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Philip Lewin // Am I Really Here All Alone? LP

Philip Lewin // Am I Really Here All Alone? LP

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This is a reissue record of the debut album released in 1975 by American primitive-blues writer Philip Lewin.

Tompkins Square Other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Tompkins Square releases available at Tobira. 

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12 "black vinyl.

Tracklist:

  1. Unusual Day 04:39
  2. King of Queens 01:21
  3. Watercolors 03:28
  4. Back Home, To You 05:08
  5. Touch 06:33
  6. Sweet Georgia's Got To Be Home Tonight 04:45
  7. Soul of the Lady 03:11
  8. The Momentary Lie 01:45
  9. The Magic Within You 04:12
  10. Time Is Passing 02:50
  11. Am I Really Here All Alone? 02:16

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Artist statement by Philip Lewin, 2017:

"In 1967 I began my life in the student union of a university. In other words, I was in school. But, classes definitely took a back seat to people-watching and attempts at relationships. I would not say that I was particularly good at the latter, but I made a great observer. I even stayed near the school community for an extra year until an opportunity came up to move in with friends in Toronto, Canada, which turned out to be a pivotal opportunity for me.

I was once told that one should first write about one's own experiences, then, expand to documenting the observed experiences of those around, and, finally write about what one imagines. Am I Really Here All Alone? encompasses all of the above. Something else I realized in writing lyrics is that sometimes it is good to be transparent about the meaning and others times, not so much. "Unusual Day" is an example of me being honest struggling to develop and maintain a relationship, but ultimately realizing it was not going to succeed. "Watercolours" documents a crushing experience, but is couched in metaphor. I hope that listeners will relate through their own experiences, and because my reality is implied, not specified, will not be limited to mine. "Sweet Georgia" is an example of me, as a writer, leaving my personal space. I think of it as an attempt to clone William Faulkner to Bobbie Gentry. "The Magic Within You" is actually a commission where I was asked to write a song for a benefit to be performed by Doug Henning, the groundbreaking stage magician and friend. I once heard John Prine complain that there was no point in writing a 'train song' because Steve Goodman had already written the perfect one with "City of New Orleans". Naturally, I had to write "Back Home, To You", my idea of ​​a train song where I tried to capture the movement of the train in the rhythm of the guitar. As for the other six songs, to me, they all reflect realities, experienced, observed and imagined. Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am." However my question is, "Am I Really Here All Alone?"

Artist: Philip Lewin

Label: Label: Tompkins square

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This is a reissue record of the debut album released in 1975 by American primitive-blues writer Philip Lewin.

Tompkins Square Other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Tompkins Square releases available at Tobira. 

----------------------

12 "black vinyl.

Tracklist:

  1. Unusual Day 04:39
  2. King of Queens 01:21
  3. Watercolors 03:28
  4. Back Home, To You 05:08
  5. Touch 06:33
  6. Sweet Georgia's Got To Be Home Tonight 04:45
  7. Soul of the Lady 03:11
  8. The Momentary Lie 01:45
  9. The Magic Within You 04:12
  10. Time Is Passing 02:50
  11. Am I Really Here All Alone? 02:16

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Artist statement by Philip Lewin, 2017:

"In 1967 I began my life in the student union of a university. In other words, I was in school. But, classes definitely took a back seat to people-watching and attempts at relationships. I would not say that I was particularly good at the latter, but I made a great observer. I even stayed near the school community for an extra year until an opportunity came up to move in with friends in Toronto, Canada, which turned out to be a pivotal opportunity for me.

I was once told that one should first write about one's own experiences, then, expand to documenting the observed experiences of those around, and, finally write about what one imagines. Am I Really Here All Alone? encompasses all of the above. Something else I realized in writing lyrics is that sometimes it is good to be transparent about the meaning and others times, not so much. "Unusual Day" is an example of me being honest struggling to develop and maintain a relationship, but ultimately realizing it was not going to succeed. "Watercolours" documents a crushing experience, but is couched in metaphor. I hope that listeners will relate through their own experiences, and because my reality is implied, not specified, will not be limited to mine. "Sweet Georgia" is an example of me, as a writer, leaving my personal space. I think of it as an attempt to clone William Faulkner to Bobbie Gentry. "The Magic Within You" is actually a commission where I was asked to write a song for a benefit to be performed by Doug Henning, the groundbreaking stage magician and friend. I once heard John Prine complain that there was no point in writing a 'train song' because Steve Goodman had already written the perfect one with "City of New Orleans". Naturally, I had to write "Back Home, To You", my idea of ​​a train song where I tried to capture the movement of the train in the rhythm of the guitar. As for the other six songs, to me, they all reflect realities, experienced, observed and imagined. Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am." However my question is, "Am I Really Here All Alone?"

Artist: Philip Lewin

Label: Label: Tompkins square