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Playing For Petals

by Simple Tree

Simple Tree delivers breathy female vocals in a winding medley of organic, passionate sound with an eclectic soulful groove that sways in a jazzy direction.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Falling Fortress
4:36 $0.99
2. The Rain....The Rain Dance
16:49 $0.99
3. Solitude
2:57 $0.99
4. Misery
4:21 $0.99
5. Time Passes By
6:08 $0.99
6. What Was Once
13:53 $0.99
7. Sacrifice
6:13 $0.99
8. Spinning
4:23 $0.99
9. Misery
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Simple Tree was formed, after many jam sessions, in February of 2001, in Oklahoma City. The band spent most of 2001 and 2002 playing open mics and live shows to get their music heard. They released their first CD "Alive Demonstration", a live recording from a show at the Blue Note in Oklahoma City. "Alive" allowed the roots to spread, and though the outlets of their original style seemed limited, they decided to branch out and spent the end of 2002 and most of 2003 playing live shows in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and California. During their tour of the west coast, simple tree found a lot of receptive ears to their unique blend of piano and hand drums and decided to head back home to OKC and work on their next album "Playing for Petals".

On March 27th, 2004 the band released their new album, "Playing for Petals, a live recording from Galileo's in OKC, and a studio recording from Dallas Sound Lab. The band also introduced their newest member John Wygle on electric guitar. John added the space that was floating above the complex piano arrangements and soulful vocals of Mel Wooden, and the aggresive hand percussions of Chad Phillips and Bunk Pergl. In January of 2005 the band introduced Eman Chalshotori, a cello player. Simple Tree has their album selling in local music stores, and are gearing up for 2005's show dates.



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Steve wooden

Mel Wooden is my daughter. Buy her CD or fear my dread wrath and fearsome aspec
As noted above, Mel Wooden is my daughter, and she's been paying her dues for the past five years to make this work. I can't always follow her lyrics. That's also the case with the Rolling Stones. I often find her lyrics to be murky and obtuse. Ever heard of The Doors? Forgive my 60's references. I like the edge she brings here. Very alternative, and crying out to be played at college radio stations everywhere.

That said, I loved this CD on its own merits. Her piano playing is amazing, she has great backup on rhythm, and she's the straw that stirs the drink. Never mind if I don't "get it"---no one has ever called me cool and gotten away with it. I'm proud of what she and the band are doing. When you have talent like this, it's your urgent duty to take it as far as it will go.

So buzz off, Clear Channel. They're going to do this on their own terms, thank you.


This CD is amazing. I heard about it from a friend, and bought it with the expectation that it would be pretty good, but not great. I was pleasantly mistaken. Simple Tree's original sound is full of emotion, energy, and beautiful music. I also really enjoy the fact that the CD is a live recording, because I know that many of today's artists could not pull off that much quality in a live performance. Personally, I would say that if you have found yourself on this page, buy the CD. It's excellent!


aural pleasure indeed
I heard Simple Tree at the Carnality Ball in OKC last spring and was very impressed by their music, so much so I had to buy their album. Now I'm even more impressed. Simple Tree has a very unique sound. Inspiring is the best way I can describe it, listen once and you'll be hooked.


Intertwining wisps of aural pleasure......
Simple I was first introduced to them at the Playing For Petals cd-release party this year -- I wish I'd heard of them sooner! They bring together a rich and eclectic sound spurred by clean energy and passion for life. I've really enjoyed the tracks on this album. All of them. I don't think I can add much to what has been said in the other reviews above, except maybe to reiterate that the grooves and wanderings of their music never get dull -- even that they will coax one comfortably down a musical path interlaced with reflection and peace. Very nice, and worth a slot in your collection.

Sean Ridenour- Music Editor VOX magazine (OKC, OK)

Mel Wooden and the gang pound the keys and more for an organic and passionate live recording on "Playing for Petals." Simple Tree brings life from the womb of the earth in the form of breathy vocals, a beautiful piano and percussion not usually heard on recordings from Oklahoma City bands. And this is all live.

I'd be amiss if I failed to mention the influence of Tori Amos over Simple Tree's front woman, Mel, but Ms. Wooden's talent seems to be taking her in a sort of jazzy direction. She's got the stamina to pull unusually deep and improvisational vocal licks out on the spot - like she's flying along with more aid than the fairies Tori keeps by her side.

"Misery," an older song by the group, makes the cut twice. The second time "Misery" sounds like a studio recording. Here, at least, we get to hear what the band will sound like once they record a full length CD in a controlled setting. This is not to say the first version is lacking. If anything, the first is far more real, but that's the way live recording go.

"What Was Once" and "The Rain" are winding jams showcasing the interconnectedness of the band. Both songs make up more that 30 minutes of the disc, but keep in mind this is a live recording. Never once do they get old - like so many jammy songs do. Constantly developing, "What Was Once" features an amazing sax solo and one of the more soulful grooves I've heard the band record.

-Sean Ridenour,
Music Editor-
Vox Magazine