Add to Cart
I Married A Girl From Mars
Artist/Band: Barry Schwam
So what makes a guy like me, write the music that I do? Who knows. Being dropped on my head during babyhood? Being abducted by aliens ? (Likely). Too many good times in the 60?s? A spiritual insight? Well.. its probably all of the above. At age 16 I wrote, I Want a Root Beer, and at age 65 I have not stopped. Hundreds of songs, a thousand performances, dozens of broken autoharp strings and air blisters from playing the theremin have brought me to this album; recordings covering 40 years of doing this stuff for myself, and whoever else might enjoy it. This collection is awesome! It includes a recording made over 40 years ago in an attic in Portland, OR (Crazy People). It has a live version of I Want a Root Beer, recorded before the acting company of The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. There are recordings mastered on cassette tape recorders, reel to reel recorders. There are autoharps, harmonicas, kazoos, shakers, sound effects, keyboards, computers, jews harps, bongos, drum kits, organs, wash tub bass, stand up bass, soda cans, and things that go bump in the night. I got some help with back up vocals on, The Fishies Song, by Dan Bullard (who also played wash tub bass) and Verna Chilton, plus Harlan Hokin who played the organ on, Want a Root Beer. also on that track was a guy named Phil who played the stand up bass. I used a pre-recorded backing loop on Old People BBQ. Other than that, its all me!
Since I discovered Mac computers about six years ago, I was able to create entirely new sounds and make them sound much better with digital technology. But there are plenty of songs on this collection that used the old technology of tape, and the ping pong method of recording. I did not have a multi-track machine. I bounced tracks back and forth to get multiple tracks and instruments. Thus, the recording quality would drop a bit after each bounce. But I would not trade those sounds or that experience for any digital one. It led me to be more creative, more innovative.
It has been a great ride, writing, recording, and performing these songs. I only hope they will reach more people with this CD collection. This has been my career, my joy, my task master, my ministry. I know I have entertained many, and made a lot of friends all over the world. A special thanks to the musical group, The Residents, who, in 1975, recorded one of my songs, Aphids in the Hall, which became an underground classic. It gave me the inspiration to take up music again after an almost 15 year hiatus from 1975 to 1990.
Special thanks to my loving wife, Lydia, who has seen the dark side of creative genius, and did not give up. And I hope she never will.
1. I Married A Girl From Mars
2. You're a Martian
3. I Love You, You Love Me
4. I Want a Root Beer
5. Mind Games
6. Once I Was An Apple
7. Miles Up Above
8. The Frogmeister and His All Amphibian Good-Time Band
9. I'm Going To An Old People's Barbecue
10. Crazy People
11. Don't Lock Me Up in the Lovington Jail
12. The Peanut Butter Song
13. Kick in the Butt
14. Attack of the Tofu People
15. You Just Can't Eat When You're Dead, Dead, Dead
16. The Fishies Song
17. I Got the Grrrs
18. The Gardener's Coming Today
19. Dueling Theremins
20. Einstein's Regret
21. March of the Mega Bumps
22. The Landlord-Tenant Cha Cha Cha
24. Draw the Line at Vegas