The Pelham Sessions EP

by Charles Jedidiah

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
These Days 02:17
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
4.
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
5.
Anything 05:42
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.
6.
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
7.
Free 03:37
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
8.
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
9.
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

about

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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