For a Year

by Almost Elijah

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"For a year" is the debut EP from acoustic trio "Almost Elijah" written with child's eyes, a romantic's heart and a poet's grasp of language as an unabashedly affectionate four-part love letter of anthems to the seasons that inhabit life and create colorful and diverse settings to our childhoods as well as our adult lives. The songs of this EP are meant to be performed and experienced in succession to deliberately and vividly paint a nostalgic canvas to bring you on journey through the thrills and beauty of nature's expressions and what they call up within us from our youthful adventures and excitements. The EP draws from influences as diverse as Greg Graffin of Bad Religion, The Decemberists and author Ray Bradbury.

Almost Elijah is an acoustic side project departure from Bruce "AllOne" Pandolfo's usual Hip-hop inspired expression. The etymology of the name stems from the fact that Bruce was nearly named "Elijah" until last minute when he was named honorably after his grandfather's nickname. "Almost Elijah" is in reference to pondering the butterfly effect and what might have occurred with a simple change like a different name and subsequently what alternate world that may have developed. Perhaps in the alternate world of Elijah Pandolfo, acoustic folk music would have been the main vehicle of Bruce's expression,as heard on this side project, which shows yet another branch of experimenting in Bruce's constant search for different methods of conveying ideas creatively.

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released October 22, 2016

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All Lyrics written by Bruce Pandolfo
All Guitar written and performed by Johnny Paluszek
Vocals By Bruce Pandolfo
Vocals on "Spring: To Life!" by Gina Tomitz
Backup vocals by Johnny Paluszek

Cover art by Colleen Newell
Lyric book/song illustrations by Dani Blum (www.daniblum.com)

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An experimental hip-hop lyricist, performance poet, singer/songwriter, author, beat-boxer. AllOne molds a brain into the shape of a heart and squeezes it onto a page to write thoughtful and sentimental lyrics laced with tight knit wordplay, rhyme patterns and poetic devices. Utilizing any genre and any musical means to make a genuine and meaningful conversation with you, the appreciated listener. ... more

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Track Name: A Day's Summary
Sunny bright beams, lovely
Sundry light leaves lush green
Fuzzy stout bees garbed in sweaters,
buzzing 'round me, pollen peppered.

Budding blossoming flower,
fluttering gossamer wings crowd her,
fragrant grass mowed wafts by me,
faces pass on walks smiling.

In summary, say: “It's a summery day!"

Chipmunks lift up chins, some with spunk,
two cheeks stuffed!
They pick up limbs strung with nuts, then run,
to eat lunch!

Trickling stream beds tickling me when
dripping we tread, dipping feet wet.
Swerving birds sing chirping smoothly,
flirting, squirrels leap, bursting through trees
(much like children will when sprinklers
weep and leave that chill that lingers.)

In summary, say: “It's a summery day”

Homemade lemonade,
go and pay a quarter,
you predict a weak mix,
but it's the neighbors' daughter.

Cotton crafted clouds break,
now make a thousand shapes.
Forgotten sadness-shroud fades,
lounging in found shade.

A siren's melody incessantly is on your tongue.
Beside the ice cream off the truck you heard it from.
Time is suspended surely when relaxing,
(as you are when in your porch swing or your hammock.)

In summary, say: “It's a summery day!”
Track Name: Fall (In Love)
Though we just laid another blazing summer to rest,
The vital eves and piled leaves suggest,
Autumn is the best!

Plump and orange pumpkin harvest,
struggling arms stretch, plucking our last apples.

Curling leaves roll, swirling eaves blow,
burly bleak clouds, purging leaked globes, that flow.

Fall in love with, fall in love with, fall in love with Fall.

Yellowed wreaths and fallow trees,
and Halloween, give out those treats to masked kids.

Schools beginning, brutal quizzing,
newly mixing, youth reliving classes.

Fall in love with, fall in love with, fall in love with Fall.

Giant feasts with varieties
of pies and meats, all kinds of sweets to fill us

Young all nosy, huff potpourri,
stuffed and groaning as Uncles' joking kills us!

Fall in love with Fall... in love with....fall in love with Fall.

Though we just laid another brazen summer to rest...
The high fall breeze and piebald leaves suggest...
Autumn is the best!
Though we just laid another blazing summer to rest,
The vital eves and piled leaves suggest,
Autumn is the best!
Track Name: Hail Winter
Wind picks up, temperature drops,
As fire places fill with logs,
Cold bitter blows bite crimson noses,
who billow air that's visible,
like chimneys on so many homes ensconced....

...As soon the flakes accumulate,
the youthful racers do the same,
and through the gates of schools as lanes get built.

Downhill in sleighs, toboggans made,
of trash can tops or lunchroom trays,
the wanting wait for holidays
hollering, their hearts remain filled...

...Like rosy cheeks, as they roam the streets,
or mugs in pink palms blowing steam,
as chapped lips sip cocoa and cream merry.

Snow globes shake like bells that make
a charming chime near coal and flame,
crackles harmonize as they glow and blaze cherry.

Hail Winter, Hail Winter Hail.
Hail Winter, Hail Winter Hail.

Snowballs shaped and thrown post-haste
from focused ranks of graupel gangs at,
frozen honeycomb estates built intricately

These strongholds brace and hold them safe,
Bunkers barracks boasting brave
bundled bold emblazoned youth brigade infantry

Shimmering sheets, drip drearily,
from drunken clouds gray thick and bleak,
as crystalline beads drift, a dream, slowly....

...These downy discs all interesting,
simply unique asymmetry,
they squish and freeze with giddy teens molding...

...Snow-piary figurines, and frosty pearl ballistics squeezed,
to spheres to sling, as children build persistently always.

Hail Winter, Hail Winter Hail.
Hail Winter, Hail Winter Hail.

Like steadily grown best of friends,
insatiably adventurous,
or memories to recollect,
held tight like reddened necks in scarves
they are donning...
...Like icicles on residences,
cool translucent epaulets,
clear and sharp, but tend to drip,
like teardrops from a tender kid, falling...
...As we through clock's hand's wicked ticks
as seconds quickly tend to slip,
through fingertips' withered grip suddenly fragile...
...Like life, whose lines do intersect,
as windshields split,
by Hail (spit winter's whims willed in,)
a sleek thin sheet, on which we clumsily scramble.

Hail Winter, Hail Winter Hail.
Hail Winter, Hail Winter Hail.
Track Name: Spring: To Life!
Spring: “Spring, To Life! I love the way you run through me!”
Boy: “Spring, To Life! I love the way you run through me!”
Together: “Spring, To Life! I love the way you run through me!”

Spring:
"I'll open these bright bulbs,
to peddle pigments and pollen's odors."

Boy: "I'll marvel at mosaic groves'
fragrance, then flee bee colonies that you've been calling over!"

Spring: "I'll incite all avian gossip,
huddled ”cheep” talk on the grapevine of the phone line."

Boy: "I'll listen close and maybe mock them,
running, arms spread, closed eyes, so I'd clone flight!"

Spring: “Spring, To Life! I love the way you run through me!”
Boy: “Spring, To Life! I love the way you run through me!”
Together: “Spring, To Life! I love the way you run through me!”

Boy: "You'll fluff the tufts of clouds,
spill soothing sapphire soil's sipping"

Spring: "You'll skip and stomp around,
pockets of worms in muddy jeans you've spoiled slipping!"

Boy: "You'll stretch the days out long,
the rays reminding dimming dusk is distant."

Spring: "You'll learn: through light's where life belongs,
nascent night's chilled, filled with fiddling crickets.

Spring: “Spring, To Life! I love the way you run through me!”
Boy: “Spring, To Life! I love the way you run through me!”
Together: “Spring, To Life! I love the way you run through me!”