This album was a difficult two and a half year journey. We kept the HeartSleeve’s mission alive. With the help of old friends and new ones we searched for our identity, celebrated new love, remembered old passions, gave homage to our heroes, documented the fractures of our hearts and the tragedies of loss, one intentional and one desperately unfair. We kept our emotions exposed, not to be dramatic, but to be sane and sincere.. and to release.
The album features songs from our lives.
"Son of Lenny Bruce" is our search for our identity, sometimes thrown a curve ball by a well meaning lunch lady.
"Last Night" is the moment we realized that the sick feeling that we hadn't felt since our teenage life was proof that she captured our heart.
"Leslie" reminisces in the memory of the woman who showed us how to be a man.
"Rebecca" expresses the fears, dreams and aspirations of new and hopeful love and the foreshadowing excitement that spins us around.
"Patriots' Day" is our somber heartfelt Patriots drinking song. To soothe our pain and cherish our team.
"Birthday" celebrates the feeling of pure gratefulness to the universe that she exists.
"Peripheral People" is the paradigm shift when we realized it just wasn't enough.
"Dissolving" winces in the realization that no matter how much you love each other, sometimes its not good for either of you.
"Marriott Parking Lot" The healing from a late Sunday moment, in the desolate Burlington, MA hotel parking lot, where it ended.
"We Lost" is the promise of what we built, reflected on in the wreckage of what we broke.
"Mitch" is our tribute to our friend, the late Mitchell Heisman, who killed himself at Harvard on Yom Kippur, in search of the meaning of life.
"Haman" is our Purim anthem, a timely remembrance of overcoming evil through empowerment.
"Jessica Song" Professor, Mother, Singer, True Confidant... Big Sister. I will miss you till my final day.
released March 3, 2012
The HeartSleeves are:
Ben Margolis - Saxophone
Jared Lucas Nathanson - Lead Vocals
Helen Aki - Backing Vocals/Guitar
Ben Nicotera - Keyboard
Mark Podgurski - Drums
Featuring HeartSleeve Alumni:
Joshua Lee Loomis - Guitar
Alex Blinn - Drums
Wayne Flower - Bass
Robert Gilmore - Bass
Honorary Sleever For Life:
Douglas Batchelder - Guitar, Wurlitzer Piano, Hammond organ
Songs composed & arranged by Jared Lucas Nathanson, Ben Margolis and Joshua Lee Loomis
Words & Melody by Jared Lucas Nathanson and Ben Margolis
Recorded and mixed by Doug Batchelder at the Den studios in North Reading, MA
Produced by Doug Batchelder, Ben Margolis, and Jared Lucas Nathanson.
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice
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