Liner Notes

1. #tindermercy

Drums: Frank
Bass, Guitars, Trumpets, Vox: Jeff

The music was written well before the lyrics…I’m not really sure how I hit on Tinder as the subject, as I have never used it 🙂 …couple of musical tributes in this one: George Benson and Marvin Gaye….

2. Taylor Swift

Drums: Frank
Bass, Guitars, Trumpets, Vox: Jeff

When I get in the car with my girlfriend she likes to listen to pop radio, and at one point it seemed like every other song that came on was Taylor Swift. Eventually I began jokingly saying, no matter who the singer was, “wow Taylor Swift sounds really different in this song.” When I realized that I wanted all the songs on this album to have a sense of humor, I grafted this idea onto music I had been working on with James Reeder, a great, soulful singer (we were in an oldies band together previously).

3. You Take

Drums: Frank
Bass, Guitars, Trumpets, Piano, Vox: Jeff

Originally I was using a Vibes sound with vibrato for the intro, inspired by a song on The Cardigans’ album First Band on the Moon. Eventually I went more traditional. I love to bake, although I don’t really have someone who simply eats everything the second I put it on the table. I’m pretty proud of the bridge in this one.

4. WTP???

Drums: Frank
Bass, Guitars, Trumpets, Vox: Jeff

I played a draft of this song for a 22-year-old woman, thinking she would find the idea silly, but to my surprise after she listened she said “Oh my God when I first came to New York my friends and I couldn’t find ANYTHING when we went out!!!” At that point I decided, ok, this might work.

5. iOS

Drums: Frank
Bass, Guitars, Trumpets, Vox: Jeff

As the 1900’s were drawing to a close, I was in a band called Slushpuppy (lead singer: Dawn Botti – check out her current band, New Day Dawn, they rock really hard). I wrote a song called “How Can I?,” sort of a typical guy-can’t-get-up-the-nerve-to-talk-to-a-girl-type song, except a girl was singing so reverse all of that. As I was putting together this album I wanted to write a song about how my girlfriend literally would not stop telling me how f$&#ing great her new iPhone was and how much happier I would be with one blah blah blah. Since Slushpuppy didn’t make it big, I decided to steal my own song and write new lyrics. Now I have an iPhone, and while it drives me crazy from time to time, at least I can upgrade it every year or so. Unlike my girlfriend. (Because I love her, of course.)

6. Cool Breeze

Drums: Frank
Bass, Guitars, Percussion, Keyboards, Trumpts, Vox: Jeff

I’m scared to disclose the origins of this song. My high school best friend Spencer wrote part of this back in the year….well let’s just say high school…when we had a band together. Then a few years went by (ok, a few decades) and for some weird reason I remembered the first few lines of it, and for an even weirder reason I thought “hey I should work on this” and a few months later I sent Spence a simple demo in an email titled “We wrote a song!” I don’t remember his full version, but he certainly deserved a writing credit. (Musical tributes: Squeeze (Pulling Mussels) and The Specials’ version of A Message to You Rudy. See if you can find it.)

7. Josephine

Drums: Frank
Bass, Guitars, Percussion, Trumpets, Vox: Jeff

Originally I wrote this in 6/8 and it had the feel of a Sea Shanty to me. This naturally led me to think of oceanic creatures. I sent a demo of this to Spencer, who liked it, and we were chatting about it for a little while…eventually he says “um, hey I was wondering, what’s the deal with living in a pineapple under the sea?” I said “um, you know, Spongebob?” Spencer said “I never watched it.” Spencer has three kids, the oldest of which is 14. I think those facts together make him a bad parent.

8. Criminal

Drums: Frank
Bass, Guitars, Trumpets, Vox: Jeff

Started playing this with a cover band a couple of years ago. Wish I had Fiona Apple’s voice. And body. I know, this song is not funny…maybe I’m being ironic.

9. Guitar Life

Drums: Frank
Bass, Guitars, Trumpets, Vox: Jeff

This song is all true. Noah is real. He lives in North Carolina. He’s 10. He had this starter guitar he held up with a USB cable and he folded paper into picks. If this album does well I will probably get him a Strat. If the album does very well, then an American Strat. If the album kills…. a Rickenbacker. (Musical tribute: spot the Beatles licks…)

© 2017 by Jeff Gardner
Produced by The Peffer
All songs performed by Jeff Gardner and Frank Turchiano

All songs written by Jeff Gardner except “Taylor Swift,” by Jeff Gardner and James “EZ” Reeder; “Cool Breeze” by Jeff Gardner and Spencer Gusick; and “Criminal” by Fiona Apple, Fhw Music.

All songs recorded at Multisound Studios, Whitestone, NY and Pefftronic Studios, Forest Hills, NY. Mixed and mastered at Pefftronic Studios.

Most special thanks go to my wonderful girlfriend Masayo, who put up with me working on this album at all hours, and to Frank Turchiano, who liked my songs enough to give me a key to his studio. While most people might also thank their parents, I don’t think mine thought I had it in me. But I don’t blame them, because I didn’t know I had it in me either.