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by Ric Seaberg

Vet songwriter Ric Seaberg offers up 20 more edgy tunes, teeming with humor and.... Shellfish. Bully. Taro. Vertigo. Bichon. Snickers. Jon Bon Jovi. Prineville. NSAIDS. Rick Steves. Terrazzo. Breve. Tear Ass Creeper. Gordita. Hookah. Sedentary. Ramen.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Blessing and Curse of Consciousness
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2. Bitchin' Camaro
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3. Stay in School
2:29 $0.99
4. Obsess Over You
4:02 $0.99
5. Don't Tell Jen
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6. That's One Hell of an Rv Park
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7. If I Could Get to You
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8. The Pee Bottle Song
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9. Bed Bugs
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10. Mayhem At the Guggenheim
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11. The Coffee Song
4:41 $0.99
12. Man Cave Sunday
2:29 $0.99
13. The Remote Control Fart Machine
3:16 $0.99
14. Fourth Meal
3:24 $0.99
15. I Need Friends
4:11 $0.99
16. Carb Load
4:55 $0.99
17. Don't Drive Your Car in the Bike Lane
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18. One Dog Night
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19. 300 Million Chances
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20. One Day in My Life
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Kelly O'Neil

CD Title:Consciousness
Unlike Weird Al Yankovich who parodies existing songs, Ric Seaberg tackles life’s ironies with original bemusing ditties. A rock veteran from the heyday of creative music composition, Seaberg’s songs are not only chock full of clever, real world lyrics but are extremely listener friendly.
Despite the warmth of the voice and instruments these two entities sound like they were recorded in different rooms. The blend is good but there is a hint of separation where the two sound layered as opposed to intertwined. Regardless, the musicianship on the entire album is tight with happy times rockabilly flavor. Consciousness opens with a mellow blend of electric guitar and rock organ in “The Blessing and Curse of Consciousness” setting the stage for a host of interesting and occasionally bizarre real world observations such as the simplistic thoughts of canines and penguins compared to the complex and worrisome frets of humans.
Seaberg takes a stab at humorously extoling the virtues of aging in “The Pee Bottle Song” including the joyous realities of incontinence, anti-inflammatory medication and support braces. The guitar work in the extended coda keeps the mood light. With the addition of vocal effects, “I Need Friends” comes off as a Tom Petty type number with its straight ahead beat about the materialistic influence of winning companions with cannabis, overpriced food and flashy automobiles – all completely tongue-in-cheek of course.
Delving into less serious scenarios, the Oregon rocker explains how his paycheck is laboriously earned in “The Coffee Song” in order to quench his thirst for the exotic offerings of Starbucks which he lists in the chorus. Seaberg’s patient wife Marie makes a cameo appearance on “Fourth Meal” sighing as her husband gets geared up to make a late night Taco Bell run in this Jimmy Buffet island influenced tune. Saxophonist Dan Schauffler adds a raunchy Jersey shore sound to “Man Cave Sunday” where the guys watch football on the big screen TV and gorge on beer and nachos. Seaberg employs harmonious vocal layering in the coda of “That’s One Hell of an RV Park” complimenting everything from the swimming pool to the hip lot neighbors.
The songs continue to get more inane as the album progresses. The driving beat of “Bitchin’ Camaro” is all about trying to find a plausible rhyme scheme for the car such as sparrow, pharaoh and tarot. In the bluegrass tinged “Mayhem at the Guggenheim” an exhibit is accidentally trampled on at the modern art museum complete with an enthusiastic “Yee-haw!” Arguably the most amusing track has to be “The Remote Control Fart Machine” with the chorus, “It’s a gas / I got class / There’s emissions coming out your ass.” Enough said.
Amidst the silliness Seaberg does have a serious side. In the acoustic ballad “Obsess Over You” he decides to cease fixating his thoughts on germs, reality TV, frozen water pipes and carbohydrates and instead focus on his lover. It is a sweet sediment albeit delivered in a rather strange way. “One Day in My Life” is a perspective song that no matter how cruddy a day can be rife with a car accident, lost wallet, broken washing machine and the passing of your dog, it is only one day and all you can do is move on. The saxophone work on this closing number adds a melodic countermelody to the song.
From the arenas of the Pacific Northwest back in the 1970’s to the present day airwaves of NPR, Seaberg’s music has already been enjoyed across the country. With his latest full length offering Consciousness he once again delights listeners with his lackadaisical world views, smart eccentric lyrics and solid rock and roll. As long as the NSAIDs keep the guitarist’s arthritis at bay, hopefully Seaberg will continue to churn out lots more entertaining antidotes.
Review by Kelly O’Neil
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)