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Sparks Like Little Stars

by The Campfire Flies

Melodies supported by well-woven harmonies arranged by friends having fun with every organic instrument under the Americana sun!
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. If Your Eyes Are Closed
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2. Way Way Back
3:32 $0.99
3. Blue Fall Day
3:41 $0.99
4. John's Song
4:05 $0.99
5. I'm Not Changing My Mind
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6. Lost My Place in a Small Town
3:12 $0.99
7. Go Back to Your Heart
4:03 $0.99
8. I Can't Find a Place That Feels Like Home
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9. Waiting to Shine
3:59 $0.99
10. Deep Water
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11. Your Lips Were Made for Me
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Album Notes
If you’re lucky, you have an old friend who — to paraphrase a fellow New Jerseyan — “likes the same music, likes the same bands, likes the same clothes.” For me it was Jeff. In high school, I’d go to his house and we’d listen to records or the radio or watch MTV. One of our favorites was “My Boyfriend” by the Cucumbers, with no idea that the band was just 45 minutes up the Turnpike. Or there was the time Jeff and I took the train into the city to see R.E.M., with some band called the Feelies opening. They were cool! A few years later as a college DJ, I recognized some Feelies’ names on an album by Speed the Plough. They had that familiar strum and speedbeat but with their own kind of poetry.

Little did I know that in a few more years, I’d be living in Hoboken, home of the legendary Maxwell’s club, base to all these bands. Or that as time passed, Deena Shoshkes and Jon Fried of the Cucumbers and John and Toni Baumgartner of Speed the Plough would become my own friends. Through them I met new friends: At Maxwell’s I saw a great band called the Parkway Charlies, which morphed into the Thousand Pities, led by Matthew Davis. Matt, who’d also fronted 90s college rockers the Vestrymen, was equally quick with a snappy remark or a rousing tune. And I finally got to see Speed the Plough live, their modern incarnation rounded out by singer/guitarist/songwriter Ed Seifert (a known associate of pop wizard George Usher, yet another area pal). I soon learned that in addition to being incredible players, they were all also incredibly nice people, which somehow made the music sweeter.

Wouldn’t you know it, in between all their other projects, Jon and Deena and John and Toni and Matt and Ed formed yet another band, the Campfire Flies. And they sound just like you’d want them to: Friends making music with each other, for each other. They’d be doing this even if there wasn’t a microphone around. Luckily for the rest of us, somebody pressed ‘record,’ and Sparks Like Little Stars is the first fruit of this collaboration. It’s warm and strummy and organic; as you listen you can picture the campfire. They trade off songwriting and lead-vocal duties, but it’s a true team effort, a family affair — you hear it in the harmonies. They’ll soon feel like your friends, too.

Jeff lives way out in California these days, but I can’t wait to send him a copy.

Jack Silbert
Hoboken, NJ

The Campfire Flies are:

John Baumgartner - vocals, keyboard, accordion, percussion
Toni Baumgartner - vocals, flute, recorder, clarinet, percussion
Matthew Davis - vocals, guitar, bass, percussion
Jon Fried - vocals, banjo, bass
Ed Seifert - vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica
Deena Shoshkes - vocals, guitar, bass, percussion

All songs performed and arranged by The Campfire Flies

Tracks recorded by Rob Friedman at David Cossin’s Studio, NYC
Tracks #2 & 3 recorded by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound, Maplewood, NJ
Mixed by Don Sternecker at Mixolydian Studio, Delaware Water Gap, PA
Additional recording and engineering by John Baumgartner at Ruff Tracks and additional recording by Deena Shoshkes at The J Club
Mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound
Design by John Baumgartner

Very special thanks to Jack Silbert, George Kopp, Ann Shoshkes, Don Sternecker, Rob Friedman, Scott Anthony, Rebecca Turner, Chris Dickson, David Wagner, Bill Ehlers, Tony Donato, Dana Ricci, Marie Peruta and all of our families and friends.


All songs (c)2018



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