chi•me•ra:

1. An organism, organ, or part consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition.
2. A mythical creature compounded of incongruous parts.


In the spirit of Chimera Vol. 1, this record is an amalgam, a collection of disparate parts coming together to make a whole. Little odds and ends, gathered, and unified.

All Songs by Chris Pureka © 2013 Sad Rabbit Music (ASCAP) except “Like a Movie” by Nicole Reynolds (Nicole Reynolds Music (ASCAP) and “Play with Fire” by the Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger/Brian Jones/Keith Richards/Charlie Watts/Bill Wyman – (ABKCO Music Inc))

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

Original chimera drawing by Sebastian Renfield
Design/layout: Chris Pureka with Meghan Dewar (Sketchiedesign)


Special thanks to:

All the contributing musicians and engineers. My friends and family. Nicole Reynolds, The Grey Eagle, T Cooper, Sean Moeller and Daytrotter, Mark Alan Miller, Jeff Lipton, and Christen Greene.

And, as always, many thanks to everyone that comes out to the live shows and supports me and independent music in general.

www.chrispureka.com


1.Like a Movie (by Nicole Reynolds)


Recorded at the Bunker Studio, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Engineered by Aaron Nevezie
Mixed by Mark Alan Miller with Chris Pureka.
Featuring: Chris Pureka (acoustic guitar, porch board, vocals), Andrea Alseri (electric guitar), Julia Read (violin, vocals), Liz Kelly (drums, vocals), Monika Heidemann (bass).

My friend, Nicole Reynolds, is one of my favorite songwriters, and here is my take on one of her songs. Check out Nicole’s music at www.nicolereynoldsmusic.com.

2. Old Photographs

Recorded and engineered at various locations by the musicians featured.
Mixed by Mark Alan Miller with Chris Pureka.
Featuring: Chris Pureka (acoustic guitar, vocals), Sebastian Renfield (banjo, electric guitar, vocals), Monika Heidemann (vocals).

Author, T Cooper, wrote a book titled Real Man Adventures. He asked various songwriters including myself to contribute songs inspired by the book. I was honored to be asked and be involved. This is my contribution.

Old photographs, before I even knew my own name. I carry it, I carry it around. All these boxes, but none of them will hold me. Oh lord, at least I have her hands. Finds me in the night, fear underneath my collar. What I know is right and what I know the world is. Haunted by design and the myth of the real thing. But I don’t even mind, at all, when she’s around. Late night, just me and the moonshine painting. Half life, I carry it around. All these boxes but none of them will hold me. Oh Lord at least I have her hands. All these boxes but none of them will hold me. Oh Lord at least I have her hands. All these walls but they can’t keep out the devil. Oh lord, at least I have her hands.


3. Play With Fire (by The Rolling Stones)

Recorded and engineered by Adam Sweeney at The Rabbit Hole, Portland, OR.
Mixed by Mark Alan Miller with Chris Pureka.
Featuring: Chris Pureka (acoustic guitar, porch board, vocals), Sebastian Renfield (electric guitar, vocals), Max Voltage (violin).

The Iron Horse Music Hall back in my old stomping grounds of Northampton, MA, used to have tribute nights every year. One year the tribute was to the Rolling Stones and this is the song that I picked and what evolved from there.

4. Barn Song (Live at the Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC)

Recorded live by Marsellus Fariss at the Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC on 1/19/2011
Featuring: Chris Pureka (acoustic guitar, vocals, porch board ), Andrea Alseri (electric guitar), Sebastian Renfield (bass, vocals), Julia Read (violin, vocals).

I have had the pleasure of performing at many amazing establishments throughout the years and the Grey Eagle is one of the best. Thanks to everyone who came out to this show, and thanks to Jeff Whitworth, Marsellus Fariss and everyone at the Grey Eagle.


5. Broken Clock (Live at Daytrotter)

Recorded and engineered by Mike Gentry at Daytrotter Studios, Rock Island, IL, July 2012.
Featuring: Chris Pureka (acoustic guitar, vocals), Sebastian Renfield (electric guitar, vocals).

Thanks so much to Sean Moeller and everyone at Daytrotter for their support. www.daytrotter.com

6. Song for November (Live at the Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC)

Recorded live by Marsellus Fariss at the Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC on 1/19/2011
Featuring: Chris Pureka (acoustic guitar, vocals, porch board ), Andrea Alseri (electric guitar), Sebastian Renfield (bass, vocals), Julia Read (violin, vocals).

(See Barn Song notes above) I liked this show so much that I wanted to include 2 tracks.


7. Shepherd
Recorded and engineered by Chris Pureka.
Mixed by Mark Alan Miller with Chris Pureka.
Featuring: Chris Pureka (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals).

Salt and a broken wing. Migratory songs. Lord, I wish I could get out of my head and back into the room. We took that waltz in the rain. For some stormy, leaky love. Oh, my penance, take me back, I’m the wreckage of a man who never got away. We just spent all we had. Now we’re overdrawn. But you were the knot in the ribbon that tied me to the heavens, you were my favorite shepherd of days. You were the gold in the river that the hardest day delivered, you were my favorite shepherd of days. You were the wheels set in motion to throw my shutters open, you are the blue light before the day.



© chris pureka 2016