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All I Can Share Is Photos

by E.G. Phillips

Described as "singer-songwriter folk shot through with a cocktail jazz sensibility" by Americana UK this bossa nova infused travelogue is about the vagaries of travel... especially travel alone — with a broken heart.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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I hadn’t thought of this piece in years — having written it many moons ago when I was doing mostly MIDI based composition — but for some reason while I was on this trip through Chile, it came back to me and I couldn’t get it out of my head. So I started trying to pen some lyrics that would fit it. We start with a fairly detailed portrait of a scene from a jazz festival in Santiago where one group played “It’s Only a Paper Moon” (referred to as “a Harold Arlen tune” mostly to avoid repeating the word moon) as I watched from a park on the other side of the river. This was where all the locals were hanging out, as that was free. From there it’s up to San Pedro de Atacama before heading to Valparaiso (Valpo for those in the know) and finally back home, where it all becomes just a memory.

Somewhat bizarre both harmonically and structurally, in some ways it’s the dark horse of the album ("At Home At Sea" — available July 12th, 2019) . The guitarist on this track is Mario M. Noche, who first did his bossa nova take on the tune at EGPhest II, the second edition of my annual birthday show — it also happens to coincide with Mario’s birthday. Since my producer Ben Osheroff also saw this as a bossa number, I invited Mario to come in and reprise his take on the song. Between his rhythm track, the guitar fills he added for the solo section and the piano part Ben put down, the track really came together beautifully.

This song first premiered on Americana UK, June 10th, 2019.

- E.G.

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