She'll Be Right - EP

by Vocal Few

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about

Once in a while things just happen because they make sense.

Vocal Few is Matt MacDonald (singer/songwriter of The Classic Crime) and his beautiful wife Kristie (singer/pianist/lover of Matt MacDonald).

For years Kristie pled with Matt to record songs with her, but Matt, being lazy and a bad husband, always thought "Ugh, that sounds like a lot of work," and shifted topics whenever the project was brought up.

In March of 2011, Matt and Kristie were surprised by a little line on a pregnancy test. It especially shocked Matt, who eventually realized through a long chain of epiphanies, “Oh crap! How are we going to pay for this?”

Kristie smiled. “The EP, of course.”

Matt went off to Australia for a few weeks to think about it (and play shows with his band).

In the land Down Under, Matt was struck with how lazy and carefree everyone was. He felt right at home. On the Gold Coast they have a saying for when people worry. “She’ll be right,” they say, “No big deal mate, she’ll be right.” Matt started telling himself this when he got stressed about how his daughter might survive in this world with a dead-beat musician for a father. “She’ll be right,” he’d think to himself, “She’ll be right.”

Light bulb.

That’s the name of the band! Matt thought. No, that’s more of an album title. But it’s great because the proceeds will go to buy diapers and pay for baby checkups and all the weird things babies need and she won't starve or die because this EP will ensure, in part, that She’ll Be Right!

So the She’ll Be Right EP was born, and Matt and Kristie went to work recording as the baby grew.

The project name Vocal Few was settled on for layers upon layers of meanings. Both band members sing the vocals, there are only two in the band, which qualifies as a few. Also, in society the vocal few can change culture, because they’re vocal, active participants in the social discourse. In other words, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and Matt and Kristie want their songs to squeak, loudly, until everybody in the world is crying out to grease them. Because why not?

Matt and Kristie’s baby girl was born December 12th, 2011.

Please help them buy diapers by purchasing this EP.

credits

released January 10, 2012

Matt MacDonald: vocals, guitars, keyboards
Kristie MacDonald: vocals, piano
Violins on "The Fountain" by Jen Mayer

Produced and Engineered by Matt MacDonald
Mixed by Brandon Metcalf
Mastered for vinyl by Troy Glessner
Photography by Robbie Negrin
Album Art Design by Eric Kimberlin Bowley

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Track Name: We'll Make It Someday
We’ll Make it Someday – (Scotsman/ASCAP)

In the car crash of my life I’ve been the driver
Steering blind, in every accident I’ve caused theres no survivors
I hope my passengers forgive me my mistakes
We haven’t made it to our destination yet
We still have debts to pay, but

Remember when we used to believe?

Yeah, We’ll make it someday!
Yeah, We’ll make it someday!
However desperate and marginalized, we will be childishly hopeful and blind
Yeah, We’ll make it someday!

Through all the wreckage and the messes we’ve been through
I’ve been your navigator, calmly guiding, sitting next to you
So don’t you take all of the credit or the blame
We still have plenty more mistakes to make I wouldn’t want it any other way

Remember when we used to believe?
Track Name: The Fountain
The Fountain – (Scotsman/ASCAP)
Give me a drink of water
To cool my tongue
It’s been far too long to be thirsty and
Far too short to be numb

Give me your shame
I will breathe it all into my lungs
And when I exhale
You will know what it’s like to be loved

So come, come drink from the fountain
Feel the cool water rush in
Come, come drink from the fountain
You’ll never be thirsty again

Give me the peace
That’s missing inside my soul
‘Cause I’ve been waiting for years holding on
Just to find that I’ve got to let go

You drink all you can but you cant get enough
You hold on to promises that were promised without love
So when you’ve decided that you’ve had enough
I will be here at the well
Waiting to fill you up
Track Name: Every Second
Every Second –(Scotsman/ASCAP)
A woman on a plane sitting next to me says it’s a terrible thing to get old
I asked her why, she said because you die and one piece at a time you unfold
I said I feel it now at twenty-five, yeah I’ve been dying since the day I was born
But theres still one thing worse than that
it’s dying without a warning
It’s dying without being warned

So if the cabin pressure drops and we start falling from the sky
We’ll both pray to God in the last seconds of our lives
But if we don’t die today then may this memory remain
That every second lived is worth each second of the pain

Oh flight attendent could you tell me the story of how you gave up trying to control your fate and rescue yourself
So calm and patient you greet death every day with a smile
If today he takes you would you say that your life was worthwhile, and just smile?

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I never dreamed this life for me but I am not afraid
At 35,000 feet I make my peace with fate
If my work here’s complete, before we hit the ground
May we sing the truth that sets us free
‘Cause every second counts
Track Name: Mexico
Mexico – (Scotsman/ASCAP)
What say you and me drive down the coast
We’ll take the back roads so we get close and roll the windows down so we can hear the ocean
I hope you know it’s always you I loved the most
So here’s a toast to our memories as we coast in cruise control

Don’t say it gets better than this because you never know
Yeah, lets drive this piece of junk down to Mexico

And we’ll go down to walk the sun set in to the sea
Watch it sink beneath the waves into the deep green ocean water
I swear it’s the color of your eyes
And we’ll never have to live our lives again

Yeah we don’t got no money so we’ll sleep in the car
We’ll make self portraits in the sand on the beach at the Prairie Creek State Park

Don’t say it don’t get better than this because you never know
So let’s pack what’s left of ours and head for the border

And we’ll escape the day to day
We’ll run away, We’ll run away
And we’ll escape the things we hate
We’ll run away, We’ll run away