Category Archives: Art of Listening

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

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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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2 new songs for download on bandcamp – you can get them free right now

Song for Tom Petty, written in Oct. 2017 and now finally mastered. Can be downloaded as lossless CD 16/44.1 at https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/an-empty-seat-tom-petty-1950-2017 — full preview is there as well. Enter any price/cost for the track you like or $0.00 to get it free for now. Happy Independence.
You can see the video on YouTube with this soundtrack at: https://youtu.be/_ZSbNyjlIBA

Written and recorded on Oct. 7, 2017
This song comes from the “Illegal Copy #2” bootleg recorded live in the San Gregorio General Store in 2002 with The Great Unknown band. It is now being released as an MQA single on TIDAL and other lossless streaming sites supporting MQA. You can download the 16/44.1 MQA single master from bandcamp at:
Enter any price/cost for the track you like or $0.00 to get it free for now. Happy Independence. “The Toll Road” tells a story about independence through its central outlaw character. It is something we can all choose to pursue, whatever the consequences.

"The Toll Road" from "Illegal Copy #2" MQA CD format 16/44.1
In my listening to MQA for the past couple years, I’ve found that the biggest gains in sound improvement actually come from regular CD resolution (16/44.1k) rather than hi-res. The improvement is overall more natural and real sounding, less edgy and compressed sounding. Logical justification for this may exist from the known fact that the brick wall filter applied to CDs at 20kHz is a very steep filter and therefore imparts the largest amount of pre-ringing echo in the resulting master (ie, the CD without MQA).
MQA essentially removes this ringing so the spatial orientation of the sound identified and located by our ears instrument by instrument is more realistic and less confusing to the brain. It sounds better because it’s easier to listen to.
That’s my take on it at least as well as my direct experience through comparisons over the past 2.5 years. (Note: DSD doesn’t start with this same problem so we are not comparing MQA to DSD here, just MQA PCM to non-MQA PCM.)
It is less confusing to the brain so it is more relaxing to listen to due to its more natural, less edgy/compressed sound. This is exactly what I hear with MQA on PCM masters, but more so on CD rather than say 24/96 or 24/192k masters where the filter without MQA is not so steep so the ringing is not as exaggerated and problematic to our hearing.

An Empty Seat (for Tom Petty, 1950 – 2017)

Written and Recorded with Video created for Tom Petty, 1950-2017. He hasn’t left me at all. It was always like he was right there in the car with us. Not just on the radio or cassette or CD but he was with us too. A buddy in the car. Easy Peasy. I do miss you TP. Aloha and Namaste.
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an empty seat (for tom petty, 1950-2017)

get in the back seat
we’ll make room
headin up the street
a wasted afternoon
you wore your hair neat
but you never groomed
grew up in the south’s heat
you always kept your cool
now there’s a back seat
in this house of lights
now there’s an empty seat
in this house of lights
now there’s an empty seat
in this house of lights
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released July 4, 2018
Words and Music by David Elias
Performed by David Elias
Mixed and Mastered by David Elias

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I also play and sing’s Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” anthem in a self-produced video recognizing his mentor’s greatness, with a humble ukelele passage recorded spontaneously at the time of his death announcement and woven into the final bars of the video:

youtu.be/FnrX8HatS-k.

For a limited time you can get the sountrack of this video “An Empty Seat” free as a download at https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/…/an-empty-seat-tom-petty-1… (enter $0.00 or any other amount as the charge when checking out.)

Late To The Party – Apologies and 50%

Still Here Still Here Still Here.

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Lots happening here lately as many of you know with an erupting volcano. Above the ground lava has been flowing. Below the ground lots of unrest and shaking going on (300+ over Richter 1.5 on the Island this past 24-hours, many of those above 3.0).

So… I missed the Memorial Day party — hope everyone was safe and well off in spirit and health. Here’s a post party favor of 50% discount of anything I have (23+ titles) on Bandcamp.  All albums, singles, whatever you order until midnight UTC this Sunday June 3rd.

Go here: http://davidelias.bandcamp.com

On checkout use this Discount Code in the popup:  Remember50

That should do it for the discount. Hoping for the best for all especially here on the Orchid Island these days. 

Take care y’all,

~ DE

Storewide 15% at NativeDSD.com

NativeDSD StoreWide Sale May 2018

Check out NativeDSD’s 15% Storewide Sale on DSD Masters! Only happens twice a year….

My DSD catalog on NativeDSD with both stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound DSD Masters is here: http://skettisandwich.nativedsd.com

Use Checkout Code: MAY15

They have over 1300 DSD Masters now all 15% off:
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Happy listening!

~ DE