New Music Monday Letters IV

The fourth installment of “Letters” is out now.

This one has two songs, one about heartbreak and time travel. The other one is about the perils of comparing ourselves too much to others.

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Here are the lyrics to “It’s Tomorrow (Everywhere but Here)”

The sun climbs the trees
along the River Ij in Amsterdam.
Where a pretty girl from Athens
Walks canal-lined streets.

An afternoon train rolls through Tokyo.
Where a jazz man from New York
unloads for an early show.

It’s getting late here
but I can’t sleep.
I drove down to the place we met,
hoping we’d meet again.

It’s tomorrow everywhere but here.

I got your message late yesterday.
Your voice is so different.
I guess I am too.
I had to listen twice
Or maybe it was five times.
I forgot how bad it hurts
to hear the words you never say.

It’s tomorrow everywhere but here.

I had lunch in the park.
I think it was last Tuesday.
A girl walked by with a smile like yours.
It stole my heart away.

It’s tomorrow everywhere but here.

Michael Stegner

Show Announcement – July 3rd (Early Show)

On Wednesday at Gold Diggers in Los Angeles, we’ll be doing our second installment of new music. This show will feature two of the most impressive vocalists around.

The show will be from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. It’s 21+. Gold Diggers is located at 5632 Santa Monica Blvd. This is a free show – no cover.

Loren Battley will be debuting her new original music project. She is currently on tour with Michael Bublé and has performed vocals with groups such as Pomplamoose, Low Leaf, Knower and many more.

Here is Loren performing with Michael Bublé on Good Morning America earlier this year…

Blake Lewis is an innovative force as a vocalist and beat boxer. He launched to stardom after finishing 2nd place on American Idol in 2007. His originality made him stand out and he has since continued to perform his solo material as well as collaborative projects. Here is his incredibly original performance from American Idol…

Blake will be doing an improv set with KJ Sawka and I. It should be fun to make music with these creative forces. Here’s a little clip of KJ Sawka doing combining drum acrobatics and electronics on a radio show…

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New Music Wednesday

Today I’ve released two new songs… One is rock and roll (Migration to Divine) and the other is a mostly piano-based song (Find My Way). These songs feature some of Seattle’s finest. They continue the series of letters set to music.

Give a listen, purchase and share with your friends here (If you’re getting this via email and can’t listen, click here)…

Find My Way Lyrics…

I see yesterday laid before me
in a hotel room.
Somewhere my phone rings
but I can’t find another “hello.”
I hear that you will love me.

My shoes get so worn
trying to carry this heavy smile.
My voice gets so weak
trying to scream above my head.

I’m trying to find my way.
Trying to find my way back home.

Afternoon church bells ring
for a wedding that may be mine.
My words have never changed
in the rain a yellow leaf falls.
It may be time. It may be time.

A train leaves tomorrow
for another time and place.
Don’t wait for my answer
I won’t be here anyway.

I’m trying to find my way.
Trying to find my way back home.

 

Credits:

Michael Stegner – Vocals, Piano, Producer, Mixer
Flora McGill – Vocals
Katie Jacobson – Vocals
Anna Freedman – Vocals
Colin Higgins – Guitars
Andy Sells – Drums
Forrest Giberson – Bass
Mark Fung – Percussion
Robin Holcomb – Pre-production
Paul Kimble – Recording Engineer
Marcel Fernandez – Recording Engineer

Live Clips with KJ Sawka and Tim Lefebvre

A few moments from last week’s show were captured and I thought I would share them here. It was a true honor to perform and improvise along with these two legends. I’m thankful to everyone who filled the room and made it a special night.

Here are the clips (you may need headphones or good speakers to feel the bass properly)…

New Music Release – Letters II

Two new songs are out now through my Bandcamp page

This is the second installment of Letters…

The sun comes o’er the mountains
Night sky turns red
Fog lies in the valley
Blue hills still wet

Birds sing songs of morning
Green trees still gray
House light on the hillside
Farmer’s awake

Frog outlasts the cricket
Old dog still sleeps
Cold grass in the backyard
Crawdads in the creek

Life seemed much bigger
when I stood here before now.

I want you to see through my eyes
Hear as I hear
All that’s lost
when I’m without you.

These songs are letters put to music. They are the culmination of trying to not only lyrically and musically tell a story, but sonically. I hope I came close to hitting the mark.

And I hope you like them and share them with all your people.

If you can’t see the player, you can click here to listen.

Here are the credits…

Michael Stegner – music, lyrics, voice, piano, shuitar (Dead Man Blues), accordions, production, mixing & mastering
Forrest Giberson – bass, pedal steel
Colin Higgins – Guitar (Through My Eyes)
Jeff Fielder – Guitars (Dead Man Blues)
Robin Holcom – Voice (Dead Man Blues)
Ehssan Karimi – Hang (Through My Eyes)
Noah Frank – Violins (Through My Eyes)

Show Announcement – My 1st Curating Gig

For a while I’ve dreamed of putting together shows where people from different musical worlds come together and create an experience that can never be replicated. I finally got my act and courage together and curated such an event… The first one is in less than a week away. On Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Gold Diggers in Los Angeles we’ll be ready to rock. Click here for tickets.

Here are the details…

Maddie Jay – Through a former student of mine, Danae Greenfield, I met Maddie a few years ago at Berklee College of Music. She is an amazing bass player, writer and producer. She’s one of the most inspiring young artists in LA.

Louis Cole, Sam Wilkes & Sam Gendel Trio – These guys don’t need any introduction. Louis has become one of the most influential jazz/funk musicians around. His videos reach millions of viewers and have sent a ripple through the new music scene across the globe. Sam Wilkes is one of the more funky and in-demand bass players around. But he is also a creative force who puts out great records. Sam Gendel is a multi-instrumentalist who shreds on sax and guitar. He has played with a wide range of artists including Knower, Moses Sumney, Keifer and countless others. His solo shows are inspiring in their own right. You can see Louis, Sam and Sam playing in this Knower video…

Michael Stegner, KJ Sawka & Tim Lefebvre Trio – I’ve dreamed for years of getting KJ Sawka and Tim Lefebvre together musically. KJ Sawka and I go back to playing crazy improv gigs in Seattle before he blew up and began touring arenas with various bands. He also is all over Ableton Live with his masterful sampling packs. Tim is one of the most sought after bass players in the world. He is in New York this week playing on the Colbert Show. He played bass on the last Bowie record, Blackstar. He has toured for years with Tedeschi Trucks Band and Donny McCaslin. Here is Tim playing on NPR’s Tiny Desk…

Here is the video that KJ Sawka posted years ago that went viral and launched his star…

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New Music – Letters I

It’s always a little intimidating to sing/release songs that are raw and emotional. But it’s time for me to start sharing. Over the past few years I’ve been writing and recording a series of songs that are essentially letters set to music. They are written from one person to another and they loosely tell a story.

I’ve been so fortunate to have some of my favorite musicians contribute to this project. On this first set I have Rachel Eckroth singing the lead of the opening song, “A Believer”. Rachel is a remarkable keyboard player who also sings at the highest level (as you’ll hear on the recording).

Here is a link to the recording so you can stream, share and/or purchase. You can also check out the lyrics and credits here – https://michaelstegner.bandcamp.com/album/letters-i

All social media and email shares are greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy these!

Live Performance and New Links for Sleeping New Music

Just wanted to give a quick heads up that I’m playing tonight… Monday, 2/25 at the amazing Hotel Cafe as part of a long-running songwriter night. The room is legendary and it’s an honor to play there. I go on at 9:30 for a short set on the second stage – the night is called Monday Monday. I’ll be singing and playing some new stuff.

I’m excited to share a new record that I’ve really enjoyed working on. The title pretty much sums it up… It’s a record about the plight of sleeping in the 21st century. So if you’re reading this in a different century, you probably won’t get it.

You can listen, purchase and share it with the player here…

You can check it out on all major online platforms by clicking here.

New Music – “Fell From You” with Rachel Eckroth & Michael Stegner

Here’s some new music for you this weekend…

Keyboard and vocal wizard, Rachel Eckroth, came over with her Moog synth to make fun sounds. We organized the blips and added some things which turned into this track. Rachel has toured the world with Chris Botti and is currently touring with and opening for Rufus Wainwright. She is a powerhouse keyboard player and vocalist who was an honor to collaborate with. Check out her latest album, it’s amazing.

You can listen to and buy the song through the Bandcamp Player here…

You can stream or download from all the major music sites by following the link below…
http://hyperurl.co/2km0m4

Here is a lyric video for the song – https://vimeo.com/307982064

You can click these links to find the song on the various streaming platforms…

On another note, here’s a recent remix I’ve done of the Charli XCX song called “Focus”. This was very fun to make and I hope it inspires you to move and groove a little. You can download it for free.

If you’re getting this via email and can’t play it from your inbox, here is the link – https://soundcloud.com/michaelstegner/focus-remixcx

“Stephen Goes Sailing” (two versions) – Now on all streaming platforms

“Stephen Goes Sailing” is a new song that I’ve released and it is now available on all major streaming services. There is a fully produced version and a piano/voice demo version as well.

You can stream, buy or download through this Bandcamp player…

Here are the links to the major online streaming platforms…

 

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