Soul Sifting

by Max Puglisi

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1.
Away Myself 03:37
You whisper in my ear You climb on every wall Tension in the atmosphere But I still come each time you call I know you think that I'm going under but I don't You think it's funny that I'm stuck in the box you say you won't Start the invocation- you know that I've got to run I've got to get away myself to away myself and aware myself Got to get away from myself And now it's time to get stoned Everybody has their own, oh but you bring a bag of weariness I understand the pressures, man Maybe next time I'll see more clearly Maybe next time I'll hold you more dearly Maybe next time I'll get away myself to away myself to aware myself I've got to get away from myself Maybe next time Maybe next time is this time Appreciate it- you know I do I won't abate cause I'm in love with you Isn't it a shame How we cause each other pain?
2.
I can't find no reason To give you much attention Found in the right season but you misinterpret all my intentions You want love and I want fun but not the giddy type that you thought of Just a good ol' friend to rely on Lay my mind on, and spend some time on top of You and me- we don't fit together Like a forced puzzle piece, the picture's severed. You've read enough to keep me engaged but I just don't think we're on the same page So I'm turning it over on you Cause I've read it all... This lack of affection will tell you All about my hunger The little nourishment that you give just barely keeps me from going under. Most times it's inadequate Other times it's just weird, Sorry to say it so crudely before I disappear, but I can't adhere to all your kissin You and me- we don't fit together. Like a forced puzzle piece, the picture's severed. You've read enough for your ripe age, but I just don't think we're on the same page So I'm turning it over on you, Lick my fingertip Don't mean to hurt you Hope I wasn't rough I've got this funny feeling I'm the best man you ever touched What if I'm right? What if I'm wrong? The sneakin bug of love didn't bite this time, I'm just glad that you're gone.
3.
What do you do, when you want to be somebody else? How do you prove that you're not one of them? They've got their shallow, uniform expectation and I know it's a waste of time ...but I like what's in my vision though there's no companion for me It's true, there ain't no better fishin But they're hooked on a line of popular industry Oh you know I see lots of beautiful women, lord knows they ain't a-lookin' at me I don't need sentimental, I just want to enjoy our vibe I swear I could fall in love with you in just five minutes time I might be gullible, I'm a sucker for almost everyone that I see Oh you know I see lots of beautiful faces, lord knows they ain't a-lookin at me. Oh, but am I selfish to say I'd settle for less? Another's emotion's not my focus, it's not fair that I forget And I'm only trying to say sometimes I'm so lonely Ain't it easy to see why I want to be somebody else? But oh, my reel is spinning As you choose not to walk on by I see hope for a lovin friend as I swim in your blue eyes. I know it's not the hustle, maybe you feel lonesome just like me. Oh, and as I sink into your gazes, I think I'll make ya my baby.
4.
Light Illuminates your face in an otherwise pitch black room where I am lying underneath and watching all the vapours rise toward The moon who creeps in through the window sheltering the love we showed it and Soon I'll enter into the bliss and realize this color change with You. I hear your thoughts We don't need to speak We're sharing our minds Right here where we sleep It might be hallucination babe, but I know it's the truth There's a reason that all these colors are forming around you. Levitate I'm riding on high through a garden of forgotten souls in Good taste, we're floating through the maze laughing at the names that recall Time While it slowly passed us by, snaking and weaving ways through our Minds that splash the same canvas. We are a piece to be admired. I hear your thoughts We don't need to speak Feel emotions too all collectively Caught in your eyes that are Locked onto mine When you don't blink much it's hard to stop crying It might be hallucination, babe, but I know it's the truth There's a reason that all these colors are forming around you. Oh tell me, won't you tell me? Please tell me, oh, tell me, tell me what's good tonight We're sharing our minds (don't need to speak) I'm caught in your eyes (conscious collectively) Loving that your mine (right where we sleep) (don't need to speak) My soul never soared so high
5.
Freedom 03:35
They take my freedom And cut down my tree They steal my possession and they say they's a-helpin me All this oppression From just a little green They say it's a crime I'm committing but it's written wrongly I never broke no law and I never shot no one down Everybody bend dem rule sometimes but they catch you when no one's around Even Marcus Garvey had a gun, And Dr. King he had a gun, Even Mrs. Roosevelt had a gun But they never did shoot no one The cop find him cocaine The judge get him some brain From confused, convicted girl Mind goin' insane They're controlling the system Break down the innocents Bring in a new shipment of the kid's you just turned criminal They say "we never broke no law, We never shot no one down" and dem say "what I seen is what I see and it's me that run this town" Even Marcus Garvey had a gun And Dr. King he had a gun, Even Mrs. Roosevelt had a gun But they never did shoot no one Never... and I'm just trying to keep the peace, just trying to set my mind at ease but they come and they take whatever they please I'm a victim of too much authority I've never seen it together, I've never seen you system work You take away means for education, pay it to prisons to treat dem like dirt. I won't be subject to such oppression cause freedom is subject to where I lay The idea's planted, bring justness to justice, reap the harvest, they strugglin today I never broke no law and I never shot no one down Every man got a right to choose what he like Let them suffering be unbound Even Marcus Garvey had a gun And Dr. King he had a gun, Even Mrs. Roosevelt had a gun But they never did shoot no one
6.
She was gonna treat you good, boy She was gonna make life nice She was gonna be your sweetheart You could lay back, hey, sit tight but you ain't never been no sitter always been a rolling stone. Numbers adding in your head Thinking about being chained to that bed Oh, you've got to run away Get out before she gets a-talkin baby, cause this life ain't quite what you thought, you miss the one that used to piss you off listen to that soft intuition cut it off before you're married. Before you're married too young Who said it would be so ugly? Who can say you've got that right? Who is gonna take your puppy? Who is the loser in this fight? Cause I see it like a first grade teacher Learning early lessons bout love She call what you done unfair, but it's no one's fault, you're just too young and scared. You've got to run away Get out before ya get a-talkin baby Cause this life ain't quite what you thought You miss the shit that your money bought, keep listening to that soft intuition, take off before you're married. Before you're married too young, Just take some time to find where you belong. Take some time Find where you belong til you get lost and then you turn back hold true, don't redo up to you, break that bond and come unglued Now she gone to treat a sweet boy She just want to make life right Now you see just what you need boy Woman gone this life ain't too bright and in your dreams at night you'll see here Get the fuck outta me head Keep on spinnin rolling stone, Sleep it off till those dreams are gone Man, you got the runaway Get out without a lady and a baby Cause this life is just what you want You got that shit that used to piss you off listen to that soft intuition cut off before you're married.
7.
Ease 04:03
I've learned to find myself these few months she's been gone from me And when I raise my head I remember I'm worry free No setbacks- no- just the typical soul release With love and peace, I treat my enemies. You've seen a part of me Due to this respite, Calm, Ease. I've been in a bright-lit place; a well-earned vacation I wouldn't mind goin' blind from a-staring at the sun, no. No reason to run, no need to worry bout anyone Love and peace, all that I want to see You've grown so close to me due to this respite, calm, Ease. There's so much time ahead to resolve all my thoughts But what will not wait, meantime, I'll consider lost At little a cost, oh, just one more bridge to be crossed. Love and peace, the way that it ought to be You've seen a sincere me due to this respite, calm... Please, don't speed my world up I've got time... enough
8.
Reminded of your graces I stand revitalized Our familiar faces danced in circles round the fire The fire of memory That did not forget The fire of longing; Unextinguished The fire of excess- overflowing with all that I have to give All that I have to give With all that I have to give, I'm ready To break out all the love I saved for you Love I saved for you, all that love I saved for you. We were married by distance Chasing round the time Say I'd fall to pieces if you touch me, but I've never felt so alive Remind me gently, Sail through my head Remind my body of how in yours I would swim Kindly remind me of what it feels like to be home With all that I need to live, all that I need to live and for the one to whom I want to give I'm ready to break out all the love I saved for you Love I saved for you, all that love I saved for you Open plains of sweet skin saturate my eyes. I feel our pores awaken to celebrate what they recognize... and in that steam filled garden we lit the fire danced in circles till the smoke cloud rise. Squished in that s'more of aroma A new stone was turned over and I hid it deep inside it's all I've kept this whole time I think we're ready, I know I'm ready to break out all the love I saved for you, love I saved for you, all that love I saved for you.

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Soul Sifting is a multi-song exploration of human elements: superficialities of connections, the depths of love, and the journey from apprehension to appreciation of self. With its earthy undertones, Max Puglisi’s songs evoke a reversion to organic music; an exodus back to the basics. Incorporating all natural cello, saxophone, and polyrhythmic drum circles, this multi-instrumentalist's raw acoustic sound soars. Soul Sifting is a collection of songs that were released digitally as singles and on mixtapes with SUR (Syracuse University Recordings) throughout 2013.

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released August 1, 2013

MAX PUGLISI: Acoustic, Slide, Classical and Bass Guitars, Vocals, Djembe, Bongos, Cymbals
ETHAN BATES: Cello
IRIS PECHENIK: Alto Saxophone
WILL ANDERSON: Marimba on "Love I Saved For You", Shaker, Cymbals, Auxiliary Percussion
DAN CRISTO: Piano on "Ain't No Baby's First Blues"

All Songs written, performed, and arranged by Max Puglisi

Produced and engineered by William Anderson
Mixed by William Anderson
Except: "Away Myself" and "Turning That Page"- Engineered and Mixed by Jon Griffin III
Produced by Jon Griffin III and David Jesus Malpica Moreno
and
"Freedom" and "Love I Saved For You"- Engineered and Mixed by Eric Anderson, Mixed and Produced by William Anderson
Recorded February- April 2012 and October 2012- April 2013 at
Belfer Audio Laboratory, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Tracks Mastered by William Anderson

Cover Art and Album Design Conceptualized and Created by Dominic Roselli
Album Art Editing by Jessie Keith

Licensed and Distributed by Syracuse University Recordings 2013 (SUR)
A&R Coordination: Bob Halligan Jr., Michael Kelly, Ryan Drake, William Anderson, Eric Anderson

Copyright (C) 2013 Syracuse University Recordings.

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Max Puglisi delivers an edgy new sound grown in the alternative garden. This singer-songwriter crafts works of fusion, framing soulful jazz and classical conventions with his native southern grunge, leading listeners through the mind of a modern alternative bluesman. ... more

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