Monsters In The Christmas Album

by Indie Folker

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The album has been released for a limited amount of time in 2010 and it generated quite a nice response - that is why it is up again this year, and it is still free, as you've surely noticed.

The EP was recorded in exactly one month, in a super-exhausting writing and recording session in my house, here in Transylvania.

I wrote "The Eyes, The Beard, The Nose, The Stomach, The Lungs" at the police station, in my head, when I was doing some paperwork for my car - - - don't even ask. I made up all of the first verse and was really struggling not to forget anything by the time I got home. By some odd chance, ideas for other verses started suddenly popping into my head, and I had to struggle not to let them in. Because once that happens, I totally lose the first verse, I thought. Which I wasn't going to let happen, I thought. Naturally, I had no pen/paper with me at the time, so I had to remember the entire thing for about three hours. And I did let all those other ideas in eventually. By the time I got home, I had all three verses done in my head. I penned the chorus later that evening and recorded the thing the very next day. The video took about 2 hours of shooting and 4 hours of cutting and mashing in Movie Maker.

"Is Christmas Time Just A Dream?" was originally going to be a slow, mellow kind of tune, but I just couldn't get it working the way I had imagined. So I just gave it a shot in this manner, and it all came together. It's one of my favorites on here.

"To Get Away From Everything" was intended to be this way. Simple, finger-style guitars, easy melody and straight-forward lyrics. Also, a Moldavian kaval and old radio sounds/noises in the background. I love that instrument btw.!

"Christmas Is A-lookin' Good" was an attempt to break out of my usual songwriting approach. It worked. I have moments like this every time I record something. At one point I just start doing things I was never supposed to, nor thought about doing. I think it's important to take these kinds of "risks". I really like the result here. "Work @ It Together" from my "Monsters In Rome" record was born out of the same kind of approach.

"Taste Like Candy" had a totally different chorus at the beginning. I had already mixed the entire song and had prepared to call it "done" when my girlfriend suggested I'd spend some more time with it - that's her way of saying "it's shit". So I wrote this chorus in about half an hour after that. The Transylvanian shepherd's flute stayed after I had decided to have the typical Transylvanian folk-ish intro with the drums and bells.

"Christmas Song" is actually the first song that I wrote for this album. It took me a week to get it totally finished. I struggled with it every step of the way. Just like "Monsters In Rome". I always fall in love with songs that give me a hard time.

Have a Merry Christmas, dear everyone!

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released December 1, 2010

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Indie Folker is very much like Iron & Wine without the iron or Noah And The Whale without the whale… In plain: music inspired by the folkers and anti-folkers, or in a broader spectrum: indie folk, homemade acoustic pop or just plain old folk rock music from the bird house. Drawing comparison to such imaginary singers and performers such as: Tom Waits on high heels, a more scrupulous and much young ... more

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Track Name: The Eyes, The Beard, The Nose, The Stomach, The Lungs
holidays are coming
the full moon's shining like a baby's cheek
rolled up in the blankets of defeat
I wait for the trick or the treat
you talk about illusions
oh i can laugh at all the ways
i find myself looking in the mirror
and somehow i'm not amazed
there's a ghost in the toast
looking on down, hey, don't we know we got it made

baby don't you worry
just close your eyes and slowly open up your knees
rollin' out a rocket on the rhythm of your soul
we might be out of control
or I can walk out
oh, but i can not stay
there's such a thing as coming on too reckless
but that doesn't apply to me
as endless the shore
as independent every single thing you say about


the eyes, the beard, the nose, the stomach and the lungs
the way he flies a sleigh, up high, with reindeers in the sun, you know
I never believed anything about
the eyes, the beard, the nose, the stomach or the lungs

holidays are coming
snow keeps falling like it's never been
bottled up inside the furnace of the street
melted away by the heat
or constantly evolving
you can barely count the ways
we screw over each other
and we never ever take the blame
if everything goes
then why are we to care that we no longer care


so you never wanted
to trust the things that keep you from where you ought to be
tied up with the money and the bills
it should be better than this
but now it feels over
oh, you've wasted all your years
and now you're sitting, waiting, wishing
someone would just count the tears
of an endless remorse
as controversial as every single thing they said about

the eyes, the beard, the nose, the stomach and the lungs
the way he flies a sleigh, up high, with reindeers in the sun, you know
I never believed anything about
the eyes, the beard, the nose, the stomach or the lungs

the eyes, the beard, the nose, the stomach and the lungs
the way he flies a sleigh, up high, with reindeers in the sun, you know
I never believed anything about
the eyes, the beard, the nose, the stomach or the lungs

the eyes, the beard, the nose the stomach and the lungs
the eyes, the beard, the nose the stomach and the lungs
the eyes, the beard, the nose the stomach or the lungs
the eyes, the beard, the nose the stomach or the lungs
Track Name: Is Christmas Time Just A Dream?
when you're reading in the dark
you hear the ticking of the clock
yeah you're the running of the bulls
and you're the lion and the cause
yeah you're the lion and the cause

so when you're running in the park
you hear their laughing just like a bark
and then you write yourself in stone
cause you own everything she owns
you own everything she owns

the snow keeps falling on your head
sheets get colder now in your bed
and the flakes they melt like cream
God, is Christmas time just a dream?
God, is Christmas time just a dream?

so when you're ready to give in
there's a promise which I can keep
and if you're good enough to please
listen, baby, I am on my knees
listen, baby, I am on my knees

but snow keeps falling on your head
sheets get colder now in your bed
and the flakes they feel like cream
and the flakes they feel like cream
God, is Christmas time just a dream?
God, is Christmas time just a dream?
Track Name: Christmas Song
Rose, give me your nose
can you hear the loud ho-ho-ho's?
Sun, it has begun
Christmas morning has come
Jim, give me the gin
we've got old songs to sing
Sam, it would've been
real nice if you came down at all

paaarapa paraarapa....

Joe, you need to go
you're a prick in my toe
Bill, run to the hill
we hate the fear you instill
there's light up on the lane
mundane sugar canes
sit in the house like the pain
we've come to retain since she's gone...

paaarapa paraarapa....

Lynn, I need to drink
bumped my head on the sink
Jane, I can explain
'would be nice if you came back once more
back once more, baby back once more
back once more

Rose, give me your nose
can you hear the loud ho-ho-ho's?
Sun, it has begun
Christmas morning has come
Jim, give me the gin
we've got old songs to sing
Sam, it would've been
real nice if you came down at all

paaarapa paraarapa....
Track Name: To Get Away From Everything
not taking you to Bombay
you're gonna see Calais
he'll put a fat diamond on your skinny finger
wether you're broken or wether you're lost
he'll make it alright, I trust
why are you spending your Christmas on the beach
when all you need is to get along
to get away from everything

he'll marry you in Spain
honeymoon by the Seine
and then he'll touch you with a wretched gesture
but wether you're angry or wether you're out
he'll be good to you, no doubt
so why are you spending your Christmas on the sea
when all you need is to get along
when all you need is to get along
to get away from everything

when something's got to give
oh you'd better give it all
and when something is not right
just fix it

not taking you to Bombay
you're gonna see Calais
I'll put a fat diamond on your skinny finger
cause wether you're broken or wether you're out
I'll be good to you, no doubt
so why are we spending our Christmas on the sea
when all we need is to get along
when all we need is to get along
when all we need is to get along
to get away from everything
Track Name: Christmas Is A-lookin' Good
her eye's a pretty pearl
she says she knows a girl

well, what can I say?
I like her better this way

road so, so unclear
I might just disappear

well, what can I do?
I still hunger for truth

and no, I don't care if I should
but I'll tell ya, Christmas is a-lookin' good
and no,no,no,no, I don't care if I should
cause I'll tell ya, Christmas is a-lookin' good

if I'm a million times the man
momma said I surely am

well, then can I fail
or can I just retreat?

they've sent a rocket to the moon
well, can I get a big balloon?

oh, but not so soon
I don't even want to go to the moon

and no, I don't care if I could
cause I'll tell ya, Christmas is a-lookin' good
and no, I don't care if I could
cause let me tell ya, Christmas is a-lookin' good, yeah

(instrumental break)

a cigarette, a bottle and I can't feel anything
and happyness is coming and going like I should've been

oh, and I don't care if I don't know what I know
cause I will tell ya, Christmas is a-lookin, it's really lookin'
Christmas is a-lookin' good

and no I don't care if I could
cause let me tell ya, christmas is a-lookin' good
nononononononono I don't care if I should
cause i will tell ya man, Christmas is a-lookin' good
no, I don't really care if I could
let me tell ya, Christmas is a-lookin' good