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This is our LAST show for the summer. But we’re certain it will leave such an impression, it will carry you til August when we make our return after Katherine’s knee surgery.

Shake your ass down memory lane and reminisce with us as we celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the release of the LIVE at the Five O concertCD.

ESD is revisiting their soulful catalog of tunes that will stir your soul, ignite your heart and quite possibly make you wanna take your clothes off! …and we won’t stop you!

The band is bringing back your favorite “standards” such as Morning on 4th, Jack’n the Box, When Love Comes and soooo many more!!! Plan to STAY LATE!!!!

We’ll also have retro ESD t-shirts and music available at the show. WOOT!!!!

AND, if you WEAR an ESD shirt, you get special treats. :)

Waking Giants 9:00- 10:00
Elysian Sex Drive 10:30-12:15 ish
Hail Dale 12:30 to 2:00

The Five O’clock Club
1930 Hillview St, Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 366-5555

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LATEST and GREATEST in GIANT WORLD!!

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After a year in the dreaming, planning, conjuring, doing and patience….The IMpower Project has been manifested in the world. This foundation, or the preferred moniker, a collaborative grass roots effort, was inspired by a song called Simple Words. The song was born partly from a text received from a friend who was standing on a razor thin edge of choosing to see hope and value in her life or not. I heard music as I read some of the words in the text. “Odd and inappropriate” I thought. Deeply concerned, I called immediately, praying I could offer the lifeline she was looking for–or that I hoped she was looking for. We talked for almost 3 hours. We talked until we both knew she was OK. We talked until her voice and words shifted from hopeless desperation to inspired hope. Gratefully we were laughing by the end of the conversation. The chorus of the song were words spoken to her.  At the end of the conversation, I asked her (cuz we’re friends), if I could use a couple sentences from her text as lyrics. I shared with her that I heard music. She, being a writer, was THRILLED by the request and enthusiastically offered as many words as I wanted.

It was a chilly April morning, less than a week after the conversation when the song came in.  Sitting on my front porch, hands freezing–but it was such a beautiful morning, I couldn’t be inside. I put a capo on my guitar, with no preconceptions about writing anything. I didn’t set out to write Simple Words. It wrote itself. I was simply a vessel. When the chorus came in, I was covered in gooseflesh, tears streaming down my face–I was in the presence of something much much bigger than myself. While I’ve had that experience many times before, this was different. This was about more, much more than a song, it was a healing, a reminder that we all need and I found I needed more than I realized. When I heard the song played back for the first time,  just on a little hand held recorder, I wept again as I received the message of the song–hearing, FEELING, really taking in the truth of the words. When I brought the song to the band, the gravity and power of it was palpable. I knew when it came in that it was BIG–really BIG. We all did. The inspiration to offer the song to a bigger purpose came  in pretty immediately. But it wouldn’t be until June that it would all come together, become clear as to WHAT the BIG was. Giving the song to the cause of suicide prevention and intervention and empowerment initiatives (programs focusing on positive regard for self and others–anti-bullying) seemed a perfect match–as thought THAT was the reason the song came in the first place.  Now we needed a WAY to do this. That’s when the IMpower Project was born. The song Simple Words can be downloaded here and at the IMPower site with ALL proceeds benefitting the project. Thank you for joining the effort!!

for more information please visit www.impowerproject.org

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We’ve missed you!!!

You may ask “what are you guys doing??” when you don’t hear from Waking Giants in a while (or not).  Well, the answer to that question could vary…We’re pleased to say that, In this case, we are doing cool stuff that may interest you, like  finishing an EP, writing new music, preparing to launch a not-for-profit organization and doing a photo shoot. You can check out some of the shots from the shoot on Reverb Nation in our gallery or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/wearewakinggiants. We know we need to get better at keeping you in the loop as these things are happening. We’re working on it!!! Really we are. :)

We’ve got some great shows lined up in October.

OCT. 5: Orlando Pride

Oct. 12: Back 40 Music Festival at Little Manatee State Park

Oct. 19: Sarasota Pride AND Pickin’ Picnic in Bradenton

Oct. 25: shooting to have an EP release party at the WSLR concert pavilion

Please see our “Shows” page for the details.

 

We look forward to seeing you!!!! We’ll have a new EP and other new Waking Giants paraphanalia availalbe for you to have, hold and love forever. :)

Peace and blessings!!!

WG

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What an amazing and freakishly unexpected happening right here at Ringling school of Art in Sarasota.

Amanda Palmer and her husband Neil Gaiman Twitter announce their “Ninja Gig” less than 24 hours ago and about 200 lucky fans showed up.

Amanda played several uke songs and Neil read some unreleased poetry and prose. Videos to come as we got some great footage!

 

 

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Do yourself a favor and watch Amanda’s TED speech about The Art of Asking.

 

This is one of my favorite songs she played! Here she is at Occupy Wall Street!

Lyrics:

Here are the song lyrics:

sid vicious played a four-string fender bass guitar and couldn’t sing
and everybody hated him except the ones who loved him
a ukulele has four strings, but sid did did not play ukulele
he did smack and probably killed his girlfriend nancy spungen if only sid had had a ukulele, maybe he could have been happy
maybe he would not have suffered such a sad end
he maybe would have not done all that heroin instead
he maybe would’ve sat around just singing nice songs to his girlfriend so play your favorite cover song, especially if the words are wrong
‘cos even if your grades are bad, it doesn’t mean you’re failing
do your homework with a fork
and eat your fruit loops in the dark
and bring your etch-a-sketch to work
and play your ukulele ukulele small and forceful
brave and peaceful
you can play the ukulele too it is painfully simple
play your ukulele badly, play your ukulele loudly
ukulele banish evil
ukulele save the people
ukulele gleaming golden on the top of every steeple lizzie borden took an axe, and gave her father thirty whacks
then gave her mother thirty-one, and left a tragic puzzle
if only they had given her an instrument, those puritans
had lost the plot completely
see what happens when you muzzle
a person’s creativity
and do not let them sing and scream
and nowadays it’s worse ’cause kids have automatic handguns
it takes about an hour to learn how to play the ukulele
about same to teach someone to build a standard pipe bomb
YOU DO THE MATH so play your favorite cover song, especially if the words are wrong
‘cos even if your grades are bad, it doesn’t mean you’re failing
do your homework with a fork
and eat your fruit loops in the dark
and bring your flask of jack to work
and play your ukulele ukulele, thing of wonder
ukulele, wand of thunder
you can play the ukulele, too
in london and down under
play joan jett, and play jacques brel
and eminem and neutral milk hotel
the children crush the hatred
play your ukulele naked
and if anybody tries to steal your ukulele, let them take it imagine there’s no music, imagine there are no songs
imagine that john lennon wasn’t shot in front of his apartment
imagine if john lennon had composed “imagine” on the ukulele
maybe folks would have more clearly got the message you may think my approach is simple-minded and naïve
like if you want to save the world then why not quit and feed the hungry
but people for millennia have needed music to survive
and that’s why i’ve promised john that i will not feel guilty so play your favorite beatles’ song
and make the subway fall in love
they’re only $19.95, that’s not a lot of money
play until the sun comes up
and play until your fingers suffer
play LCD soundsystem songs on your ukulele
quit the bitching on your blog
and stop pretending art is hard
just limit yourself to three chords
and do not practice daily
you’ll minimize some stranger’s sadness
with a piece of wood and plastic
holy fuck it’s so fantastic, playing ukulele
eat your homework with a fork
and do your fruit loops in the dark
bring your etch-a-sketch to work
your flask of jack
your vibrator
your fear of heights
your nikon lens
your mom and dad
your disco stick
your soundtrack from “karate kid”
your ginsu knives
your rosary
your new rebecca black CD
your favorite room
your bowie knife
your stuffed giraffe
your new glass eye
your sousaphone
your breakfast tea
your nick drake tapes
your giving tree
your ice cream truck
your missing wife
your will to live
your urge to cry
remember we’re all going to die
so PLAY YOUR UKULELE

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

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We’ve been in the studio recording!!!!! Our latest track, Walk On Water is just about complete!!! Sara Stovall Moone, of Villanova Junction and Passerine has added her incredible musical talent and brilliance to the track!!! We had SUCH a GREAT time working with her!! She brought Tony Bagodonuts (aka  her viola) and Lil Gal (aka her violin) to give the tone and texture we were looking for. As she was recording, there were several times when the hair on the back of my neck stood on end and skin became gooseflesh!!! WAIT TIL YOU HEAR THIS!!! Claire’s laying in drum tracks and Kat’s laying in vocals this weekend!!!! Then it’s a WRAP!!!!! Off it goes to mix down. YAHOOO!!!!!

We’re really excited to have Sara return this Tuesday to add her magic to Simple Words!!!!

We’ve also been busy little bees, cranking out new material–the creative juices flowing like the Mississippi River. We’re returning to the gig circuit on St.Patty’s Day at the Shamrock.

We look forward to seeing you!!!!!

Peace and blessings,

Waking Giants

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After a long string of AWESOME gigs with fabulous artists like: Villanova Junction, Pedro Jarquin (Pedro Poeta), Justin Layman, The Sexual Side Effects, Shut Up Lita, Chrissy DaRado and more-we’ve holed up  in the studio. Taking a brief hiatus from live shows to get some tracks down for the upcoming release!!! Currently working on a song called Walk on Water—or WOW as we call it. YAHOO!!!! (not to worry—we’ll be back on the live circuit in March)

It has been REALLY wonderful spending Saturday afternoons and evenings together—creating, laughing, enjoying each others’ company, producing, sharing meals and in the case of New Year’s eve, some dog poo. What?!?!?!

Delilah (pictured above) scares easily. REALLY easily. She’s a rescue dog and gets a “little” nervous around unfamiliars, sudden noises, sudden movements, looking at her (if you don’t live with her), falling napkins…you get the idea. Well, we were gathering on the couch for a quick photo before I (DeLaran) left for Fort Myers. Lilah wanted to be in my lap. In order to do that, she needed to be picked up and passed over to me. So, Kat picks her up gently—seemingly no harm done—until SUDDENLY, Lilah freaks out, turns, snaps at Kat and shits all in the same instant. She had the @%#$ scared out of her—LITERALLY!!!! We proceed with the photo (above)—Lilah and her poo in my lap and Kat’s. BUt hey, what’s a little poo among friends??? I hope you’re laughing as hard at this as I am typing it!!! You can’t make this @%#$ up!!!

But, I digress…THE RECORDING is what I intended to discuss. The Saturday before last was dedicated to getting the guitar tracks in—mine and Lova’s. We thought easy peasy!!! BUt alas!!! Not so much!! What we typically do is initial tracking at our warehouse to get the drums—then overdub everything else to get clean, stereo tracks. We thought, oh overdubbing the guitar will be super easy, as musically, it is not at all complicated. Yeah, no.  Because this song is so organic and dynamic, it was very difficult to play along with previously recorded track and not have it sound jerky and mechanical. The solution…rerecord it altogether with NOTHING, no vocals, no nothing. THAT was really challenging because the vocals are what determine the “feel” and flow of the song. I had to sing it in my head, which is TOTALLY NOT the same as really singing it. BUT… we did it…we got it…and….

This past Saturday we laid in ALL the vocals, save for Evan’s. Kat and I recorded out vocal parts simultaneously to capture the ENERGY of the song. And, that’s EXACTLY what we did!!! The second time we sang it all the way through—the energy was soooo electric, palpable—I felt as though I was coming out  of my skin. Felt as though the house was going to lift of its foundations and shoot off into space, 0 to Mars in 60 seconds. It was AMAZING. We’re SOOOOO excited to share it with you—with the hope that you will hear it and feel it as we did!!!

More later…

Thanks for tuning in!!

Peace and blessings,

Waking Giants

 

 

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