When The Tide Rolls In

from No Straight Lines by Bill Gable

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about

One of the decisions I made early on in producing this album was that I was not going to use a drum set at all, but only percussion. I had been listening a lot to the Radio Tarifa records and I loved the way they felt. I knew I wanted to find people who could play darbuka, riq and maybe even also krakebs, which I fell in love with years ago in Fes listening to Gnawa musicians play their loping figures on them (and which I have confirmed no amount of practice will ever allow me to play convincingly).

LA is a great town for finding Persian musicians but not a great one for Moroccan ones. I had spent a year or so poking around for the percussionists that would be interested and/or capable of playing on this record the way I wanted, but I was running out of both time and ideas when, thankfully, my friend Yatrika Shah-Rais thought to recommend Greg Ellis to me. I had first heard Greg on an Axiom Of Choice album a number of years ago and was intrigued to meet him. I had already sketched out the percussion parts using the MOTU Ethno Instrument (not fun) and I knew I wanted to restrict myself as much as possible to instruments found in North Africa. Greg was a real treat to work with, and totally embraced the concept.

Finally, my old friend Judd Miller plays wonderfully on this song, not only ney but a couple of really sweet Turkish clarinet tracks that were totally his idea and added so much to the production.

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nothing out of place
in a state of grace
awakened by the goose bumps on my skin
when the tide rolls in
when the tide rolls in

nothing on my mind
unaware of time
unattached to all that might have been
when the tide rolls in
when the tide rolls in

out beyond the breakers lies the mystery
coming in from far away across the sea
deep into a trance it will be sending me
to remind me time and time again

that everything today
must now be put away
so everything tomorrow may begin
when the tide rolls in
when the tide rolls in

waiting is an art
everything a part
awaking as the eddies start to spin
when the tide rolls in
when the tide rolls in

credits

from No Straight Lines, released April 14, 2015
Bill Gable – Vocals, guitar
Steve Rodby – Acoustic bass
Dmitris Mahlis – Oud, cumbus
Judd Miller – Turkish clarinet
Maggie Parkins – Cello

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Bill Gable Los Angeles, California

BILL GABLE is an uncompromisingly original American singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist whose music spans the boundaries between pop, jazz and world music.

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