Travelers and Wanderers

from Laila and Smitty by Kenny Warren

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"Travelers and Wanders" is probably the closest thing to a synthesis of the many forces that went into the vision of this project. It’s fairly straight forward in terms of form and narrative, but I like the balance I found between the prominence of the trumpet and the vocal. My favorite horn players from Louis Armstrong to Chris Speed play like singers. I always want my trumpet playing to be lyrical and connected to the human voice, but on this song I also wanted to challenge myself to write something that sounded like some kind of old time fiddle reel. Actually, it came out sounding a bit more like an Irish jig or sea shanty. I guess I’ll have to try again to write an old time fiddle song. For the bridge I asked the guys to try to evoke the sound of a Great Plains Native American drum ritual.

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I got love hangin' off my sleeve
I carry it around like a bag of bees
Honey sweet but those bastards sting
Maybe I shoulda bought you a ring
Or maybe I shoulda left long ago
Time'll go by and I'll never know.

A traveler moves on and a wanderer does the same
Storm is getting stronger, but God knows we need the rain
There's a whole lot a joy, and a whole lot pain
And every now and then, they are one in the same

We met up 'bout five months later
We made love on an elevator
Are we goin up, or we goin down?
I don't know baby, don't make a sound
And don't ask me those kinds of questions
Those are too complicated to mention
And if all we got are these memories
Then lay them on me baby please

A traveler moves on and a wanderer does the same
Storm is getting stronger, but God knows we need the rain
There's a whole lot of joy, and whole lot of pain,
And some of the time they are one in the same

A traveler moves on and a wanderer does the same
Storm is getting stronger, but God knows we need the rain,
There's a whole lot of joy, and whole lot of pain,
And most of the time they're one in the same

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from Laila and Smitty, released May 9, 2014
Words and Music by Kenny Warren © 2014, BMI

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Trumpeter/Composer Kenny Warren has released 8 albums of his own music on Whirlwind Recordings, Promnight, Happy Lucky, and his own label Pretty Polymorphous. Born in Denver, Warren has lived in New York since 2002 where he is active on the experimental, jazz, folk, and world music scenes. ... more

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