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from AMBER WAVES Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love (2012) by Bill Mallonee



Amber Waves was album #50 for me.
That's a lot of writing and recording and touring. I've lived on the road the better part of 22 years. That proximity to the lives of folks all over the US and abroad is why I love the American people and Americana music.
And while some of the albums have been released on major/minor labels, most of them are simple, independent labors of love, released under-the-radar to a cult of fans who never seem to give up on me.
I call it "grace."
This record is about the last word love gets in the face of death and grieving. It is sometimes about the "failed experiment" of our democracy. It is about a joy born of something resembling a child's naivete. And that "thing" born flies in the face of reality's harshness & cruelty. I

t is about a widening chasm between the the well-to-do and the those who are downtrodden, kept out of the game. It is about the confusion in our hearts.

It is about courageously living with incongruities of faith & life where once "definitives" use to hold the day. It is about leaning on each other's shoulders, bearing each other's burdens as a way to incarnate such shaky faith.

And finally: It is about "betting the farm" on a Love that is beyond imagining, even beyond our wildest hopes. These days our Hopes & Imaginations drift upon a tempest-sea where the battle to become truly human is played out. And on many (most?) days our courage to hope and imagine are often felt to be drowning.

It may be that all good art starts and ends in the wounded-ness of our own spirits. I've written for 20 years, album after album, just to heal" myself. Nothing more.
If "Amber" has a "message" it is that our "pasts" (national and personal) are full of grieving, shame & wounded-ness.
But such pasts are also full of examples of dogged-faith & courage.
There is much water to be drawn from from very deep wells.

We live in an era, so full of "static."
Love, if not lost all together, is often hard to find, sense and experience.
This record is part of that journey to sense and affirm that that Love is alive and well.
SO, what you'll here is sometimes raucous, sometimes moody, sometimes mysterious.
But mostly? It's just passionate heartland rock & roll.

Remember: Don't "over-think it, kids."

Bill Mallonee
Fall 2012


lyrics/music: bill mallonee

There's a highway washed in brightness with skies of indigo
the desert whispers what she knows
Neruda on the dashboard & the engine's humming true
the rear-view held a harvest moon

faith is a throw of dice and the sleeping heart is stirred
after ragged sentences you'll get the last word
and it may just be the most golden that we've heard
it may just be the most golden that we've heard

afternoons of red wine with a nod to revelry
the stars came out for you & me
all that remains unanswered and all there's to forget
the best, it hasn't happened yet

there are songs for the beginning and songs made for the end
and songs made for when you begin again
grieving? she rolls in like waves and hardly ever stops
until you learn her lines by heart


from AMBER WAVES Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love (2012), released November 24, 2012
Bill Mallonee: guitars, vocals, outro solo left speaker
Jake Bradley: bass, guitar, outro solo right speaker
Kevin Heuer: drums


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Bill Mallonee

Bill Mallonee is an Americana artist w/ 80 plus albums over a 30 year career. Voted by Paste Music Magazine #65 in their "Top 100 Living Songwriters" poll. He was the
founding member of Vigilantes of Love. He has worked with Mark Heard, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, & Peter Buck from REM.
His most recent work, "Lead On, Kindly Light" is a 23song double Cd released Feb 2020.
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