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It’s Good To Be 12 or 13 Again

I’ve been playing and ripping vinyl to DSD. I don’t have this new Korg device but this article points to the huge surge in vinyl sales these past years. I have several cases of albums I’ve kept in climate controlled storage (Hawaii is very tough on lots of things threatened by heat and humidity). I retrieve these albums as desired bit by bit, or groove by groove I guess.

The vinyl I’ve been playing most is brand new vinyl releases from people around 30 yrs. old or younger. They don’t offer streaming on Spotify or TIDAL. They often don’t have a Facebook or Tumblr page. They don’t offer CDs. They usually have cassettes in limited supply as is the vinyl. Occasionally I’ve seen 1/4″ analog 4- and 8-track tapes for sale.

It’s fun to be 12 and 13 yrs old again. The press we commonly know and are confronted by continues to be fixated on perpetuating its own machine at its own pace, pick an industry. That’s why I’m averse to press. I’d rather make up my own story than read theirs.

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/sound-vision/20180401/281599535941941

This article however appears on some people’s back pages. I don’t have this DS-DAC-10R device but a Korg antecedent. Actually I have 2 different Korg antecedents which are mobile DSD recorders. This 10R device from them is new to meet the rising vinyl market that Korg measures. Drop $500 — rip DSD128 off your vinyl. Simple. Vinyl and analog in general isn’t going away. CDs and downloads are.

As a good friend who has been working since the beginning with DSD and Sony SACD said and wrote almost 20 years ago, DSD is the analog quality without the flaws. I like it too cause it lasts forever and doesn’t change with the weather, especially if you are into digital backup like I am.

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Higher Ground

Simplest is best. Solo acoustic.

YouTube Video is at youtu.be/z-IH6gNuFHE

CD master with MQA encoding is here:
https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/higher-ground-2

Higher Ground
– by David Elias

I feel the rain come in
The smell before the wind
Leaves fold down those pale green crowns
Yima Yima Yai

I watch the river rise
Both forks are snake eyes wise
Set me down on higher ground
Yima Yima Yai

I’m back where I came from
The trees the old deer run
Worn out trails
Tuck tired tails
Yima Yima Yai

I’ll meet you up the hill
Your hair it’s falling still
Lay me down on higher ground
Yima Yima Yai

Those nights were cold and clear
And every star hung near
Reaching round for higher ground
Yima Yima Yai

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released July 26, 2018
David Elias: acoustic and vocal
Song by David Elias
© 2018 all rights reserved worldwide

Listen soon on TIDAL, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, iTunes, Pandora

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You Roll Right On – Live Studio (HD)

Recorded live studio David Elias & The CasualTees
[words, music, photos, video by David Elias, © 2018]

http://davidelias.bandcamp.com
[24/176.4k audio download]

Video from photos of Big Island Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Maui’s Haleakalā.

Aloha ʻĀina
Recorded live studio David Elias & The CasualTees
[words, music, photos, video by David Elias, © 2018]

http://davidelias.bandcamp.com
[24/176.4k audio download, released 7/2018]

Video by David Elias w/ iPhone photos of Big Island Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Maui’s Haleakalā.

Aloha ʻĀina

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David Elias
DSD/MQA Masters: http://www.davidelias.com
Streaming/Downloads: http://davidelias.bandcamp.com
YT Channel: http://youtube.com/davideliasvideo
FB: http://facebook.com/davideliasvideo
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You Roll Right On
– by David Elias

Coastal waves of inspiration all you have is meditation
Trees of fire burn the choir singing for their salvation
Hints of glamour girls enamored with their own afflictions
Situations complications never mind the contradictions

You roll right on
You roll right on
You roll right on
As you roll right by
You roll right on

Memories of disenchantment paying back the conversation
All you owe is paid in full the rest is just hallucination
Early water Sunday’s daughter ran away no hesitation
Where she goes nobody knows, hell to pay in moderation

You roll right on
You roll right on
You roll right on
As you roll right by
You roll right on

Acupuncture found the juncture in between the constellations
Heaven knows those bodies glow when forced away from contemplation
Witness this with mortal bliss the Gods can’t touch our incarnation
And after all is said and done
You wind up back where you begun
Everlasting peace will mark the end of our emancipation

You roll right on
You roll right on
You roll right on
As you roll right by you roll
As you roll right by you roll
As you roll right by you roll
Right on

90 Highway Miles – another new release (24/96kHz)

90 Highway Miles
– by David Elias

90 highway miles
I’ll get there when I can
Sunset shades my tired eyes
I will be down the road again
Sorrow sways with the blue walled tires
Will they make it round that bend
90 highway miles
90 highway miles
90 highway miles
I’ll get there if I can

19 days of freedom
Catch ’em when I can
Border states they invite me in
I will be down the road again
Swinging low we all agreed
To make it round that bend
19 days of freedom
19 days of freedom
19 days of freedom
Catch ’em if I can

9 more nights of northern skies
Will I sleep soon by and by
The wind is down and the moon is high
Ain’t no time to wonder why
Shine a light now don’t be shy
Will we make it there somehow
9 more nights of northern skies
9 more nights of northern skies
9 more nights of northern skies
Well I’ll sleep soon by and by

90, 19, 9 and 1 well count me in my dear
I’m standing here in an empty field
The hay it’s all but cleared
Give me time to speak my mind
Before I lay me down
I’m on that road just one more time
I’m down that road just one last time
I’m on the road one time
I’m on the road again

I will be on the road one more time
I’m down that road just one last time
On the road one time
I’m on the road again
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credits

released July 16, 2018
Words and Music by David Elias, © 2018
All Rights Reserved Worldwide

David Elias: acoustic, vocals
Charlie Natzke: electric
Scott Beynon: electric bass
Ken Owen: drums

Recorded as DSD live studio by Charlie Natzke, www.slipperworld.net
Mixed stereo DSD by Charlie Natzke
Produced and mastered by David Elias
DSD Masters: www.davidelias.com
David Elias Video Channel: youtube.com/davideliasvideo
David Elias Blog: art-of-listening.com

license

all rights reserved

Changing Down – Kilauea Halema’uma’u Lava Lake

The changes to the erupting Kilauea volcano in 2018 are both unpredictable and full of color along with collapsing crater walls, explosions, earthquakes and lava fissures and flows. This song sings to all of that as well as some of its metaphors for all of us in life’s crazy adventures.

David Elias and Charlie Naztke created this composition at Slipperworld.net in La Honda, Calif. It is the work of the duo recording all tracks then mixed by Charlie and mastered by David. Hoy Hoy.

See the video on YouTube Here: youtu.be/cRBXwj0fcbg

The song and video went online at YouTube a couple years back. Now you can get the Free audio download (use $0.00 price) and streaming on Bandcamp:

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Changing Down – by David Elias

See my cup go flowing
See my cup go running over
See my cup go flowing down

See my colors changing
See my red go into white
See my colors changing down

More than this I can’t say how
Everything else changing
There’s still a light above your brow
Everything else changing down

See the rest I’m taking
Rest comes easy outside harm’s way
See the rest I’m taking down

See the walls they’re closing
Close to this I can’t say how
See the walls they’re closing down

More than this I can’t say how
Everything else changing
There’s still a light above your brow
Everything else changing down

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Released July 11, 2018
Words and Music by David Elias – all rights reserved worldwide

David Elias: acoustic guitar, vocals
Charlie Natzke: guitars, bass, drum tracks, vocals
Recorded and Mixed by Charlie, Slipperworld.net
Mastered and Produced by David Elias, www.davidelias.com
Cover photo and graphic by David Elias, © 2018

Birthday Song, Take 4 – free download

Sometimes less is more.

The bare bones approach to writing and playing acoustic with a guitar, voice and harmonica. Sometimes less is more. You can hear it or download for $0.00 if you like.

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/birthday-song-take-4

The bare bones approach to writing and playing acoustic with a guitar, voice and harmonica. Sometimes less is more.

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birthday song, take 4
– by david elias

It never really was too far
Not that you could get there in an automobile
Then again it wasn’t near
Not to mention disappearing clear anyhow
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone

You feel a little worse for wear
And a little longer in the tooth, my friend
You keep a watch with a soldier’s stare
Ends the song that lingered in your youth too long
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone
Give me your ivory
Give me your whale bone

Cavalier in the cavalcade
These events will creep up on to pass you by
Happiest of happy days
The woodman watches from his roadside
And sighs

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released July 11, 2018
Written and Performed by David Elias
Acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocal
davidelias.com

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“The Ghost of Tom Joad” – free audio download and streaming

Download the video soundtrack of Springsteen cover in any format:
https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/the-ghost-of-tom-joad-free-download

Cover of Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Ghost of Tom Joad”. Recorded Live in the San Gregorio General Store in 2004 just a couple hours up Hwy 1 from Steinbeck’s Cannery Roy in Monterey. Graphic background created from photo of Montara State Beach on the same Hwy 1 near Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Video is here: https://youtu.be/GkChOc1jWqo

David Elias YouTube video channel is here:
http://youtube.com/davideliasvideo

released July 7, 2018
David Elias: acoustic, vocal, harmonica
Charlie Nazke: guitar
Chris Kee: upright bass

Recorded live in the San Gregorio General Store
Produced by David Elias
davidelias.com

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The Ghost of Tom Joad – Video

Some things are just spiritual I don’t know what that even means but I know how it feels. The Springsteen cover recording of his monstrous song “The Ghost of Tom Joad” is from 2004 playing San G. with Charlie Natzke (other guitar) and Chris Kee (upright bass). The YouTube video is from today’s meanderings I made without moving around too much at all. The graphic of the coast was created from a photo I took long ago at Montara beach just a couple hours up the Hwy 1 from Steinbeck’s Cannery Row in Monterey… So it goes.

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