The Dwindling Road

J.B. Pariah

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Backstory

The Dwindling Road is for those who’ve come to the startling realization that they’re actually on it. I’ve had to cobble the album together out of necessity. Some years ago, a key member of the No Tone Ditties, Russ Omens, began coming over to my basement in Chicago’s Albany Park to lay down lead guitar, bass, and occasionally backup vocals to a bunch of my songs just for the hell of it. My setup was by no means Abbey Road Studios—just a Yamaha 16-track and a couple of mics—but it was high enough quality for us because, Burnham be damned, we had no great plans other than to make the best recordings we could in the pinched time we had.

 

To make a long story short, years passed, songs accumulated, and eventually circumstances allowed me to think of making albums out of them. By this time, Russ had moved to the Sunshine State with his wife and three oversized dogs while the other key member of the No Tone Ditties, David Kossy, formerly of Zendik, had begun adding his own distinctive chops to the material, only now my Yamaha had been replaced by Pro Tools & Logic Pro. Unfortunately, in late 2017, Russ, a Freudian psychologist by trade, died at just sixty-six of complications from Crohn’s. There could be no do-overs of his parts. We had to work with what we had, and so that’s what we’ve done, aided and abetted by an assortment of musicians and the engineering talents of Lou Carlozo, who also played on some tracks.

 

No Tone Ditties alludes to Keat’s line “Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone” from “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” in which upon gazing at pipers forever frozen on the side of the urn, the poet declares, “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.” We figured our songs are probably sweeter in the mind than in the ear, too, but our hope is that some still manage to find a way to the spirit nonetheless.

 

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Dubliners Sung

J.B. Pariah

Here's an mp3 sampler from a work-in-progress, "Dubliners Sung: Portrait of a Town and an Artist by the Liffey," a work of poetry, anecdotes, and song that sets James Joyce's short stories to a combination of original lyrics and Celtic-flavored music with a rock sensibility. Some of the tunes are traditional; others, original.

Joining me, J.B.,

Here's an mp3 sampler from a work-in-progress, "Dubliners Sung: Portrait of a Town and an Artist by the Liffey," a work of poetry, anecdotes, and song that sets James Joyce's short stories to a combination of original lyrics and Celtic-flavored music with a rock sensibility. Some of the tunes are traditional; others, original.

Joining me, J.B., are the No Tone Ditties, Dave Kossy and Russ Omens, along with musicians from Chicago to as distant as L.A., Wales, Italy, and, of course, Ireland.

The album of 14 tunes and a handful of Nora monologues is set for release on a date from February 2nd (Joyce's birthday) to St. Patrick's Day of 2023. There will be a release party at Mrs. Murphy's in Chicago, along with other performances in the Chicago area. Sign up at Mailing List or check the website now and then to be updated.

These first four tracks are Mp3 demos of the songs performed at the Atlantic Bar and Grill on Bloomsday, 2022; the last two were left out for lack of time. The album will offer full versions of all of the tunes, higher fidelity, and complete packaging.

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CELTIC LEFTOVERS

J.B. Pariah

In the process of writing Dubliners Sung, I took the liberty to rewrite the lyrics of a few other Celtic tunes I admired. The melody of the demo here is from Down By the Sally Gardens w/ original lyrics by Yeats. Mine cobble snippets from Yeats, Eugene O'Neill, Robinson Jeffers, and Tennyson.

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Singer in the Rye

J.B. Pariah

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CD includes musical reincarnations of

Caliban: "A Burden to Dream": Kurtz of Heart of Darkness: "The Latin King"; Catcher in the Rye: Song of Chapman; Michael Jordan: "To an Athlete . . ."; Carpe Diem: "Prince of Folly".

Pay what you will for download. Your $ will not go for supporting a rock and roll lifestyle but for more music projects.

CD includes musical reincarnations of

Caliban: "A Burden to Dream": Kurtz of Heart of Darkness: "The Latin King"; Catcher in the Rye: Song of Chapman; Michael Jordan: "To an Athlete . . ."; Carpe Diem: "Prince of Folly".

Pay what you will for download. Your $ will not go for supporting a rock and roll lifestyle but for more music projects.

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Trumpenstein

J.B. Pariah

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Time has shown that the subject depicted in this song has proven to be even more heinous than the lyrics suggest.

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IRISH HERITAGE HEROES

VARIOUS REBELS OF UNRENOWN AND ILL REPUTE

Spirited renditions of Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs,polkas, and more recorded in my basement or live at The Irish Heritage Center of Chicago and other places where Guinness is served.

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