Freedom

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Recorded in Denver, Colorado during the month of January, 2015, Range Songs is the debut full-length album by Mickey Theis. This collection of eleven lushly arranged originals run the emotional gamut from playful to sorrowful, fiery to quietly searching.

​Folk and Americana listeners will enjoy the more familiar song structures of "Orphan" and “Freedom,” while the more confessional "Places" and "Elsewhere" navigate darker, more elaborate musical terrain. Other tracks, like "True Love" and “Silent Son” demonstrate Theis’ craft as a budding producer, as he skillfully weaves sparse, Folk melodies into Springsteen-like, anthemic Rock. These more traditional tracks support a compelling counterpoint in songs like the haunting Folk number, “O Haniel” or Nilsson-esque Country lament, “Are You Coming out Tonight?"

​Range Songs marks the first full-length release on Theis’ label, Infinite Gesture Records.

lyrics

I met freedom by a highway sign
saw the poverty in her eyes
she was young and terrified
and her needs seemed rarely satisfied
I asked her where she was going
she said, “okay, I can light your way
but I’m afraid to die.”
for a moment I was paralyzed
with a feeling I couldn’t quite define
she seemed indifferent but she didn’t mind
that I was standing there just right beside
asked her if she had the time
“for what,” she said. “wanna take a ride?”
I felt a shiver chase up my spine
as I considered what she had in mind
she said, “I’m afraid to die.
I’m afraid to die” and so was I,
but I’d been aching to be crucified all night
and the stars were bright
in the Colorado night
and the moon hung high
I opened my eyes
and the cars went racing by
hopped in the passenger side
we were looking like Bonnie and Clyde.
we went East and we went West for a time
went way out past the borderline.
I fell in love with the way she smiled
she treated me like some broken child
I always told her that we’d be fine
but she never called me hers and I never called her mine
and she was afraid to die, afraid to die
and so was I.

I met freedom by a highway sign
and we went cruising down that yellow line
now I live alone in a home and I call it mine
and I don’t miss her (at least most the time)
but when I look at to those plains and feel mystified
it’s like I can almost see her eyes
when we split that bottle of cheap red wine
and went driving past the county line
and we were afraid to die, afraid to die
but we were living like the end of times
was nigh.
and the stars were bright
in the Colorado night
and the moon hung high
I opened my eyes
and the stars were bright
in the Colorado night
and the moon hung high
I opened my eyes
and the cars went racing by
I met freedom by a highway sign
and we went traveling for a time
though she was afraid to die
and so was I.

credits

from Range Songs, track released September 27, 2016
COLIN BRICKER- mixing and mastering
MARK CLIFFORD- vibraphone, melodica, and various percussion
CHARLIE MERTENS- bass (acoustic and electric)
PHIL NORMAN- cello
ADRIENNE SHORT- violin
COLIN STRANAHAN- drums and various percussion
MICKEY THEIS- vocals, guitar, and piano
QUINN THEIS- accordion, glockenspiel, organ, piano, tack piano
JULIE THREATTE- viola
DANIEL WATT- trombone
KATIE WATT- french horn
XANDY WHITESEL- mixing and mastering
DON WILLIAMS- trumpet
TORI WOODROW- violin

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Mickey Theis New York, New York

Mickey Theis is an actor and musician, originally from Denver, Colorado. He has performed extensively as an actor and has toured internationally with Motel Motel, a band with which he recorded NEW DENVER (2008) and THE BIG ISLAND (2010). He has self-released one solo EP, NO SAINTS (2008) and is currently writing material for a full-length album, RANGE SONGS, set to be released Spring, 2015. ... more

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