Video of The Day: The Nautical Theme – One More Left

One More Left is the second single from the album Lows+Highs, the second full length album from The Nautical Theme.

Story behind the song: Thinking about how One More Left came together for Lows and Highs as this delicate, sweet, and simple arrangement, prominently featuring Tesia playing the mountain dulcimer, it’s funny to remember that the song once had a completely different life as a failed synth-laden indie-pop song. But, this helps to reinforce some of the message and imagery of the song. Despite dark clouds overhead, we can find the strength to try again, at least one more time. Somewhere between the destruction of the six-piece indie band Tesia and Matt fronted and the formation of The Nautical Theme, the duo, along with long-time friend and musical collaborator, Justin Smith, dabbled in synth driven pop. Eventually, that project led Tesia and Matt back to the acoustic, harmony driven music The Nautical Theme has established as their own. The theme of the song is one of picking yourself back up again, finding that you have “one more left”. Matt proposed that, based on the strength of the melodies, the song could be reworked for Lows and Highs. As the album took shape, it became one of the duo’s favorites.

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Take Care of One Another

IMG_0245The Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation is adding a lot of stress and anxiety to our lives. If you or someone close to you are experiencing anxiety or mental health challenges and are feeling overwhelmed, please consider letting the people close to you know. Where appropriate, please seek support and information from professional physical, mental and emotional health professionals.

You can also seek resources on stress reduction that can help. If you need someone to talk to right away, text NAMI to 741741 to reach the National Alliance on Mental Illness text hotline. Or you can visit the NAMI website at nami.org for more information.

your-tuesday-afternoon-alternative-color copyAs our radio show promotes local music and local music venues, please consider reaching out to all of the venues you visit and see if it is possible to buy an eGift card or Voucher or Advanced Ticket or whatever they might offer by way of merchandise so that we can continue to show our support for those who support and bring great music and culture to our communities! Also consider buying albums and merchandise from the local musicians and bands who may be unable to play music during this time. Some may even offer online concerts where you can enjoy live performance. Please consider seeking out those online music experiences when you can do so.

101913299_3fcfbcfae2_oIt is important and appropriate to take care of yourself and others that you care about during this challenge. Be well everyone.

Video of the Day – Shamus Dark – Angel Eyes

From Shamus Dark: When talking about songs from the Great American Songbook, I’d say that Angel Eyes is right up there with the best and one of my fave songs of all time. It was written in 1946, with music by the great Matt Dennis, lyrics by Earl Brent and was featured in the 1953 Hollywood movie ‘Jennifer’, starring Ida Lupino and Howard Duff. The song has become a jazz standard over the years with many interpretations by famous artists; K D Lang, Chet Baker, Sting, Pat Metheny, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Neil Sedaka, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck,Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington to name just a few. Ella Fitzgerald, who recorded “Angel Eyes” at least four times, named it her favorite song. This video is a re-upload, now featuring a new music introduction by Pete Millward, who is also Producer. Guitar is by Eugene Pao.

Video of The Day: The Nautical Theme – Break My Fall

Break My Fall is the first single from the sophomore full-length album from The Nautical Theme, Lows+Highs.

Learn more about The Nautical Theme at https://thenauticaltheme.com

Lyrics:
Well you came in like a child
Without the burdens of the world upon your mind
So I stayed for a while
To try and learn the stories held within your eyes
But I never understood enough
Even though they said so much
Phrases I just could not recognize
In a language that I’m sure so sweet
But strangely quite foreign to me
I never had a chance to ask you why
You said goodbye

Now I sit in this pile of the worries and the cares built over time
And I think back to your arrival with all the tethers of the world passing you by
But I never understood enough
Even though you said so much
Phrases I just could not recognize
In a language that I’m sure so sweet
But strangely quite foreign to me
I never had a chance to ask you why
You said goodbye

Wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide

Story Behind the Song:
Break My Fall was one of the first songs written for Lows and Highs. When we were thinking about how to present the song on the album we wanted it to fall into the “highs” side of the “Lows and Highs”, which meant filling out the arrangement. Fortunately our friend and great supporter of the band, Justin Crim was willing to work with us on providing the drums for the track.

The meaning behind the lyrics took a turn for me while we were still working to finalize the song. Originally, the idea behind the first line “well, you came in like a child without the burdens of the world upon your mind” was quite literal, thinking of my children and their innocence of perspective on the world around them. It was about me trying to learn how to see the circumstances of my life with a fresh perspective – to be more like them. Unfortunately, around the time we were writing this song, my grandmother passed away. My memories tend to be very visual in nature. One of the first times I sang those lyrics after she passed, I saw clearly in my mind’s eye one of her visits to a childhood home of mine when I was still very young. She was playing with me just as if she was a child of my own age – so fun, playful, and carefree. So, during the crescendo of the song, when we’re singing “wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide”, I’m thinking about the supportive and loving nature of my grandmother and in general the self-sacrifice of those that come before us who gladly catch us when we stumble and hold us up through our journeys.

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This Tuesday: Kevin Serey

 

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This week musician and songwriter Kevin Serey joins Dr. J in the studio to discuss his music and play a few acoustic songs for us. Kevin has an amazing and distinctive voice and his upcoming release promises to be a terrific country album!

Spend some time with Kevin and Dr. J this week from 3-6pm on Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative on WUDR Radio!

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Video of The Day: Olivia Frances – Porcelain

Olivia Frances has an exciting song ‘Porcelain’ from her record Orchid (released this past June). The video captures a dynamic around the consequences of choices that we make and what others believe about those decisions. An energetic and infectious song that captures the energy and powerful presence of a captivating vocalist. Blending honest lyrics with emotional and ethereal vocals alongside natural yet polished guitar arrangements ‘Porcelain’ becomes one of those songs that you just cannot shake. This tune will remain caught in your music consciousness. You cannot help but hum along to the chorus.

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Tuesday World Premier: The Nautical Theme – Break My Fall

the-nautical-theme-IMG_0651-Split-ToneThis Tuesday YTAA will have the world premier of The Nautical Theme‘s first single ‘Break My Fall‘ from the forthcoming record ‘Lows and Highs‘ (release show on March 21st). This powerful song has incredible impact on the listener. We are so proud of Tesia and Matt for creating music that is so insightful.

From the band: ‘Break My Fall’ was one of the first songs written for Lows and Highs. When we were thinking about how to present the song on the album we wanted it to fall into the “highs” side of the “Lows and Highs”, which meant filling out the arrangement.

84979098_1078920682485082_7383412840431878144_oFortunately our friend and great supporter of the band, Justin Crim was willing to work with us on providing the drums for the track. The meaning behind the lyrics took a turn for me while we were still working to finalize the song. Originally, the idea behind the first line “well, you came in like a child without the burdens of the world upon your mind” was quite literal, thinking of my children and their innocence of perspective on the world around them. It was about me trying to learn how to see the circumstances of my life with a fresh perspective – to be more like them.

the-nautical-theme-IMG_0561-Split-ToneUnfortunately, around the time we were writing this song, my grandmother passed away. My memories tend to be very visual in nature. One of the first times I sang those lyrics after she passed, I saw clearly in my mind’s eye one of her visits to a childhood home of mine when I was still very young. She was playing with me just as if she was a child of my own age – so fun, playful, and carefree.

So, during the crescendo of the song, when we’re singing “wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide”, I’m thinking about the supportive and loving nature of my grandmother and in general the self-sacrifice of those that come before us who gladly catch us when we stumble and hold us up through our journeys.  

Join Dr. J at 3pm this Tuesday to hear ‘Break My Fall’ from The Nautical Theme!

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