Where the Sand Meets the Tide

by Mike Vial

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In Sept 2011, Mike Vial headed back to Catherine North Studios to work with Canadian producer moon:and:6 again. This EP captures Mike's growth as a songwriting and offers a glimpse of Mike with a full band, The Great Lake Effect. What hasn't changed is Mike's focus on interesting chord progressions and accessible, poetic lyrics. This third EP focuses on themes of transition, distance, love, forgiveness, and courage, crossing bridges of folk, pop, and rock.

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released November 1, 2011

All songs written by Mike Vial

Mike Vial - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Stuart Tucker - drums (1, 2, 3)
Leon Furs - bass (1, 2, 3), organ (2), synth (2), Rhodes (3)
Marcone - piano (1)
Kirk Starkey - cello (4)
David Mosher - fiddle (1), mandolin (1, 4)
Hannah Fralick - backing vocal (1)

Produced and recorded over three days in September 2011 by moon:and:6 at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. Special thanks to Marcone for editing help.

Addition tracking: Hannah's vocals were done by Marshall Block of Real ii Reel Studios in Fenton, MI. David Mosher's tracks were done at his home studio in MI.

Mastered by Joe Lambert Studios

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Mike Vial Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mike Vial is a singer-songwriter from Michigan. He drinks too much coffee, plays Heritage and Taylor guitars, teaches guitar lessons at Dixboro Guitar, and tries to take his dog for two walks every day between a busy gig schedule, and his baby's nap schedule. ... more

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Track Name: Made a Mess
I Know I’ve Made a Mess This Time

When the smallest things turn over
Into the biggest fight
We’re always saying that we’re sorry
Losing track of who was right
It’s like cleaning up the kitchen
That gets dirty every night
I know I made a mess this time

If I was standing in your shoes
I’d be walking out the door
I don’t know how you have the courage
To keep coming back for more of this
It’s like sleeping on our sofa
That's uncomfortable, but sorely missed
I know I made a mess this time

It’s like digging through old photographs
To recreate those captured laughs
To find a smile through all of those tears
It’s like counting backwards ten to one
It’s hard to hear, hard to listen
Without falling down on two deaf ears
I know I made a mess this time

Oh I made a mess, I see it
Oh I made a mess, I’ll clean it
Oh I made a mess, I’ll fix it
Oh I made a mess, I see
I know I made a mess this time
Track Name: Empty Cup
She was an empty cup
We watched her fill herself up
On whiskey with water then wine
My college friends still
Call her the mystery
Who crashed our party to have a good time
To have a good time
[Did she] have a good time?
The answer was never

Mine in the morning
It was a quarter to something
And I was still waiting in the hospital room
I couldn’t answer the questions they were asking
Like what were her last name or the name of that tune
On the radio
On the radio
I don’t remember the words
But think I still know
How the melody goes
I don’t remember the words
But the song went like so
La, La, La, La, La
La, La, La

I walked through the door empty handed
My friends asked me what the hell happened
After I took her home
I silently counted the cups on the table
My friend said I'll never able
To get a girl alone
Before they left I asked them
If they knew the song that went like so

That went, "La, La, La, La, La
La, La, La"
Track Name: Love & Be Proud
“Love and Be Proud”

We went to see a movie before we
Split a bottle of cheap champagne
The film was about a soldier who kept his
Worried gun well maintained

He always kept a Bible in his
Front pocket to save his heart
He wrote his wife a letter while the
Sky was ripped apart

And it said there will
Always be sunshine
Always be rain
We can count all of our blessings
Or we could sit here and complain

There always will be blue skies
Even if there are a few clouds
I can’t always be there
But I will always love you and be proud.

We went for a long walk
[It was] quite cold for late July
And every step you took
[Felt like a] question in disguise

Why must we, why must we
say goodbye so soon
I would trade all my money
For just another chance in June


There always will be sunshine
Always will be rain
We can count all of our blessings
Or we could sit here and complain

There always will be blue skies
Even if there are a few clouds
I can’t always be there
But I will always love you and be proud...

There will always be oceans
Always be land
I can still remember your touch
Even if I can’t hold your hand

There always will be blue skies
Even if there are a few clouds
I can’t always be there
But I will always love you and be proud.
Track Name: I Will (If Your Plane Is Late)
I Will (If Your Plane Is Late)

Before you left we said some things
That we didn't mean
At the baggage claim, I placed the blame on you
You placed the blame on me

Then you were gone
And I was here alone

Now your trip is done, and you're coming home
With more than souvenirs
I've got the sound of your voice
Ringing in my ears
Saying, "If my plane is late, will you still be standing
at the gate waiting there for me"

I will
I will
I will

‘Cos I, I missed you from an empty bed
And I should’a chased you, you came back instead

Some think love is just a lie for lust
But I learned distance is a trial of trust
If your plane is late,
I'll still be standing at the gate,
Waiting there for you

I will
I will
I will
I will