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Mike Viola and Kelly Jones singing and playing acoustic guitar together. Live on one mic, on analog tape, snowbound in the Hudson Valley. According to Mike, “Kelly and I had been working so closely together for a few years there, traveling a bunch, spending a lot of down time singing songs together and we built up this repertoire that demanded they be recorded. Pete Donnelly (producer) presented the idea of the church, me letting go of the wheel, and we were off and running.”

KJ Says:
Off the heels of SheBANG! (2008), I started performing more with Mike Viola. We played as a trio with Brian Wolfe on drums, and also as a duo. During that time, we developed more material suited to the simplicity of 2 acoustic guitars and 2 voices. More and more, after we'd perform, people would ask us if we had any recordings together, until finally we got the hint and booked some studio time. We decided to go to Waterfront Studios (old church-turned-recording studio), in Hudson, NY to work with one of the masters of tape, Henry Hirsch, along with good friend, Pete Donnelly (The Figgs), as producer. We recorded 5 songs live to tape over the course of 2 days and took pictures of each other and our surroundings with my Holga film cameras during lunch breaks. The whole experience felt like a pure exercise in performing and recording music. There were no added bells and whistles, no pitch corrections, no splicing and dicing. Melon (2010) is just the two of us with our guitars and voices and a couple of microphones to catch it all. Mike Viola - www.mikeviola.com Brian Wolfe - www.allmusic.com/artist/brian-wolfe-mn0001841102/credits Waterfront Studios - www.waterfrontstudios.org/Waterfront_Studio/Welcome.html The Figgs - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Figgs

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released August 13, 2010

Produced by Pete Donnelly
Recorded live by Henry Hirsch at Waterfront Studios in Hudson, NY, March 2010
Mixed by Pete Donnelly & Henry Hirsch
Photos by Kelly Jones & Pete Donnelly
Design by Carolyn Wachnicki

GMMR-006 EP
Melon Copyright 2010 Good Morning Monkey Records

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Kelly Jones was raised on a horse farm in Ridgefield, WA. But her voice has carried her far and wide: Brooklyn, Manhattan’s East Village, Nashville and now Los Angeles. It’s a journey reflected in her vocal style: a mélange of west coast sunshine and east coast grit, held together with an effortlessly sweet confidence. Hers is a rare gift — a voice you can listen to all day and still want more. ... more

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Track Name: Steal Your Heart Away
All alone we go day after day
All alone we suffer
I wanna steal your heart away

It's the same old thing in the same old way
All alone we suffer
I wanna steal your heart away

The lies were creeping
down, down, down
While we were sleeping
Suddenly we hit the ground

Ah, come on, let's go, let's run away
If that's all there is
I wanna steal your heart away

We suffer…
We suffer…
We suffer…
I wanna steal your heart away
Track Name: There Goes My Baby
Look at her go
There goes my baby
Dancing barefoot in the snow
What can I say?
There goes my baby
Why she leaves me I’ll never know

Love can be so cruel
I know, I know because it hurts me
Look at her go
There goes my baby

I was alone
Nothing could shake me
Until that day, she came along
The next thing you know
There goes my baby
Spinning in circles and singing her song

Love can be so cruel
I know, I know because it hurts me
Look at her go
There goes my baby

And when the night shines down on me
It seems like anything is possible
She’ll climb the stairs up to the stars
And reach out for me…

Look at her go
There goes my baby
Dancing barefoot in the snow
One day she won’t run
One day she’ll take me
To a place in the sun
There goes my baby
There goes my baby
Track Name: Melon
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Track Name: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Hunters and Collectors)
I will come to you in the daytime
And I will raise you from your sleep
I will kiss you in four places
As I go running down your street

I will squeeze the life right out of you
I will make you laugh and make you cry
And we may never forget it
And I will make you call my name as you shout into the blue, summer sky

And we may never meet again
So shed your skin and let's get started
And you will throw your arms around me
And you will throw your arms around me

I will come to you at nighttime
And I will climb into your bed
I will kiss you in 165 places
As I go swimming around in your head

I will squeeze the life right out of you
I will make you laugh and make you cry
And we may never forget it
And I will make you call my name as you shout into the blue, summer sky

And we may never meet again
So shed your skin and let's get started
And you will throw your arms around me
And you will throw your arms around me
Track Name: A Way To Say Goodbye
We shared our secrets, you and I
We blend together like day into night
When something feels too good to be true
That's when I cannot refuse

I pictured us married with starry eyed kids
'Til I found what you buried at the edge of the wood
Piecing together the life I've really lived
You and I and them

I'd like to find a way to love you
I'd like to find a way to forgive the things you do
I'd like to find a way to love you
And if I don't, I'd like to find a way to say goodbye

They say I'm a sucker, they say I'm a fool
'Cause I wanna be your lover no matter what you do
Though sometimes you scare me half to death
You're my lady - You're my Macbeth

I'd like to find a way to love you
I'd like to find a way to forgive the things you do
I'd like to find a way to love you
And if I don't, I'd like to find a way to say goodbye
And if I don't, I'd like to find a way to say goodbye