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Sailing to Denver! Our first CD is released, with a celebration show tonight!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

This eight song demonstration of our original sound is just a taste of what is to come. Stay posted for some free listening! We went into Vision Studio with a list of 20 songs and completed eight of our favorites. Being a sextet we tried to showcase each individual’s strengths while staying within the context of the band. That has always been a driving force in all STD’s musical ventures. Below is a video with Sailing to Denver covering a love song by The Talking Heads.

David Byrne is a large influence on our band, but in terms of our original music Brent Sandel is the songwriter and foremost arranger.

Brent had not only five band-mates in mind, but also the idea of the masses, and live audiences all of which influenced his decision making. With this attitude in mind Brent, and all of Sailing to Denver set the foundation for what is becoming the Sailing to Denver Sound. This encompasses a sound that continuously evolves for us.

Moving the focus from a huge cover catalog, (from AC/DC to Bach, literally) to an equally expansive assortment of nameless original ideas, we bring pieces to a table to make a whole. A whole idea, a whole song, a whole album. Doing what man does best, trying to give names to things that once were nameless. Remembering a name is just that, nothing more, and the sum is always greater than the parts.

Brent Sandel, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Shannon Case, Vocals, Percussion
Jake Cohan, Mandolin, Vocals
Patrick Haynes, Stand up Bass, Pedal Steel, Fiddle, Vocals
Jenna Shea Mobley, Fiddle, Vocals
Mason Lutz, Percussion, Cajon, Vocals
Caled Elemam, guitar, utility band member and contributor

I would like to say thanks to all of the above mentioned musicians, as well as all the friends, family, artists, peoples and places that has made this creative work possible. At the Star Bar tonight at 9:30 at the with the help of great friends, and great bands in and of themselves, The Dust Up and Sans Abri we Sailing to Denver will play a set in celebration for the ages. CD’s will be available for purchase at the show. I can only hope your listening conveys the beautiful felling of actualization I felt, and saw throughout the faces of all parties involved, in this recording.

In times to come, be they blissful or tragic, it is insightful to remember, “it is what you make of it.” This album was made for each and everyone in an effort to help us all tap into whatever, “it,” is by means of artistic expression.

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David Byrne, before his time or just an alien?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

When I am feeling cautious, or having trouble finding inspiration, or getting out of bed, or going to work, or pretending not to see what is so obviously right in front of my face, somehow the music of David Byrne helps me cope. “I work, and I sleep, and I dance I’m dead,” is sung with such innocent conviction over a back bone of world dance beats driving instrumentation and melody lines reminiscent of the baroque period.

This is an example of a moment, where David Byrne’s genius touches me. I am trying to share this with you. I would attach a link to the song cited above, aptly titled “Like Humans Do,” but if you care you will find it. It’s easy enough, and maybe you’ll delve even deeper on your own???

His work with Brian Eno is on “Everything That Will Happen Will Happen Today” is my current favorite, but I still listen to the Talking Heads. His songs and his other works (film, photography, dance) paint a vividly real yet blurry picture of the paradigm of life as we know it while also focusing on the individual in his art. At his best he seamlessly connects one to what is and will always be.

The individual and everything else are not at odds, or different, they are one and the same. David Byrne’s lyrics have become timeless in scope, as the writings in the Bhagavad-Gita or the Dhammapada, or the Koran, or of Tao Te Ching, or of the Holy Bible. Byrne’s unique tone and playful sense of humor are more accessible to the younger generations. Here are the lyrics to the song “My Big Nurse” off of the album “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today”. If you don’t have the time to read the sacred texts above mentioned, read the lyrics to this album and you will understand much of the best they have to say.

When the lake’s on fire
With all the world’s desires
When he shakes the stars above
When we lose the ones we love

When the seasons lose their grip
When the tightrope walker slips

I’m counting all the possibilities

When the past becomes the now
When the lost becomes the found
When we fall in love with war
When the angel fucks the whore

When the road we travel on
Takes us back where we came from

I’m counting all the possibilities
For dancing on this lazy afternoon

In the comfort of the world
In the arms of my big nurse
From the science of the heart
To each animal and plant

Compact, relaxed- intact, give thanks

I’m counting all the possibilities
For dancing on this lazy afternoon

P.S. I am not trying to find the meaning of David’s words; I interpret them in a way that helps me. I believe he designed it that way, multiple interpretations. If we do not treat all sacred writings in the context of inevitable, changing interpretations, we are not doing them justice. Uncertainty is not a symptom, it is the cause of all life’s infinite beauty and inseparable suffering.

I must thank my sister Sarah Cohan for introducing me to his music years ago before I could fully appreciate it. Then following up and taking me to see him live! One of the best gifts I have ever received.

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