‘My American Dream’ – liner notes

October 26, 2021

If you look at what’s going on in the world these days, it’s easy to imaging how hard things are for many, many people. In fact, all of us!

At the gas station one day I was waiting to buy something. It was taking forever since there was like one person working the counter and there was a big line of people getting lottery tickets, scratch offs, and whatever else.

I was getting impatient at first. But, I started thinking that maybe getting lucky with a lottery ticket was about the only way for the people in that line to have a chance for their own ‘American Dream’.

I guess that thought and image stuck in my mind because one morning I picked up my guitar and the words ‘my American Dream’ came out. Songs happen like that. Anyway, once I had that concept for the song, the rest was pretty easy.

The Details – ‘My American Dream’

Composer: Gary Arthur ‘Bod’ Noubarian (BMI)

Publisher: Arthur Bod Music (BMI) – ArthurBodMusic@gmail.com

Producer:  Arthur Bod

Recording Engineer:  A bunch of us

Mix Engineer:  Arthur Bod 

Mastering Engineer:  Ted Jensen (Sterling Sound)

Studios:  Little ones all over the world

The Players (‘Lonesome Road’)

Arthur Bod – Lead and BG Vocals, D41 Martin

Audrey Karrasch – BG Vocals

Shaw Hayes – Bass, Telecaster, B3 and Piano

Chris Leidhecker – Drums

The Mix

For while I was trying to get other mix engineers involved, but working remotely with a mixer is a challenge. And if you want to have lots of creative time, it gets really expensive.

No one will ever accuse me of being a great mixer, but I know what I what to hear from a perspective side of things. I just lack the ability of the great ones to get those sounds we love.

I spend a crazy amount of time reading and watching videos of famous engineers. And then I try to ‘steal’ some of their tricks!

Well, since they show their tricks, I guess it’s not stealing. Anyway, one trick I used on this mix is an Andy Wallace bass process. And I think the bass on this song is great. Thank’s Andy. Of course, anything Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound touches makes everything sound even better!

Hope you dig this one!

The Lyrics

It’s been a hard life
Working two jobs and just gettin’ by
Caffeine, cigarettes and wine
20 bucks for the lottery line

Where is my American dream
My eyes can barely see
These calloused hands about to bleed
It seems so far away from me
Feelin’ down and deceived
Gettin’ harder to believe
Yah, my American Dream

She saves me from myself
When I’m low and just wanna run
She feeds me with hope that I can be
Anyone

Where is my American dream
My eyes can barely see
These calloused hands about to bleed
It seems for far away from me
Feelin’ down and deceived
Gettin’ harder to believe

Copyright © 2021 – Gary Arthur Noubarian
ARTHUR BOD MUSIC (BMI)
ArthurBodMusic@Gmail.com

‘Take Me Back’ – liner notes

April 23, 2020

So who hasn’t ever wondered about what it would be like to feel a first love again? Well, I think I was in love with everything with a skirt back in High School. But, think back to that first kiss and getting close to the opposite sex for the first time. Man, if you could put that in a bottle. 

The picture is the 19 year old version of me with a Susan, a first love . . . of sorts anyway! In my dreams mainly. I was in agony over her. She still inspires me. I actually tried to find her two years ago. What I found was an obituary and ended up writing a song called ‘Finding Susan’. Have not laid tracks down on that one yet. But I will soon. Oddly, she still has an affect on me.

Anyway, ‘Take Me Back’ was another one of those songs that the universe decided to send my way quickly. It just came out. 

I sorta had a vision on how I wanted it to be put together. I wanted three distinct parts and initially started the song with just my vocal and drums.

At first I thought it was pretty cool. But, it didn’t last. It takes awhile for me to get this stuff together and over that time I must listen at least 500 times, literally. And about 100 times in, I was kinda sick of that arrangement. So, I decided to leave the drums and add the strings and organ instead, and that never got old to me so I figured I had the right arrangement.

Really, Audrey makes the song regardless of the arrangement.

The Details – ‘Take Me Back’

Composer: Gary Arthur ‘Bod’ Noubarian (BMI)

Publisher: Arthur Bod Music (BMI) – ArthurBodMusic@gmail.com

Producer:  Arthur Bod

Recording Engineer:  A bunch of us

Mix Engineer:  Michael Brauer 

Mastering Engineer:  Joe LaPorta (Sterling Sound)

Studios:  Little ones all over the world

The Players (‘Lonesome Road’)

Arthur Bod – Lead and BG Vocals, D45 Martin

Audrey Karrasch – Lead and BG Vocals

Don Falk – Bass and Pedal Steel

Jeffrey Anthony – Drums

Leo Music Design – B3 Organ

Rick Curran – String Quartet

The Mix

When I can, which isn’t often, I really try to get a great mixer involved. When you’re an Indie Artist paying for everything, it gets really expensive per song, which makes it a challenge when you try to work with the best. Then again, the best won’t necessarily mix anything you send out.

Fortunately, Michael Brauer liked the song and made the mix possible. Michael is a very big deal having worked with just about every major artist you can name.  His list of credits is huge. Bands like Bon Jovi, Train, Zac Brown are just a few. I also think he’s another great guy and I’m really honored to have had him add his touch to this song. Thanks Michael!

The Lyrics

I want to feel again
A first love again
Lost in your eyes
Your smile and your ways
I want that magic again

Take me back
Take me back to that time again
Let me feel one more time
Like I did back then
Take me back
Take me back
Take me back

I want that glow again
From the night again
Wrapped in your arms
Stardust surrounding me
To feel your breath again
On my skin again
My senses alive
With you entwined

Take me back
Take me back to that time again
Let me feel one more time
Like I did back then
Take me back
Take me back
Take me back

Copyright © 2020 – Gary Arthur Noubarian