Melted Rule – a golden song without words

close up of golden autumn leaves

It doesn’t have words, but it does have vocals. The song was created fully by Craig Camp. I only added the vocals towards the end of the song after it was completely recorded.

The song has a meditative electronica chill groove throughout.

Facing fear and playing the songs acoustically

We set up a couple of cameras and a couple of mics. I warmed up, dressed up, then sat down in front of the lights and played a few songs from Maheekats first release, God Has a Cadillac Too.

It was challenging because there really wasn’t much else besides me and a song. These aren’t cover songs either. They are the creations that Craig and I have released years ago.

The background videos and imagery were added for extra interest. The first one, for the song Reading Into Stuff, features icebergs, sending a message that I’m breaking the ice in this series.

For the second song, I chose to do Stone. It’s one of my favorite songs from the album because it features Craig singing on it as well as his own lyrics.

Background imagery includes footage of Glacier National Park, a mountainous and rocky region.

Finally, the third song chosen for this series was Mr. Radio Man. It’s a song that was written in my poetry reading days. You can really hear how well the Baby Taylor plays in this song. It is my favorite acoustic guitar to date.

The background shows footage of the beatnik era. I think I’m a beatnik!

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Maheekats Debut! on NV89 Radio…

NV 89 Discover Music Logo

Maheekats are thrilled to be added to the NV89 radio family. Our music debuted on January 13, 2018 during the 5pm hour Pacific time.

NV89 is Nevada Public Radio’s music discovery channel broadcast on 89.1FM in Reno and 100.5 Carson City.

What did they play? They played “When Lightning Strikes” off of the album, Songs from the Woods. A dreamy pop tune…

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In addition, Maheekats have been added to NV89’s continued rotation.

From their website… “We are champions of emerging artists and local musicians who will be the stars of tomorrow, as well as established artists with a history of creating compelling music from recent years. NV89 exclusively features NPR’s World Café and VuHaus to keep connected with national musical tastemakers.

NV89 is part of the Nevada Public Radio network which includes News 88.9 KNPR Las Vegas, Classical 89.7 Las Vegas and we are the publisher of the city regional magazine Desert Companion.  NV89 also features KNPR’s State of Nevada each weekday at 9 a.m., a live news hour dedicated to the issues that matter most to Nevadans from ballot initiatives to Burning Man.

NV89 is also on KNPR HD3 as part of their network of repeater stations in Nevada and Utah.”

Indie radio is the best!

You can stream NV89 on most of your favorite apps including iTunes and TuneIn, or 

 

The simplest words are not always the easiest

Craig standing in front of a show berm

Craig is known for coming up with interesting guitar tones, chord changes and rhythms. It’s one of the talents that make Maheekats, Maheekats.

Baba Lives features a simple guitar lick but a saturated tone. There’s one simple but prominent chord change too. The vocal effects are richly layered with delay and distortion but the lyric is a simple message.

The message is brought to you by Sathya Sai Baba, an Indian guru. The point of this song is to highlight the simplicity of truthful words and great quotes, yet how hard these life principles can be to follow.

Lyrics…

You can’t see me
I am the light you see by

You can’t hear me
I am the sound you hear by

You can’t know me
I am the truth you live by

You can’t hear me
I am the sound you hear by
Ramala yama ya yama ya hey

You can’t see me
I am the light you see by
Ramala yama ya yama ya hey

You can’t know me
I am the truth you live by
Ramala yama ya yama ya hey


You can hear Sathya Sai Baba singing at the end of the song.

The secret behind the frogs in the bridge of Loaded – and why is the video 3D?

a frog peeking out of a green pond

This is a song I wrote while driving along the Pacific Coast Highway in northern California in the early 1990’s. Craig helped to refine it. Originally, the song was going to be recorded acoustically, with only my vocals and an acoustic guitar. We still might release it that way in the future, but for this version we were inspired to add in drums, bass, keyboards AND some frogs. Frogs? Yes, frogs. 🙂

Earlier this summer there were a few ponds near our neighborhood that were teeming with wildlife and while we were recording the song, we were listening back and thinking about the bridge section. Craig remembered the sound of the frogs in one of the ponds and suggested we try it out to see if it worked. It was a wonderful opportunity to do some field recordings. So we hopped on our bikes (pun intended) and rode to a pond and recorded the frogs singing away at dusk.

We brought the recordings home and edited the frog soundscape into the bridge section. It was such a nice surprise sound and we both really liked the feeling of nature in a song like Loaded.

We also created a video for the song. After we released it, a friend of ours pointed out there are some really cool 3D sections.

My next step was to get some 3D glasses and check it out for myself.

Maheekats Indie Pop 3D Glasses for Loaded

It’s true! There are sections of the video that are in 3D! We had no idea when we created the video.

If you want a pair of glasses, let me know… I’ll send you a pair. I have 9 extra to send to people.

Indigo, the color I saw through Hieronymus Bosch’s tunnel

Water in the color blue going to black with a rock.

Have you ever seen a painting called Ascent of the Blessed by Hieronymus Bosch? It’s a sixteenth century painting which expresses the journey of souls towards a light at the end of a tunnel. Angels help the souls on their way to Heaven. You can read more about it here: http://www.hieronymusbosch.net/ascent-of-the-blessed/

Hieronymus Bosch Ascent of the Blessed - tunnel

I first learned about Hieronymus Bosch’s work from a song called Garden of Earthly Delights by XTC. If you haven’t seen that one, here’s a picture of a puzzle I put together of it.

Ascent of the Blessed Puzzle Bosch

If you haven’t heard the song, you should listen to it now…

I had an experience one evening, as I pulled the wet curtain and stepped out of the shower; I started to see through a tunnel. It was happening while I grabbed my towel. Dripping hair and all, the only thing I could do was gently wrap the towel around my vulnerable body and sit down. My throat swelled and tears started flowing. I could see it, but more than that, I could feel it. There was an indescribable color of light. It was a tunnel without walls, but you knew which way to go. I didn’t go anywhere. I was grounded yet so incredibly high. It was extraordinarily beautiful. The experience lasted for about a minute, if that. I didn’t want it to end, but I knew it had to. It gently and ever so slowly drifted away.

This wasn’t the only experience I’ve had like this, but this was the strongest.

I love recalling this memory and there are a few other Maheekat songs that incorporate a description of the feeling. The Emptiness and Eureka are two of them.

With Indigo, I tried to describe just the color and the associated feeling.

The original song didn’t include the narrative in the bridge. But when I told Craig what the song was about, we wanted to share a similar experience he had while surfing huge waves at Rincon. He could see through the veil of reality… or should I say… what people call reality in their cars going up and down freeways. People tend to hide from nature, protect themselves from it. That lifestyle is not true reality. Nature is. It’s in the way the earth is alive. A being of its own moving through the solar system.

Like me, this wasn’t Craig’s only experience. He’s had many more than I.

The narration was performed by Barry Somers of 10Radio in England.

Lyrics:

Looking up I lifted my arms to the sky
As if I couldn’t know
I didn’t know that magic was real and I cried
Threw my hands to the ground

Hold on I think that I get it
I never believed it true
Just when I think that I get it
I’m left in the trust of you

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo

Indigo, I reached through my mind to let go
Dusting off the love that I found on the edge
What a find intertwined

Hold on I think that I get it
I never believed it true
Just when I think that I get it
I’m left in the trust of you
With hues of blue

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo

We live here but we’re disconnected
We hide within ourselves
So distant in our little boxes
Making ourselves foreign to the landscape
Cliffs, hills, giant waves on the ocean
Disipating into nothing right on the beach
Nature is reality
We’re just these little organisms running around on the surface

Domicile I’m thinking of
Holds the truth of long ago
Ahh

Whoa ooh whoah

Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo
Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo, Indigo

Getting all abstract to capture a feeling

Snow and trees with Clara walking in the distance

This song is about a feeling I had when an employer of mine moved away. After work, we used to sit and have tea and biscuits on her back patio which overlooked her lovely flower garden. At times I felt frustrated with the work, so I would hurry up and finish early so I could sit and chat with her. I learned so much. In the end, life moved on to find another bread & butter job and I felt broken by process.

I didn’t want the last line to have a true rhyme because I wanted to give the feeling of floating and not wanting to fall.

Lyrics…

When it breaks, it breaks me down
Down Oh!

Cold water under the bridge
Icicles upon the hedge

If you go far away
Away

Swirling wind under your throne
So much ringing drone

When it breaks, it breaks me down

In the middle of the end
Floating on a razor’s edge

When it breaks, it breaks me down

When a sensitive person goes to battle

girl and dog sitting on a boulder overlooking a burning city

For the lyrics of this song, I wanted to capture what it feels like to look around and watch life decay and come back to life again. As much as I think struggling will change things, the reality is that pain waxes and wanes. Sometimes it’s fast and terrifying, sometimes it’s full of anxiety and at other times it can be fun and exciting. How can pain be fun and exciting? Like exercise… it can be painful, but in the long run it’s so good for you.

With all of the above in mind, here comes a state of overwhelm. Never knowing what’s going on or what’s going to happen next. Yet from that place I look towards something I feel is greater than myself. Call it Lord or Love. Either way, it’s stable, comforting and all-knowing. I want to be close to that every moment of each day and night. It helps me deal with the rollercoaster called life.

Lyrics…

I hush your name
I hush your name
Why won’t you tell me
What’s goin’ down

Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all
Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all

What’s with the pain
Rollercoaster pain
Come close to me
And let me see

Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all
Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all

Heart of Love
Deep and full
Paints a color in the sand

I hush your name
Rollercoaster pain
Come close to me
And let me see

Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all
Leavin’ all the world to decay
Leavin’ all

Oh Lord won’t you take me down
I know what you see in me
Oh Love won’t you take me down
I know what you see in me

Never End In the End – round the wheel we go

very long shadows of craig and clara walking on a road

Released on September 11, 2016.

Lyrics:

Here it is no longer
Where it goes I wonder
Give it to the rabbit to ponder
We’ll take the long way and know that we’ll only get stronger

Here are all the secrets
They remain neglected
Give it to the rabbit to detect it
We took the long way the break down was all that we needed

Round the wheel we go
This is all there is in the end
Round the wheel we go
This is all there is
Never end in the end

They believe the parody
Such a shame a tragedy
Give it to the rabbit from you and me
We took the long way and now we can see through the in between

Round the wheel we go
This is all there is in the end
Round the wheel we go
This is all there is
Never end in the end

Time to break down the wall
Time to break down and fall
This is aboriginal

Round the wheel we go
This is all there is in the end
Round the wheel we go
This is all there is
Never end in the end