I was in my favorite Sunday repose watching CBS Sunday Morning, enjoying the segment “Sunday Morning” Calendar.
I saw that music release Tuesday features the début album from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his band, “The Underthinkers,” titled Everywhere At Once. This revelation struck an immediate power chord in the music of our heart. Knowing what I do about Paul Allen’s passion for music (Experience Music Project Museum, his extensive private Jimi Hendrix collection, how he loves to jam and play with famous musicians), I had to investigate this project further.
I ensuingly discovered that Everywhere At Once pleased my palate. Paul Allen is a major league guitarist, listen to his command of the instrument on the choice, “Straw of Gold” with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I sampled some more tracks and my appreciation increased substantively for Paul Allen as a competent song lyricist and writer.
It hasn’t totally escaped my grasp that Allen had collaborative help with the 12 of the 13 recordings. He either wrote or co-wrote every track on Everywhere At Once. “Inside Out” is the lone solo composition. Every other track was co-written with either Doyle Bramhall II, Ty Baillie, or Underthinkers bandmates John Bohlinger (guitar), Doug Barnett (bass guitar) and Tim Pike (vocals).
The recording has wonderful merits, a diverse yet challenging range of songs that are complemented with a sharp tonal feel. The studio production embodies sound as it is meant for us to be heard. The audio comes across pure, direct and immediate.
The album features contributions from guests Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Ivan Neville, and others. I applaud the choice of musicians all of whom I collect and have heard perform live.
I feel sympatric with Paul Allen through this quote.
“I’m still moved by the power of live music,” Paul Allen states, “and I seek it out every chance I get.”
All proceeds from the recording sales will benefit the Experience Music Project’s educational initiatives. Those resources include teen artist workshops, a music therapy camp for children with autism and developmental disabilities, and a program that provides coaching for local high school bands.
As a an EMP member I plan to buy this recording and I urge you to consider doing the same for a worthy cause.