6 Spoons Of Honey

by Alexis Harte

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Sometimes it takes your feet flying out from under you to realize that landing back on earth alive and still able to walk is a gift.

"A heart that beats, a voice that speaks, feet that fly me down the street, I just want the things that matter"

I had a post-thanksgiving fall down a staircase that landed me in the ER with a broken L3 vertebrae. My fall laid me up for awhile through the Winter. I couldn't lift my new son, got a tad too dependent on percocet, but also had some needed time for reflection and writing .

6 Spoons of Honey builds on my past collaborations with producers Jon Evans and JJ Wiesler and involved a total of 20 players. While guitar is always ever-present on my records, and this one is no exception, you will also hear a metal filing cabinet used as a kick-drum, a chapei dong veng (a gourde-based cambodian stringed instrument), banjo, cello, a harpsichord found on the street (not a fun thing to tune), berimbau and more.

Still, I promise it's not art-rock.. I've tried to make (most of) these songs as singable and memorable as campfire ditties. I think this record will make you smile--that one you will reach for while you make dinner....

If you want a physical CD with stunning artwork by Alicia Buelow, they will be available in about 2 weeks on CDbaby. If you want to download the album first, and can manage $15, I'll send you a signed copy of the actual CD once it arrives. It will arrive in a beautifully designed "eco-wallet" (no plastic or shrinkwrap) with lyrics printed.

It would mean a lot to me for you to hear these new songs, so even if you can't afford $15 right now, download it for whatever you can afford to pay, even if its a token amount. I know a lot of you are under-employed at the moment, so I hope this CD can provide some needed distraction, while also being a worthy companion to your better times.
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NB... I'm donating a percentage of sales to the Healing Hunter foundation with supports research into finding a cure for AML Leukemia in children. Hunter Zen Thawley, a remarkable young boy who passed far too early, inspired the song, Day at the Sea. 100% of the proceeds of that track go to research for finding a cure this disease. If you purchase the entire CD, 8% (1/13) goes to the Foundation.

credits

released June 23, 2011

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The Players:

Aaron Brinkerhoff: drums

Alexis Harte: lead and backing vox, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, berimbau, synths, glockenspiel, mouth percussion, harmonica

Anna Bloxham Harte: background vox

Arsene Kounde: congas

Dave Lebolt: piano, harmonium, harpsichord

David Hamburger: pedal steel

Jack Livesey: electric guitar, bass, organ, piano

JJ Wiesler: backing vox, ukelele, acoustic guitar, percussion

Joe Bonadio: drums

Jon Evans: bass, banjo, electric and acoustic guitar, lap percussion, backing vox

Julie Wolf: piano, organ

Lily Taylor: backing vox

Maya Carina: lead and backing vox

Pasadena Kids Choir: backing vox

Ricky Carter: drums

Scot Stafford: chapey dong veng, bass, backing vox,
percussion, slide guitar

Semyon Kobialka: cello

Scott Amendola: drums

Ysanne Spevack: violin

Simone Benyacar: piano, organ

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All songs written by Alexis Harte except:

Please Come Out and House a Home (Lyrics: Alexis Harte, Music: Alexis Harte and JJ Wiesler);
Less Seriously (Lyrics: Alexis Harte, Music: Scot Stafford and Alexis Harte);
Day At The Sea (Lyrics: Alexis Harte, Music: Alexis Harte and Simone Benyacar); and
5 Inch Wall (Lyrics: Alexis Harte, Music: Jack Livesey and Alexis Harte).

(1, 13) engineered, mixed, and produced by Alexis Harte
(2,5) engineered, mixed, and produced by JJ Wiesler at Decibelle Recording, San Francisco, CA (decibellerecording.com).
(3,6,7,8,9,10,11) engineered, mixed, and produced by Jon Evans at San Pablo Recorders, Berkeley, CA (sanpablorecorders.com)
(4) engineered and produced by Scot Stafford and Alexis Harte, mixed by Matt Boudreau (mattboudreau.com)
(12) engineered and produced by Jack Livesey, mixed by Brian Demming at Duotone, New York, NY (duotoneaudio.com)

Mastered by John Greenham (johngreenham.com)
Cover Art and Design: Alicia Buelow (aliciabuelow.com)
Art Direction and Layout: Alicia Buelow
Executive Producer: Alexis Harte

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Alexis Harte San Francisco, California

Alexis Harte's studio releases have received critical acclaim both in the US and abroad. In addition to sharing bills with Taj Mahal, Cat Power, Ritchie Havens, Dar Wiliams and more, he has placed dozens of tracks in television shows and several films.
In a parallel and oft intertwined career, Alexis has led diverse environmental efforts from urban/community forestry to climate change education
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Track Name: As Long As You Come Home
I don’t care where you go, as long as you come home
Take the long way, go by the river
Take the wrong way, go by the sea

Like the birds, it gets cold, so they fly south
Like the birds, they come home, sing for me so happily

I don’t care where you go, as long as you come home

Go climb a mountain, go see your mother
Go see your friend on the other side of town

Like the birds, in my tree, when they're here they're singing
Like the birds, it gets cold, they fly south and then they fly back home

I don’t care where you go, just come on home
Track Name: Please Come Out
PLEASE COME OUT

It's the time of year when doors don't fit well
Windows won't close, beaches fill with empty shells
You're tying ribbons all around your little finger
To remind you of all you have to do today, but...

Please won't you come out
Please won't you come out
There are stars and there are fireflies
Chase me down through the old town

I once called you the girl with the tiger inside her
Everybody's got to have a secret name
So if you feel you're coming apart at the seams
Maybe you weren't meant to be suited that way, anyway...

Please won't you come out
Please won't you come out
There are stars and there are fireflies
Chase me down through the old town

How did we get so derailed and distracted?
How long have we been sitting by the side of the road?
Do you think the wind stops to think about the pressure
As she makes a run from high to low?
oh no, so...

Please won't you come out
Please won't you come out
There are stars and there are fireflies
Chase me down through the old town
Track Name: We Fall Out
WE FALL OUT

Learn to sleep standing
Walk in waking dreams
The strangers we see around town
Become your family

One by one we fall out
from their cold grey lines
One by one we fall out
from their grand designs

Living in a dreamstate

Learn to meet their gaze
Learn to hold your head high
Don't drive while you are crying
Soft shoulder rest a while

One by one we fall out
from the cold grey lines
One by one we fall out
from their grand designs
Track Name: Less Seriously
LESS SERIOUSLY

6 spoons of honey in my tea
Life is short
Treats you brutally

If we took ourselves less seriously
If I take leave of my sanity
Could you still love me?
Could you still love me?

If the flowers I gave you
Stayed living on the vine
I could give you flowers,
All the time

So how can you sit there?
Rooted in your seat
When outer space starts beneath your feet

If we took ourselves less seriously
If I take leave of my sanity
Could you still love me?
Could you still love me?

I'll speak only in rhymes in your company
Diving for pearls in your very blue sea

Could you still love me?
Unconditionally, eternally
Track Name: House A Home
HOUSE A HOME

If I open the curtains, would you open your eyes?
Let the sun treat you nice
Open the window, all the boxes
Open our minds to the possibility of
Now, it's time

Gonna make this house a home

When the wind blows through the room
It reminds me of that old tune
That was playing in your car on the day that I met you
On that day I knew, that we were driving home.

Because you make this house a home.

When all you got is rain and snow
And all our friends are off in Mexico,
I got you and you got me,
I'm about as happy as a man could ever be
And we'll stay right here,
because I finally feel like I'm home
Track Name: Owl Creek
OWL CREEK

From the bridge he took his leap
Felt the water, cool and deep
Took a breath and the let the current
Carry him downstream

His eyes opened wide
As the noise was he left behind

No one can keep your thoughts from getting home

The trees have all shed their leaves
Which laugh beneath his blistered feet
Insects scream their symphony
One more hill and he's home
Where his love waits

Their arms are opened wide
As the rope pulls tight....
No one can keep our thoughts from going home
Darling you know I am coming home
Track Name: Love After All
LOVE AFTER ALL

What were you scared of?
Why won't you let go?
Ain't no devil down there
It's just love after all
Track Name: Green River Serenade
GREEN RIVER SERENADE

Green River, can she float you down, can she ride you?

Just a clear green soul, in a clouded silty world,
Trying to leave Utah, but mama I'm a wanted girl
Yes mama, I'm a wanted girl
Trying to make it to the sea, my junked up friends and me
And I hope there's something left, of this green-eyed girl if I reach her

Green River, can she float you down, can she ride you?
Track Name: Hadn't Met You Yet
HADN'T MET YOU YET

Pray to no one, talk to someone
so I won’t feel alone
My fears were photos, my hopes Miros
Hanging in my room

I met so many people
All shadows and silhouettes..
But I hadn’t, I hadn’t met you yet

Like a red bird sputtering in the snow
How’d I forget to leave?
Ice was forming while I‘d been dreaming
Southward-bound dreams

In the stillness of that winter, my ways were firmly set
Still I held on, I hadn’t met you yet.

Clouds are gathering, over my head
No time for sleeping, no time to rest
Birds are swarming, skies are turning red
No time for sleeping, no time to rest
I hadn’t met you yet

Spring came silently, crept in quietly
Found me where I lay
From leaves soggy, steam rose groggy
Sunlight warmed the day

So I never got to meet you, never made from the net
I drank my fill of water, but my mouth was never wet
Gladly took the blindfold and the cigarette
I hadn’t met you yet
Track Name: I Think They Mean Well
I THINK THEY MEAN WELL

Well I think they mean well
I really think
They’ve the best intentions,
But they cant keep you and me from being friends

I will leap their good intentions
And forgo their bad directions
And pity the one, who can’t remember first love

But oh love
They can’t keep you and me from being friends

Under the porch, I'll wait for you
Wait for your plans to all fall through
The splintered sunlight shines on first love

I was a wheel, but you were the chain,
You're the reason I'm turning again
But have you ever looked up and saw you were so far from home

But oh love
They can’t keep you and me from being friends
Track Name: Day At The Sea
DAY AT THE SEA
For Hunter Zen Thawley (2006-2010)

Do you remember?
How the sun tried in vain
To warm the day

Or how the salt wind
Put a tangle in your hair?
Your jet black hair
We were the only ones there

But as sure as gulls dance in the sky
We saw your toothy smile and your laughing eyes

It was your day at the sea
And your love was a wave
Come crashing through our memory

Do you remember?
The shape of wind-filled sails
Castles made of pails

Do you remember?
The wind on the saw grass hill
And how the world refused to stay sad
Or stay still

But as sure as gulls dance in the sky
We saw your toothy smile and your laughing eyes

It was your day at the sea
And your love was a wave
Come crashing through our memory
Track Name: 5 Inch Wall
5 INCH WALL

There’s a five inch wall between the bed and the world
There's a wide awake guy, there’s one sleeping girl
The whisper of the trees ain't soothing to me
It scares me to the core

Under pale white paint, lies plaster and lathe
A lonely air space where insulation was never placed
Tar paper once black, faded with time
Ship lap redwood nailed to the outside

Can this be all that keeps us safe and dry?
Can a 5-inch wall keep the midnight on the outside
No it's you, like a pillow 'neath my mind
Keeps the midnight on the outside

If thieves came fast, with eyes of slate
Would this old dead bolt hold back their weight
Bubbled glass now sagging with age
Would laugh as it shattered, and welcome in the rain

Over our heads, there’s tar and gravel
But don’t you know things tend to unravel
The night birds calling ain't soothing to me
They scare me to the core

We walk on planks, we balance on beams
That once stood as the tallest trees
Rip them out of the deepest loam
Stack 'em back up and call it a home

It's a five inch wall between the bed and the world
There's one sleeping guy, there’s one sleeping girl
But the nightbirds crying ain't soothing to me
They come calling, calling in my dreams

Can this be all that keeps us safe and dry?
Can a 5-inch wall keep the midnight on the outside?
No it's you, like a pillow 'neath my mind
Keeps the midnight on the outside
Track Name: Things That Matter
THINGS THAT MATTER

A heart that beats
A voice that speaks
Feet that fly me down the street
I just want the things that matter

Don't ever keep your voice down
Don't let em turn you around
Don't let em keep you
From the things that matter

Hands that fit the curves
That fit the lines
And you’re the poem I wrote
And that's what really matters

Don't ever keep your voice down
Don't let em turn you around
Don't let em keep you
From the things that matter