Internal Combustion

by Rain Perry

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From the songwriter who brought you "Beautiful Tree," the theme song to the CW's "Life Unexpected," come ten tales of lust, loss, art, obsession - the things that drive us - with wry humor and heart.

The Bob Seger cover is just one of many lovely surprises on folk-rocker Perry's Internal Combustion; due Sept. 21st. --USA Today

Southern California native and indie singer/songwriter Rain Perry is perhaps best known for her ode to the atypical family, Beautiful Tree; Featured on her 2008 album Cinderblock Bookshelves, this song is more commonly known as the theme for The CW s quirky hit family drama, Life Unexpected. Having led what many would describe as an incredibly unconventional life her mother was a songwriter and devotee of a hippie fundamentalist church and her father was a starving artist it s no surprise that Rain found her calling and solace in music. Her voice is, in a word, incredible. Powerful and smooth enough to command your notice, yet soft and sweet enough to soothe. Coupled with heartfelt, truthful lyrics, she s crafted a solidly recognizable sound for herself. Now this mom of two is set to release her third album, Internal Combustion, on September 21st. In addition to Rain s own music, this release features covers of songs from such diverse artists as Paul Simon, Marvin Gaye, and Bob Seger artists who couldn t be further apart on the musical spectrum, yet Ms. Perry dresses their well-known classics up beautifully with a sound all her own. I ve been listening to her cover of Marvin Gaye's Let s Get It On over and over again, wondering if we ll soon see her name on the bills of future indie tours and festivals. --The Music Mamas

A few years ago California singer Rain Perry won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition (Folk Division), but on her third album she proves herself equally adept at covers. The first single is a folk-rock run through Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's 1978 Till It Shines. Seger never released the tune as a single himself, opting instead for the record s mega-hit, Old Time Rock and Roll. Clearly a wise decision, but it meant that Till It Shines never got its due. I feel it s an underrated gem and oddly perfect for a chick singer, Perry said in a press release. Perry, whose claim to fame is providing the theme song for Life Unexpected, lifts her cover with mariachi-tinged horns alongside that beautiful voice. Check it out. --CoverMe.com

Ther' s something of a hippie vibe to Internal Combustion s folk/pop sounds and introspective lyric approach. Singer/songwriter Rain Perry makes her home in the bohemian enclave of Ojai, California, which may contribute to the wide-eyed idealism and playful sensuality found in these tracks. Perry s vocal style landing somewhere between Edie Brickell and the softer side of Patti Griffin adds a jazzy cadence to both originals like The Compartmentalized Thing and a sly acoustic reworking of Marvin Gaye s Let s Get It On. As a writer, she is a sharp-eyed observer of everyday tragedies ( Ambulance Song ), smooth-talking preachers ( So You re The Muse ) and her own creative process. She manages to put her own stamp on songs by composers as different as Paul Simon ( Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War ) and Bob Seger ( Till It Shines ). Though she favors a low-key approach, Perry makes a strong impression through her literate tunes, creative taste in covers, and overall freewheeling spirit. --iTunes

Rain Perry is sassy and sensual on Internal Combustion, offering no qualms about exploring her sexuality in song. On opening track The Compartmentalized Thing, she touts the fact that she knows what she wants and isn t shy about demanding it. Keanuville and Next Best Thing find her idolizing members of the opposite sex, and her take on the bedroom anthem to beat them all, Marvin Gaye s Let s Get It On, is stunning. Ultimately, the lovely piano ballad A Perfect Storm and her graceful remake of Paul Simon s Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War spotlight the singer at her best, --M Music and Musicians

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released September 21, 2010

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mister Mark Hallman at the Congress House, Austin, Texas
Additional engineering by Andre “Sparks” Moran, as well as Dangerous Tommy Schultz & Travis “T Man” Kelley

(Exceptions: the rhythm section for “So You’re the Muse” was cut at the Linda Vista Social Club in Ventura, CA by Kevin McCormick, and Chris Foley recorded the piano on “Next Best Thing” and the song “Rene & Georgette” at Sound+Vision, Ojai, California.)

All words and music by Rain Perry (Precipitous Music/BMI) except “Till It Shines,” by B. Seger (Gear Publishing/ASCAP), “Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War,” by P. Simon (Paul Simon Music/UMPG) and “Let’s Get It On,” by M. Gaye and E. Townsend (Jobete Music Co. Inc.)

Sorry! I don’t have permission to reprint the lyrics to the cover songs. But I know you can find them online.

Photography and pyrotechnics – Bad Bob Muschitz
Striking album art & design – Brian Turner at Cricket Press, Lexington, Kentucky
Hair and makeup – Claire Powers
Photos carefully shot in Kim’s kitchen

“A Perfect Storm” is for Jonathan and was inspired by the book The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger.

The way it works is this: Rain writes the songs and records a demo on her phone, which she then sends to Mark. Utilizing various audio/visual aids, Rain and Mark discuss. Then Rain goes to Austin and Mark enlists the services of his alarmingly talented multiple personalities, otherwise known as “The (Congress) House Band.” Rain sits on the couch knitting, marveling and expressing her opinion, and once in a while goes downstairs to sing. On this release, she also makes her instrumental debut, such as it is, and performs some sound editing too. Once in awhile, a very special guest or two joins the fun.

Meet the (Congress) House Band!

“Sticks McRaw” – drums & percussion
“Biggie Bottom” – bass
“Frets Flamagan” – guitars
“Fingers Flailin” – keyboards (to whom no one ever says no – at least when it comes to the B3)
“Lips Lohand” – horns & clarinet
“Shamus O’Fool” – banjo
The elusive “Eboy” – Ebow
“Harpo” (aka Rain) (junior member of the CH band) – Autoharp

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Acknowledgements:

Oh, Mark. Thank you. If not for you…ah, well, you know what I’m going to say.

Heartfelt thanks to the hardworking and ever-entertaining Congress House crew – Andre, Tommy and Travis – and to the musicians – Andrew, Chris, Danny B., Elana, Jim, Jonathan, Julie, Karen, Kevin, Matt, Perla, Rick and Riley – for your fine playing and singing, and to Tommy for your fine latching of cabinets.

Thank you to my beautiful girls. Billy, this one’s for you, with love.

Thank you also, in no particular order, to: Skip Slater; JB, Jim, Jim & Julie for the essential services of the Wednesday Song Group; Success Partner (and keeper of deepest organizational secrets) Robbie Frandsen; über-skank Kim Maxwell, as well as the Pro-Ho, The Littlest Ho, & the ever-diligent Ho-cial secretary; the Perry family; Sasha Stone, Mistress of the Internet; Official Texas State Musician Sara Hickman; The All-Powerful Targalini; GiGi Benno & Andy Hardin (so my question to you is: just how comfortable are you with your body?); the Queen of Folk Alliance; Leah, my oldest friend; Flower girl/manager/social media advisor/chef Katy Powers; camera-shy photographer/stylist/BBQ artist Claire Powers – in fact, all the Powers Girls, Matt & The Nudist too; the Slaughter, Galbut and Rizzoli families, including the newest, littlest members; my pals in Ojai; my pals not in Ojai; Kristen Hallman (who, by the way, is hotter than any hussy); Taylor Hallman; (Boy in the Boy’s Room) Dan Brockett; Kit Stolz; Val Denn; my awesome songwriting students; Tom Russell, Keeper of the Songwriting Flame; “Pyro” Bob Muschitz & his better half Paty; the lovely & talented CoryAnn Yniquez; Crystal Ann @ M:M; the muscular Shore Fire team; Brian Turner @ Cricket Press; Les Scott & Cindy Rosmann; Liz Tigelaar and the LUX cast & crew; the bats of Austin for making a dent in the mosquitoes of Austin…and, finally, all praise to Saint Glen, for his inspiration and vibe.

While I have your attention, may I point something out? Not to be all old-school “I only listen to vinyl,” but the truth is that music simply sounds better on CD than on MP3. It has to, since the sound files on a CD are about ten times larger than a download. I love the convenience and versatility of my iPod and ear buds too, but once in awhile it’s important to put on good headphones, close your eyes, and really listen to a new album. It’s like the difference between watching a movie with commercials on TV and sitting in a dark theater with a giant screen. It’s just…more. You will hear instruments you didn’t know were there, and they won’t be squished. The music will sound three-dimensional, and sometimes an instrument will pan from left to right in a really cool way (a phenomenon to which we refer in the business as a “stoner treat”). Plus, there are fascinating liner notes to read, as you can see! Oh yeah, and it sounds especially good LOUD. Let’s not let this experience slip away, okay?

And while I’m opinionating, I think I’ll also say this: buy music! Making and promoting albums isn’t cheap! I mean, yes, share some – we all do – but honestly: the best possible way to support the artists whose music you love is to actually pay for the music they make.

Okay, okay. That is truly, exhaustively, and without a doubt…what she said.

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Rain Perry Ojai, California

Rain Perry’s “Beautiful Tree” was the theme for the CW Network’s Life Unexpected, on which she also had the surreal pleasure of appearing as herself. She has released four albums on her own Precipitous Records, as well as writing and touring a solo play about her childhood. In 2016 she completed The Shopkeeper, her first film. She teaches a series of classes called Songwriting for Civilians. ... more

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Track Name: The Compartmentalized Thing
The Compartmentalized Thing
Words & Music by Rain Perry
c 2010 Precipitous Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

I intend to give my heart completely
While I’m standing on this stage
‘cause I heard that when you write
you open a vein and spill it on the page
and when the night is over
I don’t plan to stick around
‘cause tomorrow there's another show
in another town

I'm getting a feel for
The way that we do this
The way that we do
The compartmentalized thing

Now, we're gonna move together
Let's read each other
Follow my mouth
And the first time, I’ll go slow
Now give that to me one more time
With everything you've got
Okay, I think I have what I need
And you are free to go

Oh yeah, I'm getting a feel for
The way that we do this
The way that we do
The compartmentalized thing

Me and the boys in the band
We know how to do it
We know how to do
The compartmentalized thing

(instrumental break)

I bring my heart on a platter
And we flay it like a salmon
And then it lies there quivering
For a week or so
And when the week is over
And the work is all done
I take it back neatly wrapped
And then it's time to go

Oh, how will I ever get a feel for
The way that we do this
The way that we do
The compartmentalized thing

Yeah, we know each other really well
But only one part
And that is the art
Of the compartmentalized thing
Track Name: Till It Shines
Till It Shines
Words & Music by Bob Seger
c Gear Publishing/ASCAP
All rights reserved.

Take away my inhibitions
Take away my solitude
Fire me up with your resistance
Put me in the mood
Storm the walls around this prison
Leave the inmates
Free the guards
Deal me up another future
From some brand new deck of cards
Take the chip off of my shoulder
Smooth out all the lines
Take me out among the rustling pines
Till it shines

Like an echo down a canyon
Never coming back as clear
Lately I just judge the distance
Not the words I hear
I've been too long on these islands
I've been far too long alone
I've been too long without summer
In this winter home
Still if we can make the effort
If we take the time
Maybe we can leave this much behind
Till it shines

See the rich man lost and lonely
Watch him as he dines
Sitting there just testing all the wines
Till it shines
Track Name: Red Green White Blue
Red Green White Blue
words and music by Rain Perry
2001 Precipitous Music/BMI

The creator of this valley
Was not afraid of bold lines
Red rocks, green hay, white clouds, blue sky
But if I were to paint it
I would worry every rhyme
And surely heed the cry

Of every phone call I've been putting off
All the laundry left undone
Whatever might dilute the intensity
Like an uncut drug
Or a confession of love
That mainlines the poetry

Red rock — green hay
White cloud — blue sky
Give me strength I pray
Ease my mind

Then it comes laughing from the canyon walls
The answer is so plain
Any fool could see it right away
It's the the heavens and earth I'm forging here
Just a simple refrain
To paint a picture of this lovely day

Red rock — green hay — white cloud — blue sky
Red rock — green hay — white cloud — blue sky
Track Name: So You're the Muse
So You're the Muse
Words & Music by Rain Perry
c2010 Precipitous Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

So you’re the muse
I thought I recognized you
I’ve seen you around
But we never had a chance to really talk

I think we might be getting closer
To a very good thing
Nothing lights the world
Like the joy that you can bring

Give me a chance to show you
What I will do for you

I’ll get up early
I’ll stay up late
I’ll be the world’s most devoted date
I’ll get a babysitter
I’ll steal some time
I’ll do anything if you’ll be mine
Please be mine

I’m confused
In the poems I read the muse is a beautiful woman
Who gives the writer his pen and with her cool, smooth hands
Gently coaxes the words from him

Look, I know that you believe in me
Or you wouldn’t come around
Why do you build my hopes
To send them crashing to the ground

Oh, come on, baby
Don’t do me like you do

I’ll get up early
I’ll stay up late
I’ll be the world’s most devoted date
I’ll get a babysitter
I’ll steal some time
I’ll do anything if you’ll be mine
Please be mine

You’re beautiful
But you’re cruel
And I’m nothing
But your fool
You leave me hanging
But I won’t give up yet
I’ll stick around
And take what I can get
I’ll take what I can get

I’ll get up early
I’ll stay up late
I’ll be the world’s most inspired date
I’ll get a babysitter
I’ll steal some time
I’ll do anything if you’ll be mine
Please be mine
Track Name: Next Best Thing
Next Best Thing
words and music by Rain Perry
c2001 Precipitous Music/BMI

He’s got the key
To the hearts and minds of the congregation
A sure young man
Promising salvation

The first little taste of it is free
And in his fervent eyes lies the possibility

Of something stronger than heroin
Hotter than lust
Bigger than the pain you feel
He’s promised to take care of you
He’s someone that you trust
Gives ‘you something that feels real
He’s not Jesus but he’s the next best thing

My mother lay back in his arms in the water
She freely gave away all her earthly things
I heard five hundred people speaking in tongues
Praying for deliverance from all the devil brings

A little girl can understand
No one knows what’s good for her better than the man

Who’s stronger than heroin
Hotter than lust
Bigger than the pain you feel
He’s promised to take care of you
He’s someone that you trust
Gives ‘you something that feels real
He’s not Jesus but he’s the next best thing
Track Name: Keanuville
Keanuville
Words & music by Rain Perry
c 2010 Precipitous Music/BMI
All rights reserved.

This is my lucky 13th time to see this band
Yes, that’s the movie star
Playing the bass guitar
They could use a few stronger songs
But they’re sounding alright
He’ll try anything and I respect that
He’s not afraid to take a chance
And I’ll tell him when I meet him
I’m gonna try again tonight

I am the number one fan
Of the man in the band
And if you knew him the way I do
You’d understand

These silly girls are sweet but they’re so dumb
I can’t help but find it funny
But if the ones in front wouldn’t scream
He wouldn't get so shy
I tell them, “If you scream, he'll just be looking at his hands...”
We were polite in Winnipeg
Where I saw him in Hamlet twice
I don't want to spoil the play for you
But the ending's really sad—
It made me cry...

I am the number one fan
Of the man in the band
And if you knew him the way I do
You’d understand

You’d understand what keeps me up at night
You’d understand what turns my knuckles white
At every ripple across his surface
And each little movement of his hand

If you asked ninety-nine percent of the people here
They couldn’t name the other guys in the band
I’ll bet you every t-shirt
That I’m holding in my hand
But he knows this is about all three of them
So he shrugs it off the best he can
That’s just one more thing that I love about the man

I am the number one fan
Of the man in the band
And if you knew him the way I do
You’d understand

I am the number one fan
Of the man in the band
And if you knew him the way I do
You’d understand

You’d understand
Track Name: Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
Rene and Georgette Magritte With their dog after the war
Words & Music by Paul Simon
c Paul Simon Music/UMPG

[Verse 1]
Rene and Georgette Magritte
With their dog after the war
Returned to their hotelsuite
And they unlocked the door
Easily losing their evening clothes
They dance by the light of the moon

[Chorus 2]
To The Penguins
The Moonglows
The Orioles
And The Five Satins

[Verse 2]
The deep forbidden music
They'd been longing for

[Chorus 1]
Rene and Georgette Magritte
With their dog after the war

[Verse 3]
Rene and Georgette Magritte
With their dog after the war

Were strolling down Christopher Street
When they stopped in a men's store
With all of the mannequins
Dressed in the style
That brought tears to their
Immigrant eyes

[Chorus 2]
To The Penguins
The Moonglows
The Orioles
And The Five Satins

[Verse 4]
The easy stream of laughter
Flowing through the air
Rene and Georgette Magritte
With their dog apres la guerre

[Bridge]
Side by side
They fell asleep
Decades gliding by like Indians
Time is cheap
When they wake up they will find
All their personal belongings
Have intertwined

Oh

[Verse 5]
Rene and Georgette Magritte
With their dog after the war

Were dining with the power elite
And they looked in their bedroom drawer
And what do you think
They have hidden away
In the cabinet cold of their hearts?

[Chorus 2]
To The Penguins
The Moonglows
The Orioles
And The Five Satins

[Outro]
For now and ever after
As it was before
Rene and Georgette Magritte with their dog
After the war
Track Name: A Perfect Storm
A Perfect Storm
Words & Music by Rain Perry
c2010 Precipitous Music/BMI
All rights reserved

A Perfect Storm

This town has seen no better captain
Who ran no finer crew
And I was lucky that he served with me
Several seasons through

He moved on to other waters
But he was due back this fall
And I was just about to track him down
When I got the call

He disappeared in stormy weather
He went down suddenly
And my heart ached for his girl back home
And for the captain lost at sea

Chorus:
The pull of gravity
The lift of buoyancy
Are made to equal each other
And most of us will never know
But there’s a degree of roll
From which every boat cannot recover

A ship’s designed to right itself
And usually we do
Though we take a wave across our decks
Through a close call or two

So were you taking on water
That your scuppers couldn’t clear
Or did a rogue wave put you over
So far away from here?

Was there a cold front in your heart
You couldn’t find a way to warm?
Then did a hurricane blow through you
And generate a perfect storm?

Chorus
Track Name: Ambulance Song
Ambulance Song
Words and music by Rain Perry
c2010 Precipitous Music/BMI
All rights reserved

The ambulance left a while ago
A couple cop cars waiting for a tow truck
Lights flashing caught my eye
But it was all over by the time I drove by

For somebody somewhere it’s sinking in
Life will never be the same again
An hour ago there was nothing wrong
Now someone’s wondering how they’re gonna go on

Maybe you’re looking out the window at a traffic light
Wondering how you’ll ever make it through the first night
Wish I could reach you from down the road to let you know

It will be okay
It won’t feel this way
Someday

Carnations send me to that night
The ones with red on the edges and the middle white
Everybody trying to smile at me
Wondering what to say or how to be

But I think the glory of the road is plain
To the heart that’s scoured out with pain
So I send this to you once again

It’ll be okay
It won’t feel this way
Someday

Someday
Someday
Track Name: Let's Get It On
Let's Get It On
Words & music by Marvin Gaye
cFCG Music- M G III Music, NMG Music & EMI April Music/BMI

I've been really tryin', baby
Tryin' to hold back these feeling for so long
And if you feel, like I feel baby
Then come on, oh come on

Let's get it on, oh baby
Lets get it on, let's love baby
Let's get it on, sugar
Let's get it on, whoa

We're all sensitive people
With so much to give, understand me sugar
Since we got to be here
Let's live, I love you

There's nothin' wrong with me
Lovin' you, baby love, love
And givin' yourself to me can never be wrong
If the love is true, oh baby

Come on, come on, come on, come on
You don't have to push
Come on, come on, come on, come on darling
Stop beatin' round the bush, hey

Let's get it on
Let's get it on

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