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Wayfarin’ Stranger

Performed by Micaela Aldridge, Connor Dugan and Mike Agranoff

I’m just a poor wayfaring stranger
traveling through, this world of woe.
yet there’s no sickness, toil nor danger
In that bright land, to which I go.
I’m going home to see my father
I’m going home, no more to roam;
I’m just going over Jordan
I’m just going over home.

I know dark clouds will gather round me
I know the path is rough and steep;
But golden fields lie just before me
Where weary eyes no more shall weep.
I’m going home to see my father
I’m going home, no more to roam;
I’m just going over Jordan
I’m just going over home.

I want to wear that crown of glory,
When I get home to that good land;
I want to shout salvation’s story,
In concert with that blood-washed band,

I’m going home to see my Savior,
I’m going home, no more to roam;
I’m just going over Jordan,
I’m just going over home.

MICAELA ALDRIDGE (Vocals)

Micaela Aldridge is a High School sophomore who is interested in singing Classical music as well as a wide range of Folk, Jazz, and Contemporary. She occasionally sings in an Irish Folk group called “Dugan’s Hooligans”,  and has traveled with them throughout NJ in towns like Madison, Denville, and Morristown.  She has also attended many Music Festivals, including Brevard Music Center in Western North Carolina, where she will be returning this year to study Classical music and singing. She hopes to continue her Classical studies in college and become an Opera singer.

CONNOR DUGAN (Fiddle)

Educated in Classical, as well as Celtic and American folk music since the age of 6, Connor Dugan is a young violinist for the Baroque Orchestra of North Jersey, the NJ Concert Opera, and frequently accompanies the Harmonium Choral Society in their critically acclaimed concerts. But his talents aren’t limited to just one instrument.  Dugan also earned the first place championship in the Mid Atlantic Irish Fiddle competitions twice in a row — in addition to several other prestigious wins — and has been described by the New York Times as a “virtuosic fiddler.” He filmed this amazing rendition of Wayfarin’ Stranger expressly for HoSprings.

MIKE AGRANOFF (Guitar)

Mike Agranoff is an experienced folk musician who has performed in numerous music festivals and venues around the world. His prime instrument is the guitar, though he also plays the concertina, piano, banjo, and sings acapella. For over two decades, he has been the chairman of the Folk Project’s Minstrel Coffeehouse, one of the longest lived and most respected folk venues in the country. NYC’s Postscrypt Coffeehouse calls him “a word-smith and raconteur…that makes for a terrific live performance.”


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Wandering Feet

by Matthew Michael

I threw a stone in the water
but the water was deep
So it sank to the bottom
under my feet

I’ve been moving like that stone
from the north to the south
Cutting through this heat
breathing air in through my mouth

I haven’t picked my head up
for more than one week
cause the ground is caked in mud
and I don’t trust my feet

With all this rain that’s falling
and no roof above my head
I question where I’m going
if I should turn around, turn around instead

I’m wandering through this life
with my eyes wide open
To see if I can find
what my heart’s been hoping
to find
In the mirror facing me

But I don’t think I’ll do it
and I think I’ll keep on through
With the only thing to guide me
a nightlight called the moon

Cause the places that I’ve gone to
and the places that I’ve seen
have more than one could ask for
back home in Hot Springs

Yeah on the road its easy
to lose your train of thought
and forget about the things
the hurt the pain the scars

Someday I might get lonely
no solid ground to stand
but for now I’ll keep on drifting
who knows where I will land

Yeah There’s a million ways to wander
I think I’ve had my share
but in the end it’s where you stand
when you can say you’re home

I’m wandering through this life
with my eyes wide open
To see if I can find
what my heart’s been hoping
to find
in the mirror facing me

MATTHEW MICHAEL

Matthew Michael was born and raised in a mid-sized suburban town in Central New Jersey. Growing up with a passion for creativity and a love for making noise, Matthew picked up his first guitar at age thirteen and, despite short stints where his creativity traversed other mediums, has kept his love of music alive as a musician through various pursuits. Playing in jazz bands throughout his high school years, Matthew continued to evolve as a musical artist in college, joining several local bands including Postmark Twain and The Constant, in which he currently plays bass. Matthew holds a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling, and hopes to integrate his loves into a lifelong journey.

Matt wrote the song Wandering Feet expressly for Ho Springs.

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LET’S GET AWAY

By Matthew Michael

There’s a place that I call home
where the oak trees grow, where the moon light glows
but i wish that I was somewhere else
where the sound of city lights keeps me company at night

She’s got sweet personality
smiling from inside the window screen
and she’s opening the door to me
Just a stranger but I’ll take it
I’m alone and feeling shameless

Maybe we can go
When our work gets slow
we can take a ride to the other side of town

Life gets so complicated
but the pictures that you take
keep the memories in place and
I wish, that I’d settle for all this
but sometimes I need a fix to take its place

let’s get away

When the cold cuts through our bones
we can drive past all this snow
south to memphis we’ll go
where we can shed these clothes
and breathe again

And someday we will return
find a place to call our own
build the walls around our home
where we can rest these bones
in my arms you can retreat
in our love we can believe

Maybe we can be
Just two kids set free
I can pass the time, lookin into your eyes

Life gets so complicated
but the pictures that you take
keep the memories in place and
I wish, that I’d settle for all this
but sometimes I need a fix to take its place

let’s get away

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Dirty Road Home

by Arlene L. Tessman

I’ve walked so long
On this dirty road
All I wanna do
Is get back home
I miss my life,
my family
I can’t seem to make it on my own

There’s a hole
In my heart
So I filled it with this song
It’s medicine
To ease my pain
As I walk along

And every night
I dream of you
I can feel your body next to mine
But you disappear
Every time I wake
And all that’s left is such emptiness
That I don’t ever want to fall asleep again

There’s a hole
In my heart
So I filled it with this song
“Dirty Road Home”

It’s medicine
To ease my pain
As I walk along
This dirty road

I hang on to hope
Cause it’s all I got
Lord take my hand
Show me the way
I realize that I am lost
And could you keep the devil
Far away
Cause I got my own hell to pay

There’s a hole
In my heart
So I filled it with this song
It’s medicine
To ease my pain
As I walk along
This dirty road

Dirty Road Home words and music copyright by Arlene L. Tessman

ARLENEWOW!

ArleneWow! is a solo musician who performs frequently throughout the northeast, particularly near her hometown of New Haven, Connecticut. “Dirty Road Home” has won first place in “The Best Song In The World” a quarterly online contest hosted by Gary Allen of the Charlie Daniels Band, and ArleneWow! was also nominated for best solo artist of 2008 by the Hartford Advocate . Check out the ArleneWow! website.

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Lost and Found

by Jim Gaven and Matthew Michael

Summertime has ended,
and you have changed too soon
all the while you pretend that
this is you

Some might say that you have drifted
into something that you’re not
you say you see it as a gift
that you can take a lot

But these days are just too painful
so you drink away the nights
wishing you could just be happy
in this life

Lost and found, You run around but you can’t find me
just slow it down
You’re losing me
hit the ground
your feet are moving but you’re eyes can’t see
This race is over and you’re only sixteen

Push away the friends you’ve grown with
trading trust to the gain the right
to lift your head in front of strangers
night after night

Now the people that you run with
Like to bet and float their cards
trading their minds away to
try to hide these scars

But the longer that you do this
the deeper in the dark you’ll fall
until there’s nothing left to save before you hit the wall

JIM GAVEN

Jim Gaven joins Matt Michael on the new song Lost and Found. Jim has a passion for music and has been playing guitar, piano, bass and drums with his heart and soul since high school. As a creative outlet, Jim writes and records on a daily basis, constantly evolving as an up-and-coming artist. Armed with the goal of helping others, Jim remarks “I want to write songs that make you think of a good time in your life, make you feel good about yourself, and most of all, put a smile on your face. I want to make a positive difference in the world and inspire you to do great things as I have been inspired. I truly believe that music has the ability to do that. The fact that you can create something out of nothing and have it last forever is amazing to me.” Jim’s music has touched many listeners, and will no doubt have a lasting impression on you as well. You can hear more from Jim Gaven at http://www.myspace.com/jimgaven.

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Joe Le Taxi

by Vanessa Paradis

Joe le taxi y va pas partout
Y marche pas au soda

Son saxo iavne connait toutes les rues par coeur.
Tous les p’tits bars
Tous les coins noirs

Et la Seine et ses ponts qui brillent.
Dans sa caisse la musique a Joe

C’est la rumba
Le vieux rock au mambo.

Joe le taxi
C’est sa vie
Le rhum au mambo
Embouteillage.
Il est comme ca
Rhum au mambo. Joe – Joe – Joe.

Dans sa caisse la musique X Joe resonne

C’est la rumba
Le vieux rock au mambo bidon.
Vas-y Joe
Vas-y Joe
Vas-y fonce

Dans la nuit vers I’Amazone.

Joe le taxi et Xavier Cugat
Joe le taxi et Yma Sumac.
Joe — Joe – Joe.

Joe le taxi
C’est sa vie
Le rhum au mambo
Embouteillage.
Joe le taxi et les Mariachis.

Joe le taxi et le cha-cha-chi

Joe le taxi et le cha-cha-chi

Vas-y Joe
Vas-y fonce
Dans la nuit vers I’Amazone.
Joe le taxi et le cha-cha-chi.

VANESSA PARADIS

Before Vanessa Paradis was Mrs. Johnny Depp, she was a French child star who broke out at 14 with her hit, Joe Le Taxi.  While there are a few different version on youtube of the late 1980s teenage Paradis singing the song in her sweet young voice, this is the one that mesmerized me: She’s years sexier and more knowing than she was in the “official” video, but has not yet morphed into the soigne star who still occasionally growls out her old hit.

Every French teenager knows and still idolizes the teenage Paradis, and so I wanted to post this in honor of Juliette.

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Mean Mary is a lifelong performer and original musician who is the host of Nashville TV’s Mean Mary’s Cafe Americana. Her new CD, Walk A Little Ways With Me, comes out in June 2010 and can be ordered here.

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Mad Tom of Bedlam

By Jolie Holland

To see Mad Tom of Bedlam,
Ten thousand miles I’ve traveled
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes
For to save her shoes from gravel

It’s well that we sing bonnie boys, bonnie mad boys,
Bedlam boys are bonnie
For they all go bare and they live in the air,
And they want no drink nor money.

My staff has murdered giants
And my pack a long knife carries
For to slice mince pies from children’s thighs,
From which to feed the faeries

It’s well that we sing bonnie boys, bonnie mad boys,
Bedlam boys are bonnie
For they all go bare and they live in the air,
And they want no drink nor money.

I went down to Satan’s Kitchen
For to break my fast one morning
And there I got souls piping hot
All on the spit a-turning

It’s well that we sing bonnie boys, bonnie mad boys,
Bedlam boys are bonnie
For they all go bare and they live in the air,
And they want no drink nor money.

A spirit howled as lightning
Did on that journey guide me
The sun did shake and the pale moon quake
Whenever they did spy me

It’s well that we sing bonnie boys, bonnie mad boys,
Bedlam boys are bonnie
For they all go bare and they live in the air,
And they want no drink nor money.

Tonight I’ll go a-murdering
The man in the moon to a powder
His dog I’ll shake and his staff I’ll break
And I’ll howl a little bit louder

It’s well that we sing bonnie boys, bonnie mad boys,
Bedlam boys are bonnie
For they all go bare and they live in the air,
And they want no drink nor money.

To see Mad Tom of Bedlam,
Ten thousand miles I’ve traveled
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes
For to save her shoes from gravel

It’s well that we sing bonnie boys, bonnie mad boys,
Bedlam boys are bonnie
For they all go bare and they live in the air,
And they want no drink nor money.

JOLIE HOLLAND

After founding the Be Good Tanyas — a neo-traditionalist folk outfit — 28-year old Jolie Holland burst onto the music scene with her 2004 studio debut Escondida. Today,  the Texan songstress has three solo albums under her belt — 2006’s Springtime Can Kill You and 2008’s The Living and the Dead — and has staked her claim mixing elements of folk, swing jazz, and country over scattered rhythms and bluesy vocals. You can hear more elegant, homegrown tunes from Jolie Holland here.

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This interdenominational choir “powerhouse” was founded by gospel radio announcer Greg Harris in 1994. After gaining local fame for their musical ministry, they quickly caught the attention of Cabis Maurice Brown, who insisted they record an album on his label, Leo Records. Before long, Songs from the Heart was born, leading to gigs at New York’s Apollo Theater and even a memorable performance at the 1996 National Democratic Rally in Little Rock, which was praised by President Bill Clinton. You can purchase songs from this Arkansas-based group here.

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An Awful Lot Of Time

By Patrick Metzger

Have you been workin’ in the yard too long?
‘Cause I see that your brow is gettin’ wet.
I’ll help cook dinner and I’ll sing a song,
And gather all the cilantro I can get.

I know you think the years are goin’ by too quick,
But time is just a shadow, so they say.
You give that clock another long good look,
And you’ll see that time is just one long today.

Have you been lookin’ at the screen too long?
‘Cause I see that your eyes are gettin’ glazed.
Let’s take the puppies to Ruby Falls,
That mountain trail where our best thoughts were phrased.

You know that every single word you’ve said to me
Has formed to crystals deep within my mind.
You just keep bein’ who you’ll always be,
And I’d say we’ve got an awful lot of time.

Have you been workin’ in the yard too long?
‘Cause I see that your brow is gettin’ wet.
I’ll help cook dinner and I’ll sing a song,
And gather all the cilantro I can get.

PATRICK METZGER

Patrick Metzger was born in Macon, Georgia, and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in May of 2010.  His music has been featured in Hartford Stage’s “Motherhood Out Loud”, off-off-Broadway shows like “Universal Robots” and “Roar of the Crowd”, as well as other music venues in New York City, like Carnegie Hall. He has written music for several student films and dance pieces, and many songs in pop, folk, industrial, and concert music styles.  He recently collaborated with Amie Rose and the ECC Singers to create an album of children’s music titled Playing Outside, which can be purchased by contacting Amie.Rose.Anderson@gmail.com. To listen to more of Patrick’s work, click here.

AMIE ROSE ANDERSON

Amie Rose Anderson was raised in Garrison, New York, alongside the Hudson River. She has balanced her passions of music and education throughout her life and, with the help of the ECC singers, has recently combined the two to create the children’s album Playing Outside. She will graduate from Sarah Lawrence College next spring with a Masters in Education. To purchase Playing Outside, contact her at Amie.Rose.Anderson@gmail.com

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Stealin’

Performed by Patrick Metzger & Amie Rose

Put your arms around me like a circle ’round the sun,
won’t you love me mama like my easy rider done
You don’t believe I love you, what a fool I’ve been
don’t believe I’m sinking, look what a hole I’m in
Stealin’ stealin’, pretty mama don’t you tell on me
I’m stealin’ back to my same old used to be
The woman I love, she’s just my height and size
married girl, come to see me sometime
You don’t believe I love you, what a fool I’ve been
don’t believe I’m sinking, look what a hole I’m in
Stealin’ stealin’, pretty mama don’t you tell on me
I’m stealin’ back to my same old used to be