Mike Vitale

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Austin Young Mike Vitale's self-titled album feels vibrant and personal. The music comes straight from his soul. Favorite track: We've Been Down This Road Before.
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Mike Vitale is a singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles, CA. Thank you to all my wonderful musician friends who played on this record:

Mike Vitale - Lyrics, Vocals, Background Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Nylon String Guitar, Keys, Synths, Vibes, Samples, and anything else lying around the house that sounded cool
Frank Reina - Drums and Percussion
Brian Lynch - Drums and Percussion
Anthony Gonzales - Congas, Bongo, and shakers
Brad Cummings - Bass
Robbie Gullage - Bass
Cory Joseph Clark - Electric Guitars
Justin Burrow - Electric Guitars and Lap-Steel
Johny Gomez - Electric Guitar
Brett Bixby - Fender Rhodes Piano
Jon LaCroix - Keys and Synths

Engineered by the following folks at various studios throughout Southern California: Mike Vitale, Frank Reina, Cory Clark, Justin Burrow, Marcus McMIllan, and Barrett Slagle

Mixed By:

Chris Karn: Tracks 1, 2, 4, and 6
Barrett Slagle: Tracks 3, and 5

Mastered By:

Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound

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released March 27, 2014

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE KICKSTARTER BACKERS THAT HELPED TO FINANCE THIS ALBUM. AS PROMISED, A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THESE FOLKS:

Kathleen Niakan, Misty Thorne, Jayme, Parsons-Harper, Rick Day, Cindy Sicchio, Donna Vitale, Derek Horne, Ryan Corum, Jim Vitale, Carol Smock, Nikki Jones-Callaway, Ryan Jones, Rick Sweeney, Carey, Ryan Honick, Justin Hectus, Dustin Buss, Bob Owen, Robin Matthew Boomer, Amy Armitage, Jason Uchita, Liz Travers, Eric Lane, Jessica Kennard, Joshua Jon Day, and Ashley Hectus

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Mike Vitale Los Angeles, California

Mike Vitale is a songwriter/musician/producer/forward slash enthusiast, based out of Los Angeles, CA. When not preoccupied with other stuff, he enjoys short walks on long beaches with his two border collies, Border and Collie. He is certain that this sentence is useless, but also doesn't believe in absolutes. The dogs may or may not be fictional. All the other stuff is probably true. ... more

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Track Name: In the Middle of You
IN THE MIDDLE OF YOU
Music and Lyrics by Mike Vitale

coffee can be nice and whisky would suffice to get a young man riled
but it's the chemicals rolling around inside your brain that are driving me wild

i'm the boy waiting outside your door
and you're the girl in my head
and life was such a riddle
when I wasn't in the middle of you

so i put a bit of back behind the thought of your dimples when you smile
and if that notion every runs its course my dear, I'll follow your curves for a while

i'm the boy waiting outside your door
and you're the girl in my head
and life was such a riddle
when I wasn't in the middle of you

in the middle of you
muses sing a melody of green begetting bloom
amongst its roots a yield of fruit
beneath your harvest moon

a taste to entice alone would not suffice the hunger for your love
so I search for face of light shining true and bright from your altar up above

you're inspiration at my door
and i'm the man at your feet

and love was such a riddle
when I wasn't in the middle of you
and love was such a riddle
when I wasn't in the middle of you
and love was such a riddle
when I wasn't in the middle of you
Track Name: Latchkey Kid
LATCHKEY KID
Music and Lyrics by Mike Vitale

coloring books when I was nine
anything that I could do to pass the time
finished up my homework after I got home from school
built a blanket fort in my living room

set the oven to four hundred degrees myself
perched up on a counter top to reach a kitchen shelf
it's dinner time and my parents are nowhere to be seen
so corn dogs and fish sticks are my routine

i'm a Latchkey Kid
and nobody cares about the trouble that I'm getting in

waiting by the phone for my parents to call
staring at our family portrait hanging on the wall
my daddy says no T.V. if I stay up too late
too bad he aint here to regulate

i'm a Latchkey Kid
and nobody cares about the trouble that I'm getting in
i'm a Latchkey Kid
and nobody cares about the trouble that I'm getting in

sometimes my father would come home late
and my mother would be drunk by then
smell perfume, and then throw a dinner plate

nobody to read me a story
or tuck me into bed
so I dream of love
i dream of love
and then I start my day again

i'm a Latchkey Kid
and nobody cares about the trouble that I'm getting in
i'm a Latchkey Kid
and nobody cares about the trouble that I'm getting in



NOTE TO READER:

Latchkey Kid uses a traditional West African leadership song called Kye Kye Kule. The lyrics for this song are found below:


Leader: Kye Kye Kule (chay chay koo-lay)
Chorus: Kye Kye Kule

Leader: Kye Kye Kofinsa (chay chay koh-feen sah)
Chorus: Kye Kye Kofisa

Leader: Kofisa Langa (Koh-fee sah lahn-gah)
Chorus: Kofisa Langa

Leader: Kaka Shilanga (Kah-kah shee lahn-gah)
Chrous: Kaka Shilanga

Leader: Kum Aden Nde (koom ah-dehn day)
Chorus: Kum Aden Nde

Leader: Kum Aden Nde (koom ah-dehn day)
Chorus: Kum Aden Nde, HEY!
Track Name: Recess
RECESS
Music and Lyrics by Mike Vitale

you remind me of recess
recess when I was eight
playing on the school yard
with a little girl named kate

i raced her on the monkey bars
and then she chased me to the gate
i tagged her at the log cabin
a point which we'd debate

cuantos anos tiene la nina
no actuas tu edad
crece
matura
nunca lo hacemos x2

and then she told me I had cooties
as she kissed me on the cheek
and then ran amongst the other girls
before i had a chance to speak

familiarity's a revolving door
and round and round I spin
but I'd gladly trade the exit for you girl
if you'd only let me in

crece
matura
nunca lo hacemos x4

you remind me of eighth grade
riding on a grey hound bus
taking some trip to an amusement park
all one thousand of us

she boarded the coach with quite a fuss and then plopped down next to me
initiated the strangest conversation that had ever yet happened between two teens
and then she told me I was stupid
and punched me in the junk
and then sat amongst the other girls that populate the bus

familiarity's a revolving door
and round and round I spin
but I'd gladly trade the exit for you girl
if you'd only let me in

crece
matura
nunca lo hacemos x4

a cup of whatever together girl
or maybe just the time of day
whatever I can get is good
and good is what you have to say

crushes are a revolving door
and round and round I spin
I guess I can see my way out girl
but I'm wishing you'd invite me

crece
matura
nunca lo hacemos x4
Track Name: Fool For You
FOOL FOR YOU
Music and Lyrics by Mike Vitale

the touch of your skin against mine
was flawless and supine
as I read your story in braille

my resolve was as frail
as that tall tale that lingered from my tongue
now I'm all twisted up
like a towel that's been wrung

maybe it's the conversation we had in bed
maybe i just want to see your eyes roll back in your head
maybe you're a drag from a stranger's cigarette
but once i've got you on my lips
you're hard to forget

and now that you've got me where you want
you're moving from hot to cool
and now that you've got me where you want
woman, i'm a fool for you

feeling your chest heave
as you're lying there asleep
now I'm bating every breath
so that the moment isn't cheap

are you resolved to entail
a large sail to guide me away
on some nautical course
that perhaps I'd rather stay

maybe you're just playing hard to get
or perhaps you just want me to forget
maybe I'm a marionette on strings
trying to measure your depth beyond anatomy

and now that you've got me where you want
you're moving from hot to cool
and now that you've got me where you want
woman, i'm a fool for you

and now that you've got me where you want
you're moving from hot to cool
and now that you've got me where you want
woman, i'm a fool for you
Track Name: We've Been Down This Road Before
WE'VE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE
Music and Lyrics by Mike Vitale

the tapping of my fingers on the steering wheel say
S.O.S. in trouble, I have compromised our day
and now this awkward silence seems to punctuate my doubt
the words have left my lips and now my foot is in my mouth

it's obvious you're looking for an exit plan to leave
but the weight of my mistake makes it hard for me to speak
broken white lines keep your fingers from the door
and at sixty miles an hour with the pedal to the floor

we're been down this road before
a second short of love before you show yourself the door
now, I'm of the mind
we can ruin anything good, just give it time

we're been down this road before
a second short of love before you show yourself the door
now, I'm of the mind
you can ruin anything good, just give it time

the tapping of my fingers on the steering wheel say
S.O.S. in trouble, I have compromised our day
and now this awkward silence seems to punctuate my doubt
the words have left my lips and now my foot is in my mouth

it's obvious you're looking for an exit plan to leave
but the weight of my mistake makes it hard for me to speak
broken white lines keep your fingers from the door
and at sixty miles an hour with the pedal to the floor

we're been down this road before
a second short of love before you show yourself the door
now, I'm of the mind
we can ruin anything good, just give it time
Track Name: The Siren
THE SIREN
Music and Lyrics by Mike Vitale

i was lured in by her voice
before i capsized near a rocky coastline
flotsam from the shipwreck carried me in
and I was lulled to rest amongst the sand and moonshine

awoken by the tide
the sunlight nudges from a cloudless sky
my salty skin drying on the ocean breeze
I ordered my tattered body to rise

the siren
her song is irresistibly sweet
seductive
her melody makes me feel complete

lolling in her meadow
starred with flowers where the corpses cleave
rags of skin shriveling on their bones
they starved to death because they refused to leave

the siren
her song is irresistibly sweet
seductive
so i curl up and listen at her feet

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