Check out our single, How Can I Leave Her Behind? (When She Won’t Leave Mine), now available on Spotify. Stay tuned – I’m afraid there will be more to come, folks.
Exciting news for lovers of great music. Our first single, How Can I Leave Her Behind? (When She Won’t Leave Mine) will be released on October 6th on the Terrier label. Terrier is one of the world’s foremost country music labels and has been since I made up the name yesterday.
The song will be available for streaming or purchase through all major music outlets, so on October 6th, you will probably want to gather with friends around your Spotify machines, iTune makers or Pandora’s boxes and live this moment in music history together without having to actually talk to each other because you’ll all have earbuds in or headphones on.
What’s that you say? A song consisting almost entirely of the names of NPR presenters. You’re right – it is a great idea!
Well, the lyrics were pretty easy, anyway!
It is easy to overlook the influence of metal on the music of the Mysterious Beings, although it should be pointed out that both the microphone used for recording our songs and the computer to which it’s connected contain lots of the stuff. Now two of the folks who have collaborated with us in the past, honorary Mysterious Beings John Evans and Jenny Stokes have released a metal album, “Beyond the Gates.” It’s jam packed with John’s wicked guitar licks, alternately brooding and uplifting, exquisitely paired with Jenny’s lyrics and haunting vocals. Check it out here:
Or go right to their website for previews and information on how to buy the album.
A while ago I thought it would be funny to write a country song in the voice of someone who holds the least stereotypically country views I could think of. I recently revised it, moving it to a lower, more comfortable key and updating some of the lyrics.
With the depth of the divisions in this country, we need as many opportunities as possible to come together, and it would be nice to think that we could heed the plea of this song and do so over a shared appreciation for music. People who hold opposing views to mine have lamentably few opportunities to learn from me just how wrong they are.
In 2016 the band recorded the romantic ballad, “Wild and Windy Shore.” We were never really happy with the recording, so the other day, we sat down and did it again. The result is a totally new take on the song and a new video. We had to do the new video because we slowed things down a little on this version, and there was an embarrassing 20 seconds of black screen at the end. Of course, this isn’t the only embarrassing thing about the performance, but it was the easiest to do anything about. Besides, we were able to include some really spectacular pictures of the Scottish landscape.
Come to think of it, the tourist boards of Scotland and North Carolina should be sponsoring us, as the landscape shots are bound to instill a desire to visit these places in the hearts of both the people who ever actually see this video.
The Mysterious Beings go country again, with a song of love and loss, of despair and redemption and ultimately triumph…. well maybe not, but one thing’s for sure – this guy is sitting on a whole heap of trouble.
This cautionary tale, based on an improbable yarn that actually happened to our beloved fiddler, Beau Strokes. At least he assures us it’s true. And to be honest, I wouldn’t put it past the silly old goat. We recorded this one night after a few beers at one of our very favorite haunts, “The Office” in Conover, North Carolina.
Welcome to the new website of the Mysterious Beings. It’s not much different from the old website, but the url is easier to remember – mysteriousbeings.com, instead of mysteriousbeings.wordpress.com.
That old site will remain up for a while, but you are better off using the new one for all your Mysterious Beings related needs. It has the added feature of being able to play songs directly in the website, instead of relying on the bug-ridden and not always reliable SoundCloud. There is still a link to play the song at SoundCloud at the bottom of each song’s page, if that’s what floats your boat. Like the old site, the new one also provides the handy feature of not having to listen to anything at all. This intuitive feature is easy to use, consisting of not clicking on anything that looks like it might be a song.
If there is one word that sums up the essence of The Mysterious Beings, it is synergy. When they come together, these talented musicians’ individual brilliance coalesces into something greater than the sum of its parts. Imagine Kit Bashir’s plaintive Afghan nose harp if it wasn’t completely drowned out by the others in the band. It would be very hard to listen to.
Many critics, however, credit guitarist Dee Sharpe with single-handedly propelling the band to where it is today. The operative word here is “single-handedly.” All keen musical historians will recall that Dee lost his left hand to an infected llama bite prior to a concert on the shores of Lake Titicaca in 2013, but it takes an extra special level of dedication to travel to Peru and actually track down the llama that inflicted musical history’s most influential bite by a member of the camelidae family – but that’s exactly what enterprising young superfan Nigel Sidebotham has done.
Thirteen year-old Nigel discovered Lloyd the llama in a field just outside Puno in September of this year. He was able to identify Lloyd by the detailed description furnished by the band and by matching Lloyd’s teeth with the marks on Dee’s hand, preserved in formaldehyde for future display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, while conducting the dental comparison, Nigel himself suffered a serious injury to his own left hand and, sadly, it had to be amputated about a week later. Undeterred, Nigel plans to open a visitor’s center, museum and gift shop in Lloyd’s field. He has also started to learn the guitar.
Nigel is our junior fan of the month.