MR. CURT ENSEMBLE: Little EP of Tunes"This CD is so cute! It's a teeny-tiny 3" disc chock full of five songs recorded with his loose band of merry pranksters. These gems were all destined for various full-length CD releases, but the good Mr. Curt has been heavily involved in booking coffeehouses and galleries, promoting the local arts scene, and generally dodging life's bullets while following his muse, all with one hand tied behind his back!" - Tim Casey, head honcho of LowBudget Records.
Caught in the slipstream of contemporary musical currents, I often find myself swimming towards different shores, depending on the tug of the tow. On one side sits the wide open vistas of unmapped paths, gnarly trails, magical moments, and snap decisions. This is a space of spontaneous sonics and soundscapes, a land of free improv and instant compositions: Ars Experimentia Intuitiviso . When I trek through this new-found wilderness I am accompanied by like-minded adventurers. We call ourselves OPEN HAND. We have released two documents of our travels: The Later Stages of NOW!  and Jammin' On the Breaks .
When I reach for the other shore, I am drawn to a clear and precise combination of nuanced, melodic ambiences and literate, lyrical values. One nation under Dylan and Beatles! Poetic-people in search of pure and true Poptimism. For over thirty years, this has been my preferred move towards destination. My career has focused on songs and their humane impact. From The Knobs to the (Real) Kids to Third Rail, and then, Pastiche to Mr. Curt's Camaraderie to The EXI's, my raison d'etre has been to constantly challenge and convert the pop-rock song using adult principles and changing musical themes. Most of the time, I've felt successful and yes, I've got two examples to offer up: The Prodigal Muse  and Springtime All Around .
The gist of this current Little EP of Tunes comes from several incompleted pop projects started during the past three years, while attempting to release a new album. After several studio sessions, I decided to assemble an acoustic-jazzy-pop group to play live and wrote a slew of new tunes with my pianist, Cathy Batscha. Our first attempt to record an album disappeared in one hard-drive-dribbled crash. Phew! - shook our heads and wrote some more tunes. Our next attempt was thwarted by Cathy's sudden move to Chicago with her family. And then, everything lost focus with the recent death of my mother. With an assortment of real-life scenarios, job involvement, and multi-tasking intrusions on the music-making process, it seems like I'll always be in a catch-up mode. We did manage to effectively record many more tracks which I plan to reshape and revive, with a full CD release later this year. Until then, a snack must suffice. Happy munchin'............
MR. CURT - Febuary, 2005
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Check out the artist's website:
1. Guilty Pleasures
2. Mountains & Hills
3. Beneath the Radar
4. Summah in the City
5. Strike the Match