Go to Fly

by Who Is John Smith

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Who Is John Smith is Yaw Amponsah and James Whetzel. They play new West African palm wine music on guitar, vox, high hat, and rumba box.

Palm wine music is the original acoustic music that is the roots of highlife music, which is in turn the roots of afro-beat.

About the Artists:


To see Yaw Amponsah play drums is to see a master at work. He's at home in the world of rhythm and makes difficult ones seem easy. The son of the legendary Ghanaian artist Koo Nimo (AKA Daniel Amponsah), Yaw is a specialist in the multi-part drumming styles of the Asante (Ashanti) region such as Adowa, Akom, Aprede, Kete, and Fontomfrom. He’s likewise proficient in drumming styles from Mali and Guinea, as well as Agbacha, Highlife, Kpanlogo, Odonson, and Congolese popular styles. He is the bandleader of the Ghanaian traditional group Anokye Agofomma.

James Whetzel is a musical human. A composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer, he is known for his 51 piece soundtrack to the film “Man With a Movie Camera” by Dziga Vertov, and for bold new interpretations of South Asian classical and folk music on sarod. He produces electronic music and DJs as DJ Baba James. He is also a gifted throat singer, and is part of the groups Das Dhoom and Mean Deep. He studied palm wine guitar music with Koo Nimo in the USA and Ghana. He also learned palm wine guitar music from the late great Nigerian artist I.K. Dairo MBE. He is currently working on an album of ambient music called “Slow Waves,” which includes surprising remixes of palm wine music. For more about James’s music visit jameswhetzel.com About the Music:

Several of the songs on “Go to Fly” are based on traditional palm wine songs by Koo Nimo. The guitar part of “Stage and Story/No, No, No" is based on Koo Nimo’s “Amponsah Unlimited.” Likewise, the guitar part of “After the Big Bang” is based on Koo Nimo’s song “Akomfo Nokye” as “Go to Fly” is based on Koo Nimo’s song “Otuo Akyampong.” All of these songs have new lyrics and new vocal melodies by James Whetzel. Both “After the Big Bang” and “Go to Fly” also have additional guitar parts created by James Whetzel.

"It Takes So Much Energy to Hate/ “Buy When Death Sells” and "Aguado" are new instrumental arrangements of these three Koo Nimo songs.

"BTW," "Sun Clouds," "Tree Life" and "Happy Birthday" are new original palm wine songs created by James Whetzel.

All songs are arranged by Who Is John Smith.

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released April 26, 2015

Yaw Amponsah on rumba box and high hat.
James Whetzel on voice and guitar.

Recorded live at Egg Studios in Seattle by Conrad Uno
www.eggstudios.net Mastered by Emch at Subatomic Sound in New York City
subatomicsound.com Artwork by Hothead Unlimited
www.hotheadunlimited.com Koo Nimo: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koo_Nimo I.K. Dairo: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I._K._Dairo An OPL Funketabla production.

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James Whetzel Seattle, Washington

Innovative sarod player, palm wine guitarist, beat maker, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, part-time throat singer, composer, producer, recording engineer, teacher.

DJ for the International Fountain at Seattle Center. Part of Mean Deep with Deepayan Acharjya AKA Shree Dee. Part of Das Dhoom with Shree Dee & Sebastian Lange. Guitarist for palm wine group Who Is John Smith with Yaw Amponsah
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Track Name: Stage and Story / No, No, No
We can do
Whatever we want
Time's a ripe berry
We seize by the mouth

River will flow
And we will go

The whole theatre
Is for you and me
We're writers, producers, players
Stage and story

River will flow
And we will go

No, No, No,
No, No!
This is not the end of the show!

This is not over
Time's my four-leaf clover
I will work subliminal magic
To revoke the tragic
From these events

No, No, No,
No, No!
This is not the end of the show!

I'm making something new
With a mind to fine more too
Express to express my fresh
Feeling of what is not
Being Seen

Poetry anticipates lightning
Striking and brightening
Come the shimmer
Feel
The thunder

No, No, No,
No, No!
This is not the end of the show!
Track Name: BTW
Missing
In Action
Forgotten legacy

We are
The remnants
Of embers still burning
We make one wish
For you to sense
Nine truths
Beyond
A conformist inheritance

Oh and BTW
I'd just like to say
It's very very nice
To be alive today

Come sun
Come rain
Come joy
Come pain

Come sweet
Come sour
Get up!
It's the hour

Oh and BTW
I'd just like to say
It's very very nice
To be alive today

Time to move

Goodbye you magnificent decaying bastard
Goodbye place we knew
Goodbye you magnificent decaying bastard
We might not think of you

Au revoir!
Auf Wiedersehen!
Hasta Luego!
مع السلامة
يا عيني

Goodbye!
Mr. Grey Sky!
Goodbye!
Mr. Grey Sky!
Goodbye.
Track Name: Go to Fly
One more time I
Will go to fly

One more time to
Know what to do

Planet Earth,
We don't just play
The fool

Planet Earth,
We are strange
But we
Are cool

One more time I
Will go to see

One more time they
Will become we

Planet Earth,
We don't just play
The fool

Planet Earth,
We are strange
But we
Are cool
Track Name: After the Big Bang
After the Big Bang
The universe
Took a break

Wondered,
Did I
Make the
Biggest mistake?

After the Big Bang
The universe
Chilled out

Existence is
And of this
There can be
No doubt

So
This is
And
You are
Through air
Travels
The sound of
All stars

And they said
It couldn't be done
Nothing is nothing
And of it
Something will never come!

And they said
Having time is wrong!
I replied,
If you you have no time
You'll have no song.

So
This is
And
You are
Through air
Travels
The sound of
All stars
Track Name: Sun Clouds
Dream on
Silence
Dream on
Big sound

Sunrise
Find love
Inside
A Cloud

This is not the truth
This is not a lie
Give wings to words
Teach them to fly

Billions
Of Schrodingers
Speak
Silence
Speak
Words
I like
The chances
Where Schrodinger
Sings and dances

This is not the truth
This is not a lie
Give wings to words
Teach them to fly

Discontent
That's the meaning
In the insult
This is gleaning

Time
I
Don't know!
You move fast
And slow

You are primordial
You are Sumerian too

Time
I
Don't know!
You move fast
And slow

Dream on silence
Dream on big sound
Sunrise find love
Inside of a cloud

Sunrise find love
Inside of a cloud
Track Name: Happy Birthday
Happy
Birthday!
May it go
Your way
May it be
Happy!
May it be
What you want it to be!

You can be
Like a cowboy
You can do
IT
You can sell
Green things
You can steep up
Some tea!

Happy
Birthday!
May it go
Your way
May it be
Happy!
May it be
What you want it to be!

You can sing
A song
You can tell
A Story
You can speak
Quite loudly
You can eat
Some candy

Happy
Birthday!
May it go
Your way.
May it be
Happy!
May it be
What you want it to be!
Track Name: Tree Life
What is waiting?
An end beginning
What is waiting?
A dream reckoning

Don't wait for the world
You might wait forever
Put roots down deep--

Reach for the stratosphere

What is waiting?
A lonely alien
What is waiting?
A sage sapien

Sometimes I feel nihilistic
Obsessed with mistakes and failure
But I keep on breathing--

And I feel better
Track Name: After the Big Bang (Alternate Take)
After the Big Bang
The universe
Took a break

Wondered,
Did I
Make the
Biggest mistake?

After the Big Bang
The universe
Chilled out

Existence is
And of this
There can be
No doubt

So
This is
And
You are
Through air
Travels
The sound of
All stars

And they said
It couldn't be done
Nothing is nothing
And of it
Something will never come!

And they said
Having time is wrong!
I replied,
If you you have no time
You'll have no song.

So
This is
And
You are
Through air
Travels
The sound of
All stars