Gurf Morlix from the album Impossible Blue available on Rootball Records
Songwriting was not the first step in a musical career for Gurf Morlix who admits that ‘I was always writing songs, since I was a teen, but I probably wrote two hundred songs before I wrote a really good one. For me, it was a tough code to crack’. Impossible Blue, the recent release from Gurf Morlix, is testament to a songwriter picking the locks on the song safe as he finds a vehicle for his pain (“I Saw You”) and his joy (“Turpentine”) while Impossible Blue introduces detectives (“I’m a Ghost”) and traveling salesmen of song (“Sliver of Light”).
As a producer, Gurf Morlix is the bar for each note and word on Impossible Blue, standing over the songwriter and singer, making sure that every piece of the audio picture is clearly rendered and recorded. Love twists and turns in the storyline before it sinks in “Bottom of the Musquash River” as Gurf Morlix turns on a revolving wheel of rhythm slowing the count for “2 Hearts Beating in Time” as he builds a coffin, holding on tight as he rides a satellite around “Spinnin’ Planet Blues”. The closing cut on Impossible Blue holds the key to the album title. The song, “Backbeat of the Dispossessed”, was written for a lost brother-in-arms, drummer Michael Bannister, who ran with Gurf Morlix from high school days in Buffalo, New York and through times in Key West, Austin, and Los Angeles until Michael took his own life. The pain was deep and Gurf Morlix remembers that ‘Iworked so hard on that one song for five, six, seven years. I just kept going back and changing it and trying different things, until I finally got it into a form that I liked. Because if it was going to be my song about him, it had to be right. Michael was a simple yet complicated individual. He had a teenaged son, and he ended up killing himself. How sad do you have to be to kill yourself when you have a teenager? That blew my mind: How could he do this? That is the 'impossible blue.' You never get over that’.
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