Streams and Pastures

by Whetherman

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This is the fifth studio album released by Whetherman since 2007, and is the first to include instrumentals by full band members JP Salvat, Alex Hayward, Rachel Murray, Drew Matulich and Adam Mantovani. Folk singer Nicholas Williams has been performing with the group at festivals and larger shows since 2011, and the cultured sound has been captured by this record. The result, is an eclectic blend of colorful roots music, hinting to elements ranging from Americana to Folk and Soul to Bluegrass while maintaining the melodic Singer-Songwriter approach artfully established prior.

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released 22 March 2013
Nicholas Williams- Songwriting, Lead/Backup Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Banjo.
Alex Hayward- Drums, Vibes, Spoons
Drew Matulich- Fiddle, Mandolin, Lead Guitar
Adam Mantovani- Upright and Electric Bass
Rachel Murray- Backup Vocals
JP Salvat- Percussion
Eric Brigmond- Keys, Organ, Farfisa

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Whetherman Maumee, Ohio

Whetherman is the independent project of Nicholas Williams, whose music has often acted as a meter for his journey through life. Through folk songs filled with personal truth, effervescent melodies and harmonious vocals, Whetherman makes sounds to capture something. The fifth, and most recent album, displays an array of elements spanning America's enriched musical history with additional members. ... more

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Track Name: Finders Keepers
I digress to ease a compromise
So we aren't caught up with what we cannot decide
Without a given amount of time
She confesses she pushes away
As getting in tighter quarters these days
Is not a mistake, it's just unscripted plays

And all at once, we attempt to give the other
Reasons not to expect a decent lover
And had it gone more or less honestly
Well it may have effected things
Changed the scenery
Origins of such beauty
Well it's finders keepers for loners like me

My interest is in the best that we can get
You know I'd trace the steps and I'd call a spade a spade
I've got it all figured out
Until I get ahead of myself again
She confesses she pushes away
As getting in tighter quarters these days
Is not a mistake, it's just unscripted plays
Track Name: Simple Lives
Grown apart from the womb
Made into a sparrow of flight
Hovering down from the setting sky
Towards home and warm invites...nights

I recall a man who played violin
Ten feet down from the ledges end
Sweetly and gently about my head
Til a sunset or moonrise was all that's left

Such simple minds
In these simple times
Only fear is on the outside
Of your simple life

From these depths, clearly lost a few steps
I've gave into shame and I'm hoarding the rain
Gossip is a fever that I cannot maintain
Humble is a teacher, a lesson in refrain
Track Name: Why Pretend
Well aside from the remains
It's like you kept saying
If it works or it hurts
It's probly instantaneous
We even kept our distance
We both wanted to accept
That wherever we land could prove happenstance

So it makes no sense
Why I'd pretend
Not to let this forgiveness
Color my view again
It makes no sense why I'd pretend

Graves we dig out of
Become the smiles we're proud of
In many ways we are alike but
From a different take in a different place
Some too tender to touch
Some are a little bit much
And aside from the remains
We're all just saying

That it makes no sense
Why I'd pretend
Not to let this forgiveness
Color my view again
It makes no sense why I'd pretend
Track Name: Birch Tree
Whether fast or slow
I can only hope
That I would reap up what I sew
Cause in due memory
I would learn not
Only from what I see
But for goodness sake
What do these things mean to me?

Fond are the visions these eyes provide
Tall is a sky holding in place a light
I don't distance myself
Like I used to do
Because you'll hurt then love the ones you love
Yes you'll hurt then love the ones you love

With all that's believed and seldom perceived
I can't help but be relieved
By the wisdom of the birch tree

Whether fast or slow
I can only hope
That I would reap up what I sew
Cause in due memory
I would learn not
Only from what I see
But for goodness sake
What do these things mean to me?
Track Name: Shangri La
When we fail to mention our discontention
We start building concrete walls
Out of discretion for the fall
We're all going to take at points in time
Time time time, life life life...

Relief is a must
Should the colorful turn to dust
It's not difficult to clasp
I want what I don't have
It takes forever to find Shangri La
Track Name: All We Build
All we build cannot withstand
The wind and the rains surrounding mankind
They're not weak, and they'll crush us all

All we build cannot withstand
Erosion and time, the thoughts and the signs
They're not weak, they'll crush us all

Pain at stake, decisions to make
The same shame, is littered in the wake

All we build cannot withstand
The rights of the land, the doubts and demands
They're not weak, and they'll crush us all

Wane like that moon, over the stream
Like the fallen rocks, and the pine trees
Shed your light on Galilee

All we build cannot withstand
The wind and the rains, surrounding mankind
They're not weak, they'll crush us all
Track Name: Weathered Mind
If you could read my weathered mind
Consoled and often told
What it is we will find
All in due or precious time
These conditions I've come to know
As the rails along the road
Prove hopeless and cold
And a bounty on the soul

If you damn my water from flowin'
Take the breeze from my sails
Cut me down too many sizes
Without regard for a commonwealth
Well I've made decisions
And they're quite efficient
Can't hide these wide eyes
On a day as fine as this

If you could read my weathered mind
Consoled and often told
Where the sun shouldn't shine
And the flowers should hide
These conditions I've come to know
As the rails along the road
Prove hopeless and cold
And a bounty on the soul
Track Name: Use of Truth
All that was of cost
Became the dream and not
The fostered ideas that made the plot
Account for the fear
That's hitting you near
Stray you may but what's hidden will appear

And these warnings
Are clear as the spring
They withhold what we're called on to sing
It's not fate that I could choose
No pride induced truce
Uncompromising truth that I haven't gotten used to

I...
Claim you're use of truth
I...
However it comes to you

Holding tightly to a string
That's quickly withering
I am bound by the fright
And at loss for the fight

I...
Claim you're use of truth
I...
However it comes to you
Track Name: Man of Conviction
No matter where I am
I have the tendencies to be forgetful
Strong willed and ever still
Only go so far with the weight I pull

And lately it's unmistakeable
Lately it's been within my control
Roaming this familiar land
Letting it get out of hand

It's such a struggle
It's such a long haul
Keeping our minds full
While behind mindful
I'm crossing hearts
Swearing up and down
To be well aware
Without losing ground

In my solitude it pains me to admit a truth
That I kill myself over what I can't undo

And lately it's unmistakeable
Lately it's been within my control
Roaming this familiar land
Letting it get out of hand
Track Name: And I Wander
There's so many things that I haven't thought of
Yet I could understand entirely
Let it be the places I was brought up
I'm weak in the knees and it's harvesting
Redeeming the qualities of my fate

You could hear a longhearted
Or the shorter explanation
But the logic is too grave
To stay and preach it to a nation
Let it run, let it run all over me

So I climbed a tree
To keep listening
To the songs of the robins and of the leaves
Perched high in the view of the land and sea
Truth in all the sounds and the sights I see
When I wander

Someone's got to tell ya
When it's been awhile for any wishes yet to bloom
Words will often fail ya
So let the light run all over me
Track Name: Just for Kicks
Everytime you step back
And truly see what you see
It's like we've come to need

A grip on reality
You're holdin the reigns
But I'd wager
That our patience
Is finding us consumed

Though I know I could predict
Though I know I could resist
Isn't it more to know it's all for love
And everything else is just for kicks?

Everytime you hold firm
And truly see what you see
It's like we've come to need

A grip on reality
You're holdin the reigns
But I'd wager
That our patience
Is finding us consumed
Track Name: Black Bean Song
I'm taking these black beans down the mountain
I'm taking these black beans down the road
I'm trading these black beans for a dimebag
I'm taking that dimebag on down the country road