“Is This Living” is another song that is doing very well on the Myspace popularity charts and one that I think could have a lot of mainstream success. The voices in the song, other than that of the singer, are taped conversations with real homeless people who talk about their dreams and aspirations. I think the song hits home as many Americans are facing long term unemployment, home foreclosures and diminished financial prospects.
Rollo Tangent (founding member of the band theENTANgIBLES) was in the studio of the seminal Art-Rock band, The Tubes, finishing work on some tracks, when he decided to call it a day. Unbeknownst to him, later that night, one of his mentors, Michael Cotten (of The Tubes), came into the studio, and over Rollo’s original music tracks, laid down some beautiful, captivating sound-bites/lyrics of homeless people dreaming of a brighter, future. Michael and Rollo both ended up loving it, and from there Rollo got together with another friend/mentor Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers) who while on tour in San Francisco, recorded some tasty guitar lead. He then hooked up with another friend/mentor Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix, Santana) who was just pure soul when he sang on the background vocals. Rollo then flew off to London to record some more instruments.
After a final drum and synth touch-up in Amsterdam, he headed back to California.
The final moment when it all came together was up in Sonoma, with friend/mentor Bill Spooner (also of The Tubes) finishing the lyrics and singing the lead vocal part.
The end result is ‘Is This Living,’ a haunting track that mixes sound collage, soulful vocals, and soaring instrumental tracks, and, ultimately, asks the question, where does one find “home,” contentment, and hope?
On Aug. 18 theENTANgIBLES released “Is This Living,” a thought-provoking piece that deals with the crossroads of homelessness and hope. A portion of all proceeds from the sales of this song will be donated to MusiCares. TheENTANgIBLES believe in the role of musicians and music providing a part in healing some of the world’s problems, and are devoted to providing assistance in any way possible to further that goal.
In keeping with the spirit of this work, forty percent of all proceeds from the song ‘Is This Living’ will be divided among the following charities:
(Thanks to theentangibles for allowing me to make this video of their song)