Mike Lawson

& Friends

LINER NOTES

Mike Lawson & Friends: Evidence Concerning Apparitions


Literally, it is "proof of ghosts," or to me, things that have or will likely always haunt me in some way.


The title of the album's origin is a shortened version of the book: "Saducismus triumphatus or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions. In two parts. The first treating of their possibility. The second of their real existence." This is a book on witchcraft by Joseph Glanvill, published posthumously in England in 1681. The book sought to affirm the existence of witches with malignant supernatural powers of magic, and attacked skepticism concerning their abilities. Glanvill likened these skeptics to the Sadducees, members of a Jewish sect from around the time of Jesus who were said to have denied the immortality of the soul.


The impetus for that work was the dawning age of "the enlightenment" when people were beginning to put their faith and understanding into rational thought, reason and science. The clergy greatly feared this newfound age of scientific research and rational non-religious thought would lead people to no longer believe in the superstitions and religious ideals or even a God.


In this I saw allegories to modern times: people willing to believe and propagate conspiracies of the most absurd over facts, magical thinking, science deniers, people shunning vaccines, denying environmental changes, and living under threat of a new viral plague convinced of the underlying premise of this book which most have not heard of.


Purveyors of modern evangelical Christianity have so bastardized its original intent as to make it unrecognizable, leaving me to adopt a somewhat Jeffersonian view of the religion, admiring the morals and red letters, but skeptical of the fanclub.


The cover features a biblical wood carving from the book wherein King Saul, who had banished witches, sought the witch of Endor, who summoned the ghost of the prophet Samuel. Samuel's ghost warned him of a pending battle which he would lose, along with his life. He in the end regrets his decisions to seek help from dark sources.


In this I found personal allegories, seeing loved ones and friends turning to superstition, conspiracies, propaganda, delusions, horoscopes, tarot cards, abandoning rational for magical thinking, It some cases it ruined relationships, in my case sending me on a new journey to where my life is today.


The thrill is gone from my previous life. It was breaking down. Quincy Jones once said to me "I feel your Leo soul," but what he saw was now the crippled lion's soul.


I sought a new life, found a wonderful loving new wife, but still managed my wounds, battling memories, while hyper vigilante to be a good father to my autistic adult daughter and hoping she could understand and let my love shine over her. Commitment to my new reality sets in, wild horses couldn't drag me from it. I needed a beautiful harmony. I start to see the rough waters calm for two people adrift like two ships at sea. I knew I was a lucky man; I couldn't win like this again.


Then the world is hit with Covid-19, and tens of thousands were dying, with no end in sight, robbing them from walking in the morning dew, wondering where everyone has gone. People left needing hope the world over, a golden future time to look forward to, but worried that even in that happening, some will still be more equal than others.


I look around at all I have, and it comes into focus. I have to be like a road leading home for those who love and need me. No superstition, no evidence for it, or ghosts. There is only what I make of love and life.


Two dozen musicians from across the USA, Argentina, England, Palestine, Spain, and Brazil participated in making this album. I hope you enjoy it. - ml


Tracks and Credits:


The Thrill is Gone

Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins

Universal Music-Careers


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Vocals, Percussion

Mike Cleveland - Fiddle, Mandolin

Melisa Dopazo - Bass


Breaking Down

Words/Music Mike Lawson

Psychotronic Music - BMI


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Vocals, Banjos

Mike Cleveland - Fiddle, Mandlin

Noah Wall - Backing Vocals

Pete Klarman - Drums

Fred Bogert - Bass


The Crippled Lion

Robert M Nesmith

Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Vocals

Lejoe B Young - Drums

Travis Collinsworth - Bass

Dave Beth - Electric Guitar

Ashley Beth - Backing Vocals

Brett Crisp - Pedal Steel Guitar


A Beautiful Harmony

Words/Music Mike Lawson

Psychotronic Music - BMI


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Piano, Vocals

Richard McCready - Percussive Spoons

Hugo Iglesias Olmos - String Bass

Tyra Juliette - Backing Vocals


Seeds and Stems Again Blues

Billy C. Farlow and George Frayne

Ozone Music


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Vocals, Drums

WILL KIMBROUGH - Slide Guitar, Backing Vocals

Noah Wall - Backing Vocals

Gavin Tabone - Piano


Let My Love Shine (Always Over You)

Words/Music Mike Lawson

Psychotronic Music - BMI


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Mellotron, Piano

Brandon Estelle - Drums

Steve Burdette - Hammond B3

Tyra Juliette - Backing Vocals

Steve Giddings - Session Guitarist - Slide Guitar


Wild Horses

Keith Richards and Michael Jagger

Abkco Music Inc.


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Vocals, Percussion

Tommy Norris - Mandolin

Noah Wall - Backing Vocals

Melisa Dopazo - Bass

A.S. Thompson - Backing Vocals

Ricky Mier - Banjo


Two Ships

Words/Music Mike Lawson

Psychotronic Music - BMI


Mike Lawson - Guitar, Vocals, Flute

Mohammad Jamal Rjoub - String Arrangements, Violins, Violas

Noah Wall - Backing Vocals

Fred Bogert - Piano, Bassoon, Oboe

Charlot Rivero - Cello

Hugo Iglesias Olmos - String Bass


Win Like This Again

Words/Music Mike Lawson

Psychotronic Music - BMI


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Bass, Vocals

Steve Burdette - Hammond B3

Brandon Estelle - Drums

Tyra Juliette - Backing Vocals

Mark Shenkel - Saxophone


Morning Dew

Bonnie Dobson and Tim Rose

Warner-Tamerlane Pub. Corp.


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Flute

Noah Wall - Backing Vocals

Albert Margolis - Piano


Golden Future Time (Beasts of England)

Words/Music Mike Lawson

Psychotronic Music - BMI


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Mellotron, Percussion, Drums

Andrea Perry - Bass

Tyra Juliette - Backing Vocals

Annie Leeth - Violins

Charlot Rivero - Cello

Richard McCready - Narration


Like a Road Leading Home

Dan Penn and Don Nix

Dan Penn Music - BMI

Don Nix - Irving Music - BMI


Mike Lawson - Guitars, Vocals

Tyra Juliette - Vocals, Backing Vocals

Brandon Estelle - Drums

Joe Bidewell - Hammond M3, Piano

Travis Collinsworth - Bass

Bobby Cochran - Guitars/Lead Guitar


Producer/Engineer Mike Lawson - AP Studios , Fairview, TN

Mastering Engineer Joe Procopio - Joe P TwoTrack Mastering


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