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BALANCING ACT

by Mike Holober & Balancing Act

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I read the book of sighs Chapter one your eyes I put a feather in and closed the book up tight it was all that I could handle for one night I read the part on lips part, wet, breath, and then kiss I put the feather in and closed the covers tight it was too much to endure for just one night The book of sighs of lows and highs an inside look a thinking book a page of hope on how to cope a place of dreams of plots and themes of loving lies and broken ties of how we met of no regret of joy and yet... There were other books to read the book of hope, the one on need and though I had the book of you I never got to chapter two I read the book of sighs Chapter one your eyes I put a feather in and closed the book up tight it was all that I could handle for one night
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Full sail Full heart No course No chart Going Nowhere Got to Get there Alone we’re side by side We’re drifting on the tide She’s drifting on the tide She’s bending to the breeze And flying past the beach Above a cloud ballet The sky an easy reach She’s running with the wind Like running to a friend Full sail Full heart No course No chart Going Nowhere Got to Get there She’s running with the wind Like running to a friend Gracefully, she’s at sea Steered by you Dreamed by me She’s bending to the breeze And flying past the beach Above a cloud ballet The sky an easy reach She’s running with the wind Like running to a friend Gliding in song Shadows grow long Homeward we start Full sail, full heart Full sail Full heart No course No chart Going Nowhere Got to Get there Just drifting on the tide
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Into another world Where time slows Red rock meets blue sky Peace of mind Echoes on ancient walls Surround you Soft reflection Scene selection Ground connection Heart inspection Mood correction Thought collection Calm reflection New direction Float back down through time Into another world Where time slows Red rock meets blue sky Peace of mind Echoes on ancient walls Surround you So peaceful
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Long summer days the bird-song in the trees, a fort made out of hay a screen porch thunderstorm. When all was new, a tumble in the grass, two fawns go dancing past, the endless stripes of corn. A barefoot mood, another ballgame lost, a field one lonely horse, a bike ride ice cream cone. When all was new, a Monday barbecue, so much nothing to do, there’s no such thing as more. A glint of trout, a chocolate snout, a bed of hay, a splash of cool, no school. The pennies laid upon the track, the whistle blows, I’ll ride in the caboose, you’re free It was always summer when there were trains The rippled sun, a pond lit up by sails, a fish with just one cast, this world will always be one that is new, the child inside of you, the thrilling rumble now, you will remember it was always summer in our hearts through the spring rain When there were trains When there were trains The rippled sun, a pond lit up by sails, a fish with just one cast, this world will always be one that is new, the child inside of you, the thrilling rumble now, you will remember it was always summer in our hearts through the spring rain When there were trains When there were trains

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"In putting together the titular octet for this project, Holober brought together some of the most remarkable personalities on the scene today—singular artists like vocalist Kate McGarry, drummer Brian Blade, and saxophonist Dick Oatts. Every member of this band is a potential scene-stealer, and each has a chance to shine at various points throughout the album, but this remains a group statement. Holober's guidance and multi-hued compositions allow this ensemble to speak, flow, and flourish as one.

The program consists of five Holober originals of varying vintage and style, including the perceptive "Book Of Sighs," metaphorically-motivated "Grace At Sea," and Brazilian-tinged "When There Were Trains"; a contribution from multireedist Jason Rigby—the slick groove workout "Idris"—which gives a nod in name and spirit to the late Idris Muhammad; and two covers from outside of the jazz milieu—a stargazing take on Billy Joel's "Lullabye: Goodnight My Angel" and a version of "Piece Of My Heart" that's worlds away, both sonically and spiritually, from Janis Joplin's famed rendition."

Dan Bilawsky, “Mike Holober: Balancing Act (2015), All About Jazz October 14, 2015 ****1/2

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released November 13, 2015

Recorded April 21-22, Sear Sound NYC
Released Palmetto, 2015

All compositions by Mike Holober except Lullabye: Goodnight My Angel (Billy Joel), Piece of My Heart (Jerry Ragavoy), and Idris (Jason Rigby).
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Mike Holober (piano/composer), Kate McGarry (voice); Marvin Stamm (trumpet); Dick Oatts (alto and soprano saxophones, flute); Jason Rigby (tenor saxophone and bass clarinet); Mark Patterson (trombone); John Hebert (bass); Brian Blade (drums)

Recording Engineer: James Farber
Mix: Brian Mongomery
Photos/Design: Colleen Chrzanowski

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Mike Holober Mount Kisco, New York

Recipient of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Andrew Imbrie Award for Music, and nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY®Award for his critically acclaimed CD “Hiding Out,” Mike Holober has been described as “one of the finest modern composer/arrangers of our time” (Downbeat Magazine). Other recent projects include Balancing Act (a jazz octet with voice), and The Mike Holober/Marvin Stamm Quartet. ... more

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