Live at Kranky Cafe

by Karl Sanden

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This album is a condensed version of my first solo concert, which was hosted by Kranky Cafe, at 4th & Main in Vancouver BC, Canada on April 5, 2013. Nimbus School of Recording Arts generously took the time to come to the show, set up a few quality mics, and record the show for me, and all audio you hear in this album came directly from the event - no overdubs were used during mixdown. I myself spent about 30 hours during the mixing process, and I must say I'm quite pleased with the result.

My friends Bianca Sabatini, Dana Oikawa, Joanna Lee, and Joel Krahn joined me onstage for a number of songs, and I'm extremely grateful for all the time they put into this project. Collaboration with other musicians is far more rewarding than simply trying to play solo all the time.

I've set the minimum price to zero, so that you can be free to download the album, and in that case, please enjoy the music as a gift! My talents were given to me, and as such, I give them them now to you. But if you wish, you are more than welcome to donate to my future musical endeavors by paying me for it. It's free not because it has no value, but because I want to encourage you to share it, and and empty pockets are no longer an excuse!

Share the album with your friends, burn it to a CD and listen to it in your car, copy it to your Ipod - most importantly - LISTEN.


Karl Sanden.


released May 20, 2013

©2013 Karl Sanden. All Rights Reserved.
Rise: Words and music by Eddie Vedder.
Hallelujah: Words and music by Leonard Cohen.
Flags: Words and music by Brooke Fraser. Lead vocals performed by Joanna Lee.
How: Words and music by Regina Spektor.

Accordion, mandolin & vocals performed by Karl Sanden.
Cajon & tambourine on tracks 5, 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 23, and 24 played by Joel Krahn. Guitar on tracks 16 and 24 played by Dana Oikawa.

Recorded live by Adam Johnson and his tech team from Nimbus School of Recording Arts.
Mixed and mastered by Karl Sanden. Produced by Karl Sanden. Photography by Rob Clarke. Design by Karl Sanden.

A huge thank-you to my friends Bianca Sabatini, Dana Oikawa, Joanna Lee, Joel Krahn, and Rob Clarke, as well as Kranky Cafe and Nimbus School of Recording Arts and everyone else involved along the way for contributing their support, encouragement, time, and creativity to this project. This would not have happened without you.



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Track Name: Rise (Eddie Vedder cover)
Such is the way of the world
You can never know
Just where to put all your faith
And how will it grow

Gonna rise up
Burning back holes in dark memories
Gonna rise up
Turning mistakes into gold

Such is the passage of time
Too fast to fold
And suddenly swallowed by signs
Low and behold

Gonna rise up
Find my direction magnetically
Gonna rise up
Throw down my ace in the hole
Track Name: Hallelujah - House of the Rising Sun (Medley)
I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I've been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Track Name: Flags (Brooke Fraser cover)
Come, tell me your trouble
I'm not your answer
But I'm a listening ear

Reality has left you reeling
All facts and no feeling
No faith and all fear

I don't know why a good man will fall
While a wicked one stands
And our lives blow about
Like flags on the land

Who's at fault is not important
Good intentions lie dormant
And we're all to blame

While apathy acts like an ally
My enemy and I are one and the same

I don't know why the innocents fall
While the monsters still stand
And our lives blow about
Like flags on the land

I don't know why our words are so proud
Yet their promise so thin
And our lives blow about
Like flags in the wind

You who mourn will be comforted
You who hunger will hunger no more
All the last shall be first
Of this I am sure

You who weep now will laugh again
All you lonely, be lonely no more
Yes, the last will be first
Of this I'm sure

I don't know why the innocents fall
While the monsters stand
I don't know why the little ones thirst
But I know the last shall be first
I know the last shall be first
I know the last shall be first