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Spruce Sap I

by Phil Passantino

Takes you on a "road trip through your soul".
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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1. Please No Flash Photography
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2. SunBoat
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3. GDFTWinter
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4. Space & Time
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5. Behind the Bitch
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6. May's New Girl
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7. Make My Way
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8. Santa Fe
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9. The Form
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10. Summer Reading
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11. The Celtic Weave
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12. Vin's Song
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13. The Song For Crusading Artists
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14. Runnin'
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This CD of original folk-rock songs takes you on a "road trip through your soul".

14 hits including "Sun Boat", "Space & Time", "Summer Reading", "The Celtic Weave", "Runnin'" and more!


Release Date: December 5, 2006. 

The production is hypnotic & unique.

"I'd call it Acid-Folk... we listened to it and our jaws dropped, stunned..." - Gene Myers, Entertainment Editor, Suburban Trends Newspaper

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Barbara Toal, Rochester Herald

I like the feel to this CD. It comes across as REAL!
Hey, Phil. These are some notes I typed up about your cd, and i keep wanting to go through and edit them, maybe shorten it up but i just never get to it, so you're getting it as is! hope it isnt too long. but i think it is a cool cd, but i am sure i am quite biased! it's like i know a lot of the songs, taken from other cds, and you coincidentally put a lot of the songs i thought were my favorites. you should be very proud of what you've accomplished! these are just random notes so i hope they make sense!

I leave the cd on a table in the living room so people pick it up to inspect it. They're always intrigued by the picture, and always ask, "What is he doing?" I say I assume he is making spruce sap. I like the guys glasses! The picture goes well with some of the songs, cause to me it is like you've found beauty or interest in something most people wouldn't think twice about, and that's a good message. behind the bitch really illustrates that as well.

It is so impressive looking, so professional.


1. Please No Flash Photography - i like that it is really mellow. i like the echoey effect.

2. SunBoat - I always like this song. I love the way it sounds like a chorus of Phil's singing. I like the xylophone/drum thing because it sounds like the perfect instrument for it, it is very simple and doesn't go overboard yet very effective. The whole thing has a really cool, kind of hopeful feel to it. The lyrics are nice, too.

3. GDFTWinter - I like the cricket noises, if that's what it is. You come across as a very genuine, open person with your lyrics, and the way you sing them.

4. Space & Time - I like the feel to this song, too. It comes across as REAL, if that makes sense, like you're one of us everyday people, as opposed to someone mass-producing something they think people will like. Which of course we know is true, but I guess your lyrics seem intriguing enough to listen to and realize you've put a lot of thought into things, like they actually mean something.

5. Behind the Bitch - Can't help but to smile like crazy listening to this! This has always struck me as such an amazing song - the music is so compelling and kick-ass, really just building up in the beginning but with a purposeful drive...and then the lyrics....wow. Like you could just say she is a bitch, but you took the time to actually dream up scenarios from her childhood, and ones defending her...like her parents were too controlling and snuffed out her rebellion, her spirit. The idea of "What makes her like this?" and kind of feeling bad for her, but not so bad you wouldn't name the song "Behind the Bitch!" Or taking the time to imagine her not whistling in the rain or wanting to see her smile. Again, it totally illustrates the time you took to think about someone else. And knowing how you came to write this, it blows me away to think you made a song based on that...like something most people would shrug off and never give a second thought to, you've actually made a beautiful song about, so it kind of reminds us (or me) that beauty, creativity, even just entertainment can come from the most seemingly insignificant things. You just know what you can create if you don't try.

6. May's New Girl - This song has always ("always" as in since the last cd you sent with it on!!) spoken to me, and makes me want to cry. I identify with the lyrics a little too much.

7. Make My Way - Normally I don't like too much of the "crazy effects" but it's pretty cool in here. Again, not so much that it is overdone, but enough that you see you're an original and truly expressing yourself, which is a beautiful thing. You strike a good balance with that, I think.

8. Santa Fe - Always a fun song! Haven't listened to it in a while, but now the end seems to take on a new meaning. But in their prisons I'll be free, they'll be loonier than me...Well, I guess I don't remember exactly what I thought of it before so maybe it isn't "new" just revisited, but being someone who is a control freak who feels like if I am not the one in control, things will go totally to hell (how would anyone feel like that in this crazy world?!?!?!), and someone who doesn't easily open up and express herself in the way you do (but I don't have the same talents!!), I've always been a bit jealous and in admiration of that freeness, of that creativity, and while I cannot judge which one is better or worse (I don't know that there is a better or worse, just different) but can relate to thinking "My stoic/stuffy/boring/reserved/whatever way is like a prison, but Phil, well he is free, he isn't bound by worrying what others think or what tradition says or anything." Which I know is an oversimplification, but that's how I've always seen you, very confident and independent in a different way that i am independent. And to think of the line, "they'll all be loonier than me," I think about how holding back, being stoic, stuffing anything down will make you crazy! Of course I don't think I am a nut who cannot express myself whatsoever and has no creativity, just not as much as you and I have different outlets, but I think you get the gist! But I can think of people who that line fits, that they end up going stir crazy in life, never having truly lived. Like not realizing there is a world that extends more than 10 feet away from any of us.

9. The Form - A bit heavier than a lot of the other songs, which is totally cool....a little diversity.

10. Summer Reading - Some of the guitar stuff and maybe the affects made me think of a Hendrix/Neil Young hybrid.

11. The Celtic Weave - I like the feel to this one too, it has a cool vibe. This sounds like I am trying to sound like I know what I am talking about, but I like the way the song progresses, the flow of it. There's a continuity to it, but it also changes up to keep it from getting the least bit boring or redundant. and again the lyrics compel you to listen to them and it's obviously not just some junk throw out there.

12. Vin's Song - Another compelling, kind of "vulnerable" song. A nice tribute. Anyone who has lost someone can relate to facing their own death, so it is supercool that that is addressed here. I'm going through my own "Enjoy life while you can cause you never know how much time we have" issues right now, so it strikes kind of close to home, and it just reaffirms the idea of actually enjoying the time you have instead of dwelling on the fact death can come whenever it chooses.

13. The Song for Crusading Artists - I like this song, like when you sing about floating through the trees alone or having company. The sound of it is cool, as well as the "message."

14. Runnin' - i like when the guitar really comes in, about 3 minutes in.

I think this is a great cd, you have a lot of cool things to say, but not in a preachy, self-righteous way, but a "Hey, I'm out here living life one day at a time like anyone else and this is what I think about" way.
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