The giving and taking of advice is dangerous business. But advice is everywhere. In the storm, in the nursery rhyme, in the dog’s eye. It is particularly unsavoury when uninvited, but then galleries are full of uninvited expression so it’s usually better out than in. Everything preaches. All of life sings. Eat the chicken, spit out the bones, just don’t stop listening.
SPOKEN WORD ALBUM SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
"I combed through thirty five years of little note books and came out with Solitary Refinement"
In this album, dense with hard-won lyrical wisdom and lots of advice you didn't ask for, The Wordman plays the lyrical fugitive who has served his time as a musical wanderer. An itinerant iconoclast released as it were from a prison of adventure, carrying with him into a new daylight nothing but the distilled chapters of a lifetime of observation and experience. The words that are spoken in the eight tracks that make up this album were taken from a suitcase full of little spiral bound notebooks, the kind The Wordman was rarely seen without. That’s a lot of scribbles on planes, trains and automobiles. Sleeping in lobbies and on stages after performing. If he was lucky.
"Canada's Wordman Of Alcatraz, a Burroughs/Cohen voice for our times & an albums-worth of awesome" Robbie (Bandcamp Staff Picks)
"The Wordman Of Alcatraz...gotta listen...this guy is...uh...wow...how can you describe him...unique...cool...amazing...prophetic...talented...I'm diggin"
(Drew Marshall Joy Radio Toronto)
"... it's rare that you meet someone who is not like anyone else".
(Humble and Fred Radio)
"The Wordman Of Alcatraz leaves me speechless"
(Melissa Masser Avenue A Records NYC)
"I am so addicted to the new album...this is gold and I want more. Thank you for the premium tracks! "
(Dan Ka Minnesota)
released January 7, 2013
Written, recorded, mixed, performed and produced by WMA.
Mastered by James Paul @ The Rogue Studio Toronto.
JD Roth (jdroth.ch
) - Loops/bass - The Protest is Over
Simon Wilkinson (The Bluemask.com)
- Music - Alcatraz / Dojo
Marion Hill - Piano - Old / It's Not Your Fault