Venus Smile

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An upbeat pop song about how the broken heart which is, as Leonard Cohen wrote in “Anthem” - “How the light comes in.“ “Venus Smile” is about how it is a broken heart that shows you what you’re made of. “And when at last your heart is broken know there’s more to you than this…”

This track includes the brilliant drummer Jason Harrison Smith, guitarist Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, John Mayer) and bassist Reggie McBride (From Stevie Wonder to Parliament Funkadelic, to Elton John.)

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pearl harbor 2020

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The underlying premise behind the writing of the lyrics for the song Pearl Harbor was fairly straightforward: If Pearl Harbor was named so before it was bombed, wasn’t it because there were actual pearls in the harbor? And assuming that to be true, what would it take to get back to a place where Pearl Harbor became once again a place about treasure, rather than destruction?

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THATCHED ROOF GLASS HOUSE 

As a songwriter, I seem to have always been writing letters to my future self. Almost as a rule, each song that I have written doesn’t reveal it’s entire (?) meaning to me until sometimes years later, or upon hearing a listener’s perspective that I hadn’t thought of before they shared it. And of this song itself, even though I wrote it years ago, I didn’t truly understand the full meaning of the title until my decision to put this album out. I thought that Thatched Roof Glass House, which just came to me from the ether, by the way, was a catchy phrase, but I didn’t understand that the roof was thatched because it was in fact, archaic!  

So I can’t help but believe that the extraordinary situation in which we, as a global community, are now living is in fact the direct result of a large portion of humanity failing to love, respect and honor each other and our planet. We are all guilty of projecting our own faults onto others, rather than looking at ourselves. And I shouldn’t have to say it, but people who live in glass houses should unequivocally not throw stones...”  

CREDITS:  Written & arranged by Elizabeth McCullough / Produced by Elizabeth McCullough / Vocals & Acoustic Guitar: Elizabeth McCullough / Electric Guitar: Doug Pettibone / Bass Guitar: Reggie McBride / Drums: Jason Harrison Smith / Co-Producers: Jason Harrison Smith and Jon Mattox / Engineered by Jon Mattox / Recorded at Bright Orange Studios, Reseda, CA / Mixed and Mastered by Brett (Cosmo) Thorngren

Alpha Cat “Thatched Roof Glass House

"The quality is rich, the mixing and mastering are sublime. The lyrics are a mixture of astute quips and conundrums. The singing, mixing, and production offered in this album are crisp in quality, creatively inspiring, and sonically meeting industry specifications. The melodies and cadence for the duration of this project is majestic. The song writing is on a prolific level, think REM, Pink Floyd, and Bob Dylan. Songs that are cryptic with profound meaning digging beyond the surface to grasp a deeper understanding. The New York based band Alpha Cat is armed with exceptional talent to create thought provoking music, and it’s on full display on their latest album titled “Thatched Roof Glass House”. 

Nigel: illustr3usmusic.com

Thatched Roof Glass House

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All songs by Elizabeth McCullough, except Reconsider Me: Warren Zevon, rearranged by Elizabeth McCullough ~ Lead vocals: Elizabeth McCullough ~ Backing vocals: Elizabeth McCullough w/additional vox on Black Hole: Derek Dragotis & Mockingbird: Ryan Mercy ~ Electric & Slide Guitar: Doug Pettibone except Black Hole: Angela Babin ~ Acoustic Guitar: Elizabeth McCullough ~ Bass Guitar: Reggie McBride except Black Hole: Lori Bingel ~ Drums: Jason Harrison Smith ~ Keyboard: Elizabeth McCullough ~ Engineered by Jon Mattox, except Black Hole: Fred Smith & Jon Mattox ~ Recorded at Bright Orange Studios, Reseda, CA ~ Producer: Elizabeth McCullough ~ Co-producers: Jason Harrison Smith & Jon Mattox, except Black Hole: Fred Smith ~ Mixed & Mastered by Brett Thorngren ~

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All songs by Elizabeth McCullough except "Reconsider Me" by Warren Zevon 
Vocals & Acoustic Guitar: Elizabeth McCullough 
Background Vocals: Elizabeth McCullough 
   w/ additional Backing vocals:Derek Dragotis / Black Hole & Reconsider Me and Ryan Mercy / Mockingbird 
Electric and Slide Guitars: Doug Pettibone
Bass Guitar: Reggie McBride
Drums: Jason Harrison Smith and Jon Mattox
Engineered by Jon Mattox
Recorded at Bright Orange Studios, Reseda, CA
Produced by Elizabeth McCullough 
Co-Producers: Jason Harrison Smith and Jon Mattox

Real Boy

Alpha Cat

"...funny, intense and surprisingly beautiful "how the fuck do you steer this thing called life? songs. GET RHYTHM (UK) - By Chris Butler

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Pearl Harbor

Alpha Cat

The underlying premise behind the writing of the lyrics for the song Pearl Harbor was fairly straightforward: If Pearl Harbor was named so before it was bombed, wasn’t it because there were actual pearls in the harbor? And assuming that to be true, what would it take to get back to a place where Pearl Harbor became once again a place about treasure, rather than destruction?

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