Yellow Blue Alizarin

by Melanie Ida Chopko

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    The album card, each with a unique outtake from the glicée printing process with Daruma Press. Featuring lyrics, profound gratitude, and a drawing by myself. Designed by Chloë Dalby.

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it is difficult / to get the news from poems / but people die everyday / for lack / of what is found there - william carlos williams

This project shares three stories from around the world - an immigrant from Afghanistan working for the US military, a woman leaving the land as part of a forced urbanization process in China, and a song for my sister.

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released September 27, 2016

Melanie Ida Chopko - voice, guitar, piano
Andrew Maguire - hand percussion, drums
Timothy Vickers - upright bass
Rob Reich - accordion and piano
Diana Gameros - harmony vocals
John Mailander - fiddle
Anthony Anderson - trumpet
Patrick Wolff - clarinet

All songs written and arranged by Melanie Ida Chopko, except for Anymore, co-written across time and space with Bridget Ellen Kearney (Kearnabreezin Tunes / Warner/Chappell (BMI)

Produced by Melanie Ida Chopko and Jay Pellici with Ami Nashimoto alongside us
Engineered and mixed by Jay Pellicci at Decibelle Recording, San Francisco, CA and New Improved Recording, Oakland, CA
Mastering by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering House

Album art by Melanie Ida Chopko
Album design by Chloë Dalby
Limited Edition print by Eric Sanchez/Daruma Press
© 2017 All rights reserved.

For my complete list of profound gratitude, please see digital booklet

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Melanie Ida Chopko Oakland, California

"Melanie Ida Chopko has that precious and rare quality that we long for in our artists …a unique way of seeing. Happily she also has the grace of melody and words to communicate it to us." - Rachel Efron, songwriter & producer

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Track Name: How Do We Call This Home
After all of that / after cardamom and crushed tomatoes / we drew like children on your kitchen tile / You taught me how to paint your skin / yellow, blue, alizarin / Sometimes I'd make you crack a smile // After all of that / when they flew you back across the mountains / just a painter helping Yankee soldiers / With fourteen vaccines in your arm / so your home would do no harm / I still see them in your shoulders // How do you call this home / a city without seasons? / How do you call this home / as my country for no reason / clutches yours / with endless wars? / How do you call this home?// After all of that / this place unfolded into something sweeter / Deserts blossomed into words of Rumi / An inconvenient place to be / between Russia and the sea / you told to me the history // I can’t call this home / a city with no seasons / How do we call this home / as my country for no reason / clutches yours / with senseless wars? / How do we call this home?
 / ... // All those years / an empty place to me / all those columns / I never had to read / Lay me down / my belly to my feet / Your red rug felt like home / I want a place like home //

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Track Name: Rice Song
Bright blinking, blinding light / I once had sky above my eyes / waving laundry / Wide open centuries / collapsing into cities / tall and dusty // Street sweeper whistle part of the rice song / so my grandmother / can fall asleep / Street sweeper whistle part of the rice song / so my grandmother / can fall asleep // It’s only concrete now / moved from the old world to the new / from the country / They’re changing China now / I wonder how I’ll even breathe / in this city // Street sweeper whistle / part of the rice song / so my grandmother can fall asleep / Street sweeper whistle / part of the rice song / so my grandmother can fall asleep // I once grew that, with my hands / I once grew that / I once sang that, with my mouth / I once sang that /... //

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Track Name: Anymore
I don’t even know her anymore / I played in the clothes that she once wore / I used to keep my things beside her drawer / Now I don’t even know her anymore // I don’t even see her anymore / I heard her walk away through the screen door / knelt over solitaire on the second floor / Now I don’t even see her anymore // And we share a name / we share my mother’s hands / She would probably say I ran to California // I don’t ever see you anymore /... //

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