Sad Songs For Cell Phones

by The Wiggly Tendrils

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    My hope is that you will hear these recordings the way I hear them: as tiny windows through space and time into private—even accidental—performances.
    All lead vocals and guitar were recorded simultaneously on one track of monophonic audio at 16kbps with an Apple iPhone 3GS. Tracks 1 and 12 include backing vocals recorded through a Sure SM7. Synth sounds on tracks 3, 5, 8 and 9 were recorded using soft synth patches in Apple’s Logic.

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released September 1, 2011

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The Wiggly Tendrils Berkeley, California

Songwriter and hands on dad. Completely obsessed with music and home recording.

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Track Name: Sad Songs For Cell Phones Theme
When you’re all alone
With the dial tone
Just call me up
I’m all always home
Singing sad songs
For cell phones
Yes I’m always home

In the darkened room
Where your shadow looms
And the both of you
Are feeling blue
I sing a sad song
For cell phones
I sing a sad song
For cell phones
And I’m always home

I sing sad songs
For cell phones
I sing sad songs
For cell phones
I sing sad songs
I sing sad songs
I sing sad songs
And I’m always home
Track Name: The Barista And The Morning Stars
Hello Friends
Pinned to black
Dimly winking
I’m blinking back

What day is this?
Is this my leg?
The morning quiet
Reminds me of snow days

Barista- krishna-oh-la-lay-la-lay
It must be cold in outer space

And now the bean
And now the pot
And now the steam
And now the shot
And now the cream
Which floats on top
Barista- krishna -oh-la-dee-la-dah

Oh caffeine how you fill my heart
And the part of me which can play a part
Will play Barista- krishna -oh-la-dee-la-dah
And the part of me which plays a part
Will play Barista-krishna-oh-la-dah-la-dah
Track Name: A Song Before Bed
May two make one
And dipoles become
As dell dot is naught
As zeros sum

At once at once
May I know my will
And not just haunt
My haunted cells

These arms each leg
My head’s own heft
Oh may it rest
And wake refreshed
Track Name: The Actuary's Tale
Forsaking our language
How would we sing
Of anguish

As fruit seeds
For gas masks
So too we need
To bear witness

And I read the actuary’s tale
I hate it
And I found exactly what I feared
So I named it

Oh monsters
Fictitious
I name you
I bear witness

And I read the actuary’s tale
I hate it
I found exactly what I feared
And I’ve named it
I read the actuary’s tale
I hate it
I found exactly what I feared
and I’ve named it
Track Name: The Best Of All Worlds
We are parts of the best of all words
Let’s remark on the mess of our births
And our reward oooh the multiverse

What is lost in our lives unobserved?
What’s the cost of the thoughts we discern?
And our reward the multiverse
Track Name: Song For A Winter Night
Look the orbs release their light
As their hydrogen ignites
And my love does wander by my side and sits with me tonight

Oh our hearts are filled with love
They are also with blood
And our lungs our filled with a winter chill and also oxygen
Track Name: Approaching The Unknowable
Lo! The unknowable approaches
It holds no discernible form
And our science is as our songs are
A useful metaphor
And we humans we look for patterns
Patterns for that’s our flaw
We’re flawed in that we’re fragments
Of continuous, irreducible, infinite, beautiful, phenomena

And though we’ve named apoptosis
And we’ve named the graviton
And we claim to know what folded time is
In truth all metaphors are wrong
And perhaps we’re all awaiting judgment
Or perhaps we will repeat
Perhaps we will be raptured
Perhaps we’ll simply cease
Perhaps whatever happens will be continuous, irreducible, infinite, beautiful, phenomena
Track Name: Hymn For Lost Wages
Ms liberty strong to save
Who’s given me an honest wage
Who’s bidden the depression deep
It’s own appointed limits keep
O hear me when I cry to thee for our lost provisions
And all the perils we face as a union
Track Name: Red Letter Year
The red letter year has come to conclusion
We both will adhere to new resolutions
Each decision we reach leaves us new choices
Each leg we complete brings new adventures

so as you were my love my love and my co-pilot
We’re beginning again, we’re relentless we are tireless
As you were my love my love and my co-pilot
We’re beginning again we’re relentless we are tireless
Track Name: Song For Not Quitting
Misery, you’re no match for me
And I never leave a thing half complete
The seminary it’ll wait a year
We’re young, life’s long, and we’re needed here
To put grades on tests, to put kids in desks
To put up with their worst and expect their best
So misery, you’re no match for me
And my friend Cecilie