Oh Hallie & The Big Blue Sky

by Landon Keller

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"Oh Hallie & The Big Blue Sky (The Prospect Sessions) was recorded on a Macbook in mid October 2012 in Fountain Square, Indianapolis Indiana.

I recorded it in my good friend and favorite musicians (Brandon Whyde) room overlooking Fountain Square on Prospect. The album was recorded within an 12 hr period. The album was recorded over coffee in the morning and bourbon in the afternoon. I just started recording without thinking about the order of the tracks and ended up keeping the album in it's original recorded order.

All of this album was recorded in one take, except for one or two times when I bumped the mic and it changed the quality too much to overlook. All other minor fowl ups, were overlooked as to not compromise the integrity of this raw album.

The few overdubs in the album were one takes too. I wanted to record a very organic and raw album of some of my latest material, an album with a cult following feel. You know, type of raw takes that people prefer over the produced ones.

It's basically me sitting down in front of a mic and going at it. Every once in a while, you can faintly hear the wood floor, creek in the background. We hung the mic over a ceiling fan and I payed standing up. Brandon helped with the recording process and appears on tracks 8 and 9. The idea to have him guest star and what songs he would be on were all decisions made in the moment.

This album is raw. It's extremely candid. It's real. It's a little like something you've never heard before. And it's diverse. Most of the album is strictly autobiographical poured through a creative filter of the question, "What would a modern day cowboy track sound like, done my way.

The plan is to sell this album, to help raise money for two, full length, full band, produced albums ; "Oh Hallie & The Big Blue Sky" and "Dear Main St." Some of the full band versions of these songs sound completely different, others are basically the same but more full. I left a few, more radio friendly tracks off this album, and have a few more to write. Then once we've raised enough money, I will split the songs up accordingly and finish the two albums. Until then, here are some sneak previews of songs in their original format.

This album is best played - On the way to work, driving anywhere, cooking, falling asleep, around a fire.

P.S. I love that I made this album. I think a lot of people are going to fall in love with it..... Tell your friends! Oh yeah, and turn me up!

Thanks for the support!
Cheers,
Landon

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released February 2, 2013

All Songs were written and performed by Landon Keller

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Track Name: Firecracker
Everybody's happy when they're young
Playing in a cardboard box can be so much fun
Everybody feels it until they're numb
He said that's a fact Jack, cocaine, heroin, and rum

But I ain't going to break your heart
I ain't cliche like they are
We can make waves in the river, dark
Look into my eyes love
I wanna see how beautiful you are

Everybody likes you when you're hot
Kind of deceiving got you believing that you're something you're not
Cause when your young you're good you're golden your on top
Turn around you're on the ground looking and it's all gone to pot

So don't drink up all my money
Honey don't brake my guitar
Don't gamble on me honey
Look into my eyes girl please, don't tell me you are

Nobody likes to be alone
only a dime to your name right down the drain of a pay phone

Everybody's happy when they're young
Playing with a firecracker can be so much fun
Track Name: Slice of Heaven
It's hot in the summer
We in the creek and we in the shade
Skipping stones with my family
Ice cold lemonade
Head in time for supper
We cooking salmon, and white wine
PJ's, we'll retire
Singing until we fall asleep

Drive north up to the city
Where our heart of hearts live
We uncover treasures
From where we used to live
Head back to the country
Where I always saw myself
Grey hair and an old rocking chair
Laughing at my grandchildren

When I get to heaven
A lot of people I want to see
When you get up to heaven
I hope that you'll want to see me
I'll be back in the corner
With all my family and my friends
And all the old cowboy hero's
Picking my guitar for them.
Track Name: Boy, Let Me Tell You What
Don't need no coffee
Don't need no tea
Don't need no shit, shit sugar just a let me be
Out in the ethos is right in my place
Driving slow, country road, police giving chase
But they ain't going to catch me cause I'm paper thin
With a soul like whoa boy where ya been

Aint' going to proceed with caution, I'll be damned to be ware
Let me tell you a little secret nobody knows, I'm not scared, no

I ain't down with the fear based ain't down with the man
Cups up to the middle class doing everything they can
Busting their asses and saving face
All the while with a smile between a rock and a hard place

Now I'm going to tell you something you were taught not to believe
They ain't going to ever let you be the bourgeoisie, no

That's why I'm proud to be a poor boy, grow up
Proud of my son, yeah
And I'm proud of a town called Danville, where I'm from
So pass me the bourbon I'll pass on a chase
And hook it up for good luck, JC goodness sake

Now I'm going to tell you something for the very last time
I'm a music man, still going to be until the day that I die.
Track Name: Shine
I'm about to cause a scene
I'm about to break and get even
If ya'll don't stop following everyone else around
Just give me something I can believe in
Cause keeping up with the Jone's
You know I ain't down with that
Cause as soon as you catch up with the Jones that you know
Yeah, said you know
There's going to be a bigger Jones than that
Here's what I want you to do

Shine, your momma said it's alright
Hit me like a deer in the headlight
Blind, blind, steal me with that hard kiss
Baby we could start this

Right, Right in the palm of your hands
And I can see the real you down in the dark of your eyes
We all just need to understand
Everything we need deep down inside yeah
Wrapped up in the black of your mind

Shine, Your daddy said it's alright
Hit me like a deer in the headlight
Blind, blind steal me with that soft kiss
Baby we could spark this

Shine, your granny said it's alright
Hit me like a deer in the headlight
Blind, steal me with that hard kiss

Baby we start this
Baby we spark this
Come on ya'll show me where your heart is
All ya'll, show me where your heart is
Right next to mine
To mine
Shine
Track Name: Chicago
My baby got me feeling bold today
Wrote her name in the snow today
Finally, came in from the cold today
Washed my face, brushed my tooth, decay
Smiling to the bank even

Oh Chicago
I love your heart
Oh Chicago, I love your heart
And everything in it
And all that comes with it
And God willing
I'll see your streets again
Playing in your streets again

Got a surprise today
When I saw the north side, beat the south side today
Finally, opened up my eyes today
Spent the night here doing it right in Wrigley
Smiling ain't a thing is it

Oh Chicago
I love your heart
Oh Chicago, I love your heart
But I got to get moving
And this is my choosing
Can't help going to fell I'm losing
A good friend
Losing some good, good friends

That city moves away
That seems to to sing your blues away
And you can find me
Sailing with a view today
Baby up the Gold Coast, Mag. Mile, momma Michigan Lake
Smiling just a day dreaming

Oh Chicago
I love your heart
Oh Chicago, I love your heart
Track Name: The Garden
Oh, I said it and it started, ashes into bone
Oh you can get it in the garden girl when you get home
Oh how I love to see the sunlight running through the trees
With the moss so soft it could cure what ales your feet

And I'm the mud
Muddy like the mud you can almost taste
Muddy that is mud cause it's been getting rained on all day
And I don't know if I'll find my way back home
Maybe when I come clean

Oh, how I let you get to me, let you get right in
Oh and then you walk right through me places that I've never been
I'm just one more giant trying to get to the top
When your eyes get close you know then most of my heart just drops

Cause your, green like the garden, green like an overgrown tree
And I don't know when I'll find my way back home
Cause I lost the boy in me.

Oh the invention of a garden
Oh the invention of a garden, God and green
Oh the invention of a garden

Starting right here with me
The mud
Muddy like the mud on a mud birthday cake
Muddy like the mud that can take, and take, and take it
And I don't know when I'll find my way back home
Maybe when they bury me

Oh the inventor of a garden
Oh the inventor of a garden, guarding me
Oh the inventor of a garden
Inventor of a garden
Track Name: Only Wild
Well it's a gift, you can have it, I don't want it back
And just relax, you're not kidnapping, I said this kid is digging were he's at
Baby you got a fire in your eyes
Yeah, and it wont hide.

And we can shake and rattle, we can tear it down
Drive it on home with the cattle, it's getting nitty gritty now
Baby I could be the number you dial
Yeah, and crazy wild.

Oh, it's only wild
Only wild
Oh, it's only right, it's only right

And pretty baby you could keep stopping traffic, don't be what you ain't
You don't have to stop laughing, 2 A.M., getting messy with the oil paint
Baby you're not a thorn in my side
Yeah, I mean you're just my type

Oh, it's only wild, we're only wild
Yeah, oh, oh we're only right
We're only right
Now
Track Name: Not All is Lost
I pick it up, just where I left it off,
I never change a thing I just go back to what I did before
We draw the lines but the lines said they get crossed

But oh baby not all is lost
Oh baby not all is lost
We found our way here
We found our way here

You're my baby doll, you're my queen
You pretend you're listening and that you know what I mean
Don't mean to dwell on the simple things

But oh baby not all is lost
Oh baby not all is lost
We found our way here
We found our way here
Track Name: Anthem
Just because she gone
Doesn't mean I've done wrong

Well I'm tired of being blamed, don't you blame me
Running the same game, it going to change, well it ain't going to stand
Always acting like the victim
With your sick games, when you go, when you run, what you tell your friends
Well, I only really got, want something to say

Why would you believe everything you hear
It's no coincidence the consequence and being here
Well it just ain't there and it ain't no fair
No baby, no never coming back again

Just because she gone
Doesn't mean I've done wrong
Singing, why, why would you believe everything you hear
It's no coincidence the consequence and being hear
Well it just there and it ain't no fair
No baby, no never come back again
Track Name: Red
Well this road I'm on is going to turn me red
I ain't ever been in love like this
The truth could hurt you like the ripest switch
All I know is I can handle it

If I told you once it's been a thousand times
No, you ain't going to brake this heart of mine
All this love you swear so hard to find
Is going to be right here, going to be right here

I'm a 3rd generation family music man
It don't pay for me to live like that
Neither hell, high water, or a heart attack
Could ever stop me now, could ever stop me now

See I don't care what they think they know
I ain't ever been the status quo
They can turn their noses and they eat their crow
Stabbing it in the back
Aw, just to live like that
Reaping what they sow
Damn right
Believe it

Well, this road I'm on is going to turn me red
I ain't ever been in love like this
The road keeps calling and the skin it itch
All I know is I could handle it
Track Name: Oh Hallie & The Big Blue Sky
Oh Hallie and the big blue sky
Oh Hallie and the big blue
O Hallie and the big blue sky
I love you

I took a plane ride out to L.A.
I took a plane ride to the moon
I touched down at the LAX, I played a show at the VIper Room
A show at the Viper Room, Hollywood & Sunset

I took the train down to Diego
I took a train down to the bay
I played a show with my amigo (Josh Damigo)
And with an old friend I did stay, a good friend I did stay

Chilling out, relaxing, cooking out, drinking, smoking, up in the El Cajon Hills
I'd sure like to spend more time with you Michael
But, it just don't pay the bills, California dreaming

Oh Hallie and the big blue sky
Oh Hallie and the big blue
O Hallie and the big blue sky
I love you

I took a big bit of the apple
I took a big bite of the tree
I took a plane ride out to Yew Nork
I'd laid my hat down in Long Beach
I hung my hat up in Long beach

Me and my friends we paint the town there
We paint the town just like we should
Upper East Side
All the way down to Harlem, baby Brooklyn's my favorite neighborhood
Brooklyn know I mean it

Oh Hallie and the big blue sky
Oh Hallie and the big blue
Oh Hallie baby, don't you cry
I love you

I love you in the morning
I'll call you in the afternoon
I miss you in the evening
I love you, I'll se you soon
Track Name: Butterfly In My Bed
We could shut our eyes and get away
If we could stop ourselves from wrestling around with a pillow
From a beat up bed to a far out place
If you like

I'd be dead without ya
Only want to live my life about ya
Still can't seem to wrap my head around ya, butterfly in my bed

But with this day gone and the next day new
You got a million things you got to hold onto
One thing fly and another one land
And the yin and yang
And it's all been said and done

But I want you to know, I'm never going to let me down
I can feel the window and the world go round
And I saw it stumbling in the dark from the ground, yeah

Had to get lost to get found
Got to get lost to get found

And I want you to know, I'm never going to let you down
I could be the wind blowing and the crowd going wild
And if you ever heard me once you got to hear me now, yeah

Had to get lost to get found
Got to get lost to get found
Track Name: Buckets Of Rain
I said I got the groove little momma
And it looks lke you got it too little momma
So what you going to do little momma
Show me a little attitude little momma

Im yours and I'm smooth little momma
So you better show and prove little momma
Because I'm looking for someone
That could be that something
To kick me some sunday blues

And it's you, I know
Yeah, it's you
No more feeling buckets of rain
You, I know

She said your sounding good little honey
but, you better show me big, big money
And fill my tummy
With so yummy, yummy, the good night yummy
I said I'm grown and I can prove little honey
So what's your next move honey
She said I'm looking for that man to do all that he can
And keep me the whole night through

And it's you
I know
No more feeling buckets of rain
It's you
I know