I wanted to write an album about growing up, transitions, moving away from home, falling down and getting back up, getting knocked around a little in the big city, and if you're lucky, finding your true love. It's about the boundless optimism of youth, and it's inevitable collision with reality, for better or worse -- like in the sardonic look at politics in "If I Were King," sung by a shameless populist all puffed up about himself. I added "Monkey on a Rocket" as a bonus track for the March 2008 re-release. I love this song. The READ buttons below will open up lyric sheets. To hear a preview of the songs, see the link below the list of titles.
Release Date: 28-Jan-2008
Song Order & Name
01 - Monkey on a Rocket
02 - When I Write the Book of You
03 - Big City
04 - Partners
05 - If I Were King
06 - If Hearts Were Like Diamonds
07 - Cuts Away
08 - Take Me There
09 - Nothing Left to Give
10 - Already August
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“Already August” A Spring Surprise
I didn’t go to Wakefield, Rhode Island looking for great music. I was there to see the new U.S. headquarters of Dewetron, a leading manufacturer of data acquisition equipment and long-time NASA Tech Briefs advertiser. The last stop on our tour was a closed door, behind which was a small room that Dewetron president Grant Smith said was his “place to escape.” It is equipped with a state-of-the-art digital music console where Grant creates magic. It turns out that this engineer by trade is a talented songwriter and musician. He has crafted a wonderful new album of rock ballads called “Already August.” If you are a fan of ’80s soft rock acts such as Styx or Bill Joel, you will love this record. On his Web site, Grant describes it as being about “growing up, transitions, moving away from home, falling down and getting back up, getting knocked around a little in the big city, and if you’re lucky, finding your true love.” My favorite tracks are “Monkey on a Rocket,” a song we can probably all relate to about being overwhelmed by technological change, “If Hearts Were Like Diamonds,” a gem of a tune lamenting a painful relationship, and “Cuts Away,” about two outsiders who discover love together. Check it out at www.grant-maloy-smith.com/. Let me know what you think.
- Joe Pramberger