Second Breakfast

by Lonely Mountain Band

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From: news.mymiddle-earth.net/2011/09/15/lonely-mountain-bands-second-breakfast-album-to-be-released-sep-22/

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The Lonely Mountain Band‘s second album has been much anticipated by fans and folk music enthusiasts the world over and now it’s release date as been set. ‘Second Breakfast will be available for purchase on September 22, 2011. In this Q&A interview John Di Bartolo, a Founder of Middle-earth Network and the talent behind the Lonely Mountain Band (LMB), reveals what instruments were used in the album, the significance of it’s release date, and possible future projects.

Who makes up the Lonely Mountain Band and what are their talents?

The Lonely Mountain Band is a Tolkien and fantasy inspired music project which composed, performed, and produced by myself John Di Bartolo with guest musicians contributing or appearing on some tracks. I try to find whatever instrument the song is calling for and make an effort to use real instruments as much as possible. Many times today when you hear fantasy soundtrack or game music, a lot of it can be programmed or samples played with a keyboard. The sampling and plugin technology is getting so much more realistic these days and quite often the average listener cannot tell the difference anymore. Lonely Mountain Band has featured acoustic guitars of various kinds, mandolins, harps, uilleann pipes, whistles, and sometimes the magical elements of synth ties it all together. For the most part the greater share of the songs are written from acoustic guitar, and grow out from there. We recently had guest composer Astleigh Mondegreen submit a track for the album written with MIDI. I’m open to any kind of technology as long as it benefits the project as a whole, but I want the tracks to sound real, not synthesized or overly produced.

Your second album titled “Second Breakfast” gives it a very Hobbity feel. Is there anything significant about it’s September 22, 2011 release date?

“Hobbit Day” is September 22 in honor Frodo & Bilbo’s birthday, which also falls within “Tolkien Week”. The first LMB album was released on that date last year, and since this is a Hobbit themed album, I thought it appropriate to release on the same date this year. I don’t think I’ll set a release date for the next album, it was really difficult meeting my own deadline with all the other commitments I have right now with other music, the Middle-earth Network and family. The third album will be done when it is done; which is a very Dwarven sentiment I might add.

In comparison with the band’s first album “Beyond the Western Seas” what can we expect this new album to sound like?

Second Breakfast is just that, kind of a lighter meal or snack eaten around 10:30 in the morning. It is a fun and lighthearted album based on live jam sessions and ‘off the cuff’ writing. The planning of the songs of “Beyond the Western Seas” was much more meticulous and thought-out in advance, and features songs relation to various races and elements of Middle-earth. Second Breakfast kind of quickly takes notions from other meals and serves it up for a fun and rustic meal from a Hobbit’s perspective. The main thing about this album is that it is all Hobbit themed, Celtic, acoustic, as if you happened upon two or three Hobbits just jamming at a local pub. Yet, there are moments of shimmering magic that seep through from the Elves and Dwarves.

Can fans look forward to future albums?

I plan on delving deeper into the lore for the next album. I’m considering working on singles though as opposed to albums, so that there can be material released more often actually.

Is there anything special planned to celebrate the album’s September 22 release?

Ale & Pie. With all the hustle & bustle in Middle-earth these days, we may just have an impromptu party on Middle-earth Network Radio and an in LOTRO gathering. I would say just stay tuned to MyMiddle-earth.net and the online radio station for developing details.

What will “Second Breakfast” run for?

The digital download of Second Breakfast will be $7 at minstrelsongs.com, $10 for the CD & Download bundle, and then it will be available on I-Tunes, Amazon and other digital outlets sometime later this Fall.

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released 22 September 2011

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Track Name: An Unexpected Journey
An instrumental from a far green country.
Track Name: The Rabbit Room
Instrumental
Track Name: A Shortcut to Mushrooms
Instrumental.
Track Name: Old Toby
Instrumental
Track Name: Smoke Rings
Instrumental.
Track Name: A Far Green Country
Instrumental
Track Name: Swordsman of the Sky (Shire Version)
Instrumental version. See original version on "Beyond the Western Seas" album.
Track Name: Expert Treasure Hunter
Instrumental
Track Name: Gold & Silver Trees
Intrumental
Track Name: Appledores
Come on down the road there's a place that I know
We can flee from our worries a while
Its too fine a day to be troubled with chores
So lets go have a picnic instead

[chorus]

Oh you'll know that you're there by the fine summer air
And the smell of the Appledore trees
The grass on your toes and the sun on your hair

And the sound of the buzzing of bees...
In the Appledores

Yes that where you'll find me
In the Appledores
Just as fine as you please
In the Appledores


[verse 2]
Bring the mushrooms and pipeweed we pilfered last night
And I'll bring me best fishing pole
With the finest fruits that five fingers buy
We'll bake us an Appledore pie

[chorus]
...

[breakdown]

[verse 3]
These long summer days and the warm summer nights
Won't last forever you know
So come have your fill of this beautiful day
While the weather and the season are ripe

[chorus]

Oh you'll know that you're there by the fine summer air
And the smell of the Appledore trees
The grass on your toes and the sun on your hair

And the sound of the buzzing of bees...
In the Appledores

Yes that where you'll find me
In the Appledores
Just as fine as you please
In the Appledores

Yes that's where you'll find me,
Happy and free,
Not a care in the world
In the Appledores
Track Name: Far Apart, Never Alone
Hail my friends, the journey begins
Out from door of Aerlinnbar
Aerlinnbar, home of song
Aerlinnbar, home of song

I'll see you again
Over Ale and Tale
Far Apart, but Never Alone
Far Apart, Never Alone...