We’re doing this album, Restless, a little differently.

Rather than making a CD ( a what?!)

we’re going all digital on all platforms- Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, etc)

besides sending out the recording in an email (please sign up if interested in CONTACT).

Not only that but rather than putting all 10 songs out at once, we’re putting out a song a month for 10 months.

You know, giving the public something a little easier to digest.

Happy listening!


#6 OF 10 FROM OUR NEW ALBUM “RESTLESS” IS “Fly Away With Me”

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I wrote "Fly Away With Me" when Penny Nichols, Deb McColl and I had a fledgling band called Lake of Pearls*. We had recorded the vocals but when Deb moved away and Penny was taken away forever by cancer I put the song on the back shelf.  Eventually I had a new band, The Sound, and at first I thought it wouldn’t make sense to finish the song but giving it a little more thought I decided, what the hell, I love the song and I love the voices and I decided to finish it. Ish played drums, Joe added accordion and harmonies, and Marty Rifkin played some wonderful pedal steel. This release is dedicated to the incomparable Penny Nichols.

These streaming services flip out when you change anything but the proper credit should read "Fly Away With Me" by Michael Monagan and The Sound with Lake of Pearls. 

*- We happened on the name for the band one summer night when Penny, her brother Rory, who lives with special needs, and I were at the Griffith Observatory looking over the shining city of Los Angeles. After a moment of silence Rory spoke up and said, “It looks like a lake of pearls!” 

Drums- Ishmael Ferguson
Accordion/ harmony- Joe Turano
Pedal Steel- Marty Rifkin
Harmony- Penny Nichols
Harmony- Deborah McColl
Guitars, key bass, percussion, vocal- Michael Monagan

Mix- Tony Phillips
Photo- Hank Fischer

Fly Away With Me

Fly away with me, fly away with me, away with me
If there’s a wind, we’ll catch it
If there are wings, we’ll fly it
If there’s a chance, we’ll take it together

Run away with me, run away with me, away with me
If there’s a road, we’ll walk it
If there’s a hill, we’ll climb it
If there’s a ford, we’ll cross it together

Sail away with me, sail away with me, away with me
If there’s a wave, we’ll ride it
If there’s a tide, we’ll run it
If there’s a storm we’ll weather it together

But if I stumble, stumble and fall
Carry on and follow the call
To freedom

#5 of 10 from our new album “Restless” is “River’s Dry”

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Not long after recorded it, we performed “River’s Dry” at a local club but since we had a short set I didn’t introduce the song or the fact that it was inspired by an African famine. After the set a guy came up to me and said, “You know that song “River’s Dry”? I know just how you feel.” Hmmmm. That “misunderstanding” illustrated to me that it’s often best to keep your trap shut (as Sister Mary Christopher used to tell me all the time in 4th grade…) and let people interpret the song as they will. 

The whole tune is a one chord workout with a brief but furious half step modulation during with Joe shows why he’s one of the best. He also took my original horn arrangement and reworked it turning it into a tour de force. 


Ish Ferguson- drums
Joe Turano- keys, saxes, vocals
Demont Crawford- bass, vocals
Roch Bordenave- trombone
Jon Papenbrook- trumpet
Paul Salvo- trumpet
Michael Monagan- guitar and vocals
Kevin Ricard- percussion

Monagan/Turano- horn arrangement

Mixed by Tony Phillips

Photo by Hank Fischer

River’s Dry

River's dry, river's dry, river's dry 
And there's nowhere left to go

I can't, I can't, I can't get any sleep
I can't, I can't, I can't get any sleep

I pray, I pray, I pray but nothing comes
I pray, I pray, I pray but nothing comes

I’m weak, I’m weak, I’m weaker day by day
I’m weak, I’m weak, I’m weaker day by day

©2019 Sossity Music



#4 of 10 from “Restless” our new album, “Surround Me”

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I wrote this while a friend was dying as a song she (or I) might take comfort in. It is a long distance hug. In this instance my friend was fighting cancer but in any relationship there has to be a determination on both sides to make it work and a willingness to fight FOR the love. Even with all that give and take, there is always the simple beauty of just taking your loved one in your arms.

Ish Ferguson- drums
Demont Crawford- bass and vocals
Joe Turano- keys and vocals
Michael Monagan- guitars and vocals

Mixed by Tony Phillips
Photo by Hank Fischer

Surround Me

Surround me, throw your arms around me
Surround me, with your light, and we will fight
For our love

No one ever said living would be easy
No one ever said loving won’t be hard
But when the world’s turned topsy turvy
That’s when I need you to drop your guard 

I can hear a siren in the distance
Danger’s behind every door
I want you because you’re lovely
But what I really need you for, is to

 ©2017 Sossity Music

Here’s #3 of 10 from our new album- Restless-
“I Shoulda Done It”

 
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I don’t know about you but my forgetting is getting more often. I’ve found that I need to do something as soon as I think of it cause if I put it off, it won’t happen. “I Shoulda Done It (When I Thought of It)” was born from this. 

The genesis was that I put off putting something on my bike thinking I would remember to do it when I left. Guess what. I’m on the bike, helmet, sunglasses, etc heading down the driveway when I remember what I forgot. Doggone it! “I shoulda done It when I thought of it”, I say to myself. Bingo! A lightbulb flashes and I head back to the studio, grab the guitar and start writing, still in my helmet and sunglasses. As you can hear, I hope, we had a blast recording it. Roch had the great idea of making the recording a party. 

Credits:
Ish Ferguson- drums
Demont Crawford- bass and vocals
Joe Turano- keys, sax, vocals
Roch Bordenave- trombone
Ryck Jane- trumpet
Michael Monagan- guitar, vocal

Kevin Ricard- percussion

Mixed by Tony Phillips

Photo by Hank Fischer

Horn Arrangment by Monagan/Turano

I Shoulda Done It

I should have done it when I thought of it
Not wait till there’s a better time
Cause time will pass and I’ll forget 
And what I wanted will slip my mind

 I’ll do it later is what I say
And go and leave it for another day
Sure that I’ll remember, easy as pie
But then walk in the room and don’t know why

 When there’s a pitter patter in your chest  
But you hang back cause you think it’s “best”
And then watch someone else step in 
Well there you’ve gone and done it again 

You gotta strike while the irons hot
Take your chance and shoot your shot
You might regret but what the hell
Like Chuck Berry says “You Never Can Tell”

 If Romeo had said, “I’ll be right back.”
And left Juliet in the lurch
She might have angered and from her perch, said
”I’m gonna be a nun and join the church!”

“Never Comin’ Back” is the second of 10 singles that will be released over the next 9 months from our newest album “Restless.”

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We’ve all been on the wrong end of this particular stick, hoping against hope that things will work out but deep down knowing that they won’t.

Credits:
Demont Crawford- bass and vocals
Ish Ferguson- drums
Joe Turano- keys, sax, vocals
Roch Bordenave- trombone
Paul Salvo- trumpet
Michael Monagan- guitar, vocal

Kevin Ricard- percussion

Mixed by Tony Phillips

Photos by Hank Fischer

Horn Arrangment by Roch Bordenave

Never Coming’ Back

My mind’s a mess, and no one needs to tell me why
My aching chest’s been trying to conceal a lie
I’ve told myself forever, that you love just me, however,
I finally see, you’re never coming back no

Never, never, you’re never coming back no
Never, never, you’re never coming back to me

My foolish blues have strung along a wounded heart
Made an excuse when things began to fall apart
But as the truth is nearing, I can feel my mind is clearing
I finally see, you’re never coming back no

Good-bye blue sky, there’s dark clouds rolling in

“Way Down Deep” is the first of 10 songs to be released over 10 months (Rolling Wonder) by Michael Monagan and The Sound. 

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When your heart is touched by another, space and time can stand still, years can pass, but those feelings never die. Way Down Deep celebrates in a modern ska-like style the profound effect we can have on one another.

Credits:
Demont Crawford- bass and vocals
Ish Ferguson- drums
Joe Turano- keys, sax, vocals
Roch Bordenave- trombone
Ryck Jane- trumpet
Michael Monagan- guitar, vocal

 Kevin Ricard- percussion

 Mixed by Tony Phillips

 Photos by Hank Fischer

 Horns arranged by Monagan and Turano

Way Down Deep

I don't care how far you travel or how much you know
Your dreams follow you wherever you go
It may have been years since I've seen you
I thought that things had changed
But the moment our eyes met I felt exactly the same

      Way down deep Way down deep
    Way down deep the flame still burns, the flame still burns

 If I could relive just one moment I know what it would be
That cold December night when you walked out on me
Rather than stand there bewildered beneath the falling snow
I'd take you in my arms and never let you go

 I can hear the words you said echo in my mind
Why would someone want to be so cruel?
The heart's a slow learner, it turns down the burner
But never lets the flame of passion cool




"Restless" is on itunes, CDBABY, and ALL streaming services (Apple music, SPOTify, youtube, amazon prime, soundcloud, etc)