TWO CANS & A STRING

Produced by Carma
Executive Producer and Engineer: Frederick Neal
All songs written and arranged by Carma
Published: Carmella Mary Ferrara Pub. & Hartwell Clifton Williams p (ASCAP)
Recorded and Mixed by: Frederick Neal for Nealsight Records LLC with Digital Performer
Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith, Senior Mastering Engineer N.Y., N.Y. 
 
Carmella Ferrara plays: Korg & Roland keyboards
Cliff Williams plays: Sadowsky M4-24 Bass
Drum and percussion programming: Carma & Leon Neal

GUEST ARTIST:
Leon Neal - Guitar
Luis Laguer III - Rap (TAKE TWO)
Ron Alvarado – Congas on Hummbug Smile & Shockkamella
“Recorded at Broadview Media Studio, Edina, Minnesota. Andy Carson Recording Engineer”

CD Concept & Design: Frederick Neal
Artwork Drawing: Cliff Williams
Cover Photo: Gina Frederick www.gcolemangallery.com
Booking & Management: Nealsight Artist Management

Artist Website:
www.CLIFFCARM.com
www.FACEBOOK.COM/cliffcarm
www.twitter.com/cliffcarm
 
All SONGS COPYRIGHT (C) 2006 – 2012

ABOUT THE SONGS

BOUNTY HUNTER

This is a twist on a modern day western.  As you listen to the sound of the air gun, you can see the Bounty Hunter getting his man.  This is not the original Bass line, but a new Bass line was developed after Cliff heard the melody Carmella created.  He was inspired to change it to the funky bass line that now exists.  The haunting chords during the bridge give you a vision of the Bounty Hunter, riding his horse.  The wanted poster says: Alive!

 

NOT TONIGHT

Just like Paganini used etudes to create musical pieces, Not Tonight was created from a bass exercise.  The second part of the Verse gives you the motion of running; hence: exercise.  As the song motors on, you wonder about its destination and then the coda settles into a wonderful groove with the rhythm guitar, then adding the crown of the cymbal as it fades.

 

HUMMBUG SMILE

This unusual title came to Cliff in a dream, as did the melody.  Imagine hearing a melody in your sleep and waking up to make note of it.  That’s what happened!  The song has an island feel and sways like a palm tree brushed by a cool breeze.  With all its percussion and colorful instrumentation, it gives you a sense of the island folk having fun.

 

CHEROKEE WAR DANCE

Life has its everyday mishaps.  When the energetic Bass line starts, you know something is going to happen.  Workin’ on the old car; workin’ on the house; mowin’ in the yard; things happen.  The lyrics are so creative.  They paint a vivid picture of the hilarious story.  The string line brings you right onto the reservation.

 

T-SQUARE

Can a three note motif inspire a song?  Yes it can.  The repetitive pattern gives the song its hip personality and groove.  Even as the chords change during the bridge, it remains in a three note motif, while the guitar embellishes the pattern and the three note motif brings the song to its sublime ending.

 

JUST KEEPIN’ IT SIMPLE

Do you like to sing along with a melody?  I do.  I could hear the melody immediately in my head to Just Keepin’ it Simple, when my husband pulled another great bass line from his repertoire.  The funky, rock feel guides you to sing along with the melody.  The strings in the chorus with their hefty chords, give it a movie soundtrack feel.

 

CARMA

One of the building blocks for the group CARMA, this also inspired

 its name.  The catchy melody pulls you into its story-telling imagination.  Carma is one of our most recognized songs.  As you follow the trail, you ride along with each instrument as they solo, and it brings you right into the mix.  You can hear why it’s our inspiration.

 

TAKE TWO

“Quiet on the set everyone.”  When life is pressing you, Take two, breathe, re-group and everything will be o.k.  That’s the mantra of Take Two.  The songs repetitive clav and chorus make you believe it.  The bass line gives it a funky dance feel.  The drum track along with the hand claps supports that funky feel.  The rap gives weight to the mantra:  Take two.

 

SHOCKKAMELLA

 Joe Sample.  He’s one of my favorite piano players.  The avant-garde chords of Shockkamella remind me of him.  His music has a mysterious flavor, as does Shockkamella.  The bridge has a Latin feel and the closing statement grooves and is almost a separate entity within itself.

 

TWO CAN’S & A STRING

Question and answer.  That’s what I think of when I see two cans & a string.  The proof is in the sound.  The hook asks the question, and the synth vocals give you the answer.  It mirrors communication. And with the blending of its seductive instrumentation, you won’t need to use the phone.

 

PRIMAL PULSE

Move over Marcus Miller.  Move over VictorWooten.  Cliff Williams is taking center stage with this bass line; it’s super funky.  The first time I heard this bass line I said “what’s that”?  This bass line demands respect and deserves an equally funky melody.  Voila!  With its rhythmic guitar, you’ll want to listen again and again.