Back When We Were All Machines

by Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen

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A folk-techno look at the future, past, and present. Gorgeous vocal harmonies & a totally funky beat.
50% of the proceeds from the website and concert sales of this song will benefit Partners in Health and the Center for Biological Diversity.
Watch the YouTube video: www.youtube.com/user/glarsen127

Choral arrangement (paper & CD or PDF & mp3s): greylarsen.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=47_80_83&products_id=100
Lead Sheet (paper or PDF): greylarsen.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=47_80_83&products_id=101

Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, internationally acclaimed touring musicians, were in bed one morning (the same bed), waking up to news on National Public Radio, when all of a sudden they were yanked from slumber by a relentless barrage of synthetic percussion sandwiched between program segments. The mechanistic din penetrated Grey’s morning fog deeply enough to cause him to half open his eyes and murmur, “Makes me feel my robot roots . . . back when we were all machines.” Cindy, delighted, her antennae tickled by this surprise morsel of enigmatic clarity, rolled over and secretly captured these words on a dusty scrap of paper excavated from the bedside table. Soon after, she had cast his mumbled morning musings as the chorus of a new song, "Back When We Were All Machines."

They then sent the song to their friend, musician and studio engineer Izzy Maxwell, who gave it a tasteful industrial, other-worldly musical touch.

Eventually, it had to happen, and it did: you can now view the (in)famous online video in which the two adventurous acoustic musicians explore their robot roots on the rocky coast of Maine. www.youtube.com/user/glarsen127

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released October 30, 2010

Cindy Kallet: lead vocal, backup vocals, guitar
Grey Larsen: backup vocals, anglo concertina
Izzy Maxwell: additional sounds and manipulations
Paddy League: bodhrán (sampled)

Sleepy Creek Music SCM 201

Produced by Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen
Music recorded and mixed by Grey Larsen at
Sleepy Creek Recording, Bloomington, IN
Mastered by Mark Hood at Echo Park Studios, Bloomington, IN
Arranged by Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen with Izzy Maxwell
Toy robot photo: Daniel Steinberg
Graphic Design by Michael McPeek at Bellwether Manufacturing
© ℗ 2010 Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen
BMI, Sleepy Creek Music

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Grey Larsen Bloomington, Indiana

Cindy and Grey are each well-known and loved for their decades of music making, as solo performers as well as in collaborations with other musicians. As composers each contributes to the unique tapestry of contemporary folk and world music as it flourishes in the US today. Together, they weave songs and tunes of vibrant color and rich texture. ... more

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Track Name: Back When We Were All Machines
iphone you phone glue-it-to-my-face-phone
i'll never be alone again
blackberry, in the loop, gives me all the latest poop
i'll never be alone again
facebook, ibook, myspace, please look
i'll never be alone again
a t & t-mo, gimme stuff that's free so
i'll never be alone again

makes me feel my robot roots
back when we were all machines
makes me feel my robot roots
back when we were all

i-podded bipeds, shoot me up my techno meds
i'll never be alone again
i need so much your shuffle classic nano touch
i'll never be alone again
mini-mac, air pro; white, black, day-glo
i'll never be alone again
call of duty, total war, rise of nations, solitaire
i'll never be alone

makes me feel my robot roots
back when we were all machines
makes me feel my robot roots
back when we were all machines

baby, don't leave my laptop unplugged
i'll never be alone again
upgrade my plan, i'll take everything i can
i'll never be alone (never be alone)

backed up junk mail, drugs porn for sale
i'll never be alone again
twitter flicker blog me, virtually flog me
i'll never be alone again
text me, sext me, don't need to be next to me
i'll never be alone again
wear me, bare me, photoshop and share m
i'll never be alone

makes me feel my robot roots
back when we were all machines
makes me feel my robot roots
back when we were all machines