Slap on Three Cheeks - circus season
A smart frown on the political clown in all of us.
Attack poems, sparing no one, in many voices.
Lyrics/readings by Elihu - 2017
An instant release - in response to events of the moment.
Available now in all formats at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
Santa Fe's Best Band.
Reggae / Hip-Hop Fusion / BoomRoots
Boom is hip-hop, a big sound. Roots are the depths of reggae.
BRC is a seamless blend of styles, solidly rooted music with a message.
BRC is a family traveling through new tensions.
BRC is a framework for the future of music. By writing a song, Rama Kim provides the template, each member then writes his part. All are willing to give up their egos for the collective, the recorded release itself.
BRC is Albert, Bob, John, Mark, and Rama Kim.
"Zimazam" is a natural Earth-song, a rhythmic trance now.
|Music for a
politics and poetry in a blues voice
lyrics/readings by Elihu - composition/singing by Rama
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Also available as a digital download from iTunes
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a new label, under the firefallmedia umbrella, is
now releasing alien-country, a biting take on earth
as practiced in the U.S.
Music for a New Depression, songs of a native oracle, the label's first release, slices the political scene to shreds, then wands it back together. Read in reggae and sung in gentle and caustic tones in the manner of old time blues, the singer makes us realize that the real constituency, the only one that matters, is the land itself. Recorded on a mountain top in New Mexico, the songs are arrows to the heart of Washington, meant to light the sky as they travel there, by taking to task the national political scene and the current politics of language.
Elihu (the poet-songwriter) sees the national herd rushing toward a high cliff. His songs are meant to be heard above the thunder. At moments, his raw warnings strike like lightning.
Rama Kim (the singer/guitarist), a child of flower children, who toured cross-country before he was ten, finds his voice in the harmonic tones. “I grew up on the blues, reggae and jazz. The music came to me in an instant. My goal is to give the expressive character.” An original, he succeeds brilliantly.
Recorded in Rama’s Ojo Sarco studio, the CD release consists of two parts, Rama singing, followed by Elihu reading the lyrics as he first wrote them. Robinson Joyce, Blue-Loves’ president, enthused, “Elihu’s poetry is provocative and right on the mark. He calls ‘Keddedy - a hen house chicken’ and refers to the coal dust aglow in the nose of another political animal.
This is a straight recording, done in three days, with one tube microphone and a portable deck: simple, acoustic blues with a complexity and brilliance of language rare in the world of music and poetry. The album ends with rhythmic advice to the next American president.
Sure to be controversial, this 36 minute recording reflects the popular contempt for politics, openly, honestly, and entertainingly.
The DVD is a music video of the first song on the CD.
The Lyrics come in the form of a poetry book, perfectbound, that includes additional political poems by Elihu, not available before now.
The Poetry Reading CD is by the lyricist, an award-winning poet who is also an accomplished audio book reader. The CD includes most of the newly available poems as well.