Michael Becker | STRAWBERRY HAZE

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STRAWBERRY HAZE

by Michael Becker

Mike shares his unique Post-Bohemian musical visions in various styles, all with a pinkish psychedelic glow. \"Strawberry Haze started as a series of great dreams where I heard Lennon & Hendrix jamming loke the dickens, I never hit the record button.\"
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1. Bring Me Your Cup
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2. Post-Bohemian Every Dog's Day
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3. Glow and Hum
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4. A Kiss to Build a Dream On
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5. Wen
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6. Fine Line (We were Talking)
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7. Just Because/The Dummy Song
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8. The Men Who Would Be King
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9. Tomorrow Never Knows/3rd Stnoe From the Sun
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10. Who's Sorry now?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mike Becker is THE Post-Bohemian a hip renaissance man who has made his mark in engineering, architecture, design, government, writing film and of course music!

“M” is A GREAT CD!! Kelly Bridges, -WUNH radio - Durham NH

“People will love this music” -JAM MUSIC MAGAZINE review of “M”

“Watch out for this guy!” and “OH NO!” - Charles Laqudaria, Boston Radio Legend

“..entertaining and fun, shines with a style all his own. Mike Becker is a New Hampshire asset that should be acknowledged and appreciated” -NHTunes.com review of “M”

“A live performer who connects with many audiences, he swings, rocks and surprises!”-PBQ

“...musicianship, diversity, heart and soul...one of the local music community’s finest at his best!” NHTunes.com review of ‘STRAWBERRY HAZE’


Signs of POBO-MANIA?:

A young fan at an outdoor concert screams “Lennon Lives!”

An entire lounge rises like a strange blues choir to join Mike in singing “The Wind Cries Mary” followed by a standing ovation.

In a packed café, a young poetess rises and recites her new poem: ‘That Post-Bohemian Man’, the crowd smiles knowingly and snaps their fingers.

The band sets up to a full tavern chanting “Po-Bo, Po-Bo, Po-Bo….”

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Mark Hoffman

One of my top 10 of all time!
Strawberry Haze is not just a great 21st century psychedelic romp, it's also a broad musical masterpiece.
“Bring Me your Cup” is a cool, casual acoustic remake of a UB40 minor English hit from the 1990s, the songs builds and warms you like a long evening of libations with an old friend “..untill the sun comes up”. The song ends with a quick neat transition into the giant “Post-Bohemian Every Dog’s Day” a fast moving 2 step of wild musical images, with dozens of wild little sound bites along the way, it is a pastiche of classic rock riffs and references, done so well and big it stands up shoulder to shoulder with “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Happiness is a Warm Gun”.
“Glow and Hum” is a somewhat Kinky tale of an evening in Paris, musically it’s a bass, drums and gong trudging along, sounding like Tangerine Dream meets U2, in a very cool way, you can almost smell the “..diesel and Chanel” in the French rain.
There are a couple of fine romantic ballads here, “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” is an original musical take on the Louis Armstrong 1953 classic, and “Wen” is a tender guitar anda bass tribute to his wife Wendy.
Other songs include “Fine Line” where Mike steps out of his musical comfort zone by framing this lyrical tip of the hat to “Within You Without You” by George Harrison, in a wrapper of thump and wahwah synths, closer to acid, house or techno. “Just Because/Dummy Song” is Mike and fiddle buddy Dan Blajda doing the Americana string band of the 1930s in a fun and fresh medley.
“The Men Who Would Be King” starts out as a folksinger and his guitar election night howl, but Producer/Guitarist Jamie Dancy then turns it into a fast, fun and funny rockabilly rant.
“Tomorrow Never Knows/3rd Stone From the Sun” is a Lennon and a Hendrix song combined into something quite new and unique, lots going on here, wind, water, dolphin sounds, is that the Dali Lama? The music swells, ring modulated vocals, well, ring, and crests with the buzzing riff of 3rd Stone, from the great Hendrix instrumental.

The cd concludes with “Who’s Sorry Now’ a great energetic kiss off song, which musically is like Talking Heads meets Led Zeppelin and Meat Loaf (well I may be stretching that a bit).
I’ve had this cd for quite a while and listened to it hundreds if time, it still sounds fresh and new, that’s the test for me. Waiting to see what is next from Mr. B.
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