Liner Notes

Liner & End Notes

REPPAS: 11

Not My American Dream
This is a song about my waking up (or growing up) and realizing that the
utopian dreams I had as a young man, are simply not going to come true. It’s a
commentary on the continued decline of our American society; a time I fear future scholars will describe as the beginning of the
Post-Christian Era.

Music & Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Bass & Vocals: Michael Reppas
Guitars: John Tillman and Del Mize
Drums: Mike Vullo
Produced by Bob Wlos at L-7 Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound

I’ll Be Your Judas
Musically, this song was written and recorded well before the lyrics. In
fact, I wrote three completely different sets of lyrics to fit the music, but I
wasn’t satisfied with any of them. It was at a dinner party when a philosophical
discussion over what true “loyalty” was when the relationship between Judas
and Christ was explored. A second turn brought up the contemporary issue of
euthanasia. When reflecting on the conversation days later, I realized that I had
the right amount of curiosity and anger to put together the lyrics for this song:
Satan’s temptation to the terminally ill. Also a little nod goes out to Charlie
Daniels for planting the seed that the Devil would, of course, have a Rock &
Roll band.

Music & Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Bass & Vocals: Michael Reppas
Guitars: John Tillman
Drums: Mike Vullo
Produced by: Bob Wlos at L-7 Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.

Two Sides Of The Fence
His name was Michael Salsberger. We were friends from the time we were
toddlers. Mine was a life of structure: family, education and sports. His life
was one of complete freedom; a product of the carefree hippies that were
hisparents. After he passed, I wrote a three page, free verse poem about
him, his life and his parents. That poem became this song.

Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Music: William Livesay
Vocals: Michael Reppas
Backup Vocals: William Livesay
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.Guitars: William Livesay and Bob Wlos
Steel Guitar: Bob Wlos
Cajon and Percussion: Edward Zyne
Hammond Organ, Cello and Violin: Victor “Cuqoi” Berrios
Produced by William Livesay at Casa de Fufi Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.

College Crush
Part I of the “College Series.” I suppose that it’s natural as we get older to wonder about the fate of past friends with whom no longer associate with and I
wanted to explore that feeling in this song. “I wonder if you’re happy. Are you
doing well? Did you find the arms of a man that treats you well?” The song was
originally titled: “The Lovesong of M. John Reppas,” and was inspired, in part,
by a poem from T.S. Elliott, called “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock.”

Music & Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Bass & Vocals: Michael Reppas
Guitars: John Tillman and Del Mize
Drums: Mike Vullo
Produced by Bob Wlos at L-7 Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.

Mindy Blue
I wrote this “lovesong” for all the shallow women I’ve known over the years.
Those that will never understand the sarcasm imbedded in every line of the
song. Special kudos to me for the high-harmony, which was not that easy for my
naturally sexy baritone voice, and to Diane Ward, who really rounded out the
harmony with her Beautiful Ways.

Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Music: Michael Reppas and John Tillman
Bass & Vocals: Michael Reppas
Guitars: John Tillman
Backup Vocals: Michael Reppas and Diane Ward
Produced by: Bob Wlos at L-7 Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.

King Of The Right
Part II of the “College Series.” This song came to me in a Political Science class
at The Ohio State University… oh, so many years ago. I originally wrote it as a
four page poem, but then worked it into lyrics and wrote the bass line – which is
a joy to play: very ominous. I was able to add the intro which provided the feel I
wanted as well as an explanation as to why I would write such a dark song about
a serial killer turned dictator.

Music & Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Bass & Vocals: Michael Reppas
Guitars: John Tillman and Mike Vullo
Drums: Mike Vullo
Spoken Word Intro: Eric Adzima
Produced by: Bob Wlos at L-7 Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.

Just What You Wanted To See
I wrote this song for a friend of mine, who after fifteen years of marriage,
raising two great kids and a dog, woke up one morning to a note from his wife
telling him that she was moving in with another man. This song spun from a
conversation we had about “seeing what you want to see.”

Music & Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Bass & Vocals: Michael Reppas
Guitars: John Tillman
Drums & Cowbell: Mike Vullo
Backup Vocals: Michael Reppas and Diane Ward
Produced by: Bob Wlos at L-1 Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.

The Bells Will Ring
I was about eight songs into this album when I came across an undated note
written by my late father. It was in Greek, but the translated title was “When
Will The Bells Ring?” I believe he was experimenting with the lines of a poem
by the Nobel Prize winning author, Odysseus Elytis. I was puzzling out my
father’s note when Nikos Kazantzakis’ book, “Freedom or Death,” came to
my mind. At this time I was not too far removed from having written “Ateni
Samjak,” so the setting for the song I found myself writing came quickly. To tie
it all together, I found the old bouzouki that my father had given me 20 years
earlier and worked it in as a featured instrument. Kudos to Billy Livesay for
playing it (and everything else) so well.

Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Music: Michael Reppas and William Livesay
Vocals: Michael Reppas
Guitars and Bouzouki: William Livesay
Hammond Organ: Victor “Cuqoi” Berrios
Piano: Lennon Livesay
Backup Vocals: William Livesay
Produced by William Livesay at Casa de Fufi Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.

Will You Save Me
I wrote this on the heels of “Where Is My Salvation,” so it’s clear that I
still had a lot left to say about my subject. I wrote this song from the
perspective of a man on his death-bed who is hoping to get into Heaven
by making a last minute attempt at redemption. Even as he does though,
he wonders if the eleventh hour efforts of admitting his sins and accepting Christ into his life are enough to save him. Much like Dismas’ final
moments in Golgotha.

Music & Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Bass & Vocals: Michael Reppas
Guitars: John TillmanDrums: Mike Vullo
Backup Vocals: Diane Ward
Produced by: Bob Wlos at L-7 Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at at Sweetwater Sound
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.

Follow Me There
This is a message for those who follow, rather than lead. It was written
specifically for those who habitually ask “what should I do…” – instead
of trying to solve their problems on their own. One irony in this song is
that I effectively answer their questions by telling them that they need to
make their own decisions. A second irony in the song is that in order to
be true to their nature, I have to tell them to follow me to get their
answer.

Music & Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Bass & Vocals: Michael Reppas
Guitars: John Tillman
Drums: Mike Vullo
Backup Vocals: Diane Ward
Produced by: Bob Wlos at L-7 Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound
Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.

On The Other Side
Eleven is powerful number. Numerically, eleven (11) is the mirror of
one; a parallel universe. It is also a paradox in that 11 = 1 + 1 = 2. Numerologists consider the number eleven to be a link between the here
and there; between flesh and spirit; between ignorance and enlightenment. On the Other Side, is a song is about love being strong enough to
connect souls across the great divide – between the living world and the
hereafter. It is the eleventh song on this album for good reason. It is also
why this album is titled “11.”

Music & Lyrics: Michael Reppas
Vocals: Michael Reppas
Piano: Tim Murphy
Cello: Victor “Cuqoi” Berrios
Backup Vocals: William Livesay
Produced by William Livesay at Casa de Fufi Studios
Mixed by Steve Gordon at Royal Palace Studios
Mastered by: Mike Picotte at Sweetwater Sound

Copyright © 2016 by Michael Reppas. All Rights reserved.