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clappingontheevenbeat Dancing around in my flat all morning to the tunes of this album. The combination of Hammond organ and piano is amazing. Together with the vocals of Miss Mikey May it's swinging hard. Except one song the whole album is danceable for me. The absence of a full rhythm section leaves plenty of room for me as a dancer to complement the music rhythmically with my footwork. The sound quality is great, only the light 50Hz hum might be a reason not to DJ some songs in some situations. ❤️
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1.
Blue Skies 04:30
Blue skies Smiling at me Nothing but blue skies Do I see Bluebirds Singing a song Nothing but bluebirds All day long Never saw the sun shining so bright Never saw things going so right Noticing the days hurrying by When you're in love, my how they fly Blue days All of them gone Nothing but blue skies From now on
2.
Ain't got the change of a nickel Ain't got no bounce in my shoes Ain't go no fancy to tickle I ain't got nothing but the blues Ain't got no coffee that's perking Ain't got no winnings to lose Ain't got a dream that is working I ain't got nothing but the blues When trumpets flare up I keep my hair up I just can't make it come down Believe me peppie, I can't get happy Since my ever loving baby left town Ain't got no rest in my slumbers Ain't got no feelings to bruise Ain't got no telephone numbers I ain't got nothing but the blues Ain't got no east, no west, No good, no best, I Ain't got no man to choose, I ain't got nothing (and I still don't need nothing!) I ain't got nothing but the blues
3.
The buzzard took the monkey for a ride in the air The monkey thought that ev'rything was on the square The buzzard tried to throw the monkey off his back The monkey grabbed his neck and said, "Now, listen, Jack Straighten up and fly right Straighten up and fly right Straighten up and fly right Cool down papa, don't you blow your top Ain't no use in divin' What's the use of jivin' Straighten up and fly right Cool down papa, don't you blow your top" The buzzard told the monkey, "You're choking me Release your hold and I'll set you free" The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye and said "Your story's touching, but is sounds like a lie" Straighten up and fly right Straighten up and stay right Straighten up and fly right Cool down papa, don't you blow your top
4.
Heaven help the boy who never had a home, Heaven help the girl who walks the streets alone Heaven help the roses if the bombs begin to fall Heaven help us all Heaven help the boy who won't reach twenty one Heaven help the man who gave that boy a gun Heaven help the people with their backs against the wall Lord, Heaven help us all Heaven help us all Heaven help us all Heaven help us all, heed our call Won't you heed our call Heaven help the black man if he struggles one more day Heaven help the white man if he turns his back away Heaven help the man who kicks another man who has to crawl Heaven help us all Now I lay me down before I go to sleep I pray the Lord, pray the Lord to keep Keep hatred from the mighty, the mighty from the small Heaven help us all Heaven help us all Heaven help us all Heaven help us all, heed our call Won't you heed our call Heaven help us all Heaven help us all Heaven help us all, heed our call Won't you heed our call
5.
Composed by: Mary Lou Williams
6.
You know you'll get me every time you call And let me know you wanna have a ball You know I'll bet ya when you start to pout And ooh-wee baby then the lights go out We'll go to Sloppy Joe's and have a dance They play the kind of music to make romance The joint is shady and there is no doubt And ooh-wee baby then the lights go out You can use your imagination You'll still be far behind Coz there's nothing like it baby When you cuddle up close and say that you'll be mine I love to watch you when you walk that walk I love to listen when you talk that talk You know exactly what it's all about And ooh-wee baby then the lights go out
7.
Moanin' 04:07
Every Mornin' I am moanin' I'm alone and crying the blues I'm so tired of paying the dues Everybody knows I'm moanin' Every evening I am moanin' 'Cause of all I the trouble I see Life's a loosing gamble to me Everybody knows I moanin' And I spend many a days and nights alone with my grief And I pray, really and truly pray Somebody will come and bring me relief Every mornin' I am moanin' I'm alone and crying the blues I'm so tired of paying my dues Every morning I am moanin'
8.
Love makes me treat you The way that I do Gee baby, ain't I good to you There's nothing in this whole world too good For a boy so pure and true Gee, baby ain't I good to you Bought you a fur coat for Christmas A diamond ring A big fancy car and everything Love makes me treat you The way that I do Gee baby, ain't I good to you
9.
Being Green 04:44
It's not that easy bein' green Spend each day the color of the leaves When I think it could be nicer bein' red or yellow or gold Or something much more colorful like that It's not easy bein' green It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're Not standin' out like flashy sparkles on the water Or stars in the sky But green is the color of Spring And green can be cool and friendly-like And green can be wide as the sea Important as a mountain Or as tall as a tree If green is all there is to be It could make you wonder why But why wonder, why wonder? I am green and it's beautiful So it's what I want to be
10.
11.
What can you say? There isn't much to tell I'm going downhill And I blame myself I've been jumpin' at shadows Thinking 'bout my life Everybody points their hand at me I know I'm just a picture Of what I should've been I've been jumpin' at shadows Thinking 'bout my life Lord have mercy I think I'm going insane The Devil's been gettin' at me He's got me down again Got me jumping at shadows Just thinking about my life
12.
I got a little blues garden Where my blue blossoms grow And I tend my little garden Every time I’m feeling low I got seeds for my garden From the troubles in my mind And every little blue blossom Was a pain I used to hide I collected every drop Of all the tears I cried And I water my garden every day All the smiles that I could find Gave me little rays of sunshine To chase the clouds away Oh I love my blues garden Where my blue blossoms grow And if I tend it every day I will never feel so low
13.
You gotta stay with it Stay with the blues You gotta stay with it No matter what you choose When you wake up in the morning Till you lay down at night You gotta hold on to the blues real tight You gotta stay with it Stay with the blues You gotta keep at it No matter what you choose When you’re jammin’ all night long Even when the jive is gone The music just keeps going on and on You gotta stay with it Stay with the blues You gotta rock with it No matter what you choose When you’re feeling sad and low You know just what to do So raise your hands and pray to the gods in blue You gotta stay You gotta stay You gotta stay with it You gotta rock You gotta roll You gotta roll with it When you’re jammin’ all night long Even when the jive is gone The music just keeps going on and on

about

This album was not on our recording schedule, but after realizing that we're not going to be able to share our music from the stage in the foreseeable future, I decided to rally the troops and make something that we can share with our fans and friends wherever you might be.

The combination of the Hammond organ and a piano has always been a delight to hear live, and I'm thrilled that we were able to capture the smooth and warm feeling of both instruments in the studio.

Another golden opportunity that I simply couldn't miss was to get my dear friend Jakub Zomer, who's been co-piloting the Hammond organ and piano at various Organ Grinders gigs, to sing a few songs that we love (alone and together).

We hope that the music will reach you wherever you are sheltering in the world, and that it can bring a smile to your face despite the struggles that we face as a global community.

Play on, bluesheads! <3
- Miss Mikey May

credits

released April 18, 2020

Miss Mikey May, vocals
Jan Korinek, Hammond B3 organ / piano
Jakub Zomer, Hammond B3 organ / piano / vocals

Recording & mixing: Jan Korinek
Mastering: Yoram Ariel
Cover art: Shlomit Ariel

Recorded and mixed at Reel Blues Studios, Cernosice
@ 2020 Messaround Records

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Blues vocalist with a minor in Jazz, dives deep and strong into the roots of Swing, Gospel, and Soul, and takes no prisoners. Her music will get your heart thumping, your soul singing, and your body dancing!

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