MOF Live in London

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My friend Colin Wilson called from London – his wife, Genevieve Lemon, who had the starring female lead in The West End Production of Billy Elliot the Musical suggested to him that they should bring me over to the UK so we could make music together. Colin had this idea that we should record a live performance at The Live Room in Palmer's Green, accompanied by some traditional Irish players and singers from Billy Elliot.
I was out touring for the spring and summer in support of my Always Yes CD, but I had a break in the middle of it, and we chose that as the time for me to go to London. Ron Colone, who runs the company that puts out my records, decided he wanted to be there too, so he left from LAX just as I was landing at Heathrow.
Colin selected the players and made all the technical arrangements, and for the better part of a week he and I sat in his parlor playing a bunch of my songs. Gen sang harmony and a few duets with me, and at night went to work at the theater, where she worked out vocal parts with some of the singers from Billy Elliot. Ron added his
impressions, as he knew my music and ways better than anyone.
We had three or four rehearsals scheduled, so the Irish players could learn the songs, but we actually only played together one time for about two hours, which, as it turned out, was fine because it’s been about 25 years since I’ve actually had a formal rehearsal with any of my bands for any gig I’ve played. I’m used to playing with great players who basically improvise when they play with me, which was the case, again, in London. None of the players knew the music and I didn't really have a plan of what I was going to play other than a couple of duets with Genevieve. Ron helped eased Colin's deep concern because Colin is truly a musical perfectionist, and I basically improvise everything, even my own songs – different every night. As it turned out this was part of the charm of this live session--it was real and the people present at The Live Room that evening were treated to some amazing musicians swimming in uncharted waters.
Ron and I returned to the U.S., trusting Colin's production abilities and were confident that in post-production he would make it sound great. Colin organized the recording in a monastery in Mallorca and mixed the project in Sydney Australia.
This is Michael On Fire, along with the players shown and credited, Live in London. Enjoy---a courageous act of love and creativity.

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released April 24, 2014

MICHAEL ON FIRE
LIVE IN LONDON

ALL MUSIC AND LYRICS BY MICHAEL ON FIRE

CREDITS:
MICHAEL ON FIRE: Vocals, acoustic guitar
GENEVIEVE LEMON: Backing vocals
STEVIE HUTCHINSON: Backing vocals, percussion
JOEL MONTAGUE: Backing vocals, percussion
BEN GUNNERY: Fiddle, irish whistle
BRIAN KELLY: Tenor banjo, mandolin
BRYONY LEMON: Button accordion
TESS LIVINGSTONE: Bodhran
MEHMET RAIF: Bass
COLE CALLAGHAN: Pedal steel
COLIN WILSON: Acoustic guitar, backing vocals


LIVE CREW:
AUDIO: FRED LAGERGREN
LIGHTING: LUKE CUTLER
STAGE: ALEX HAYES

RECORDED BY: COLIN WILSON, FRED LAGERGREN
MIXED BY: COLIN WILSON
MASTERED BY: NOA WINTER LAZERUS

RECORDED AT THE LONDON LIVE ROOM, PALMERS GREEN, LONDON.UK
MIXED AT CCLAB, BONDI BEACH, AUSTRALIA
MASTERED AT VOICE OF THE SILENCE SOUND, HOLLYWOOD, CAL. USA
DIGITALLY EDITED AT THE MONASTRY OF LLUC, MAJORCA ISLAND, SPAIN


THANKS
BEN JACKSON, TOM JACKSON: LIVE ROOM

PETER WILSON - POWERLINK INTERNATIONAL, Australia : COMPUTERS AND TECH SUPPORT

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Michael on Fire, singer, songwriter, musician, and storyteller, is lauded by his fans and fellow musicians alike for his powerful lyrics and profoundly emotional performances.
For the past four decades he has toured relentlessly, constantly creating, performing and recording original music with an unswerving singularity of purpose, telling his truths in song and story.
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Track Name: Make Me a Drum
I’ll Make You a Drum

Many moons many suns
Over 99 years
The buffalo died on the wise open range
So the great spirit left
So we sell cigarettes
And the warriors dance on the Idaho plains

Will you make me a drum
Will you make me a drum
So I can make thunder
And bring back the sun
When the trees come alive
When the deer start to run
When the trees come alive
I will make you a drum

I heard sounds in my heart
I felt pain in my ears
The fence made of laws
To keep us all here
I will run like the wind
I will fight like a bear
You can’t buy my heart
And you don’t own the air

Will you make me a drum
Will you make me a drum
So I can make thunder
And bring back the sun
When the trees come alive
When the deer start to run
When the trees come alive
I will make you a drum

In a house made of wood
In the shape of a square
My body might be
But my spirit’s not there
In a circle of strength
In a warrior’s will
The sound of the soul
It’s a sound you can feel


Will you make me a drum
Will you make me a drum
So I can make thunder
And bring back the sun
When the trees come alive
When the deer start to run
When the trees come alive
I will make you a drum

Oh will you make me a drum
Will you make me a drum
So I can make thunder
And bring back the sun
When the trees come alive
When the deer start to run
When the trees come alive
I will make you a drum

Oh will you make me a drum
Will you make me a drum
So I can make thunder
And bring back the sun
When the trees come alive
When the deer start to run
When the trees come alive
I will make you a drum

Make me a drum
So I can make thunder
And bring back the sun
When the trees come alive
When the deer start to run
When the trees come alive
I will make you a drum

Oh will you make me a drum
Will you make me a drum
So I can make thunder
And bring back the sun
When the trees come alive
When the deer start to run
When the trees come alive
I will make you a drum
Track Name: Pink Dolphins of the Amazon
Pink Dolphins of the Amazon

Aztec feathers, felt fedora,the smell of the avocado wind
I have a million memories, not a single regret, so many places that I've been
The poison silence of words unspoken
The Pink Dolphins of the Amazon

The wings of Baraka, the year of the asteroid, skeletons are swinging the swords
Witches of New Mexico turn into owls, the wind wasn't howling but it roared
The golden silence of words unspoken,
The Pink Dolphins of the Amazon

The Red thunder, lunar eclipse, staring at the faces of Mars
Left of Orion, Venus turns purple, laying down and staring at the stars
The joyful silence of words unspoken
The Pink Dolphins of the Amazon

The Healing fragrance, the Music of the spheres, rhythms of the river in trance
African drums beating around the world, slaves ain't working if they dance
The joyful silence of words unspoken
The Pink Dolphins Of The Amazon
Track Name: Put Me in a Trance
Put Me in a Trance

Gypsy girl from New Orleans, skin was brown and eyes were green
Tattooed snakes upon her toes, golden earring in her nose

Kissed my hand and shook my leg, waived her hair and weaved a braid
Closed her eyes and sang a spell, took me to her wishing well

Shake those bells, shake those bones, put me in a trance
Shake those bells, shake those bones, put me in a trance

Dance like fire, sing like angels, rolling like the wave
Gypsy woman hypnotized me, took me took her cave

Read my tea leaves, called my fate, take me through the guarded gate
Ain't no walls, ain't no fences, no protection, lose my senses

Shake those bells, shake those bones, put me in a trance
Shake those bells, shake those bones, put me in a trance

Gypsy woman numb my brain, wave her hand and make it rain
Call upon her mystic power turn a year into an hour

Shake those bells, shake those bones, put me in a trance
Shake those bells, shake those bones, put me in a trance
Track Name: Michael On Fire (with Genevieve Lemon) - Somewhere on Easy Street
Somewhere on Easy Street

Come let me hold you, Comfort your soul
Come let my arms, Make you feel better
Come let me love you, Come let me love you
Won't you come live with me down by the River

Somewhere On Easy Street, Somewhere On Easy Street
Somewhere On Easy Street

Come let my Love fill you with Happiness
Come let your heart feel my devotion
Come let me Love you, Come let me Love you
Will you come live with me down by the River

Somewhere On Easy Street, Somewhere On Easy Street
Somewhere On Easy Street

Come let me feel you, Come let me heal you
Come let my body, Warm you in bed
Come let me love you, Come let me love you
Won't you come live with me down by the River

Somewhere On Easy Street, Somewhere On Easy Street
Somewhere On Easy Street
Track Name: Don't Let Me Fade Away
Don’t Let Me Fade Away

All my friends have got the blues
Walk a mile in someone's shoes
Ladies painted like Gauguin
Rich in body brown in tan

Effervescent shining smiles
Do a line dance forty miles
Greenish buttons on her arms
You're confused but not alarmed

Don’t let me down – Don’t Let Me Fade Away
Don’t let me down – Don’t Let Me Fade Away

Jewish princess, Scottish rites,
Irish history, French delight
Seven moons in Capricorn,
Gabriel's trumpet, Joshua's horn

Night time people after hours
Small craft warnings, scattered showers
Diamond earrings in her eyes,
Names are dropping just like flies

Don’t let me down – Don’t Let Me Fade Away
Don’t let me down – Don’t Let Me Fade Away


La di da la di die,
You'll believe me when I fly
Selling futures, selling dreams,
Visualize what can't be seen

Lady Rita, Lady Sue,
Got a thing for violet blue
If I ask you to make love,
On crimson sheets and velvet gloves

Don’t let me down – Don’t Let Me Fade Away
Don’t let me down – Don’t Let Me Fade Away