Different Now

by Eliot Eidelman

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Eliot Eidelman’s new album DIFFERENT NOW inhabits the sweet spot between the iconoclastic and the iconic. His third self-produced LP evokes the wide-eyed, anything-goes creativity of folk-rock records from the late-‘60s and early-‘70s while irreverently blazing a trail forward into uncharted waters. DIFFERENT NOW marks an exciting and noticeable leap in maturity for the nomadic young songwriter.

Recorded on tape at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, the new album emerges sounding bright, lived-in, and spaced-out. While one can hear invocations of particular influences, the deeply-felt psychedelic singularity of Eidelman's overall vision ensures he always sounds like himself, hopped up on a restless, avidly inspired vibe he's both eager and able to pass on.

Vintage organ surges, ramshackle piano runs, baroque guitar arpeggios and ethereal vocal harmonies lend a depth of variety and color to Eidelman's songs, bringing us deeper into his rich, frenzied vision than ever before. Never wasteful with ideas, songs contain single sections powerful enough that a less discerning artist would be tempted to repeat into the ground. But his keen awareness of transience and change allows Eidelman to arrive at a naturally-timed balance that invites repeated listens.

In keeping with its title, DIFFERENT NOW is full of meditations upon, as well as artistic enactments of felt transition. Songs can shift tone and mood with the stark abruptness of an early-prog prank. But an apparent unforced fluency with the history of album-making assures them an essential earnestness that never feels like either empty experimentation or retro-nostalgia.

More clearly than ever, Eidelman emerges not a traditionalist, but as a knowing player in the wild, living, still-changing tradition of pop eccentricity.

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released October 14, 2016

recorded by Andrija Tokic and Eduardo DuQuesne at
The Bomb Shelter, Nashville, TN
mixed by Nathaniel Kiser at Sleeping Partner Studio, Atlanta, GA
mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering, Portland, OR
artwork by Susanna Battin

Eliot Eidelman - guitar, harmonica
James Wallace - keyboards
Jeff Ratner - bass
Aaron Shafer-Haiss - drums

all selections published by Eliot Eidelman Music (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Laura
I wanna love you but I don't know what to do
and anyway I just can't keep my mind off you
I'm trying hard you know to think of other things
but they just don't seem to stick if you know what I mean

Laura, oh Laura
You leave me waiting outside for you

And if you'd let me stay with you for just tonight
I'd give you everything and be gone by the morning light
I feel so different now than I did once before
but it doesn't keep me from coming back to your door

Laura, oh Laura
You leave me waiting outside for you

And there is nothing in this world of misery
that shines so brightly as a smile from you to me
And though I live with you, you feel so far away
I wanna tell you everything but I don't know what to say

Laura, oh Laura
You leave me waiting outside for you

You take me in but you leave me waiting
You give me hope but you leave me praying
Oh, I hope that love is on our side

You suck me in but you push me away and
you carry me back and you leave me saying
Oh, I hope that love is on our side

Laura, oh Laura
You leave me waiting outside for you

Oh, I hope that love is on our side for you
but you leave me waiting outside for you
You leave me waiting outside for you, Laura
Track Name: Different Now
Thanks for all your lovin
Thank you for all your sympathy and care
I'm sorry I was awful, condescending, not nice and unfair
But my life has changed and I'm different now
I keep tellin myself that I'm different now

When we were much younger
I would only think about myself
I would never think to stop to bother to reason with you or anybody else
But my life has changed and I'm different now
I keep tellin myself that I'm different now

Yeah my life has changed and I'm different now
and though I can't explain the stillness that surrounds me yet somehow
You're not what I've been looking for but you are the one I've found
now can you tell me
Is it really over?

When we were much younger
there were things that I would do and say
that would undermine how much I loved you,
how I care for you and how bad I wanted you to stay
But that time has passed and we're here at last
We keep tellin ourselves here we are at last

So thanks for all the heartbreak
Thank you for all the jealousy and pain
Thanks to you I'm now much stronger, kinder, wiser
knowing that I'm not the only one to blame
Now I've been alone and I know I've grown
I keep telling myself that I know I've grown

And that my life has changed and I'm different now
and though I can't escape the silence that surrounds me yet somehow
It's not what I've been looking for but it is what I have found
now can you tell me
Is it really over?

When we were much younger
there were things that I could do and say
I could tell you that I love you but it wouldn't mean the same thing
as it does today
'cause my life has changed and I'm different now
and though I've grown used to the silence that surrounds me anyhow
You're not what I've been looking for but you are the one I've found
now can you tell me
Is it really over?
Is it really over?
Is it really over now?

It isn't over, it's just different now
Now
Now
Now
Now
Now
Now
Track Name: Come in Peace
Now we are gone
far away
back to a dream that I had yesterday
There are crystals
hangin from the floor
and nobody knows what do anymore
nobody knows what to do anymore
nobody knows... what to do anymore
but to love and be loved and be free to love one another in peace

Now we are back
here and now
watching the moments go by somehow
Everything's different
but like in my dream
nothing is really quite what it seems
nothing is really quite what it means
nothing is really, really, REAL-LY...
but to love and be loved and be free to love one another in peace

So:
so when you come, come in peace
and when you leave, leave in love
and while you are here be free
and when you arrive believe
There's nothing stopping you
Now is the time to be
so when you leave, leave in love
and when you come, come in peace!

...but to love and be loved and be free to love one another in peace
Track Name: The Milky Way
She said, "I think I see some noxious gas in the sky
comin from the east to west and I don't know why,"
and I said, "Don't worry babe, that's just the milky way,"
yeah I said, "Don't worry babe, that's just the milky way
and it's happenin all the time
but you just can't see it
with all that light pollution
up in your city sky
and you'd better believe it -
no more confusion -
you're in the desert with me tonight
Welcome to your home galaxy
It's just the Milky Way, you and me
and a blood red sliver of a moon
watchin shootin stars go by
on the summer solstice in the desert tonight"

She said, "I think I see some noxious gas in the sky
I think it's comin down on us and I don't know why!"
and I said, "Don't worry babe, that's just the milky way
Don't worry babe, that's just the milky way
and it's happenin all the time
but you just can't see it
with all that light pollution
up in your city sky
and you'd better believe it -
no more confusion -
you're in the desert with me tonight
Welcome to your home galaxy
It's just the Milky Way, you and me
and a blood red sliver of a moon
watchin shootin stars go by
on the summer solstice in the desert tonight"
Track Name: Stuck on the Roof
I'm stuck on the roof with you tonight
and if we never get down
that'd be alright 'cause I like you

Whoa, I'm watching the day turn into night -
watching the daylight die
but I'm so alive 'cause I like you
and I want you to know
the way that I'm feeling inside
so I'll write you a song -
something to remember you by when you're gone

Whoa, I'm still stuck on the roof with you in my mind
and if I never get down
that'd be just fine 'cause I like you

Whoa, I'm watching the colors turn in the sky -
catching the light in your honey eyes
and I feel so revived 'cause I like you
and I want you to know
the way that I'm feeling inside
so I wrote you this song
I hope you'll remember me too while you're gone

And when you're back
I'm hoping that
we will find a ladder that
can bring us back
onto that roof
I wanna be back there with you
I think about it all the time...

Whoa, I'm still stuck on the roof with you in my mind
and if we never get down
that'd be alright 'cause I like you

Whoa, I'm watching the day turn into night -
catching the stars in your honey eyes
and I feel so alive 'cause I like you
and I feel so revived 'cause I like you
and I want you to know
the way that I'm feeling inside
so I'll write you this song
I hope you'll remember me too while you're gone
hope you remember me too while you're gone
hope you remember...
Track Name: Sunny Day, Melt Away
Sunny day, melt away the snow that fell last night outside my
window
When the moment's right reflect the light that makes my
tent shine from the inside
Evaporate the waters running outside, tentside
Last night when my lover called reminds me of the good times
Sunny days that melt away the snow
Track Name: All Walls Falling Down
Try to think of a reason
Try to hold it in your head
Try to see if your logic persists
or if it unravels and falls to the ground
And I know, I know it's not easy
I've been there myself before
and though I never could figure it out
I still wouldn't say it was all for nothing
All walls falling down
to the ground and I see
someone standing right in front of me
and they've seen my face and they know my name
but I don't know what they're thinkin
Everywhere I think I'll go
I'm restless and tired and I'm on my way out of
I try to think of some good reason
but I've no idea what I'm doing now, no

No...

Try to think of a season
other than the one we're in now
Try to see how your memories
reflect on the future without even tryin
and I know, I know it's not easy
In fact it's a bit of a trap
and though I never can figure it out
I still wouldn't say that it's not worth knowing that
all walls are falling down
to the ground and I see
someone's standin right in front of me
and they've seen my face and they know my name
but I don't know what they're thinkin
Everywhere I think about going
I'm restless and tired and I'm on my way out of
I'm tryin to think of some good reason
but I've no idea where I'm gonna go now, no

No...

Gate Gate Parasamgate!
Gate Gate Parasamgate...

Take me
Take me away
Take me
to another place

Gone, gone beyond
to the other shore

Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate
Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate
Bodhi Svaha!

Gone, everybody gone
Far beyond
to the other shore
Track Name: Hold On
Hold on, hold on, it won't be long
Our ship is sinking in the ocean
but the water's warm and the dolphins swimming
will guide us home to a distant shore

And when we're there will find
some nonocuts and applepines to dine on

Hold on, hold on, it won't be long
Our car is driving off the cliff side
but the waves are soft and the mermaids swimming
will lead us back to their grotto home

Where we'll be living fine
on the electric eel slime we dine on

Hold on, hold on, it won't be long
Our plane's crash landing in the ocean
but the water's calm and the humpbacks swimming
will hear the sounds of our violins

And then they'll come along
joining us in whale song as we ride on

Hold on, hold on, it won't be long
I know that we are slowly dying
but the music notes and the angels flying
will guide us home to a distant shore