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Michael Engberg Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, London, Paris, Cedar Rapids.... Michael Engberg has traveled across the globe, bringing his songs and stories to delighted audiences at clubs, coffeehouses, college campuses, fairs, festivals and farmer's markets. Michael is an insightful songwriter whose lyrics demonstrate a keen eye for the world around him, and an elegant fingerstyle guitarist, playing original compositions as well as exciting arrangements of folk, Celtic, jazz, pop, and classical guitar repertoire. His shows are peppered with tales of how he came to write a particular piece, or where he found a certain song in his travels. Through his own production company, Many Hats Music, Michael does, indeed, wear many hats. In addition to his talents as a guitarist, singer and songwriter, he produces and releases his CD's on his own independent record label, Many Hats Recordings, including his most recent efforts (Aug 2013), Collage and Collidoscope. Collage is a collection of instrumental guitar works that features some Celtic and classical guitar works mixed in with his original compositions. Collidoscope is a new batch of his songs observing the plight of those struggling to make ends meet, the pratfalls and pitfalls of celebrity culture, the dubious allure of French fried hamsters (on a corn dog stick, no less), and much more. Positively eclectic and never boring, don't miss your chance to see and hear Michael Engberg COLLIDOSCOPE SONG STORIES Bumblebee Wages: The initial inspiration for this song was an article I read about Chet Atkins that started with describing how a group of engineers had decided that the wingspan of the bumblebee was not long enough to sustain flight, but NOBODY TOLD THE BEES. The author of the article went on to say that Chet Atkins could do things on a guitar that should not be humanly possible, but nobody had told Chet. The title phrase came to me while driving one night. Later, Pony and I were spending a weekend in Breckenridge, CO, when I woke one morning and wrote down the first verse and the chorus, The other two verses and the bridge came along later that day. It took one day to write the song about the working poor, who try to somehow make ends meet. I Can't Be Blue: almost an anti-blues song, in that it's about being in love and being nothing but totally jazzed about it. Old Lady Shaley: there actually was a woman named Mrs. Shaley, who lived in the neighbourhood where I grew up, in Burlington, IA. She was an ill-tempered, curmudgeonly sort of character, and the prime source of speculation of all sorts of imaginative stories by the neighbourhood kids. This is considered something of a kid song, albeit a somewhat twisted one. King of Oysters: this is another song where the title came to me while driving. I was walking Rufus around Lake Arbor one morning, thinking about an article I'd read in Rolling Stone about Lena Dunham (star and chief writer for the HBO series, "Girls"). I got to thinking about celebrity culture, tabloid culture, and how some folks achieve notoriety from their faults and foibles as much as (or in lieu of) any talent or artistic endeavors. It took a couple of days of Rufus and I walking around the lake to get all the verses. Great Grandma Batter Battle: I had the idea for this song rolling around in the back of my brain for some years, and finally sat down to work it out. It is a story song, and a somewhat elaborate build-up to the pun at the end. I played this for a dear friend of mine (a violinist I have worked with over the years. This friend has a tendency to immediately consider "the worst thing that could happen" in many cases. After hearing the song for the first time, her first words were, "You'd better clear that with Pete Seeger, to make sure he doesn't sue you for copyright infringement." Because, y'know, that's just the way Pete Seeger rolls. Rabbit and Bear: My friend, Gary, is one of my oldest and closest friends (we have known each other since the fifth grade). And introducing him to his wife Rita is my one and only successful attempt at match-making, and a half-accidental one, at that. When they were married, I promised to write them a song as a wedding present. A couple of years back, Gary posted on Facebook that he and Rita were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. I posted a response that, now that I am fairly sure the marriage is likely to last, I'd best get to writing that song. So I did. It is an allegory meant to capture the spirit of their union (also they have the pet names: Gary calls Rita his Rabbit, and Rita calls Gary her Bear). Gary plays guitar and Rita plays a bit of flute, so I was pleased to incorporate both of those instruments into the recording. Darlin': The songwriter, Doc Pomus, wrote the song, "Save The Last Dance For Me". I think he also wrote "Up On The Boardwalk" (although I am less sure about that). Anyway, I wanted to write a song somewhat in the spirit of Doc Pomus'work. Again, this is a song about learning to enjoy life and the moment. What Would You Give: This is another song that came from walking with Rufus around Lake Arbor. It's a song about doing something positive for the world, even if it is just a small gesture, here and there. One of my friends suggested that, with all these songs that have come from walking Rufus, the dog may be due some co-writing credits. Fortunately, he is very happy to be compensated with various dog treats (and more walks!). WHAT'S GOING ON? Michael is on tour. Please feel free to get to know him better - follow links, listen to music, watch videos, visit the store and read the blog about his tour around the country in an RV called CC, with a Pony, three cats, a dog, about 200 songs, 2 guitars, and a smile. There is a website called ManyHatsMusic and he's also on Reverbnation, please feel free to follow the action on either site.
Michael Engberg Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, London, Paris, Cedar Rapids.... Michael Engberg has traveled across the globe, bringing his songs and stories to delighted audiences at clubs, coffeehouses, college campuses, fairs, festivals and farmer's markets. Michael is an insightful songwriter whose lyrics demonstrate a keen eye for the world around him, and an elegant fingerstyle guitarist, playing original compositions as well as exciting arrangements of folk, Celtic, jazz, pop, and classical guitar repertoire. His shows are peppered with tales of how he came to write a particular piece, or where he found a certain song in his travels. Through his own production company, Many Hats Music, Michael does, indeed, wear many hats. In addition to his talents as a guitarist, singer and songwriter, he produces and releases his CD's on his own independent record label, Many Hats Recordings, including his most recent efforts (Aug 2013), Collage and Collidoscope. Collage is a collection of instrumental guitar works that features some Celtic and classical guitar works mixed in with his original compositions. Collidoscope is a new batch of his songs observing the plight of those struggling to make ends meet, the pratfalls and pitfalls of celebrity culture, the dubious allure of French fried hamsters (on a corn dog stick, no less), and much more. Positively eclectic and never boring, don't miss your chance to see and hear Michael Engberg COLLIDOSCOPE SONG STORIES Bumblebee Wages: The initial inspiration for this song was an article I read about Chet Atkins that started with describing how a group of engineers had decided that the wingspan of the bumblebee was not long enough to sustain flight, but NOBODY TOLD THE BEES. The author of the article went on to say that Chet Atkins could do things on a guitar that should not be humanly possible, but nobody had told Chet. The title phrase came to me while driving one night. Later, Pony and I were spending a weekend in Breckenridge, CO, when I woke one morning and wrote down the first verse and the chorus, The other two verses and the bridge came along later that day. It took one day to write the song about the working poor, who try to somehow make ends meet. I Can't Be Blue: almost an anti-blues song, in that it's about being in love and being nothing but totally jazzed about it. Old Lady Shaley: there actually was a woman named Mrs. Shaley, who lived in the neighbourhood where I grew up, in Burlington, IA. She was an ill-tempered, curmudgeonly sort of character, and the prime source of speculation of all sorts of imaginative stories by the neighbourhood kids. This is considered something of a kid song, albeit a somewhat twisted one. King of Oysters: this is another song where the title came to me while driving. I was walking Rufus around Lake Arbor one morning, thinking about an article I'd read in Rolling Stone about Lena Dunham (star and chief writer for the HBO series, "Girls"). I got to thinking about celebrity culture, tabloid culture, and how some folks achieve notoriety from their faults and foibles as much as (or in lieu of) any talent or artistic endeavors. It took a couple of days of Rufus and I walking around the lake to get all the verses. Great Grandma Batter Battle: I had the idea for this song rolling around in the back of my brain for some years, and finally sat down to work it out. It is a story song, and a somewhat elaborate build-up to the pun at the end. I played this for a dear friend of mine (a violinist I have worked with over the years. This friend has a tendency to immediately consider "the worst thing that could happen" in many cases. After hearing the song for the first time, her first words were, "You'd better clear that with Pete Seeger, to make sure he doesn't sue you for copyright infringement." Because, y'know, that's just the way Pete Seeger rolls. Rabbit and Bear: My friend, Gary, is one of my oldest and closest friends (we have known each other since the fifth grade). And introducing him to his wife Rita is my one and only successful attempt at match-making, and a half-accidental one, at that. When they were married, I promised to write them a song as a wedding present. A couple of years back, Gary posted on Facebook that he and Rita were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. I posted a response that, now that I am fairly sure the marriage is likely to last, I'd best get to writing that song. So I did. It is an allegory meant to capture the spirit of their union (also they have the pet names: Gary calls Rita his Rabbit, and Rita calls Gary her Bear). Gary plays guitar and Rita plays a bit of flute, so I was pleased to incorporate both of those instruments into the recording. Darlin': The songwriter, Doc Pomus, wrote the song, "Save The Last Dance For Me". I think he also wrote "Up On The Boardwalk" (although I am less sure about that). Anyway, I wanted to write a song somewhat in the spirit of Doc Pomus'work. Again, this is a song about learning to enjoy life and the moment. What Would You Give: This is another song that came from walking with Rufus around Lake Arbor. It's a song about doing something positive for the world, even if it is just a small gesture, here and there. One of my friends suggested that, with all these songs that have come from walking Rufus, the dog may be due some co-writing credits. Fortunately, he is very happy to be compensated with various dog treats (and more walks!). WHAT'S GOING ON? Michael is on tour. Please feel free to get to know him better - follow links, listen to music, watch videos, visit the store and read the blog about his tour around the country in an RV called CC, with a Pony, three cats, a dog, about 200 songs, 2 guitars, and a smile. There is a website called ManyHatsMusic and he's also on Reverbnation, please feel free to follow the action on either site.
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Michael Engberg - Collidoscope

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Rel. Date: 08/23/2013
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Collidoscope
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Michael Engberg Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, London, Paris, Cedar Rapids.... Michael Engberg has traveled across the globe, bringing his songs and stories to delighted audiences at clubs, coffeehouses, college campuses, fairs, festivals and farmer's markets. Michael is an insightful songwriter whose lyrics demonstrate a keen eye for the world around him, and an elegant fingerstyle guitarist, playing original compositions as well as exciting arrangements of folk, Celtic, jazz, pop, and classical guitar repertoire. His shows are peppered with tales of how he came to write a particular piece, or where he found a certain song in his travels. Through his own production company, Many Hats Music, Michael does, indeed, wear many hats. In addition to his talents as a guitarist, singer and songwriter, he produces and releases his CD's on his own independent record label, Many Hats Recordings, including his most recent efforts (Aug 2013), Collage and Collidoscope. Collage is a collection of instrumental guitar works that features some Celtic and classical guitar works mixed in with his original compositions. Collidoscope is a new batch of his songs observing the plight of those struggling to make ends meet, the pratfalls and pitfalls of celebrity culture, the dubious allure of French fried hamsters (on a corn dog stick, no less), and much more. Positively eclectic and never boring, don't miss your chance to see and hear Michael Engberg COLLIDOSCOPE SONG STORIES Bumblebee Wages: The initial inspiration for this song was an article I read about Chet Atkins that started with describing how a group of engineers had decided that the wingspan of the bumblebee was not long enough to sustain flight, but NOBODY TOLD THE BEES. The author of the article went on to say that Chet Atkins could do things on a guitar that should not be humanly possible, but nobody had told Chet. The title phrase came to me while driving one night. Later, Pony and I were spending a weekend in Breckenridge, CO, when I woke one morning and wrote down the first verse and the chorus, The other two verses and the bridge came along later that day. It took one day to write the song about the working poor, who try to somehow make ends meet. I Can't Be Blue: almost an anti-blues song, in that it's about being in love and being nothing but totally jazzed about it. Old Lady Shaley: there actually was a woman named Mrs. Shaley, who lived in the neighbourhood where I grew up, in Burlington, IA. She was an ill-tempered, curmudgeonly sort of character, and the prime source of speculation of all sorts of imaginative stories by the neighbourhood kids. This is considered something of a kid song, albeit a somewhat twisted one. King of Oysters: this is another song where the title came to me while driving. I was walking Rufus around Lake Arbor one morning, thinking about an article I'd read in Rolling Stone about Lena Dunham (star and chief writer for the HBO series, "Girls"). I got to thinking about celebrity culture, tabloid culture, and how some folks achieve notoriety from their faults and foibles as much as (or in lieu of) any talent or artistic endeavors. It took a couple of days of Rufus and I walking around the lake to get all the verses. Great Grandma Batter Battle: I had the idea for this song rolling around in the back of my brain for some years, and finally sat down to work it out. It is a story song, and a somewhat elaborate build-up to the pun at the end. I played this for a dear friend of mine (a violinist I have worked with over the years. This friend has a tendency to immediately consider "the worst thing that could happen" in many cases. After hearing the song for the first time, her first words were, "You'd better clear that with Pete Seeger, to make sure he doesn't sue you for copyright infringement." Because, y'know, that's just the way Pete Seeger rolls. Rabbit and Bear: My friend, Gary, is one of my oldest and closest friends (we have known each other since the fifth grade). And introducing him to his wife Rita is my one and only successful attempt at match-making, and a half-accidental one, at that. When they were married, I promised to write them a song as a wedding present. A couple of years back, Gary posted on Facebook that he and Rita were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. I posted a response that, now that I am fairly sure the marriage is likely to last, I'd best get to writing that song. So I did. It is an allegory meant to capture the spirit of their union (also they have the pet names: Gary calls Rita his Rabbit, and Rita calls Gary her Bear). Gary plays guitar and Rita plays a bit of flute, so I was pleased to incorporate both of those instruments into the recording. Darlin': The songwriter, Doc Pomus, wrote the song, "Save The Last Dance For Me". I think he also wrote "Up On The Boardwalk" (although I am less sure about that). Anyway, I wanted to write a song somewhat in the spirit of Doc Pomus'work. Again, this is a song about learning to enjoy life and the moment. What Would You Give: This is another song that came from walking with Rufus around Lake Arbor. It's a song about doing something positive for the world, even if it is just a small gesture, here and there. One of my friends suggested that, with all these songs that have come from walking Rufus, the dog may be due some co-writing credits. Fortunately, he is very happy to be compensated with various dog treats (and more walks!). WHAT'S GOING ON? Michael is on tour. Please feel free to get to know him better - follow links, listen to music, watch videos, visit the store and read the blog about his tour around the country in an RV called CC, with a Pony, three cats, a dog, about 200 songs, 2 guitars, and a smile. There is a website called ManyHatsMusic and he's also on Reverbnation, please feel free to follow the action on either site.
        
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