Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tree Machines and Samuel Scott McCumber - Free Friday/Saturday (“FL&R”)


     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday/Saturday.

     Tree Machines made the move from Lawrence, Kansas to Los Angeles. The band is formed of Doug Wooldridge (vocals, guitar), Patrick Aubry (keyboards, bass), producer Mike Giffin (drums), and David Gentry (guitar). In talking about the song "Up For Air:"
  "I wanted to create something that was a little more retro and hip hop-inspired," says Mike Giffin, the behind-the-scenes producer and multi-instrumentalist in Tree Machines. "Almost instantly, Doug (Wooldridge, the band's lyricist and vocalist) came up with the catchy melody and rhythmic patterns that are still there in the song to this day. Who knew it was going to be the album's title track of the album?"
  Wooldridge concurs, "I've always had an affinity for this song ever since Mike brought the beat in for us to listen to. While making this album, we've recorded about 20 or so tracks and Mike kept trying to add this one it to the pile of songs 'not quite ready for release,' but each time I'd come into the studio and see 'Up For Air' missing from the list, I'd put it back it defiance! "Now that everything is said and done, it's one of my favorite songs on the album."
  About his lyrics on the cut, Wooldridge explains, "Some of this album deals with loneliness and the feeling of being in a wholly unfamiliar place trying to figure out what we're doing out here on the West Coast and if we can even keep our heads above water long enough to keep going, even if it's only for one more day."

     “Up For Air” by Tree Machines 


    Samuel Scott McCumber wrote “Emilia” for the birth of his daughter. He is based in Omaha, Nebraska.


Lyrics of “Emilia” by Samuel Scott McCumber
When I heard the news
You were coming soon
When I saw the screen's
Little flicker of a heart beat

I never prayed so hard
The night you came
Paced the room back and forth
Drove your Mother insane.
Emilia

You're beautiful
In every way
Your smile
Takes my breath away.
Emilia

I hope your fears fall short
And your faith grows strong
I hope your love runs deeper
Than the rivers run long
I know you'll get your Mother's will to fight
And stand up for what you believe is right
Emilia

This life you have
Is a beautiful gift
It'll be easy
To take things for granted

But don't you dare forget
When the days get hard
That your strength in God
Will guide your heart
Emilia
I hope your fears fall short
And your faith grows strong
I hope your love runs deeper
Than the rivers run long
I know you'll get your Mother's will to fight
And stand up for what you believe is right
Emilia
[Repeat]

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