The Pelham Sessions EP

by Charles Jedidiah

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Recorded in an old warehouse off Pelham Street located at the fringe of Melbourne City, this album is a collection of rustic, rich, honest to goodness songs. Handcrafted carefully, entirely self produced, the EP featuring grooves of drummer Grant Miles and bassist Ritchie Wong, key session players for Charles J Tan's trio band. This album of eight songs capture the landmark original material that first won him the top spot in 2009's Storyteller's Singer/Songwriter Competition as well as the single, Almost Sunday, putting him in the Top 50 of MusicOz's National Music Awards 2010. Charles’ vocals shine through on this record, with lush layers of vocal orchestration, self arranged, along with unique sounds of ukulele and a brass ensemble. From vagabond folk to all out rock, from easy sing along to soulful grooves, The Pelham Sessions sets Charles J Tan apart as a seasoned performing songwriter with a voice that draws you in and trademark songwriting that will keep him as an artist for a long time to come.

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released December 17, 2010

All tracks performed by The Pelham Sessions "Trio"
Grant Miles - Drums, Ritchie Wong - Bass, Charles J Tan - Vocals, BGVs, Guitars, Ukulele, Piano, Samples, Sequences.

Except "Almost Sunday (Holiday Edition)" peformed by Thaddeus Huang - Trombone, Keat Lee - Alto Saxophone,
Mozad Kamari - Bass, Phillip Tan - Piano Horn Section Arrangements by Zach Tay.

Additional Musicians
Zach Tay - Electric Guitar Solo on "Personal Anthem"
Clara Rhoden - Backing Vocals on "Free"
Cheryl Goh - Backing Vocals on "Anything"
Stefan Lim - Drum & Percussion Sequence on "Free"
Steven Cheong - Additional Drum Samples and Sequencing

Art & Direction - Michelle Tng & Lydia Teh
Photography - Shaun Lee & Michelle Tng
Booking & Management - Wenona Lok (wenona.lok@gmail.com)

Recorded & Produced by Charles J Tan
Mixed Steven Cheong & Charles J Tan
Except Almost Sunday & Almost Sunday (Holiday Edition), mixed and mastered by Steven Cheong.

All songs written & arranged by Charles J Tan
Except "Feels Better Now" - Arranged by Phillip Tan & Charles J Tan, "Almost Sunday (Holiday Edition)" - Horn arrangements by Zach Tay

Copyright 2010 Charles J Tan Music.

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Acknowledgements & Thank You

Grant & Ritchie, for sticking it out inspite of the many delays for this recording. We made it!

Steven Cheong, whom I am grateful to, for our long friendship and the professional help.

Thaddeus Huang for loaning the vocal microphones under such short notice.

Stefan Lim, for giving me perspectives constantly challenging me as a songwriter and performer.

Tim Goh, my peer, my pastor, my counsellor through the good and hard times.

Karen, Heng Khuen, Joseph, Doreen, for believing in me, feeding me.

E-Gene & Sarah, for the long time friendship & enduring support.

Wenona Lok - for pushing me along, making sure we stay on track.

Lydia Teh - for coming on board to lend me your ingenius design ideas.

Shawn Low - for lending me those monitor headphones. The final mix would not have been without it. You are a lifesaver!

Debbie & Jon - thank you for that sweet note on twitter and the very kind gesture that will go a long way.

Celine - for being a lifesaver, driving me around, the macarons. you are a beautiful soul waiting to be discovered.

To my crazy bunch of friends (you know who you are) who dared to take my song apart and sing it back to me. Respect. Thank you for the late night suppers, the insane drives, the gorgeous dinners, the incoherent conversations and spirited instigations. Let's help set each other's dreams free through this bond we've shared. I don't say it enough, but I love you guys!

My family in Singapore for supporting me in what I do and never criticized nor questioned my career choice. You guys surprise me in the most unconventional way.

To all of you who came to each of my shows, bought a ticket, ate the gingerbread, bought my DIY CDs, cheered and made me feel like I am never really alone in what I do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To all musicians who played on this album. I am grateful for your talent & fingerprints on this record.

The city of Nashville, Tennessee, for opening the eyes of this lone pilgrim and for the inspiration.

To God, for second chances, for your grace and mercy, for watching over me.

To YOU reading, listening to this record. May this endeavour remind you of your hopes and dreams, who you want to be, inspire you to never sell yourself short. May this canvas become your very own to create, storyboard and carve out your very own personal anthem.

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Charles Jedidiah is a folk artist who has taken the idea of a global citizen and ran with it. Born in Singapore and having spent more than a decade developing his craft in Melbourne, he is nomad without a permanent home. The relentless musician has been performing music, written from his heart worn on his sleeve, through parts of Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, France and China. ... more

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Track Name: What It's All About
What It's All About

There's something about these october skies
The way the stars align, there's no denying
Something good's about to come my way
If you could only see, the way I see it

It gets from good to great
Don't let my mind get in the way

I've never been to africa
Or seen the great samoan skies
But i'll travel the world and the seven seas
Just to see what it's all about, what it's all about

Round here, everyone's the same
Round here, life just wants to get comfortable
In a bigger, better home and garden or something like that
Anyway, lately, everyone's been driving on the same lane
And it's a wonder, it takes forever, for me to get to you

So how do we get from good to great?
Don't let my mind get in the way

I've never been to africa
or seen the great samoan skies
but i'll travel the world and the seven seas
just to see what it's all about, what it's all about

Oh woah oh oh oh oh oh
Oh woah oh oh oh oh oh
And all I wanna say
all I wanna say
is I've never been to africa
or seen the great samoan skies
but i'll travel the world and the seven seas
maybe even down to tennessee

I've never been to africa
or seen the great samoan skies
but i'll travel the world and the seven seas
just to see what it's all about, what it's all about
Track Name: Personal Anthem
Personal Anthem

It's close to closing time
And I haven't made up my mind
To what I want from life

It's gonna be a while, be another hour
To play this game of "seek and you shall find"

And I get the feeling that I am not alone
Though I'm feeling low
On this road less travelled
And I get the feeling that I am on my own
But just like you said, it's my personal anthem

Numbers figures, prolific dreamers
Been keeping me up all night
I know I don't play the games well,
I let everyone down
But can you count backwards with me now, what's with me now

And I get the feeling that I am not alone
Though I'm feeling low
On this road less travelled
And I get the feeling that I am on my own
But just like you said, it's my personal anthem

I've been swimming in my ocean
Of words and arguments
These philosophers have failed me, so far
But can I stand on your shoulders, made of legends and giants
For all I know is when my times i up, I'll be so much better than I am now
So don't give up on me

No, don't give up on me
No, no, don't, don't give up on me
No, don't give up on me
Track Name: These Days
These Days

I should write an apology letter
Send it to all the friends I've loved and offended
For these are the days, where the rubber meets the road.

I should buy myself a plastic smile
As I'm walking past your picket fences
For these days, there's a fiddler on your roof,

And all the good kind people have all got something to say
Go find yourself a wife so you can get home soon
For these days, it's starting to rain.

Oh love, please proof me wrong
Oh love, I can't be strong, I got my wrong shoes on.

And all the good kind people have all got something to say
Go find yourself a wife so you can get home soon
For these days, it's starting to rain,
Oh oh these days, it's starting to rain,
Oh oh oh oh these days, Oh I wish it would rain
Track Name: Almost Sunday
Almost Sunday

So I haven't been the best of a friend
Been chasing my shadows, burning bridges in this old town

So, how do you mend a broken heart?
Can you still trust in this prodigal son of a bastard that I've become...

So, friend, it's almost sunday and I haven't been on my best behavior
For so long it's always sundays when i get nostalgic and i think of the good times
So I won't wait another year till its too late
Won't take you for granted just because you're there
For now I think it's time
I wanna go home

Been keeping up awake all night
My demons have come back to haunt me in sevenfold

So, how do you mend a broken heart?
Can you still trust in this prodigal son of a bastard that I've become...

So, friend, it's almost sunday and I haven't been on my best behavior
For so long it's always sundays when i get nostalgic and i think of the good times
So I won't wait another year till its too late
Won't take you for granted just because you're there
For now I think it's time
I wanna go home

Home, home is where the heart begins to heal
And home, home, will this sunday bring me home

So, friend, it's almost sunday and I haven't been on my best behavior
For so long it's always sundays when i get nostalgic and i think of the good times
So I won't wait another year till its too late
Won't take you for granted just because you're there
For now I think it's time
I wanna go home
I'm coming home
yeah yeah yeah yeah
I'm coming home
Track Name: Anything
Anything

So we've come to the end of the road.
Everyone's moving on and they are out the door.
I'm still standing here,
Waiting for my turn to say what I really want
For this time, I'm really done.

An empty room, another empty space
You talk aloud but no one answers you
Down the hallway, my packing's almost done,
I think I've got my blueprint but I'm bleeding red to red...

I'll do Anything, to get over this
For it's been breaking in, in on everything
I'll do Anything, to get over this,
For it's been breaking in.

It's been a while since I saw the sunset from your back
Maybe we should hang out soon
And catch the morning light?
Let's take a drive, get out of this town
Cos the pain's been keeping me up all night
The pills don't work no more
I need you more and more

And I'll do Anything, to get over this
Find a place, a place to rest my head
I'll do Anything, to get over this
For it's been breaking in, in on everything.

Is there anything, that you want from me
For I'm down on my knees
At the end of my street
Is there anything, you can say to me
For it's been breaking in, in on everything...

So we've come to the end of the road,
Everyone's moving on and they are out the door.
Track Name: Feels Better Now
Feels Better Now

Give me something to believe in
Not just some sunday morning feel good trip
i’ve got enough of your therapy and all your lies
Now look what you’ve done

Stop trying to fix what’s meant to be broken
i’m a new born human not some crack-job case
I know you can tell that everything is breaking down
But how the hell do you know what’s going on

Chorus:

I wish I was ten feet stronger
I wish I was a little taller
For you for me for everybody else to see
I wish I was a little happier
Lately I’ve been feeling helpless
For whatever that's worth, it Feels Better Now

Two seconds from finding all i want
Two steps away from losing everything i got
Why do i always have to screw up all the goodness,
All the goodness in my life

Just being me, I’ve got too much affection
I know i lose balance and I’m falling fast
I forget who I am, if you can save my day, then get over here right now

[chorus]

I don’t know what changed this morning
But when you sat right here next to me
I found the reason to live, to give, well, you see,
Thank you for your copy of grey’s anatomy.

I wish I was ten feet stronger
I wish I was a little taller
For you for me for everybody else to see
I wish I was a little happier
But lately i been feeling better
For whatever that’s worth, it feels better now
Track Name: Free
Free

When I look into the mirror
Do I see your face looking back at me?
When I speak do I reflect your love,
Do I wake up thinking of you?

Do I think before I say a thing
Do I babble beyond my means
When the days become a curse
How do I begin?

Chorus:
I want to be free
Free from all angst ridden pain
Free from all my guilt and shame
I want to be
I want to be free
To look beyond my emptiness
To look upon the cross you gave
For all I want to be

Do I blame you for my troubles
Do I look beyond the pain
Cos now the rain’s too heavy
To run away from this
Now it’s not about the figures
Or the images that I’m spinning
Now I see the whole light
It’s my foolish pride

[Chorus]

Bridge:
Help me remember that my life is nothing short of beautiful
That I am not some cosmic mistake
Track Name: Almost Sunday (Holiday Edition)
So I haven't been the best of a friend
Been chasing my shadows, burning bridges in this old town

So how do you mend a broken heart
Can you still trust in this prodigal son of a bastard that I've become

So friend it's almost sunday
And I haven't been on my best behavior
For so long it's always sundays
When I get nostalgic and I think of the good times
So I won't wait another year till it's too late
Won't take you for granted just because you're there
For now it's Christmas time
I wanna go home

Been keeping up awake all night
My demons have come back to haunt me in seven-fold

So how do you mend a broken heart
Can you still trust in this prodigal son of a bastard that I've become

So friend it's almost sunday
And I haven't been on my best behavior
For so long it's always sundays
When I get nostalgic and I think of the good times
So I won't wait another year till it's too late
Won't take you for granted just because you're there
For now it's Christmas time
I wanna go home

Home is where the heart begins to heal
And home, home, will this sunday bring me home?

So friend it's almost sunday
And I haven't been on my best behavior
For so long it's always sundays
When I get nostalgic and I think of the good times
So I won't wait another year till it's too late
Won't take you for granted just because you're there
For now it's Christmas time
I wanna go home, I wanna go home
I'm coming home, yeah, I'm coming home
I'm coming home
Track Name: Fell In Love (Acoustic Demo Bonus Track)
Fell In Love
With a girl whose skin like porcelain
I Fell In Love
With the twinkle in her eyes
She said something about
Something she has got to go
Go see about a boy who's got her heart
And a fairy tale life
She's been looking for

She's been gone
For so many days and so many months
She's been gone
To that old quaint english country town
And these pictures of her
And that beautiful ring on her finger
For a boy has got her heart and she's in love
And her fairy tale life
Has only just begun

Fell In Love
With a girl whose skin like porcelain
I Fell In Love
With the twinkle in her eyes
If I ever find
Someone else exactly like her
I would never ever let her
She's the kind of girl
I wanna spend the rest of my life with