Posted: Oct 20, 2003 10:36:52 pm
October 20th, 2003
The Fall is in full bloom, chimneys are toasting the coming of winter, and I am tapping on the keyboard on the second floor of my home in Maine-- sooooo very happy to finally have this new board up and running-- I apologize for the delays.
I broke the glass in the woodstove tonight, so no fires for a couple days till it's repaired. My toes are cold!
These past few weeks, in car, I have settled into listening to "Sweet Mistakes", "A Carnival of Voices" and "Translucent Soul" to reaquaint myself with material I haven't played or heard in years. (Some songs need distance, objectivity, and time to regrow on you...and they did) It was a good history lesson on my own development as an artist as well... and a pleasant surprise to hear Jerry Marrotta's really thoughtful production work and Tony Levin's bass work! Man! Especially on "Self Portrait" from C o V....
After the Vance tour is through this fall, I will be playing some of these songs from past albums that have been neglected in the past few years along with newer material for my next recording project. (I have no idea when that might be, I have to write the songs first, but have four new ones still unrecorded) I am relearning lyrics and chord changes to "Seventeen Septembers" and "New Orleans" for now. I plan on revisiting "Paris in a Day" and "Lay Your Wager Down" too, and "Take Me Down" from Translucent Soul...
The Vance tour has been incredible, and just the refresher that I needed to spark interest in writing and recording again.Vance has been a great traveling companion and we have had as much fun in the car as when we are on stage together. I hope we can do this again sometime in the years ahead.I really enjoy diving into the Mark Erelli song "The Only Way" and love hearing Vance do Dave Carter's ode to Genesis called "Gentle Arms of Eden". Thanks for obliging us on this tour, we are having a great time of it.
I will be more present on the board, given the controls that exisit here-- and I am looking forward to hearing from you all!
See you at the shows--
Posted: Oct 20, 2003 11:05:20 pm
Maybe this would be a good time to re-visit 'this old car'. :-)
Running for cover,
"Back in school I found the only written truths in bathroom stalls and telephone booths" -- Ellis Paul
Posted: Oct 21, 2003 8:38:52 am
I'm usually just a lurker around here, but I too have been listening to Translucent Soul lately, as well as your Live CD. Was wondering, when listening to "Did Galileo Pray," if you have read Dan Brown's new book, The DaVinci Code? Great book, that raises a ton of questions, for me anyway! Anyway, I'll be coming to see your in store performance at Borders in Braintree next week, and if you are interested in reading it, let me know and I'll bring it with me!
Peace ....... Monica
Posted: Oct 21, 2003 12:25:07 pm
Ellis have you ever performed Paper Back Man live?? That's a great song... please relearn, rewrite, revamp, what ever it is you do to...Last At The Table, Weightless, Deliver Me, MYSTIFIED...oh this is gonna be fun!!
Posted: Oct 21, 2003 1:33:46 pm
I have tortured many fans on the other board with my insistance that you need to play your old stuff. So it is great to hear that you may be revisiting your old material...I guess I'll have to go to a concert again!
Some older tunes that I think deserve anotehr listen:
Ashes to Dust
Last at the Table
"And so we keep on while we live
Until we have no more to give
And when these fingers can strum no longer
And the old banjo to the young one stronger
So though it darkest before the dawn
This thought keeps me movin on
Through all this world of joy and sorrow
We still can have singin tomorrow"
Posted: Oct 21, 2003 1:59:18 pm
'some older tunes deserve a listen'? Heh, I listen to the same 70 Ellis Paul songs I have over and over day in day out here in my room! Cant get enough.. Anyway, to the topic at hand:
Oh my goodness! A new message board and a message from Ellis.. Is it just me, or does it feel like Christmas?
Pop the cork
A Shampagne glass
Raise to the future
Drink to the past
Posted: Oct 21, 2003 3:34:27 pm
New member here, just wanted to say the board looks great and I'm glad to have found you all.
Ellis I've been a fan for years, ever since I heard you play at the beginning of my freshman year of college and now I'm making plans to catch the tour with Vance in Troy, can't wait!!!! Looking forward to hearing "Paris in a Day" again, I have very fond memories of you trying to get a roomful of college students to abandon their inhibitions long enough to sing louder than a whisper...
~If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all~Hamlet V. II
Posted: Oct 21, 2003 6:03:10 pm
The board looks great.
Just wanted to say thanks for the great show last week at The Makor in NYC. I am listening to Side of the Road now...just a wonderful cd!
Posted: Oct 21, 2003 9:48:11 pm
Have you ever thought about playing "Black Shiny Shoes" again? I was listening to an old tape I have of this song the other day and it's addictive. Especially the chorus.
"And I ask myself, hey me, who else, would choose this life you're living..."
I'd also love to hear Urban Girlfriend and Worn out Pretension live!
Posted: Oct 24, 2003 10:39:50 am
I'll be looking forward to seeing and hearing you and Vance at Eddie's, even though Eddie isn't there anymore, on Halloween. Don may be there too, but he's not sure. It will be good to see you guys!
"In science there is only physics; everything else is stamp collecting." --Ernest Rutherford
Posted: Oct 25, 2003 10:39:15 am
Enjoying the new discussion board...still figuring things out...but, enjoying it!
i'm very, VERY happy to hear that "Lay Your Wager Down" is on the list of old songs being revisited! one of my (many and ever changing) favorites...and the first song i ever requested. one of those that sort of snuck up on me and WHACKED me in the head...not coincidentally when returning from a visit with my family...
looking forward to new stuff as well! sorry to be missing the Elllis and Vance tour...just not in the right place at the right time...
happy fall to all ya'll out there where fall happens...
christy (in south texas...where fall is not so fall-like)
- Edited by shrink on: Oct 25, 2003 10:40:19 am
Posted: Oct 31, 2003 5:20:46 pm
Glad to be here with you. I met you the first time in Denver, CO back in 10/97 for the "Writers in the Round" at Swallow Hill. I had asked you to play Conversation With a Ghost so I could learn how to play it. You graciously played it for me and I was able to get the chords correct. Thanks again for doing that. Since then, I have learned a few more of your songs, but your voice is much higher than mine, so I really can't sing them very well. I usually play David Wilcox songs because his voice is in my range. I do love your music and your playing style. In fact, I ended up buying the same guitar you have and the same pick up because I heard it that night! I bought the Santa Cruz F model with cutaway, with the fishman blend pickup. I do love my guitar! Thanks for sharing with us. Also, you had mentioned that you were going to put a new DVD out this fall with guitar lessons, and I was wondering how that project is going. I also noticed that you have no dates to play in Denver, CO...What's up with that?! Please come back, I'm looking forward to hearing your new stuff live! Take care,
Tracy in Denver
Tracy in Denver
Posted: Oct 31, 2003 9:29:50 pm
Thanks so much for the unbelievable concert at the Outpost with Vance and Jill. "The Speed of Trees" will never travel at the same velocity again. Hope you fix your stove by winter.
Posted: Nov 01, 2003 7:32:41 am
Marrotta and Levin? I've got to give another listen! I've been a Gabriel fan for years, and they are 2 of the best!
I woke up this morning to find your post on our computer screen, and began to read...This is actually my wife's account, whom I'm happy to say has turned me on to your music! We were fortunate enough to meet and see you at Happy Endings in Syracuse several months back. Fantastic and intimate show. I'll make it a point to re-listen more carefully to the Marrotta-Levin overtones this weekend.
Come back and see us in Syracuse,
Posted: Nov 01, 2003 12:37:42 pm
Your show with Vance last night at Eddie's was fantastic! My only complaint would be of a selfish nature - WE WANTED MORE!!!! You were both amazing. Your music fed our souls. As well, thanks for the laughs! I don't think I'll ever be to listen to Speed of Trees quite the same now! ;-)
As for returning to some of your "older" music - it was sometime in 2000 when I accidently stumbled upon your music when searching the 'net for something to do on the weekend in Atlanta. (We live 45 minutes south of the airport). So, I guess we are still "newbies". Transluscent Soul is the first one I bought and my all time favorite, although I can't get enough of Speed of Trees. I just bought Stories and we enjoyed that on the way home last night. (I've also got Live and the 3000 Miles DVD...) My husband and I will be anxious for your next visit to Decatur so we can hear some of those "old songs" of yours. OR, we may just have to travel to a new town to experience your wonderful soulful music there. ;-)
Thanks so much for an enjoyable night. (And the autograph!)Take Care.
Posted: Nov 01, 2003 5:13:51 pm
I want to second Monica's recommendation (10/21) of Dan Brown's book, The da Vinci Code. I just finished reading it about a week ago and it is a "must read." I couldn't put it down after I got through the first 30 or 40 pages. It is one of the best books I've ever read. I heard the author interviewed on KPBS radio. It is based on years of research and even though the characters in the book are fictional, the historical references are supposedly accurate. Without giving anything away, part of the book is about how Leonardo da Vinci painted codes in the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper paintings. It also reveals the past and current existence of secret societies that causes one to question everything modern religions and male/female relationships have become. Ellis, based on what I have known you to read in the past, this is a book you will love.
I see you're coming to L.A. but not San Diego. We are patiently waiting for your return! I will look forward to hearing some of the "oldies" that hooked me when I first saw you at Words & Music Bookstore.
All the best,
San Diego, CA
Posted: Nov 03, 2003 6:07:18 pm
Old tunes? Great! Please, please, please consider "I'm the One to Save."
Posted: Nov 08, 2003 10:12:54 pm
Great job on the new board. It will be nice visiting now. Thanks for putting this together.....
Ellis, in the "Notes from the road" section of the web site, you mentioned that you may try to put out a book of tabs for some of your music. Is this still in the works? I'd buy it the day it comes out. I have the DVD, but I still can't quite figure it all out. Until then, I'm patiently waiting for the next "Blackthorn Tavern" show. Last one was excellent.
For "DAUGHTEROFTHEMOON" -- If you liked the DaVinci Code, go back to Borders in Braintree. Dan Brown has I think four more books out there. "Angels & Demons" features the same characters as DaVinci Code and is also full of Vatican stuff. The others, whose names elude me at the moment, we also great reads.
Peace to all....Stevie C
In my mind I see a lifetime of tonights....EP
Posted: Nov 12, 2003 6:07:03 pm
Ellis, After the Ft. Worth show at the Jefferson Freedom Cafe,the "high" of which I'm still haven't come down from,I had this incredible brain storm about a children's album by you Vance, Lucy Kuplanski and maybe even Pete Seeger????
I'm ready to start production on this any time ya'll are.
HA!!! No, really. It would be terrific. Keep the faith.