Bowl of Plums

by Ben Seretan

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thedavecollection Superb songwriting and wonderful emotionally rich performances. An album of outstanding quality throughout. Favorite track: Blood in the Muzzle.
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Mitchell Frisch I have been following Ben Seretan for a few years now. With each release he grows more as an artist, ever expanding while keeping a very familiar "Ben Seretan" vibe. It is hard to explain. I just know I feel good everytime I listen to his music. Nice work Ben! Favorite track: Cottonwood Tree.
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Adam Koehler Somehow introspective and widely joyous at the same time Favorite track: Bowl of Plums.
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Josh Sharp Ben seems like such a lovely, happy guy, and you can't help but feel the joy in this album. It takes my blues away. Favorite track: You Took My Blues Away.
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Keith Birthday I'm so happy I could cry
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Alexander Stretton After listening to this a number of times on release day I suddenly realised what it is about Ben's music that resonates with me. He has an incredible ability to implant the listener into his story telling.

I've never danced below a cottonwood tree before, nor have I gazed lovingly at a bowl of plums on a table, or longed for the kudzu to wrap their vines around me, but after listening to this album these experiences are etched in my if they were real. Favorite track: Bowl of Plums.
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"I’m really all flowers
inside and you can
really have them
I’ll name them
for you."
-Eileen Myles

A greatest hits collection
A beginner's guide to botany
The sound of one heart swelling
A book of hymns to joy
The clumsiest among us suddenly discovers grace
A bowl of plums on the table, peaceful and juicy in the afternoon sun
Rhododendron and plumeria
Dandelions and hyacinth
Honeysuckle and lavender

These songs were written on an island in Alaska, my mother's condo in California, a greeting card factory in Queens, a pharmaceutical factory in Brooklyn, and by the light of a miniature Christmas tree. They were recorded and mixed in 7 studios in 5 different states over the course of a year. They really mean a lot to me and I hope you enjoy.

Read on:

Thanks to Thommy - - I do enjoy hearing from you.
Many thanks to Andrea Pomini for pirating records
Thanks to Alex Lewis, Nico Hedley, and Ethan Meyer for all of the long hours recording and making it all sound so, so good.
Thanks to every other musician who gave me some of their time - I hope you think it sounds good, too.
Many thanks to Jamie Kaufman for listening
Thanks to Victor Nash for showing us a good time in Portland
Thanks to Stefano Scarafia for the video and for the shots of rum before Andrea's wedding

All of the recording engineers + studio people did insanely good work on this thing and you should all book time with them and make new recordings immediately.

"My Lucky Stars, part II" is dedicated to little Marion and my whole family - - the song I wrote on Grandma's guitar lives on.


released June 24, 2016

All songs written by Ben Seretan

With performances by:
Alex Lewis, Nico Hedley, Ethan Meyer, Rose Blanshei, Alex Tatusian, Maia Friedman, Dave Lackner, Katie Von Schleicher, Jake Nussbaum, & Will Stratton

"Blues," "Cottwonwood Tree," "Bowl of Plums," "Blood in the Muzzle," "Kudzu," & "Thommy" recorded by Kyle Pulley at Headroom Studios, Philadelphia, PA
"My Lucky Stars, part II" recorded by Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez at Gravesend Recordings, Brooklyn, NY
"In a Twin Bed," "Getting Out," and "You Are on the Water" recorded by Elio DeLuca at the Soul Shop, Medford, MA
Intro to "Bowl of Plums" and "I Like Your Size" recorded by JJ Beck at Akin Studios, Hoosick Falls, NY
Additional tracking recorded by Alex Mead-Fox at Spaceman Sound, Brooklyn, NY
Mixed by Victor Nash, Destination: Universe! Portland, OR
Additional mixing by Tim Shrout
Mastered by Gus Elg, Sky Onion, Portland, OR
Cover photo by Michele Mirisola
Design by Alex Tatusian


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Track Name: You Took My Blues Away
How'd my boots get so heavy?
I prayed to anything out loud
But you came and took my blues away
You took my blues away
Track Name: Cottonwood Tree
Under the cottonwood tree
My friend writes to me
Track Name: Bowl of Plums
My friends call me when they're feeling low
We talk quietly for hours and walk the room
Flowers growing in a coffee can
Our lives are wonderful and sad sometimes

I'm so happy I could cry
A bowl of plums on the table

I'd like someone's arms around me now
Tell me that I'm pretty that my mouth is soft
Flowers growing in the floorboards of your house
Tell me that I'm worthy that my heart is good

I'm so happy I could cry
A bowl of plums on the table

I dreamed I was in an empty field
You slept soundly in a wooden boat
Flowers growing all around me where I stepped
Church bells ringing in the iron clouds

I'm so happy I could cry
A bowl of plums on the table
Track Name: My Lucky Stars, part II
I'm in love with you
I thank my lucky stars for you
Track Name: In a Twin Bed
I was on your side
Nailing clouds to the sky
In a twin bed
Track Name: Getting Out
I don't know about you
Jelly stains on your lips and teeth
But I'm getting out
I'm getting out
Butterflies alight on my arms
Fireflies circle the graveyard
I'm getting out
I'm getting out
I don't want to love this life
No, I don't
Oh, I'm awake and I'm sleeping
Track Name: Blood in the Muzzle
I'm slow today
The rad world is far away and gray
Beetles in a bottle
Our wings ring the glass

When I'm down
You come round
And lift me up

Blood in the muzzle
Dead in the saddle

Sunlight stings
Ridgewood sings for marketing
Buzzkills in the bushes
Blowdarts in their mouths

Put a cigarette
Out in the eye
Of bad vibes

Blood in the muzzle
Dead in the saddle
Joy in the marrow
Mud in the barrel
Track Name: Thommy
Fire of my heart
Your long body
Believe me
When I call you over
to me
Track Name: Kudzu
All for that we ran our paths
Woke up happier than I've been
Hold me close - no, closer than that
Trees on the hill grew silently

Take me to your house
Put me on the couch
And let me sleep all day

Broken jelly jars and scars
I flipped through your coffee table books
Hold me close - no, closer than that
Birds in the dirt chirped noiselessly

Take me to your house
Put me on the couch
And let me sleep all day
And let the kudzu
Wrap around me
As I sleep in the sun
I needed someone
That I could dream for
Now my heart sings again
Track Name: You Are on the Water
Empty handed and on my way
Summer cam girl on a bicycle
Good morning

You are on the water, oh

Rhododendron and plumeria
Dandelions and hyacinth
Honeysuckle and lavender
Wildflowers in Garden Grove

You are on the water, oh

You are on the water, oh
And you're alive
Track Name: I Like Your Size
You told me
And I heard you
You told me
And I heard you

I want you
Come in from the cold, my boy
I want you
I like your size

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