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Built Myself a Greenhouse

by Robert Morgan Fisher

Americana neo-narrative singer-songwriter In a climate where lyrical artistry is incredibly underappreciated, be prepared to be swept away. A storyteller for the ages, Robert's tales cover a lot of territory.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Get Up
1:53 $0.99
2. Greenhouse
5:36 $0.99
3. A Life in Music
6:18 $0.99
4. Stories That We Tell
3:35 $0.99
5. Question of Family
3:57 $0.99
6. Small Change Deal
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7. Numbah One Boom-Boom
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8. That's Why They Call It a Shot
5:18 $0.99
9. Hobo Jerry
4:38 $0.99
10. Father Was a Warrior
3:33 $0.99
11. Happier Than They Knew
3:15 $0.99
12. Magazine Song
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13. Barbara's Guitar
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14. Buncha Damn Songwriters
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Album Notes
Robert Morgan Fisher was born in Austin, Texas. His father was a Naval Flight Officer, so the Fisher family spent time in California, Washington State, Ohio, Virginia and Florida. Robert returned to The University of Texas at Austin where he began performing music in bars and coffeehouses. He soon migrated to Los Angeles where he put his Radio, T.V. and Film Degree to work in various jobs including executive/production assistant, announcer and, finally, as a writer of fiction, music, comedy and screenplays. His creative training includes two years of study with The Groundlings, three years as a performer with the improvised soap opera, Specific Hospital, and he is a lifetime alum of the Writers Boot Camp Think Tank. "I like to think I have one foot in fiction, the other in screenwriting and my heart in music."
In the summer of 2005, Robert released Built Myself a Greenhouse on his own Imperative Records label. The 14-song CD was co-produced by Chad Watson and features guest performances by: David Arkenstone, Ned Beatty, Delaney Bramlett, Rosemary Butler, Albert Lee, John McEuen, Augie Meyers, John Molo, Vern Monnett, Chris Montez, Mickey Raphael, Don Randi, Jimmy Raschel, Sky Saxon, Daryl S, Chris Spedding, Brad Swanson and Ethan Wiley. The title cut, "Greenhouse," showcases the neo-narrative style for which Robert is well-known, as does "A Life in Music," "Numbah One Boom-Boom," "That's Why They Call it a Shot" and the poignant anthem for childless couples, "Question of Family," delivered as a duet with Rosemary Butler, famous for her vocal work backing up (among others) Jackson Browne and Neil Diamond.
In 1996, Robert released the critically-acclaimed CD, Follow A Hunch, also on his own Imperative Records label and also co-produced by Chad Watson. Other artists have taken note of Robert's narrative songwriting skills. He's collaborated on songs with the late Dr. Timothy Leary and internationally-known neo-narrative singer/songwriter Darryl Purpose. "The songs I've written with Robert are all home runs," says Purpose, "I close my shows with them." Fisher/Purpose co-writes include: "Ring On My Hand," "Traveler's Code," "Dangerous Game," "Late For Dinner," "Granted," "Oughta Be A Highway," "You Must Go Home For Christmas" and many others. Their most famous co-write is probably "Mr. Schwinn" -- winner of no less than three major songwriting festivals and now a contemporary folk classic.



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Allan J. Comeau - Your Mind Matters columnist

Fisher's "Greenhouse" is a wonderfully written and well played CD
In Robert Morgan Fisher’s Built me a Greenhouse one is taken on a day in a life journey, from a reveille sunrise, in “Wake Up,” to a somber sunset retrospective in “Bunch of Damn Songwriters.” Packaged in between are some of the most ingenious and haunting songs that anyone could ever hope to come across, even in the course of a very long search for the very best.

Probably the most common attribute of a great album is the presence of more than one great song amidst a collection of otherwise journeyman tunes. Not so here. In this collection—I use this word in the same sense that one would say, “The Met has a great collection of American paintings and sculpture,”—there are at least half a dozen songs that easily could have been the title song and each will be learned and remembered by untold numbers of would be and proud to be singers and songwriters hereafter.

In my abundant enthusiasm I originally wrote a completed “liner notes” review of this CD, covering each song in some detail, but I also noticed that reviews posted on this site are a whole lot shorter—so, here are my reactions to just a few of the cuts from this really great breakthrough compilation:

“Greenhouse” tells the story of a Civil War farmer turned terrified soldier turned battlefield photographer. Fisher’s special gift is in his capacity to tell a story like the best of the raconteurs, bringing his character through the first day’s blood all the way to General Grant’s indifferent dismissal of his horrific evidence, then resolving the tale after a long trek home, finally framing his work in the form of a greenhouse where one hopes, new life will eventually spring.

“Father Was a Warrior,” is one of several best songs on this CD—an homage to Fisher’s dad, from whom, “each talent was an arsenal, each family was a nation, every shame a court-martial, every hug a commendation…” It’s a reverent song of reconciliation, loving in an uncompromisingly truthful manner, and embellished by some fine Indian flute work by David Arkenstone.

The last two songs, “Barbara’s Guitar” and “Buncha Damn Songwriters” are, again, two of my favorite songs from this collection. Written for a loved aunt who has gone, her guitar, a late ‘70’s Takamine F-456S, was bequeathed to the Fishers. It’s a special guitar and a very special song. The final song places Fisher in that realm where the likes of Don MacLean et al dwell—a musical land where self awareness and a sense of ones place in the fabric of cultural reality are revealed.

Wyatt Magnum - President of CMS & the Magnum Music Group

Major Labels Take Note!
Holds up to repeated listening. Catchy melody and lyrics, yet each replay reveals more and more between the lines. Several of the songs are absolute classics, destined to be played around campfires a hundred years from now. Uniquely entertaining and star-studded supporting crew of musicians. In a business filled with navel-gazers and poseurs, Robert Morgan Fisher is that rare combination of poet and storyteller. Plus, he can sing and play his ass off on the guitar. Major labels take note. This guy is a genius and a star. Unbelievable.

Michelle Williams

Awesome CD!!
This album is awesome. Robert Morgan Fisher weaves a tapestry of storytelling and song. The songs on this album are compelling and gripping. They envelop the listener in a warm blanket of mystery, intrigue and lore.

Fisher revives and perfects the lost art of yarn spinning. These songs are about everything from the life of a hobo to the chilling secret life of a vigilante hooker. It's like curling up with a favorite book which had it's own soundtrack.

The pictures painted by these songs are vivid and unforgtable. This album leaves me wanting more. The images are haunting and the music is hypnotic.

My favorite song on this album is the creepy and endearing story of Hobo Jerry. The Neo-narative style of Americana, folk music is engaging and delightful. This allbum is a must have for anyone who loves music and the stories which create it.

Jeff Stein - Premiere Radio Networks

Brilliant and with a substance rarely seen
Fisher's musicianship and song-smithing is at a talent level almost never seen. His narratives come from such deep, layered humanity and yet remain playful and, well, fun. I've absolutely melted this CD in my player, as much as I've played it. I've listened to a million new artists, and Fisher floats on top of the cream. Unless your tastes are limited to punk, rap or hard rock, it's impossible not to enjoy this work of musical art. Get it now! You'll be humming the tunes long after your walked away from your stereo.

James Napoli

Robert Morgan Fisher writes and sings stories; from history, from the streets, and in several instances, it seems, from his own life. "Father Was a Warrior" speaks to anyone who has lived long enough to start understanding their Dad. "Numbah One Boom-Boom," "Hobo Jerry" and "Greenhouse" give glimpses into lives right out of Dylan or a great short story. And "Stories That We Tell" does not shy away from holding a mirror up to human nature. There is certainly not a bad song in this collection, and the melodies are the kind you find yourself whistling during the day. Fisher's respect for music and musicians is also evident in every tune ("A Life in Music" even tells the story of the guitar itself!), and there are lots of venerable and great guest performers to attest to that. Fine work all around.

Ken Neely

A gem of an artist that hasn't been found.....yet !
Wow. I can't stop listening to this C.D. It is new and original music that is refreshing to hear. Some of the aritist that play with this guy Fisher are famous and have played with the finest musicians around. A life in music is my favorite; I call it more of a story song that is enjoyed by yound and old. I hope this guy goes on tour and it seems like C.D. Baby can't get enough copies. His websight said he plays a few gigs in the L.A. area . I will order a few more for friends when they get more in stock. This C.D. is going to be BIG!

Hal Cohen (Li'l Hank's Guide For Songwriters)

A most masterful, musical storyteller of our time. Prolific and brilliant!
Robert Morgan Fisher has that rare gift that allows him to channel other peoples' lives, past and present and tell their stories in ways that are at once catchy, poignant, soothing, haunting, humorous and inspirational. A master craftsman to the nth degree. I have enjoyed Robert's live performances on numerous occasions and will continue to enjoy his songs on this amazing CD featuring some legendary heavy hitters such as David Arkenstone, Delaney Bramlett, Rosemary Butler, Albert Lee, John McEuen and featuring the superb production and musicianship of Chad Watson who produced and played several instruments including mandolin, guitars and of course, bass. This CD is a gem folks - Pick one up now!