Slugger

by Dave Keener

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about

It’s not easy to be yourself. But in Dave Keener’s new full-length CD “Slugger,” the singer-songwriter has tried to find songs in whatever makes Dave, Dave. Even if what’s on his mind—from advice for his nephew (“Uncle”) to being very, very bad at multitasking (“Linear Larry”)—is not the usual stuff of pop songwriting.

THE SONGS
The record starts with “When,” a handclap-driven song about a major concern for every musician not receiving consistent royalty checks—spending too much time NOT singing and playing guitar. “Mama Had a Bongo,” is a Caribbean-infused novelty tune about musically randy parents. “That’s the Way I Do It” is a head-bopping acoustic number celebrating a personal philosophy that is fragmented, inconsistent, and probably not all that different from most personal philosophies. Among these unusual themes are a few love songs with an edge, like the George Jones influenced “Put That Baby Down,” and the spare pop ballad “This Is Where I Came In.”

INFLUENCES & MUSICIANS
“Slugger” shows the influence of songwriters like Nick Lowe, Billy Bragg, Ronnie Lane and musical styles ranging from British Invasion and Motown to Doo-Wop and Irish folk. Arrangements are kept simple, so the lyrics can come through. The rhythm section consists of Russ Alderson and Dave Foster on bass and drummers James Morris and Thomas Devito and Jen McDearman on percussion. The band is rounded out by backup vocalist Karen Dahlstrom and Bill Wadman on keyboards. Russ Alderson also provided noise for the song “Gather Round.”

STUDIO & COVER ART
“Slugger” was recorded and mixed by Jon Alstchuler at The Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn in April and May of this year and mastered by Mitch Rankin. Bill Wadman’s cover art embraced the title “Slugger” fully, placing Keener in a classic 1970’s baseball card.

SONGWRITER DEATHMATCH
Around the corner from The Seaside Lounge is Freddys Bar, where Keener performs regularly and where he refined the songs on this album. Instead of doing the usual 45 minute set and making way for the next performer, Keener books a two-hour time slot, then enlists three more singer-songwriters to share the night. The result is Songwriter Deathmatch, a fun, intimate evening of song hosted by Keener.

BIO
Dave Keener is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, where he hosts the monthly showcase, Songwriter Deathmatch. His first full-length album “The Easy Way” received positive reviews and made the New York Roots, Rock and Americana Chart. Before that, Dave recorded an EP, “It’s Hard to Be Aggressive When You’re Confused” and the full length comedy CD “Them Keener Boys” mixed by David Poe and Sim Cain. Dave has appeared in CMJ and on WFMU. Dave’s song “Mr. Johnson” was recorded by the band King Missile.

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released July 21, 2013

Dave Keener, guitar/vocals. Russ Alderson, bass. Dave Foster, bass/guitar. James Morris, drums. Thomas DeVito, drums. Karen Dahlstrom, background vocals. Jen McDearman, percussion. Bill Wadman, piano and organ. Recorded and mixed by Jon Altschuler at the Seaside Lounge. Additional recording by Mike Ditrio. Mastered by Mitch Rankin.

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"Dave Keener is a terrific songwriter with a gift for catchy songs, humor, and subtle emotion.
— Mike Sauter, Music Director, WYEP/Pittsburgh

4 (of 5) Stars. “There isn’t a bad tune in the 11 here … This one’s a winner.”
— The Daily News (PA)
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Track Name: When
Hey man, when do we get to stop
Talking about rain and running for trains and racking our brains or whatever remains
And pick up guitars and sing like we want to?

Hey girl, when do we get to stop
Checking off to-do’s and sharing bad news, sleeping off booze and suffering all these fools
And pick up guitars and sing like we want to?
Pick up guitars and sing like we want to

When, when oh when
Does life begin
For me and you
My friend?
And how, how oh how
How about now, old pal
How about now?
I’m begging you

Hey bud, when do we get to stop
Looking at tikes, and clicking on likes, falling off bikes and hit the open mics
And pick up guitars and sing like we want to

Hey champ, when do we get to stop
Washing loads and streaming episodes, snipping off nodes and forgetting our codes
And pick up guitars and sing like we want to?
Pick up guitars and sing like we want to

When, when oh when
Does life begin
For me and you
My friend?
And how, how oh how
How about now, old pal
How about now?
I’m begging you

Hey man, when do we get to stop
Making schleps, doing reps and seasoning crepes and reviewing next steps
And pick up guitars and sing like want to?

Hey girl when do we get to stop
Hitting pot holes and wearing Doctor Scholes and tidying our bowls and losing our souls
And pick up guitars and sing like we want to?
Pick up guitars and sing like we want to
Pick up guitars and sing like we want to
I------just want to pick up my guitar

(C) Dave Keener.
Track Name: That's The Way I Do It
I had a feeling just a feeling I’m revealing to you
And I’m revealing that the feeling is a little bit blue
You’re most appealing for the stealing of the hearts like you do
And I’m for realing how I’m dealing daily feeling like a

Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh me oh my
I look in the heavens I see only sky
And I want magic when magic comes walking in the door
I’ll hold out my hand and leave my heart wide open

Sing o muses sing in me
Comedy and clarity

That’s the way I feel about it
That’s the way I’m going about it
That’s the way I do it

I don’t like to run for trains
Don’t like umbrellas, do like rain
I can take his name in vain
He and I are cool
They say you sin and then you fall
That’s now how this works at all

That’s the way I feel about it
That’s the way I’m going about it
That’s the way I do it

I do it, I’ll do it till I’m through it
Can you make me understand?

No more controlling, or steamrolling or a-holing to o
It takes a tolling space patrolling for the good and the true
Now I’m extolling going bowling going bowling with you
And Stax souling and rock and rolling, Nat King Coling and uh

Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh me oh my
I look in the heavens I see only sky
And I want magic when magic comes walking in the door
I’ll hold out my hand leave my heart wide open
Feels so good to say my prayers
Even if they go nowhere

That’s the way I feel about it
That’s the way I’m going about it
That’s the way I do it

I said I wouldn’t drink today
Now what was it that I was about to say
Doesn’t matter, bombs away
Here’s to absent friends
And all creatures great and small
Mickey, Peter, John and Paul

That’s the way I feel about it
That’s the way I’m going about it
That’s the way I do

I do it, I’ll do it till I’m through it
Can you make me understand?
Track Name: Linear Larry
I’ve got a feeling, hard to express
Feels like fifteen women trying to fit into just one little dress
One thought’s coming, one’s half done
One was real important and poof, now all of ‘em gone

Lemme, lemme, lemme, lemme do one thing at a time

Why can’t I do just one thing at a time?
I could rule the world if all the world would only fall into line
What do I look like, the main with two brains?
You got me walking, talking, listening, texting, walking into oncoming trains

Lemme, lemme, lemme, lemme do one thing at a time
Lemme, lemme, lemme, lemme do one thing at a time
Lemme, lemme, lemme, lemme do one thing at a time
Call me Linear Larry

I love ya baby, I think you’re swell
I don’t have a one track mind but I don’t dual process real well
I wanna hold you in my arms all night
First with the left, then with the right

Lemme lemme lemme lemme do one thing at a time

Why can’t I do just one thing till it’s done?
Set up your desires and I’lll knock ‘em down one by one
Telling you baby I’m a one woman man
I’m no prize and I’ve got eyes I don’t have the attention span

Lemme, lemme, lemme, lemme do one thing at a time
Lemme, lemme, lemme, lemme do one thing at a time
Lemme, lemme, lemme, lemme do one thing at a time
Call me Linear Larry

Multi-tasking I’m not impressed
Eating, reading, meeting, tweeting, feeding a baby at your breast
When you’re with me I want you body and soul
Body first, then soul, of course, see above cause that’s how I roll

Lemme lemme lemme do one thing at a time

(c) Dave Keener 2013
Track Name: This Is Where I Came In
I smell purell
Hear a deadbolt door
Wait a minute
I’ve been here before
I don’t know her
I only know her lines
I teleprompt her
With this foolish face of mine

Open up the cage
I will gladly walk inside
For the cheese is good
And the cage door open wide
And I fall asleep with my soul so satisfied
And I dream sweet dreams till I open up my eyes

This is where I came in
I’ve seen this show before
Don’t you go up those stairs
Don’t you go in that door
This is where I lost my mind
This is where the tires blew out
This is where I came in
This is where I walk out
This is where I came in

Didda, didda, etc.X 4

Names and places
They have all been changed
So you make the same mistake again
Always starts with forgetting your ID
A new one’s supplied too easily

Open up the cage
I will gladly walk inside
For the cheese is good
And the cage door open wide
And I fall asleep with my soul so satisfied
And I dream sweet dreams till I open up my eyes

This is where I came in
I’ve seen this show before
Fella builds a big dollhouse
Moves in on the second floor
Freedom is everything
That you can do right now
This is where I came in
This is where I walk out
This is where I came in

Didda, didda, etc.X 8

Everytime I forget who I am
I remember I never will again
Open up the cage
Track Name: Uncle
Uncle you are so wise
Tell me about love so I won’t be surprised
Uncle you are so cool
Tell me all about love so I won’t be the fool

One day you’ll find her
Sneak right up behind her
As all God’s creatures do
And you’ll go doop doop doo doo doo doo doop doop
And she’ll go doop doop doo-doop too

Buy her a coke
Tell her a joke
Give her a poke or two
And she’ll fall in doop doop doo-doo-doo-doo-doop doop doodoop with you

Uncle when I grow up, I want to be just like little Wayne
But if I’m like you
I’m gonna need to know, how to love so I won’t be alone

One day you’ll hold her
And feel a little colder
Like grown up lovers do
Look into your doop doop doo-doo-doo-doo-doop doop doodoop
And if your doop doop doo doop’s true
Give it a couple of tries
A couple of sighs
A Couple of lies and you’ll
Get back all your doop doop doo-doo-doo-doo-doop doop doodoop

Uncle you are so smart, don’t you know the secret of the way to keep her heart
Uncle be my best friend let me know how to love so love will never end

You’ve asked the master
A question I can’t answer
The best thing I can do
Hope you meet your doop doop doop doo-doo-doo-doo-doop doop doodoop
And her doop doop doo doop’s true
But then again if it’s not
You learn what you’ve got
One thing I’ll never do
Blow smoke up your doop doop doop doop doo-doo-doo-doo-doop doop doodoop
It hurts like a doop doop doop doo-doo-doo-doo-doop doop doodoop
Cause your Uncle doop doop doop doo-doo-doo-doo-doop doop doodoop’s you
Track Name: Second-Rate Rainbow
(Sometimes I think)
We’re looking for a pot of gold at the end of a second-rate rainbow
Other times I feel
There’s more joy in just one hour of me and you sitting and talking
Than this little heart can hold

Sometimes I want to tell the world how much I hate it’s cruel, cruel ways
And other times I want sit on the stoop and let it make my day

We did our best how we pressed our nose to the good life grindstone
Till it rolled away
Have no fear, there’s cheap beer and so much good life coming
It’ll make you sick

Sometimes I want to ride my bike on the sidewalk, watch those good folks run
Lord let me stay in the lane of the righteous, I don’t want to hit any one

We built a dream house, every dream house has to wake up someday
It was a good dream
We’re still here, birds still sing
I just want to believe they’re singing, not just making noise

Sometimes I want to tell the world how much I hate it’s cruel, cruel ways
And other times I want sit on the stoop and let it make my day

Let’s bet it all on a horse that runs as fast as we can
Give up on a dream
Weren’t we fools looking for the end of a second-rate rainbow
When gold is everywhere
Track Name: Mama Had A Bongo
Papa was NYPD
And in the Emerald Society
He had a banjo on his knee
Playing jigs and reels relentlessly

Mama was from the island sun
She was a converted nun
But she liked having too much fun
And playing on the bongos all night long

Mama got a bongo, Papa got a banjo
All night long it's banjo bongo, bongo, banjo, bongo all night long

And papa go
And mama go
And papa go
And mama go
All night long

I won't discuss personal affairs
But when we sat in our dinner chairs
I was not done with my can of pears
And mom and pop are half a way up the stairs

Mama oiled her bongo skin
Papa plucked and plucked again
Then he stop to get his wind
So Mama play a solo at the end

Audience Participation

I ask teacher after class
If they could play at Sunday Mass
She said that they could not alas
Cause Mama ate meat on Friday last

I was ignorant all throughout
Now I know what it’s all about
Why Daddy put down his pint our stout
Whenever mama took those bongos out
Track Name: Gather Round
First there was sun
Then came the moon
And they spun and circled so far from each other
looking and searching for someone to talk to
And then the sun set eyes on the moon
Their joy sent meteors and comets in every direction
And one they called earth
They bathed it in sea
They filled so much with fishes
They walked on the sand
And flew in the air
And made every animal

Gather round lads and lasses
While I tell you all a tale
Let’s all raise our glasses
To the making of a beautiful world
spinning and shining
With no supervision
For ever and ever
For just you and me

He was man
She was woman
He was all right to look at
And she was so fine
They left the bar
He had no car
But he didn’t really need one
Where he was living
They were not old, they were not new
You could say that it wasn’t their very first rodeo
They’d been hurt and they had the rings to prove it
First they were two and when they were one.
Their joy sent meteors and comets
In every direction

Gather round lads and lasses
While I tell you all a tale
Let’s all raise our glasses
To the making of a beautiful one
Spinning and shining
As of this writing
Doing all right
Last time I checked
Track Name: Bottom of My Heart
Me and my pajamas like to watch TV
Granpa pop and mama say they quite agree
Out there in the world, there might be something to see
Is that love in the bottom of my heart

There’s a girl working in my favorite store
She sprayed me with something on the menswear floor
Now I smell terrific and I know for sure
I got love in the bottom of my heart

Oh oh oh oh oh it starts with a drop
You sprinkle atop all your wishes
Oh oh oh and then you discov
An ocean of love full of fishes of kisses

Walked her to the station and we had a slice
Kissed her hesitation and she closed her eyes
Then she blinked them open and to her suprise
She had love in the bottom of her heart

Oh oh oh oh oh it starts with a drop
You sprinkle atop all your wishes
Oh oh oh and then you discov
An ocean of love full of fishes of kisses

Mom and Daddy say I’d make a lovely groom
I just made a baby in my baby’s womb
Grandpa went to heaven and we got his room
I got love in the bottom of my heart
Track Name: Put That Baby Down
I miss your pretty face
Because you’ve always got it placed against some grindstone
I miss your pretty eyes, they’re always on the prize and it ain’t me
Your kisses really send me, but lately they just send me to the hardware store
Please look at your to-do list, do you have a line running through me?

Put that baby down, tell me that you love me
I want to hear it again

If I want to see you, all I have to do is run home early
If I want to hold you, all I have to do is wait my turn
If I want you to hear me, all I have to do is punch the radio
If I want you to love me, that’s something I can’t do alone

Put that baby down, tell me that you love me
I want to hear it again

I want to hear it on the hour
I want to hear it all the time
I’m a beautiful flower
I need a whole lotta sunshine
I want to hear it in 8-track
In perpetual playback
I want to hear it [again X9]

You don’t want to hear it, but sometimes I feel like I just work here
I don’t want to say it, but I don’t want to work here anymore
If you’d hug me like you mean it, that would go an awful long way right now
If Bowie rings the doorbell, you just better leave ‘em waiting at the door

Put that baby down, tell me that you love me
I want to hear it [again x9]

I want to hear it on the hour
I want to hear it all the time
I’m a beautiful flower
I need a whole lotta sunshine
I want to hear it in 8-track
In perpetual playback
I want to hear it [again X9]
Track Name: No One Else
Ain’t no one else I want to wake up with
Ain’t nobody else I want to wake up with
Ain’t no one I want to wake up with but me

Putting the heart back in the boy
Easier done than said
Set your mouth to shut up
Set your mind straight ahead
Walking that narrow road
Me and my lonesome
Gonna need good shoes
Gonna wanna pack a lunch
Putting the heart back in the boy

I’m a guitar that’s just a old box a wood
Stretching greasy old strings far as they can go
I’m gonna sound like an old back porch
With a sweet swinging mama rocking to and fro

Ain’t no one I want to get drunk with
Ain’t nobody else I want to get drunk with
Ain’t no one I want to get drunk with but here and now

Putting the heart back in the boy
Easier done than said
Set your mouth to shut up
Set your mind straight ahead
Walking that narrow road
Me and my lonesome
Gonna need good shoes
Gonna wanna pack a lunch
Putting the heart back in the boy

I’m a guitar that’s just a old box a wood
Stretching greasy old strings far as they can go
I’m gonna sound like an old back porch
With a sweet swinging mama rocking to and fro

Ain’t no one I want to wake up with
Ain’t nobody else I want to wake up with
Ain’t no one else I want to wake up with but why?
Track Name: All This and Heaven Too
Heard you screaming as I came in
Something burning in the frying pan
I’m so hungry I could just expire
I pulled the smoking wreckage from the fire
Little smoke never hurt no one
You just rip down the smoke alarm

I treasure all your love and all your heart and all that we been through
All this and heaven too, thank heaven I have you
All this and heaven too, thank heaven I have you

Sister warned us, she said by now
We’d be crying in our Meister Brau
Lot of fellas proved her right
You broke her crystal ball one summer night
I had a party and you came along
I’m still waiting for you to go home

Chorus

Your mouth is smiling but your eyes are scared
Are we really going to take it there?
I can see you hiding in plain sight
I turned invisible as you took flight
What’s the use I’ve already felt the pain, only the autopsy remains

All your love and all your heart and all that we been through
All this and heaven too, I lost when I lost you
All this and heaven too, mm mm mm