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Eric Schuurman CD by Eric Schuurman, 2007

Spice Factory Demos by Tom Waicunas, 1993

Soul Roots Recordings by BB Bugaloo, 1992

Old Town Cassette by Eric Schuurman, 1991

Charms LP by Strange Romance, 1987

Autumn ’85 EP by Strange Romance, 1985

Europe Acoustic Cassette, 1984

Misc. Tapes by St. Vitus Dance, 1983

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Europe Acoustic by Eric Schuurman

The band, 1984.

By spring of ’84 I needed to reinvent myself. I decided to take a break from St. Vitus Dance and see Europe. I wrote a batch of songs, playing them on guitar and harmonica. I recorded them and made copies to sell while busking on my trip. The Europe visit was a very conscious effort to change direction. These songs are the fruit of that reinvention.

Recorded in Lake Geneva, WI in spring 1984.
Words, guitar and harmonica by Eric Schuurman.

      American Séance
      Exhilarated
      Goodnight Godspeed
      If You Were Mine
      Little Miss Mystery Kiss
      Season of Danger
      Recklessly Yours
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Index of Music Projects

Eric Schuurman (Eric Schuurman, 2007)

  • Love Dangerously Lyrics
          Love Dangerously
  • Johnny Thirteen Lyrics
          Johnny Thirteen feat. John Halka
  • Monkey and the Button Lyrics
          Monkey and the Button feat. Natalia Schuurman
  • Splinter Lyrics
          Splinter
  • First Chapter Elizabeth Lyrics
          First Chapter Elizabeth
  • Nightsweats (Tongues of Jakob) Lyrics
          Nightsweats (Tongues of Jakob)
  • See Through Me Lyrics
          See Through Me
  • Home Prayer Lyrics
          Home Prayer
  • Jettison Lyrics
          Jettison
  • Far Enough Away Lyrics
          Far Enough Away
  • Baltic Rain Lyrics
          Baltic Rain
  • Wade in the Water Lyrics
          Wade in the Water
  • For Nothing More Lyrics
          For Nothing More feat. Stan Borys
  • New Amerika Lyrics
          New Amerika

Spice Factory Demos (TOM WAICUNAS, 1993)

  • Maybe It’s the Way Lyrics
          Maybe It's the Way feat. Tom Waicunas
  • Sense of Humor Lyrics
          Sense of Humor feat. Tom Waicunas
  • Midnight Shuffle Lyrics
          Midnight Shuffle feat. Tom Waicunas
  • What You Gonna Do Now? Lyrics
          What You Gonna Do Now? feat. Tom Waicunas
  • Techno Blues Lyrics
          Techno Blues feat. Tom Waicunas
  • My Phone Got Disconnected Lyrics
          My Phone Got Disconnected feat. Tom Waicunas

Soul Roots (BB Bugaloo, 1992)

  • Love Dangerously Lyrics
          Love Dangerously feat. BB Bugaloo
  • Mr. Pitiful Lyrics
          Mr. Pitiful feat. BB Bugaloo
  • Brand New Cadillac Lyrics
          Brand New Cadillac feat. BB Bugaloo
  • Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Sad Song Lyrics
          Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Sad Song feat. BB Bugaloo
  • Love Dangerously Demo Lyrics
          Love Dangerously Demo

Old Town (Eric Schuurman, 1991)

  • In My Hour Lyrics
          In My Hour
  • Vineyard Homicide Lyrics
          Vineyard Homicide
  • Winterline Lyrics
          Winterline
  • Resurrection Lyrics
          Resurrection
  • Too Many Pieces Lyrics
          Too Many Pieces
  • Take Care of Love Lyrics
          Take Care of Love
  • Apology Lyrics
          Apology
  • Homeward Lyrics
          Homeward

Charms (Strange Romance, 1987)

  • Greenwich Mean Time Lyrics
          Greenwich Mean Time
  • Strange Lyrics
          Strange
  • Dressed in Black Lyrics
          Dressed in Black
  • Airplane Dreams (Instrumental)
          Airplane Dreams
  • The Hand in My Head Lyrics
          The Hand in My Head
  • Waiting in the Rain Lyrics
          Waiting in the Rain feat. Stan Borys
  • Liturgy Lyrics
          Liturgy
  • Marionettes Lyrics
          Marionettes
  • Heaven is Far Away Lyrics
          Heaven is Far Away
  • Klepsydra (Instrumental)
          Klepsydra
  • Time Falls, Run Lyrics
          Time Falls, Run '87

Autumn ’85 (Strange Romance, 1985)

  • Time Falls, Run Lyrics
          Time Falls, Run '85
  • World Away Lyrics
          World Away
  • Follow the Moon Lyrics
          Follow the Moon
  • Snack Lyrics
          Snack
  • Blessed Lyrics
          Blessed
  • Autumn ’85 (Instrumental)
          Autumn '85

Europe Acoustic (Eric Schuurman, 1984)

  • American Séance Lyrics
          American Séance
  • Exhilarated Lyrics
          Exhilarated
  • Goodnight Godspeed Lyrics
          Goodnight Godspeed
  • If You Were Mine Lyrics
          If You Were Mine
  • Little Miss Mystery Kiss Lyrics
          Little Miss Mystery Kiss
  • Season of Danger Lyrics
          Season of Danger
  • Recklessly Yours Lyrics
          Recklessly Yours

St. Vitus Dance (Rehearsal tapes, performance board mixes, multi-track recordings 1981-1983)

  • On the Road Again Lyrics
          On the Road Again - St. Vitus Dance
  • What’s Buggin’ You? Lyrics
          What's Buggin' You? - St. Vitus Dance
  • Respectable Lyrics
          Respectable - St. Vitus Dance
  • Crawlin’ King Snake Lyrics
          Crawlin' King Snake - St. Vitus Dance
  • Lights Out Lyrics
          Lights Out - St. Vitus Dance
  • Tiny Montgomery Lyrics
          Tiny Montgomery - St. Vitus Dance
  • Wild Child Lyrics
          Wild Child - St. Vitus Dance
  • Angela Lyrics
          Angela - St. Vitus Dance
  • Matchbox Lyrics
          Matchbox - St. Vitus Dance
  • Recklessly Yours Lyrics
          Recklessly Yours - St. Vitus Dance
  • Mother’s Kitchen Lyrics
          Mother's Kitchen - St. Vitus Dance
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John Halka and St. Vitus Dance

St. Vitus Dance
St. Vitus Dance

When I first met John, we were both 13, living in north Barrington. We shared the same school bus stop in our wooded neighborhood, Timberlake. Our birthdays were a month apart, but he was a grade higher than me.

He had a Pioneer stereo, blacklight posters, and Pong on his basement tv. There was also a decorative mandolin hung by his parents on the hallway wall by his bedroom. We took it down, started experimenting, and the music began.

Early in high school, both of us picked up guitars and started lessons. We shared chords, compared finger exercises, bounced ideas off each other and jammed. We listened to Dylan for the poetry, blues and early rock and roll for the chops we wanted to lift, and punk for inspiration and a guiding ethos. We couldn’t wait to get out of high school, rent a space, and start rehearsing our band.

In the fall of 1978, we rented a house in McHenry, IL near the Fox River. We built a little studio in the basement with sound insulation, placed ads in the Illinois Entertainer for side players, and started bangin’ away, me playing guitar and keyboards, John playing bass. I worked in a shop in Wauconda welding pipe heaters and snow melters. John worked in a cement factory in Crystal Lake. Nights were loud, loose and raucous doing auditions, rehearsing new songs, and jamming. We called our band St. Vitus Dance.

In the summer of 1980, we moved our rehearsal space to a palette factory south down the Fox River to West Dundee.  We were kicked out and re-located to a basement floor space in a small office building in Barrington, near the train station.

We continued with auditions and rehearsals, and soon started playing parties and dives. We did a mix of covers and originals in a raw, loud, rock and roll, blues style. Our technique continued to tighten, and we were bringing in better side players. We also were playing in larger, better known bars.

By the summer of 1983, we were developing musically. We performed acoustically in Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis. We had purchased a multi-track tape deck, and begun experimenting with over-dubbing. John’s bass playing was rock-solid and unadorned. He had a baritone voice reminiscent of Jim Morrison. He looked great with his brown P-bass, dark beard and olive green ’60s Mustang.

The lifestyle was developing as well. We were constantly around alcohol and drugs in a time when they were tolerated, if not celebrated. We indulged to the point where it became clear to me that a recalibration of attitude towards them was necessary. It took John much longer to reach that conclusion. In part, they contributed to the deterioration of our friendship and the end of our collaboration.

By early 1984, a toxic competitiveness had crept into our musical efforts. Feeling the need for self-reinvention, I decided to take a break from our band. The idea was that I would go off and knock around Europe a bit with my acoustic, come back and we’d resume. Then we’d find a way to re-locate the band into The City, Chicago.

That summer, before I left, I’d met Stan Borys. When I returned, I focused on working with him. I found an apartment in Chicago with Vince Salerno, a sax player John and I worked with. I set up my tape deck and started adding synthesizers and drum boxes. I enjoyed not having to share the musical helm. I did not bring John and the band into The City with me. We would never count off a song again in the same band.

 

In the spring of 2005, I got a call out of the blue from John. I couldn’t remember the last time we’d spoke. We discussed getting together for a beer after I returned from a family trip. When I called him, his phone was disconnected. The next winter, I heard from his brother Doug that John was locked up. By spring of 2006, a year after he reached out to me, I was able to make contact with John, writing, then visiting him at Walworth County jail in Wisconsin.

John had a serious substance problem. He forged a prescription and got caught. John was fined and paroled. Later, his parole officer found out that his employer wasn’t informed about his criminal record. He was let go when his employer was told, and went on the run, having run afoul of his terms for parole. Freaked out about doing time, he lived in a stolen van, sleeping at night in empty parking lots, scrounging food where he could. He broke into a house near Lake Geneva, WI and stole a gun with the intention of killing himself. Fortunately, he was caught and couldn’t do it. Unfortunately, he had time to do.

We re-connected after he got out in May of 2008, and re-established our friendship. He worked for me as a photographer, and helped with sales calls for my business until the Great Recession did in my company. We talked about collaborating again after things settled down with the economy, but it never happened. John died of a heart attack on August 1, 2012.

Our last collaboration was ‘Johnny Thirteen’. When John was in jail, he read a poem to me over the phone, which I recorded. It was excerpted and used in the song. John’s share of sales of ‘Johnny Thirteen’ will go to his son, John Halka Jr.

John Halka was a gifted musician. He struggled with his demons, but he was a good person. We resonated on the same frequency. He was my dearest, best friend, and I miss him very much.

St. Vitus Dance

Rehearsal tapes, performance board mixes, multi-track recordings.
(These 11 songs are not yet available commercially.)

      On the Road Again
      What's Buggin' You?
      Respectable
      Crawlin' King Snake
      Lights Out
      Tiny Montgomery
      Wild Child
      Angela
      Matchbox
      Recklessly Yours
      Mother's Kitchen

      John's Jail Poem
      Johnny Thirteen
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Free Association Song Descriptions

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      Love Dangerously

Alternative ballad, post-blues, reticent guitar passion, unique baritone vocals.

      Johnny Thirteen feat. John Halka

Alternative, genetic dice-roll bust, punk-induced, snarling at fate, John’s jail poem, a brother’s farewell.

      Monkey and the Button feat. Natalia Schuurman

Alternative narrative poetry, jungle novelty, suicidal tendencies of a species as told by an 8-year old girl and her 3-year old sister.

      Splinter

Alternative, swirling, poetic, witness to our disasters, debris and transformation.

      First Chapter Elizabeth

Alternative funk-ish, inspired by American religious fanaticism, cult of the innocent.

      Nightsweats (Tongues of Jakob)

Alternative, goth-opera, shades of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, lost language undecipherable, anthem of the grotesque.

      See Through Me

Alternative pop, shimmeringly textured, slightly jangly, a dangerous ambivalent love.

      Home Prayer

Alternative, menacing, dark and exotic, longing perseverance, unique baritone vocals.

      Jettison

Alternative abandonment, post-empathy, cold eyed alienation, isolation, disintegration.

      Far enough Away

Alternative post-blues/rock, a celebration of departure and lifted weight, foreign voices in the night mist.

      Baltic Rain

Alternative, post-folk, a sea voyage, tune of a new day, expat freedom, unique baritone vocals.

      Wade in the Water

Alternative, post-blues, looming swamp catastrophe, unique baritone vocals.

      For Nothing More feat. Stan Borys

Alternative majestic poetry, existential musings of a Polish rock legend, another through the ages, lost and found.

      New Amerika

Alternative voice, ragged optimism, ambiance of emergency, post-patriotic, anti-ideology naiveté.

      Maybe It's the Way feat. Tom Waicunas

Roots, folk, singer-songwriter, earnest longing from another era, the melancholy of distant train horns, Spice Factory feast.

      Sense of Humor feat. Tom Waicunas

Roots, blues, harmonica defiance, howling at the bleeding moon, plea for shelter from a burning son.

      Midnight Shuffle feat. Tom Waicunas

Roots, blues shuffle, ode to the dog-eared nocturnals, dirty blues harp, a guarantee of trouble.

      What You Gonna Do Now? feat. Tom Waicunas

Roots, folk, singer-songwriter, the question after it’s over, yearning for lost connection, heartbreak yelp.

      Techno Blues feat. Tom Waicunas

Roots, folk, deceitful chopping guitar chug, feelings disconnected survival, harmonica sympathy, robot laughter.

      My Phone Got Disconnected feat. Tom Waicunas

Roots, blues, King of pink mail, land-line-less, ironic harmonica, no walk in the park.

      Love Dangerously feat. BB Bugaloo

Soul passion, R&B orchestration, Stax-Volt influence, Memphis longing.

      Mr. Pitiful feat. BB Bugaloo

Soul, R&B orchestration, ghost of Otis, horn sweetness, a hurting Hammond.

      Brand New Cadillac feat. BB Bugaloo

Soul romp, vamps galore, humming V8 rhythm, key tickling axe chopping raging horn joy-ride.

      Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Sad Song feat. BB Bugaloo

Soul, not sad, another Otis redux, brother horn support, piano banter, a legit organ-ization.

      Love Dangerously Demo

Post-roots toss-off, lost weekend spoils, falsetto seed, primal genetic melody emerges, envelope guitar.

      In My Hour

Post-roots jangle, post-romance prayer, hymn to long-gone her, un-answered musical questions, melodic regret.

      Vineyard Homicide

Post-roots, slide guitar witness, 12 bar death scene, honking fit of random violence, unique baritone vocals.

      Winterline

Post-roots, creaking black ship departure, rolling party of disaster, tears for an abandoner, and a curse.

      Resurrection

Post-roots elegy, longing to un-do, echoes, reflections and lingering backward glances.

      Too Many Pieces

Post-roots circus of fools, idiot calliope, drunken lament among the wreckage.

      Take Care of Love

Post-roots blues, musical statement of the obvious, lost on the oblivious, do as I say…

      Apology

Post-roots waltz morose, morse code tones, a prayer for beloved parents, in-conclusion.

      Homeward

Post-roots rejoice, chiming battered gaggle, bloodshot light of morning revel, unique baritone vocals.

      Greenwich Mean Time

New wave ice lace synth, intoxication of youth, distant memories of distant places, symphony of innocence.

      Strange

New wave bludgeon, sweet little bombs, battered by a whisper, lip to ear to heart extortion.

      Dressed in Black

New wave noir, chimes of night and youth, urban gravity vibrato, north-side screenplay and wardrobe.

      Airplane Dreams

New wave fugue, instrumental, Bach and the MIDI spec, flight of the earth-bound.

      The Hand in My Head

New wave misanthropy, polished mechanical metal Etude, possibility violence, a bad influence.

      Waiting in the Rain

New wave ballad, haunted by a legend, fine ringing strings, steel drum secrets, the wait, the rain.

      Liturgy

New wave sacrament, skittering holy ghost, guitar birds, the soft embrace of strings, most sacred love.

      Marionettes

New wave puppetry, charms for children, strings, the caffeine of nervous music, resigned to tendon-cies of others.

      Heaven is Far Away

New wave dissonance and distance, pointless repetition of ill-defined chimes, joyless syllables, thin comfort for the weary.

      Klepsydra

New wave soaring instrumental, Bach and the MIDI spec, lost and wandering horn in hiding from the bridge’s snarling trolls.

      Time Falls, Run '87

New wave measure of time, signature of youth in slightly larger increments, layered wash of guitars, cathedral chaos concludes.

      Time Falls, Run '85

New wave measure of time, signature of youth in slightly smaller increments, synced vibrato guitar, a younger man’s voice.

      World Away

New wave blanket dive, synth sympathy, tunnel of love ecstasy, submission to 6-string Eros, 2 solo souls combine.

      Follow the Moon

New wave silver light night-time devotion, nocturnal schemes, frenzied tumbling percussive descent, subdued guitar warning.

      Snack

New wave diet, bagels and Progresso, starving artist ensemble, ricochet buffet, the oboe knows.

      Blessed

New wave psalm, propulsion of gratitude, cradled finger lattice synth, testimony of the horn.

      Autumn '85

New wave noodle, birthed of itself, touch of synth chill, celebration of techno color, feathered cello exit.

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Music From Another Life

I am presenting 50 songs for about $10 under the release name ‘Music From Another Life’. Included are collaborations with Stan Borys, Tomek Lipinski, B.B. Bugaloo, Tom Waicunas John Halka and Vince Salerno. It is available  at major music outlets including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora, Spotify, etc. Take a listen.

      Love Dangerously
      Johnny Thirteen feat. John Halka
      Monkey and the Button feat. Natalia Schuurman
      Splinter
      First Chapter Elizabeth
      Nightsweats (Tongues of Jakob)
      See Through Me
      Home Prayer
      Jettison
      Far enough Away
      Baltic Rain
      Wade in the Water
      For Nothing More feat. Stan Borys
      New Amerika
      Maybe It's the Way feat. Tom Waicunas
      Sense of Humor feat. Tom Waicunas
      Midnight Shuffle feat. Tom Waicunas
      What You Gonna Do Now? feat. Tom Waicunas
      Techno Blues feat. Tom Waicunas
      My Phone Got Disconnected feat. Tom Waicunas
      Love Dangerously feat. BB Bugaloo
      Mr. Pitiful feat. BB Bugaloo
      Brand New Cadillac feat. BB Bugaloo
      Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Sad Song feat. BB Bugaloo
      Love Dangerously Demo
      In My Hour
      Vineyard Homicide
      Winterline
      Resurrection
      Too Many Pieces
      Take Care of Love
      Apology
      Homeward
      Greenwich Mean Time
      Strange
      Dressed in Black
      Airplane Dreams
      The Hand in My Head
      Waiting in the Rain feat. Stan Borys
      Liturgy
      Marionettes
      Heaven is Far Away
      Klepsydra
      Time Falls, Run '87
      Time Falls, Run '85
      World Away
      Follow the Moon
      Snack
      Blessed
      Autumn '85
      American Séance
      Exhilarated
      Goodnight Godspeed
      If You Were Mine
      Little Miss Mystery Kiss
      Season of Danger
      Recklessly Yours
      On the Road Again - St. Vitus Dance
      What's Buggin' You? - St. Vitus Dance
      Respectable - St. Vitus Dance
      Crawlin' King Snake - St. Vitus Dance
      Lights Out - St. Vitus Dance
      Tiny Montgomery - St. Vitus Dance
      Wild Child - St. Vitus Dance
      Angela - St. Vitus Dance
      Matchbox - St. Vitus Dance
      Recklessly Yours - St. Vitus Dance
      Mother's Kitchen - St. Vitus Dance

 

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Legacy Gear

8-track, MIDI sequencer, sampler, synthesizers, drum machines, effects, etc.

Hardware I cut my teeth on:

Epiphone 12-string
1967 Red Gibson ES 330
Martin D-16 acoustic
Fender Telecaster
Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
Yamaha CP70B Electric Grand
Hammond M3
Leslie Speaker
Fender Reverb amp
Marshall studio amp
Senheiser and Shure mics
Kelsey 12 channel mixer
NEI spring reverb
ADA Digital Delay
Symmetrix Compressor/Limiter
MXF dual 15 band EQ
Furman Parametric EQ
QSC 300 watt power amp
Kustom PA cabinets
Community stage monitors
TEAC 3340 4-track reel-to-reel
Pioneer 1/4” mastering reel-to-reel
Nakamichi BX-1 cassette deck
Roland TR-808 drum machine
TEAC 80-8 8-track reel-to-reel
Korg SQD-1 MIDI Recorder sequencer
Yamaha DX7 synth
Korg EX-800 synth
Roland SRV-200 digital reverb
Roland Octapad PAD-8 drum pads
Ensoniq Mirage sampler
Sequential Circuits TOM drum machine
Oberheim DX drum machine
BOSS SE-50 Stereo Effects Processor
TASCAM DA-30 MK II DAT deck
EMU Proteus sound module
KRK 6000 studio monitors
Alesis RA-100 power amp
*probably missing something

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