While the world may have shrunk in the last 20 years, The Spaces Between us have suddenly had to be a lot bigger. A trip to the Dollar Store, even a visit to the First Floor of the block, have been a lot more difficult, while recreation has been left to merely Circling Round The Town under a Blood Red Sun. Time to stop walking The Highwire in the Lonely War of lockdown and isolation and enjoy the summer’s breath of love on your face again.
The Sky…She Sleeps With One Eye Open, is the debut album from the Connecticut/Yorkshire combo of of Marc Teamaker and Iain Clarke. A collection of 12 songs created somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, filled with love, warmth, soul and heart, dipping into their mutual love of pop, soul, funk, folk and vibe. Before Winter Returns, take some time to stand in the sun, as the sky sleeps once more.
releases July 27, 2021
Did you ever have your heart broken so much that it brought you back to life? Sober. Over. Anything that would take you…over.
So now I walk these streets daily. Through the park and back out onto the streets passing a plethora of restaurants and coming across the occasional bronze statue of a business man or an artist painting the oncoming traffic. These days you rarely see a smile on someone’s face, or even a frown. Most people have acquiesced to the muzzling of our God given facial expressions. So all I can do is imagine that the woman is smiling at me as I catch her eye. I smile. She can certainly see that I am, with my flirting glance. I pretend. I dream. I walk on by in a relaxed Burt Bacharach kind of way.
It’s Christmas Eve. 11:45 pm. The rain is pounding in Stamford, Connecticut. I love it. It reminds me of Kathleen. We both hoped for these kinds of nights. It is such a special night Christmas Eve. Apart from waiting for the baby Jesus, it is the eve of the night I flew to Chicago in 2010 to meet KT. But this night, 10 years later, is special too.
December 24, 2020.
I spent the evening with Evie and Juan. What a blessing. Then by chance, King Quiet came on the computer..somehow. ???. Evie’s photo from Shanghai on the cover of “Ping”…the second solo record? It was the Prairie Mix by Robert Baird. Dear Sir Robert who I spoke with earlier in the day from western Michigan. Another blessing. Evie. Robert. These are special human beings. These people are my heart. Then a text from Daniel. Kathleen’s Daniel. Kai responded too. These people, here and there, always in my heart and soul. Kai responded too. Daisy. And my brothers. My beautiful family, who I couldn’t be with tonight. Lock solid in my heart and soul. Wendy Girl, with the call, inviting me to Laurie Girl in case I had no one to be with…..But Evie…my daughter and my FAMILY…to be with her?
The new single Man and Woman from the forthcoming Marc Teamaker album called Leaf Day Boys will be released on Christmas Day. You will be able to purchase it at http://www.marcteamaker.bandcamp.com.
“Fantastic new song for the times of fear and censorship of speech and thought. And Faith, in religion, in spiritual beliefs is a universal that stands the test of time. Freedom begins in your mind.” – Robert Baird
April 27th will see the new release by Teamaker/Clarke, “Winter Returns.” Part song and part spoken word. Iain Clarke wrote the music and Marc Teamaker wrote the lyrics, partly taken from Dream #3 in the My Dream series here. The music builds as the song commences in a dream like pastoral fashion juxtaposed with Iain’s brilliant read of Marc’s daydream. Winter returns, rehearsed or unrehearsed.
Two of my songs, Whatever Happens, from the 2003 eponymous release, and SkinnyWrist from our latest double album, all the little mornings, are featured on a new compilation put out by the UK based E-Zine/Record label, Aldora Britain Records. The Collection is called Fourteen Songs For a Friday Night and is available at bandcamp.