Eaux M

by Sammy Trombone

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I curated this album around songs by bands that I saw play at the inaugural Eaux Claires festival in 2015. I originally called it "Eaux Montclair," so as to play on the name of the festival, draw some sort of musical parallel between Justin Vernon's hometown and my own, and in doing so pay tribute to an artist who has had such a profound influence on the ways I think about music. Now it's just "Eaux M," which is less suggestive of any place in particular. Coincidentally, it also sounds a lot like the letters "O M," or literally the word "om"! It harkens to zen and peace of mind.

That's sort of what this album tells a story about: being patient and not growing too attached to things. These are things that I don't always do. This isn't low-energy music but it has a profound calming effect for me. I think it might for you, too.

I've spent the last four years carving out a sound for myself, and these recordings feel like the best expression of it to date. Thank you for listening.


released September 30, 2016

Recorded by Sammy Mellman in Oberlin OH, Montclair NJ and Bloomfield NJ* on an iPad
All arrangements by Sammy
Trombones, vocals, and bass by Sammy
Drum set on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 by Zack Levine
Drum set on track 2, Percussion tracks 2, 5 and 8 by Daniel Bloch
Other percussion by Sammy
Group chant on track 1 by a bunch of friends at Jared Hochberg's

Voice samples on the first and last tracks are by Michael Perry and Justin Vernon, taken from the Bon Iver set at Eaux Claires 2015.

Mixed by Sammy with help from Tom Bethel
Post recording work and mastering with Thomas W. Bethel at Acoustik Musik in Oberlin, OH

Album artwork by Max Mellman and Sammy
Sammy Trombone logo also by Max

Music Video for "Woods" directed by Ethan Cantor:

Special thanks to:
My parents and my brother
Tom Bethel
Eaux Claires, Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner
Mike J, Mike O and the Eaux Claires operations crew
Zack Levine and the endless inspiration from Pinegrove
Sam Skinner for early mastering and advice
*Temple Ner Tamid
Serendipity Café
Jazz House Kids
Cicero & The Orations
Michael Kaple aka Sedna's Not Alone
Janet Lemansky
Isabelle Harari
Three Dudes and a Guy
Oberlin College
College Lanes
Did I mention Tom Bethel?
And everyone else who has helped support this music

Lyrics and melodies for the most part originally by:
Michael Perry, Elliot Moss, Indigo Girls, Bon Iver, No BS! Brass, The Staves, PHOX and Volcano Choir



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Track Name: Confluence (Michael Perry)
If you hold yourself still and silent now
you can feel that river running behind
running through the night
running through all time

It's good to have music near a river
better yet! it's good to have music near a place where two rivers come together
a confluence!
for what are we but a confluence (yeah!)
for what are we but a confluence?
a confluence that lives, and breathes
a confluence of dream, and song
a confluence of twenty two thousand beating hearts

and so here we are,
cradled by a river in a sanctuary of sound
Track Name: Highspeeds (Elliot Moss)
I'm tired
I've been waiting for you
I'm so tired that I need to lay down
but you're traveling highspeeds
and you're fast,
too fast to chase anymore
Track Name: The Wood Song (Indigo Girls)
The thin horizon of a plan is almost clear
My friends and I have had a tough time
Bruisin' our brains, heart up against change
*bark* all the old dogs and the magicians!

Now you see we're in the boat, in two by twos
Only the heart that we had for a tool we could use
And the very close quarters are hard to get used to
Love weighs the hull down with its weight

But the wood is tired
and the wood is old
and we'll make it fine
if the weather holds
but if the weather holds
then we'll miss the point
that's where I need to go

eyyyy what it takes to cross the great divide
seems more than all the courage I could muster up inside
and though we get to have some answers when we reach the other side
prize is always worth the rock ride!

But the wood is tired
and the wood is old
and we'll make it fine
if the weather holds
but if the weather holds
then we'll miss the point
that's where I need to go
Track Name: Woods (Bon Iver)
I'm up in the woods
I'm down on my mind
I'm building a still
to slow down the time
Track Name: Make It Holy (The Staves)
(I miss ya, and I need ya now)
I could make you want me, make you need me, make you mine
I could make it holy, make it special, make it right
I could make you want me, make you need me all the time
I could make it holy make it...fine

well I never did wrong
well I never did wrong
did i ever, ever, EVER do you wrong?

I could make you want me make you need me all the time
(I miss ya, and I need ya now)
Track Name: In Due Time (PHOX)
in due time, if i keep myself intact
I could smile upon the day that we first met
I met a good impression,
but sheesh, I learned my lesson
and I promise that I'll never, ever look back

but for years to come in the morning I might think you're the best thing that I almost had

in due time, if I gain some self respect
I could wave to ya after class as I walk past
but I mace a quick decision
and I averted my stride on a quick one
I flee before admiration will likely pass

but for year to come in the morning I might think you're the best thing that I almost had
Track Name: Alaskans (Volcano Choir)
decide, behave
revive, repave
inside the grave