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Secret Album

by David Garza

Horrid 02:31
Third Song 02:47
Au Revoir 02:25
Neva 03:52
Low Lonesome 03:20
I'm All Un 03:23


November 2003 I left DTLA to move back to Austin.
On the way east I stopped in Tornillo Tx at Sonic Ranch.
Tony the Duke Of Tornillo told me to stay as long as I wanted in his Grandfather's old room in the old hacienda nestled in 4,000 acres of pecan trees.
I wrote & recorded this "Secret Album" while on this rock & roll hejira.

Sneaking away to Valentine,Tx I stayed for a spell at the hideout of artist Boyd Elder.
I wrote & recorded "Au Revoir" on his 1870 piano that his ancestors brought in a horse drawn wagon from Ohio to West Tx.

The drums on "Lucky Feather" & "Halloween Freeze" & "Neva" were recorded in his back art studio shed.
While I would be banging away he would blowtorch metal from old car doors onto random junkyard debris.
Boyd loved the beats fast & loud like a "jungle drum" so the lyrics shouted out to "pounding on the Valentine floor -it's the thunder from Juarez- all the coolies want more".
I tried to kept time & feared for my life as random sparks exploded.

Boyd kept me up all night & mumbled encouragement.
He would always ask me to play "Zevon or Joni".

Back then Marfa was really still a secret.
We would drive in his 1971 Black BMW 30 miles from Valentine at 4 in the morning with the headlights off to see if there was "any trees worth shaking".

We would end up sitting outside the chilly gas station.
I would strum as he smoked endless cigarettes.
He told me "musicians don't know how to listen-that's what painters are for" - he had endless patience with the musical process.
As for art advice, in a low voice he would confide in me like sharing the secret of the Lost Ark of the Covenant to "get a damn pencil & draw cylinders & spheres".

It was on one of these nights turning into mornings I wrote "I'm All Un" like a confession to a dark priest -reflecting my lost state of heart at the time.

I drove back to Tornillo to process this Boyd vortex.
I wrote "Horrid" for my friend Gemma after hearing her voice for the first time in probably 4 years - she would have a way of saying I was "horrid" as an affectionate goodbye.



released February 1, 2004

Composed, Performed & Produced by David Garza
All Music & Lyrics by David Garza
© 2004 Thousand Roses, LTD (David Garza) / BMI

Released February 2004


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David Garza Los Angeles, California

David Garza has been making his mark since 1989 when he emerged from the fertile Austin, Texas music scene with his inimitable blend of glam rock, Latin folk, and blues. As a prolific genre jumper, he has broken cultural and music industry barriers while building an enduring catalog of compositions for live music, theatre, and film audiences. ... more


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