Kalamazoo

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A song that takes a nod from Ryan Adam's "New York, New York" and Sufjan Steven's "Chicago" revisiting an old home that emerges nostalgia.

Written: summer 2007, finished February 2010
Guitar notes: whole step down tuning
Recorded with a Taylor 414rce and Heritage 555

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“Kalamazoo”

I never believed there was something to a slow walk down memory lane
I thought it’d all look the same, but in my eye
I noticed a change in the way I remembered you before
You said goodbye under a quiet, starry night

And even now, as I pass through this town
My Kalamazoo, I still miss you

I don’t believe I should follow my future through my past
Maybe first loves were never really meant to last in this town
I hope I can follow all of my dreams and don’t look back
Cause if I dare and you do
I might get lost here looking for you

Even now, as I pass through this town
My Kalamazoo, I still miss you like the first time I finally
Convinced my heart to leave your scenery without saying why

And even now, as I pass through this town
My Kalamazoo, I still miss you

It’s been a few years since I’ve stumble over these stones and bricks
This town tricks lost time, memories of you fall out of line
I don’t believe I should follow my own heart’s advice and look for you
A turn down memory lane must suffice

I argue now with myself and this town
Oh my Kalamazoo, I still miss you like the first time it was clear to me
You’ll always bringing me back to these streets, streets of Kalamazoo

Oh my Kalamazoo
Oh my Kalamazoo

credits

from Burning the Boats, released September 25, 2010
Produced by Michael Chambers and Dan Achen @ Catherine North Studios, Hamilton, Ontario in 2010
Guitars and vocals by Mike Vial
Bass by Michael Chambers

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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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