Van Gogh Shadowtree





Press Info

Lyrics

  Drum Heart

  Media Today

  Deep Inside I'm   Free

  Brain Room


Press Info

Van Gogh Shadowtree is a Boston based trio, consisting of international guitar legend and television music composer, Randy Roos, Art Rocker, Mo Digliani, and blues harmonica player and singer, BJ Harpman (AKA Big Woop).

"We're a pretty unlikely group of collaborators, coming from some pretty different musical places" says wordsmith, Digliani, who is also the driving force behind the existential art rock band, The Primidonnatives. Digliani calls Van Gogh Shadowtree's music "Electrowordrock, because I don't know what else to call it."

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The band's current release, the four song single, "What Did You Have For Media Today?" is rhythmically charged music, which combines edgy lyrics with electronic synthesis and roots elements. Roos' strong command of the studio medium and synthesis is apparent throughout this exuberant, and at times darkly shaded debut performance. The combination of Digliani's low, irony tinged spoken word delivery and Harpman's rich R 'n' B vocal style, provides a multi-dimensional vocal layer, on top of Roos' rhythmically potent and deceptively melodic approach.

Adding to the tasty stew are timely interjections of Roos' understated, though masterful guitar playing, and the Big Woop's funky and melodic harmonica playing, which brings to memory Lee Oskar's work with War.

According to Mo Digliani, Van Gogh Shadowtree formed after Uncle Bic, the founder of the upstart independent label, Vague Moon Records, introduced him to Randy Roos, prior to Bic's release of a CD by Digliani's, The Primidonnatives. Mr. Roos insists he has known Mr. Digliani for many years. Mr. Digliani says, "It must have been somebody else borrowing my body or something..."

Notwithstanding this minor controversy, Roos did the mastering for the Primidonnatives' CD, and the two became fast friends. "First, we decided to do a twisted techno song in Randy's studio, just for the fun of it," says Digliani, "with a drum 'n' bass approach to spoken poetry."

That collaboration became the song, "Brain Room," which is the last track on the new CD. Says Digliani, "We let it sit for a while, and because it still didn't suck when we listened to it again, we decided to do more. We got BJ to join us, and the result is this CD. The more recent ones are perhaps more accessible to some ears than Brain Room. But I think we are capable of doing a lot of different shit. The stuff we are working on now has its own brand of coolness. Anyway, it is well worth checking out." Enough Said.

     -Ed Brilga, Vague Moon Records Publicist

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Lyrics

1. DRUM HEART

The heart is NOT a television...The mind does not compute
The sky is not a cinema...The law is not the truth.
Seismatic, no static, play a note that sings out
looking out your belly button, gazing at the street
a deep down drum plays a roll on your skin now
jungle beat is calling you from underneath the breeze.
Sonic tonic, reaching for a Ya Ya
prima donna simian..preaching with a wah-wah,
playing jazz and rock.....funk, pop and hip-hop
music of the streets...trying to do a flip-flop
dude with a lap-top writing up the play list
high tech, low specs, doubling as a drum kit
oncoming shark...giving us a jump start
matter how you cut it, it's a DRUM HEART
Rhythm is...we are...living drums...and guitars
Drum heart...Drum heart...Drum heart...Drum heart
The heart and the head are trying to play together but
they're spazmodic, plasmatic, getting out of time
linear think tank trying to take a short-cut
while the city brothers are sweating out the rhymes.
Fame and fortune...false wonders drop fast
is it really living, or you read it in a book?
Survival, revival...trying to make your bread last
being hungry, sugar, isn't knowing to how to cook
You tumble from the sky...well don't forget a parachute
it's never really over when it never really starts
Reach way inside for your sunset trancing shoes
play the beat forever in your DRUM HEART
Rhythm is...we are...living drums...and guitars
Drum heart...Drum heart...Drum heart...Drum heart
Rhythm is...we are...Rhythm is...we are...Rhythm is...we are

© C. Gill
Published by ASCAP
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2. MEDIA TODAY

Dude...I was watching T.V. the other night, and a fist came through the box...
and socked me...in the jaw. I tried to fight back, but it whupped me, and sucked me in. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh........
Sinking down in this retroculture...
Feeling like a culture vulture
Living large in a film noir
You buy your ticket, and here you are.
With your head locked into a big, wide screen, you lose yourself in a celluloid dream,
high resolution and a digital sound, designed to amaze and to astound................
stimulates the cerebral cortex, sucks you into a dream stream vortex................
of images, characters, social morays, into the flow of high speed stories...................
ready made recipes of how to feel, when all the time, it's not real!!
WHAT DID YOU HAVE, OH YEAH, FOR MEDIA TODAY?
WHAT DID YOU HAVE, OH YEAH, FOR MEDIA TODAY?
WHAT DID YOU HAVE , OH YEAH, FOR MEDIA TODAY?
WHAT DID YOU HAVE, OH YEAH, FOR MEDIA TODAY?
Did you have some television wrapped all up in sellavision?
Did you have a cd, with your bagel and some cream cheese?
Or did you have some cnn, with talking heads of little men?
Or did you have some radio, or were you too afraidio
that a dreaded shock DJ would poke and probe your private ways
and titillate with innuendo, and DRIVE YOU BACK TO YOUR NINTENDO!
(Repeat Bridge)
Cd..Mp3..Dvd and Mtv....Ep ..Lp..someone's gotta help me!
Talk shows, radio, t.v. news and video..fanzines, teen mags, yellow journal, tabloid rags
Tape cassettes and scary films...anime in chat rooms..claymation, pulp fiction..
I've got a real addiction!
Game systems, cell phones...GOTTA GO PHONE HOME!
Television, sellavision, heaven and a hellavision, cd, video, getting nitty grittio
Everybody's grazing stars, who's who in big cars, 15 minutes of fame, let's play the name game
Who's me, who's you, cinematic guess who, economy's a mystery, weather's kind of blistery.
Cybernetic brainstorm, shopping sprees keep you warm.

© C. Gill
Published by ASCAP
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3. DEEP INSIDE I'M FREE

When everything is so upset, your weary soul begins to fret
Living starts to bring you down, you wear your face right on the ground
People's actions seem so cold, love itself seems to grow old
You feel like you're your own best friend, but you don't have a friend to lend
You've pissed away too many years, entertaining little fears
You see a doctor about your job, 'cause you're about to blow your top
You didn't think it would go this far, you feel like smashing your guitar
and every chance you think you mess it, grab the moment and compress it and shout out loud, "I'm Free...deep inside of me...deep inside I'm free...deep inside of me."
Deep inside I'm free...deep inside of me...deep inside I'm free...deep inside of me.
Your body's feeling real run down, and your face is screwed into a frown
Your memory's starting to fade away, and blue is turning into gray
You're feeling old before your time, and all your stars have lost their shine
'cause they're so big, and you're so small, insignificant to all
like an ant no one ever saw, forever climbing up a wall
that's infinite, and you'll never scale, with all the tests you're bound to fail
And now you're wondering what it's worth to be a citizen of the earth
But every chance you think you'll mess it, grab the moment and compress it.
and shout out loud, "I'm Free...deep inside of me...deep inside I'm free...deep inside of me."
Deep inside I'm free...deep inside of me...deep inside I'm free...deep inside of me

© C. Gill
Published by ASCAP
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4. BRAIN ROOM

Segmentation...undulation...recitation...gestation
gray pink vibration...a time to limit agitation
Inner outer brain zone...central nervous not alone
thump the circle...play the line...feel it heavy, feel it fine
A layered dream nerve thing...metal, wood...let her ring
quick shifting mind sets...who you are is what you get
A Van Gogh shadow tree...swirly green, you and me.
Everybody's got a head...got a body, got a bed
it's delicious, no joke...wispy inner clouds of smoke
Dream stream inhalation...right place, right station
Shaking on the floor, man...I'm on the floor
Shaking on the floor, girl...you're on the floor
Where does a person go? The brain room, say hello
Where does it go from here? In the eyes and in the ears
Footsteps leaving prints...in the mood, shall we dance?
Into a deeper world...fly flags unfurled
shuffle onto bass land...be it air or be it sand
mountains come into view...fly by, not through
Shaking on the floor, man...I'm on the floor
Shaking on the floor, girl...you're on the floor
Where does a person go? The brain room, say hello
Where does it go from here? In the eyes and in the ears

© C. Gill
Drum Heart, by C. Gill and R. Roos
Media Today by C. Gill and R. Roos
Deep Inside by C. Gill, R. Roos and R. Hartman
Brain Room by C. Gill and R. Roos.
Published by ASCAP
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