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'Back When WeWere All Machines' (Kallet/Larsen)

maeve 19 Nov 10 - 06:14 PM
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maeve 20 Nov 10 - 04:29 PM
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Subject: 'Back When We Were All Machines' release
From: maeve
Date: 19 Nov 10 - 06:14 PM

Here is a wonderful new song and video from the talented and amazing partnership of Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen. I've condensed the email for posting purposes (and have Cindy's permission to post it here), so any errors are mine. Enjoy!

Maeve
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"Hello Humans!
At long last, Grey Larsen and I have finally revealed what we believe to be the real truth about the Origin of the Species and The Descent of Man (and the rest of us). It's all here in this new song and video called "Back When We Were All Machines", a darkly humorous look at the modern paradox of connectedness and disconnectedness. Listen to the song http://www.kalletlarsen.com/music/3872 ("Back When We Were All Machines") and see us in our robot finery (YouTube video). If you enjoy it, you can purchase the CD, downloads, sheet music, and a choral score HERE. We would so much appreciate it if you could help spread the word!

The song is quite a departure from our usual fare, which is already quite diverse as usual fare goes. We enlisted the aid of our dear friend and superb musician, Izzy Maxwell, to help us out with some "additional sounds and manipulations" for the recorded version of this song. Then we went and made a video, which, upon the wise advice (we hope!) of Robin Tala, a trusted relative from the 20-something generation, features yours trulies in somewhat compromising costumes, romping about the coast of Maine. Please check it out!

In case you are wondering, the unusual title of this song came directly from the sleepy not-quite-awake mouth of Grey Larsen himself, as he was bombarded by a mechanistic sort of din emanating from the radio early one morning: an interlude between news segments on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." Cindy happened to be nearby, and secretly captured these words on paper, and subsequently in song.

5% of the proceeds will go to these charitable organizations:

We felt strongly that we wanted to be able to contribute some money to organizations doing international work that we feel in some way connects to one or more of the themes of the song. To that end, we will be donating 5% of the proceeds to Partners in Health and The Center for Biological Diversity. Please help us support them. And visit this page of our website http://kalletlarsen.com/pages/page5 to learn more about these groups and view links to other organizations that are doing important work in the areas of cyberbullying, land conservation, and human rights.

As mentioned earlier, we could really use some help getting the word out about the song. in addition to wanting to help the organizations listed above, we also hope that people outside of the folk music-loving world will hear the song, like it, and check out the rest of our music, as well as that of many other fine acoustic musicians.

We are definitely aware of the irony (and inevitability) of our using the ubiquitous online social media to get our message across. So, if you are so inclined, please forward this e-mail or the links to the YouTube video and our website, share it on Facebook or any other sites that we have little clue about (!), or, even call your friends or . . . (gasp!) actually talk to them in person to recommend that they check it out. Take them out for a cup of tea or coffee, turn off your cell phone, and enjoy their company.

With thanks, and hopes that this brings an extra laugh to your day.

Cindy"


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Subject: RE: 'Back When We Were All Machines' release
From: gnu
Date: 19 Nov 10 - 08:31 PM

I like it. Thanks for the heads up, m.


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Subject: RE: 'Back When We Were All Machines' release
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Nov 10 - 08:59 PM

Cindy, my seven year old, tech-savvy-yet-loves-quiet-moments-of-making-art-and-playing-acoustic-instruments grandson loved it. He was dancing along and chiming in on the chorus, but he definitely knew if you were really robots you couldn't go in the water! LOL He did ask if we really did come from machines. I explained "irony" to him and he got it. He said, "Oh, like when my parents play WOW on their computers." And, we talked about the importance of face-to-face being. This was just after he received some device for his b-day on which he and his cousin could send each other text messages whilst in the same general area, i.e. house!:-) He got his first good tin whistle from us.

My Rog and I really enjoyed it. I'll be sending the video link, esp., to several friends, heck, I'll even twitter and stumbleupon it for you. Great job, both o'youse!

THANKS, maeve, for the heads up!

kat in Colorado


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Subject: RE: 'Back When WeWere All Machines'releaseKalletLarsen
From: maeve
Date: 20 Nov 10 - 04:29 PM

Thanks for looking and listening, gnu and katlaughing. I was surprised by this song when I heard it in concert, with the mix of message and humor. I'm quite impressed by what Cindy and Grey, richly talented musicians both, managed to do with the video version. It's beautifully filmed, intelligently edited, and is a cleverly interwoven montage of lush music, funny delivery, and serious meaning.

I hope newcomers to Cindy Kallet's and Grey Larsen's music will seek further to explore the wide range of musical delights they offer.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: 'Back When WeWere All Machines'releaseKalletLarsen
From: GUEST,cindyk
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 09:29 AM

Thanks, Maeve, for posting, and thanks, katlaughing for your wonderful story about your grandson. My biggest hope for the song/video is that it will get people talking (preferably in person!) about these attachments/addictions/disconnects that we don't even think twice about any more. Many thanks for spreading it - I have so little clue about this, so any help is more than welcome!


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Subject: RE: 'Back When WeWere All Machines' (Kallet/Larsen
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 10:18 AM

1840 views so far. I predict by the end of the week it will be played by millions, or "go viral."

I love the emerging from the primal seaweed in those great costumes.

Some scattered thoughts (is that a ringing in my ear?):

But what do the machines think?

And how come there are no images of dogs and cats with cellphones?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: 'Back When WeWere All Machines' (Kallet/Larsen)
From: maeve
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 12:15 PM

My pleasure, Cindy.

By the way, that's the real Cindy Kallet posting as Guest, cindyk at 9:29.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: 'Back When WeWere All Machines' (Kallet/Larsen)
From: Janie
Date: 21 Nov 10 - 11:59 PM

Fun youtube video that they did!


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