Don Rosler: Lyricist/Songwriter/Producer

Rosler's Recording Booth

by Don Rosler

Released 2012
Fingers Crossed Records
Released 2012
Fingers Crossed Records
Step on in! NEW CONCEPT CD With 10 fantastical artists: Spottiswoode, Jeremy Sisto & the Valentines, Terry Radigan, John Margolis, Tam Lin, Isabel Keating, Tamara Hey, Kathena Bryant (of The Hippy Nuts), Jon Albrink, Don Rosler.
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"...Rosler has added another off-ramp on the Great American Songbook highway. Rosler’s Recording Booth is a concept album that should find its way to the desk of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. There is a great TV series in these stories and the soundtrack has been taken care of.” Hans Werksman, Here Comes The Flood, a weblog about music

**** "Simply fantastic." Jeffrey Sisk, In Tune, The Daily News, PA

"This ingeniously conceived disc takes …
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Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbuLarieS

by Bobby McFerrin with Roger Treece

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  • 06:13 Lyrics
    Brief Eternity (from "Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbuLarieS)

    Brief Eternity---Bobby McFerrin, Roger Treece Lyrics by Don Rosler

     

     

    I hear my “hey la”

    Echo with my “hola”

    Beneath my footbridge, where I always sing

     

    Whistling papa’s whistle

    Bouncing off the stone

    Closing my eyes to find eternal spring

     

    Rolling down the hillside

    Soaking in the twilight

    Floating with laughter and the spinning sky

     

    Deep in constellations

    Fathoming creation

    How could all this have comeevolve from timeless time

     

      Imagine this

     

         One brief eternity

    One tiny glimpse from God

         One small infinity

    Where I sing “hey la!”

     

     

    Dropping back to hard land

    Ticking with the tock land

    Finding a portal back to timeless seas 

     

     

    Maybe someone’s kiss is

    Where suspended bliss is

    Or in the moment

    Before your baby

    Drifts to sleep 

    Your lullabies

     

    Lulla-bye you

    Will bring you back…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Brief Eternity, page 2

     

     

    Drifting off and

    Slipping into

    Somewhere you swear you hear…

     

     

       …Voices, mama’s “doo doo doo doo”

       Lovers whisper “doo doo doo doo”

       Loved ones lost are singing with you

       Psalms and whispers

       Working in the garden has you…

     

       …Breathing in the bloom and then you

       View the sunset view to move you

       Close to truly understanding

       Life and death but nothing ending

       Voices living on

     

    (vocal section)

     

     

     

       Voices, mama’s “doo doo doo doo”

       Lovers cooing “doo doo doo doo”

       Loved ones lost are singing with you

       Psalms and whispers

       Working in the garden has you…

     

       …Breathing in the bloom, and then you

       View the sunset view to bring you

       Back to awe and understanding

       To the place

       Where revelations seem so never ending

     

     

    Mama hear my hey la, hey la…

    I hear Popa’s whistle, can you hear him too…

     

     

    Godhas granted us

    With this brief eternity

    A chance to see

    wondrous glimpse

    Within a kiss

    Suspended bliss

    An echoed voice

    A spinning boy

    Who’s drifting with the stars to sleep

     

     

  • 11:22 Story Lyrics
    Messages (from "Bobby McFerrin: VOCAbularieS" with Roger Treece

    Messages—Roger Treece, Bobby McFerrin lyrics by Don Rosler

     

    Non est mollis via, no no no

    Emitte animo lucem veritatem

    Non est millis via, no no no

    ET sicut vita fine ita

    Cura cura kama cura cura kama

     

    (“there is no easy way from the earth to the stars” (Seneca)

    There’s no easy way, no

    Send out truthful light

    There’s no easy way, no

    As goes the life, so goes the death)

     

    Padres, madres, old compadres

    Speaking on and on

     

    (whispered):

    bella Elena, bellis perennis, primila too

    Yes, I rememb, vinca in bloom

    And lilac alba opened for you,

    Rosa anina! Bella, it’s true!

     

    Unsolved problems, small suggestions

    Though all the ones they loved are long gone

    They keep passing their messages along

     

    (cura cura kama...)

     

    Daughter’s lessons, grandson’s questions

    Wishes, prayer and vows

     

    (whispered):

     

    Mana, he’s praying to Buddha, Jesus,

    Allah and you

    He tells me now his favorite is Zeua!

    He could have learned his Bible from you

    For me it’s all a spiritual groove

     

     

    Meditations, celebration

    Music floating out to starlight

    In from starlight, voices fill the air

     

    Songs so lonely, song so lovely

    Song of pure despair

     

    Spirit of love, come to us

    Songs of our Fathers, can you hear them?

     

    Tura lura, Thula, Nina, Nan, Tixo, lullaby you away

    Mama, oye, come away, hear the waves of love

    Laila, nocte, dorme nene,

    Papa oye, huhs-a-bye-away

    Bey An, oya, fa Nina Nanna

    Mama, Tixo, para coracao

    Nini cante, lomoriuta

    Fais Dodo, Ho Nena Ho

    Jo Jo Raama, fa Nina Nanna

    Papa, oye, hush-a-bye-away

    Bey An, oya, fa Nina Niann

     

    Sometimes we live so deeply unaware

    We never hear the voices in the air

    As goes the life, so goes the death

    With every breath joining in a deeper song

     

    Cura voces, voix de desespoir

    Gib acht! Pass auf! Stia attento!

    Cui! Muchi! May yo fa lu

    Schonheit zerstort, nomine Deo

     

    ....earth to the starts, songs from all those we

    Shared our light with, days and nights with

    Gardens blooming, old friends moving on

    All those we loved, every day you can listen

    And you’ll hear...

     

    Padres, maderes, old compadres

    Husbands, wives and all taken from us

    Can they hear us calling through through the air

     

     

    Songs so lonely, songs so lovely

    Songs of pure despair

     

    Spirit of Love, come to us

    Songs of our Fathers we hear
    Voices through darkness adn light

    Sometimes in sleep or throughout sleepless nights

    ‘till that first hush comes, before the dawn comes

    You sense of peace comes for a moment

    In the quiet hear the stillness

    Fading shifting lifting stirring breathing ringing

    Singing into...sound

     

    Spirit and song, listen,

    Cantus feret sensa nobis per saecula

    Ita que sictu vita ita fine

     

    Cura voces cura voces,

    Ita fine, cura voces,

    Cura voces, conto alot

    Sictu vita, ita fine

     

     

     

  • 08:44
    Say Ladeo

Selections from "dogbrain: Nest"

by dogbrain (aka Jay Ward)

dogbrainmusic
dogbrainmusic
Original, dark and funny songs and productions whirl and spin their way into your head.
  • 03:54 Download Lyrics
    Christine's Refrigerator

     

     Christine’s Refrigerator---Margolis, Rosler 

     

     I want my picture to stay

     

    Up on Christine’s Refrigerator

     

    Though I’m no longer with her

     

    I want to stay there taped between

     

    Her sister with her birthday cake

     

    Her little brother standing on his head

     

     

     

    All my boxes have been moved

     

    There’s a TV I’ll take later

     

    We were happy, so I thought

     

    “We’re too alike” she said

     

     

     

    Don’t have much family

     

    Left in my life

     

    Well I doubt they even have my picture up

     

    Got a few friends here and there

     

    Mostly all from work

     

    Yes I know that’s life in the big city

     

     

     

    I’ve had many a dinner beside

     

    Christine’s Refrigerator

     

    All those faces smiling at me

     

    And I was thrilled to be above

     

    Her parents by the Christmas tree

     

    Her girlfriend with the tin foil in her hair

     

     

     

    But on nights over there towards the end

     

    When I’d somehow aggravate her

     

    I could swear I’d see those smiles turn

     

    To disapproving stares

     

     

     

    Down the road some guy will ask

     

    “Hey who’s that clown?”

     

    That may be the time I must come down

     

    But is there any harm in keeping me taped up till then

     

    It may be a strange request

    But it may ease my loneliness

     

    Oh to know I still belong

    Up on Christine’s Refrigerator

    Is that too much to ask for

    Just a little while longer

     

     

     

  • 03:37
    I Happen To Be Free
  • 04:27 Download
    You Think You Know Someone
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    Scrap Of Hope
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    Tanta Belleza (So Much Beauty)
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    Good With Speeches
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    Everyone In Love With The Wrong Person

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  • 03:10 Download Story
    Do What You Gotta Do
  • 04:03 Download Story Lyrics
    Drop On By

    Drop On By   -- Rosler, Valentine, Gately   

    Performed by Jimmy Norman. Peter on piano, Bobby Mallach on sax     

    It’s springtime in the city

    I sit at home

    The streets are one big party

    But I prefer here alone

    And besides

    You mentioned you might

    Drop On By

     

    Now I had to buy some flowers

    Had to clean up this mess

    It’s time I had some wine chilled

    'Bout time these pants were pressed

    And besides

    You mentioned you might

    Drop On By

     

         But if you do you do

         If you don’t you don’t

         No it won’t matter much to me

     

         We could burn on this couch

         In a hot romance

         Or I’ll just sit here watching baseball

         On my color t.v.

     

    I always play old records

    That cry for slow dance

    Arrange grapes and candles

    To practice elegance

    And besides

    You mentioned you might

    Drop On By

    Be in the neighborhood

    Yes besides

    You mentioned you might

    Drop On By

     

  • 03:16 Download Story Lyrics
    To Whom It May Concern original demo

    To Whom It May Concern---Rosler, Valentine

    (from Ricky Walter "Touch Their Hearts" and then covered by RIFF ("To Whom It May Concern" on EMI/SBK)

    To whom it may concern

    To someone in the future

    today is filled with sorrow

    I wonder if you’ve heard

     

                that He preached love and kindness

                but many feared his word

     

    is your time just as cruel as ours

    To Whom It May Concern

     

     

    To Whom It May Concern

    to hearts that still are caring

    I pray that somehow from all this

    will be a lesson learned

     

                that where there’s greed and hatred

                sin will always burn

     

    and I will try to spread His word

    To Whom It May Concern

     

               He preached love

                and you as well should spread his word

                To Whom It May Concern

     

     

    Lisha Music (SESAC)/Krisstin Publishing (ASCAP) 

  • 04:04 Story Lyrics
    To Whom It May Concern (RIFF version)

    To Whom It May Concern---Rosler, Valentine

    (from Ricky Walter "Touch Their Hearts" and then covered by RIFF ("To Whom It May Concern" on EMI/SBK)

     

    To whom it may concern

    To someone in the future

    today is filled with sorrow

    I wonder if you’ve heard

     

                that He preached love and kindness

                but many feared his word

     

    is your time just as cruel as ours

    To Whom It May Concern

     

     

    To Whom It May Concern

    to hearts that still are caring

    I pray that somehow from all this

    will be a lesson learned

     

                that where there’s greed and hatred

                sin will always burn

     

    and I will try to spread His word

    To Whom It May Concern

     

               He preached love

                and you as well should spread his word

                To Whom It May Concern

     

     

    Lisha Music (SESAC)/Krisstin Publishing (ASCAP) 

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