In Another Life

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Description

With an embracing command
of American roots music – folk, R & B,
blues, rockabilly – Jerling works the guitar neck, blows a mean
harmonica and sings a story with the best of them. A keen student of
the good and ghastly in American life, Jerling delivers a collection
of songs rich in memory, humor, outrage and observation. The film
noir sketch of a flea-bag motel in “Wide Awake In Parsippany”
contrasts with the evocative childhood remembrance of “Fishtrap Lake”
– “Old Stones,” “The Raven,” “Come Away With Me” and “Grandpa’s
Ukulele” bring in a sense of personal and collective history. Jerling
weaves his themes like a novelist, one who can evoke our shortcomings
and dreams without yielding to cynicism or sentimentality. In Another
Life is dedicated to Michael’s late father, who figures in several of
the songs here.
Produced by Tony Markellis, In Another Life features MJ on vocals,
acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, mandolin and keyboards; Tony
Markellis, acoustic and electric bass; Russell Lawton, drums and
timbales; Peter Ostroushko, mandolin; Richard Bell (Current member of
The Band, played on Janis Joplin’s Pearl album), Hammond B-3 organ,
piano, accordion; Bob Warren and Rosanne Raneri, background vocals;
Teresina Huxtable, reed organ; and Kevin Maul, pedal lap steel.
Recorded and mastered by Scott Petito.

1. In Another Life
2. How Can People Live Like That
3. Wide Awake in Parsippany
4. Fishtrap Lake
5. Room at the Inn
6. Bad News
7. Doubter’s Prayer
8. Old Stones
9. The Raven
10. Come Away With Me
11. Grandpa’s Ukulele
12. Whinin’ At Me
13. On the Far Side

DOUBTER’S PRAYER
written as a eulogy for Mike’s dad.

When I pick a ripe tomato off the vine
When I think I’ve got a nibble on my line
When I sip an ice cold beer some hot day in June
That’s when I’ll think of you

When I hammer in a nail or cut a two by four
When I see that John Wayne movie on the Late Late Show
When I watch the old home team manage to lose
That’s when I’ll think of you

We all ride the orphan train, looking for home
A song of the family, in our blood and in our bones

When I hurt the ones I love by losing my cool
If I have one too many and act the fool
When I do the things I swore that I’d never do
That’s when I’ll think of you

We all ride the orphan train, looking for home
A song of the family, in our blood and in our bones

When I finally get it right and need a pat on the back
When I think about the son that I never had
When I send my doubter’s prayer into the blue
That’s when I’ll think of you

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