People Really Live This Way
Scott Malyszka is a popular, imaginative folk performer in northern Virginia. He plays rowdy flatpick guitar, sings with a touch of the Blue Ridge mountains, and saws the fiddle with energy and old-time tone. He performs solo and with a local string band called Feel The Wag. This CD of mostly original material showcases Scott's imaginative songwriting, influenced by folks such as Devon Sproule, Danny Schmidt, Gillian Welch, and Old Crow Medicine Show, and maybe even a touch of Tom Waits and Suzanne Vega. These songs are romantic stories, mostly joyful with a few bitter spots. Hard-crafted songs that take you someplace, they read like little novels. This CD is decidedly less introspective than Scott's previous record, 'I Don't Have Friends Anymore.' On the recording process, Scott says: 'I said something to my friend Harny that I should get some mike preamps so I could record better demos at home. Next time I saw him he hands me a couple tube preamps. I record the demos, and they sounded pretty good to me, so I decided to just make them into this CD.' The analog sound is influenced by some great lo-fi records starting with Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes.' There's Paul Westerberg, Sufjan Stevens, and all the great bluegrass and rock-and-roll records from decades ago. It sounds like what it is--a folk music record from Virginia. Instrumentation includes dreadnaught 6- and 12-string guitars, harmonica, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, percussion, and bass. Scott's comments on the songs: Carrie And I: romance versus religion set in autumn around Jerusalem's old city Already Wicked: Envy and disdain for natural misfit lovers, set in the spring. People Really Live This Way: Two happy people in the summertime Backwards Town: Can't wait to get out of here and start over. This town is just full of bad relationships for me. Jenny: Young philanthropists from different sides of the tracks get snowed in together Don't Talk To Me About Tomorrow: One of the first songs I ever wrote. I was reading the Sermon On the Mount in September '89 starting my last year at Bible college, especially the passage on 'consider the lilies.' I was bumbling through trying to get a girlfriend. I was blown away by Roy Book Binder's acoustic blues picking and sassy lyrics a few weeks earlier at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. All those ingredients are in this song. Walking Shoes: Winter romance, with my messy attempt at the Banish Misfortune jig; just a laugh out in the snow Pickup: Another of the very first songs I ever wrote. I came up with it in '89 while riding in the back of a pickup driving home from Maryland to Pennsylvania with friends after we played a little July show in a church for about ten people. Johnny Ramone: My guitar part is my attempt to imitate the brilliant playing of Suzanne Vega. Not sure where the lyrics came from, though Cat Stevens's 'Father And Son' uses a similar two-voice form and has always touched me. Life is hard on little kids sometimes. Golden Slippers: People always ask me to play and sing this great old song when I have my fiddle.