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RICK VINES PRESENTS DEBUT RECORD SO HAPPY

“It gives me the strength to say…what do you know about it anyway” -­‐Rick Vines, “Secrets”

Songwriter Rick Vines strives for energy. He lives for the energy of the song, evoked by its meaning and its story. He cherishes the undefined, unpredictable beauty when people join together to create a moment, timeless in sound. And with his debut record So Happy, he realizes into tangible form his own energy poured forth into a selection of ten songs that speak the truth.

He set out to make a record with wide appeal, not necessarily demanding of the listener’s full attention. But should one choose to tune in and listen closely, one would find meaning and significance in the melody and lyrics. In this respect, So Happy succeeds.

The ten track album is clean and polished, but not so much as to dehumanize the sound. Recorded at IV Labs studio in Chicago (notable output from IV includes jam rock Umphrey’s McGee, soul singer Cole DeGenova, and hip-­‐hop band Sidewalk Chalk) the record treats themes diverse and far-reaching, from self-referential social criticism and light-­‐hearted mocking to deeply personal stories of loss, faith, love and redemption. This range also expressed in the multiplicity of genres that appear here is juxtaposed with a consistent sonic palette, giving the record a cohesive and listenable character.

The record begins with the title track “So Happy,” featuring Bassist Tadd Santos’ driving bass line, pop style handclaps and a vocal performance reminiscent of an uplifting REM tune. But the happy go lucky sound masks the lyrical content, a commentary on selfie culture. The way we present ourselves on social media isolates us from one another, and even ourselves. How much time do we spend staring at smiling faces, erroneously assuming that the grass is really greener? How often do we tailor our own images so that someone else assumes the same? Examining the twisted hypocrisy of consumer culture, Vines accompanies this theme of isolation with “Giant Can Of Beans,” employing this contrast of sonic style and lyrics: the sound is whimsical with washes of guitar and keyboard accompanied by melodic interjections from lead guitar. Still we keep “our doors locked tight.” Vines uses his experience to craft a way of looking at the world, both thankful for the comforts of house and home while critical of the effacement that comes with that life.

To create So Happy Vines was joined by an all star cast of studio musicians with considerable accomplishments in their own right. Each gets time to shine. Guitarist Chris Siebold stands out on the Allman Brothers styled blues rock track treatment of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” where his thick tone and searing licks cut through the driving rhythm beds filled out with the Hammond B3 organ. His more sophisticated side shows up on the jazz ballad “Nights Like This,” evoking Jim Hall or Barney Kessel with a classic archtop guitar sound alongside pianist Dave Gordon’s chordal support. Drummer Gerald Dowd (holding a longtime post with prolific country singer-­‐songwriter Robbie Fulks) is heard in full force on the classic rock tune “D’Lila.”

All of these elements are seamlessly woven under the direction of producer Anne Heaton. Vines reached out to Anne with his catalog of work in 2016. She weighed in on song and studio selection, as well as arranging, tracking, and even composing and performing original vocal parts. “In my heart of hearts I’m a collaborator,” she says of her style, which often gives “more leeway to explore and break rules.” Her presence is powerful on the lush vocal arrangements at the end of “I Can’t Breathe,” Vines’ tribute to the tragedy of Eric Garner’s choking death at the hands of New York City police officers. From the perspective of Garner, Vines sings “tell my wife and kids, I’m doing it for them.” With a wife and child of his own (whose struggles and stories appear in the semi-autobiographical “Making My Way”) Garner’s death strikes close to home.

This debut record brings a heavy dose of disillusionment and self-deprecation, tempered by humor and hopefulness.

At times the record is sincere, personal, and deeply sensitive. Other times it is acerbic and incisive. Perhaps it is the force of years that allows for this double‐edged introspection. But this music can speak to song lovers anywhere, of any age. Some will nod in understanding or shake their heads in commiseration. Others may learn or be called to think about the world differently. Some may just sway back and forth
while doing the dishes. “So Happy” is vital and important for all these contexts,

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released August 17, 2018

So Happy
Anne Heaton - Background Vocals, Piano
Rick Vines - Background Vocals
Gerald Dowd - Tambourine

Heaven In Your Eyes
Anne Heaton - Background Vocals
Rick Vines Piano, Synths

Giant Can of Beans
Rick Vines Piano (Intro)
Anne Heaton Piano (Solo)

D’Lila
Rick Vines Moog Synth
Anne Heaton Synths, Background Vocals

I Can’t Breathe
Rick Vines Piano
Dave Gordon B3 Organ
Background Vocals
Kelly Donlea, Robinlee Garber, Anne Heaton, Dave Gordon, Shane Hendrickson, Rick Vines

Nights Like This
Dave Gordon Piano

Imaginary Man
Rick Vines Guitar, Background Vocals, Djembe, Percussion
Gerald Dowd - Percussion, Marimba

Woodstock
Rick Vines Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine
Dave Gordon B3 Organ
Background Vocals
Kelly Donlea, Robinlee Garber, Anne Heaton,

Making Our Way
Rick Vines Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals

Secrets
Rick Vines Piano


All Tracks
Chris Siebold -Guitars
Tad Santos Bass
Gerald Dowd Drums

Produced by:
Anne Heaton and Rick Vines

Engineer
Shane Hendrickson

Mixing Engineer
Scott Gerow

All Tracks Recorded at IV Labs Studio, Chicago IL
Mixed at Battery Lane Music, Nashville, TN
Mastered at Independent Mastering, Nashville, TN

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Rick Vines Chicago, Illinois

Rick has an broad music sensibility that draws from Folk, Jazz, Rock and the New Orleans sound. He incorporates all of these elements into an honest and straightforward expression of extraordinary songwriting that is not over crafted. He has a warm and almost conversational delivery that can be both intimate and stark, sometimes in the same song. ... more

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Track Name: So Happy!
So Happy

It's the end of a perfect night here
Without you

Everything feels just so right
yes that's true

I'm gonna take a photograph
I'll pout my lips just right
I smile for the camera
show you my pearly whites

I'll show you that I'm happy
I'm so happy
Can't you see I'm happy

So Happy I could cry
I'm so happy I could cry

Everyone we know is here
they ask about you

I tell them what they want to hear
I tell them we're both just fine

I'm gonna take a photograph
With all our old friends
I smile for the camera
This fun just never ends

I'll show you that I'm happy
I’m so happy
Can't you see I'm happy
So Happy I could cry
I'm so happy I could cry
What this picture won't let you see is
how I feel inside
The tears that roll down my face
Those aren't tears of joy

Instrumental

I'll show you that I'm happy
I'm so happy
Can't you see I'm happy

So Happy I could cry
I'm so happy I could cry
I'm so happy I could cry
I'm so happy I could cry
Track Name: Heaven In Your Eyes
She stood barefoot, naked
in the vast open spaces
amongst the tall pines
and stared at their reflection in the water

She was ecstatic at the thought of
leaving all the things she hated
and hoped those memories
would fade like water into rain soaked clay

She floated in the aqua blue
until the moon rose in the eastern sky
She was silent and staring at the stars

Then she said,
I don't ever want to leave this place
I won't ever want to leave this place

The morning came without a whisper
as the rain drops made concentric circles
in the water and the sun climbed gently in the sky

She floated in the aqua blue
until the moon rose in the eastern sky
She was silent and staring at the stars

Then she said,
I don't ever want to leave this place
I won't ever want to leave this place
I see heaven in your eyes
Track Name: Giant Can Of Beans
We stand in the line at the Costco
with giant cans of beans
We are proud of our purchases
We're smart, we know a deal

We mow our lawns in the summer
We rake our leaves in the fall
We blow the snow in the winter
Our yards are very neat

This is what life is like here in suburbia
There is nothing here you'll find that will disturb ya
Sometimes the neighbors kid here will perturb ya
It's boring but it's safe

We dress in business casual
We have a house by the lake
We're gonna pay off that mortgage
And finally, live our dreams
Which were, I can't recall
what we're doing here at all
I'll meet you at the mall

This is what life is like here in suburbia
There is nothing here you'll find that will disturb ya
Sometimes the neighbors kid here will perturb ya
The streetlights still glow bright
Each and every night
Though there’s nobody in sight
We’ve got our doors locked tight
Track Name: D'Lila
I met her at the Waffle House
She had on a see-through blouse
I could see her minnie mouse tattoo

Murphreesboro Tennessee
Not too far from Nashville, we
were on our way to Bonnaroo

Oh so many bands to see
She smelled nice like patchoulli
She was born in 1983

She asked if she could ride with me
I said "sure, why not and certainly"
We were off! Her hair blew in the breeze

D'Lila (4X)

She whispered soft into my ear
So soft that I could barely hear
She touched my leg when she leaned in to talk

Told me she was up for anything
then winked and laughed and she began to sing
with the country music radio

I think I love you
Track Name: I Can't Breathe
I did not come here today to die
I do not need to apologize
I did not think it would be crime
to stand on the street and bide your time

But I feel like I can't breathe though
No I can't breathe no
No I can't breathe
I feel like I can't breathe though
No I can't breathe no
No I can't breathe
I feel like I can't breathe though
No I can't breathe no
No I can't breathe

Sometimes you need to stand your ground
I'm sick of getting pushed around
Sometimes you need to draw the line
I guess it's here I'm drawing mine

But I feel like I can't breathe though
No I can't breathe no
No I can't breathe
I feel like I can't breathe though
No I can't breathe no
No I can't breathe
I feel like I can't breathe though
No I can't breathe no
No I can't breathe

If I don't get out of here alive
If I don't get a chance to say goodbye
To my wife and all my kids
Tell them that I'm doing this for them

I feel like I can't breathe though
No I can't breathe no
No I can't breathe
I feel like I can't breathe though
No I can't breathe no
No I can't breathe
I feel like I can't breathe though
No I can't breathe no
No I can't breathe
Track Name: Nights Like This
Your eyes
Your lips
The way they look under Autumn moon

Our souls
They sing
Together and forever in perfect tune

And the world can just stop spinning
When I have you in my arms
On Nights
Like this

Each kiss
Divine
I thank my lucky stars that you are mine

My love
My dear
I know we'll be together for all
time

And the world can just stop spinning
When I have you in my arms
On Nights
Like this

Your eyes
Your lips
The way they look under Autumn moon

Our souls
They sing
Together and forever in perfect tune

And the world can just stop spinning
When I have you in my arms
On Nights
Like this
Track Name: Woodstock
I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him "Tell me where you going?"
And this he told me
Said "I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
gonna join in a rock and roll band
gonna camp out on the land
Try and get my soul free"

We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden, back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
maybe it's the time of man
And I don't know who I am
But life is for learning


We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden, back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
turning into butterflies
Above our nation

CHORUS
We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden, back to the garden
we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden,
back to the garden
Track Name: Imaginary Man
My head in my hat my feet in my shoes
You can think what you want you can go where you choose
My life can change with the turn of a page
I am an imaginary man

I used to think that I had it made
the protagonist in my humble charade
scene after scene as it builds to the end
I am an imaginary man

I am an imaginary man
I am an imaginary man

You lay this love at my door
Say you've never felt like this before
I look around for my next line
Love like this is so hard to find
I wish I could cast these pages aside
I am an imaginary man

I try to escape from the pull of the past
I stand on my toes I look through the glass
I cannot explain what I need you to know
I cannot remain in this story alone
I do not know exactly what to do next
I am an imaginary man
Track Name: Making Our Way
Hitchhiked my way from St. Augustine
I was just 19
I was making my way in the world

As I walked along the road that day
It finally sunk in that I'd never play with Coltrane
But, I was making my way in the world

I was making
I was making
I was making
my way in the world

Found my way back home
I fell in love
Too much of her, was still never enough
I was making my way in the world

I don't remember who caught the bouquet
I still remember how she looked on that day
And we were making our way in the world

Then our Daughter was born with hole in her heart
Tore our world apart
Dark clouds loomed above, year after year
Doctors and Hospitals
Fight back the tears
But we made it through that
I don't really know how

Now she's making
Now she's making
Thank god she's making her way in the world

Now I play this guitar and I sing you this song
I imagine that Coltrane’s up there playing along
We all have a story that we rarely tell
Some of it easy, some is hard as hell
But we're still making our way in the world

Yeah we’re making
We're still making
Somehow we're making our way in the world

Yeah we're making
Sometimes we're faking
But mostly we're making

Our way in the world
Our way in the world
Our way in the world
Making our way in the world
Track Name: Secrets
I can convince myself I'm alive
Without excuses or foolish pride
Leave all my options open and cry
For all the spirits that roam my mind

And call on angels to stand by my side
When I need them to help recognize
All the trouble I find myself in
And the feelings that I've never felt
The feelings that I've never felt

There are no answers here for me to find
Only questions that seem to bind
Me to struggle with getting the help
That I need to hold onto my heart

And keep it together in some way
That allows me to be here today
And gives me the strength to say
What do you know about it anyway
What do you know about it anyway

Why do you feel so far away
Is this so different than it was yesterday
Are all of my thoughts just drifting away
It's not important to prove that you'll stay

Time to reach out and not to reach in
To bury the secrets that blanket our dreams
Of forgiveness and stillness and faith
That we've never seen face to face
That we've never seen face to face

And to get the hell out of this place
And get the hell out of this place

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