Peace people. David Allie here. I’m hitting you up to tell you about a new project I have just put up for free stream/download. I’ve been sitting on these tracks and many others for quite some time. I think a reason for the delay was I wanted to make sure the songs got their proper attention with a release party, videos, tour, etc. However, not only has the industry made drastic changes in terms of how something is released, but I have also made a lot of changes. I’m more focused on my band, Cold English, and always seem to be doing something more collaborative whether it be with United States of Mind or Progress Report. I imagine one day I will refocus on solo efforts (and other collaborative efforts), but when that day comes I’d rather the material be fresh as I have a ton of new experiences I’d like to share with you. Therefore, I’m opening up the vaults and I’ll be sharing not only this, but other projects in the upcoming weeks and months. It is my hope that this will help connect the dots between what I’ve done in the past and the current releases I have coming up this year.
There are a couple reasons as to why I entitled this project the way I did. From looking at the cover you can assume there is a meal aspect to it for music is definitely one of the ways I eat (although if I were to depend on just music to eat the project would be more aptly titled “Gas station burritos and value menus”).
I once heard the great writer and activist Nikki Giovanni speak, and one of her words of wisdom was “plate your meals”. What I took from that is not only that you should take your time and the proper preparation when eating, but also enjoy the moment. Too often I’m thinking so much about the next meal that I almost forget to chew the meal I’m currently having. My songs are often just as much a reminder to myself to live in the now.
The third meaning and perhaps the most important meaning to myself deals with choices. ”The fork” refers to that proverbial fork in the road where you can either go left or right. I’ve had my share of vices and still do, but I feel that honestly expressing myself through music has always been my saving grace. The song with this title discusses the mind state of deciding which direction to head. “The spoon” plays off of the fork in the outcomes of actions. Sometimes if you go left or right you end up in the same place. Life can have a very circular nature and the shape of the spoon embodies that. This song deals with getting away from the negative. ”The knife” plays on both “the fork” and “the spoon” in the fact that sometimes you just gotta cut through the bullshit and charge straight ahead. This song deals with being yourself no matter who you are.
I’ll leave you with a quote that I once heard from the legendary Prince Whipper Whip of Grandwizard Theodore & The Fantastic 5 fame. ”Call me whatever you want… Just don’t call me late for dinner.”
I was hoping you beautiful people wouldn’t mind reminiscing with me for a sec today. I released this project about 6-7 years ago. The first one is always the most special. there was a time I thought this would be my first and last album. i just wanted to give it a shot. i knew i was lyin’ though. lol. i’m a lifer.
Peace people. Cold English's first show of the year is THIS SATURDAY with our good friends Air Dubai. Tickets were normally $13, but we begged the good folks at Saint Andrew’s Hall/The Shelter to help out our friends in need and they were gracious enough to oblige. So now, if you say the phrase “It’s so cold in the D” at the door the cover is ONLY $5.
This is an early show. Doors are at 6pm and we’ll go on right around 6:45pm. If you’re local be vocal and let your people know about the show. Per usual your support is appreciated and we love you.