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musegirl
10-31-2007, 08:23 AM
Hey Gang,

This is to update you on the state of things Curnin.

First, the CD is currently available for order on CD Baby. This is sort of an advance situation for folks in the know here on the message board, since we have changed our official release date to November 6th.

www.cdbaby.com/cycurnin (http://www.cdbaby.com/cycurnin)

Those of you who contacted me earlier this week were able to pre-order yesterday. If you got a message from CD Baby saying the CD was on backorder, rest assured they have been sent more inventory and your order will likely be processed today, as it was supposed to be.

Cy's website has been delayed a bit longer while we work out some glitches. The new roll out date is Tuesday, November 6th. This information appears on his myspace page as well. I'll post something here when it's ready.

When the site is complete next week, you will be able to buy CDs there too, including autographed CDs (which will cost a bit extra, due to logistics, etc.). Hopefully just a few weeks from now there will be cool merchandise available, just in time for your holiday shopping needs. :D

heimo
10-31-2007, 01:09 PM
You are able to listen to very long song-snippets on the cdbaby.com page. After the first listen i think that
"The world will always turn" could be my favourit song followed by a very powerfull recording of "Remember me when I am gone".

musegirl
10-31-2007, 01:32 PM
CD Baby has received more stock, so if you've placed an order, it should be taken care of now.

shoeman
10-31-2007, 07:53 PM
Just gave this my first listen, Heimo!!

My early faves are:

"Falling Apart Together"

"Damned If You Do"

:tup:

dejapete
10-31-2007, 08:26 PM
I listened to most of the tracks on CD Baby. They are good songs that really feature Cy's voice. And it's a good album with good songs.

But it isn't backed by The Fixx. I was kind of getting bored. I thought Cy's previous album was better because it had good musicians with good instrumental arrangements. (IMHO)

My stand out tracks:

"Returning Sun" - title track

"Falling Apart Together" - I heard that in Milwaukee. Better as a Fixx song. I hope it's on their next album as well.

"Remember Me When I'm Gone" - Jeanette Obstoj, Fixx songwriter from back ago wrote the lyrics. May also end up as a Fixx song, I hope

The Queen
11-01-2007, 06:06 AM
I don't do much online ordering, so call me naive, but is this a normal response? I don't remember ever receiving any kind of 'thank you' note from any company about anything I've ever ordered before. I thought it was very original, this is what they included in the confirmation order.

"Your CDs have been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with
sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow.

A team of 50 employees inspected your CDs and polished them to make
sure they were in the best possible condition before mailing.

Our packing specialist from Japan lit a candle and a hush fell over
the crowd as he put your CDs into the finest gold-lined box that money
can buy.

We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party
marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of
Portland waved "Bon Voyage!" to your package, on its way to you, in
our private CD Baby jet on this day, Wednesday, October 31st.

I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. We sure did.
Your picture is on our wall as "Customer of the Year." We're all
exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sigh..."

taralyn919
11-01-2007, 10:12 AM
Queen,

I LOVE CD BABY just for that very thing!

You always talk to/email a HUMAN and their emails are very funny. Make me laugh, and I will follow you anywhere.

Oh yeah, and we get to hear !!Cy's new stuff!! -- what could be better than that?

:) Tara Lyn

P.S. I am waiting to hear the CD and not going to CD baby to listen to snippets. I can wait to hear the whole thing all at once when I can give it the attention it so rightly deserves!

Fixxation
11-01-2007, 11:16 AM
Hello All,

I am going to wait too to hear the whole album. Looking forward to it:) Ordered mine on CD Baby the process was very easy and user friendly.

I hope The Fixx are going to release an album soon too:)

Fixxation

Carrie
11-01-2007, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by musegirl

When the site is complete next week, you will be able to buy CDs there too, including autographed CDs (which will cost a bit extra, due to logistics, etc.).

Autographed CD's? Ack, I wish I had known...oh well, I hope Cy will be willing to sign his solo CD if there's a meet and greet in Nevada.

I too will wait till the album arrives to decide on my favorite, but of the songs I've heard on MySpace & cycurnin.com, We Might Find It is my favorite. I'll have to see if that changes!

Speaking of Jeanette Obstoj, does anyone know if she wrote RMWIG with Cy in mind, or is it about herself? The words always reminded me of him, like the eyes, etc. I was very surprised to find out he didn't write it.

dejapete
11-01-2007, 03:34 PM
Two more questions.

Are the MP3's available on CD Baby? Has anyone tried downloading them?

Anyone know if and when the album will be available from major download stores?

ok. three questions. sue me.

musegirl
11-01-2007, 04:36 PM
The mp3's are available for download on CD Baby. I have not downloaded them myself.

They have been submitted to other major download sites, such as iTunes, but it takes some time for them to become available. Rather than wait and hold back the album release for whatever amount of time that could be, we decided to make it available now. Folks have been waiting patiently for new material for some time.

Sorry the release bored you, Dejapete. IMHO, it would be more enlightened to give it a full listen before giving a verdict and suggesting that they need to be redone as Fixx tunes. That will not happen, by the way...so I hope these recordings will grow on you in time. If you would like to discuss this at length, let's take the discussion off board.

dejapete
11-01-2007, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by musegirl


Sorry the release bored you, Dejapete. IMHO, it would be more enlightened to give it a full listen before giving a verdict and suggesting that they need to be redone as Fixx tunes. That will not happen, by the way...so I hope these recordings will grow on you in time. If you would like to discuss this at length, let's take the discussion off board.

I will do that. I apologize for being hasty in my judgement.

musegirl
11-01-2007, 07:07 PM
That's cool, Pete. I think folks who approach the record with an open mind will probably enjoy it the most. It's definitely not a Fixx record, and it's not intended or pretending to be.

I would hope that all of the guys feel encouraged to exercise their creativity and express themselves beyond their fabulous Fixx work. Just watching Jamie jam with everyone from Nick Harper to sherpas on Everest Rocks reminded me of that. I have no doubt that the next time they all get in the studio together they will blow the doors off. That's why we love them, right? :D

Fixxation
11-01-2007, 08:18 PM
Hello Dejapete,

I don't think you need to apologize. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I personally don't like snippets only because it gives you part of the picture.

Anyway, I just wanted to say to anyone that has done so, Cy's first album Mayfly is excellent.

Dejapete, we always like your insights into things keep on rocking in the free world:)

Fixxation

heimo
11-02-2007, 09:10 AM
Two more questions on cy's cd:

1. Will there be a single?
2. Can we expect some more songs that are not released on the cd for downloading?

Does anyone know?

Stay tuned + take care!

musegirl
11-02-2007, 09:22 AM
The "single" is Remember Me When I'm Gone. We'll see if we can get it to catch on. Next week I'll post some ideas I had about it. Right now it's all about getting the website up and running for next Tuesday's formal release.

There will probably be some extra downloads coming. We'll let everyone know when something is available.

heimo
11-02-2007, 09:23 AM
Originally posted by musegirl
The "single" is Remember Me When I'm Gone. We'll see if we can get it to catch on. Next week I'll post some ideas I had about it. Right now it's all about getting the website up and running for next Tuesday's formal release.

There will probably be some extra downloads coming. We'll let everyone know when something is available.

Thank you Lisa!

Carrie
11-05-2007, 03:55 PM
Ooooh! I am so excited - our Cy CD's arrived today! My friend will be sad if I listen to it without him the first time, though, and we have a meeting tonight that will probably last for hours and hours...arrgghh...so my thoughts on it will have to wait! Will edit here when I've heard it!

edit: See below...

tenohtwo
11-05-2007, 05:19 PM
Damn, I'm really enjoying the samples. Can't wait to have the full thing. Miles better than his first CD, and feels more like his official first solo album. The other album had some dated material that was sitting on the shelf over the years, wasn't it? Anyway, the production is really top-shelf on this album, and I wish more bands sounded like this on CD (as opposed to being victims of the 'loudness wars', which plagues a lot of albums these days). If the new Fixx album jams like this one, I will be one very happy Fixx fan. Great job, Cy and Jamie!

Track 10 sounds like a Fixx cast-off. There's a vocal descent that sounds like Do What You Can. Sounds like Rupert on this song, too.

Very impressed.

1002

taralyn919
11-05-2007, 08:09 PM
I got The Returning Sun today!

I am so tired that I won't listen until tomorrow, when I can give it the attention it deserves, but I CAN'T WAIT!

Thanks Cy!

:) Tara Lyn

Fixxation
11-05-2007, 11:45 PM
Hello All,

Got mine today too:) I have loaded it into the CD changer in my car. Will listen to it tomorrow on the way to work.

Fixxation

taralyn919
11-06-2007, 09:53 AM
First impression: WOW!

Cy's arguments become more persuasive with each successive CD, don't you think? It also amazes me when someone else knows exactly how I feel!

I am in a very 'damned if I do, damned if I don't' phase right now.

Now entering total Returning Sun immersion! Do not disturb. LOL.

:) Tara Lyn

taralyn919
11-06-2007, 11:41 AM
Very powerful version of Remember Me When I Am Gone!

Love it!

:) Tara Lyn

musegirl
11-06-2007, 01:19 PM
Hey Gang,

Good to hear folks are getting their CDs from CDBaby.

By now I hope that everyone is aware that cycurnin.com is alive and kicking.

Please understand that this is just the beginning and we'll be adding more content to make it better and better all the time. I am hopeful Cy will provide some more podcasts by week's end.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, please send me a PM.

Thanks for your patience and best to all!

Carrie
11-06-2007, 04:07 PM
Okay, here's my take! You know this ain't gonna be short, so if you have anything better to do, don't read on :p

First of all...the pics...got to look at these a few hours before I was able to listen to the album. I had always wanted to see pics of Cy as a kid. I knew he would be a beautiful child, but WOW! If that's his mother in the upper left hand corner on the inside front cover, he looks JUST like her!

Okay. On to the songs.

We Might Find It
My favorite after hearing the snippets, and probably still, followed by The Returning Sun. Very inspiring, and suggests to me that we have to believe in ourselves or no one else will. Hard to do sometimes, but this song will help.
Remember Me When I'm Gone
As I've said elsewhere, I was surprised to find Cy didn't write this, as so many of the words remind me of him. I'm wondering if Jeanette Obstoj wrote it with him in mind, or is it more her thoughts on herself? My friend thought it a little morbid, especially the part about wanting to die in someone's arms. I told him one of my greatest fears is to be forgotten when I die (or worse yet, while I'm still alive), so I can understand why someone would write that. Yes, it's sad, but I think it's a good idea while we're still alive to leave something behind that lets people know how we want to be remembered. This song is poignant for us right now, as we just lost an aquaintance suddenly at 59.
The Returning Sun
"Hope was all I had to keep me here". Absolutely. I've been there. Very hopeful music to go along with very hopeful words.
Falling Apart Together
At first I thought this would be a breakup song (between a couple), but it reaches much farther than that. Maybe it's so hard for couples to stay together because we're breaking up as people?
Fork In The Road
I feel like I'm at this point in my life, so this hits home. My friend and I were discussing whether "the hand that wants to take the ring" is a person unsure of whether or not to accept a proposal, or a person unsure whether to ask for divorce (the former my opinion, the latter his). I suppose it depends on the listener's experiences.
Hope Springs Eternal
Once again, Cy explains someone like me better than I could.
The Future's Not What It Used To Be
"The optimist could set you free". Uh-oh. I better find me an optimist, 'cause as a sky-is-falling pessimist, I'm headed for trouble in this song.
Nothing Is Normal
Interestingly, this is the one that gets stuck in my head the most. I love the sound of it, and the tearful answering machine message.
The World Will Always Turn
"Don't take it the wrong way", Cy says, but I think I have. Is he saying it's pointless to have any opinions at all, or only if you're the type of person who thinks your opinion is fact, or more important than anyone else's? I would have thought it was the latter, as I don't think he's that harsh, but if it's the former, wow, then he IS harsh. I'm not an opinionated person - far from it - I can't decide on much - but on the other hand, I want what few opinions I do have to mean something, especially to someone like Cy. I don't know that I want to live at all if everything I think is automatically pointless. Oh well, I guess I should take comfort in the fact that he would think everyone's thoughts pointless, if that's what he believes. I shouldn't be taking it personally, but my self-esteem went south for the winter, so I am. Having said all that, I love the catchy rhythm of this song.
Damned If You Do
It almost sounds like he had someone in mind when he wrote this. But I could be wrong.

My friend mentioned while listening to the album, "That's unmistakably Cy" and "Wow, what an incredible emotional range he has in his voice". I couldn't agree more, but that's just my opinion, so take it for what you think Cy thinks it's worth.

taralyn919
11-07-2007, 10:30 AM
Here's my take on The World Will Always Turn:

Don't know if I am right or wrong but I'd love to hear Cy's explanation of what it means to him!

I think he finally gave up and said SUBTELTY doesn't work on most of the morons (madmen) out there!

I think Two Different Views and A Letter To Both Sides and that song that says war don't bring no peace, we don't own the earth, we lease (I am blanking on the title right now) are stating in a subtle way that we need to listen to each other and doing the opposite of what we want doesn't achieve what we want.

So Cy thinks, "Hey, this subtle approach is totally going over most everyone's head!" So he basically takes the National Enquirer and Fox News approach of taking his message to you with a 2x4 to the head, in the simplest, dumbing down of terms. With the huge exception that Cy is speaking the truth!

:) Tara Lyn

taralyn919
11-07-2007, 10:30 AM
OOPS! Sorry for the double post.

:) Tara Lyn

musegirl
11-07-2007, 12:42 PM
Interesting to hear folks opinions on the songs! I gotta tell you guys, I've been listening to this album for a while now and it's just great to know it's out there for everybody to enjoy now.

The World Will Always Turn. Geez, I've listened to this song at least a few hundred times now and I must confess my take on it is pretty benign. I always thought it was a message to a certain type of person, someone who was perhaps overthinking their life and being too intense. The idea that fate is fate and bad things happen, but you can't get wrapped up worrying about the negative. Everybody feels insecurities, because none of us can't control that much, when you think about it. So you gotta live. Live in the moment and not take things so seriously. That's my spin, anyway.

Never asked Cy what it was about. I don't like asking people who make things what their intentionality is. I think they'd rather hear how other people interpret the work anyway.

taralyn919
11-07-2007, 03:36 PM
Originally posted by musegirl
Never asked Cy what it was about. I don't like asking people who make things what their intentionality is. I think they'd rather hear how other people interpret the work anyway.

I always wonder but never ask. Should the info be volunteered one day, then I am all ears!

:) Tara Lyn

Carrie
11-07-2007, 04:30 PM
After thinking on The World Will Always Turn some more...

Hmmm...if it is directed at the sort of person who overthinks their life and is too intense, I can definitely see why I'm reacting the way I am, because I'm the type to take things too seriously, too hard, and too personally. Through Cy's other work as well as this, I've come to see how my tendency to try and control life rather than be directed by it is futile, but it's difficult to change (or know how to change) 34 years of behavior. It's like when you grip on to something for so long that your hands get cramped and you can't let go, even though you know in your mind you should.

After further thinking, I definitely don't think he's saying our opinions and subsequent actions are pointless. If he was the type of person who believed that, he wouldn't have so much work out there that's obviously concerned with the way people treat each other (and that implies that they have control over their behavior). Instead, he'd be emo and painting black eyeliner around his eyes and going around saying, it doesn't matter, we're all gonna die anyway, life sucks.

And he isn't singing "the world will always turn, it doesn't matter what you do", he's singing "the world will always turn, with or without your point of view". In other words, if your point of view is adaptable and dynamic, you'll feel more "in the flow" and the world will turn WITH your point of view (because your point of view adapts to nature). If your point of view is too tightly held and static, you'll get left behind when the world turns (because you're trying to get life to adapt to your point of view, which it doesn't - it changes too much)! So, it definitely matters at least HOW you think.

I think that's closer...at least it's got me thinking ;)

Mike Dillard
11-07-2007, 10:46 PM
Great website, by the way. Looks like a lot of effort went into it. If anyone hasn't already, please go check it out, cycurnin.com.

The Queen
11-08-2007, 03:54 PM
Just got my two CD's in the mail, thought they'd NEVER arrive! I have not played them yet, they are still in the wrappers even. I have the great fortune of having our mailman arriving last to our neighborhood of the whole area....so it's always almost 5:oo p.m. before we see the guy.

I will report on this after I've given it the old college try.....I'm sure I'll love it, I've been enjoying the snippets on his myspace page tremendously.

The Queen
11-08-2007, 04:45 PM
OK...just played it all the way thru...and can't find anything that I don't LOVE instantly, just some songs more than the others. Gotta admit the final song DAMNED is really sticking in my head.

GREAT CD! I cannot believe he snuck this one up on us, I knew he was writing all these songs for a new Fixx CD, but gee had no idea he had enough material for a whole extra cd of his own.

As always, I am blown away. The man is an artist, buy his work!

musegirl
11-10-2007, 08:36 AM
Just wanted to let you know that there's a new podcast available. It's cool - Cy talks about his experience in Nepal. You can get it through iTunes and via Cy's site in the download area. It will likely be available later today on Cy's MySpace page.

:help:

If you have iTunes, I would like to ask a favor. Please go onto Cy's podcast page at some point, rate it, and leave a review. Nothing too effusive with praise, just make it sound like something interesting so curious folks might give it a listen. It would be nice to raise Cy's profile a bit on iTunes for later when the record is available there. (Also, please subscribe to it! You'll get the podcast downloaded automatically each time you login to iTunes and won't have to check here for an announcement.)

Same goes for the CD on CDBaby. Please leave a comment, post-purchase. CDBaby is a pretty viral environment and I think the comments are read by potential buyers, most of whom are not Cy's typical audience. This is a chance to make new listeners and turn a curious person into a buyer.

I'm not asking anybody to be a shill. People can read through that. I'm just saying if you like something, here's a chance to let folks know beyond the confines of our fuzzy Fixx-centric community.

Thanks very much to everyone for listening, for buying, for being patient, etc. Fixx fans are the best! :D

Doctor Roger
11-10-2007, 08:57 AM
I just heard the songs on the Cy page...WOW, very juicy choice stuff. Steve P., I would like to hear your thoughts.....

best of luck with sales and promotion.... and GREAT work Musegirl!

Dr. Roger

Steve Pariseau
11-10-2007, 06:03 PM
I've played it a few times. It's GREAT. There are several songs that are instantly likeable. I'll write a more comprehensive review very soon.

spin it
11-15-2007, 03:38 AM
Well I absolutly love it,Havent heared Cy so passionate for a long time,I thought he played the album down a touch so my expectations were not high.Good move I played it a couple of times before judgement but was really impressed after just one spin.The only track that doesnt wow me is The futures not what it used to be ,but I love the title.:D

pipsqueak
11-15-2007, 10:44 AM
Hey .. GREAT picture of yah there cutie !

:tdown::p:tup:

The Flow
11-20-2007, 11:18 PM
Looks like things are tarting to heat up:

http://www.livedaily.com/news/13224.html

The Queen
11-21-2007, 05:07 AM
Nice article, thanks!

Carrie
11-21-2007, 05:37 PM
Cool, now we know the months for the solo tour! I hope if the Fixx do release their new CD on their own, that it works out as well as the release for The Returning Sun seems to be going!

Mike Dillard
11-22-2007, 12:00 AM
I'm very "Thankful" to have received Cy's new CD. This time, Jamie plays guitar on many of the songs, a nice plus. My favorite is "Hope Springs Eternal". It features Cy's yearning voice and haunting chimes from Jamie's guitar, against a background of funky, stacatto percussion. It's really beautiful.

I hope that "Remember Me When I'm Gone" makes it to the new Fixx CD. I have a CD of their live show in Seattle from 2005, and this song was my favorite of the new ones they were playing.

CousinO
11-23-2007, 08:21 AM
For what it's worth, here's the review I posted on CD Baby:

Cy Curnin returns to radiate a little sunshine and warmth...

author: Glenn Page
3 out of 5 stars
Wow, this just came out of left field without any fanfare or warning! What a pleasant surprise. As Cy ages, (gracefully) his songs continue to take on a more personal and intimate tone, which is well-suited for a solo outing like this. On alot of the Fixx material Cy sounds ominous and admonishing, which fits perfectly with the band's sometimes otherworldly and slightly eerie sound.


Here, however, he shows us where he is in his life utilizing a sound that is both inviting and reassuring. At the same time, it's hooky as hell! Just about every song has a knock out hook, although I wasn't too crazy about "We Might Find It" after the first couple of listens. "Remember Me When I'm Gone," on the other hand, is downright HAUNTING (melodically and lyrically)while "Returning Sun" conjures up images of Cy dancing on a beach in the Bahamas sipping a pina coloda (and trying not to spill it.)


Fixx fans won't be disappointed either. "Falling Apart Together" has a chugging bass line and a cool refrain punctuated by plucky keyboard tones, and just to prove he's not ready for rainbows and sunshine kisses 24/7, Cy tacks on "Damned If You Do" (the last track)which sounds like it could be "Deeper and Deeper"'s scarier cousin. I would play this song only after the kids have gone to bed! (Ok, it's not that scary, but it is pretty cool.)


Jamie West Oram's patented riffs are here as well, and Jamie sounds better than ever backing Cy on the bouncy "Fork in the Road." I have to resist the urge to sing along (it's catchy as all get-out) just so can I can enjoy Cy and Jamie's vocals. To my knowledge, it has never really been acknowledged in the media how well Cy and Jamie's vocals complement each other. Cy has that dramatic, sometimes jagged or "edgy", sound that just sounds so right when balanced with Jamie's smooth Tao-like harmonizing. These guys are like musical yin and yang in so many ways, and I hope they never stop playing together.


I'd like to say those are the "highlights" but really just about every song here is tuneful and melodic, and Cy uses funk, rock, and world beats to change the musical colors on every track. The lyrics have a loose, stream of consciousness feel which heightens the "spontaneous" feel of the record, although it does make some lines stick out a bit more than others. This is a minor quibble though, because it gives the CD the feel of an old friend talking to you rather than a big, over-produced, slick rock production being jammed down your throat.


This CD will be in my player to get me through the cold winter months as I wait for the real "returning sun!" Welcome back Cy! And thanks for all the wonderful music.

Steve Pariseau
11-28-2007, 11:07 PM
What's the deal with Windows Media Player not knowing the album and song titles for Cy's new album?

Is there a way to submit this information?

Apple iTunes knows all about it but my lossless music collection on my desktop uses WMA files (Apple had no lossless format at the time I created my lossless media server)

anyone?

musegirl
11-29-2007, 05:43 AM
Steve,

This issue with Windows Media Player has been troubling to me too. It is something that I looked into shortly after the CD was delivered because I recalled how it took forever for "Mayfly" to become visible on my computer and I didn't want to see that happen again.

Let me explain. Our CD manufacturer has submitted the CD to s couple of services in order for it to be recognized on your computer.

The most well-known service is called Gracenote. iTunes uses this one. If you pop the CD in right now, you'll see that iTunes lists songs in your device.

Gracenote also has a website where you can look up CD information. The album doesn't appear there yet because it usually takes a few months for them to upload the data there. I'm just grateful it shows up in iTunes.

Windows Media text is registered through the website www.allmusic.com. They have been sent what they need, but we have been told that it takes them a long time to get the music input.

I suspect that this problem is a typical one for independent acts. It is likely that labels have more influence with these services. Unfortunately, as I have am reminded on a daily basis trying to make some headway in this business, we have to be patient. That being said, thanks for caring enough to be concerned about it.

Lisa

fixxed
11-29-2007, 07:49 AM
I ordered it on November 14th (my b'day!) and am still waiting -- I expect that it shouldn't be too long now!

heimo
11-29-2007, 08:00 AM
From my experience I can tell that shipping to Europe took not longer then 5 or 6 days. All went perfect! And that more then one time...

musegirl
11-29-2007, 11:13 AM
Fixxed (Phil),
Please let us know when you get your delivery. I am somewhat surprised by the length of time for your order, but then, my experience of the Canadian postal service has shown it to be pokey on occasion.

fixxed
11-29-2007, 12:23 PM
Will do. I know the mailman who delivers to my house, and he's keeping an eye out for it for me -- he'll even drop it off here at my work! :)

And yes, Canada Post has its "issues"... :P

Asuka
11-30-2007, 06:38 PM
Originally posted by dejapete


"Remember Me When I'm Gone" - Jeanette Obstoj, Fixx songwriter from back ago wrote the lyrics. May also end up as a Fixx song, I hope

well, in a sense, you could get that song in the version where it's backed by the Fixx b/c it should be on a Fixxstick from the Hard Rock Hotel concert in Las Vegas last year....it's the one where a line goes something 'like Icharus i flew too high,' right? hmm. now i'm going to hafta go back to that concert and check, lol.

fixxed
12-03-2007, 01:51 PM
Started out the day saying, "If the CD comes in the mail, I'll be happy..."

Didn't see the mailman pass through my office...

Went home for lunch, checked the mail: nothing.

I started back to work, grumbling to myself... But a little birdy (figurative, not literal) told me to check the mail again, and lo and behold, a shiny white package from CDBaby (Ok, it wasn't shiny, but it WAS white, and it WAS from CDBaby!) with -- wait for it!!! -- the new Cy Curnin CD!! (Ok, not much of a surprise, there... Seeing as that's what I was expecting! ;) )

Haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, will give it a few spins when I get home from work... :cool:

Phil.

fixxed
12-04-2007, 07:58 AM
So I got home, put the disc in the player...

Started out poorly -- the sound was horrible... :(

I tried to adjust the bass and the treble, but it was still just aweful! I couldn't make out anything -- no instruments, no vocals... Just plain noise.

Then I had an epiphany... and put the disc in the CD player instead of on the turntable...!

Sounded much better!

Of course, I was kidding about the turntable... It doesn't have a stylus, I knew it wouldn't work! :D

In all seriousness, I listened to the CD three times before I even knew it. It's gonna be hard to pick a favorite song -- they're all great! Maybe "Damned If You Do" -- the story of my life... :p

Anyway, here's two thumbs up! :tup: :tup:

Phil.

musegirl
12-04-2007, 12:11 PM
So glad that you finally got your CD, Phil. Hope you enjoy it.

I am very pleased to announce that THE RETURNING SUN is now available on iTunes.

Xaqtly
12-07-2007, 02:17 AM
I bought it off iTunes just now. I gotta say, there's nothing quite like instant gratification. :) Fantastic CD. Remember Me is a stunning song, I love it.

edit - to add a bit more to that, Remember Me is a song I wish I had written. Cy's vocal melody is chosen really well, and the lyrics are very powerful. It evokes some powerful imagery for me when he sings "remember my breathing", and "I would have loved to die in your arms"... it just - I don't know, there's something about it. It's filled with longing, as well as love and wistful regret.

I guess it just hits home for me. I've written some stories somewhat along that theme, I guess it's something I heavily identify with. I know Cy didn't write these lyrics, but I'm glad he chose to use them. His music really does the lyrics justice, I think. It's exactly what it needs to be. I think the urgency and power of the chorus magnifies the underlying fear of being forgotten by the one you love after you're gone.

I don't know if I'm making any sense, but you could interpret the chorus as somebody accepting their fate, and saying "remember me" gently as they fade away. I hear more than that in this song. Because of the way Cy sings it and the driving nature of the music, I hear a more urgent tone. It sounds to me more like somebody is asking, "please, remember all the little things about me when I'm gone, because I'm scared that you'll forget me." And to end it they add "I would have loved to die in your arms", showing that their longing still burns strong, and it's a wistful ending. They know they have to go but they can't let go, to the point that the dying and losing their own life doesn't even bother them, the only thing they care about is their love for the other person. It's almost indescribably sad for me.

There are a lot of songs that talk about dying peacefully, reaching acceptance, letting your friends and family know that you love them. In this song it's that hint of fear and longing that makes the difference for me. It's very powerful and very skillfully written, both by Jeannette Obstoj and Cy.

I hope I haven't vastly misinterpreted the original intention behind Jeannette's lyrics, but it's what I hear when I listen to it. After I got the album off iTunes last night, I got to this track and was stunned. I put it on repeat and listened to it over and over again for an hour and a half. I burned it to CD so i could listen to it in my car and listened to it all the way to work this morning. I'm listening to it in my head right now. :) Someday I'd love to learn if I am way off base on this one or if it's really what was intended.

In any case, thanks Cy. Music like this should be all over the radio, so everybody can enjoy it. I'm telling everybody I know to buy this album.

fixxed
12-07-2007, 09:45 AM
Not sure if it's a production issue, or just my copy of the disc, or the player in my kitchen, but... "Remember Me" skips and stutters in two places! No problems at all with other CD's...

I was able to play the disc on my PC with no problems, but in the kitchen, the skips are there and reproduceable... I made a copy on my PC, and the copy plays fine in the kitchen, so at least I know that it's not the song that the player doesn't like! :p

Has anyone else had a glitch like this?

Phil.

pippi617
12-07-2007, 10:00 AM
Mine has a nice spot in my auto - haven't picked out a favourite yet . . . . . . . still deciding. :) :) :)



Something that will go nicely with Chocolate . . . . . . .



:cheers:

Jeanne Thelen
12-07-2007, 07:25 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by pippi617
[B]Mine has a nice spot in my auto - haven't picked out a favourite yet . . . . . . . still deciding. :) :) :)



Something that will go nicely with Chocolate . . . . . . .




I would ALWAYS sugguest a nice glass of Merlot with Chocolate, Pippi...:) :) :) ;) ;) ... at least that was always sugguested to me by some one we all know....;)

The Queen
12-12-2007, 05:57 AM
Cy just added a new Podcast 4 to his myspace page! talks about going to Spain soon to record the new cd for The Fixx. Thanks for the update on the band!

BTW, I was touched to hear Cy speak so kindly of his wife Aurelia on the previous podcast, it's always nice to hear a man speak well of his wife and mother of his little girl, does children wonders for their self-esteem. Very enouraging.

Carrie
12-12-2007, 04:04 PM
I know, what a nice surprise! It's Cy's birthday, and yet I feel as if we're the ones getting the gift! :)

dejapete
12-12-2007, 04:47 PM
Podcast 4 talks about a man who walks through the woods and is considered idle. Not so. There is so much to take in.

I recently downloaded Cy's album. So much to take in there, too. It's a finely produced recording. I even wrote a blurb about it on eMusic. It may not do it justice, but at least it will help it get noticed:


a pretty good album dejapete from La Crosse, WI

Cy Curnin has been the principal songwriter and a major musical force behind 80s UK band, The Fixx. The group is still intact with its original lineup and tours regularly. But donít expect this to sound like The Fixx. Keep your mind open and let the music carry you away. Itís a pretty good album.

hazelnut
12-12-2007, 11:32 PM
I was wondering if anyone would mention his birthday! There's usually a happy birthday thread. :cheers: That was such a joy to listen to. :cool:

wingo395
12-14-2007, 06:49 PM
"Musicians," he explains, "when their bone structure relaxes, the tone of the music becomes more vital. There's less angst and more tonality. I felt my voice had improved. I didn't have as much tension in my upper body. The body changes shape and it ameliorates the voice."

Ameliorates..

http://noted.blogs.com/westcoastmusic/2007/12/cy-curnin-the-r.html

dejapete
12-15-2007, 02:20 PM
I added this to my eMusic review:

"Cy Curnin is perhaps one of the most underrated vocalists to come out of the 80s."

It was too heavy on the Fixx.

And now he's even better with his "ameliorated" voice.

Carrie
12-19-2007, 05:27 PM
Just got done listening to the Goldmine phone call linked to on cycurnin.com. I had tears of laughter coming out of my eyes during the part where he says, "They'll still be calling us 80's music when I'm IN my 80's"!!! And "demockery"...that's one of those words that should win the "new word of the year" contest!

It also got me thinking of the whole attitude/method that seems to run through their whole career. Not "anything you can do, we can do better", but "anything you can do, we can do with a lot less and make it sound like more". That's an attitude that more people should have in our increasingly crowded world with diminishing resources :tup:

Love to hear other thoughts!

dejapete
12-19-2007, 05:28 PM
I also posted a message on the VH1 message board about Cy's album. Musegirl was right. After listening to it, I like it. It's a pretty good piece of work.

So go to The Fixx Artist Main at VH1.com and visit the message board. Add to it, if you like. And say high to Shoeman. He's lonely over there.

The Fixx Artist Main (http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/fixx/artist.jhtml)

dejapete
12-19-2007, 05:28 PM
I also posted a message on the VH1 message board about Cy's album. Musegirl was right. After listening to it, I like it. It's a pretty good piece of work.

So go to The Fixx Artist Main at VH1.com and visit the message board. Add to it, if you like. And say high to Shoeman. He's lonely over there.

The Fixx Artist Main (http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/fixx/artist.jhtml)

musegirl
12-19-2007, 05:29 PM
Cy has completed an interesting new audio interview. Rather than post the link here or give away the contents, I am going to encourage you all to discover it yourselves on www.cycurnin.com. I am hopeful that the site will become a regular stop on your surfing routine. Cy is adding content regularly... Thanks!

shoeman
12-19-2007, 06:03 PM
[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by dejapete

So go to The Fixx Artist Main at VH1.com and visit the message board. Add to it, if you like. And say high to Shoeman. He's lonely over there.

[URL=http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/fixx/artist.jhtml]The Fixx Artist Main
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Yes, I am lonely over there, Dejapete!!
Very nice of you to mention that to our Fixxtures here.

And a great idea of yours to start the thread on Cy's new album.

:tup:

dejapete
12-19-2007, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by musegirl
Cy has completed an interesting new audio interview. Rather than post the link here or give away the contents, I am going to encourage you all to discover it yourselves on www.cycurnin.com. I am hopeful that the site will become a regular stop on your surfing routine. Cy is adding content regularly... Thanks!

Great interview, Carrie and Musegirl. It contains a lot of information. Definitely worth listening to, everybody.

Two things stuck in my mind:

"from democracy to demockery"

and

Fixx tour starting in May!

Diamond05
12-19-2007, 09:10 PM
from Carrie...
It also got me thinking of the whole attitude/method that seems to run through their whole career. Not "anything you can do, we can do better", but "anything you can do, we can do with a lot less and make it sound like more".



I'll throw in "efficient" ...... they ve always been wise and got the best out of what theyve had to work with- while others were spending way more on catering than they were spending on video productions- (think Cy said that btw-)


something "efficient" ahead of you.....

;)


has anyone ever thought that colin hay of men@work looks a little like CY?

yay/nay ?

<>

The Queen
12-20-2007, 06:53 AM
That's a great interview and it was nice to hear him praise Rupert too. We get so used to the Cy and Jamie combo, but sometimes forget that The Fixx is about 5 guys! He talks about them as a band and that's cool.

That was nice to wake up to, thanks!

fixxed
12-20-2007, 08:16 AM
has anyone ever thought that colin hay of men@work looks a little like CY?

yay/nay ?

<> [/B]

Yea, verrily!

Take a look at Eric Idle when you get a chance, too (a younger Eric Idle, anyway!) -- maybe Cy, Colin and Eric are... brothers???

dejapete
12-20-2007, 06:55 PM
Here I've been talking about what I've written about Cy's album. If you want to see what other Fixxtures have written, go to CD Baby and see what they had to say.

http://cdbaby.com/cd/cycurnin

The Queen
12-20-2007, 07:25 PM
Hey, I think Cy's website needs a favicon.

shoeman
12-25-2007, 04:38 PM
"The Returning Sun" is now listed on the CD Now web-site.

Have been waiting for it to appear over there.

As I write this, no reviews have been submitted for the album yet. So if some of you would like to do so, here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Returning-Sun-CY-CURNIN/dp/B000Y66FXG/ref=


While I was there, I noticed that six reviews had been posted for the "Mayfly" CD since its release in 2005.

musegirl
01-10-2008, 05:14 PM
Mix Magazine Online (http://mixonline.com/cool-spins/audio_cool_spins_58/)

The Queen
01-10-2008, 05:47 PM
Nice, good to see his CD getting some publicity and good reviews. :tup:

Carrie
01-10-2008, 05:53 PM
Way cool. A reviewer who really appreciates the expressiveness of Cy's voice/the music. It was nice to see how positive all the reviews were, and telling to see how many artists' albums are "self-released" these days. The inclusion of links to songs on Cy's review was a special touch!

I've been so relieved so far that all the reviews of Cy's album have been very positive. So many times, reviewers are unkind even when an album is good! Keep 'em coming!

DanBoutin
01-10-2008, 09:14 PM
The review describes Cy's vocal on "The Returning Sun ":

Curnin truly soars on the title track, bursting out with beautifully intelligent vocal hooks.

I couldn't have explained it better...this vocal is my favorite on the CD along with Jamie's guitar work...great track.

rockerchic
01-20-2008, 01:40 PM
Just the title alone gives way to what the lyrics will be like. Music that warms the soul and adds rays of light to lift my spirit!

Beached Male
02-20-2008, 10:18 PM
I just ordered mine direct from Cy's site. Can't wait to get it. Sorry I haven't kept up on the boards, as there's just so much happening in my life right now. I wish I had more time to walk the forest per Cy's podcast 4....
BM

little-bird
02-21-2008, 07:21 PM
I'm Solange, and I'm at home.

The last year, I received The Returning Sun as a graduation gift. My auntie Ariadna gave me that, along with an iPod Nano with 4GB. I love them. :) :)

I listened those songs and they were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Yay! I like Cy and he is an excellent singer.

Now, here's a link to send me a message or a contact with anyone wants to meet me. I can make sure everything gets safer on Internet, but, I've been contacting with Cy and I explained him about Chile (my birth country), and I can explain everything about Southern Chile (Puerto Montt, Valdivia, ChillŠn, etc. etc.).

Well, I'm at home.

Bye.

heimo
02-26-2008, 07:14 AM
Are there still any plans that Cy will play some solo shows? In one interview he said that he found some quite good young musicians from Paris and New York (as far as I remember). Or is the Band focused on the new album?

heimo
02-26-2008, 07:14 AM
Are there still any plans that Cy will play some solo shows? In one interview he said that he found some quite good young musicians from Paris and New York (as far as I remember). Or are the Band's eyes focused on the new album?

miked26
03-01-2008, 02:21 AM
Finally had the time to order my Cy cd today. I can't wait to get it in the mail and pop it in my cd player!!!!!

miked26
03-01-2008, 02:22 AM
I finally ordered the new album today through Cy's website. I can't wait to get it in the mail and pop it in the cd player!!! :D

little-bird
03-01-2008, 04:56 PM
I enjoy when I hear The Returning Sun (complete).

musegirl
03-01-2008, 05:24 PM
Heimo,

Cy will be sharing his latest tour plans on his new podcast. It isn't quite ready yet though, so watch this space for the announcement that it's been posted.

Best,
Lisa