Little Hopes

by John Brodeur

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about

The culmination of several years of writing and re-writing, recording and re-recording, Little Hopes finds Brodeur leaping from quirky bedroom-pop to breezy guitar rock, tackling both matters of the heart and battles of the soul. These recordings balance the artist's expansive arrangement instincts with his love of lo-fi recording techniques, matching introspective but relatable lyrics to simple, memorable melodies. The result is a confident, tuneful collection that brims with personality.

Brodeur performed, produced, and mixed Little Hopes primarily himself, with input from Troy Pohl (Sean Rowe) and Dominick Campana (Dryer). Recording took place at several upstate New York studios and bedrooms and at Brodeur's home studio in Manhattan, using 4- and 8-track cassette machines, Pro Tools, and other recording devices. Mastering and additional mixing was added by Grammy winner Michael Tudor (Duncan Sheik, the Strokes) at Mama's Place in Woodstock, NY.

Lyrically, these 10 songs are bound by the common themes of self-improvement and second chances. “Customarily, to say one has 'little hope' is to say they are in a dire situation,” says Brodeur. “By pluralizing the phrase, I wanted to focus on the ideas and dreams we cling to when we are at our lowest points—the little hopes that help to pull us out of those dark places.”

credits

released August 13, 2013

All songs written by John Brodeur. Published by All I Have Is Music (ASCAP).

Produced by John Brodeur with Troy Pohl (1,9) and Dominick Campana (6), Recorded in New York State at KJFBM, Manhattan; Collar CIty Sound, Troy; North Sea Studios, Albany; Dominick's Basement, Voorheesville; 277 Hudson, Albany; and The Homestead, Ballston Lake.

Engineered by John Brodeur, Dominick Campana, Troy Pohl, Brett Portzer, and Ryan Slowey.

Mixed by John Brodeur at KJFBM except 1 and 9 mixed by Troy Pohl at Collar City Sound. Mastering and additional mixing by Michael Tudor at Mama's Place, Woodstock NY.

John Brodeur: Vocals, guitars, bass, drums, piano, organ, synth, Casio, harmonica, ukulele, glockenspiel, percussion, machines
with:
Kristin Fayne-Mulroy: harmony vocals on 1
J McCarron: handclaps on 1; backing vocals and bass on 9
Troy Pohl: bass on 1
Meghan Tully: handclaps on 1

Thanks to everyone who contributed their time, talent, gear, space, money, or wisdom. All my love to KFM.

Art direction by Philip Pascuzzo / pepcostudio.com
Photography by Ninelle Efremova
Legal: Paul C. Rapp

(c) 2013 John Brodeur/Mr. Duck Records. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Sojourn Records. www.johnbrodeur.com

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Track Name: Be Careful
Wait in line
Be patient
All in due time

And love will come
Be hopeful
For everyone

We should all
Be careful
With each others’ hearts

Take your time
Be careful

We should all
Be careful
With our own hearts

Take your time
Be careful
Track Name: One Man Army
You get tired, you get stressed
Anxious and wired, a little depressed
So ambitious or so they say
Overworked, underpaid
Can't find the energy to get yourself laid
And that brass ring keeps moving further and further away

Used to have an attention span
Now you're always in pain, beat by your own hand
You've got a chance to do something great
Close the great divide between fortune and fate
Your own family don't know where you've been
And you hear the same advice over and over again

Oh-oh-oh-oh
You can't do it all yourself
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Or leave it up to someone else
A little help is what you need
No one needs to be a one man army

This is insane
You've gotta work things out
Starve for your art
Or is it the other way around?
And it's only a matter of time
But you're falling apart and convinced that's fine
You get sentimental, you get sad
Always wanting more when what you got it ain't so bad

repeat chorus
Track Name: Neil Young
All these things will pass if you want them to

This whole thing began when you were very young
Barefoot and stoned, listening to Neil Young
Darkness found you masquerading as the sun
Who would have thought he could be such a chameleon?

All these things will pass if you want them to

But you don’t, no you don’t
You’re afraid too much of changing
Never cared much anyway
But you know, I think you know
Give it the time it takes
Open your mind and take off

Warning shots were fired and you were off and running
The chance of survival was one in a million
But you’d never surrender, that would be un-American

And all these things will pass if you want them to

But you don’t, no you don’t
You’re afraid too much of changing
Never cared much anyway
But you know, I think you know
Give it the time it takes
Open your mind

But you won’t, no you won’t
You’re afraid too much of changing
Never cared much anyway
But you know, I think you know
Give it the time it takes
Open your mind
And take time for everything
Track Name: Oh My!
10:30 on a Monday morning
She rolls in like a train
Spotlights been following her
And everybody knows her name
All aboard for points unknown
Everybody get in line
I’m waiting on my ticket
Wishing she were mine

Oh my
My, my, my, my, my
She’s so fine

Two beers and a tequila chaser
To forget just what she’s seen
The air is getting heavy
And the words are getting mean
She did it with so and so
Now her stock is coming down
The hierarchy’s changing
In this dirty little town

Oh my
My, my, my, my, my
She’s so fine

10:30 on a Wednesday evening
She comes in out of the rain
Dark clouds been following her
She can’t seem to explain
Things ain’t what they used to be, she says
She needs a little company
The queen of town has lost her crown
But she looks pretty good to me

Oh my
My, my, my, my, my
She’s so fine
(The queen of town has lost her crown)
Track Name: Dig
How alone do you think you are?
Adrift on a life bizarre
Crash-land on a dying star
Sure doesn't feel like home

The little hopes you stashed away
For some hopeless rainy day
Time for them to come out and play
'Cause you only get one go 'round
That rainy day is now

So dig, dig down as deep as you can
Dig, dig in the earth with your hands
Dig for your soul like it's buried alive
And dig until light comes through the other side

It's so easy to obsess
On inconsequential things, I guess
All wrapped up in this psychic mess
Take one more look around
You've got to dig yourself out

Dig, dig down as deep as you can
Dig, dig in the earth with your hands
Dig for your soul like it's buried alive
And dig until light comes through the other side
Track Name: Favorite Feeling
Keep calling my name when you’re down
I’ll stick around, I’ll stick around
It’s the truth, it’s a matter of fact
I’ll watch your back, I’ll watch your back

This is my favorite feeling
This is my favorite feeling
Floating in your arms

One of these days I’ll make you see
What you do to me
Fill a space that was vacant so long
You do no wrong, you do no wrong
You do no wrong, you do no wrong

This is my favorite feeling
This is my favorite feeling
Floating in your arms

Ba ba da ba ba da ba
Ba da ba ba da ba
Ba da ba ba da ba
This is my
This is my
Favorite feeling
Track Name: Old Wounds
Remember the time
You slammed your finger in the door
Broke one so bad
You couldn't bend it anymore
You didn't notice
Until the next morning, you're sober
And you promised you'd never do that again

Remember the time
You got yourself in that fistfight
You probably don't
Your head hit the ground so hard that night
And the next morning
You woke up in a private office
And you promised you'd never go back again

Nothing can ever be perfect
With a head like that
But nothing is permanent
So raise your voice and tilt a glass
And drink it back
This is where the party ends
This is where the party ends

You keep on opening new wounds
You keep on opening new wounds
Let these old wounds heal
Let these old wounds heal

Nothing can ever be perfect
With a head like that
But nothing is permanent
So raise your voice and tilt a glass
And drink it back
Track Name: Second Time
I tried to call you last night but you weren't home
I got the feeling that you weren't alone
Have you been hanging round with somebody new?
Cause I can't extinguish what I'm feeling for you

I could build a castle up on the mountainside
I could keep you to myself, away from other eyes
Maybe you've got better things to do with your time
But I can feel it when I look in your eyes
There's something in there
I don't want to miss out for the second time

It's been a year or two since you left town
I've been wondering when you'd come back around
Thought I saw you driving out on 32
I can't extinguish what I'm feeling for you

I could take a fast train, be at your place by nine
If you would only call me baby, just give me a little time
You can come back to my castle and we'll talk all night
Maybe I can hold you if it feels alright
Then I can show you
I don't want to miss out for the second time

Caught myself looking at some old photographs
Two of us smiling, having fun in the grass
I hope you understand why I reminisce
I just can't live without your touch and your kiss

I'm sitting on your front porch, waiting for your car
Counting out the seconds, just gotta know where you are
Maybe you've got better things to do with the rest of your life
But I'm for real, baby that's no lie
Let me show you
I don't want to miss out for the second time
I don't want to miss out for the second time
Track Name: You Kill Me
You’re in love with him or so you say
Comfortable and happy, that won’t change
Still you call me up both night and day
So how will you ever explain?

We both know what’s going on
You won’t move on or break it off

You kill me when you call
It’s hard to ignore
And you give me reason for another big mistake
I’m waiting at your door
In my imagination
It’s alright, it’s alright

There was a crush we shared a year ago
Couldn’t go further than your front door
Then I would not see you anymore
Now you’re digging up this dinosaur

(chorus)

He can’t treat you like you know I could
What am I supposed to say to something like that?
I want to come over, you know I want to come over
You know what to do to make it happen

(chorus)
Track Name: Spit It Out
Spit It Out

Happy birthday on the phone, 3 AM
You took 30 pills
Suck the life out of the night and spit it out
All over the morning
Like a drunk little lamb, slept on the pike
Almost got killed

What happened to your cigarette?
Do I smell something burning?

Happy endings all around
Keep your feet planted
And when the world stops turning
You’ll be the first one running
And we will all be tuning in
Until you change channels again

Took a ride into town on your behalf
And lost everything
Can’t expect apology - you’re alive
Just count your blessings
You’re an expert, you’re a pro, you’ve paid your dues
Out like a light

Friends like you are hard to lose
You cost a lot of money

(chorus)

The mirror’s not your friend, it’s no big joke
You can’t go home

(chorus 2x)

Happy endings all around
Spit it out, spit it out