‘Bitter Run’ Music Video Premiered by Seattle Weekly

Watch the music video ‘Bitter Run’

Our music video “Bitter Run” was premiered by the well-respected publication Seattle Weekly today, World Cancer Day.  The circumstances that inspired us to write this song were steeped in the world of coping with cancer.  To use that story and the song as a tool for positive action, all the proceeds from downloading “Bitter Run” at this donation page will benefit Melodic Caring Project.

Melodic Caring Project brings hope and healing to children undergoing extended hospital stays through LIVE music.  Our goal is to raise $2,500 for this very worthy cause.

The music video was created by our band through Digital Vendetta Productions, a video production company owned and operated by our bassist Eric Miller and singer/guitarist Cody Beebe.

Thank you for viewing, sharing, and contributing.

Bassist Eric Miller behind the camera at the 'Bitter Run' video shoot

Bassist Eric Miller behind the camera at the ‘Bitter Run’ video shoot

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‘Bitter Run’ Download to Benefit Melodic Caring Project

The hospital room’s ceiling was armored with an obscene amount of popcorn texture.  Anchored to my veins with razor sharp needles, plastic tubes served as the chains between my arm and life preserving vessels that chirped, beeped, and toned in surreal, calming timbres.  A surgical steel pin protruded from either side of my leg just below the knee, affixing to an almost comically complex apparatus of weights, pulleys, and harnesses.  I was ten years old, in traction with a shattered femur, and bed-ridden for months.

To me, the ceiling was an inverted topographical map.  I couldn’t sit up well because of the apparatus, so my default focus was always the off-white and progressively yellowing, three-dimensional topography of that ceiling.  Every morning it was the first sight to greet me, and every night it was the final thing that looked back at me.  I memorized specific mountains and mountain ranges. I watched the occasional insect traverse divides and passes that were little more than some anonymous texture gun’s passing fancy.

I was rarely alone.  Friends, family, even the local minor league team came to visit…  and I wasn’t nearly as sick as some of the other children on my floor.  I was going to get better.  

Still, for them and for me, there were hours reserved for the ceilings or windows or walls  - serenaded by a ticking clock – that no adult could protect us from.

 

Bitter Run

In the winter of 2011, the band was in Central Washington writing what would become our most recent album Out Here.  There was one night that I will never forget.  Cody’s grandfather had just lost his battle with cancer, and his uncle had just been diagnosed.  In our collective families, we were almost all dealing with sickness, divorce, pain, disease…  And, suddenly, this hook that Cody had been toying with for some time made sense to us.  We all understood what the bitter run was.  As we warmed ourselves by a fire and watched the frost reflect the stars, verses and lyrics materialized around the story.

It is the story of Cody’s grandmother after the loss of her husband.  It is the story of a parent after the loss of their child or a child that has lost their parent.  It is the story of those that are left behind, of separation, of loss, and coping.

It is a song that helped our band and the individuals in it heal during a dark time.

We’ve told that story in song, and, soon, we will tell it on screen. On February 4, we will release the music video for “Bitter Run.”

It is our hope that the song and story will continue to help people, heal, and give them hope.  So, with the release of the video, we will also be re-releasing “Bitter Run” as a single on bandcamp.com to raise money for a very special organization called Melodic Caring Project.

Streaming performances over the internet, Melodic Caring Project brings LIVE music to hospitalized children undergoing prolonged stays.  They refer to the children as “The Rockstars,” and the performers and organization make these Rockstars the star of the show.  It is an incredibly inspiring experience for the musicians and the audience; it is truly healing for the children.

Beginning February 4, you can download “Bitter Run” from the Bitter Run/Melodic Caring page on bandcamp.com for any amount you choose.  All of those proceeds will go directly to Melodic Caring Project and help to bring LIVE music to hospitalized children. Our goal is to raise $2500 for this incredible organization.

Please, if you are able, help us to use this song to heal others and bring hope into their lives through music.  If you can’t help monetarily, consider showing your support by spreading the word.

Thank you for lending a hand.

-Aaron Myers

 

Melodic Caring Project’s Mission:
The mission of the Melodic Caring Project is to bring genuine love and compassion together with the medically proven healing properties of music and share them with children in need.

Melodic Caring Project’s Vision:
To provide love, encouragement and healing through music to every child in need and to inspire our communities worldwide to do the same.

Visit Melodic Caring Project’s Website

 

Bitter Run
Beebe // Myers // Catron // Miller // Green

Everyone’s wondering what is on your mind

Everyone’s leaving here, some before their time
The look in your eye says you’re on your knees
I wish I had the words, I’d say anything

The bitter run will leave you dry
The bitter run is gonna lead you on

As the cool dust flies
It’ll take you by surprise
As the cool dust flies
It’s gonna lead you home

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
It’s a bitter run we’ve taken, taken all on trust
We’re only flesh and bone and our veins will rust
If our heart is a time bomb, the question is love

The bitter run will get you high
The bitter run is gonna lead you home

As the cool dust flies
It’ll take you by surprise
As the cool dust flies
It’s gonna lead you home

As the cool dust flies
It’s gonna lead us home

 

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CBC/Austin Jenckes Mountain Tour

The first run was a blast, so we’re going for two.  We are excited to announce that on 2.19.14, we will be kicking off a Rocky Mountain run with Austin Jenckes and his band!  So far, the tour takes us through Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, and Utah with more dates to be announced soon.  Grab your skis, and we’ll see you out there!

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This Old Road

It’s so dark in the desert that the van window only reflects LED’s pulsing from our various, scattered electronics. Cody is behind the wheel for the night drive, and I am doing my best to act as sentinel. Riding shotgun, eyes peeled for deer or the sandman… my head drops to my chest and rolls to “rest” on the door window.

Or was Joe behind the wheel and was it in Eastern Montana? The native grass was so tall along the highway, there was no chance of seeing the deer before they were in the middle of the road, and it was pitch black.

Or, maybe it was the desert. It could have been Arizona or New Mexico, and I was in the back seat trying to sleep. Every vibration of the road amplifies through the steel frame of the van, and the parabolic focal point is the back seat. No rest for the weary.

Whoever is driving pulls onto an approach and into the pasture off the road. Eric grabs his camera, and begins an impromptu photo shoot in the middle of the night. Long exposures capture stars from horizon to horizon, and the feeling that I am under an unfamiliar sky haunts my sense of awe. Hundreds or thousands of miles from anyone that I really know, and this breath of an unsettling feeling is barely tugging at my mind. But, there it is… tugging.

It is almost always night when it is there, the subtle insistance of that feeling. During the day, there is an abundance of views, experiences, jokes, and sidetrips to drown it out. When we’re performing, I can’t hear it at all.

It’s the surreal unfamiliarity of everything that causes it. There is very little security in what we’re doing and no tangible connection with so many of these places we breeze through. We’re perpetually tourists, perpetually guests in your city. We’re there long enough to observe, but not long enough to join. Sometimes, Out Here, it is lonely. It gets hard to provide yourself with an answer to the why.

photo by Eric Miller

photo by Eric Miller

Then…  The sun’s tangerine fingers stretch toward nests of fog that blanket a winding creek in Minnesota. I wake up to the lilting melody of a Western Meadowlark in the mountains of Colorado, millions of gallons of turquoise water sprint recklessly for the sea at Niagara Falls, I hear wolves cry across a lake in Western Montana, and we watch a grizzly bear lazily meander through an olive glade in Glacier National Park…

We pull up to the stage for our performance at Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration. The city is buzzed with the sense of the now. We get a packed street festival bouncing and swaying in Albany, New York. We turn on the radio in Knoxville, Tennessee, just in time to hear our song “Waiting on You” rip across the airwaves. We load into The Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman, New Jersey, and are welcomed by friendly and familiar faces. We are sidestage and nervously getting ready for our first industry showcase in California as we watch the act directly before us – Stevie Nicks. We hear our album “Out Here” for the first time on vinyl. We watch lightning strike thirty times a second over the prairie at night.

After a long few weeks on the road, we pull into the yard of a friend or family member that is housing us for the night and giving us a needed taste of home.

The past five years has been everything: amazing, exciting, brilliant, trying, revealing… And, it was you that made it possible. By attending our shows, buying our merch or music, being at Chinook Fest, following our progress, and sharing our videos – everything that you’ve done to support us.

So, for Thanksgiving, we want to show you what you helped us do. With our video for “This Old Road,” we want to take you with us to look back. Our bassist, Eric Miller (the tall guy with a camera welded to his hand) has gone through an incredible amount of backlogged footage and edited together something that we know you will enjoy and something we will always cherish as a reminder of where we’ve been. Also, to thank you for putting us on the road, “This Old Road” will be available for download in a ‘pay what you want’ format including FREE.

Thank you.

-Aaron

photo by Eric Miller

photo by Eric Miller

THIS OLD ROAD
-lyrics by Cody Beebe, additional lyrics by Eric Miller

This old road
It takes me home
It’s the only place that knows where I’ve been
And the radio
It plays that song
That takes me back to where I began

But each time I run, I always come back again
And the rhythm in my head…..

Back and forth, we’re here and gone
Ebb and flow, to where I belong
On this old road

We got the rhythm and blues
The rhythm of my shoes
Slappin’ the streets of my home town
I see the same old sights
Through the same old eyes
If I once was lost, again I’m found

It gets me so high, I don’t know if I’ll come down
And the rhythm in my head…..

Back and forth, we’re here and gone
Ebb and flow, to where I belong
There will always be something more that we can become
On this old road

This old road

photo by Xander Deccio

photo by Xander Deccio

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CBC On Tour with Austin Jenckes

Everyone has a story. When it starts, where it leads and how it ends are somewhat of a mystery. For artists, life can be even more unpredictable.

Exposing yourself to the masses and their unscrupulous opinions is not for the faint of heart. As a band, we have done it for years and had an unabashed experience. Our friend Austin Jenckes recently had the opportunity to expose himself to the world. As a contestant on the current season of ‘The Voice,’ Austin has captivated and thrilled us all. Seeing a close friend bearing his soul in front of a national audience is both inspiring and terrifying. Having watched him begin his musical career in modest coffee houses, seeing him progress as a human and a performer, and then follow him into the global spotlight has been a magical ride.

Austin, we are proud of you man, maybe we can play some shows together soon…

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Crooked Red

It has been a long time coming. What started as a fanciful idea has now come to fruition! On June 21st, we will be proud to release Crooked Red! Our band has deep roots in some extremely important facets of America’s agricultural sector. From wheat to hops to apples, we have seen it all, but the most exciting and emerging segment of Washington State’s economy is certainly wine grapes. This is where the Crooks come in. We are proud and elated to announce the release of Crooked Red, a big, bold, and rocking red produced and bottled by Naches Heights Vineyards. Just as NHV is gaining appeal and critical acclaim in our region, so are the Crooks, and we are absolutely thrilled to be partnered up with them! We would love to have your company Friday the 21st of June, come help us celebrate this historic night! For more information please visit our website or just show up at NHV at 6pm. Free entrance, but limited capacity so show up on time! Let’s get Crooked!!!!
Joe

 

 

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