No Strangers Here, Vol. 2

Sweet Harriet

A folk-like twist merges with classic rock, jazz, and pop of the 60’s, 70’s, 90’s and today. Multiple tempos, easy to listen to acoustic sounds, moments of electronica with tension, release and intimate sweetness.This world theme with slightly modified arrangements of earlier hits are perfect for reaching into memory banks of your soul with it’s earthly and universal appeal.

This was a lot of fun! A folk-like twist merges with classic rock, jazz, and pop of the 60’s, 70’s, 90’s and today. Multiple tempos, easy to listen to acoustic sounds, moments of electronica with tension, release and intimate sweetness.
This world theme with slightly modified arrangements of earlier hits are perfect for reaching into memory banks of your soul with it’s earthly and universal appeal.

I waited four months to get guest musician Corey Walden to play fiddle on Long Time Gone! He was traveling with Rockin' Road To Dublin! It was worth it!

Space Oddity: It's so Bowie! I hope he listens to it and likes it. I love it.

World Falls: This was wicked fun because I tossed all my sessions and ended up cutting a live ensemble with Brian and Mike. It's a medium tempo Andantino, it’s called. Or, really upbeat Allegrisimo double time. Is it folk/rock/country? Who cares. I like it.

Calling Occupants: a challenge from the beginning. It took a full year. This one is also Bowie inspired because the original was cut at about the time when music in America had these psychedelic influences! It changes tempo, there are several riffs. A lot of times the slide sounds like voices. We had many discussions over what I wanted for direction. Brian arranged it. It is different from the original. Mike did not know the song, but grew to love it by the end. We all worked hard on it. It's a great soundtrack as well.

What A Wonderful World: A jazz song. A classic. It's a well written song that makes it easy to sing with heart and soul. Brian did bass guitar, Mandola, keyboard. I did some picking rhythm on it, but ended up not using it. Mike put on shaker, cajon and tambourine.

Somebody’s Knockin’: Pop/easy listening. It's a song that makes me feel a little naughty when I sing it. Brian did the rhythm. We can hear crows cawing in the background of Somebody’s Knockin’ just before I sing. Cool. We get little bonuses like that when we record over at Brian's studio at Indie Music. Once we get to Clark Creative, Mike said no. We can't have that. Fun as it is to hear the crows I agree, no crows. Although we did have crickets. LOL. We put on tambourine, cajon, shakers, slide, background Ahh’s, ooh’s, a little harmonica and an organ pad. Brian replayed 3 rhythm guitar tracks and 3 harmonica tracks to choose from. I have 4 vocal tracks to use also. Brian added harmonica to it again, more aggressive this time. Sparse! He went out and bought a harmonica just to put on this track. He added electric guitar, a 1992 Fender. Sounds good. One Take! Nice. I just put a pad on it. Brian was putting a solo mandolin on it, but it won’t work. Doing electric guitar solo instead. Oops, broke a sting. Now he still playing! Brian added some harmony and ah’s. I got to do the second round of ahh’s with him, fun!

Long Time Gone: This cover was supposed to be on Volume 1, but waiting for Corey Walden to be available was just fine. Brian encouraged me to do it the way I wanted to do it. Not only did I put my own spin the vocal I modified some of the lyrics. I am not sure Brian liked that, but I did it anyway and it makes me laugh. It makes it more personal to my own experiences.

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No Strangers Here Volume 1

Sweet Harriet

Classic rock, pop, folk, country and alternative cover music appeals to all ages. This title is inspired by an interconnection with the world through the internet. It has that quality of universal energy and is a good symbol for the time we are living.

No Strangers Here Volume 1 is Harriet's third CD released January 16th, 2015! The lure of covering songs she loves to sing has given her opportunity to expand her talents and creative licensing with Brian F. Murphy and Mike Clark. Classic rock, pop, folk, country and alternative music appeals to all ages. This album title is interesting because it is inspired by an interconnection with the world through the internet. It has that quality of universal energy and is a good symbol for the time we are living in.
Levon is a more intimate version and has two dramatic pauses, a full drum kit, an acoustic lap steel guitar. Brian uses both mandolin and mandola!

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Thanks for Stopping By

Sweet Harriet

Considerable vocal growth since the first CD, Feeling A Rhythm, with new genres! True stories about her family and friends inspire her music with skilled instrumentation throughout the tracks. Vocal styling is intimate, soothing, heart felt, and sassy!

Inspired by all genres of music, the New Hampshire - based Sweet Harriet is the sings and plays multiple instruments. The opportunity to try new things in a studio provides an invitation to work with and learn from talented musicians. The producers to her first CD, Feeling A Rhythm, Brian Murphy and Mike Clark, team up again for her second CD, Thanks For Stopping By, with free range creative waves of playful instrumentation throughout the tracks.

New to singing, writing, playing and performing in 2006, she quickly bonded with other musicians over their shared love of classic rock, country, folk and bluegrass. Sweet Harriet began playing with others bands which leg to performing live in local home town festivals, fundraisers, nursing homes, churches, funerals and weddings, which included Sweet Tooth, Jerry Jean and his Blue Grass Pickin’ Buddies, Sweet Harriet and The Guy, Walt Leach, and the locally popular Sing Along With Harriet and Marie, Marie Kincaid.

Thanks For Stopping By All lyrics and music copyright Harriet Riendeau. Just Yesterday (Riendeau, H./Walker, J.) Danger Cow music (Barri, S./Sloan, P.F.).

THE COG RAILWAY © 2011

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, mandola, mandolin Mike Clark: drums Fred Fowler: fiddle, harmony Jack O’Brien: banjo

The Cog Railway is about her grandparents.

Riding Hood and The Wolf ©2010

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar Brian Murphy: bass, keyboard, mandola, harmony Mike Clark: shakers, looped drums

The only original track “Riding Hood and The Wolf” on her first CD became the first taste of her new material. It was inspired by a friend’s newly published book of poems “A New Red - A Fairy Tale For Grown-ups” by Lana Hechtman Ayers. The momentum of writing novels and stories for several years with her writing group, Wild Words, transformed into song writing, especially since the group met the same evening her band rehearsed. Evocative thanks to Lana, Ute Carbone, Tammy McCracken, Deborah Jelley, Alex Hayes, Kate Johnson, Suzanne Ahmed, Kathleen Pyle, Sherry Steffensmeier, Suzanne Schryver, Nancy Glover, and Frances Lemoine. They are forever inspiration, support and friends.
She decided to put some more groove into it the second time around, which added warmth and a reggae feel.

CALLIPYGIAN TEACHER © 2011

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony Brian Murphy: bass, harmony Micah Blake: keyboard Mike Clark: percussion

Written and performed on 11/11/11. Thanks to Elizabeth Skipper for sending the word callipygean and to Erin Fallon for the “my ass” contribution. This song has it’s roots in every school kids experience with middle school and early high school years. Students often crush on their favorite teachers, especially when puberty is in full swing. The experience here is combination of those years, all true.

WON’T BE ME BLUES © 2011

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony, banjo Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, mandola, mandolin Gardener Murphy: lead guitar, spoken vocal, keyboard

This is a song written in a few minutes after a long visit by a friend who told of his break up, written from a woman's point of view. Bluegrass was the first genre it was written in but, the impulse to write new chords turned it into a blues song. It’s the same lyrics. Instead of choosing one over the other, both are included.

CONDIMENT CASUALTIES © 2011

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, banjo Brian Murphy: bass Mike Clark: drums, spoken word (the waiter)

In every family there is someone who drops food on their clothes, consistently. In every group of friends there is someone who needs to eat regularly. This song combines all these experiences. In a 2004 trip to Las Vegas the desire to have a burger and beer fell on the deaf ears of Harriet’s buddies; Tammy Wetherbee, Jodi Kincaid and Denise Kincaid. See what happens when You don’t feed a songwriter? You end up in a song. The condiments falling on shirts is universal. Her niece Katherine provided the exploding ketchup on a white shirt. The mustard crust was when Harriet and her husband Ray had some great grass fed burgers ready to eat. The line “I just got the mustard crust from the cap on the bottle” is exactly the moment of birth for this song.

JUST YESTERDAY © 2011 (MUSIC: HARRIET RIENDEAU LYRICS: HARRIET RIENDEAU/JAYLA WALKER)

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, piano, mandolin Mike Clark: percussion

Poetry strikes again! The inspiration for this song is based on a poem of adoration and devotions. This song played for Jayla and her son at his wedding.

OL’ LADY AND THE ANGEL ©2011 (Harriet Riendeau)

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, mandola, percussion Fred Fowler: fiddle Mike Clark: drums

This came as a dream at first. It involved a woman military pilot, who was heading to drop a bomb with the full knowledge of no return flight to base. She had an angel whispering into her ear who accompanied her flight. Impending death will age a person. The song morphed into hints of deeper feelings about not giving up, waking up and standing up.

WON’T BE ME (REPRISE) © 2012

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony, banjo Brian Murphy: bass, harmony, mandola, mandolin Mike Clark: drums, percussion Fred Fowler: fiddle, harmony

Brian’s favorite line in this song is “you can call that number on the bathroom wall”.

TENNEY MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY © 2011

Harriet: lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmony Brian: bass, mandolin, harmony, drums, keyboard Mike: percussion

Heading North to visit cousin Martin Decato, a talented musician, the directions were “exit 26 off 93”. With the flu and not enough sense to stay home and tend to it the directions were repeated several times, which turned into a rhythmic chant of sorts. A song was born. There was a dog in the road, a dirt road with the mountain stream, enjoying the scenery. The moved moved to the side of the road to allow passage, then returned to his position. People really do wave. The homes, some mansions, are modest and humble. In that neck of the woods there is a staying power that is passed from generation to generation.

DANGER COW © 2006 (with permission Secret Agent Man music)

Harriet Riendeau: lead vocal, lead guitar, rhythm guitar Brian Murphy: bass, rhythm guitar, harmony, mandola, mandolin Mike Clark: drums, percussion

This song was originally called Freaky Teaty Cow with the chorus of freaky testy and lame. The rewording made more sense and a title change was in order. Brian suggested Danger Cow and it works. Folks appreciate good food raised humanely without interference. New Hampshire rocks for farmers markets.

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