attracted you to these boneheads that no other generation will soon revisit. Who from hereon will be able to believe with all their heart and soul that they know what’s right, how to fix the world and yet still think of themselves as humble? And what generation could feel as at home in each other’s arms? If you’re like me and just can’t bare to let go of that innocent, happy, enlightened sense of promise, you‘ll be so happy you listened.

……..…cuz’ with the right stimulus purple dynamite can give you flashbacks for free. Think of it as having an economic slice of moldy rye in your life everytime you listen. Now pull down your pants and whistle for Father Christmas. Do it. Dooooo it.
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