Portage

by Caleb Miller

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    Two items for the price of one! High quality, limited-edition, mystery color, real-life cassette copy of "Portage"! Only 50 copies available... Comes with digital download AND a copy of original short story "Baba's Snooze" by Trek Micacchione (The Future Is Ours Publishing).

    After making "Portage" Caleb asked Trek to write a short story based on their common connections of portaging, sleep depravation and swamps (topics that are all present in the inspiration of "Portage"). The story is beautifully neurotic and driven by the relationship to sleep you THINK you've never had...

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    A double-deal right here! Digipack, limited edition of "Portage" on CD! Colored and with a SMOOTH finish... Comes with digital download AND a copy of original short story "Baba's Snooze" by Trek Micacchione (The Future Is Ours Publishing).

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A1- Get Bent 00:57
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I won't fly, I will dig hole, real big holes ones for me, ones for you I will, I won't fly I can't cry, but we Just us, not me ones for you, not the way and today, and the way and we can not be the ones to say what you always will
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Leroy really likes me more and more with this one
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You see my brother, he just won't leave me alone I don't know what to do
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You have felt what I have grown and all the ways that you have sewn You have felt what I have grown and all the ways that you have sewn somethings you know aren't the way that fallen a fallen a way now now now fallen a fallen a way now now
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C5- Torper 01:28
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D1- Grumper 01:07
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come one grab it just take it
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D4- Wails 01:43
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E2- Griefing 01:06
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I literally heard this in a dream
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What if states had to say everything what light was lost would you be feeling everything that's taken from my only cost Now, where would families be if seething was let in if every room that passes June was never our only grin And golden gates were being started, all inside the month when frozen fades along the way what will be "too soon" Then one send the living state, why'd you fake them last pays the day to take away when I start to brood It's today it's today! Our little little twirl that had once been departed from in this lonely world Now halves are half the seeming state, forebode what comes to you when all that states just takes away will soon be to you
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E7- Lobar 01:01
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All is wasted (and other lyrics that are intentionally not able to be understood)
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F5- Doting 01:53
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If I could feel this was over you'd know it'd last finally with the soldiers you'd hit them fast
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Happy birthday, you were born today
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H3- Fervor 01:06
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H4- Debt 00:21
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Always be there, always bought golden light, golden lights ah
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I2- Prangle 01:47
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So very much with the evident flow It's a lot with the evident flow
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Ethan you've got a pile here
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J7- Middling 01:11
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J9- Aye Aye 02:03
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K3- The Help 01:53
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It got to me If got me good for days things were different very different, I almost turned to God I almost fell in, I probably did No I definitely did Line by line, I prefer it The shade stays It's a different form of loosing except the control I'm still here It's a different form of the number of times I drop the gash but lots of cuts, lots of punishment

about

Cleanly stated, this is my "covid record"... When covid-19 hit me and the Columbus community surrounding (Mid-March 2020), I started recording "something" almost everyday. Anything... Truly anything... almost impulsively...

The energy behind this push was filled completely with survival from the uncertain. At the time, I felt if I could at least bring myself to do "something like this," I might feel connected to the world outside of my own experience. These were feelings I very much did NOT want to feel. Often while recording, I found myself with impressions I've often thought those in outer-space have. "I'm here on the moon and I can't leave anytime soon"...

In all I ended up recording until the end of May 2020 and had about 110 recordings. "Portage" is 67 of those tracks that I tried to whittle into a collection. The order is not chronological but a sequence I thought best fit my mind-state at the time. Dominate words that I think describe it include: unrelenting, never ending, overwhelming, edge-riding and "quite close to the sun".

This record can be listened to or "dealt with" in anyway you want. Let it ride, skip some tracks, skip a BUNCH of tracks or sit back and "sip it" all. I intended the order of the record to feel similar to the state in which I made it. Somewhere between "does this ever end?" and "something with strong convictions".

Many music videos were made for the record with friends/ heroes Nick Weckman, Trek Micacchione, Alex Burgan, Caleb Heron and others (check my website/ Very Much Recording's channel for them). The album artwork is a true expression of the record. It is a culmination of topics that literally fell into my life at the same time: my relationship to sleep, portaging and "The Great Black Swamp" of NW OH/ NE IN. Like the record itself, if covid-19 hadn't happened when it did, these topics would not have emerged to me... it lives and breathes as a literal expression of the time.

I am extremely proud of this album and feel OH SO SO fortunate to have been in the position to make this album during the pandemic. I know many many many many people who were not and I try to live each day with this gratitude/ fortune. I hope you enjoy/ love it/ hate/ are annoyed by it/ everything in between! Thank YOU for the support! Without other people, friends, and family... I don't know how this music would've ever happened. Heroes are real people.

credits

released July 27, 2021

Caleb Miller= keyboards/ synths, piano, percussion, saxophone, clarinet, flute, stylophone, violin, chord organ, voice and others

Carolyn Cline= violin, chord organ, voice

Artwork/ Mixing/ Mastering/ Released by Caleb Miller &
Very Much Recordings (VMR010)
recorded @ Crowded Cove
calebismiller.net

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Caleb Miller Columbus, Ohio

Caleb Miller is a keyboardist/composer/educator in Columbus, OH. His work often focuses on midwestern perspectives surrounding improvisationally-based projects. He strives to show an active synthesis of perspectives, individuals/ communities. These personal/ friend-based projects include: Radarhill,Sun Trash,HereHere, WormsRiseUp,Fables,RJQ,Keating,FrancisBB,Very Much Recordings &others.Loveisreal ... more

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